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No ‘Mission Creep’ Yet In Iraq Says Odierno

By Richard Sisk on Friday, June 12th, 2015

No ‘Mission Creep’ Yet In Iraq Says Odierno

The deployment of 450 more troops could serve as the prototype for other bases and not be seen as “mission creep” in Iraq.

HASC Chair: Ohio Sub Replacement Costs Crowding Out Navy Programs

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

HASC Chair: Ohio Sub Replacement Costs Crowding Out Navy Programs

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee raised questions Tuesday about the ballooning cost projections for the Ohio class ballistic submarine replacement program

Okinawa Governor Presses Case against New V-22 Airfield

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Okinawa Governor Presses Case against New V-22 Airfield

The governor will press his case for stopping construction of a new airfield and eventually getting many of the Marines and their MV-22 Ospreys off the island.

Petraeus Disagrees with Carter, Says Iraqis Have ‘Will To Fight’

By Richard Sisk on Monday, June 1st, 2015

Petraeus Disagrees with Carter, Says Iraqis Have ‘Will To Fight’

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus disagreed with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s charge that the Iraqis lacked the will to fight.

Future MREs and Safer Vehicles Stand Out at Pentagon’s First Lab Day

By Richard Sisk on Friday, May 15th, 2015

Future MREs and Safer Vehicles Stand Out at Pentagon’s First Lab Day

The service branches on Thursday showed off advances in technology for the future battlefield — from better blast protection to longer-lasting pizza.

Submariner Adm. Richardson Picked As Next CNO

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Submariner Adm. Richardson Picked As Next CNO

President Obama nominates the second straight submariner as the Navy’s lead officer.

White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list.

Obama Taps Dunford and Selva to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Obama Taps Dunford and Selva to Lead Joint Chiefs of Staff

President Obama was expected to nominate Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Announcement on New JCS Chairman Expected Soon

By Richard Sisk on Friday, May 1st, 2015

Announcement on New JCS Chairman Expected Soon

The White House was expected to make an announcement soon on a successor to the retiring Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

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.

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