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Army Plan For Pacific Still a Work In Progress

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Army Plan For Pacific Still a Work In Progress

Army leaders have yet to settle on how to back up the rebalance of forces to the Pacific.

General Says U-2 Superior to Global Hawk in Korea

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

General Says U-2 Superior to Global Hawk in Korea

The U-2 spy plane is a better suited than the Global Hawk for early warning of a North Korean attack, a top commander said.

U.S. Considers Demolishing Its Vehicles in Afghanistan

By Richard Sisk on Friday, March 14th, 2014

U.S. Considers Demolishing Its Vehicles in Afghanistan

U.S. troops in Afghanistan must destroy up thousands of their own vehicles to save money, said Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Navy Buys Four More LCS for $1.4 Billion

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Navy Buys Four More LCS for $1.4 Billion

The Navy committed $1.4 billion to buy four more Littoral Combat Ships even as the viability of the program remains in question.

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Marine Budget Boosts Embassy Security Forces

The $22.8 billion Marine Corps budget request included funding for a major buildup of embassy security and quick reaction forces.

Official Backpedals on Pacific Pivot ‘Can’t Happen’

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Official Backpedals on Pacific Pivot ‘Can’t Happen’

The assistant Defense Secretary for Acquisition reverses position that the Pacific Pivot will have to be “reconsidered.”

Air Force Bets $41 Billion on Sequestration

By Richard Sisk on Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Air Force Bets $41 Billion on Sequestration

Air Force secretary has placed a $41 billion bet that Congress will ease off on the mandatory spending cuts in the sequester process.

Global Hawk Trails U-2 Despite Retirement Plans

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Global Hawk Trails U-2 Despite Retirement Plans

The proposed drone replacement for the U-2 spy plane is still years away from being as effective despite retirement proposal.

Pentagon Unveils Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Strategy

By Richard Sisk on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Pentagon Unveils Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Strategy

DoD announced a long-term plan to share part of its reserved airwaves with industry while preserving security and access for the military.

Corps Becomes First Service to Pass Audit

By Richard Sisk on Friday, February 7th, 2014

Corps Becomes First Service to Pass Audit

For decades, the services have been working toward getting their annual spending plans in shape for audits – but never actually had one done until the Corps did last year.

Hagel Questions Air Force’s Ability to Oversee Nukes

By Richard Sisk on Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Hagel Questions Air Force’s Ability to Oversee Nukes

“Recent allegations regarding our ICBM force raise legitimate questions about this Department’s stewardship of one of our most sensitive and important missions.”

Hagel Remembers Martin Luther King

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 20th, 2014

Hagel Remembers Martin Luther King

Hagel recalls the effects that MLK’s assassination had on him and his unit while he was serving in Vietnam.

Navy’s Acting No. 2 Forced Out on Sexual Misconduct Allegations

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Navy’s Acting No. 2 Forced Out on Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Even as the nominee for the undersecretary of the Navy faces a hold for stance on sexual assault, acting No. 2 forced to resign.

Rooney Nomination As Navy No. 2 Clears Hurdle

By Richard Sisk on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Rooney Nomination As Navy No. 2 Clears Hurdle

Senate Armed Services Committee approves Rooney despite the hold placed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand over sexual assault prosecution concerns.

Levin Backs Apaches for Iraq – With Limits

By Richard Sisk on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Levin Backs Apaches for Iraq – With Limits

Senate Armed Services Committee chair supports sending Apaches to Iraq to help quell increase in violence.

Obama Peace Appeal to South Sudan

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Obama Peace Appeal to South Sudan

President warns of the spiraling violence in South Sudan and the possibilities of increased action from the U.S. on Christmas Eve.

More Heads To Roll In ‘Fat Leonard’ Navy Scandal

By Richard Sisk on Friday, December 20th, 2013

More Heads To Roll In ‘Fat Leonard’ Navy Scandal

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he expects more disclosures of wrongdoing to come out of what is now known as the ‘Fat Leonard’ case involving Navy port contracting.

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Ospreys and F-35s on Japan’s $240B Shopping List

Japan unveiled its first national defense strategy which includes a significant buy of U.S. weaponry as tensions rise with China.

COIN Doctrine Under Fire

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

COIN Doctrine Under Fire

The counter-insurgency doctrine is under attack as the White House tries to avoid extended wars and places more focus on the Pacific.

Gillibrand Sticks With Original Bill on Military Sexual Assault

By Richard Sisk on Monday, November 18th, 2013

Gillibrand Sticks With Original Bill on Military Sexual Assault

The senator backed off Sunday on modifying her proposed overhaul of the military justice system.

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