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Hyten Endures: Sen. McSally Declares Him ‘Innocent’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


But Col. Kathryn Spletstoser doubled down on her accusations against her former boss: “He could have raped me.”

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Gen. Milley Pledges To Speak Truth To Trump

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“Arlington is full of our comrades, and we understand absolutely full well the hazards of our chosen profession … and we are not going to be intimidated into making stupid decisions. We will give our best military advice, regardless of the consequences to ourselves.”

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Continuing Resolution Would Disrupt 118 Army Programs: Gen. McConville

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Addressing topics from modernization to millennials, Trump’s pick for Army Chief of Staff sailed through his confirmation hearing — except for six bitter minutes.

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2019 Forecast: Budget Battles & Confirmation Wars

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Trump’s pick to replace Sec. Jim Mattis will be a key indicator about where the president wants to drive the department — and the confirmation process will show what the Senate will accept — while the defense budget may be collateral damage from a bitterly divided Congress.

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First UN Mil-Mil Talks With North Korea In 11 years; What They Mean

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  WASHINGTON: Most observers of President Trump’s North Korean diplomacy are understandably skeptical of whether the Hermit Kingdom is any closer to curbing expansion of its nuclear arsenal. But presumptive commander of UN Korean Forces did present evidence today to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the temperature of conflict on the Korean peninsula really… Keep reading →

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How McCain & Milley Created Army Futures Command: It Almost Didn’t Happen

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“None of this would be happening without someone who’s not here today, and that’s Senator John McCain, an American hero,” General Milley said to some of the loudest applause of the day.

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No More Defense Industry Nominees, McCain Tells Trump

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    UPDATE: Explains Ambiguity of McCain’s Statement; At Least One More Industry Nominee Probably Coming WASHINGTON: President Trump was put on notice today by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee that he should not nominate any more candidates for senior Pentagon jobs from the defense industry. Republican Sen. John McCain was joined… Keep reading →

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DoD Nominations Logjam About To Break: Mattis Aide (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: There are a lot of empty offices around the E-ring, the most prestigious sector of the Pentagon, where top defense officials enjoy the rare privilege of windows. But that’s about to change, a senior aide to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told me. “There’s a bow wave of names that are very close to being… Keep reading →

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Randy Forbes Still Long Shot For SecNav; Mattis Not A Fan

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Rep. Randy Forbes still has plenty of fans, but Sec. Jim Mattis apparently isn’t one of them, which makes Forbes a long shot for Secretary of the Navy. Yes, the withdrawal of Philip Bilden’s nomination for SecNav reopens Forbes’ path to the position, even triggering an endorsement from The Wall Street Journal. But it’s… Keep reading →

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Presumptive Air Force Chief Appears To Shift On B-21 Cost Info

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UPDATED: Adds Air Force Statement  WASHINGTON: The administration’s nominee for Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David Goldfein, came before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning promising to improve Air Force relations with Congress. And Goldfein delivered, to the point of apparently agreeing with a pleased SASC chairman John McCain that the service should… Keep reading →

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