National Defense

Panel pitches NDAA plan to improve troops’ quality of life

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A bipartisan House Armed Services Committee panel issued a report Thursday containing 31 recommendations to improve the lives of military families, with a view to strengthening America’s fighting forces. The Quality of Life Panel’s proposals seek to address what its members consider to be five key problem areas for military personnel: pay, child care, housing, health care and spousal…

‘A game-changer’: House panel outlines quality-of-life improvements for troops for 2025 defense bill

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‘A game-changer’: House panel outlines quality-of-life improvements for troops for 2025 defense bill Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2024-04-12/house-lawmakers-ndaa-military-pay-child-care-barracks-13539152.html A 15% pay raise for junior enlisted service members. No more referrals for physical therapy, optometry, women’s health and other specialties. A basic…

Nebraska Rep. Bacon's House panel seeks 15% military enlisted pay boost, higher housing allowance

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Nebraska Rep. Bacon's House panel seeks 15% military enlisted pay boost, higher housing allowance A congressional panel led by Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., is seeking sweeping quality-of-life improvements for military service members and their families, including bigger housing allowances, beefed-up child care and a 15% pay raise for junior enlisted…

House Speaker Mike Johnson Is Committed to Advancing Ukraine Aid. But it Will be a Difficult Task

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For over a month, House Speaker Mike Johnson has sat on a funding package that would send desperately needed ammunition and weaponry to Ukraine, mulling how best to gain a grasp of what is expected to be a difficult lift in the House. The Republican speaker has indicated he will attempt to push for approval of tens of billions in wartime funding for Ukraine, as well as Israel, once the…

US Congress Rushes To Approve Spending Bills Before Shutdown Deadline

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Lawmakers are racing Friday to pass the final spending package needed for the current budget year, a long overdue action that will set funding for federal agencies and push any threats of a government shutdown to the fall. With spending set to expire for several key federal agencies at midnight Friday, the House and Senate are expected to take up to spare a $1.2 trillion measure that…

Cost overruns, delays threaten US plan for new StratCom missiles based in Nebraska

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If all goes according to plan, 400 new, deadly and nuclear-tipped LGM-35A Sentinel missiles will be lowered into refurbished silos scattered across western Nebraska and four other states beginning in 2029. They will replace a similar number of now-outmoded Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles that have been poised in those same silos for the past 50…