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Transparent & Apolitical: SecDef Esper’s Pledge

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


In a media-wary administration, the big news from Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s formal press briefing was that he actually held one, and pledged to keep doing so.

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Esper: F-35 Won’t Hit 80% Readiness, Cites Stealth Parts

Posted by Colin Clark on


“Transparency (canopy) supply shortages continue to be the main obstacle to achieving this. We are seeking additional sources to fix unserviceable canopies,” Esper said in response to written questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Shanahan Finally Nominated, Confirmation May Be Tough

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Acting Defense Secretary, with less than two years of national security experience under his belt, is poised to take over a department in the throes of a rapid modernization project, while rattling sabres with Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, China, and Russia.

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Will Budget Crunch Pentagon Laser & Space Investments?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Despite increasing uncertainty over President Trump’s surprise proposal to cut $33 billion from defense, the Pentagon’s R&D chief says he’s confident more cash will be pumped into laser weapons and new space capabilities.

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Halt Refueling Of Saudi Warplanes; Defensive Arms Sales OK: SASC’s Jack Reed

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Stop refueling Saudi warplanes as they fly to and fro, bombing, strafing and generally laying waste to Yemen. Freeze the sale of offensive weapons to the Kingdom of Saud. But the sale of defensive weapons is another matter, Sen. Jack Reed told reporters this morning. The danger posed by Houthi missiles and other threats… Keep reading →

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Pence, DoD Roll Out Harder Line on China, Russia

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Vice President joined Mattis, the Centcom chief, and Trump’s NATO Ambassador in slamming Russian and Chinese moves. The push comes just before a major White House report takes even more specific aim at China’s industrial policies.

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Smart Rifles For Foot Soldiers: Army NGSW Prototype Contracts Out In June

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army is just weeks away from awarding contracts to begin buying prototypes of new infantry weapons, with live-fire tests next year.

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The Great Afghan Paradox

Posted by James Kitfield on


By most metrics the war in Afghanistan is going badly.

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

Posted by Colin Clark on


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

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Exclusive — Rethinking Intel In The Age of Trump: DNI Coats & PDDNI Gordon

Posted by James Kitfield on


The great challenge for intelligence agencies in the age of Trump was dramatically highlighted this month when a senior South Korean delegation arrived at the White House carrying a secret bombshell message. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un wanted a face-to-face summit with President Donald Trump to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. Waiting to debrief… Keep reading →

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