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Budget 2020: A CR, Sequestration And Some Compromises?

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on

The White House defense budget for 2020 falls short of commitments made and actual requirements to meet the military’s strategy, but it begins to shift priorities and start the long process of investing in long-term competition with China and Russia. Washington still lacks the budget details for another week, but here are some initial reflections… Keep reading →

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Russia’s Strategy, ISIS’ Future & Countering China: CJCS Dunford Speaks

Posted by James Kitfield on

  Gen. Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff, spoke last week with a small group of traveling reporters after attending a conference of NATO Military Chiefs in Warsaw, including Breaking Defense contributor James Kitfield. Dunford described Russia’s strategy for pulling NATO apart and reiterated that Moscow poses the single greatest global threat to the UnIted… Keep reading →

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Army AMPV On Track To Enter Production, Early!

Posted by Colin Clark on

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AMPV is a well-armored, all-terrain workhorse that will replace geriatric M113s in a host of roles from battlefield transport to armored ambulance to mobile command post.

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NATO Ops Center Goes 24/7 To Counter Russians: Gen. Scaparrotti

Posted by James Kitfield on

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NATO is dusting off Cold War concepts such as deterrence, rapid reinforcement and battle readiness as it faces a Russian destabilization campaign. Our contributor James Kitfield is traveling with Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, as the Marine general attends the NATO summit in Warsaw. Kitfield spoke with Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, about the Russian threat… Keep reading →

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House, Senate Only 0.6% Apart On Defense Budget: $704B vs. $708B

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. graphic from HASC & SASC data

WASHINGTON: Despite reported differences, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees propose almost identical toplines for national security spending. In an apples to apples comparison, after correcting for discrepancies in what the two committees count, HASC’s total is $704 billion, SASC’s is $708. That’s a difference of just 0.6 percent, presenting a strong united front… Keep reading →

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