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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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Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Guam

The Navy will christen its newest high-speed transport vessel, the future USNS Guam (T-HST 1), during a 10 a.m. Japan Standard Time ceremony Saturday, April 27, in Okinawa, Japan. USNS Guam is named to honor the long-standing historical and military relationship between Guam and the United States. She will be the fourth ship to bear the name Guam. Ambassador Extraordinary ...

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Navy to Christen Guided-Missile Destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson

The Navy will christen its newest Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, the future USS Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002), during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, April 27, at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The third ship in the Zumwalt-class, DDG 1002 is named in honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who served in office from 1963-1969, and ...

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Pentagon Doles Out Nearly $1 Billion In Border Wall Spending Contracts |

The Department of Defense awarded two military contracts worth almost $1 billion for wall construction on the U.S-Mexico border, the first funds granted since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency. The Pentagon on Tuesday announced it had awarded a $789 million contract to Texas-based company, SLSCO Ltd. for “border replacement wall construction” in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, according to a news ...

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DOD and VA to Commemorate National Vietnam War Veterans Day, 2nd Anniversary

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Veterans Affairs Executive Director, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs to Lay Wreath at ‘The Wall’ in Honor of Vietnam Veterans WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense today announced it will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony with the Department of Veterans Affairs at The Vietnam War Memorial March ...

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Democrats Threaten Consequences After Pentagon Shifts $1 Billion For Trump’s Wall

Democratic lawmakers suggested there would be consequences for the Pentagon if it moves forward with its plan to reallocate $1 billion for border wall construction. The Pentagon on Monday informed Congress that it has authorized $1 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers for new border walls on the U.S.-Mexico border. The money will pay for 57 miles of 18-foot-high ...

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United States Space Command Commander Announced

The President has nominated to the Senate Gen John W. “Jay” Raymond as the Commander, United States Space Command (USSPACECOM). If confirmed, Raymond will lead the soon-to-be-established USSPACECOM, which will focus on conducting all joint space warfighting operations, and ensuring the combat readiness of global forces. Establishing USSPACECOM is a critical step that underscores the importance of the space domain ...

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Defense Department Authorizes $1 Billion for NEW Border Wall

Monday evening, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan authorized the commander of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and executing on up to $1 billion in support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Patrol, according to a Pentagon statement.  The funds will be used to support DHS’s request to build 57 miles ...

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Acting Secretary Shanahan ‘Inspired by battlefield success’ in Syria

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said Saturday that the Pentagon is inspired by the coalition’s ability to eliminate the ISIS Caliphate. “We are inspired by the battlefield success of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” Shanahan said in a statement. “Today’s SDF announcement that the liberation of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria is 100 percent ...

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‘Bold Assumption’ Brings Warrior Games to Tampa

This year’s Department of Defense Warrior Games competition — which enhances the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill, and injured service members through adaptive sports — kicks off June 21. In past years, the games have been hosted by the Defense Department, the Navy, the Air Force, the Army and the U.S. Olympic Committee. For the first time this year, ...

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DOD Leaders Make Case to Congress for 2020 Budget Request

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford and Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist went to Capitol Hill to make the case for the Defense Department’s request for fiscal year 2020 funding. The department is seeking $718.3 billion as its part of President Donald J. Trump’s topline request of $750 billion for national security funding. Shanahan ...

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Planes, Space and Submarines: Here’s What’s In the Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Request

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“Today the Department of Defense rolls out our FY 2020 budget proposal.,” Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan said in a statement. “With the largest research and development request in 70 years, this strategy-driven budget makes necessary investments in next-generation technology, space, missiles, and cyber capabilities. The operations and capabilities supported by this budget will strongly position the US ...

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2020 Defense Budget Request Focuses on Great Power Competition

Defense Department officials announced the details of DOD’s fiscal year 2020 budget request. Highlights of the $718.3 billion budget include: Great Power Competition The budget request reflects focus on the great power competition with Russia and China, as called for in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The past two budgets did begin to focus on the NDS, but the greater ...

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Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Charleston on Saturday

The Navy will commission its newest Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Charleston (LCS 18), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, March 2, at Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, South Carolina. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina will deliver the commissioning ceremony’s principal address. Charlotte Riley, wife of former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, is the ship’s sponsor. ...

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