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Sen. Angus King

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

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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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A ‘Solarium’ For Hacking: Sen. King Launches Cyber Strategy Panel

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


With members from Congress, the executive branch, and the private sector, the commission plans to issue a final report by year’s end.

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Will Senate Ground Trump’s Space Force: ‘We Need Some Convincing’

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Sen. James Inhofe remains cool to the Space Force and most of his colleagues on a key Senate panel sound like they’re right there with him.

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North Korea STILL Not Going To Give Up Nukes, Says ODNI; Sen. McConnell Rises Against Isolationism

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The Intelligence Community does not agree with President Trump that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat.” We know that because Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Community today that Kim Il Sung’s country is “not likely to give up” all its nuclear weapons. Here’s our story two years… Keep reading →

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Zumwalt Close to Losing Gun, But Open to EW and Directed Energy

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: The once-revolutionary prospects of the Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer continue to be whittled away. Having lost some of its touted stealth capabilities and suffered a series of engine and electrical problems, now it’s likely to ditch its long-troubled gun. The Advanced Gun System on the Zumwalt never lived up to its billing. When the Navy… Keep reading →

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Not Enough C-17s, Tankers Or Ships For Hot War: TRANSCOM

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Believe it or not, the global command responsible for getting weapons, fuel, and food to troops had, until recently, never used a war game for planning. Nor did Transportation Command factor into its plans the possibility that transport ships would be sunk and transport planes would be shot down . On top of that, TRANSCOM… Keep reading →

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McCain Lays Down Law On F-35 Bulk Buy; Kendall Says It Works

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CORRECTS: State of Sen. Angus King To Maine. CAPITOL HILL: Sen. John McCain does not want the Pentagon to put together a so-called bulk buy of F-35s, decrying the program’s repeated failures over the last 15 years. McCain, citing his status as taxpayer watchdog, said during today’s Senate Armed Service Committee’s hearing on the F-35 that… Keep reading →

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