• Congress May Nix CMO Position at Pentagon

    Congress May Nix CMO Position at Pentagon

    In the newly enacted Defense Authorization Act, lawmakers asked the Pentagon to study whether the creation of a chief management officer position has been successful so Congress can determine whether to “disestablish the… position altogether,” Defense News reported. The job has only existed for three years. The Senate last month confirmed Lisa Hershman to the

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  • Chairmen Talk Strategy for Next NDAA

    Chairmen Talk Strategy for Next NDAA

    The fiscal year 2021 defense policy bill may be narrower in scope so that partisan issues do not jeopardize the bill’s chances of passing, especially in an election year, the House and Senate armed services committee chairs said in separate interviews with Defense News. “I think we’re going to be a little less ambitious about

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  • Vandenberg Unit Is First to Get New Space-Age Name

    Vandenberg Unit Is First to Get New Space-Age Name

    The 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., has been renamed Space Operations Command, or SPOC, Military.com reported. It’s the first of several installation or unit name changes expected to be announced in the coming months as the Space Force gets off the ground. “We do have a plan to rename the principal Air

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  • Space Force: What’s Next?

    Space Force: What’s Next?

    The National Defense Authorization Act signed right before Christmas authorized Space Force as a sixth military branch. Here is a roundup of coverage about what happens next: NPR reported on what the Space Force will actually do. Defense News outlined what we know about it so far. Defense One described the “thousands” of decisions that

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  • New Law Increases Spouses’ Licensure Reimbursements

    New Law Increases Spouses’ Licensure Reimbursements

    Spouses of service members will now get reimbursed up to $1,000 for updating their professional licenses when they move to a new state with the service member. The change was authorized in the new defense policy bill. A pilot program previously allowed spouses to get reimbursed for up to $500. “These are huge wins for

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  • Commissaries, Exchanges Open to More Community Members

    Commissaries, Exchanges Open to More Community Members

    Up to four million new customers have access to on-base exchanges and commissaries after a new change in federal law. Exchanges, commissaries and some recreational facilities are now accessible by disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and VA caregivers. The change went into effect Jan. 1, marking the largest expansion of commissaries’

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