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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Withdraws Nomination As Domestic Violence Incidents Surface

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confronted past domestic violence issues within his family on Monday and Tuesday as he decided to withdraw from going through with the nomination process. President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that Shanahan would not be going through with being nominated as Defense Secretary, stating that Shanahan wished to “devote more time with his family.” Trump wished ...

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Shanahan Authorizes 1,000 Additional Troops to Defend Against Middle East Threats

In response to a request from U.S. Central Command for additional forces, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan has authorized about 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats in the Middle East. In a statement, Shanahan said he made his decision with the advice of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ...

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Pentagon Announces Additional $250M for Ukraine

The Department of Defense announced today plans to provide $250 million to Ukraine in security cooperation funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to build the capacity of Ukraine’s armed forces. This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $1.5 billion since 2014. The new ...

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Navy to Christen Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul

The Navy will christen its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (LCS 21), during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony Saturday, June 15, in Marinette, Wisconsin. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota will deliver the christening ceremony’s principal address. Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy Jodi Greene will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored ...

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Oracle Accuses Amazon Of Courting Former Employee Involved In A $10 Billion DOD Program

Amazon made a highly lucrative job offer to a former employee while the man was leading a $10 billion winner-take-all cloud computing contract with the government, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Computing giant Oracle alleged in the May 31 complaint that former Department of Defense official Deap Ubhi was offered shares in Amazon and ...

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DOD Official: Widening Military-Civilian Gap Impacts Ability to Sustain Force

The Defense Department wants to bridge the widening military-civilian gap, the Pentagon’s top personnel official told the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. In prepared remarks, Anthony M. Kurta — performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness — said DOD’s ability to sustain the all-volunteer force is predicated on meeting annual recruiting goals, ...

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Border Wall Funding To Take From Ballistic Missile And Surveillance Programs

Border Wall Construction 2018

Roughly $1.5 billion originally intended for a nuclear ballistic missile system and a plane surveillance program will be diverted to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall, a move the Pentagon says will not affect its operations. “The Department carefully selected sources for the reprogramming that are excess or early to need and will not adversely affect military preparedness,” read a Defense ...

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Pentagon Sending Additional Forces to U.S. Central Command in Response to Iranian Threats

The Acting Secretary of Defense has approved the movement of USS Arlington (LPD-24) and a Patriot battery to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) as part of the command’s original request for forces from earlier this week. These assets will join the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a U.S. Air Force bomber task force in the Middle East region in ...

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Trump To Nominate Patrick Shanahan For Defense Secretary |

President Donald Trump plans on nominate acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to officially take over the top spot at the Department of Defense, The White House confirmed Thursday. “Based upon his outstanding service to the Country and his demonstrated ability, President Trump intends to nominated Patrick M. Shanahan to be the Secretary of Defense,” White House Press Secretary Sarah ...

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Defense Secretary Says 256 Miles Of New Border Wall Coming Soon

The Pentagon announced that well over 200 miles of physical barrier is slated to be built along the U.S.-Mexico border in the coming months. “We now have on contract sufficient funds to build about 256 miles of barrier,” acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Wednesday while testing before the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee. Shanahan noted that current funding is sourced from ...

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Pentagon: 2020 Budget Request Essential to Security

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, Defense Department Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer David L. Norquist and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford testified about the fiscal year 2020 defense budget request at a Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee hearing Wednesday in Washington. Main Points The fiscal year 2020 defense budget request of $750 ...

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Pentagon Leaders Urge Quick Defense Budget Approval to Sustain Momentum

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan thanked the House Appropriations defense subcommittee for its work last year to pass the DOD budget on time, and asked them to duplicate the feat so the department doesn’t lose momentum. Shanahan and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the budget request will support the 2018 National Defense ...

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Pentagon Sending Hundreds Of Additional Troops To The Southern Border

The Pentagon announced that it expects to send around 300 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, breaking with the longstanding policy of avoiding troop-migrant contact. A spokesperson for Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Charles Summers, said Friday that his boss is expected to green light the proposal shortly. However, the troops will not be allowed to perform any law enforcement role ...

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The National Background Investigations Bureau Moves to the Department of Defense

President Trump signed an executive order April 24, 2019, that, in combination with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, section 925, shifts the primary responsibility for conducting background investigations for the federal government from the Office of Personnel Management to the Department of Defense. This executive order reflects the administration’s commitment to reform the personnel vetting enterprise to ensure ...

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