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Hands Off, Budgeteers! DoD Must Fund Our Small Bomber Fleet

Posted by David Deptula on


If an aircraft like the B-1 was taxed so hard due to high demand, the appropriate lesson is that the nation needs more bombers, not less.

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Democratic House Hurts Space Corps, Nuke Modernization, & Pentagon Topline

Posted by Mark Cancian on


WASHINGTON: The Democrats’ recapturing the House means three major impacts on the Defense Department: The odds are that controversial Trump priorities like new nuclear weapons and a Space Force will go nowhere, defense budgets will go down, and oversight will go up, up, up. Program winners and losers The most likely losers are nuclear modernization… Keep reading →

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Rapid Capabilities Office Watching B-21 Stealth Costs ‘Closely’

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA: In what may be a hint of things to come, the head of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office says his office is keeping a close eye on the B-21 bomber’s stealth costs. While he didn’t indicate there were any cost overruns or scheduler problems, the fact that RCO Director Randall Walden mentioned this… Keep reading →

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VCJCS Selva Says US Must Not Let Robots Decide Who Dies; Supports LRSO

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Admitting there’s a “raucous debate” in the US military about whether humans should allow robots to decide when to pull the trigger, the nation’s Nr. 2 uniformed officer told the Senate today that he doesn’t “think it’s reasonable to put robots in charge of whether we take a human life.” Gen. Paul Selva, the… Keep reading →

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Trump Policy Nominee Boosts Nukes, Slams Russia

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: President Trump’s pick for the No. 2 policy job in the Pentagon, David Trachtenberg, endorsed new nuclear delivery systems, praised NATO and allies in general and took a hard line towards the Kremlin in his confirmation hearing today. Responding to senators’ questions, Trachtenberg said Russia should pay “a cost” for meddling in the 2016… Keep reading →

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Feinstein Presses Mattis On LRSO; Mattis Still Thinking

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: One of the most controversial new weapons in the US arsenal, the Long Range Standoff cruise missile (LRSO), meant to replace the Air Launched Cruise Missile, came under direct fire by a top Senate defense and intelligence lawmaker, Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The senior California senator holds seats both on the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee… 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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2018 Budget Battle Between Defense, Budget Hawks Begins; Nukes Top Priority

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee thinks President Trump’s 2018 spending plan is dead on arrival and has already gone to the Budget Committee to get a much bigger defense budget. Mac Thornberry also doesn’t want defense increases offset by steep cuts to the Coast Guard or State Department, as Trump proposed. Thornberry… Keep reading →

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Former Top Air Force Acquisition Official Cleared Of Some Charges: DoDIG

Posted by Colin Clark on


CLARIFICATION: Lombardi Was Not Responsible For B-21 Contract Decision Richard Lombardi, who was “removed” from his job as the top civilian at Air Force acquisition, was cleared of two of the more serious charges against him, according to a Defense Department Inspector General’s report. The IG substantiated the allegations that Mr. Lombardi didn’t report his wife’s retirement… Keep reading →

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How Trump Should Handle Russian Nuclear Talks

Posted by Rebeccah Heinrichs on


If the Trump administration wants to negotiate an arms control treaty with Russia, it must meet several preconditions. The Times of London reports that then President-elect Donald Trump signaled he would consider a nuclear arms reduction treaty with the Russians. He was quoted as saying, “For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and… Keep reading →

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