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Congress Applauds VP Pence’s Surprise Nixing Of Truman Retirement

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon and Navy leadership say the USS Harry S. Truman must retire so modernization might live. The White House wants to blow that plan up.

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Rep. Wittman On KC-46: ‘Boeing – Get It Done. Just Get It Done.’ In The Loop Podcast

Posted by Colin Clark on


With KC-46s stacking up on the apron, the Air Force and Boeing have been at an impasse for months over whether the service would accept delivery of the troubled tanker. Rep. Rob Wittman has one bit of advice for Boeing: “Simply to Boeing: Get it Done. Get it done.”

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HASC Seapower Chair Wittman Presses For Hypersonic Focus

Posted by Rep. Rob Wittman on


  For years, the Pentagon has dreamed and worked to build what it has called Prompt Global Strike, The idea is simple: to build a hypersonic weapon that can destroy targets anywhere on earth within an hour of getting targeting data and permission to launch. The technology and the physics are not simple; nor are they cheap.… Keep reading →

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It’s Not Buy America: Admin Aide On Trump’s Sweeping Industrial Base Study

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Is the Defense Industrial Base study required by the Trump Administration’s new Executive Order the groundwork for a new Buy America push or a bold strategic act reminiscent of President Eisenhower’s Solarium project, begun just four months after he took office? Many of the defense analysts, industry people and acquisition experts I’ve spoken with… Keep reading →

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B-21 Bomber Boost? KC-46 Still Late

Posted by Colin Clark on


  CORRECTED: What Gen. Harris Meant To Say Was A Total Bomber Fleet of 165; Still “At Least” 100 B-21s WASHINGTON: How many B-21 bombers will the US need? 80? 100? 165? Bound by the president’s budget on one side and congressional appropriations on the other, the head of Air Force acquisition was very careful in… Keep reading →

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Good News For Navy In 2017 NDAA & Beyond: Rep. Courtney

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: While big-ticket additions to the Navy budget like F-35 fighters and Littoral Combat Ships didn’t survive conference, there are several smaller but strategic plus-ups in the annual defense policy bill that make a major difference for the fleet, Rep. Joe Courtney told me this afternoon. What’s more, with House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac… Keep reading →

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Law Of The Sea: US In, China Out? Dems Push Ratification

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Leading legislators from both parties welcomed today’s UN tribunal ruling against Chinese claims in the South China Sea. But while Republicans focused on China’s misdeeds, Democrats consistently brought up an American omission: The United States has never ratified the very treaty empowering the tribunal to stand up China, the UN Convention on the Law of… Keep reading →

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HASC To Navy: We Want More Ships!

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED from Hill staff briefing CAPITOL HILL: The House seapower subcommittee continued its crusade for more warships, adding vessels and relentlessly rejecting reductions in its draft portion of the annual defense policy bill. The full committee will mark up all draft language for the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act next week. As we’d predicted, the bill… Keep reading →

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Forbes: DoD Budget Should Rise As Threats Do, Budget Deal Be Damned

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: With the House Armed Services Committee marking up its annual defense bill next week, the outspoken chairman of HASC’s seapower subcommittee told Breaking Defense he wants to undo last year’s budget deal — which he opposed and which drops Pentagon spending in 2017 — to get more dollars for defense. That’s political heavy lifting, I told Forbes. House speaker… Keep reading →

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Care About Congress? Read Our Monthly Op-Eds By Rep. Randy Forbes

Posted by Colin Clark on


One of the Capitol’s top defense lawmakers, Rep. Randy Forbes, will write an exclusive monthly opinion piece for Breaking Defense. What topics will he cover, Pentagon and industry leaders may want to know? Well, Forbes chairs the House Armed Services seapower and power projection subcommittee. That puts him smack in the middle of the debate… Keep reading →

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