Items tagged with defense:
News & Updates:
Senators near bipartisan deal to stabilize ObamaCare insurance markets; Senators near passage of annual defense policy bill; Homebuilder confidence hit hard in September, likely due to hurricanes.
Senate to take up annual defense policy bill this week; Trump pushes Congress towards tax reform; Treasury Yields advance as investors look to debt auction.
A BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) is a “congressionally authorized process” influenced by the Department of Defense (DOD) that involves the closure of some military base installations and realignment into other existing bases, in order to consolidate resources and energy spent.  When the military is functioning with more than 20% excess capacity (as is foreseen by 2019), efforts such as promoting a BRAC round can cut down on that excess. 
Following World War II, the European continent was left ravished and defenseless. With the rise of the Soviet Union as a threat to democracy, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed.
The Trump administration released their first budget proposal last month, requesting sweeping cuts to many government programs . The cuts included a massive 30 percent cut in the foreign aid budget, slashing funds to the State Department, USAID, and bilateral foreign aid to countries across the world .
CBO: Veterans’ Issues
Federal programs to support veterans received about $120 billion in funding in 2012. That funding covers a wide array of services, including pensions, health care, education benefits, life insurance programs, compensation for injuries, and home loans. CBO analyzes the budgetary and broader impacts of those services and of proposals to change those services.
Quick link: http://www.cbo.gov/topics/veterans-issues
Defense Science Board
The Defense Science Board provides the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as requested, other Office of the Secretary of Defense Principal Staff Assistants, the Secretaries of the Military Departments, and the Commanders of the Combatant Commands, independent advice and recommendations on science, technology, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the DoD. The Board is not established to advise on individual DoD procurements, but instead shall be concerned with the pressing and complex technology problems facing the Department in such areas as research, engineering, and manufacturing, and will ensure the identification of new technologies and new applications of technology in those areas to strengthen national security.
Quick link DSB’s Reports (organized by decade): http://www.acq.osd.mil/dsb/reports2010s.htm
DoD Personnel & Procurement Statistics
View statistics on:
- Military Personnel
- Civilian Personnel
- Military Casualty Information
- Military Admirals and Generals
- Historical Data and Publications regarding military procurement
- Glossary of DoD Work Force Terms
Quick link: http://www.defense.gov/registeredsites/RegisteredSites.aspx?s=M, then choose “Department of Defense Personnel & Procurement Statistics” under “Manpower”
U.S. Department of Defense
The mission of Defense.gov is to support the overall mission of the Department of Defense by providing official, timely and accurate information about defense policies, organizations, functions and operations. Also, Defense.gov is the single, unified starting point for finding military information online.
Quick link: http://www.defense.gov/
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: NCVAS
The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) supports planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs. Data and statistics are available on Veteran population, expenditures, and utilization. Additionally, the NCVAS has provided access to reports, surveys and maps (of Veteran dispersion) as further resources.
Quick link: http://www.va.gov/vetdata/index.asp