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Navy CNO Defends Increased Secrecy in Wake of Chinese Hacking

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The Navy, unlike the other Armed Services, is hiding the names of its officers from the public in fear they could become targets for Chinese hackers.

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Hypersonics Won’t Repeat Mistakes Of F-35

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Let a hundred hypersonic flowers bloom, Pentagon officials say, instead of a single cumbersome mega-program.

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Dems Lash Out At Trump ‘Fake OCO’ Budget Gambit; Hint At Budget Deal

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The Trump Pentagon budget is “dead on arrival,” a top defense House Democrat says. And a Republican colleague rips budget gimmicks in the 2020 request.

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Marines’ Love Affair With 3D Printing: Small Is Cheap, & Beautiful

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“My eyes are watering with what our young people can do right now,” the Assistant Commandant said. “They’re really smart and they’ve got a lot of really good ideas,” Commandant Neller said. “We would be well served to turn them loose.”

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Space-Based Sensors Needed For Missile Defense Vs. Hypersonics: MDA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Missile Defense Agency needs sensors in orbit to track hypersonic threats, the MDA director said this week. Such satellites would use mature technology and could perform other surveillance missions to help justify their cost, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves told the McAleese/Credit Suisse conference Tuesday. Last week, as we reported, the chief of Strategic… Keep reading →

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House Approps Chair Promises Pentagon ‘Flexibility’ On O&M Funds

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Legislators will probably loosen some rules on federal spending to help the Pentagon cope with Congress’s failure to pass funding bills until six months into the fiscal year. Budget dysfunction has gotten so bad it’s forcing even the famously strict appropriations committees to loosen the reins after years of resistance.

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Army Studies 30 Cities For Futures Command

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The Army is studying 30 cities as possible sites for the Futures Command it’s standing up this summer — but the winning city may hardly notice.

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China Loves DoD Acquisition Culture, Says R&D Chief Griffin; He Loves Hypersonics

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The new head of Pentagon R&D delivered a scathing critique of how the military develops and buys equipment. “I did not take this job to reach parity with adversaries,” Griffin said. “I want to make them worry about catching up with us again.”

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‘Core’ Battle Is US, Allies Vs. Corrupt Dictators: Rep. Smith

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WASHINGTON: This city’s fixation on how much stuff the Pentagon should buy is distracting us from the “core ideological struggle” against corrupt dictatorships, said the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. Numerical targets like a 355-ship Navy — now enshrined in law — or a 500,000 active soldier Army are not only unaffordable… Keep reading →

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Lockheed’s Not Cutting F-35 Costs Enough, But We Know How: Assad, Bogdan

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Two top Pentagon officials laid out a multi-pronged push to lower the price of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter below $80 million apiece. The chief of the F-35 Joint Program Office, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, and the director of defense pricing, Shay Assad, are underwhelmed by contractor Lockheed Martin‘s  cost reduction efforts so far.… Keep reading →

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