Policies and politics affecting military programs

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.

Army Opens Competition to Build Humvee Replacement

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, December 15th, 2014

Army Opens Competition to Build Humvee Replacement

The U.S. Army has officially begun the next round of competition to begin building a replacement to the iconic Humvee.

Pentagon Launches New Future Weapons Research Effort

By Kris Osborn on Monday, December 8th, 2014

Pentagon Launches New Future Weapons Research Effort

The Pentagon is starting a massive research and development effort aimed at finding and developing next-generation technologies.

Forbes: Congress Must Fund Ohio Replacement Program, Increase Fleet Size

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Forbes: Congress Must Fund Ohio Replacement Program, Increase Fleet Size

The chair of the House Seapower subcommittee said the Navy and Congress should consider boosting its fleet size beyond 306 ships.

Pentagon Won’t Confirm Ashton Carter is Next Defense Secretary

By Michael Hoffman on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Pentagon Won’t Confirm Ashton Carter is Next Defense Secretary

Rear Adm. Kirby says he won’t play “parlor game” with press over the possible nomination of Ashton Carter

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.

Is White House Micromanagement Scaring Off Likely Defense Secretaries?

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Is White House Micromanagement Scaring Off Likely Defense Secretaries?

The White House’s micromanagement of the Pentagon may be why front-runners to replace Chuck Hagel as defense secretary dropped out of the race.

Hagel’s Successor Could Be First Female Pentagon Chief

By Kris Osborn on Monday, November 24th, 2014

Hagel’s Successor Could Be First Female Pentagon Chief

With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation final, all eyes are on a handful of officials capable of becoming the next Pentagon chief.

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

By Kris Osborn on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

The deal with Lockheed Martin includes new fighters for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and five planes for international partners.

Odierno Rejects Comparing Gulf War to Recent Iraq War

By Brendan McGarry on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Odierno Rejects Comparing Gulf War to Recent Iraq War

The top Army officer dismissed a retired general’s book as “one man’s opinion,” and rejected the idea of comparing Operation Desert Storm to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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.

Congress Likely to Back War Chest to Fight ISIS

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, November 17th, 2014

Congress Likely to Back War Chest to Fight ISIS

Congress will likely pass the White House’s separate war-funding request to battle Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria despite some lawmakers’ concerns over strategy

Hagel Announces New Technology Initiative to Stay Ahead of China, Russia

By Bryant Jordan on Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Hagel Announces New Technology Initiative to Stay Ahead of China, Russia

The defense secretary said the U.S. military must make a serious push to upgrade its technology and R&D or risk falling behind China and Russia.

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.

Navy’s LCS Tests Counter-Mine, Anti-Submarine Technology

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Navy’s LCS Tests Counter-Mine, Anti-Submarine Technology

The anti-mine developmental and operational tests this past summer took place on board the USS Independence, or LCS 2.

Republicans Take Over Key Senate Committees

By Bryant Jordan on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Republicans Take Over Key Senate Committees

Here’s a breakdown of the Senate Republicans most likely to move into the chairmanships of Senate committees key to the military.

NATO Warns France of Warship Sale to Russia

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

NATO Warns France of Warship Sale to Russia

Gen. Breedlove said he had renewed NATO warnings to France against selling two Mistral-class helicopter assault ships to Russia.

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

By Kris Osborn on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

F-35C Lands First Time on Carrier

The Navy’s F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter conducted its first arrested landing Nov. 3.

Pentagon Implements F-35 Engine Fixes

By Kris Osborn on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Pentagon Implements F-35 Engine Fixes

Engineers with the Pentagon’s F-35 program are implementing a series of short– and long-term fixes to the aircraft’s engine problems.

Pentagon Workers Warned They Might Be ISIS Targets

By Richard Sisk on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Pentagon Workers Warned They Might Be ISIS Targets

The Pentagon’s internal security agency warned personnel working in the building they could be potential terrorist targets.

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