Policies and politics affecting military programs

Air Force General Fired for A-10 ‘Treason’ Comments

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, April 10th, 2015

Air Force General Fired for A-10 ‘Treason’ Comments

The U.S. Air Force general who warned subordinates that praising the A-10 aircraft to lawmakers amounts to “treason” has been fired, the service said.

Navy Builds New Radar for Carriers, Amphibs

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Navy Builds New Radar for Carriers, Amphibs

The Navy plans to put a new ship radar system on both next-generation carriers and amphibious assault ships as a way to reduce costs and increase commonality.

Fast-Paced Technologies Passing by Military’s Acquisition Culture

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, March 27th, 2015

Fast-Paced Technologies Passing by Military’s Acquisition Culture

U.S. military leadership has known the Pentagon is falling quickly behind the technological curve and opening itself to new and developing threats.

Odierno: Chiefs, Not Civilians, Should Play Bigger Role in Weapon Buys

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, March 20th, 2015

Odierno: Chiefs, Not Civilians, Should Play Bigger Role in Weapon Buys

The U.S. Army’s top officer said service chiefs rather than civilians should play a bigger role in deciding what kinds of weapons the military buys.

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.

Thornberry’s Defense Budget Exceeds Pentagon’s Request by $16 Billion

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, February 27th, 2015

Thornberry’s Defense Budget Exceeds Pentagon’s Request by $16 Billion

A lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives is calling for a fiscal 2016 defense budget that would exceed spending caps by $50 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.

Pentagon: Sequestration Would Again Reduce Annual Military Training

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Pentagon: Sequestration Would Again Reduce Annual Military Training

Pentagon leaders would have to again slash funding for annual training across the military unless Capitol Hill blocks sequestration.

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.

New Defense Secretary Breezes through Nomination Process

By Michael Hoffman on Friday, February 13th, 2015

New Defense Secretary Breezes through Nomination Process

The Senate approved Ashton Carter Thursday as the next secretary of defense in a vote that saw only five nays.

Forbes: Ukraine and ISIS Put Pacific Re-balance at Risk

By Kris Osborn on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Forbes: Ukraine and ISIS Put Pacific Re-balance at Risk

The chairman of the powerful House Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee is concerned that current emerging global threats and conflicts will slow down the implementation of the Pentagon’s much-discussed Pacific rebalance.

Reform Military Benefits, Buy an Aircraft Carrier a Year

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 30th, 2015

Reform Military Benefits, Buy an Aircraft Carrier a Year

If Congress adopted recommendations to overhaul the military retirement and health care systems, it would eventually save enough money to buy a new aircraft carrier every year.

Navy Builds a New Class of Sea-Basing Ships

By Kris Osborn on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Navy Builds a New Class of Sea-Basing Ships

The Navy is take commercial oil ships and having them re-engineered for military sea-basing and transport missions across the globe.

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Pentagon Unveils Program to Help Build 6th Generation Fighter

The Pentagon is poised to unveil a new collaborative research program in the upcoming 2016 defense budget submission.

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.

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.

Pentagon Bids Adieu to Air-Sea Battle Name

By Michael Hoffman on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Pentagon Bids Adieu to Air-Sea Battle Name

The Pentagon has chosen to close the Air-Sea Battle Office and fold their work into a new section of the Joint Staff.

General: Praising the A-10 to Lawmakers is ‘Treason’

By Brendan McGarry on Friday, January 16th, 2015

General: Praising the A-10 to Lawmakers is ‘Treason’

A top U.S. Air Force general warned officers that praising the A-10 attack plane to lawmakers amounts to “treason,” according to a news report.

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