On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
The Defense Department has frozen spending on large conferences and related travel, pending further review, according to Federal Times.
The directive, signed June 3 by Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, is a follow up to President Obama’s May order calling on all federal agencies to cut travel costs by 30 percent for fiscal 2013.
Carter put a hold on all upcoming conferences expected to cost more than $100,000 until military service chiefs review every event to ensure its relevancy and necessity. Future conferences with a price tag of more than $100,000 will require approval from top Pentagon officials.
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