Nearly 500 civilian employees at Columbus Air Force Base could lose up to 20 percent of their paychecks in the coming weeks if the White House and Congress fail to reach a deficit reduction deal by March 1.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.
The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.
The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can’t reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.
The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite Pentagon complaints that it spares outdated but politically popular weapons at the expense of the military’s ability to fight.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — The 33,000 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Afghanistan to tamp down the Taliban attacks nearly two years
The persistent problem of rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their guns on U.S. and allied troops is a “very serious threat” to the war effort, which is predicated on placing security responsibility in Afghan hands, the U.S. military’s top officer said Sunday.
ilitants fired rockets into a U.S. base in Afghanistan and damaged the plane of the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff while he was on a visit, but the general was not near the aircraft, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said today.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the rising number of “insider” attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on American and other coalition troops.