Ever single line item under the budget remains under heavy review, as the Defense Department and the rest of the federal government look to shave costs and reduce the nation’s debt, said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley at AFA’s Air & Space Conference Monday. Roughly 40 percent of the Air Force’s budget is dedicated to personnel costs, so that means coveted items such as health care and benefits must also be considered, he added. “We need to make sure that the compensation earned is sustainable over the long haul,” said Donley. However, he echoed previous comments by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, saying any changes to pensions and other benefits are likely to be grandfathered for today’s airmen.
Dec. 1, 2020
Dec. 1, 2020
NATO leaders will discuss the way ahead in Afghanistan during this week's defense ministerial meeting, but a final decision on whether to stay or leave the country is not expected until February, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Nov. 30. “In the months ahead, we will continue to assess…
Nov. 29, 2020
Capt. Kelliann Leli, a Travis Air Force Base doctor who was deployed to the United Arab Emirates in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, died in a “non-combat related vehicle accident at Al-Dhafra Air Base” on Nov. 27, a 60th Air Mobility Wing release stated. An investigation into the incident is…