• DOD Receives Additional DHS Border Support Request

    DOD Receives Additional DHS Border Support Request

    The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon for more border support, including providing tents to handle a surge of migrants at the southern border, The Hill reported. A Pentagon official confirmed the new DHS request Friday evening, saying it was for single-occupancy units. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has not formally responded to

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  • Pentagon Defends Projected Space Force Costs

    Pentagon Defends Projected Space Force Costs

    The Pentagon disputes Congressional Budget Office estimates of the long-term costs of the Trump Administration’s proposed space organizations, a DOD spokesman told Space News. “The CBO estimates are based on different assumptions than the DOD’s legislative proposal,” spokesman Tom Crosson said in a statement. “The CBO did not consult with DOD or evaluate the DOD

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  • White House Holding Military Spouse Employment Summit

    White House Holding Military Spouse Employment Summit

    The White House plans to continue efforts to address military spouse unemployment and underemployment at a Tuesday summit of business leaders, Military.com reported. Second Lady Karen Pence made the announcement last week while speaking to military spouses. “I’m excited to pay a debt of gratitude to what I call our ‘home front heroes,’ to all

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  • Shanahan Approves $1.5B in Military Funds for Southern Border

    Shanahan Approves $1.5B in Military Funds for Southern Border

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved transferring $1.5 billion from Pentagon accounts Friday for barrier construction along the southern border, The Hill reported. “Today we reprogrammed $1.5 billion toward the construction of more than 120 miles of border barrier without impacting readiness,” Shanahan said in a statement. “The funds were culled from a variety of sources,

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  • House Appropriators Pass Disputed MilCon-VA Spending Bill; Veterans Make Big Gains

    House Appropriators Pass Disputed MilCon-VA Spending Bill; Veterans Make Big Gains

    The House Appropriations Committee approved a $108.1 billion Military Construction-VA spending bill Thursday, but only after feuding over funding for a border wall, according to CQ. The committee ultimately advanced the bill in a largely party line 31-21 vote. The bill is typically a highly popular spending bill, but this year it has become enveloped in

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  • Capitol Hill Responds to Shanahan Defense Secretary Nomination

    Capitol Hill Responds to Shanahan Defense Secretary Nomination

    With Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan’s announced nomination as the Pentagon’s top chief, a 200-day confirmation window begins. Here is a short roundup of what key players have to say about the nomination: Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman, Armed Services Committee: “We need a confirmed leader at the Department and, after working with him closely

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