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New Threats Spark DoD Spending Debate: Thinktanks Ponder $2 Trillion In Options

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: If you were hoping, after a bitterly contentious presidential campaign, that at least we’d have consensus on national defense spending…tough luck. Instead, teams from five leading thinktanks — spanning the political spectrum but all using the same budget simulator — came up with a more than $2 trillion spread of options. They debated their plans… Keep reading →

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Seoul’s Cold Feet On Taking Command? New South Korean Ambassador Responds

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US advisors train South Korean troops in 1952. 61 years later, Seoul remains reluctant to take full command on the peninsula.

WASHINGTON: For six decades, Americans have been in charge of the joint US-Korean headquarters that would control both countries’ forces in the event of war. The South Koreans were supposed to take over the Combined Forces Command in 2015, but now Seoul is getting cold feet about ending the Cold War arrangement — and Korea’s new… Keep reading →

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Defense Execs Say Deeper DoD Budget Cuts, Higher Taxes OK

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[updated Wednesday 12/5] WASHINGTON: Top executives from four major defense and aerospace firms sent a message to Congress and the Obama administration today: the nation expects its elected leaders to lead and the well-paid executives are willing to accept higher personal and corporate taxes on the path to find a solution to the nation’s fiscal… Keep reading →

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Navy Needs Both LCS Versions For War With China, Iran; Navy UnderSec Defends Program

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WASHINGTON: While the Littoral Combat Ship is not suited for the front lines of a war with China, it would provide vital protection to US supply lines in such conflict, said Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work, and against Iran, LCS would be in the battle from “day one,” with eight LCSs ultimately operating… Keep reading →

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