Both Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey testified in mid-March that the House defense budget, which uses emergency war funding to skirt defense spending limits, would be vetoed by the President if it passes through Congress.
The budget proposal, which would maintain the $523 billion cap for base spending and put $94 billion into the OCO fund, came from fiscal conservatives in the House Budget Committee. Other budgets have proposed exceeding the base budget cap and providing $577 billion for the base budget with $51 billion for the OCO fund.
It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com.
The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions.
Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Forces Command, believes that both the National Guard and Reserve components of the military are incredibly important to maintain safety and security in an uncertain world. Force Command and the active-duty First Army are working to enhance the close-knit relationship that has been formed among the three components of the Army over the past 13 years of fighting.
The Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, signed an Executive Order on Aug. 16 to send in the Missouri National Guard in order to help quell the rioting that has been going on since the Aug. 9 death of Micheal Brown.
The police response to the rioting has been widely criticized as being overly militarized and heavy-handed, although there were Molotov cocktails and bottles thrown by protesters before the midnight to 5am curfew started on the morning of Aug. 16. Some injuries were reported and arrests were made, but no major events happened during the five hour curfew.
Soldiers from both the Washington state and Montana National Guard have been called up to help fight the destructive wildfires that have been raging throughout Washington.
It looks like the US Army aviation might be going through a pretty big transition in the coming years.
Over 800 National Guard members from Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island were at the Boston Marathon this year - but they weren't running the race, they were helping the race go smoothly.
The National Guard provided chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and improvised explosive detection teams in order to ensure the security of the runners and spectators, as well as medical teams and security personnel to help keep the route through the 8 cities and towns clear.
Earlier this month the Marine Corps announced that it was opening up more jobs in combat units to women in the Marine Reserves.
Although still barred from direct combat roles, this opens up certain jobs in the following Marine Corps units: