On this episode of the Defense Nerds podcast, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould talk about the congressional breakthrough on the supplemental disaster aid bill and what it means for the military. Defense officials have been begging for the funding for months, and now appear poised to finally get it.
The two also look at the Senate Armed Services Committee’s first draft of the annual defense authorization bill, with a specific focus on the military housing provisions. They also tackle the issue of new tax changes hurting military families before offering reflections on Memorial Day.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.
Joe Gould was the senior Pentagon reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry. He had previously served as Congress reporter.