WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Moving to curb predatory
sales practices targeting U.S. military personnel, the Pentagon
said on Friday it was reforming its payment system for troops to
prevent them from using direct salary deductions to buy consumer
goods like cars and computers.
Under the reforms that go into effect Jan. 1, 2015, military
personnel will no longer be able to have the Pentagon directly
deduct money from their salaries to make installment payments
for personal property like cars, washers and dryers or
big-screen televisions, a defense official said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of the 1,500 new U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State militants will deploy to the country in the next few weeks without waiting for Congress to fund the mission, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said leading elements of the U.S. force would begin moving to Iraq in the coming weeks, even if Congress has not yet acted on a $5.6 billion supplemental request to fund the expanded fight against the militants who overran northwestern Iraq earlier this year.
FORT CAMPBELL Ky. (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sought on Monday to reassure soldiers training for the fight against Ebola in Liberia that their mission was a legitimate use of the military and the Pentagon was taking every step to ensure their safety.
Hagel watched members of the 101st Airborne Division as they practiced safely taking off protective clothing that could be needed if they were to come into contact with people who had contracted the disease, a scenario officials said was unlikely.
FORT IRWIN Calif. (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative.
Hagel, speaking to reporters while visiting the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, said special operations forces had moved into Iraq’s Anbar province in recent days to begin work on the training effort.
, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel, warning that the Pentagon’s technological advantage
was eroding, announced an ambitious effort on Saturday to
identify and develop weapons systems that would enable continued
U.S. military dominance in the 21st century.
Hagel, in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum,
said the new Defense Innovation Initiative would include an
effort to develop and field breakthroughs from cutting-edge
technologies including robotics, autonomous systems,
miniaturization, big data and three-dimension printing.
SIMI VALLEY Calif. (Reuters) – The U.S. military’s ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed, top U.S. officials warned on Saturday.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert told Reuters the Navy would have to cut forces and reduce its ability to position ships around the world if lawmakers did not ease or reverse the cuts, which are due to resume in fiscal 2016.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE N.D. (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told troops responsible for U.S. nuclear bombers and missiles on Friday he was committed to revitalizing their force with millions of dollars in new funding after years of neglect.
Hagel, visiting Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota hours after announcing an overhaul of U.S. nuclear forces, promised additional money to improve their jobs and work conditions, including curbing an excess focus on perfection that helped spark a cheating scandal at a sister base this year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. general told lawmakers on Thursday he would consider sending American military advisers to accompany Iraqi troops if they advance against Islamic State militants in the difficult terrain near Mosul and the Iraqi border with Syria.
Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a congressional hearing that he had not decided if such a recommendation would be necessary.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday appealed to lawmakers to “stop the madness” of across-the-board Pentagon spending cuts, saying they threaten U.S. military readiness and technological dominance at a time of rising global challenges.
Work, addressing a think-tank defense conference, said unless Congress gave the Pentagon greater budgetary stability and certainty, it ran the risk of fielding a military that was “increasingly misaligned with the strategic environment.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military force being sent to Liberia to build treatment facilities to combat the Ebola health crisis is expected to top out at about 3,000 troops in December, 1,000 less than initially approved, the U.S. general leading the effort said on Wednesday.
Army Major General Gary Volesky told a Pentagon telephone briefing fewer U.S. troops were needed than initially expected because the military had discovered greater local capacity for building treatment centers in Liberia than it initially expected.