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  • NDAA: Bill Funds Community Infrastructure Projects

    NDAA: Bill Funds Community Infrastructure Projects

    The compromise defense policy bill lawmakers plan to consider authorizes $75 million for the Office of Economic Adjustment’s Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The initiative, which supports community infrastructure projects that affect military quality of life, was first authorized in the fiscal year 2019 authorization bill but was not funded. “Quality of life for military

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  • NDAA Leaves PFAS Fight Unsettled

    NDAA Leaves PFAS Fight Unsettled

    The National Defense Authorization Act deal bans DOD from using PFAS at installations after 2024, but the final bill does not include House-passed language requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the chemicals. “These chemicals are endangering communities across the country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday, according to CQ. “House Democrats will continue

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  • Judge Rules Administration Can’t Use MILCON Money for Wall

    Judge Rules Administration Can’t Use MILCON Money for Wall

    A federal judge issued a permanent injunction Tuesday night to stop the Trump administration from moving $3.6 billion from the military construction budget to pay for border wall construction. The same judge in Texas had temporarily halted the construction funding in October, but Tuesday’s ruling made it a nationwide block. President Donald Trump has said

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  • Key Appropriator Says Border Deal Is ‘Tenuous’

    Key Appropriator Says Border Deal Is ‘Tenuous’

    House-Senate appropriations negotiators continued working toward a spending deal Monday night, with a “tenuous” agreement on border wall funding, according to Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.). The border wall is the biggest issue left to settle as lawmakers try to pass all 12 spending bills before current government spending runs

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  • Security Beefed Up at Installations

    Security Beefed Up at Installations

    Bases in the continental United States are increasing security following three recent attacks, Politico reported. Northern Command has ordered installations “to immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures appropriate for their facilities.” Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ginnie Lee

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  • GAO Says DOD Needs Better Study of Bases’ Water Scarcity Risk

    GAO Says DOD Needs Better Study of Bases’ Water Scarcity Risk

    DOD may be using unreliable data in its assessment that 102 installations are at risk of running out of water, the Government Accountability Office determined in a recent report. The Pentagon’s data varied across the services and department, GAO concluded, recommending a more thorough department-wide review. DOD concurred with GAO’s conclusion, Military.com reported. Army photo

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  • Esper: ‘Night Court’ Reviews Have Saved $5 Billion

    Esper: ‘Night Court’ Reviews Have Saved $5 Billion

    DOD has identified $5 billion in savings during the first four months of the so-called “night court” review of fourth estate offices, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said over the weekend at the Reagan National Defense Forum, according to Defense News. “Within the department, we are implementing aggressive reforms to free up time, money and manpower

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  • NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave

    NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave

    Democrats seem willing to create the Space Force as a sixth branch of the military in exchange for paid parental leave for all federal personnel, according to the Washington Post’s coverage of a National Defense Authorization Act deal that emerged over the weekend. Space Force was the White House’s top priority in the defense bill

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