Archive: Pentagon

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 […]

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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 […]

A GPS III satellite sits inside a thermal vacuum chamber. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

DoD To Finish Space Organization Review In June

The U.S. Department of Defense, which is conducting a congressionally mandated review of potential improvements to its space organization, plans to send a report on its findings to Capitol Hill next month, defense officials said May 19. The report will examine whether DoD has “the correct alignments of authority, responsibility and accountability” to outpace growing […]

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DoD Assessing OV-10 Light-Attack Aircraft Experiment

The U.S. Department of Defense is evaluating the results of an experiment in which it deployed two Vietnam War-era OV-10 Bronco light-attack aircraft to Iraq to assess their ability to provide low-cost air support for ground troops, according to a U.S. Central Command official. “The final report on that has been sent to the department, […]

U.S. Army Soldier capturing facial photos with a Handheld Interagency Identification Equpment device at checkpoint in Afghanistan. HIIDE is made by Safran. Photo: Biometrics Identity Management Agency

DoD, DHS Enhance Interoperability Between Respective Biometric Databases

The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security last week both turned on new applications that will enhance interoperability between their respective authoritative repositories of biometric records that are used to deprive anonymity to known and suspected terrorists in war zones and help keep terrorists and criminals from entering the United States. Up until last week […]

Robert Work, the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Photo: Department of Defense.

DoD To Brief Hill On Acquisition Office Breakup

The Department of Defense plans to brief lawmakers in the coming days on how it intends to implement a congressional mandate to split the undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) into two separate positions, a senior Pentagon official said May 3. “We just briefed [Defense] Secretary [Jim] Mattis on our initial plan to make […]