Items tagged with defense:
News & Updates:
Senate decisively vote to pass a large spending bill with a focus on domestic programs; The Treasury Department released new rules to crack down on blue states’ efforts to abuse charitable giving deductions; Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell indicated that strong economic conditions continues to support the case for gradual rate hikes; Durable goods orders fall.
Trump signs bill that authorizes $716 billion in military spending for the coming fiscal year, while including several provisions to counteract Chinese aggression, such as the country’s increased military activity in the South China Sea, pursuit of U.S. technology, and spread of Communist propaganda; In response to collapsing currency value, Turkey boycotts electronics produced by the United States; U.S. import prices remaining stagnant in July; U.S. economy has a projected growth of 3.1%, due to an increase in government spending and tax cuts.
Senate passes defense spending bill that defocuses procurement of Chinese tech; The US central bank holds interest rates steady; Manufacturing slows but hiring continues to rise.
President Trump is considering a new 25% tariff on imported cars after Commerce Secretary Ross announced that they are critical for national security. The House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual defense bill, that amounts to $717 billion in expenditures.President Trump signed into law a change in the Dodd-Frank Act.
Seven senators urge President Trump to support their legislation that would provide a $1 billion boost for research on a universal flu vaccine; The House Armed Services Committee passed a $716 billion defense policy bill; Consumer sentiment was slightly higher than anticipated in the beginning of May.
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