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Administration officials are testifying on Capitol Hill this week and next about the administration’s budget request, which includes $750 billion for national security spending – about $718 billion of that allocated for the Department of Defense. “To be clear, this is not funding for endless wars,” Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of ManagementREAD MORE
Here are some of the figures inside the President’s budget: $750 billion in overall defense and security funding ($718 billion of which goes to DOD) $165 billion in OCO funds, a big boost to help skirt budget caps $8.6 billion for a southern border wall ($3.6 billion of which comes from military construction) $3.6 billionREAD MORE
More details of the President’s budget request will start to emerge in coming days as Pentagon leaders testify on the President’s budget request. Here are upcoming hearings to follow, some of which will stream online: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein will testify Wednesday morning in the Senate DefenseREAD MORE
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will leave her job at the end of May. Wilson confirmed the reports via Twitter. “Today I informed the President I will resign as Secretary of the Air Force to be President of the University of Texas at El Paso. It has been a privilege to serve with our #Airmen—IREAD MORE
When President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget request hits Capitol Hill Monday, it will include a boost in defense spending and across-the-board cuts of about 5 percent to domestic spending, according to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow. “It’ll be a tough budget,” he said on Fox News Sunday. The President is expected to requestREAD MORE
The defense budget request will include a $9 billion emergency fund, Defense News reported, citing sources familiar with the budget. At least $2 billion of that would be used for rebuilding and repairing infrastructure hit by storms, said its sources, who added that number may go up. President Trump is demanding – via his nationalREAD MORE
The top Navy official overseeing installations has resigned, the Navy announced Friday in a brief statement. It said Phyllis Bayer, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, plans to “retire from government and pursue other opportunities.” The service said it has already begun searching for her successor, stating again that it will not eliminate theREAD MORE
Top military service leaders have zero tolerance for retaliation against service members who speak out about unsafe housing conditions, they told lawmakers Thursday, according to Military Times. “I want all of the soldiers out there to know their chain of command is now fully engaged,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said. “It’s ourREAD MORE