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We’ll Watch Trump’s Actions: UK Gen. Bradshaw, Top NATO Leader

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: With just 10 days before Donald Trump’s inauguration, our European allies appear to have gotten over the initial shock of his election and moved to a wait-and-see mode. They’ll judge him by his actions in office, not by his mixed messages on the campaign trail. “What I detect from my colleagues within NATO is… Keep reading →

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Carter Evasive On South China Sea While China Targets Philippines

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In its eagerness to avoid offending the Chinese, is the administration giving them a green light in the disputed South China Sea? This afternoon, on the eve of his departure for the Philippines and India, Defense Secretary Ash Carter carefully tiptoed around ongoing Chinese national security provocations. Several experts I spoke to were not reassured. Carter… Keep reading →

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‘If We Fail, Fire Us’: CSA Gen. Milley On Acquisition Changes

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WASHINGTON: The defense bill now on President Obama’s desk would restore long-lost procurement powers to the top officers of the armed services. That’s great, the new Chief of Staff of the Army said last night, but it’s just a start. “Cut us loose, and see what happens,” Gen. Milley said last night at the Council… Keep reading →

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Special Operations: What New Powers They Need From Congress & Pentagon

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WASHINGTON: America’s commandos have been darlings of the Congress, Pentagon, and the media since 9/11. Now, as Special Operations Forces reorient from Iraq and Afghanistan to lower-profile missions worldwide in places like Mali, they will need new sources of funding and new legal authorities — changes that may rub both Congress and the four armed… Keep reading →

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US, Allies Military Spending Foretold to Sink Substantially

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Washington: The bad news: U.S. defense spending is likely — almost certain — to decline. The worse news — our allies spending is also likely to go down even more than it already has. The Council on Foreign Relations has just published what most western strategists and those of our Pacific allies can only regard… Keep reading →

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