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Army Secretary Stresses Rapid Deployment, Information Warfare

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


These are huge strategic challenges — and Ryan McCarthy is emphasizing them more than any of his predecessors in at least a decade.

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Massive NATO Wargame Seeks To Shore Up Fraying Alliance

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More collective defense cooperation will be on display at the massive AUSA 2019 conference, attended by 92 different nations, including the chief generals of 13 armies.

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Trump Extols ‘My Friend,’ Gen. Milley; CJCS Promises ‘Candid’ Advice

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Subtle, significant differences in what the two men said about foreign allies reveal one of the potential fault lines between Trump and Milley.

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Esper Exhorts Allies To Ban Chinese 5G

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Britain is on the verge of a much-delayed and debated decision about allowing Huawei to build “non-core” components of its 5G network.

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Can Army Control Costs Of Its New Weapons?

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With 10 major programs ramping up from prototypes to mass production by 2026, the Army can’t just count on “Night Court” cuts to free up sufficient funds, warned the service’s three-star chief of budget planning.

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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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Did Esper Delay JEDI? It’s Not That Simple

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Overheated headlines to the contrary, the Defense Secretary is keeping all his options open on the controversial cloud computing contract.

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

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“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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Commercial Satellites: Will They Be Military Targets?

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“We anticipate that adversary nations are unlikely to discriminate between U.S. military satellites and commercial satellites providing services to the U.S. Government, in the event of a conflict,” Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper told the Senate during his confirmation hearing.

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Trump: Turkey Is Out of F-35 Program; Esper & Warren Battle In Senate

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A friendly Senate hearing heated up when Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Acting SecDef Esper “you should not be confirmed as Secretary of Defense.”

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