Pentagon exempts Ukraine operations from potential government shutdown

“Operation Atlantic Resolve is an excepted activity under a government lapse in appropriations,” Sherwood said, referring to the named operation for DOD’s activities in response to the Russian invasion. The move means that the U.S. military’s activities related to the war, such as training of Ukrainian soldiers on American tactics and equipment, as well as … Read more

Despite spending turmoil in Congress, Sullivan projects optimism on Ukraine aid

However, Congressional dysfunction has complicated the matter. In the House, far-right opposition has made passing any kind of spending legislation nearly impossible. And in the Senate, there is strong Republican support for military assistance, but some legislators oppose further humanitarian aid, arguing that Ukraine’s European neighbors should be stepping up. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited … Read more

Zelenskyy to meet U.S. military leaders in first visit to the Pentagon

During his meetings on the Hill, Zelenskyy is expected to discuss his goals in Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia, Kirby said. “We think it’s really important that he’s the best messenger for the people of Ukraine and his armed forces,” Kirby said. The Biden administration is weighing sending Ukraine long-range missiles, the Army Tactical Missile System … Read more

Pentagon to review cases of troops kicked out of the military due to sexual orientation

The Pentagon estimates that while the ban was in effect from 1994 to 2011, roughly 2,000 troops were separated from the military and denied honorable discharges due to their sexual orientation. Without honorable discharges, many were denied access to veteran benefits, including home loans, health care, some government jobs and college tuition assistance. Since the … Read more

Hardliners block defense spending bill as GOP civil war worsens

Ultimately the procedural vote on the $826 billion defense spending bill, known as a rule, failed in a 212-214 vote on Tuesday. Five Republicans defected on the procedural vote, which almost always falls along party lines: Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Ken Buck of Colorado, Ralph Norman of South Carolina … Read more

Potential government shutdown threatens Ukraine training, weapons deliveries

U.S. officials expect a similar situation this year if government appropriations lapse without a new spending agreement in place by the end of the month. Military training and exercises “required to achieve and maintain operational readiness and to prepare for and carry out such operations” will be exempted, according to guidance issued by the Pentagon … Read more

Wreck of missing F-35 found as Marines ground flights

The discovery closes the military’s search for the plane, which disappeared over the weekend. On Sunday, an incident occurred in flight, prompting the pilot to eject safely from the Marine Corps aircraft, which can take off and land vertically. The jet’s last-known position was north of Joint Base Charleston, near Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, … Read more