Policies and politics affecting military programs

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.

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.

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