The Department of Defense is finally going to replace the dreaded Defense Travel System service members currently use to book travel and file for reimbursement of expenses.
DoD announced on August 16 that it had awarded a $9.3 million contract to SAP Concur to develop a travel system prototype "that will replace the aging and inefficient" DTS, according to a press release.
That's a charitable way of putting it; just ask a service member who has used the system or take a look at the various joke memes that describe its inefficiency and you'll really get a taste.
One meme, for example, shows a wife looking at her husband at a computer that reads, "Hasn't come to bed in three days. Says he's waiting for DTS to load." Others feature a teacher in front of a chalkboard filled with writing, which sarcastically proclaims "that's how you sign a voucher on DTS."
While good news that DTS will get an upgrade, it won't come any time soon. The release says the prototype is expected within two years. It did not mention when a final version would be due.
“We have a responsibility to ensure our resources are used in the most efficient and effective manner, and given this specific project has such a wide-ranging and deep impact – reforms with results like these are crucial,” said Pentagon Chief Management Officer John H. Gibson.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials are warning soldiers and military families to be aware of scammers using the Exchange's logo.
In a news release Wednesday, Exchange officials said scammers using the name "Exchange Inc." have "fooled" soldiers and airmen to broker the sale of used cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and boat engines.
KABUL (Reuters) - The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for a suicide blast at a wedding reception in Afghanistan that killed 63 people, underlining the dangers the country faces even if the Taliban agrees a pact with the United States.
The Saturday night attack came as the Taliban and the United States try to negotiate an agreement on the withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a Taliban commitment on security and peace talks with Afghanistan's U.S.-backed government.
Islamic State fighters, who first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 and have since made inroads in the east and north, are not involved in the talks. They are battling government and U.S.-led international forces and the Taliban.
The group, in a statement on the messaging website Telegram, claimed responsibility for the attack at a west Kabul wedding hall in a minority Shi'ite neighborhood, saying its bomber had been able to infiltrate the reception and detonate his explosives in the crowd of "infidels".
Calling aviation geeks in New York City: The British are coming.
In their first visit to the United States since 2008, the Royal Air Force "Red Arrows" will perform an aerial demonstration next week over the Hudson River, according to an Air Force news release. F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels demonstration teams will also be part of the show.