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Afghan Military to Receive Its First A-29s in December

By Richard Sisk on Friday, March 6th, 2015

Afghan Military to Receive Its First A-29s in December

The first of the A-29 Super Tucanos will begin arriving in December to begin their close-air-support missions after years of delays and court fights.

Carter Blasts Spending Cuts in His First Budget Pitch to Congress

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Carter Blasts Spending Cuts in His First Budget Pitch to Congress

The new defense secretary pleaded with Congress Tuesday to back President Obama’s proposed fiscal 2016 defense budget that exceeds spending caps by about $38 billion.

Pentagon Speeds Shipment of M-16s and MRAPS to Iraqi Army

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Pentagon Speeds Shipment of M-16s and MRAPS to Iraqi Army

The Pentagon is sending about 10,000 M16s and 250 MRAPs to Iraq under a new program to rush the deal through the State Department.

New SecDef Says President Obama Needs Military’s Help

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

New SecDef Says President Obama Needs Military’s Help

New Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday that President Obama needs policy guidance from a military perspective.

Kirby to Step Down as Pentagon Press Secretary

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Kirby to Step Down as Pentagon Press Secretary

Rear Adm. John Kirby announced Wednesday he’s leaving his post as Pentagon press secretary to allow Carter to pick his own chief spokesman.

Next Defense Secretary Open to Keeping A-10 in Air Force

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Next Defense Secretary Open to Keeping A-10 in Air Force

Ashton Carter agreed to hear arguments from JTACS for keeping the A-10 despite renewed efforts by the Air Force to retire it.

Mattis Calls on Congress to Halt Guantanamo Prisoner Releases

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Mattis Calls on Congress to Halt Guantanamo Prisoner Releases

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis took a stance Tuesday against the release or transfer of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

U.S. to Aid India in Building Aircraft Carriers

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 26th, 2015

U.S. to Aid India in Building Aircraft Carriers

Tucked away in a new defense deal with India was an agreement for the U.S. to aid India in fielding aircraft carriers that China views as a threat.

Hagel Says Thousands of ISIS Fighters Killed By Airstrikes

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Hagel Says Thousands of ISIS Fighters Killed By Airstrikes

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that thousands of ISIS fighters have died in U.S. and coalition airstrikes.

McCain Vents Against Obama’s Foreign Policy Strategy

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

McCain Vents Against Obama’s Foreign Policy Strategy

jThe new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said the president is ignoring emerging threats across the globe.

French Aircraft Carrier to Join Fight Against ISIS

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

French Aircraft Carrier to Join Fight Against ISIS

The flagship of the French fleet, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles DeGaulle, has been ordered to the Gulf region to support the mission against ISIS.

Hagel Makes His Pitch for Bomber to Replace B-2

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Hagel Makes His Pitch for Bomber to Replace B-2

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel argued for funding of a new long-range bomber to replace the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Hagel Setting Out On Last Trip as Defense Secretary

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Hagel Setting Out On Last Trip as Defense Secretary

Chuck Hagel will begin his last trip to U.S. bases as defense secretary ahead of Senate confirmation hearings his replacement.

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

The Pentagon says it has no plans to back away from plans to retire the A-10 or recommend another round of BRAC.

Air Force Short on Drone Pilots for ISIS Campaign

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 5th, 2015

Air Force Short on Drone Pilots for ISIS Campaign

The Air Force is facing a shortage of drone pilots for the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones.

Arab Allies Now Want U.S. to Call ISIS, ‘Daeshi’

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Arab Allies Now Want U.S. to Call ISIS, ‘Daeshi’

The debate over what to call the terror group trying to set up a state in Iraq and Syria just got more complicated.

Bob Work Raises Profile as Possible Hagel Successor

By Richard Sisk on Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Bob Work Raises Profile as Possible Hagel Successor

The deputy defense secretary has been offered as a possible successor as the White House searches for a new defense secretary.

Republicans Pick Thornberry to Chair House Armed Services Committee

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Republicans Pick Thornberry to Chair House Armed Services Committee

Rep. Thornberry will replace Rep. McKeon to head the House’s most powerful defense committee.

ISIS Advances Force US to Train Iraqi Pilots in Arizona

By Richard Sisk on Monday, November 10th, 2014

ISIS Advances Force US to Train Iraqi Pilots in Arizona

Since Iraq is too dangerous at the moment, the U.S. military will begin delivering the F-16s the Baghdad government bought last year to Arizona.

Pentagon Denies Rumors Hagel On His Way Out

By Richard Sisk on Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Pentagon Denies Rumors Hagel On His Way Out

The Pentagon on Friday sought to dispel rumors fueled by opinion columns that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had lost favor with the White House and would soon be replaced.

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