Archive: Pentagon

SpaceX launches the JCSAT-16 commercial communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket. Photo: SpaceX

DoD Still Mum On Fate Of Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft

Four days after the U.S. government’s classified Zuma spacecraft apparently failed after being launched on a SpaceX rocket, the Department of Defense remained mum on exactly what happened. At a Pentagon press briefing Jan. 11, DoD spokeswoman Dana White declined to comment on the matter, referring questions to SpaceX. “We’re not going to be able […]

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Rood Cleared To Lead DoD Policy Shop

The Senate confirmed former Lockheed Martin [LMT] International executive John Rood to be undersecretary of defense for policy by an 81-7 vote late Jan. 3. Among those voting no was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who complained that many top defense officials appointed by the Trump administration come from major defense companies, creating potential conflicts of […]

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Roper To Leave Secretive Pentagon Tech Office

The Trump administration on Jan. 3 announced two nominations for senior weapon buyers in the Pentagon and Air Force, one of which would relinquish the top spot at the shadowy Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO). William Roper, the current and only director of the SCO, is tapped to become the Air Force chief weapon buyer. Founded […]

Defense Department Business, Modernization Restructure Set For Jan. 2 Launch

Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan is further restructuring the Defense Department by handing off day-to-day operations of the Pentagon to a chief management officer so he can focus on big-ticket acquisition programs and modernization. The Pentagon in February is expected to publish its National Defense Strategy (NDS), which will lay out the administration’s vision […]

President Donald Trump speaks to service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo)

New National Security Strategy Promotes Economic Might To Fuel Military Moderization

The Trump Administration on Dec. 18 released an America First national security strategy that promotes domestic economic growth as fuel for beefing up the military, modernizing its weapons and projecting might abroad. Instead of isolating the United States, the document calls for a policy of “peace through strength” in which the United States does not […]

An Afghan flag flies over an observation post, Pekha Valley, Achin District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 19, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Matthew DeVirgilio)

U.S. Forces In Afghanistan To Get More ISR Support

American forces in Afghanistan expect to receive more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets as the winding down of combat in Iraq and Syria frees up those systems for other uses, a U.S. general said Dec. 12. “As those assets become available and come to us, we’ll, of course, be able to leverage them and […]

Trump Signs FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill, Urges Hill To Finish Defense Appropriations

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report (H.R. 2810) into law Dec. 12, calling the nearly $700-billion measure “a momentous step” toward rebuilding the military and protecting the nation. “This legislation will enhance our readiness, modernize our forces and help provide our service members with the tools that they need […]

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Continuing Resolutions Slowing Munitions Buys, DoD Official Says

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations act is delaying Pentagon plans to boost production rates for heavily used munitions, a Department of Defense official said Dec. 7. While the House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill are “very supportive” of DoD’s budget request for munitions, Congress has […]

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SASC OKs Lockheed Executive For DoD Policy Post

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved Lockheed Martin [LMT] executive John Rood to be undersecretary of defense for policy Nov. 30 despite concerns among some lawmakers about the number of Pentagon appointees who hail from top defense firms. Those concerns flared at a Nov. 16 hearing, where Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the committee’s chairman, […]

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DoD Weighing ‘Potential Improvements’ In Cruise Missile Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering “potential improvements in cruise missile defense” as part of its ballistic missile defense review, according to a nominee for a high-level Pentagon job. “If confirmed, I look forward to participating in this review and examining potential additional capabilities,” said John Rood, President Donald Trump’s pick to be undersecretary […]