The policy released last month effectively bars transgender people from joining the military and puts transgender troops currently serving in jeopardy of losing their jobs.
Some women who hold or have held senior positions at the State Department and Defense Department are speaking out against sexual harassment.
An interim policy released by the Defense Department keeps transgender troops in the military until a review is finished in February. Then it's up in the air.
The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee is preparing its provisions for the 2018 defense authorization bill and this week it heard from some former top DoD officials. Family life seemed to be the bottom line for a lot of military issues. Employees want to be able to move between the civilian and military world, they want quality childcare for their children and they want their spouses to be happy and be able to work where they are stationed.
When it comes to defending the country from cyber attack, Defense officials have made abundantly clear that they plan to leverage the military’s National Guard and reserve components as much as possible, including, most recently, by tasking the Army Guard and Reserve to build 21 cyber teams on top of the 133 U.S. Cyber Command had planned as part of its Cyber Mission Force.
Members of Congress in the Washington area scored highly yet again on this year's report card put out by Federally Employed Women.
Defense officials say they are eagerly awaiting next year's report from a congressionally-chartered commission that's currently examining military compensation. But officials say intense pressure on the top-line defense budget demands significant changes to personnel spending.
The Military Justice Improvement Act would shift the decision to prosecute sexual assault cases from the chain of command to independent military lawyers. A recently released DoD IG report also recommends changes in the investigation process.
Retired Air Force Gen. Lester Lyles said new legislation calling for diversity benchmarks in the military would codify the recommendations of the commission he led in 2011 and would make for a better armed forces.
Two senators have introduced a bill that they said addresses concerns raised by a recent Defense report.
The International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act is coming back to the Hill.
The proposal is part of a bill to compensate rescuers in the Sept. 11 attacks.