House Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Air Force
for C-17 crews’ use of per diem funds to stay at Trump’s luxury
Turnberry resort in Scotland, pictured here, after
stopping for fuel at the nearby Prestwick Airport. Photo by Trump Turnberry, via Facebook.
Defense Lawmakers Set Aggressive Schedule for NDAAWhile lawmakers have been on a five-week summer recess, staff for each chamber’s armed services committees were working to resolve non-controversial issues on the massive annual defense policy measure, clearing the way for conferees to focus on more problematic policy differences when they return this week. Even with complicated work ahead and only 13 working days in September, aides in both chambers confirmed that leaders hope to draft a compromise conference report by Sept. 19, finalize signatures to the bill by Sept. 23, and set floor votes in each chamber before the end of September.
Defense NewsUS Military Likely to Ramp Up Operations Against Taliban: US GeneralThe US military is likely to accelerate the pace of its operations in Afghanistan to counter an increase in Taliban attacks, a senior US general said on Sept. 9 following Washington’s suspension of peace talks with the insurgents.
ReutersWhite House Pushes Back on Senate Language on Space Force, Missile Defense SatellitesThe White House and the Pentagon are unhappy with the Senate language because it doesn’t give DoD full legal authority to establish a space service as a sixth branch of the armed forces.
Space NewsPeterson Air Force Base Holds Ceremony to Mark Opening of Space CommandA ceremony was held at Peterson AFB, Colo., to mark the re-establishment of the Pentagon’s US Space Command. President Donald Trump re-launched Space Command in December with the goal of improving the organization space operations across the US military and to speed up technical developments.
CBS DenverAs Criticism Mounts, Boeing Looks to Keep Pace With KC-46 DeliveriesFollowing years of delays and high-profile snafus, the Boeing Co. is predicting the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker program will meet its key performance goals.
National Defense MagazinePentagon’s New Electronic Health Records System Deployed to Second Wave of BasesThe second wave of military medical facilities have adopted the Pentagon’s enterprise electronic health records system, MHS GENESIS, expanding the program to four more bases in the Western United States: California’s David Grant Air Force Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base; Naval Health Clinic Lemoore at NAS Lemoore, and Army Health Clinic Presidio of Monterey, as well as the 366th Medical Group at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.
NextgovPentagon Suspends Mental Health Counseling Referral Services for DOD CiviliansThe Defense Department on Sept. 1 abruptly suspended its Employee Assistance Program, which offers referrals for hundreds of thousands in the civilian workforce for health care, mental health counseling, legal matters and other support services. And while officials say there's an agreement in place to resume the service, it's not clear when it will start up again.
Military.comOne More Thing …F-22 Demo Cockpit HyperlapseTake a virtual ride inside the cockpit of an F-22 Raptor during a full demonstration performance from the 2019 Fort Lauderdale Air Show in this hyperlapse video by USAF 2nd Lt. Samuel Eckholm.
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