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Trump admin rushed sweeping immigration policy, but sloppy mistakes could penalize military families

Trump’s new immigration policy applies more harshly to families of U.S. citizens in the military than to families of noncitizens in the military. Experts think it’s an error that suggests officials are pushing policies even they don’t fully understand.... Read more»

Critics attack Trump administration push to expedite uranium mining

Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the door to expedited mining that will put tribal lands and national parks at risk.... Read more»

Pentagon shakeup means no Army photo-op for McSally, Sinema

Officials abruptly cancelled a planned press conference between Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper, and Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally at a Tucson resort after the acting defense secretary suddenly resigned, and Esper was named the Pentagon's new acting chief. ... Read more»

Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

A border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened to send armed soldiers to the border in response. ... Read more»

Pentagon moves ahead on border wall, as House can’t override Trump veto

President Trump’s proposed border wall inched forward this week, as the Democrat-controlled House failed Tuesday to block the border emergency declaration that let the Pentagon approve $1 billion in wall work Monday.... Read more»

Another McSally ad lacked military disclaimer

GOP congressional candidate Martha McSally has pulled down a Spanish-language campaign ad after TucsonSentinel.com questioned why it lacked a disclaimer required by Defense Department regulations that cover election activity by retired members of the military. The ad was later reposted online with the disclaimer.... Read more»3

McSally campaign photo may fly in face of military regs

A photograph of Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally in military uniform, posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter, appears to be a violation of a Defense Department directive. Members of the military — including retired officers such as McSally — are prohibited from using photographs of themselves in uniform as the "primary graphic representation in any campaign media."... Read more»2

Air Force's largest solar project planned for Davis-Monthan

Construction of the largest solar energy array in the U.S. Air Force will begin at the end of June on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The project is expected to save the base $500,000 per year in energy costs.... Read more»

Report: Az's smaller defense firms face sequester cuts

Smaller companies with contracts to supply products and services to Arizona’s top-tier aerospace and defense companies face the greatest threat if sequestration cuts take effect, according to a report released Tuesday.... Read more»

Flake calls sequester a scare tactic

Arizona would face millions in budget cuts and see the loss of services to thousands of residents if automatic budget cuts are allowed to take effect Friday, the White House warned. Critics, like Sen. Jeff Flake, accused the administration of engaging in scare tactics.... Read more»

Missing: $200M in gas receipts for NATO aid in Afghanistan

The U.S. government is unable to “account for $201 million” worth of fuel purchases for the Afghan Army, according to a special report by a government watchdog on Dec. 20.... Read more»

Pentagon loses Afghan fuel records

What happened to almost $475 million worth of oil destined for the Afghan National Army? That’s what the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) would like to know. ... Read more»

Amidst cuts, Army outfits chauffeurs

While the military looks to cut spending, the Army solicits new uniforms for drivers.... Read more»1