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The El Paso County Planning and Community Development Department in Colorado Springs, Colo., has been assessing how operations and personnel gains at the area’s five military installations are affecting local land-use decisions and are incorporating findings into its long-term county master plan, the Colorado Springs Business Journal reports. The department, which late last year completedREAD MORE
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed former Army Secretary Dr. Mark Esper to be the next secretary of defense, closing an eight-month gap since the last permanent Pentagon chief, Roll Call reported Tuesday. The vote was overwhelmingly bipartisan with a 90-8 tally in favor of Esper’s appointment. Esper, who has served as Army secretary since 2017, willREAD MORE
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper, who was confirmed as the permanent defense chief on Tuesday, has plans to reform DOD’s Fourth Estate comprised of 27 agencies under Pentagon purview but are not formally attached to any of the military services, C4ISRNET reported. The agencies, including DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, employ 200,000 civilian personnelREAD MORE
A new report on military family readiness published Friday says that while DOD puts significant resources into caring for military families, it has shortcomings in its care coordination and dealing with the population’s changing demographics, Military.com reported. The report, Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society, says that overall military familiesREAD MORE
The White House and congressional leaders reached an agreement Monday on discretionary spending cap increases for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 that includes a two-year suspension the debt ceiling limit, CQ reported. President Donald Tump announced the deal in a tweet while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) alsoREAD MORE
The GOP-led Senate hopes to confirm several new permanent Pentagon leaders this week before it heads home Friday for the upcoming August recess, Military Times reported. The upper chamber’s highest Pentagon priorities will be holding a confirmation vote for current Army Secretary Dr. Mark Esper to become the next permanent defense secretary, followed by anotherREAD MORE
House and Senate lawmakers are concerned about increasing PFAS contamination near the nation’s military installations and have pushed forward with new provisions in their versions of the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to reduce the chemicals’ impact on communities, Military Times reported last week. The chemicals, known as perfluoroalky and polyfluoroalkyl toxins and commonlyREAD MORE