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

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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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Esper Confirmed As SecDef; Budget Deal Leaves DoD Spending Flat Next Year

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With a two-year budget deal the Pentagon is getting what it wanted: budget certainty. But that certainty comes at a cost.

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Trump Threatens NDAA Veto If House Cuts Stand

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The Trump Administration argues the HASC’s cuts to the defense policy bill would hamper missile detection and defense priorities.

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House Armed Services Scrutinizes F-35 Costs, ABMS, Army Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The HASC wants an independent cost estimate on the F-35 and some detail — any detail — on the plan to replace AWACS. It’s also a little curious about robot tanks.

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HASC to DoD: We’ll Do The Money, You Do A Tech Strategy

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In a markup of the 2020 defense budget, the HASC tells the Pentagon to keep developing new tech but inform the Hill about how and where it might be used.

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ATEC Appeals To Hill For Helicopter Engine Dough

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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Rebuffed by the Army and GAO in its bid to re-engine aging helicopters, ATEC has gone over their heads to Congress and asked legislators for a second chance.

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Army Big 6 Gets $10B More Over 2021-2025

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy says the service’s new five-year budget plan will be finished within weeks.

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Defense Spending Will Bust BCA Caps: Mark Cancian

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One of Washington’s leading budget experts explains how bipartisan supporters of Pentagon funding will steamroll the Budget Control Act.

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NDAA 2020: SASC Emphasizes Tech Race With China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The senators’ draft of the annual defense bill puts a new emphasis on technological competition, including industrial policy moves to strengthen US companies.

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SASC OKs Space Force, But Imposes Tight Oversight

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SASC wants the Air Force and DoD “to come back to the oversight committee every single month” to explain how they are standing up the new Space Force — if it is finally approved by Congress.

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