Archive: Pentagon

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks Sept. 19 at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Defense Department

Shanahan Highlights Space Force, Hypersonics in Next DoD Budget

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As Congress appears poised to pass the fiscal year 2019 (FY‘19) defense appropriations budget before the end of the fiscal year for the first time in over a decade, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) deputy secretary is looking at the next year’s budget request to shape the next half-century of military […]

A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber takes off from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a higher headquarters-directed Continuous Bomber Presence mission in support of exercise Pitch Black 18 in Australia's Northern Territory Aug. 6, 2018 (HST). Bilateral training between the United States and allies like Australia increases interoperability and strengthens our long-standing military-to-military partnerships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail)

Wilson: Air Force Needs 386 Squadrons to Meet Operational Needs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force plans to boost its number of operational squadrons by nearly 25 percent by 2030 to meet requirements set in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service must have 386 squadrons to meet that goal, she said in her keynote speech at the […]

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson delivers her 'Air Force We Need' speech during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 17, 2018. Wilson stressed the Air Force will need more active, guard and reserve Airmen to fully enable the serviceÕs operational squadrons. The Air, Space and Cyber Conference is a professional development conference that offers an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches, seminars and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. DeAndre Curtiss)

Air Force Delivers Space Force Roadmap to Pentagon

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Air Force is working with the Pentagon to shape its future space acquisition architecture, and the service’s next budget request will include a proposal for a new Space Force, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Monday. The service last week delivered a proposal on the responsibilities and structure of a new […]

The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.  DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

Congress Includes More Ships, Aircraft, R&D Efforts in Joint FY ’19 Spending Bill

The Pentagon’s shipbuilding accounts, aircraft inventories and research and development (R&D) funds are among the major winners included in the fiscal year 2019 (FY’19) defense appropriations conference report, which lawmakers released Sept. 13. If passed, the joint agreement for H.R. 6157, the Defense-Labor- Health and Human Services minibus bill, would include about $674 billion for […]

An F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot with the 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base conducts aerial refueling for certification at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl, May 13, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John R. Nimmo, Sr./RELEASED)

F-35 Procurement Flying High in FY ‘19 Defense Appropriations Bill

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is emerging as a big winner in the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill, as congressional leaders have included over a dozen additional aircraft over what was authorized in the FY’19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Appropriators released Sept. 13 the conference report for the H.R. 6157 “minibus” bill, which […]

Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work speaks during a panel discussion on the White House's proposed Space Force Sept. 10. Photo: CSIS

Former DoD Official Warns of Cost Issues for Proposed Space Force

The former number-two civilian at the Department of Defense (DOD) said on Monday he is wary of how the Pentagon could divvy up funds for President Trump’s proposed Space Force. Robert Work, who served as deputy secretary of defense from 2014 to 2017, warned that the prospect of developing a full new branch dedicated to […]

Air Force Secretary Says Space Force Proposal Coming in 2020 Budget Request

The Air Force is putting together a 2020 budget proposal for something that will, more or less, resemble the Space Force President Trump proposed creating as a sixth military service branch, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said here Wednesday. “We expect to put forward a proposal with the President’s budget for FY ’20 that includes […]

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) before the Senate calls for a withdrawal of U.S. participation in the military campaign in Yemen. Photo: C-SPAN

Lawmakers Increasingly Question U.S. Weapons Sales to Saudis in Yemen

Democratic members of Congress have vowed to oppose future arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing conflict in Yemen, and have criticized U.S. military assistance even as Pentagon officials continue to express support. Despite previous attempts to limit weapon sales, the backlash heard since a coalition-directed airstrike hit a Yemeni school bus in early […]

Defense Sec. Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford brief media at the Pentagon Aug. 28. Photo: C-SPAN

Mattis Mum on Space Force Cost Estimates

The Defense Department is moving forward on several efforts to improve its acquisition structure when it comes to space, but has not yet defined how much it would cost to execute any of the efforts meant to move toward a new Space Force as envisioned by President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. In […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Hurdles Remain for FY ’19 Defense Spending Bill

Congress has passed two versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill at a faster rate than it has in over a decade, but the road to negotiating a full conference bill before the end of 2018 is not yet clear, analysts said. The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve the FY’19 Department […]