WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved the final version of the annual defence policy bill on Thursday, authorizing $633.3 billion (389.6 billion pounds) in defence spending for 2013, easing limits on satellite exports and providing more Marines for embassy security.
The Republican-controlled House approved the 2013 National Defence Authorization Act by a vote of 315-107. The measure must still be approved by the Senate before it can go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved the final version of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, authorizing $633.3 billion in defense spending for 2013, easing limits on satellite exports and providing more Marines for embassy security.
The Republican-controlled House approved the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 315-107. The measure must still be approved by the Senate before it can go to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sought to reassure civilian Pentagon employees on Thursday about the impact of looming budget cuts, saying no workers would face immediate unpaid leave after January 2, but warning that furloughs might ultimately be necessary.
Panetta, in a memorandum circulated to employees, said the Pentagon would still have adequate funds after January 2 if Congress and the president fail to reach an agreement to avert across-the-board budget cuts under a process known as sequestration.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An escalating investigation into two child care centers at an Army base near the Pentagon has resulted in the removal of at least 33 workers after two employees were charged with assaulting children, a defense official said on Wednesday.
The investigation, which began in September but was only brought to the attention of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday, raised questions about the military’s handling of the incident and put the Army on the defensive.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers merged the competing House and Senate versions of the annual defense policy bill on Tuesday, approving a measure that authorizes $633.3 billion in defense spending for 2013, expands U.S. sanctions on Iran and strikes restrictions on biofuel use.
The legislation passed by a conference committee of lawmakers from both chambers is expected to go to the full Senate and House of Representatives for a final vote this week before being sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is poised for strong economic growth if political leaders can just move the nation beyond the current “debilitating” budget uncertainty, the chief executive and chairman of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday.
“I see an enormous opportunity for the country to step forward with a more positive growth agenda if we can get resolution for these policy issues,” Robert Stevens said, citing promising trends in manufacturing, housing, the energy sector and even consumer sentiment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attacks by Taliban insurgents rose slightly during the main part of the Afghan fighting season this year as some U.S. forces withdrew and the transition to a lead role for Afghan security forces picked up pace, according to a Pentagon report released on Monday.
The report to Congress downplayed the rise in violence, saying the key measure was a dramatic increase in security in the country’s main cities. While acknowledging the Taliban can still carry out attacks at the same levels as last year, the report said the greatest threats to stability were elsewhere.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s top military officers have decided to review the kind of staff support provided to senior generals and admirals after several high-profile scandals raised concerns about the inappropriate use of personnel and equipment for personal gain.
The decision, announced on Friday, to take a closer look at support given to senior military leaders was one of two initial recommendations to come from a review of ethics training requested by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta three weeks ago.
WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The United States is shifting
warships into position to track and possibly defend against a
planned North Korean rocket launch while urging Pyongyang to
cancel its second such attempt this year, the head of the U.S.
Pacific Command said on Thursday.
Admiral Samuel Locklear, who commands U.S. forces in the
Asia-Pacific region, said warships were being moved to the best
locations to track the rocket during its launch and flight,
which North Korea has set for sometime between Dec. 10 and 22.
WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Wednesday
that after months of delay it had been told by the White House
budget office to begin planning to implement automatic spending
cuts in January that would reduce defense outlays by $500
billion over the next decade.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said the department, which
for months had been instructed not to prepare for the automatic
cuts, had now been told by the White House Office of Management
and Budget to begin “internal planning” for the reductions.