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Hill Battle Lifts Off Over Post-INF Missiles

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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A junior GOP congressman will challenge the Democratic House leadership to restore $96 million in funding for intermediate-ranged conventional missiles, cut by the Democratic majority for fear the new weapons would reignite an arms race that ended in 1987.

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It’s All Nukes, All Night, At Intense HASC Markup Debate

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Democrats and Republicans sparred all night over nukes in the 2020 defense policy bill, but the Democrats had the votes. For now.

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$733B or $750B: That Is The Question (For HASC NDAA)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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The House Armed Services Committee starts a marathon wrangle on the Pentagon budget, complete with dueling Dickens & Shakespeare quotes, with a detour to debate paint schemes for Air Force One and renaming a key intelligence position.

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Defense Spending Will Bust BCA Caps: Mark Cancian

Posted by Mark Cancian on


One of Washington’s leading budget experts explains how bipartisan supporters of Pentagon funding will steamroll the Budget Control Act.

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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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President Trump, Do NOT Cut The Defense Budget: Inhofe & Thornberry

Posted by Colin Clark on


Republicans Sen. James Inhofe and Rep. Mac Thornberry say to the White House and to the congressional budget hawks: Yes, budget deficits matter, but defense matters more — because of the degradation in readiness and lack of modernization the armed forces have suffered for more than a decade.

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Don’t Expect Any Trump Boost To Defense Spending

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


Contrary to the president’s rhetoric, there is no forthcoming Trump buildup, and  the new strategy emphasizing China and Russia is becoming ever more elusive and out of touch with fiscal reality. It is simply unaffordable at this point in time.

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Inhofe Wants 355 Ship Navy, But Headwinds Remain

Posted by Paul McLeary on


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WASHINGTON: President Trump has just issued orders to cut the defense budget, and hasn’t tweeted for a while about his campaign pledge to build a bigger Navy, but the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee wants to get a 355-ship fleet back on the agenda. Jim Inhofe — who’s likely to retain the SASC chairmanship… Keep reading →

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BREAKING: Trump Orders DoD To Take Surprise $33B Budget Cut

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Trump campaigned on more money for the Pentagon, but his budget director appears to have won the fight for sweeping, across the board cuts to all federal agencies, including the Pentagon.

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Kyl Named To SASC; Missile Defense, Nuke Battles Likely On Capitol Hill

Posted by Paul McLeary on


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As Jon Kyl, the new senator who brings a long track record of spending on missile defense and nukes returns to the Hill, Democrats in the House might have other ideas.

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