Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told service leaders to ignore sequestration in the out years when drawing up force levels in the DoD five year budget plan.
"They're very polite to me, but every now and again when they're not so polite, the term 'hypocrite' gets into the discussion," Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, the SOUTHCOM commander, told the House Armed Services Committee.
An Air Force general announced Feb. 21 the launch later this year of a previously classified satellite "neighborhood watch" constellation that will surveil space for covert satellites and debris.
Terrorism analysts cautioned against viewing jihadi groups as a homogeneous threat to the United States during a House Armed Services Committee hearing Feb. 4. "The more we emphasize the ideologies that bring these groups together, the less we appreciate the local and sometimes very parochial interests that drive them apart," one said.
Chaplains haven't been forced to provide services that go against their faith after a new Defense Department policy went into affect allowing service members to request exemptions to dress and grooming standards for religious purposes, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vee Penrod said at a Jan. 29 House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on military personnel hearing.
About 75 percent of the country's youth fail to meet the qualifications for military service, which could cause problems with future recruitments, Defense Military Personnel Policy Deputy Secretary Vee Penrod told a House panel Jan. 16.
A bipartisan cybersecurity bill introduced Wednesday by members of the House Homeland Security Committee would codify the department's existing governmentwide civilian agency cybersecurity duties and require it to analyze its current public-private partnership model with critical infrastructure sectors to ensure that owners and operators "are equal partners and regularly collaborate on all programs and activities" of DHS to protect critical infrastructure.
Leaders of the Senate and House Armed Service Committees said Monday they've found agreement in a bipartisan defense authorization for fiscal 2014, but prospects for the compromise measure aren't straightforward.
Acquisition personnel at the Defense Department from management on down don't have the knowledge or incentives to do their jobs well, said Dov Zakheim, the department's former comptroller, on Oct. 29.
Top military officials told a House panel Wednesday that continued sequestration would make it impossible to plan for new acquisitions, and that maintenance will have to be differed on the current military fleet. If the mandatory budget cuts continue, the Air Force would have to delay purchasing four to five F-35 joint strike fighters from its requested amount of 19, Principal Deputy Assistant Air Force Secretary William LaPlante told the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in an Oct. 23 hearing.