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Gen. Milley Pledges To Speak Truth To Trump

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Arlington is full of our comrades, and we understand absolutely full well the hazards of our chosen profession … and we are not going to be intimidated into making stupid decisions. We will give our best military advice, regardless of the consequences to ourselves.”

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In Brussels, Newest Acting SecDef Stresses Continuity

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Mark Esper got on a plane to NATO just 24 hours after taking over at the Pentagon. There are two main reasons why.

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Who Takes Esper’s SecArmy Seat: McCarthy Or Jette?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the three most powerful civilians in the Army Department, Esper, McCarthy, and Jette have formed by all accounts a tight-knit and effective team. That’s particularly remarkable because they’ve had abundant opportunities for conflict as they turned the Army bureaucracy upside down.

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Shanahan Finally Nominated, Confirmation May Be Tough

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Acting Defense Secretary, with less than two years of national security experience under his belt, is poised to take over a department in the throes of a rapid modernization project, while rattling sabres with Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, China, and Russia.

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Continuing Resolution Would Disrupt 118 Army Programs: Gen. McConville

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Addressing topics from modernization to millennials, Trump’s pick for Army Chief of Staff sailed through his confirmation hearing — except for six bitter minutes.

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STRATCOM’s Hyten Calls For Space Rules After India’s ASAT Test: Update

Posted by Colin Clark on


SPACE SYMPOSIUM: For the first time, the United States is sharing its space war plans, known as Olympic Defender, with a small number of allies, says the head of Strategic Command. Gen. John Hyten told us in a Monday evening interview that a new version of the plan was published “last December,” he said. “Everything that… Keep reading →

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Army Vice-Chief Tapped For CSA, First Time Since 1999

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


No Army vice-chief has won the top job since Eric Shinseki. But Gen. McConville brings some unique credentials.

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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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Air Force Secretary Wilson Heading to University of Texas

Posted by Colin Clark on


Insiders were blindsided by her departure. So who fills her seat in the Pentagon?

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Trump Will Nominate SecDef: SASC Chair Inhofe

Posted by Colin Clark on


“We need to have a secretary of defense; we’ve always had one, so I anticipate we will,” Inhofe told the Defense Writers Group, directly contradicting Trump’s predilection for acting officials. “I think he’s going to nominate someone.”

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