Policies and politics affecting military programs

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.

Hagel Makes His Pitch for Bomber to Replace B-2

By Richard Sisk on Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Hagel Makes His Pitch for Bomber to Replace B-2

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel argued for funding of a new long-range bomber to replace the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Hagel Setting Out On Last Trip as Defense Secretary

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Hagel Setting Out On Last Trip as Defense Secretary

Chuck Hagel will begin his last trip to U.S. bases as defense secretary ahead of Senate confirmation hearings his replacement.

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

By Richard Sisk on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

The Pentagon says it has no plans to back away from plans to retire the A-10 or recommend another round of BRAC.

Pentagon Mulls How to Fund Submarines and 300-Ship Fleet

By Kris Osborn on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Pentagon Mulls How to Fund Submarines and 300-Ship Fleet

The Pentagon and Congress are working on finding dollars for a special fund set up by lawmakers to develop and build the Navy’s next-generation Ohio nuclear submarine.

Agency Backs More Abrams for Iraq in ISIS Fight

By Brendan McGarry on Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Agency Backs More Abrams for Iraq in ISIS Fight

The State Department approved a potential $2.4 billion sale of up to 175 more M1A1 Abrams tanks and other equipment to help Iraq fight Islamic extremists.

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

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