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Senate confirms Norquist for No. 2 Pentagon job Norquist shepherded the DOD through its first audit, and received plaudits from members of both parties during his confirmation

Jul 31, 2019...The Senate late Tuesday night confirmed by voice vote David Norquist to be deputy Defense secretary as the chamber rushes to vote on numerous nominees before senators leave town for August recess.

Did the Pentagon weaponize ticks? CQ on Congress, Episode 162

Jul 19, 2019...The House passed a bill this month that would order the Pentagon's inspector general to investigate whether the Defense Department weaponized ticks. Stanford University science writer Kris Newby, in a new book called "Bitten,'' hints that such experiments may have led to the rapid spread of Lyme disease. Newby says that congressional inquiry into the matter "is exactly what I wanted to happen.'' And CQ Roll Call's defense writer John Donnelly explains what Congress has asked the Pentagon  to do and why many experts doubt it caused the public health crisis.

Norquist appears to be on fast track to become Pentagon’s No. 2 Senators from both sides of the aisle said they looked forward to voting for him

Jul 24, 2019...David Norquist, President Donald Trump’s nominee for deputy Defense secretary, sailed through his confirmation hearing Wednesday, with senators from both sides of the aisle saying they looked forward to voting for him.

Army in ascendance with leaders poised for top Pentagon posts Mark Esper and Mark Milley expected to give service a place of new prominence

Jul 22, 2019...Army Secretary Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley, the service’s chief, will soon take their partnership to the highest levels of the Pentagon as both men are poised for speedy confirmation to be the next Defense secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

Tech vanguard is dodging Pentagon To recruit the next generation of cyber-sentries, DOD will need a new approach

Jul 9, 2019...The Pentagon’s cybersecurity mission is facing a classic supply and demand problem: There’s a nationwide shortage of tech talent and an oversupply of jobs.

Pentagon readies for third acting secretary this year The massive bureaucracy is preparing for its third acting secretary — Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer — since January

Jul 9, 2019...President Donald Trump is expected to formally nominate the Pentagon’s acting chief, Mark Esper, for Defense secretary soon, a move that will send him back to his old job at least temporarily.

Armed Services panel to huddle on three top Pentagon nominees Joint Chiefs vice chairman nominee faces stiff headwinds

Jul 18, 2019...The Senate Armed Services Committee, in a closed-door meeting Thursday, is expected to approve the president’s choice for Defense secretary and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and to discuss the embattled nomination of the Air Force general tapped to be the military’s No. 2 general, committee members and staff said Wednesday.

House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them The order requires the agency to say if it experimented with insects for use as a biological weapon between 1950 and 1975

Jul 15, 2019...The House quietly voted last week to require the Pentagon inspector general to tell Congress whether the department experimented with weaponizing disease-carrying insects and whether they were released into the public realm — either accidentally or on purpose.

Pentagon aid to Taliban gets blocked by House vote The House adopted an amendment that would bar the Pentagon from spending any funds to aid the Taliban

Jun 19, 2019...The House adopted late Tuesday night an amendment to its fiscal 2020 Defense appropriations bill that would bar the Pentagon from spending any of its funds to aid the Taliban insurgent group in Afghanistan.

Trump denies climate change as his Pentagon prepares for it CQ on Congress podcast, Episode 156

Jun 7, 2019...In this episode of CQ on Congress, former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says President Trump's climate change denial risks an apocalyptic future that will stress the U.S. military. Ben Hulac, author of a forthcoming CQ magazine cover story on how climate change is affecting the Arctic, explains why that could create conflict between world powers.