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National Defense Strategy 2018

Air Force Pumps Cash Into ‘Vanguard’ Effort, Small Industry Teams

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“We need that partnership with customers on the DoD side where they’re willing to take a step forward with us in understanding that neither one of us knows the ultimate answer.”

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Esper: Chinook & JLTV ‘Designed For a Different Conflict’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Army’s rebuilding to face China and Russia. That may leave programs designed over the past decade for COIN operations in the dust.

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386! Go On Air Force. Say it Loud. Now!

Posted by John Lehman on


The Air Force is too small for what it is being asked to do. Here’s what it needs to do to grow.

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US Air Power: The Imperative For Modernization (Buy The F-35)

Posted by Lani Kass on


In 2006, a relatively obscure book caused a major stir among the U.S. Air Force leadership. Why Air Forces Fail, edited by Robin Higham and Stephen J. Harris, lays out the determinants of failure: deficiencies in the industrial base, misguided technology and tactical picks, inattention to logistics and neglect of training. The case studies are broken… Keep reading →

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Budget 2020: A CR, Sequestration And Some Compromises?

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


The White House defense budget for 2020 falls short of commitments made and actual requirements to meet the military’s strategy, but it begins to shift priorities and start the long process of investing in long-term competition with China and Russia. Washington still lacks the budget details for another week, but here are some initial reflections… Keep reading →

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Mitchell Weighs In: More F-35s or New, Old F-15s?

Posted by David Deptula on


Fifth gen or fourth gen? F-35A or F-15X. Stealth, sensors and fusion or lots of missiles? Lockheed or Boeing? See what the Mitchell Institute says.

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2020 Budget: Army Shifts $31B To Modernization, Readiness

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


That’s $6 billion more than previously announced — but it all comes at the cost of almost 200 cut, cancelled, or slowed-down programs, each with backers in Congress.

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Hold Joint Armed Services-Foreign Relations Defense Hearings

Posted by Peter Huessy on


The best way for America to develop a consensus on what our defense and global security commitments should be is for Congress to have a lengthy series of posture hearings that delve deeply into these issues.    They could be jointly held by the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees from the two chambers, patterned… Keep reading →

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‘Thousands’ More Troops To US Border, But Colombia Deployment Unclear: Shanahan

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Shanahan spent much of his first formal (albeit off-camera) Pentagon pressroom briefing as SecDef emphasizing continuity with his ousted predecessor, Gen. Jim Mattis. He made a point of praising Mattis’s National Defense Strategy, America’s allies, and even the press – not exactly favorites of President Donald Trump.

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Trump’s Pick For Joint Chiefs Praises Allies, Kurds & Mattis Strategy

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“The Army has aligned itself with Secretary Mattis’s National Defense Strategy, which we will not walk away from,” Gen. Milley told an Association of the US Army breakfast. “It’s a solid strategy, it’s written in history, it’s written in the blood of generations past, and we subscribe to it.” And allies are key to the strategy.

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