A major Department of Defense agency cannot account for over $800 million worth of projects after a recent audit.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke to House and Senate Republicans on Thursday at an annual GOP retreat, where he said the military needs to be “more lethal.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) on Thursday accused Senate Democrats of using the military as a “bargaining chip” in negotiations on an Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants raised in the United States from deportation.
Congress is heading toward a budget showdown next month after the two chambers agreed to a defense authorization plan for fiscal year 2018 that exceeds federal spending caps by roughly $85 billion.
Much needed maintenance work is overdue at U.S. Navy shipyards around the country that are unable to meet the service’s “operational needs,” and the price tag to overcome the problem will be high, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.