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No, The Pentagon Did NOT Waste $28 Billion

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


One of our primary goals here at Breaking Defense is to try and avoid the madness of the daily news cycle and tell our readers what is really happening, as best as any human can tell at any time. The following explanation by two experienced defense budget experts of what really happened to $28 billion discussed in a… Keep reading →

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Army Awards Northrop $289M For IBCS Missile Defense Network

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Chief of Staff Mark Milley declared air and missile defense the Army’s No. 5 priority — one of the Big Six which the service is pushing to accelerate, if necessary at the expense of everything else in their budget.

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Disaster Averted – For Now: The Pentagon In 2018

Posted by Kathleen Hicks on


The Trump Administration managed to avoid starting wars or crippling NATO in fiscal year 2018, writes CSIS scholar Kathleen Hicks in this op-ed, but as we stagger into 2019, the fates of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, his National Defense Strategy, and the Pentagon budget remain alarmingly uncertain. We continue our partnership with DC’s leading defense… Keep reading →

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Navy Looks Outside Budget To Help Build New Boomers

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy is moving ahead with its Ohio replacement submarines, and is using a little-noticed budgetary gimmick to pay for some of it.

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Rep. Gabbard Pushes For Heftier Hawaiian Missile Defenses

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Pentagon planners aren’t only worried about North Korean ICBMs, but Chinese hypersonics and medium-range missiles. That means, according to analysts, that an array of distributed systems are needed to meet a wide range of potential threats.

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Hull Watch: 355 Ship Navy Might Take Until 2052, Navy Official Concedes

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Navy is going wobbly on its 355 ship fleet, but Capitol Hill doesn’t want to hear it.

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Coast Guard Fears Two-Year Budget Boost Just A Blip: Adm. Zukunft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Adm. Zukunft says he doesn’t want to return to the old culture of “martyrdom” when the service prided itself on doing more with less even as it ran its equipment and people into the ground.

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Crucial Polish Missile Defense Site Delayed Two Years: MDA

Posted by Paul McLeary on


With the Pentagon and White House increasingly worried about ballistic missile threats from “rogue” states and peer competitors, the Polish site is increasingly critical.

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Wittman, Courtney Question Omnibus Ship Numbers, Funding

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Wait — doesn’t this omnibus fund 14 new ships for the Navy, compared to 13 in the National Defense Authorization Act and just eight in President Trump’s request? Yes, but not all ships are created equal, Wittman said.

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House Approps Chair Promises Pentagon ‘Flexibility’ On O&M Funds

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Legislators will probably loosen some rules on federal spending to help the Pentagon cope with Congress’s failure to pass funding bills until six months into the fiscal year. Budget dysfunction has gotten so bad it’s forcing even the famously strict appropriations committees to loosen the reins after years of resistance.

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