2017 may finally offer a peek of sunlight for another base realignment and closure cycle. Congressional resistance to BRAC is faltering, said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, and that may bring some fiscal savings to DoD.
Congress’ two defense policy committees were set to meet Thursday to consider whether retired Gen. James Mattis should be the next secretary of Defense, something both houses of Congress will have to approve since his confirmation would require the suspension of a federal law that demands military officers be out of uniform for seven years before they become the military’s civilian boss.
The White House wants nearly $12 billion to keep extra troops in Afghanistan and to continue the fight against the Islamic State. Some members of Congress think the request isn’t enough.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to take charge of U.S. Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Forces Committee that the Pentagon needs to double down on its strategic advantage in space and cyberspace to stay ahead of its adversaries.
Former military officials are trying to keep the Missile Defense Agency director a three or four star general.
Sen. John McCain’s amendment to add $18 billion to the Defense budget, increase the military pay raise and stop cuts to the Army and Marine Corps failed passage by four votes today.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) will offer an amendment to stop cuts to the Army and increase the defense budget when the NDAA goes to the floor next week.
The Senate version of the NDAA gets rid of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics and cuts Senior Executive Officer staff by 25 percent.
Leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee intend to push legislation promoting U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command. CYBERCOM’s current commander agrees it’s time to do so.
Congressional leaders are calling for bipartisan efforts to raise spending caps, to keep Defense funded and also provide government services that so many Americans rely on for education, health and employment.