National Defense Week headlines 4/24: Pentagon wants to close bases without Congress

This week’s headlines:

The Pentagon says it may start closing and consolidating military bases in the United States, even without approval on base realignment and closure from Congress

The Army’s acting Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics says her branch will seek more dialogue with the defense industrial base

The House of Representatives wants a new study on restarting the F-22 program

The House may ask the Air Force to consider buying more B-21 bombers

The Air Force says announcing the price tag of the B-21 program would give too much information to adversaries

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says China is still welcome to participate in the Rim of the Pacific exercise this year, even with the tension in the South China Sea

The first test of a lightweight F-35 helmet is judged a success

Photo credit: Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2005) – Members of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) question Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark, Commandant of the Marine Corps Michael W. Hagee and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Infrastructure Analysis) Anne Davis during hearings on the recommended restructuring of the nations defense installations. This was the first time the Navy and Marine Corps leadership appeared before the commission to review the realignment and closures list. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera

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