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

Posted by Paul McLeary on


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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‘A Little Bit Disruptive’: Murray & McCarthy On Army Futures Command

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“It’s establishing buy-in over the next three, four, five years from the institution (of the Army),” Gen. Murray said. “It’s about establishing buy-in on Capitol Hill, because if I don’t have buy-in there, this won’t survive.”

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How McCain & Milley Created Army Futures Command: It Almost Didn’t Happen

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“None of this would be happening without someone who’s not here today, and that’s Senator John McCain, an American hero,” General Milley said to some of the loudest applause of the day.

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Up the Buy ASAP: Fixing American Airpower

Posted by Doug Birkey on


Double the buy rate on F-35A starting in 2020 and plan on a minimum of 200 B-21 bombers built in rapid fashion. That will begin to get to the Air Force that America needs to meets the challenges of the future.

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After Chaotic NATO Summit, Trump and Mattis Praise Alliance

Posted by Paul McLeary on


ZAGREB, CROATIA: Defense Secretary James Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to NATO on Thursday, just hours after President Donald Trump upended the annual NATO summit by again demanding allies increase their defense budgets. After a tense morning in Brussels which saw the 29 member nations call an emergency session and cancel planned meetings on Ukraine… Keep reading →

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NATO Must Revamp Wartime Command Structure

Posted by Lucja Swiatkowski Cannon on


Our Paul McLeary is traveling with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to the NATO Summit in Brussels this week so we’ll be providing in-depth alliance coverage leading up to RIAT and Farnborough and during President Trump’s European visit. Tomorrow, we’re publishing another NATO piece by Michael Matlaga of CSIS. In keeping with all that, we offer this… Keep reading →

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GAO Says Oracle Protest Did Not Make Policy; Criticizes Greenwalt Op-ed

Posted by Kenneth Patton on


  I’ve been covering Pentagon acquisition policy for more than 15 years and this is a first for me. The Government Accountability Office offers below a critique of Bill Greenwalt’s sharp criticism of a recent GAO protest decision. For those of us who watch Pentagon procurement, most protests are obscure and boring. Then come ones… Keep reading →

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GAO Decision Threatens US Military Dominance; Reject It

Posted by Bill Greenwalt on


Bill Greenwalt is sort of the Pied Piper of military acquisition policy. Where he leads, others often follow. After he wrote a series of op-eds for Breaking Defense recommending major changes to the Pentagon’s acquisition system, Sen. John McCain lured Bill back to his old job at the Senate Armed Services Committee. Greenwalt rewrote the laws, shaking up Defense Department acquisition. Bill is back, pointing to new acquisition problems, this latest one with his former employer — the Government Accountability Office. It’s a doozy, as you’ll see.

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SASC Seeks Sweeping ‘Roles & Missions’ Report: Wither The Marines?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed the most sweeping reevaluation of the military in 30 years, with tough questions for all four armed services but especially the Marine Corps. While its provisions cover topics ranging from swarming robots to “construction and maintenance of public works in Cis-Lunar Space,” its overwhelming focus is reorienting… Keep reading →

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Why Chairman Thornberry Failed To Tame DoD’s Fourth Estate

Posted by Mark Cancian on


When House Armed Services Chairman Thornberry proposed eliminating seven agencies and reducing personnel by 25 percent, he faced strong opposition. In the HASC’s draft bill, he scaled the proposal back to eliminating just three agencies. But that didn’t work either. During the committee’s markup of the House defense policy bill, members still pushed back.

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