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Political squabbling over the defense budget may screw you out of your hard-earned benefits
Nothing sends chills down the spines of senior military leaders quite like the words "continuing resolution."
While Congress and the White House continue battling over a seemingly-endless stream of drama, Washington is watching the clock tick down to Nov. 21 when government funding from the current continuing resolution signed in late September runs out.
And for the Army, a continued delay in funding doesn't just throw a wrench in the wheel — it knocks the wheel completely off and sets it on fire.
A breakdown put together by the Army, which was provided to Task & Purpose and first reported by Defense News says that all six of the service's modernization priorities would see "severe impacts" in the event of a year-long continuing resolution.
Also on the line: Nearly $600 million in military personnel funding.
If there is a yearlong CR, the Army's breakdown says, there could be a $597 million reduction in active-duty and reserve entitlements — meaning salaries, housing allowances, bonuses, and more.
"The impact slows accessions and hampers recruiting and retention incentives," the Army document says. "Maintaining a competitive overall compensation package ensures the long term viability of the all-volunteer force."
A yearlong CR would also prevent a $132 million award of 4,400 new living quarters, both for families and single soldiers; delay maintenance of up to 269 Army family housing units; and more.
This directly targets what Army leaders have said is their priority: People.
The start of 79 new programs would also be delayed, and 37 other programs wouldn't see the planned increase in production. Readiness would take a hit, the Army's breakdown says, while training exercises would be disrupted, and hiring and recruitment plans would be derailed.
As Breaking Defense put it, the impeachment drama engulfing Washington "is sucking the oxygen out of the room, leaving regular order gasping for air." But the disagreements over military funding being used for Trump's wall at the southern border, along with an array of other things, certainly don't help.
On Wednesday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, blamed the House impeachment inquiry for putting the defense spending bill in a "partisan gridlock," Politico reported.
"If the House sends [the Senate] articles of impeachment, that would eat up all the time in December, and it could spill into January," Inhofe said, per Politico. "That would mean that we go beyond the deadline that our troops needed to be funded, and that is a reality that we've never had to face before."
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea said on Sunday they will postpone upcoming military drills in an effort to bolster a stalled peace push with North Korea, even as Washington denied the move amounted to another concession to Pyongyang.
The drills, known as the Combined Flying Training Event, would have simulated air combat scenarios and involved an undisclosed number of warplanes from both the United States and South Korea.
An opening ceremony will be held Monday on Hawaii island for a military exercise with China that will involve about 100 People's Liberation Army soldiers training alongside U.S. Army counterparts.
This comes after Adm. Phil Davidson, head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, spoke on Veterans Day at Punchbowl cemetery about the "rules-based international order" that followed U.S. victory in the Pacific in World War II, and China's attempts to usurp it.
Those American standards "are even more important today," Davidson said, "as malicious actors like the Communist Party of China seek to redefine the international order through corruption, malign cyber activities, intellectual property theft, restriction of individual liberties, military coercion and the direct attempts to override other nations' sovereignty."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "act quickly" to reach a deal with the United States, in a tweet weighing in on North Korea's criticism of his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.