Policy

DOD Grants First Religious Waivers for COVID Vaccine

Two Marines are the first successful applicants among the 18,500 U.S. troops who have sought exemption from the vaccination mandate by citing religious beliefs.

Military Chiefs Sound Alarm at Proposal to Hold 2022 Spending to Last Year’s Level

In Wednesday testimony to lawmakers, service leaders decry what would be a record-breaking continuing resolution.

Project Maven Shows Need for Better Acquisition Policies, DOD Watchdog Finds

The Air Force's AI project moved fast. One of its lessons is the need for better acquisition policies and documentation.

US 'Unequivocal’ to Russia on Right of Ukraine, Others, to Join NATO

U.S. diplomats rejected Moscow's demand that Kiev be forever barred from the Western alliance.

Who’s in Charge of US Space Policy?

Space professionals worry the National Space Council is ceding its defense portfolio.

Intelligence Agency Looks to Mix Cleared, Uncleared Workers

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants to build workspaces that can accommodate a hybrid workforce of people and organizations with and without security clearances.

US Will Make ‘No Firm Commitments’ In Russia Talks This Week, Admin Official Says

Everything discussed at the meeting will also need to be considered by Washington and allies, the official said.

Cyberspace Solarium Commission to Reboot as a Non-Profit

After two years and a handful of legislative changes, the congressionally mandated group is dissolving—and returning to its work in a different form.

2021 Top Ten: Policy

From domestic extremism to China's challenges to lingering Mideast operations, defense leaders had their hands full.

Denials, Not Approvals, Greet Troops’ Religious Vax Exemptions

No service has yet publicly announced that any service member has received a religion-based exemption from the Pentagon’s COVID-vaccination mandate.

Army Commanders Relieved Over Vaccine Refusal

Battalion COs among the six soldiers removed from their jobs as service deadline passes.

Three Soldiers to Receive Medal of Honor

The awards are for actions during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

State Guards’ Vaccine Refusal Sets Up Fight with Feds

Six governors are rejecting the Pentagon’s order to inoculate their troops against COVID. Is a lawsuit next?

Marines Remove AAVs From Deployment, Water Ops

The amphibious assault vehicle associated with the deadly 2020 sinking will no longer be used for deployments or offshore training.

Chinese Firms Targeted by New Biden Orders Meant to Curb Fentanyl, Synthetic Drugs

Deaths from fentanyl, which is largely produced in China, have overtaken heroin overdoses in the United States.

Navy to Start Ejecting Unvaccinated Sailors

Sailors can decide to get vaccinated at any point in the process to be retained.

Liberals ‘Need to Get On the Defense Committees,’ If They Want Change

“At this point, I think defense is just not that important to progressives one way or the other,” said one expert after Democrats came away from negotiations empty handed.