Articles by Ward Carroll

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CNO Starts Budget Chicken Game

Is this just the same drill that has gone on in years past, or is this year different because of the fiscal crisis?


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LCS Mafia’s Full-Court Press

The LCS program has used this week’s Surface Navy Association conference in DC for a full-court messaging press against the ever-controversial platform’s critics.


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Space – the Final Junkyard

Last month DoD released an updated space policy that officials said reflects how the environment has changed in recent years, specifically the emergence of non-state threats and the growing amount of derelict rockets and satellites in orbit.


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SAIC Splitting the Baby

Defense services giant SAIC made the announcement yesterday that it was splitting into two independent, publically-traded companies — a technical services business and a solutions-focused business.


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Roe v. Wade v. the Defense Budget

A clunky, insulting pro-life stance might eventually affect defense budget priorities and the magnitude of cuts. And you thought Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the only social issue that might impact the military this year.


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Brennan Hints at Proxy War Redux

Odyssey Dawn (the no-fly zone over Libya) taught the White House a number of foreign policy lessons. Obama Adviser John Brennan hinted that the administration might be ready to give it another go over Syria.



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Prowlers ‘Jam’ Afghan Skies

Colleague Ward Carroll is embedded with U.S troops in Afghanistan.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD – Although the bureau numbers on the fuselages of Marine Electronic Attack Squadron 2’s EA-6B Prowlers tell of jets harkening from the Cold War, the venerable jammers have found a new and vital niche in the counterinsurgency of Afghanistan. While hesitant to discuss details around the highly classified EW missions, A Marine operations officer explained that the war in Afghanistan is a lot more dynamic than the war in Iraq was for the jammers. He also said those asking for his planes are a lot smarter about the Prowler’s capabilities.