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Trump’s Claim Of $2.5 Trillion In DoD Dough: Not True

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


If you count next year’s budget, the president will be actually selling himself short. But his other superlatives are not justified.

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Bolton Warns Trump: North Korea ‘Will Never Give Up’ Nukes

Posted by Colin Clark on


“Every day that goes by makes North Korea a more dangerous country,” John Bolton said at CSIS. “When does it become too late? Today is better than tomorrow. Tomorrow is better than the next day.”

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KC-46: Too Crucial To Fail

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“There is no other option at this point,” explains Todd Harrison, the director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “The Air Force needs new tankers, and Boeing is the only one making them.”

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Tackling Hypersonic Threats: Offense Or Missile Defense?

Posted by Colin Clark on


Offensive missiles are much cheaper than missile defenses. So is the best defense a good offense?

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All Services Sign On To Data Sharing – But Not To Multi-Domain

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“We need to have any sensor connect to any shooter at very rapid machine-to-machine speed,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said, “if we’re going to multi-domain operations.” But aye, there’s the rub: Are we?

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Army Helicopters Underfunded (Even Worse Than Everything Else): CSIS

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Every Breaking Defense reader has a good idea how huge the US military’s modernization backlog is. But it sometimes takes a deep dive to show how big the problem is. In a new study by the Center for Strategic & International Studies — embedded below — scholars Gabriel Coll, Andrew Hunter, and Robert Karlen look… Keep reading →

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GE’s ITEP Win & The Army’s Inch-By-Inch Revolution

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Having wasted tens of billions and almost 30 years since the end of the Cold War, the Army is out of time. But after decades of incremental improvements, its existing weapons — including the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that GE’s new engine will upgrade – are overweight, underpowered, and running out of room to grow. Meanwhile, the Army’s attempts at a high-tech great leap forward kept getting cancelled as unaffordable, unfeasible, or both.

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$750 Billion Or Bust? Trump’s (Latest) Big Defense Budget Bound For Big Fights

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Few of the experts we spoke to expect the administration to actually see the full $750 billion President Trump will reportedly propose this week. Between Trump himself calling the figure a “negotiating tactic” and the potential for it driving a $1.2 trillion deficit, the odds are awfully long.

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Trump Advisor Charges “Globalist” Conspiracy to Undermine China Trade Deal

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: President Trump’s top advisor on trade and manufacturing policy railed against “globalist billionaires” and Wall Street executives during a forceful, hour-long speech in Washington on Friday. Peter Navarro accused US business leaders of being “unregistered foreign agents” working for Beijing trying to pressure President Donald Trump into a trade deal with China. “When these… Keep reading →

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Democratic House Hurts Space Corps, Nuke Modernization, & Pentagon Topline

Posted by Mark Cancian on


WASHINGTON: The Democrats’ recapturing the House means three major impacts on the Defense Department: The odds are that controversial Trump priorities like new nuclear weapons and a Space Force will go nowhere, defense budgets will go down, and oversight will go up, up, up. Program winners and losers The most likely losers are nuclear modernization… Keep reading →

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