Archive: Pentagon


House Appropriators Propose $28.6 Billion ‘Defense Restoration Fund’

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) is proposing to set up a $28.6 billion “national defense restoration fund” in fiscal year 2018 that the Pentagon could tap for equipment upgrades, technology development, readiness improvements and other purposes to implement its upcoming new defense strategy. The strategy, which Congress expects to receive in September, “will inform the investments […]

Ellen Lord, former Textron Systems president and CEO. Photo courtesy of Textron.

Trump Nominates Textron Executive As Under Secretary For AT&L

The White House announced Tuesday night its intention to nominate Ellen Lord, president and CEO of Textron’s [TXT] Textron Systems business segment, as under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L). If confirmed, Lord will subsequently serve as under secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment when the Office of the Secretary of […]

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SASC Backs Shanahan For Deputy Defense Secretary

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved by voice vote June 28 the nomination of former Boeing [BA] executive Patrick Shanahan to be deputy secretary of defense. The committee’s action came after Shanahan submitted 10 pages of revised answers to the panel’s “advance policy questions.” At his June 20 confirmation, Shanahan drew fire from Sen. […]

Pat Shanahan, President Donald Trump's nominee to be deputy secretary of defense. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

McCain Airs Concerns About Shanahan; Wants Better Answers Before Supporting Nomination

Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) put the Trump administration’s nominee for deputy defense secretary on notice that he won’t automatically approve the nomination until he receives more forthright answers to the committee’s questions, including whether the United States should be arming the Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons. McCain also told Patrick […]

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Chief of General Staff, at Israel Defense Force Headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel May 9, 2017. (Dept. of Defense photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Released)

Dunford: Unstable Funding Risks Military’s Power Projection

Without stable, predictable funding the United States military risks losing its ability to project power overseas and meet commitments to allies in other parts of the world, both of which are potent deterrents to catastrophic war, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. “As a result of unstable budgets and operational […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 13. (DoD photo)

DoD’s Nuclear Posture Review Looking At Each Triad Leg, Secretary Mattis Says

The U.S. Department of Defense is scrutinizing all three legs of the nation’s aging nuclear triad as part of its nuclear posture review, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said June 14. “We’re looking at each leg of the triad and we’re looking at each weapon inside each leg,” Mattis testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense […]

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Cyber Bills Introduced In House For DoD Oversight, Offensive Operations

Several members of Congress this week introduced aimed at strengthening congressional oversight of United States military cyber capability and operations, and directing the White House to develop a strategy for offensive operations by federal departments and agencies. One bill, H.R. 2807, sponsored by several leaders of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), directs the Defense […]


NSC Official Defends Trump Approach To Nonproliferation, Arms Control

A top National Security Council administration official last Friday reaffirmed the Trump administration’s commitment to nonproliferation, defending the president’s nuclear policy approach at the Arms Control Association annual meeting. Christopher Ford, special assistant to the president and senior director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation for the National Security Council, said that despite media […]

John Roth (left), performing the duties of Pentagon chief financial officer and Army Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, Joint Staff director for force structure, resources and assessment, brief the press at the Pentagon on May 23, 2017. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Trump’s $639 Billion Defense Budget Misses ‘Historic’ Increase Mark, Focuses On Current Fight Over Long-term Modernization

The Trump Administration’s proposed 2018 defense budget falls short of the dramatic boost to military spending he has repeatedly promised, focusing instead on beefing up near-term combat capabilities while setting the stage for future topline increases. At $639 billion, the administration’s budget request is $52 billion above the Budget Control Act (BCA) caps for fiscal […]

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Ten-Year, $460 Billion Saudi Arms Deal Spells Windfall For U.S. Defense Primes

The historic sale of arms to Saudi Arabia announced on President Donald Trump’s first overseas trip is expected to bestow hundreds of billions of dollars on the U.S. defense industry, which will create thousands of jobs to fill the demand for tanks, helicopters, missiles and other weapons. Most of the windfall is destined for prime […]