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EXCLUSIVE: Shanahan Keeping Top Staff If Confirmed

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The moves at the top of the Pentagon power structure will create openings elsewhere, as officials continue move in and out of the Trump administration

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Bigger Debt Means Smaller Budgets (But We Need More Shipyards): DoD Officials

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Even as one official warned that budget pressures would squeeze the budget, another said the nation must expand the defense industrial base to build a 355-ship Navy.

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

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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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Trump’s Industrial Base Report Blames China, Sequestration

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Congress and China have emerged as the primary culprits for the weakening the US defense industrial base. Those are the most striking findings of a new White House report that takes a deep-dive into the state of defense manufacturing in the United States, sounding alarm bells over the decline in capability and the rise of China’s industrial might.

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Trump OK’s Huge Industrial Base Study: Rollout May Be Delayed

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President Trump approved a major study of America’s national security economy last week after meeting with Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. But Hurricane Florence might have something to say about when it’s released!

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White House Industrial Base Study Focuses On Near-Term Fixes

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


These single points of failure already limit military modernization and potentially could disrupt operations in a crisis. That’s especially true if production needed to ramp up urgently for a major war, a subject the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, has publicly angsted about.

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Pentagon Wants Industry to be Smart on Cyber, But No Plan Yet

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Under constant cyber attack, the Pentagon is struggling to find ways to incorporate cyber security as part of the contracting process.

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DoD, White House Likely To Fight Chinese Monopoly on Rare Earth Minerals

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With an Executive Order and a new study due soon that promises to take a hard line against Chinese imports, the Trump administration is opening a new front, while protecting the US defense industry.

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Industrial Base Analysis Picks Up Steam; Recommendations To White House By April

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WASHINGTON: President Trump’s sweeping review of the national security industrial base — from shipbuilding to microchips, strategic minerals to vaccines — is almost halfway done. A score of working groups across the government, not just the Pentagon, will submit their draft recommendations this month and next, an administration official briefed on the review tells me. Then… Keep reading →

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Industrial Base Too ‘Brittle’ For Big War: Dunford

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CAPITOL HILL: Is the arsenal of democracy out of business? Probably not, but America’s “increasingly brittle industrial base” may not be able to sustain our forces in a protracted war, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Joseph Dunford, warned the Senate in a written statement this morning. It’s a problem a lot of people… Keep reading →

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