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Pentagon, Navy, In Dark About Trump’s USS Truman Decision

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Defense Secretary was given a last-minute heads-up about the White House’s demand to keep the USS Harry S. Truman afloat, and the Navy scrambled Wednesday morning to change its message to Congress.

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Trump Calls For Arms Control, Rips Own Defense Budget As “Crazy”

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump injected a fresh dose of uncertainty over defense spending Monday when he derided 2019’s defense budget — which he readily signed and has praised for months — as “Crazy!” The sharp turn in sentiment came in another dreaded early-morning presidential tweet that often shift the talking points for entire segments of… Keep reading →

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Pratt & Whitney Enters Incubator Biz To Slash Development Time in Half

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the Pentagon and the defense industry rush to keep up with the shift to great power competition and the fight for tech workers rushing for Silicon Valley, the idea of technology incubators is catching fire.

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‘Almost Breathtaking’ Changes As Army Races To Build Final 2019 Budget

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: The Pentagon is reaching a fevered pitch of preparation for the 2019 budget, with key decisions coming in “weeks,” said the acting secretary of the Army. “There’s so much going in the department, it’s almost breathtaking,” Ryan McCarthy told reporters after an Association of the US Army breakfast. But the Army’s under extra pressure… Keep reading →

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‘There Is No Peace Dividend’: Army Vice Chief Rails Against Sequester

Posted by Richard Whittle on


ARLINGTON: Across-the-board budget cuts have already forced the Army to “mortgage our near- and mid-term modernization,” the service’s vice chief of staff warned this morning. If the mandatory spending cuts known as sequestration occur in 2016 they could “push our volunteer force to the breaking point” by undermining trust between leaders and led. “We face a very real… Keep reading →

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The 10 Years’ War: Army Plans For Sequestration Cuts Through 2022

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


FORT LAUDERDALE: As automatic cuts to the 2013 budget look increasingly unavoidable, with the deadline for a Congressional deal only a week away, Army leaders are preparing fallback positions to defend the service from a full decade of sequester cuts. That includes new guidance on cutting modernization and planning for potential cuts to personnel and… Keep reading →

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Sec. Donley: Why The Air Force Can’t Delay Modernization – EXCLUSIVE

Posted by Michael Donley on


Michael Donley is the Secretary of the Air Force. This is the conclusion of a series of four op-eds Sec. Donley wrote exclusively for Breaking Defense on the future of the Air Force. Today’s piece makes the case that investments in new technology cannot be deferred — a modernization challenge that Army aviators are facing… Keep reading →

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Army Crafts 30-Year Plan To Safeguard Research, Development

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AUSA: To guide the Army through the coming budget crunch, the service’s acquisition agencies are putting together an unprecedentedly comprehensive 30-year modernization plan. By coming up with a single road map that integrates research, development, procurement, as well as equipment sustainment, they hope to protect the investments they believe are critical to the Army’s long-term… Keep reading →

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What a Difference Two Wars Make: No Battles Between Army, Guard And Reserve

Posted by John Grady on


WASHINGTON: As the Army has been handed its largest manpower cuts since the end of the first Persian Gulf War and its acquisition accounts are being squeezed dry trying to find room for programs like Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in its base budget, the atmosphere among the active, Guard and Reserve components is – surprisingly… Keep reading →

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