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Military
10:30 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Conditions At Dayton VA Reflect National Problems, Growing Scandal

Dayton VA Medical Center
Credit Dayton VA

The Veteran’s Administration is at the center of a growing scandal encompassing some 26 VA Hospitals –  that have been found to have excessively long waiting lists for healthcare. Several states are accused of doctoring those waiting lists to make it look like vets were getting care faster than they were, and some families of vets are saying the situation has resulted in the deaths of their loved ones. A recent investigation by the Dayton Dayton Daily News and Cox Media detailed the situation in Ohio.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney spoke Josh Sweigart, the reporter largely behind that report.

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Military
9:36 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Defense Bill Won’t Bring On A BRAC For Now

The gates of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Credit Flickr Creative Commons user soundfromwayout

Congress is working on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, the major policy bill for the military. The latest House version of the bill prohibits a Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC in the next couple years, although it does allow the military to start planning for one.

BRACs let the Pentagon recommend military bases and operations to close or move. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton is the biggest single-site employer in the state, which means the BRAC process is closely watched in the Dayton area.

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Defense Industry
4:31 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Pentagon Issues New Sequestration Warnings: $1 Trillion In Cuts By 2021

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with soldiers at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. in 2013. Hagel is pushing for a trimmer military budget, but speaking out against sequestration-level caps.
Credit Glenn Fawcett / Department of Defense/Flickr

A report released by the Pentagon this week warns of the consequences of continuing to fund the military at sequestration levels. The across-the-board spending caps have been relieved by a budget deal in Congress, but the Pentagon is saying that by 2021, the Department of Defense will have spent $1 trillion less than it had planned, making cuts in almost all areas including acquisition, research and personnel.

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Military
3:07 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

NASIC Gets New Commander

Colonel Leah G. Lauderback

The U.S. Air Force has announced a new commander for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). Colonel Leah Lauderback will replace Colonel Aaron M. Prupas as NASIC’s next commander.

Lauderback is currently the commander of the 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, which is responsible for offensive cyber attacks on the part of the Air Force.

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Budget 2015
5:59 am
Thu March 6, 2014

President’s Budget Impacts Wright-Patt With More Cuts Possible

A Lockheed Martin F-35, one of the planes the Air Force would continue to acquire under the president's proposed 2015 budget.
Credit Mark Jones Jr. / Flickr

President Obama’s budget proposals have been making waves this week. He and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are pushing to downsize the Army and Air Force and finally end the war in Afghanistan.

But buried deeper in the President's defense budget, are line items for scientific research, says Michael Gessel with the Dayton Development Coalition.

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