Navy knew it was "accepting risks" at least two years ago when it decided to press ahead with more demanding forward deployments in the Asia-Pacific, despite downward slide of routine maintenance and training.
GAO says the average Military Sealift Command ship is 40-years old, and the Navy has no long-term plan to replace them.
Army medical personnel have begun intensive training with doctors from Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. The goal: To improve Army medical skills and boost readiness. It's called the Strategic Medical Asset Readiness Training program, or SMART. Doctor Ihor Sawczuk, president of the center, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the details.
Defending his department’s $52 billion budget increase for the first time on Capitol Hill this week, Defense Secretary James Mattis ran into heavy skepticism from the committee members who might normally be his most natural allies for a Pentagon plus-up.
The former Army secretary says there's too much bickering in Congress to actually grow the military, but readiness holes need to be plugged first anyways.
In one of her first public appearances, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson gives pilots more flexibility in contract lengths.
The Navy's 2018 budget doesn't even begin to build the 350-ship fleet officials say is needed. Instead, it prioritizes readiness over growth.
Three top Air Force generals told Congress that manpower issues were the greatest challenge to the organization’s readiness. While specific concerns varied between the USAF, the Reserves and the Air National Guard, each agreed that recruiting and retention is their top priority.
GAO found significant problems in the military’s ability to track its own weaknesses both at the level of the individual military services and at the level of the Pentagon’s comptroller.
The second highest-ranking officers from each of the military services told Congress on Tuesday that they'd welcome a short-term cash infusion along the lines that the President and Defense secretary have directed the military services to propose as add-ons to the 2017 budget in order to bring the armed forces to a higher level of readiness.
President Trump on Friday ordered the Pentagon to immediately set about the work of figuring out how much money the Defense Department will need to overcome what military leaders have said are serious readiness problems brought on by years of political deadlock over the federal budget.
Sequestration and philosophical differences among politicians have lead to a big unresolved question over military capacity.
Just hours after the conclusion of James Mattis' confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Defense, a broad bipartisan majority of 81 senators voted Thursday to make an exception from the seven-year cooling off period for military officers and allow him to become the department's top civilian leader.
The Navy says it wants any extra funds to go to current ship maintenance before building to Trump's ideal 350 ship fleet.