• Defense Watch
    Space Adviser. Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan will take over the duties of the principal defense space adviser on an “interim” basis, he wrote in a Jan. 17 memo to other defense officials. The move comes in response to the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization act, which calls for taking that job away from the […] The post Defense Watch appeared firs […]
  • State Department OK’s $6.5 Billion Sale Of 34 F-35s To Belgium
    The State Department approved a possible $6.5 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Belgium for 34 Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) F-35A variants. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) told Congress of the certification on Friday. Belgium requested 34 Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35s along with 38 Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines (34 installed […]
  • DoD Prepares For Possible Shutdown As Congress Debates Funding
    The Department of Defense was bracing for a partial shutdown late Jan. 19 as Congress grappled with how to keep the government funded after a stopgap measure expires at midnight. The House approved a new continuing resolution (CR) late Jan. 18 that would keep the government open through Feb. 16, but the measure (H.J. Res. […] The post DoD Prepares For Possib […]
  • GAO Report: DoD Needs To Address New Aircraft Tracking System’s Cyber Risks
    Department of Defense officials have yet to address known cyber security risks associated with a military aircraft tracking tool and have only two years before the system must be fully integrated, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report  published Jan. 18. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out tracking tool, part of […]
  • In New Strategy, Mattis Redirects ‘More-Lethal’ Military Toward Great-Power Conflict
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis unveiled on Friday a strategy for sharpening the U.S. military’s competitive advantage against near-peer adversaries Russia and China by modernizing the force, strengthening alliances and building new partnerships all in an effort to preserve the relative global stability established after World War II. “The central challenge to […]
  • Navy To Release 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan With FY19 Defense Budget, Brings Charges Against DDG Commanders
    The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) told Congress on Thursday that a new 30-year shipbuilding plan will be delivered to the legislature next month along with the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2019 defense budget. Adm. John Richardson affirmed this in questioning before the House Armed Services Committee about surface warfare alongside Secretary of the N […]