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John Roth: White House Seeks to Rebuild US Armed Forces via Fiscal 2018 Budget Plan

John Roth, a Defense Department budget official who performs comptroller duties, has said the White House’s defense budget proposal for fiscal 2018 intends to rebuild the U.S. armed forces, build on “near-term readiness” efforts in fiscal 2017 and balance future requirements and current operations, DoD News reported Tuesday. Roth told …

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Maj. Gen. Ricky Waddell to Join White House as Deputy National Security Adviser

Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Ricky Waddell, commander of the 76th Operational Response Command, has been selected to succeed K.T. McFarland as deputy national security adviser, Politico reported Wednesday. Waddell will report directly to Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who received Senate confirmation for the national security adviser post in March, and will oversee …

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International Republican Institute’s Mark Green to Be Nominated USAID Administrator

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Mark Andrew Green, president of the International Republican Institute, as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Green previously served as U.S. ambassador to Tanzania where he led programs in the areas of global health and economic development, the White House said Wednesday. He also …

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Report: DoD Lifts Hiring Freeze for All Civilian Positions

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has issued a memorandum that lifts all restrictions on civilian hiring across the Defense Department and instructed all DoD officials to carefully examine recruitment activities, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. Jared Serbu writes Work noted the Feb. 1 guidance on civilian hiring freeze exemptions is no longer in effect and that senior department …

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