Many in Washington last week were expressing outrage and shock that the US military was not paying death benefits to troops killed in combat due to the government shutdown.
Want to get rid of sequestration? So do they. It’s just the “they” — yet again — aren’t who you probably expect.
Meet the five Washington officials pushing the hardest to replace the across-the-board defense cuts: President Barack Obama and the four top Senate Democrats. More
It was a rainy Oct. 11 at Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., but spirits remained high as the future USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78) was floated for the very first time. Four years after construction began in a huge graving dock, ship’s sponsor Susan Ford Bales, daughter of the late president, pushed a series of buttons to start the flow of more than 100 million gallons of water into the dry dock. More
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos has his own F-35. Well, kind of.
My buddy Gabe Starosta, who is the managing editor of Inside the Air Force (the same publication your blogger ran for several years), snapped this photo of a Marine Corps F-35B short take-off vertical landing jet while visiting Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida Panhandle in June. More
Secretary of State John Kerry stopped in Kabul today for talks with Afghan president Hamid Karzai in an attempt to push along the stalled security negotiations between the two countries, which hinge around allowing American troops to stay past their December 2014 withdrawal deadline.
While negotiations over the deal have been trudging along since 2012, talks recently sputtered over Karzai’s demands that it place limits on US counterterror operations in his country after 2014. But at the conclusion of their meeting on Friday, the duo said that they would meet again on Saturday before Kerry leaves for Paris and London. More
Comptrollers are indispensable. Especially when their organization’s budget surpasses $500 billion annually. By definition, they are behind-the-scenes actors.
But, sometimes, when said bean counter is the comptroller for the United States Department of Defense, he or she is thrust into the political game. That’s just where Bob Hale found himself on Thursday, where he got roughed up testy House Armed Services committee Republicans. More
Right now, it’s just a large piece of green. But eventually, what you see above will become the first Australian F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Lockheed Martin released the above photo this week as the platform begins the “mate” process, where various components of the air frame are matched up to form the structure of the plane. Delivery to the Royal Australian Air Force is due in summer of 2014. More
The government shutdown that has affected Pentagon employees and contractors, and now set off a mini-scandal over military death benefits that aren’t being paid out.
The image of families not receiving their promised payments after their loved one was killed fighting for America was too much for Senate Chaplain Barry Black, a retired rear admiral and the former chief of Navy chaplains.
Black delivered a stern message to both the Senate and the House during his morning prayer at the start of Wednesday’s session — with Congress locked in a bitter stalemate over how to reopen the government and avoid a debt default: “Enough is enough.” More
The history of fielding, supplying, and repairing the thousands of ground vehicles given to the Afghan Army and Police hasn’t always been a happy one, and as NATO heads for the exits in a little over a year, western forces are scrambling to leave behind as much capacity as possible.
That’s why the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) recently convened a summit at Camp Eggers in Kabul that brought together dozens of Afghan military leaders for what it called an “Afghan-led working group” that pushed the process of working though how the Afghan National Army keeps its wheeled vehicle fleet humming. More