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The opportunities and challenges facing Lloyd Austin as defense secretary
Austin’s forty years in the military represent both the risk of inertia and a real opportunity to address serious issues.
Army announces new missing soldier policy in response to Fort Hood review
"During the time that a soldier is listed as absent-unknown, unit leaders and Army law enforcement will make every effort to locate the soldier"
Can states fire employees who leave for military duty? The Supreme Court may decide
A pending Supreme Court case could have wide-ranging implications for National Guard members and reservists across the country
A new Army policy is changing the way deployed or pregnant NCOs are promoted
A new Army policy starting Jan. 1 will help streamline the promotion process for soldiers
Marine commandant to leaders: Quit the ‘soft relief’ of fired officers
In a letter sent earlier this month to a wide swath of the Marine officer corps, commandant Gen. David Berger reminded everyone from general to lieutenant that they needed to...
Lawmakers introduce bill to protect Parris Island from closure
The Parris Island Protection Act would prohibit the use of federal funds to close or plan the closure of the Marine Corps Training Depot
Lawmakers hammer Pentagon over lack of detail on Germany troop cuts
U.S. lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, expressed frustration with the Pentagon at a hearing on Wednesday over the lack of details surrounding President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw thousands of...
Lawmakers push to reform how the military addresses sexual misconduct in wake of Vanessa Guillén murder
"I saw to the Guillen family, you have our promise that we are going to make sure Vanessa's life has not been lost in vain"
Trump says service members won’t have to pay back deferred payroll taxes — if he wins
President Donald Trump pledged that service members and Defense Department civilians won't have to pay back the extra money that will be in their paychecks through the end of the...
Trump has accused US military leaders of doing exactly what his administration has done all along
The U.S. is the top exporter of arms in the world, but Trump's effort to blame military leaders, which includes people nominated by him, is at odds with his administration's...
Preventing HIV-positive service members from becoming officers has ‘no rational basis,’ federal judge rules
A U.S. military policy that blocks HIV-positive service members from being commissioned as officers has “no rational basis,” a federal judge said in declining to throw out claims brought by...
Trump rejects proposal to cut military healthcare by $2.2 billion
President Donald Trump said late on Monday he has rejected a Pentagon proposal to cut military healthcare by $2.2 billion
New policy allows private firearms on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
A new policy will allow Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel to request permission to transport licensed firearms to and from the base
The US did not fully assess civilian risks when pushing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, watchdog report says
The U.S. Department of State did not fully evaluate the risk of civilian casualties when it pushed through a massive sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia last year, a...
A new bill would give thousands of vets a second chance by expanding special courts nationwide
A new bill on its way to President Donald Trump's desk would give thousands of veterans a second chance after being charged with certain nonviolent crimes
‘Sailors using the N-word’ — Navy leaders hear painful cases of racism amid crackdown on discrimination
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday directed the Navy to stand up a group to examine service policies amid the national conversations about race and discrimination
Family of murdered ROTC graduate will likely receive death benefits thanks to new legislation
The amendment allows the family of Lt. Richard Collins III to be able to receive the death benefits after he was killed just days after he was commissioned into the...
The Pentagon quietly made CBD use a criminal offense for service members
U.S. troops can now be punished for using products that contain hemp or cannabidiol, according to a Defense Department memo recently made public
New legislation would bar the use of military force against peaceful protestors
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted late Wednesday evening to block the U.S. military from ever interfering with the right of Americans to peacefully protest
Trump taps Army brigadier general turned Fox News commentator for Pentagon policy post
President Donald Trump has nominated Anthony Tata, a retired Army brigadier general and occasional Fox News commentator, to a top job at the Pentagon as he eyes a reduced troop...
The Army is the latest service to consider banning the Confederate flag on bases
Army leaders are reviewing the Marine Corps' new policy banning Confederate flags and are considering a similar move
A new bill would officially prohibit Trump from nuking hurricanes
A bill that would prohibit the president or any other federal agency from using nuclear weapons to alter "weather patterns or addressing climate change," was introduced in Congress on June...
Florida lawmaker demands military training reforms following soldier’s rollover death at Camp Humphreys
According to the Congressional Research Service, two times more military service members died between 2006 and 2018 — 32 percent of active military deaths — from training accidents than were...
How the COVID-19 pandemic could leave ‘a profound economic impact’ on the Pentagon
The Pentagon's top acquisition official said this week that the Defense Department expects the economic impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on supply chains to delay major weapons programs for...
The Pentagon is quietly pushing to roll back recent anti-lobbying restrictions
The Pentagon has quietly asked Congress to reverse key parts of a recent law that tightened the rules governing retired Defense Department officials influencing their former government colleagues on behalf...