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Border Wall Money Taken From Alaska Missile Interceptors, Shipyards & More

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“We have been been given a lawful order by the president to respond to this crisis on the border and we’re doing that,” a Pentagon official said.

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SecDef Esper OKs $3.6 Billion Of DoD $$ For Trump’s Border Wall

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Money for the Trump Administration’s border wall is going to come from DoD construction projects overseas, followed by domestic accounts. Some lawmakers are not happy.

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Trump Says Troops Heading to Border

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Will Trump rip a page from the Obama playbook in sending troops to the border with Mexico?

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Trump’s Tariffs May Put Defense Jobs at Risk, Increase Costs

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: The pushback to President Donald Trump’s global steel and aluminum tariffs — announced Thursday —  has been swift and blunt. Republicans, Democrats, top defense officials, Trump advisors and trade groups have all made public their misgivings, saying the taxes could actually prove harmful to national security, and end up costing the Pentagon money. But… Keep reading →

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Doomsday Clock Sweeps Forward At End of Trump’s First Week

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: A disruptive leader disrupts. Large and fast disruptions of the global order rarely portend happier times and that would seem to be the case as the first week of the Trump Administration comes to an end. “For the first time in the 70-year history of the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science… Keep reading →

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It’s Time to Take Donald Trump Seriously

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Donald Trump is going to be president, notwithstanding the handwringing in the national security policy community about whether they should agree to serve in his administration (here, here, here, here, here).   Concerns are understandable given Trump’s unorthodox campaign and often extreme statements.  But there is an element of hubris in these commentaries and in discussions I… Keep reading →

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Britain To Buy P-8s, Reaffirms Full F-35 Buy; Doubling Special Forces Spending

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The British have released their Strategic Defense Review, declaring they will plug the gaping hole in their anti-submarine warfare capabilities by buying nine P-8s from Boeing and showing considerable confidence in Lockheed Martin’s F-35 as they pledge to buy more earlier. The “National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review” also restated its commitment to… Keep reading →

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Why The Pacific Strategy Requires A Western Hemisphere Energy Policy

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Energy security is a key element of national security. The missing piece of America’s energy security policy, in turn, is the glaring absence of a strategy to coordinate and secure the enormous energy resources of the Western hemisphere. Today, America is over-dependent on the increasingly volatile Middle East, China is increasingly aggressive in its quest… Keep reading →

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Terrorists’ Growing Ties To Criminals Open New Avenues of Attack

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: As terrorist groups increasingly work with drug gangs and other international criminals, they pose new threats to the United States – but they also create new vulnerabilities that savvy Americans can use to attack them, said the Pentagon’s top drug war expert, William Wechsler. The US needs to go beyond thinking of terrorist groups… Keep reading →

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