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Jordain Carney

National Journal Jordain Carney is a defense reporter at National Journal. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Hotline, covering congressional and gubernatorial elections in the South. Jordain graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in English, political science, and journalism.
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The Winners and Losers in Obama's Defense Spending Request

February 24, 2014 The blade hasn’t fallen yet, but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised the ax Monday when he offered a sneak peek of the Pentagon’s planned budget for next year. The Pentagon is asking Congress for $496 billion, $45 billion less than it originally expected. Tucked inside that budget trimming are a ...

Pentagon to Ask for More Cyber Spending in Next Budget

February 19, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon's cyber budget will get a boost as part of the department's fiscal 2015 budget request, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. "We are adjusting our asset base and our new technology," the Pentagon's top official said, adding that the department will increase spending to help improve its cyber ...

USAID Withdraws Request for 'Attractive' Images of Work in Afghanistan

February 14, 2014 The U.S. Agency for International Development—which has faced accusations of mismanagement and waste with its funding in Afghanistan—recently canceled a contract for "attractive visual images" about its work in the war-torn country. The request—which the agency posted Monday—has since been taken off USAID's website. The agency had called for "timely, ...

Senate to Take Up Veterans' Bill Later This Month

February 14, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will try to push forward on a wide-ranging veterans' bill once Congress returns later this month. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal independent from Vermont, previously said his legislation could be taken up on Feb. 6, but it got waylaid by a pair of proposals that ...

Democrats Set Trap for Republicans on Veterans Benefits

February 7, 2014 The Senate fight over veterans' benefits is about to begin in earnest, and it's about to get ugly. The Senate on Monday will take an initial procedural vote on legislation from Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas that would restore $6 billion in funding to working-age military retirees. The benefits were ...

Democrats Set Trap for Republicans on Veterans Benefits

February 7, 2014 The Senate fight over veterans benefits is about to begin in earnest, and it's about to get ugly. The Senate on Monday will take an initial procedural vote on legislation from Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas that would restore $6 billion in funding to working-age military retirees. The benefits were ...

Taliban Take Military Dog Hostage

February 6, 2014 The Taliban released a video this week featuring a military dog the group says it captured during a fight with U.S. forces. In the video, the dog is surrounded by a handful of men displaying rifles and other weapons. A Taliban-affiliated Twitter account said the dog and equipment were taken ...

Can Uncle Sam Help Vets Get Bang for Their College Buck?

February 5, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department rolled out a tool Tuesday that allows veterans and their families to go online and see what college costs are covered under the post-9/11 GI Bill. The GI Bill comparison tool breaks down the tuition, housing allowance, and cost of books covered for more than 10,000 ...

Military Focuses on Ethics Training Amid Scandals

February 4, 2014 Don't be surprised that the military is starting to focus more on ethics training. A series of high-profile—and, at times, borderline ridiculous—scandals have dominated the headlines about the military services in recent months. The Air Force's cheating imbroglio has ensnared nearly half the nuclear-missile crew at one key base; the ...

Senator, Outside Group Push Back Against Military Sexual Assault Report

February 3, 2014 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is pushing back on a new subcommittee report that recommends commanders keep their authority in sexual assault cases. A majority of the Role of the Commander subcommittee said they didn't believe removing commanders' authority in military sexual-assault cases would boost sexual-assault reporting or reduce the number ...