A Defense Department study that revealed $125 billion in administrative waste at the Pentagon was suppressed by senior officials who worried Congress would slash the defense budget, the Washington Post reported Monday night.
House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to approve an annual defense policy bill that would halt the drawdown on end strength of the U.S. military services, implement reforms at the Department of Defense, and give America’s troops a pay raise.
Leading House Republicans blasted the Obama administration for playing politics with defense legislation after a leaked strategy memo exposed the Pentagon’s effort to “play hardball” with Speaker Paul Ryan’s defense spending proposal.
The Obama administration is seeking to cut the U.S. Army’s total force size by 25,000 soldiers by 2018, bringing America’s force strength down to 450,000 from its current size of 475,000, according to a new congressional report that shines a spotlight on a growing debate over how large the force should be.
The Pentagon’s efforts to defeat chemical and biological threats at home and abroad are being hindered by budget cuts, according to an agency report made public last week.
Threats emanating from the Middle East, including those caused by ISIS and the Syrian civil war, cannot be contained and therefore require the United States significantly ramp up its military commitments in the region, according to a new report.
The Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps warned Congress on Tuesday that he believes that the Marine Corps is in a dire readiness situation after 15 years of war and budget cuts, resulting in a lack of training and equipment, Stars and Stripes reports.