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WASHINGTON — NAFCU and the Defense Credit Union Council are fighting part of the Defense Department over whether it can issue a credit card through an agent issuing program with a bank.

A spokesman for the Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) described the military retail and entertainment organization as a “military command with a retail mission.” Active duty and retired military personnel by goods and services at the more than 140 AAFES retail outlets worldwide, buy food at the more than 2,200 fast food outlets the command owns, and manages and shops at the temporary facilities the command maintains for front line troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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