Obama Administration

Accomplishments on Military & Defense

  • Transgender Americans able to serve openly in the military after the Department of Defense lifted a ban prohibiting them from serving
  • All active duty service members eligible for 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave through new rule by the Department of Defense
  • Ten Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay for fourteen years transferred to Oman
    Jan 14 2016
  • Female soldiers roles expanded to serve in any combat position
  • Military personnel who handled service dogs in combat zones given first rights of adoption after the dog retires from duty
  • First openly gay American nominated to become Secretary of the Army
  • Number of US and Russian nuclear warheads deployed reduced by two-thirds by 2017
    Feb 05 2011
  • Number of US and Russian strategic nuclear missile launchers reduced in half by 2017
    Feb 05 2011
  • Oversight and audit required of those major defense programs experiencing cost overruns to determine if the programs are essential and cost-effective
    May 22 2009
  • Funding provided to hire and retain highly skilled specialists to assess the cost, schedule and applicability of proposed Defense Dept weapons systems
    May 22 2009
  • Annual awards program established to recognize individuals and teams making significant contributions to improving efficiency of defense aquisition programs
    May 22 2009
  • Dept of Defense systems analysis, engineering and developmental testing processes overhauled to reduce high rates of failure on defense acquisitions
    May 22 2009
  • Defense Dept ordered to evaluate the technological maturity and product knowledge of critical weapons' technologies before letting defense contracts
    May 22 2009
  • Independent cost assesessment director initiated to ensure that cost estimates for major Defense contracts are fair, reliable, and unbiased
    May 22 2009
  • Defense oversight council required to seek input from combat commanders in evaluating proposed weapons system capabilities and needs
    May 22 2009
  • Defense contractors prohibited from participating in both the systems engineering and the development /construction phases of the weapon systems
    May 22 2009