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Report: Air Force calls diversion of funds for border wall a national security risk

Report: Air Force calls diversion of funds for border wall a national security risk

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force, in a report revealed Friday, said the planned $ 3.6 billion diversion of military funds for a border wall is a risk of national security. The report, obtained by NBC News, outlines 51 military projects scheduled to lose funding, and their importance to national security. Contraction projects supporting the European Defense Initiative, which deters Russian aggression in Europe, is among the most notable. It cites that without properly constructed buildings, personnel and 12 F/A-22 fighter planes at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany "will have no shelter facilities in case of enemy attack, making the assets vulnerable to destruction." Funding for airport upgrades in Germany, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Slovakia and Hungary have been cancelled because of t...
Report: Upcoming North Korea-U.S. nuclear talks aimed at drafting agreement

Report: Upcoming North Korea-U.S. nuclear talks aimed at drafting agreement

World
SEOUL, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Working-level talks expected to take place between the United States and North Korea late this month are part of a process to draft an agreement to be signed at the countries' next summit, a pro-Pyongyang newspaper in Japan said Thursday. Earlier this week, the North expressed a willingness to hold working-level talks with the United States in late September in what would mark a resumption of the negotiating process that reached a deadlock with February's no-deal summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Choson Sinbo newspaper said the upcoming talks are a "process to discuss and fine-tune the content to be included in an agreement to be signed at a summit" and therefore, the negotiating teams bear a heavy responsibility....
GAO report: Pentagon spent nearly $1B on improper travel payments

GAO report: Pentagon spent nearly $1B on improper travel payments

Business
Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Department of Defense incorrectly distributed nearly a billion dollars in travel fees over a three- year period, a General Accounting Office report said. The 54-page report, issued this week, noted that "improper payments -- including payments that should not have been made or were made in an incorrect amount -- are a long-standing, significant challenge in the federal government. Both GAO and the DOD Inspector General have reported on problems related to improper payments in DOD's travel pay program." It noted that in fiscal years from 2016 to 2018, the Defense Department disbursed $ 18.3 billion after travelers submitted expense vouchers for refunds. About $ 965.5 million was improperly distributed. The report added that beginning in 2017, the Defense Department be...