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Dear Allies: Pay ‘Fair Share,’ Says Shanahan — Not 50% Plus

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan took it on the chin from a series of lawmakers Thursday, leaving the Capitol with a direct order to produce border wall details by the end of the day.

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Carrier Cutback Plan ‘Mind Boggling’: Sen. Kaine

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Two top congressmen joined Virginia’s Sen. Kaine in rejecting the Pentagon’s proposal to retire the USS Truman two decades early.

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Pentagon Approves Two-Carrier Buy As Fixes Continue to Navy’s Priciest Ship

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Congress is evaluating the proposal to issue a $24 billion contract for the Navy’s next two carriers, as the service looks at months of work to fix ongoing problems with the Ford-class’s first ship.

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DoD Nominations Logjam About To Break: Mattis Aide (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: There are a lot of empty offices around the E-ring, the most prestigious sector of the Pentagon, where top defense officials enjoy the rare privilege of windows. But that’s about to change, a senior aide to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told me. “There’s a bow wave of names that are very close to being… Keep reading →

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Sen. Cotton, 37, Wins Airland Chair; Sens. McCain, Reed Set New SASC Lineup

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The youngest senator on Capitol Hill, and one of the very few lawmakers who can wear a Bronze Star and a Ranger tab, has stepped right from his one-term House seat to chairmanship of one of the most important subcommittees on Capitol Hill. That would be Tom Cotton of Arkansas, the new chair of… Keep reading →

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Obama, Navy Lying To Congress On Carriers: Seapower Chair Rep. Forbes

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: “I think this is a papering-over of their dismantling of the Navy,” House Armed Services seapower subcommittee chairman Randy Forbes told me this afternoon. “They aren’t having the courage or the straightforwardness or transparency to call it what it is.” Between the Pentagon’s proposed reduction in warships currently in the water and its… Keep reading →

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Defense Lawmakers Cautiously Optimistic On Budget Deal – But It’s Just A 1st Step

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


THE NEWSEUM: In a glass-walled conference center overlooking the snow-shrouded US Capitol, three legislators expressed guarded optimism that Congress could reach a modest budget deal. [UPDATED: The chairs of the House and Senate budget committees announced a plan late Tuesday night, but it has yet to pass into law]. That’s the good news. The bad news… Keep reading →

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