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Labor Dept Sequestration Memo Sparks GOP Uproar in Congress

Republican members of Congress are in an uproar over a Labor Department memo issued last week, which said defense contractors are not required to send layoff notices to employees whose jobs might be cut under sequestration. According to Politico, some GOP lawmakers claim the decision is a political ploy for …

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Senate Confirms Gen. Mark Welsh as AF Chief of Staff

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gen. Mark. Welsh as the Air Force’s 20th chief of staff, the service branch announced Friday. Pending a formal appointment from President Obama, the 36-year veteran and former commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe will assume office during an Aug. 10 ceremony. In …

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AF Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan to Head F-35 Program

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan to serve as director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Bogdan has also been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general. The nearly three-decade Air Force veteran currently serves as deputy director of the …

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Senators Propose Pentagon Audit Legislation

Nine senators are proposing a bill that aims to create incentives and accountability standards for auditing the Defense Department, Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va) office announced Thursday. Manchin, Tom Coburn (Okla.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rand …

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Obama Nominates Eric Fanning AF Under Secretary

President Barack Obama intends to nominate Eric Fanning, currently deputy under secretary and deputy chief management officer at the Department of the Navy, to be the next under secretary of the Air Force. The Air Force said Fanning, if confirmed, would succeed Erin Conaton, appointed defense under secretary for personnel …

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AF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Breedlove to Head USAFE

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove is now officially the 35th commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, as of an Aug. 1 ceremony held in Germany. Breedlove, who was nominated in May, will be in charge of the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. The 33-year Air Force …

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Senate Appropriations Subpanel OKs $604B in 2013 Defense Funds

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee recommends moving $5 billion from the Defense Department’s base budget into a separate spending bill for Afghanistan operations, Defense News reports. Kate Brannen reports the transfer would bring the Pentagon’s total budget to nearly $604 billion, including $511 billion for base funds and $93 billion …

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Michael Flynn Officially Succeeds Ronald Burgess As DIA Head

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, officially retired after 38 years of military service Tuesday at a ceremony in Washington. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, nominated by Secretary Panetta in April, succeeds Burgess as the agency’s 18th director and will lead nearly 16,000 agency professionals. …

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