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Note To Putin: Trump Unleashes $400M For Ukrainian Military

Posted by Paul McLeary on


After weeks of uncertainty over the Trump administration’s policy toward Ukraine, senators and State Department officials say the spigot of aid has been turned back on.

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Sen. Hoeven: Fully Fund GBSD & Nuke Warhead Modernization

Posted by Sen. John Hoeven on


You don’t see lots of op-eds from members of the House or Senate appropriations committees. Why? The so-called cardinals — whose influence has slipped with the demise of regular budget order in the two chambers — remain among the most powerful figures on Capitol Hill because they have a greater say than most of their… Keep reading →

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CBO: HASC ‘Space Corps’ To Cost $3.6 Billion Through 2024

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The HASC ‘Space Corps’ will be much cheaper than the Trump Administration’s plan for a Space Force, says CBO.

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Talk To Us First, THEN Congress: Navy Acquisition Officials

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“From an industry perspective, calling us, engaging us, talking to us, and synchronizing that alignment can be most helpful. It can also be, frankly, harmful if the appropriators or the authorizers get some stray voltage that doesn’t match up to the story.”

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Aircraft Win Big In FY19 Appropriations: Munitions, Space, Marines Hammered

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The big news about the $674.4 billion defense appropriation that conferees agreed to yesterday is that, for the first time in nine years, it’s on time. But in a budget this big, even the “small” items are billions of dollars, and there are plenty of devils in them thar details.

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Defense Bill Closer, But Risks Remain

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Thursday’s overwhelming Senate vote to pass the bill clears a major hurdle in getting the budget passed on time. But Not only do the House and Senate have little time to knock out final appropriations language and vote on it, but President Trump has signaled he wouldn’t be opposed to a government shutdown this fall, which would bring everything to a grinding halt.

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Congress Divided On $75M For Army Scout Aircraft: Fly The Deadly Skies

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Senate appropriators want to give the Army $75.4 million to kick-start its new scout aircraft, but key authorizers told us they are skeptical. (House appropriators are so far silent). The crucial questions: Can a manned, low-altitude, lightweight aircraft survive against the Russian threat? And can the Army afford the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)… Keep reading →

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The Great Afghan Paradox

Posted by James Kitfield on


By most metrics the war in Afghanistan is going badly.

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US Defense Budget Not That Much Bigger Than China, Russia: Gen. Milley

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“I’ve seen comparative numbers of US defense budget versus China, US defense budget versus Russia,” Gen. Milley said. “What is not often commented on is the cost of labor. We’re the best paid military in the world by a long shot. The cost of Russian soldiers or Chinese soldiers is a tiny fraction.”

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All Armored Brigades To Get Active Protection Systems: Gen. Milley

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“Once the US companies come on line,” Gen. Milley said, “the intent is to outfit the entire heavy force — the Bradleys, the tanks, any future combat vehicles — with active protective systems.”

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