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Flake Amendments to NDAA Would Cut LCS Buy, Limit Trump Parade

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Sen. Jeff Flake filed two significant amendments to the 2019 NDAA Tuesday afternoon, attempting to strip one Littoral Combat Ship from the budget previously approved by the Senate, and restrict how much the Pentagon can spend on any military parade ordered by President Donald Trump.

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Despite Trump’s Signature, NDAA Fights Still Brewing

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The US Capitol seen from the Newseum this morning during a US Naval Institute conference.

The White House only has a few objections to this year’s NDAA, and lets Congress know what they are as the Senate gears up for debate.

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Despite Trump’s Rhetoric, U.S. Defense Firms Pitch Moving Production To India

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As big defense firms line up to pitch their fighter planes to India, the government of Narendra Modi is demanding they build in India, something that might be at odds with the Trumpian America First philosophy.

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Pentagon Sounds Alarm Over Sub-Hunting Tech Shortage, Hypersonic Funding

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WASHINGTON The Navy says it is running short of critical submarine-detecting sonobuoys, thanks to stepped-up submarine activity by Russia in the Mediterranean and around Europe. As a result, the service has asked Congress to reprogram $20 million to buy more of the detection devices in an Omnibus funding package the Pentagon sent to Congress earlier… Keep reading →

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Senate Approps Joins House Boosting F-35 Buy; State Warns Turkey On JSF

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F-35As in flight

The two houses of Congress are yet to haggle over the final draft of the 2019 defense spending bill, but Turkey’s role is looking more precarious by the day.

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Senate NDAA Breaks With House, Trump On ZTE, Troop Numbers

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The two houses of Congress say they can get their differences squared away by the end of July, but there are some real differences to overcome, and a serious objection from the White House yet to come.

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SASC Pushes For More Hypersonics As Putin Flaunts New Weapons

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is promoting what he says are unbeatable hypersonic weapons, and Capitol Hill is listening closely. The result is hundreds of millions in new funding lines.

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Navy Looks Outside Budget To Help Build New Boomers

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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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HASC Budget Adds Hypersonic Weapons, A-10s, Strykers, But Fewer Bureaucrats

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The budget battles have begun, with Republicans and Democrats already sparring over Rep. Mac Thornberry’s call to slash DoD civilians by 20 percent.

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USAF Announces Major New Hypersonic Weapon Contract

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The Pentagon is moving out quickly amid worries that China has outpaced U.S. capabilities in hypersonic weapons development.

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