• U.S. Space Command to Launch Within Weeks

    U.S. Space Command to Launch Within Weeks

    The new U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM) is expected to launch within weeks according to a top-ranking Pentagon official, Air Force Times reported Wednesday. Vice Adm. David Kriete, deputy commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), spoke with reporters saying the formal launch of the new command is only weeks away. “I think it’d probably be

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  • Senate Confirms Gilday as CNO

    Senate Confirms Gilday as CNO

    The Senate confirmed Vice Adm. Michael Gilday by voice vote Thursday to be the next chief of naval operations, Stripes.com reported. Gilday was confirmed one day after his Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing and just before upper chamber prepares to adjourn for its August recess. His confirmation makes him the Navy’s most senior leader and

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  • Senate Commerce Committee Advances FY 2020 and FY 2021 Coast Guard Authorization Legislation

    Senate Commerce Committee Advances FY 2020 and FY 2021 Coast Guard Authorization Legislation

    The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved the 2019 Coast Guard Authorization Act, advancing to the full Appropriations Committee the two-year legislation that authorizes the service’s operations and programs through fiscal 2021, according to a committee press release. Committee Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) issued statements following approval

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  • New Mexico AG ‘Frustrated’ With Air Force Response to PFAS Contamination

    New Mexico AG ‘Frustrated’ With Air Force Response to PFAS Contamination

    Top New Mexico officials are seeking the U.S. Air Force immediately begin defining the boundaries of groundwater contamination at Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases, and to provide alternate water supplies to affected residents, the Associated Press has reported. Last week Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Environment Department filed for a preliminary

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  • Senate Delays Two-Year Budget Measure; Thursday Floor Vote Expected

    Senate Delays Two-Year Budget Measure; Thursday Floor Vote Expected

    The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on the comprehensive two-year budget agreement that would avoid a looming debt default and effectively remove $125 billion in fiscal 2020 and 2021 discretionary spending cuts, Politico reported Wednesday. The $2.7 trillion measure, which passed the Democrat-led House last week, would set FY 2020 defense topline at $738

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  • Senate Confirms Norquist as Permanent Deputy Defense Secretary

    Senate Confirms Norquist as Permanent Deputy Defense Secretary

    Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist was confirmed into his new permanent post Tuesday evening with a Senate voice vote that easily approved him to become DOD’s second-ranking official. Norquist, who was sworn in Wednesday, was the latest Senate confirmation vote came as the chamber hustled to vote on numerous high-priority administration nominees before the

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