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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:00:00 -0400


What’s the Purpose of President Trump’s Navy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:00:00 -0400

Does the president's specified goal of 350 ships meet the needs of the nation in the 21st century? The answer is not yet clear.guided-missile destroyers USS Pinckney, USS Howard and USS Shoup steam in formation behind the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton in March.

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Trump's Unbalanced Homeland Security Budget

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0400

As the former heads of DHS, the Coast Guard, and TSA, we think Trump’s border-and-immigration fixation is like double-locking your front door and leaving the window wide open.

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Would Better Messaging Help the Military Boost Its Budget?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:25:42 -0400

Even if Pentagon leaders clarified their ‘readiness’ warnings, they’d still face an uphill battle for more funding in 2017.Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks before the U.S. Senate Committee on a review of the budget and readiness of the Department of Defense hearing Wednesday.

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Pentagon Defends Quiet Response to Study Offering $125 Billion In Savings

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:56:33 -0400

House hearing shows miscommunication between the Defense Department and the Defense Business Board.House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

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What One Joint Chief Of Staff Thinks of Trump

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:34:39 -0400

Do the generals have too much influence? I asked the U.S. Air Force’s top military leader.Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein gives his first "Air Force Update," during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 20, 2016.

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There is Only One Way to Undo Decades of Ingrained Institutional Sexism in the U.S. Military

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:47:13 -0400

The "Marines United" scandal shows once more that a macho culture is an internal enemy.Women training as a U.S. Marine Corps Female Engagement Team train in 2016.

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Trump’s Proposed Increased in Military Spending is Almost as Big as Russia's Entire Defense Budget

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:25:53 -0400

And the most worrying threats might not be the kind you fight with missiles and ships.Russian vehicles participate in a 2014 parade in Red Square.

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What Lies Ahead for Obama's Countering Violent Extremism Program?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:46:49 -0400

A new report confirms the skepticism of civil libertarians. But if the initiative is discontinued, will its replacement be any better?President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in February 2015.

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Russia is Recruiting the FBI’s Most-Wanted Hackers

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:40:00 -0400

After the US asked Russia to detain them for cybercrimes.Yevgeny Bogachev and Alexsey Belan.

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U.S. Naval and Military Academies See Rise in Sexual Assault

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:02:13 -0400

Reports of abuse on military college campuses may reflect larger issues of conduct among the armed forces.The cadets color guard walks on the West Point Campus in 2001.

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Trump Picks ‘Mr. Fix-It’ to Run Daily Ops at Pentagon

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:48:10 -0400

Patrick Shanahan’s missile-defense background could prove important in a Trump administration.

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Why Sequestration Is Poised to Kill Trump's Budget

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:49:05 -0400

A Kafkaesque fiscal deal cut years ago is set to gut the White House’s spending proposal.President Donald J. Trump speaks with Sailors in the hangar bay aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford on March 2.

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Flynn, Turkey, and the Long Paper Trail Trump Missed

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:52:38 -0400

An Erdogan government insider had contracts with Flynn’s group going back to the campaign, documents filed by Trump’s former national security advisor’s firm show.

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ISIS War Generals to Congress: We Need the State Department

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:49:57 -0500

One week after Trump proposed shifting billions from the State Department to the Pentagon, two of the top U.S. generals in the Middle East and Africa say they need diplomatic help.Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, told Congress that the U.S. needs to use "a combination of all of our elements of power — hard power and soft power."

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Iraq Agreed to Share More Information With U.S. to Avoid Travel Ban

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:03:53 -0500

Other countries will have a harder time pulling the same trick.Command Sgt. Maj Benjamin Jones, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, visits Coalition troops at Camp Taji, Iraq, where Iraqi forces can be trained.

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Chinese Military Officers Crash U.S. Air Force Conference in Florida

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:54:56 -0500

The three officers, armed with cameras, took a stroll around an exhibit hall of new weapons and technology.A Chinese military officer looks at a Sig Sauer handgun at the IDEX arms expo in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

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Air Force Wants to Test a Laser on an Attack Plane Within A Year

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:04:50 -0500

But the U.S. Special Operations Command still needs money for the test and policymakers need to figure out the rules of engagement.A specially modified 46th Test Wing NC-130H aircraft equipped with the Advanced Tactical Laser weapon system.

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Pentagon Advisers Want Cyber ‘Tiger Teams,’ More Authorities for Cyber Command

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:49:52 -0500

Pentagon advisers: We need more infrastructure cybersecurity. Congress: We want more election-hacking security.National Security Agency and Cyber Command chief Adm. Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Sikorsky Pitches Area 51 Security Helicopters to Guard ICBMs

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:03:54 -0500

Company executives say it’s the most efficient way for the Air Force to replace its half-century-old Hueys.A concept of Sikorsky's new HH-60U, which it is pitching to replace 1960s-era Air Force Hueys.

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Trump’s Defense Topline Faces a Big Hurdle, Just as When Obama Proposed It

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:45:57 -0500

The new administration’s proposal to give the Defense Department $603 billion in 2018 exceeds legal limits by about 10 percent.

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Trump Ordered an Intelligence Report to Justify His Travel Ban. This is What He Got.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:39:57 -0500

Citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” of an individual's threat to the U.S., it found.

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How the FBI Is Hobbled by Religious Illiteracy

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:07:36 -0500

The Bureau has long defended “Judeo-Christianity.” Minority groups have not fared as well.

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Hiring Freeze Forces Military Spouses to Make Tough Choices

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:56:57 -0500

Pentagon says it's looking at potential solutions for civilians blocked from new jobs when their spouses relocate.

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Three Urgent Tasks for Trump’s National-Security Team

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:59:00 -0500

The administration needs a single line on various policies — but even more urgently, it must fill about 100 top federal jobs, says James Stavridis.

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