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NATO Joins 27 Countries, Expels Russian Diplomats In Clear Signal To Putin

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As NATO takes unprecedented steps to punish Russia, US Defense Secretary Mattis calls Russian attack in UK “attempted murder.”

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Mattis’ Defense Strategy Raises China To Top Threat; Allies Feature Prominently

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UPDATED: Adds Text Of SecDef Mattis’ Speech At SAIS WASHINGTON: The Trump Administration’s first National Defense Strategy is a vigorously and well written document that marks a major shift from the policies of the Obama and Bush Administrations, calling China and Russia the “central challenge” to the United States. The strategy, a late draft of… Keep reading →

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Sen Graham: ‘Just A Matter of Time’ Til North Korean Redlines Crossed

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WASHINGTON: “When does that moment come when their program matures and goes across those redlines? At the pace we’re on, it’s just a matter of time. If something doesn’t change, it will be inevitable these redlines are met — if there’s another test of a warhead.” Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared to document one of the redlines he… Keep reading →

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Mattis Warns Against US Unpreparedness, Eye On Korea

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AUSA: T.R. Fehrenbach’s seminal history, “This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness” was center stage during Defense Secretary Jim Mattis‘ opening speech here this morning. The message to Congress and the American people, as well as the Army, seemed clear: war against North Korea is possible, though we’ll do everything possible short of war… Keep reading →

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Mattis, McCain Battle CR; McCain Battles Cancer

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WASHINGTON: As Sen. John McCain of Arizona readies for what is almost certainly the last battle of his illustrious life, he appears to be casting aside tactical political positions and striking for the heart of what he believes best for the country. He did so again today, decrying passage of the latest Continuing Resolution and… Keep reading →

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They Hold The Line: Mattis Gives Meaning To Memorial Day

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    At Breaking Defense we read and hear a lot of speeches by generals. Few of them amount to a hill of beans, which is usually the intent of the person delivering the speech. Make no news, unless you’ve got a clear message to send is the rule hewn to. Well, we got a… Keep reading →

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Inside Boeing’s F-18 Pitch To White House; Fewer F-35Cs Means Shorter Fight

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WASHINGTON: If the Navy would buy one squadron of new F-18s (known as the XT, Block 3 or Advanced Super Hornet) instead of the carrier version of the F-35 it “actually improves overall mission capability, while substantially reducing cost.” But the Navy could go even one better and buy two squadrons of the new F-18, which… Keep reading →

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Pilots Can’t Fly, Ships Can’t Sail & Trump’s Budget Is DOA, Say McCain & Thornberry

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WASHINGTON: As Defense Secretary Jim Mattis prepared to appear before the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee to defend President Trump’s first defense budget, GOP stalwarts Sen. John McCain and Rep. Mac Thornberry were telling reporters it was dead on arrival. “We’ve got planes that can’t fly, ships that can’t sail and Army units that can’t train,” McCain,… Keep reading →

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SecDef Presses ‘Acting’ Pentagon Leaders To Act, CSAF GoldFein Says

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WASHINGTON: Until the Trump Administration, one of the standard limits on bureaucratic power was the circumscribed reach of anyone serving in an acting capacity. Unless or until a person was confirmed by the Senate for a senior position in the Pentagon, the argument went, they didn’t possess the political or public authority to make new policy… Keep reading →

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Dunford: Bash Daesh To Point Where Local Forces Can Contain

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WASHINGTON: While Gen. “Fighting Joe” Dunford didn’t discuss the new anti-Daesh strategy in detail today, he laid out the goal during a discussion today at the Brookings Institution: “working in combination with local forces and coalition forces, drive the threat down to the level where local law enforcement, security forces can deal with that threat and therefore,… Keep reading →

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