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Chile to command sea forces in world’s largest maritime exercise

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 23:00
Command of the maritime forces for the two-month, biennial exercise – first held in 1971 – previously alternated among the U.S., Australian and Canadian navies. Chile has participated in RIMPAC 12 times.

Travel ban rulings highlight trouble posed by Trump record

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 22:15
When federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland blocked Trump's revised travel ban from taking effect, the judges spelled out their major concern: the unusual record of statements by the president and his advisers suggesting the executive order's real purpose was to discriminate against Muslims, in violation of the Constitution's ban on officially favoring or disfavoring any religion.

Trump supporters put their faith in him for health-care reform

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:49
It has been difficult for many Americans to keep up with the changes brought by Obamacare and exactly how the Republican proposal, if enacted, would affect their lives. But for Trump's most dedicated supporters, it's simply easier to trust the president is making things better and will follow through on his promise to provide "insurance for everybody" and "great health care for a fraction of the price."

Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' Meeting with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed bin Salman

DoD News Releases - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 19:36
Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis provided the following readout:Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis
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PT boat from WW2 rides old test course 'like a thoroughbred'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 19:16
Engines growling, its bow high above the water and a rooster-tail of spray rising in its wake, the nation's only fully restored combat veteran PT boat traced the course where it was tested in 1944 on the tidal basin that forms New Orleans' shoreline.

Trump's 'scorched earth' EPA budget draws swift reactions

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 18:41
No agency in the federal government fared worse under Thursday's proposed budget than the Environmental Protection Agency.

House passes bill enabling gun sales to veterans deemed ‘mentally incompetent’

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 18:27
The bill would do away with the practice of adding certain veterans to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and instead require the court to determine whether veterans pose a threat to themselves or others before they’re added to the database.

House passes legislation to make it easier for VA secretary to fire agency employees

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 18:00
The VA Accountability First Act of 2017, H.R. 1259, has widespread support among veterans organizations that see the measure as a tool to root out “bad apples” and a perceived culture of corruption within the department.

Contracts For March 16, 2017

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 17:08
CONTRACTSNAVYNorthrop Grumman Systems Corp., Bethpage, New York, is being awarded a $68,786,952
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Supplemental defense budget request: $30B to address readiness

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 16:27
President Donald Trump’s budget requests for $670 billion for defense through fiscal year 2018 need to represent “long-term growth in defense spending,” Pentagon officials said Thursday.

Trump nominates Boeing executive to be Pentagon's second-in-command

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 16:25
President Donald Trump announced several key nominees Thursday to serve in the Defense Department. All six positions will require Senate confirmation.

Admitted Al-Qaida fighter convicted in NY terror case

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 15:58
An admitted al-Qaida fighter has been convicted in New York of federal charges he was in a firefight in Afghanistan that left two U.S. soldiers dead.

Intel senators: No indication Trump Tower was surveilled

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 15:04
There is no indication that Trump Tower was "the subject of surveillance" by the U.S. government before or after the 2016 election, the top two members of the Senate intelligence committee said Thursday, directly contradicting President Donald Trump's claims.

The 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:38
A snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Donald Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his “budget blueprint.”

Were store brands used to dampen commissary savings targets?

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:30
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) officials say they correctly calculated the “baseline” shopper savings that Congress insisted be verified and preserved as commissaries are transformed into more business-like grocery operations.

Official: Many Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:16
The deputy governor of Nigeria's Borno state says many soldiers may have been killed after Boko Haram extremists attacked and burned down a military base.

Trump’s budget makes sweeping cuts to EPA and State, while boosting defense spending

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:02
The Trump administration proposed dramatic cuts Thursday to environmental protection, diplomacy and housing assistance as part of a budget blueprint that would ramp up defense spending and commit more than $4 billion for construction of a border wall with Mexico, setting up a battle with Democrats and potentially even fellow Republicans over government spending priorities.

Dan Coats sworn in as national intelligence director

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:50
Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats has been sworn in as the nation's top spy chief.

UN ambassador Haley: 'We should never trust Russia'

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:22
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said unequivocally in an interview that aired Thursday that Russia should "never" be trusted — a far tougher stance than the one taken by her boss, President Donald Trump.

Iraq, US offer differing accounts of progress in Mosul

Stars & Stripes - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:22
Iraqi and U.S. commanders offered conflicting accounts Thursday of progress in western Mosul, where U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have been battling the Islamic State group for nearly a month as they try to retake the remainder of the city.
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