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Space Force Will Have Seat On Joint Chiefs, Not Full Independence; Costs TBD

Posted by Paul McLeary on


PENTAGON: The Air Force has eked out a victory in the Pentagon’s latest proposal for a Space Force. While many in the Air Force would prefer to keep their current preeminent role in space operations and not create a new service at all, the current plan — to be submitted by year’s end for inclusion… Keep reading →

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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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The Marines Must Be Recognized: Rep. Jones Vs. Sen. McCain

Posted by Richard Whittle on


WASHINGTON: Roman senator Cato the Elder ended every single one of his senate speeches with the declaration that “Carthage must be destroyed.” Eventually, Carthage was. Rep. Walter B. Jones is just as relentless in his pursuit of increased official recognition of the Marine Corps. If he can just outlast fellow Republican Sen. John McCain in… Keep reading →

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Kendall Worries About SASC Moves To Empower Service Chiefs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


TYSON’S CORNER: Dear Senator McCain, we need to talk — sincerely, Frank Kendall. The Pentagon’s top buyer made clear today that he doesn’t know nearly enough about McCain’s ambitious acquisition reform plan, and some of what he does know makes him nervous. In particular, Undersecretary Kendall said, he doesn’t want the four service chiefs — the Army… Keep reading →

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DoD’s $31 Billion Pay, Benefits 2015 Bet; Hill Asks, What About 11 Carriers?

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: Sen. Carl Levin made very clear to his colleagues just what is at stake in the inevitable  shout-fest over benefits and compensation. It is the $31 billion saved in the proposed budget in reductions to the rate of pay growth, boosted Tricare payments, and consolidations in the healthcare program, the 5 percent reduction… Keep reading →

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US Military Could Not Handle One Major Theater Operation If Sequester Sticks

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL:  Even the cameras stopped clicking in a hushed Armed Services hearing room today as Rep. Jim Cooper told the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his colleagues on the biggest committee in Congress today that America’s lawmakers had failed the country. “You gentlemen make life and death decisions in the Tank almost every day,”… Keep reading →

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Tighten Your Belts Thru 2020, Says Gen. Amos; ‘I’m Already Taking Risks’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The military is in for another eight years of tight budgets, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos predicted today. The good news is that the relationship between the four Joint Chiefs who craft their budgets and their chairman is “better than it ever has been.” In his public remarks, the commandant hammered home the… Keep reading →

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Dempsey Bumps Deficit From Top Of DoD Threat List

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The Pentagon faces a lot of threats, but according to the incoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the national deficit isn’t the biggest one. White House nominee Gen. Martin Dempsey told members of Senate Armed Services Committee today that the growing fiscal hole in the nation’s economy was not the biggest national security threat… Keep reading →

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Dempsey Won’t ‘Stir the Pot’ As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: With Gen. Martin Dempsey the Pentagon may have gotten just who it wanted for its new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, but he may not be the man who is really needed right now. The four-star general is set to go before the Senate Armed Services Committee tomorrow morning to make his case to… Keep reading →

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