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DoD Begins Nuclear Posture Review

The Defense Department announced Monday that it has formally begun preparing a new Nuclear Posture Review for the Donald Trump administration. In a brief statement, the Pentagon said Defense Secretary James Mattis “directed the commencement of the review, which will be led by the deputy secretary of defense and the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of […]

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USAF Gen. Paul Selva
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Selva Calls On Congress To Pass Budget–With Or Without Budget Caps

A top U.S. general on Thursday joined military leadership and lawmakers in condemning the continuing resolution (CR) that is currently funding the government and is soon to expire, asking Congress to deliver a budget for the Pentagon in the coming weeks – even if it is subject to spending constraints. “This is the ninth year […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Central Command chief Army Gen. Joseph Votel brief the press during an April 11, 2017, briefing at the Pentagon. (Photo by Dan Parsons)

Mattis: Strike On Syria Separate From Anti-ISIS Fight, Will Not Delay Defeat Plan

In his first turn briefing the press at the Pentagon as Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis said the recent retaliatory strike against Syria for its use of chemical weapons on civilians is independent of the military’s primary goal of destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The April 6 launch of 59 Raytheon [RTN]-built Tomahawk […]

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Trump Nominates David Norquist To Be Pentagon Comptroller

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated David Norquist to be the Pentagon’s top budget official. If confirmed as the under secretary of defense (Comptroller) and chief financial officer, Norquist will serve as the principal advisor to Defense Secretary Mattis on all budgetary and financial matters at the Defense Department.   Norquist is currently with the […]

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Pentagon OKs Initial Production of Marine Corps CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter

The Pentagon on April 4 gave the go-ahead for production of the Marine Corps’ new $27 billion CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. Following a review of the engineering and manufacturing development, the acting undersecretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) approved the Navy’s request for the CH-53K King Stallion program to enter the production […]

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DoD Begins Work To Update Cyber Strategy

The U.S. Department of Defense is starting preliminary work to update its cyber strategy, which was last revised two years ago, a Pentagon official said March 30. Air Force Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, deputy principal cyber adviser to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and senior military adviser for cyber in DoD’s policy shop, said that […]

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Heinrich Calls For Directed Energy Weapons Systems Demonstration Fund

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) on Wednesday called for the Pentagon to create a directed energy weapons demonstration fund that would be used exclusively for high energy laser and high power microwave prototyping and demonstrations. Heinrich, Senate Armed Services Committee emerging threats and capabilities ranking member, said the Pentagon needs to invest far more in directed […]

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Navy Admiral Picked To Lead F-35 Program

President Donald Trump has tapped Navy Rear Adm. Mathias “Mat” Winter to be the next director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Department of Defense announced March 28. Winter would replace Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, who has been the F-35 Lightning II’s program executive officer since December 2012. Bogdan is retiring. […]

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National Academy Of Sciences Investigating Synthetic Biothreats For Pentagon

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is leading an interagency study at the behest of the Defense Department to examine the potential threat from synthetic biological agents, when these threats could materialize, and steps the government can take to defend against these threats, a department official said on Thursday. “What we asked the academy to […]