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Katherine Blakeley

Mattis Puts Readiness First, Modernization Later In Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has laid out a measured and cautious spending plan that puts near-term readiness needs first in his first budget guidance memo. The memo, out this morning, largely defers major equipment modernization until 2019 and limits increases in the size of the force to “the maximum responsible rate” (emphasis ours). So,… Keep reading →

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Bow Wave Time Bomb: B-21, Ohio Replacement Costs Likely To Grow

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is sitting on ticking fiscal time bombs: a slew of high-priority programs that are at especially high risk for cost overruns. Some particularly big-ticket programs, like the B-21 bomber and the Ohio Replacement submarine, are in the early stages of technical development, where cost growth is more likely than it is later on in… Keep reading →

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