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Trump Picks Milley For Joint Chiefs Chairman: A Bold Reformer — But Will They Clash?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Trump certainly fell in and out of love fast with the last outspoken warrior-intellectual he hired, short-lived National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

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Army Building 1,000-Mile Supergun

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


While the Strategic Long-Range Cannon will hit targets at ranges comparable to bleeding-edge hypersonics missiles, Army officials emphasized the cannon is built on proven principles, just bigger.

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Army Says It Needs $2B More Per Year For Big Six: Over Half For Air & Missile Defense

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Looking to spend billions more on its top modernization programs, the Army is changing things up by spending those dollars in places that might come as a bit of a surprise.

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What Really Mattered In 2017 (Our Top 10 List)

Posted by Colin Clark on


This is a list of the most important stories and opinion pieces we ran at Breaking Defense in 2017. It’s a bit like our coverage: freewheeling, often unexpected and, hopefully, poking at the spots where policymakers in the US, NATO, Australia, Japan, South Korea and our other treaty allies and partners need to look. We… Keep reading →

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No White House ‘Chaos’; Trump’s Korea Remarks Calculated: H.R. McMaster

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: There’s no “feuding” or “chaos” in the Trump White House, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster insisted yesterday. Anyone who pushed their personal agenda at the expense of the president’s is now either gone or neutralized by Chief of Staff John Kelly, McMaster added. Both men are military officers, as is Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. McMaster… Keep reading →

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Too Many Generals In Trump Administration?

Posted by Joan Johnson-Freese on


President Donald Trump named retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis as Defense Secretary, the highest-ranking civilian position in the Pentagon. Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was named first to head the Homeland Security Department and then replaced Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster replaced Air Force Gen. Mike Flynn… Keep reading →

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McMaster: Russian Info Ops Major Focus Of New National Security Strategy

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Fact. China controls 90 percent of the world’s trade with North Korea. When President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar a Lago club there was, “frank recognition that China does have a great deal of control — a great deal of control over that situation, mainly through the coercive power… Keep reading →

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Why We Lost The Afghan War

Posted by Douglas Wissing on


U.S-enabled corruption lost the Afghan War. The Afghan government is a failed state, incapable of effectively governing or defending its citizens. Corruption funds the enemy, with hundreds of millions of dollars skimmed from U.S. logistics and aid money. Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said in 2016: “The ultimate point of failure for our efforts … wasn’t an insurgency.… Keep reading →

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White House Needs To Curb Iran’s Cruise Missiles

Posted by Jonathan Ruhe on


H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s newly appointed National Security Advisor, must ensure the new administration reverses a decades-old pattern of neglecting Iran’s nuclear-capable cruise missile capabilities and their importance to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The White House had no trouble marshaling evidence for its decision to put Iran “on notice” last month but then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn failed… Keep reading →

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Trump’s Generals: A Breaking Defense eBook

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Mike Flynn: You’re fired! H.R. McMaster, Jim Mattis, John Kelly: You’re hired!

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