Faced with an estimated shortage of 31,000 military child care spaces in military dependent care facilities, DOD officials are adding modular buildings, constructing new child care centers, and contracting with civilian centers. New facilities on military bases will soon provide for about 4,000 children of active duty and reserve service personnel. That still leaves about 27,000 kids on wait lists. Jan Witte, director of DOD’s Office of Children and Youth, says the focus is on bases with demanding deployment rates and those gaining troops redeploying from overseas bases. DOD’s current annual tab on military child care is $434 million, and DOD has spent $60 million in supplemental funding over the last three years, just to extend child care services for children with one or both parents deployed overseas.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…