Tag Archives: Defense Secretary James Mattis

Shipyard, Depot Employees, MSC Civilian Mariners Exempted From Hiring Freeze

Shipyard, Depot Employees, MSC Civilian Mariners Exempted From Hiring Freeze

Sailors and Civil Service Mariners attached Military Sealift Command's expeditionary mobile base, USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3), recover a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), May 16, 2016. MSC Photo

Sailors and Civil Service Mariners attached Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary mobile base, USNS Lewis B. Puller (T-ESB 3), recover a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), May 16, 2016. MSC Photo

Shipyard and depot maintenance workers and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners have been exempted from the federal hiring freeze, according to a guidance memo signed Wednesday by Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work. Read More

Mattis Budget Guidance Prioritizes Readiness, Previews 2018 Defense Strategy

Mattis Budget Guidance Prioritizes Readiness, Previews 2018 Defense Strategy

Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks with reporters on Feb. 1, 2017 in route to South Korea. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks with reporters on Feb. 1, 2017 in route to South Korea. DoD Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from Todd Harrison and Bryan Clark.

Defense Secretary James Mattis released an initial budget guidance memo that prioritizes current readiness, filling in shortfalls and then building a larger and more capable force. Read More

Trump Calls for Plan to Defeat ISIS, Requirements Mirror Obama Admin Approach

Trump Calls for Plan to Defeat ISIS, Requirements Mirror Obama Admin Approach

Image from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) via AFP.

Image from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) via AFP.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the creation of a strategy to defeat the Islamic State, bringing in multiple federal departments and agencies with requirements that closely mirror how the Obama Administration had approached the problem. Read More

Federal Hiring Freeze Includes Navy Shipyards Despite National Security Exemption Clause

Federal Hiring Freeze Includes Navy Shipyards Despite National Security Exemption Clause

Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN-725) arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a high-priority docking continuous maintenance availability on Aug. 20, 2015. US Navy Photo

Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN-725) arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a high-priority docking continuous maintenance availability on Aug. 20, 2015. US Navy Photo

The federal government hiring freeze signed last week by President Donald Trump applies to all Navy shipyards and repair facilities despite an exemption for “national security or public safety responsibilities,” but the Defense Department may make some exemptions before the 90-day hiring freeze expires. Read More