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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

Esper Presses Hard For New Civilian Casualty Policy

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The US is doing far more than its allies in coming to grips with causing civilian harm,” a human rights NGO representative who has met with Pentagon leaders said. Still, the gap between government estimates and those from groups on the ground is often wide. 

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Day One: Esper Praises Budget Deal, Warns On China Tech, Iran

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The secretary heads first to CENTCOM to hammer out the details of Operation Sentinel, a plan to monitor and protect shipping from Iran in Persian Gulf.

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Trump: Turkey Is Out of F-35 Program; Esper & Warren Battle In Senate

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A friendly Senate hearing heated up when Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Acting SecDef Esper “you should not be confirmed as Secretary of Defense.”

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US-China Likely To Clash At Shangri La

Posted by Thayer Scott on


We could see the most direct U.S. challenge to China since 2005, when Defense Secretary Rumsfeld became the proverbial skunk at the globalist garden party in Singapore by bluntly chastising the Chinese for what was then only the very beginning of their military modernization program. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Shanahan Keeping Top Staff If Confirmed

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The moves at the top of the Pentagon power structure will create openings elsewhere, as officials continue move in and out of the Trump administration

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Shanahan Finally Nominated, Confirmation May Be Tough

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Acting Defense Secretary, with less than two years of national security experience under his belt, is poised to take over a department in the throes of a rapid modernization project, while rattling sabres with Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, China, and Russia.

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Congress Applauds VP Pence’s Surprise Nixing Of Truman Retirement

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon and Navy leadership say the USS Harry S. Truman must retire so modernization might live. The White House wants to blow that plan up.

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DoDIG Completely Clears Shanahan Of Ethics Charges

Posted by Colin Clark on


Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan did not abuse his office, the DoD Inspector General found.

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DARPA Blackjack: Who’ll Get Prized Satellite Tech, Air Force Or SDA?

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Large networks of small, cheap satellites derived from commercial technology would be harder for China or Russia to kill than a handful of expensive, exquisite military-unique birds. But who gets to build it?

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Will Senate Ground Trump’s Space Force: ‘We Need Some Convincing’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Sen. James Inhofe remains cool to the Space Force and most of his colleagues on a key Senate panel sound like they’re right there with him.

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