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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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House Prepares To Debate Low-Yield Nukes, $17B Gap in Defense Funding

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The top HASC Republican outlines some of the amendments he plans to add to the HASC 2020 defense policy bill, previewing coming debates with the Senate.

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China ‘Likely’ Training Bomber Pilots To Hit US, Allied Targets

Posted by Colin Clark on


Flying out past the first island chain, China’s air force is undergoing “the most comprehensive restructure in its history to become a force capable of conducting complex joint operations,” according to a new Pentagon report.

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No, Trump Nuke Strategy Doesn’t Doom Planet: DUSD Policy

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


HERITAGE FOUNDATION: Just calm down and read the document. That, in essence, is the administration’s response to critics who call its new nuclear strategy irresponsible and dangerous. In fact, deputy undersecretary for policy David Trachtenberg said over and over here this morning, the Nuclear Posture Review is fundamentally conservative (with a small “c”). The 2018… Keep reading →

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Nuclear Posture Review: The More Things Change…

Posted by Rebecca Hersman on


The Trump Administration’s review of nuclear policy and weapons was leaked half a month before its official rollout, giving advocacy groups, allies and everyone else who cares about nuclear warfare much time to craft their reactions. (Everyone should care about the issues, no matter how scary this topic is). Rebecca Hersman, deputy assistant Defense secretary for… Keep reading →

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Why Mattis Should Support Long Range Stand-Off Nuclear Cruise Missile

Posted by Adam Lowther on


During his Senate confirmation hearing, Defense Secretary James Mattis expressed doubts over plans to buy the nuclear Long Range Stand-Off cruise missile (LRSO). “I need to look at that one.” Mattis said, “My going in position is that it makes sense, but I have to look at it in terms of its deterrence capability.” While Mattis should take… Keep reading →

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Nuke Missile Collaboration Now Up To Air Force: Navy VADM Benedict

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: In theory, the Navy and the Air Force could save money and reduce risk by using common, proven components on both services’ nuclear missiles. In practice, Air Force decisions in the coming months will “make or break the effective implementation of commonality,” said Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, head of the Navy Strategic Systems Programs. “I… Keep reading →

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Navy Wants To Work With Air Force On New Nukes: VADM Benedict

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: As the Air Force train pulls out of the station, the Navy’s running alongside asking to be pulled aboard. Both services will need to replace aging nuclear missiles sometime ca. 2030. They could save money by coordinating their modernization programs — but the Air Force is on a tighter schedule and the window… Keep reading →

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