U.S. to End Combat Mission in Iraq to Focus on China, Russia
U.S. to End Combat Mission in Iraq to Focus on China, Russia

The U.S. will end its combat role in Iraq by the end of the year, President Joe Biden said this week. Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair Gen. John Hyten also signaled the change. “We have to not ignore the threats in the Middle East, but deal with the threat to the...

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Senate Confirms Kendall as Air Force Secretary
Senate Confirms Kendall as Air Force Secretary

The Senate confirmed Frank Kendall to become the new Air Force secretary. The voice vote Monday night came after three senators withdrew formal objections blocking Kendall’s confirmation. Kendall was the Pentagon’s acquisition chief during the Obama administration....

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‘Mental Health Is Health,’ Austin Says
‘Mental Health Is Health,’ Austin Says

Mental health must be approached as any other health issue is, “with compassion and professionalism and resources,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said this weekend. “If you’re hurting, there are resources available.” Austin made the remarks while visiting Alaska,...

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DOD’s DEI Chief Talks with ADC Live

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will soon be reviewing language that attempts to define the type of extremism that DOD wants to try to root out of the military, according to Bishop Garrison, Austin’s senior advisor for human capital and diversity, equity and inclusion....

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In Our Communities

Grand Forks County in North Dakota is seeking proposals for a military installation resiliency study. “Through the MIR study, the County is looking to assist Grand Forks AFB to optimize its mission efficiency and effectiveness, installation sustainment, and enhance...

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In Our Communities

Fort Lee, Virginia will house about 2,500 Afghans being evacuated to the U.S. for fear of Taliban retaliation for helping U.S. troops, DOD announced Monday. The Afghans will stay at the base during the special immigration visa application process, and some may be...

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DOD Climate Plan Expected by Labor Day

The Pentagon will release its climate change and installation resilience strategy by Sept. 1, Paul Cramer, acting assistant secretary of defense for sustainment told lawmakers recently. “The primary purpose is to integrate climate change adaptation and climate...

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SASC Digs into NDAA this Week

The Senate Armed Services Committee marks up its version of the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill this week, on a schedule released by Chair Jack Reed (D-R.I.). Subcommittees are working on their portions Monday and Tuesday. Most of those sessions are closed...

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VA Pushes Deadline to Clear Appeals Backlog

The Department of Veterans Affairs will not meet a 2022 goal of clearing all legacy appeals, officials told lawmakers this week. It has made progress, going from 472,000 unresolved appeals in November 2017 to fewer than 135,000 today, according to Federal News...

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Weapons Chief Nominee Withdraws

Michael Brown, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit, asked that his nomination to become the top weapons buyer be withdrawn, Defense News reported. The DOD inspector general is looking into hiring practices in Brown’s office, delaying the confirmation...

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