- February 20, 2018
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Phyllis Bayer, President Trump’s nominee to be assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, told lawmakers that climate change and sea level rise would be one of her top priorities if she gains confirmation. “It’s affecting the infrastructure and it’s adding to the expense of the department’s infrastructure costs and maintenance,” BayerREAD MORE
ADC has opened the nominations process for the 2018 Defense Community Awards, a way to highlight the accomplishments of outstanding defense community leaders in front of key decision-makers from Congress and DOD. ADC will present this year’s awards at a luncheon during the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit, June 18-20 in Washington. Awards honor communityREAD MORE
Negotiations among Senate leaders since the government partially shut down Saturday failed to strike a compromise over a continuing resolution needed to reopen the government. Lawmakers appeared to make some progress, however, and talks are expected to continue ahead of a procedural vote Monday on a stopgap that would run through Feb. 8, reported CQ.READ MORE
The Pentagon’s main focus will be staying ahead of other world powers, primarily China and Russia, under the new national defense strategy (NDS) unveiled Friday, marking a contrast to the Obama administration’s approach, which put a greater emphasis on counterterrorism. “We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, but great power competition —READ MORE
D.C.-based policy experts split on the prudence of restoring earmarks during a House Rules Committee hearing Thursday. “I believe that restoring a well-designed system for directed spending is one of the most important steps Congress can take to strengthen this institution,” said Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet. If House Republicans vote to overturn theREAD MORE
The needs of Escambia County in northwest Florida and Naval Air Station Whiting Field came together when encroachment began to threaten one of the installation’s auxiliary landing fields and officials at the Greater Pensacola Chamber realized the site presented a prime opportunity for economic development. When the Navy signaled it would be interested in swappingREAD MORE
With the civilian-military divide widening, DOD will launch an initiative Feb. 1 to highlight the work of service members, dispel myths about military service and increase awareness among the American public, Amber Smith, deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for outreach, said Thursday. The “This Is Your Military” effort is intended to introduce theREAD MORE
The Senate plans to vote to cut off debate on a fourth continuing resolution (CR) Friday morning, but with most Democrats expected to withhold their support over the lack of a deal to provide legal protection for “dreamers,” the motion is unlikely to go forward, setting the federal government on the path toward a shutdownREAD MORE