Government Executive - Defensehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/Critical information about management of national security organizationsen-usWed, 25 Feb 2015 16:35:53 -0500DHS Has Begun Notifying Employees of Their Furlough Statushttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/dhs-has-begun-notifying-employees-their-furlough-status/106104/Congress is working on a deal to avoid a DHS shutdown, but the department says it must prepare for the worst.Eric KatzWed, 25 Feb 2015 16:35:53 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/dhs-has-begun-notifying-employees-their-furlough-status/106104/DefenseDHS chief Jeh Johnson said employees are "entitled to know what is going to happen next week."Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP8 Ways a Shutdown Would Damage Homeland Security http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/8-ways-shutdown-would-damage-homeland-security/106011/Most employees would still work, but operations would be disrupted significantly.Eric KatzTue, 24 Feb 2015 17:31:23 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/8-ways-shutdown-would-damage-homeland-security/106011/DefenseHomeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson holds a media availability to discuss the importance of keeping DHS open. Barry Bahler/DHSVA Secretary Says He Never Misrepresented Military Service In Biohttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/va-secretary-says-he-never-misrepresented-military-service-bio/105987/Bob McDonald says misstatement about serving in the Special Forces resulted from trying to connect with homeless vet.Kellie LunneyTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:25:59 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/va-secretary-says-he-never-misrepresented-military-service-bio/105987/DefenseVA Secretary Bob McDonaldREYNALDO LEAL/U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWatchdog Launches Review on Future Size of Afghan Forceshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/watchdog-launches-review-future-size-afghan-forces/105945/Move comes on heels of Carter visit and rethinking of U.S. troop strength.Charles S. ClarkTue, 24 Feb 2015 12:22:14 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/watchdog-launches-review-future-size-afghan-forces/105945/DefenseDefense Secretary Ashton Carter arrives at Kandahar on his first visit to Afghanistan since his swearing in. Jonathan Ernst/APThe Homeland Security Department Is Starting Shutdown Prephttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/homeland-security-department-starting-shutdown-prep/105741/More than 85 percent of the department’s employees would have to report to work without pay, based on 2013 plans.Eric KatzFri, 20 Feb 2015 16:10:25 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/homeland-security-department-starting-shutdown-prep/105741/DefensePresident Obama speaks at DHS headquarters on the day he released his fiscal 2016 budget. The president has warned of the damage a partial shutdown would do to security. Jetta Disco/DHSWho Would Be Forced to Work During a DHS Shutdown? http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/who-would-be-forced-work-without-pay-during-dhs-shutdown/105759/A look at which parts of the department would have the most employees still on the job, based on 2013 plans.Eric KatzFri, 20 Feb 2015 16:08:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/who-would-be-forced-work-without-pay-during-dhs-shutdown/105759/DefenseMost Americans Now Back Ground Troops Against ISIShttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/most-americans-now-back-ground-troops-against-isis/105639/The Islamic State's brutality has dramatically shifted public opinion in the United States.Adam Chandler, The AtlanticThu, 19 Feb 2015 15:37:47 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/most-americans-now-back-ground-troops-against-isis/105639/DefenseAP file photoWhite House Struggles with the Language of Terrorismhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/white-house-struggles-language-terrorism/105597/"We must never accept the premise that they put forward, because it is a lie," Obama says. "They are not religious leaders. They're terrorists."George E. Condon Jr., National JournalThu, 19 Feb 2015 10:02:17 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/white-house-struggles-language-terrorism/105597/DefenseJacquelyn Martin/APWhy Obama Won't Talk About Islamic Terrorismhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/why-obama-wont-talk-about-islamic-terrorism/105429/The president didn't label the Paris attacks "random" because he wished to avoid identifying the victims, but rather, because he wished to avoid identifying the motives of their perpetrators.David Frum, The AtlanticTue, 17 Feb 2015 11:02:20 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/why-obama-wont-talk-about-islamic-terrorism/105429/DefenseAP file photoPentagon: Sexual Assaults Are Down on Military College Campuseshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/pentagon-sexual-assaults-are-down-military-college-campuses/105357/Defense Department estimates there were 200 fewer victims among academy students in 2014 than in 2012.Kellie LunneyFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:12:19 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/pentagon-sexual-assaults-are-down-military-college-campuses/105357/DefenseThe parade grounds at West Point. Laura Stone / Shutterstock.comObama on His Authorization of Force Proposal: 'ISIL Is Going to Lose'http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/obama-his-authorization-force-proposal-isil-going-lose/105186/The president delivered a statement Wednesday afternoon after sending a draft resolution to Congress.Marina Koren and Priscilla Alvarez, National JournalThu, 12 Feb 2015 10:30:50 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/obama-his-authorization-force-proposal-isil-going-lose/105186/DefenseDefense DepartmentHow Reforming Benefits Could Undermine the Pentagon’s Futurehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/how-reforming-benefits-could-undermine-pentagons-future/105126/The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission's recommendations are appealing to reformers. But here's how they could actually end up doing irreversible harm to the all-volunteer force.Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, ret., Defense OneWed, 11 Feb 2015 17:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/how-reforming-benefits-could-undermine-pentagons-future/105126/Defense Cpl. Paul Peterson/ Defense DepartmentWhite House: Authorization of Force Language is 'Intentionally' Fuzzyhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/white-house-authorization-force-language-intentionally-fuzzy/105129/White House Press Secretary John Earnest said Wednesday that the request provides "flexibility" in responding to "contingencies" on the ground.Priscilla Alvarez, National JournalWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:56:57 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/white-house-authorization-force-language-intentionally-fuzzy/105129/DefenseEvan Vucci/APLawmakers Not Briefed About Creation of Obama's $35 Million Cyber Agencyhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/lawmakers-not-briefed-about-creation-obamas-35-million-cyber-agency/105093/"I believe [the news] is how everyone else found it . … We know about as much as you do," says congressional Republican close to the intelligence community.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 11 Feb 2015 11:13:15 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/lawmakers-not-briefed-about-creation-obamas-35-million-cyber-agency/105093/DefenseEvan Vucci/APHere's the White House Request for the Use of Force Against the Islamic Statehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/heres-white-house-request-use-force-against-islamic-state/105081/The Obama administration has just sent the draft resolution to Congress Wednesday morning. Now it's Congress' turn.Sarah Mimms and Matt Berman, National JournalWed, 11 Feb 2015 10:26:23 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/heres-white-house-request-use-force-against-islamic-state/105081/DefenseAn F-15E Strike Eagle waits to launch in air strikes against ISIL targets in Syria last fall. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/U.S. Air ForceA Brief, Turbulent History of the U.S. Embassy in Yemenhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/brief-turbulent-history-us-embassy-yemen/105030/The compound, which has seen several terrorist threats in the recent past, will shut down this week for security reasons.Marina Koren, National JournalTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:26:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/brief-turbulent-history-us-embassy-yemen/105030/DefenseYemeni protestors climb the gate of the U.S. Embassy in 2012.Hani Mohammed/AP file photoGOP Awaits Obama's ISIS Battle Planhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/gop-awaits-obamas-isis-battle-plan/105024/Corker praises the White House handling of an authorization for military force. But other Republicans remain concerned.Sarah Mimms, Daniel Newhauser, and Lauren Fox, National JournalTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:14:52 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/gop-awaits-obamas-isis-battle-plan/105024/DefenseSenate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker has been in talks with the White House.J. Scott Applewhite/APAshton Carter Breezes Through Senate Armed Services Committeehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/ashton-carter-breezes-through-senate-armed-services-committee/104988/The Senate Armed Services Committee voted unanimously to send on Ash Carter’s nomination for a full vote. Lawmakers want him in the Pentagon by week’s end.Molly O'Toole, Defense OneTue, 10 Feb 2015 14:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/ashton-carter-breezes-through-senate-armed-services-committee/104988/DefenseSenate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, welcomed Ashton Carter to his hearings last week.J. Scott Applewhite/APIG Probes Air Force 2-Star’s Treason Chargehttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/ig-probes-air-force-2-stars-treason-charge/104826/General reportedly said A-10 pilots who tell Congress about the aircraft’s capabilities are committing treason.Charles S. ClarkFri, 06 Feb 2015 17:39:06 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/ig-probes-air-force-2-stars-treason-charge/104826/DefenseMaj. Gen. James Post, vice commander of Air Combat Command, was reported to have made the comments at a January closed-door meeting.Air Force file photoBritish Access to NSA Spying Was Illegal, Court Ruleshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/british-access-nsa-spying-was-illegal-court-rules/104781/The surprising rebuke could portend further legal challenges in Europe to the U.S. government’s international surveillance programs.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 06 Feb 2015 12:09:29 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/british-access-nsa-spying-was-illegal-court-rules/104781/DefenseBritish Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a joint press conference at the White House in January. Evan Vucci/APLooming Defense Cuts Threaten GOP Budget Unityhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/looming-defense-cuts-threaten-gop-budget-unity/104757/The party has little room for error in its bid to pass a budget, and sequestration isn't making it any easier.Daniel Newhauser, National JournalFri, 06 Feb 2015 10:00:16 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/looming-defense-cuts-threaten-gop-budget-unity/104757/DefenseU.S. Army soldiers patrol in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith / Defense Department file photoThe Navy Has Built a Fire Extinguisher That Walkshttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/navy-has-built-fire-extinguisher-walks/104697/A new robot firefighter can see through smoke and carry a hose on its own.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:56:14 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/navy-has-built-fire-extinguisher-walks/104697/DefenseOffice of Naval ResearchEnergy Officials Were Confused About Secrecy Surrounding Electric Gridhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/energy-officials-were-confused-about-secrecy-surrounding-electric-grid/104667/Inspector general says warnings on handling of classified details went unheeded.Charles S. ClarkThu, 05 Feb 2015 13:40:59 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/energy-officials-were-confused-about-secrecy-surrounding-electric-grid/104667/DefenseArtistic Photo/Shutterstock.comAsh Carter's Confirmation Hearing Is Not About Ash Carterhttp://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/ash-carters-confirmation-hearing-not-about-ash-carter/104583/The Senate Armed Services Committee isn't going to let President Obama or the Pentagon off easy.Marina Koren, National JournalWed, 04 Feb 2015 15:18:46 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/ash-carters-confirmation-hearing-not-about-ash-carter/104583/DefenseJ. Scott Applewhite/APShould Red Meat Warnings Include Damage to the Environment?http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/political-battle-over-red-meat/104541/A political battle shapes up around federal dietary guidelines.Clare Foran, National JournalWed, 04 Feb 2015 11:15:43 -0500http://www.govexec.com/defense/2015/02/political-battle-over-red-meat/104541/DefenseVolodymyr Krasyuk / Shutterstock.com