The Army has failed in a “significant amount” of cases to report soldiers’ criminal records to the FBI for entry into the federal database for firearms-related background checks, the service’s top general announced on Nov 15, signaling that the problem extends well beyond the case of Air Force veteran Devin P. Kelley, the former airman with a history of criminal behavior who massacred 26 people at a Texas church on Nov. 5.
North Korea is the single most dangerous threat facing the international community according to the U.S. Army’s top uniformed official and matters are coming to a head. Pyongyang is advancing far more quickly with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs than was expected by the United States. Indeed, the United States is at point where it must make some tough policy choices on how to deal with the North Korean threat.
On Wednesday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno gave his final press conference as he prepares to step down from his position and retire after 39 years of service. During his tenure, Odierno faced budget challenges, troop reductions, the end of the war in Afghanistan and the rise of ISIS, as well as pressure to a modernize the Army.