Thanks to Border Wall, “All-Out Brawl” Looms over Pentagon Spending BillSenate Republican plans to quickly pass spending bills over the next few weeks now appear at risk, amidst a push from Democrats to rebuke President Donald Trump’s diversion of military construction funding to the border wall with Mexico.
Defense NewsSenator Seeks Independent Probe of Military’s Use of Trump ResortThe top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has formally requested an independent investigation into the Air Force’s increased use of a commercial airport in Scotland and overnight stays at the Trump Turnberry resort.
PoliticoThe Air Force Is Investigating How White Phosphorus Rockets Ended Up All Over a Tucson RoadThe Air Force is currently investigating an August incident that saw rockets outfitted with white phosphorus warheads spill out of a military vehicle onto a Tucson roadway, Task & Purpose has learned. A photograph of the incident taken on Aug. 16 by a passing airman and first published on the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page shows more than a dozen Hydra 70 2.75-inch air-to-ground rockets covering a road that appears adjacent to the aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz.
Task and PurposeDOD-HHS Contracting Turmoil Extends Beyond Employee Assistance ProgramDocuments from the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services shed new light on last week’s sudden suspension of a host of work-life programs for the Defense Department’s civilian workforce, while also highlighting the fact that the fissure between the departments affects much more than the Employee Assistance Program.
Federal News NetworkAFSPC Study, Eye on China, Urges “Expansive” New StrategyA new Air Force Space Command study posits a possible future—named after ancient Chinese warlord Zhang He—where China dominates space even as human presence vastly expands to the moon and beyond.
Breaking DefenseThe Three Major Security Threats to AIThe artificial intelligence community needs to put a lot more effort and money into systems protection to avoid it costing billions more down the line, according to the founding director of the Center for Security and Emerging Technology.
C4ISRNETDISA is Merging Its Cyber Operations into a Single Cloud-Based PlatformThe Unified Situational Cyber Awareness capability would help cyber analysts keep tabs on every part of the Department of Defense Information Network.
NextgovNorth Korea Fires Two Projectiles After Offering Talks with USNorth Korea launched at least two unidentified projectiles toward the sea on Sept. 10, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington, D.C., may end without new US proposals.
Associated Press via NBC NewsWWII “Screaming Eagle” Veteran Who Received France's Highest Honor Dies at 96World War II veteran Henry Ochsner, who stormed the Normandy beach on D-Day and fought through to the end of the conflict, has died at 96. Ochsner, known as “Len,” died Sep. 7 at his home in California City, Calif.
Washington ExaminerOne More Thing …Columbus AFB Airmen to March 100 Miles to Ground Zero in Honor of 9/11Two airmen from Columbus AFB, Miss., began a 100-mile marching journey with an American flag beginning the morning of Sept. 10 at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., traveled through the day and night, and are slated to arrive at the Sept. 11 Memorial in New York on the morning of Sept. 11. Maj. Jonathan Leetch, 41st Flying Training Squadron T-6 instructor pilot, and Capt. Matthew Carpenter, 14th Student Squadron, 14th Flying Training Wing graduation officer, managed the setup of this year’s march, which is in its seventh iteration and will have about 25 people participating along the way. The goal of the group is to bring awareness to remembering the victims of 9/11, while also fundraising for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC.
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