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President Donald Trump

Trump’s Claim Of $2.5 Trillion In DoD Dough: Not True

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


If you count next year’s budget, the president will be actually selling himself short. But his other superlatives are not justified.

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EU Plan To Boost Space Industry Draws White House Ire

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Scott Pace, executive director of the National Space Council, warned the EU about its plan for promoting homegrown industry — ironically, while speaking at an Atlantic Council event on the need for improved transatlantic relations in space.

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Trump Extols ‘My Friend,’ Gen. Milley; CJCS Promises ‘Candid’ Advice

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Subtle, significant differences in what the two men said about foreign allies reveal one of the potential fault lines between Trump and Milley.

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Wall Funding Forces CR Passage In House; Senate Dems Stand Against Trump

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Here we go again. Senate Democrats, opposed to pulling from military construction funds for the wall, set off a new budget battle.

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SPACECOM To Write New Ops War Plan: 100km And Up

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


If the US receives intelligence that Russia is prepping a strike against a US satellite, does SPACECOM task a drone or a B-21 bomber to take it out before it launches? Or does Gen. Raymond choose to simply maneuver the targeted satellite out of the way?

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‘Severe Instability:’ Trump Boots Bolton, Third National Security Advisor

Posted by Colin Clark on


Severe instability in the national security establishment raises questions not about the president’s policy judgements, but about the government’s ability to plan for and implement those decisions.

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Aerospace Sales To China Rise; Defense Exports To World Drop: AIA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


A new Aerospace Industries Association study underlines international interdependence amidst today’s trade wars.

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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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Space Command Launched At Rose Garden, Gen. Raymond Speaks On Anti-Satellite Weapons

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


President Donald Trump, at the White House Rose Garden, said: “Our adversaries are weaponizing Earth’s orbits with new technology targeting American satellites that are critical to both battlefield operations and our way of life at home. Our freedom to operate in space is also essential to detecting and destroying any missile launched against the United States.”

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Transparent & Apolitical: SecDef Esper’s Pledge

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


In a media-wary administration, the big news from Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s formal press briefing was that he actually held one, and pledged to keep doing so.

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