Pentagon

Some 650,000 Petagon workers face a day without pay

A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes next week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. Officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder by layoffs in 2014 if automatic budget cuts continue as planned. Roughly 85 percent of the department’s nearly 900,000 […]

Sexual assaults force military justice changes

Sexual assaults force military justice changes

Determined to stop sexual assault in the military, Congress is spelling out for the services how far lawmakers are willing to go in changing the decades-old military justice system. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and officers heading each branch of the military were to testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill, […]

Sexual assault in military is a full-blown crisis

Sexual assault in military is a full-blown crisis

Sexual assault in the U.S. military is costing the armed services the confidence of women in uniform that the problem can be solved, the nation’s top military officer warns. “That’s a crisis,” says the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. Allegations of sexual assault in the military have triggered outrage, […]

High cost of health care attacks Pentagon

High cost of health care attacks Pentagon

The loud, insistent calls in Washington to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitlement program — the military’s health care system. Despite dire warnings from three defense secretaries about the uncontrollable cost, Congress has repeatedly rebuffed Pentagon efforts to establish higher out-of-pocket fees and enrollment costs […]

Military finds widespread combat stress, some far from front lines

Military finds widespread combat stress, some far from front lines

The gritty combat in Afghanistan is thousands of miles away. But the analysts in the cavernous room at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia relive the explosions, the carnage and the vivid after-battle assessments of the bombings over and over again. The repeated exposure to death and destruction rolling across their computer screens is taking […]

For first time, federal budget cuts affect Washington, DC

For first time, federal budget cuts affect Washington, DC

To get a sense of just how much federal government spending influences the Washington metropolitan area, all you have to do is listen to the ads on an all-news radio station there. Instead of promoting happy hours and nightclubs, WTOP’s commercials are replete with buzzwords about cloud computing and fulfilling mission statements — pitches by […]

Republicans propose funding measure to help Pentagon, avoid government shutdown

Republicans propose funding measure to help Pentagon, avoid government shutdown

Republicans controlling the House moved Monday to give the Pentagon more money for military readiness while easing the pain felt by such agencies as the FBI and the Border Patrol from the across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect. The effort is part of a huge spending measure that would fund day-to-day […]

Democrats, Republicans will stage meaningless budget votes

Democrats, Republicans will stage meaningless budget votes

Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services. The two parties drafted alternative measures to replace the cuts, but officials conceded in advance the rival measures were doomed. At the White […]

Panetta: America could become ‘second rate’ power

Panetta: America could become ‘second rate’ power

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday. Panetta, who is retiring soon from his post, told the Senate Armed Services […]