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Critics Worry Army’s New Global Operations Plan Poaches On Marines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Defense contractors are gearing up to show off their latest at the Washington, DC’s biggest conference of the year, the Association of the US Army’s conference in town next week. Don’t expect many earthshaking announcements at AUSA from the Army itself, which is ramping down its presence and spending at the event significantly. The real… Keep reading →

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Cartwright Targets F-35, AirSea Battle; Warns of $250B More Cuts

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


VIRGINIA BEACH, VA: The Pentagon should brace for another $250 billion or more in cuts even if sequestration does not occur and must revolutionize how and what it buys, warned Hoss Cartwright, former vice-chairman of the Joint Staff, in a speech that savaged sacred cows from the Joint Strike Fighter to cybersecurity to the AirSea… Keep reading →

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McCain Misfires on F-35: Rushes Towards the Past

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Robbin Laird, a member of the AOL Board of Contributors, is a well known supporter of the F-35. When he read Sen. McCain’s recent criticism of the program Laird immediately began to pen a rebuttal. We present his analysis and commentary. The whirling dervish of the Senate has struck again. Rather than rebuilding US and… Keep reading →

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SASC Chair Pushes New Counterfeiting Laws: China Blamed For Inaction

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED WITH PENTAGON RESPONSE Capitol Hill: Faced with a torrent of counterfeit parts that pose a serious risk to the lives of American servicemen and to the performance of sophisticated weapons, Sen. Carl Levin pledged today to push for new laws and policies to help curb the problem. Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services… Keep reading →

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U.S. Dismantles Biggest U.S. Nukes Ever Built

Posted by Colin Clark on


Washington: They are big. They were bad. But their time is past so the U.S. government has very carefully pulled to pieces the biggest nuclear weapons we ever built. Taking apart the B-53 “is a major accomplishment that has made the world safer and for which everyone involved should be proud,” said Deputy Secretary of… Keep reading →

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F-35B Sea Trials Showcase Promising Results

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Aboard the USS Wasp: The sleek, angular plane pulls up to the flight line. The jet’s single engine rumbles slowly while waiting for the high-sign to takeoff. Once the member of the deck crew threw his thumbs up, the jet’s center fan — which gives the F-35 the ability to take off from smaller carriers… Keep reading →

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Twenty-Four Hours: Three DoD Programs Dead or Wounded

Posted by Colin Clark on


Washington: If you want proof that budgets are getting tighter and the Pentagon gets the message, just look at the last two days. One system is dead and two are badly wounded, potentially totaling cuts of more than $22 billion. The Army made it sort of official yesterday that the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and… Keep reading →

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White House Believes 20,000 Sophisticated Missiles Missing in Libya

Posted by Colin Clark on


Washington: News reports appear to confirm weeks of worries by senior White House and congressional officials that large numbers of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles have gone missing in Libya. ABC News is reporting that a secret White House meeting discussed the disappearance of 20,000 “portable, heat-seeking” missiles. They quote Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security… Keep reading →

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Obama Counterterror Strategy Takes U.S. In Wrong Direction

Posted by James Jay Carafano on


President Obama’s new counterterrorism strategy reflects a profound misreading of the nature of the global transnational threat. If we follow this strategy for a few years we will be right back where we were on September 10, 2001. The new blueprint misses what should be the primary goal of U.S. counterterrorism strategy: to prevent the… Keep reading →

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Defense Analyst Faces Steep Climb To Congress

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: After a 25-year career in the national security arena, much of it spent in Washington, defense analyst and Oklahoma native Dakota Wood is heading home. Wood, a former Marine Corps officer and now defense analyst at the prestigious Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, has joined the growing pool of GOP candidates vying to… Keep reading →

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