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Army Secretary Says Talent Reform Is Top Priority For 2020 « Breaking Defense

Army Secretary Mark Esper addresses the Talent Management Task Force he created to overhaul the cumbersome, centralized military personnel bureaucracy. PENTAGON: With equipment modernization now in overdrive, Army Secretary Mark Esper is shifting his focus to the human beings that will use the new weapons. In a media roundtable Thursday …

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No Light Attack Planes Any Time Soon: Air Force Undersecretary « Breaking Defense

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Secretary Heather Wilson at Holloman AFB for the Light Attack Experiment. AFA: The Air Force won’t issue a Request For Information on possible Light Attack aircraft, originally scheduled to come out December, in favor of doing a lot more experiments, Air Force …

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Marines, Navy Wrestle With How To Upgun Amphibs « Breaking Defense

The amphibious ship USS San Antonio, LPD-17. ARLINGTON: The Marines want better-armed amphibious warships for high-end combat, but there’s no money in the budget and little room on the ships for their preferred solution, the Vertical Launch System. That leaves them looking at less capable but more affordable upgrades. Those …

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Acting SecDef Shanahan’s First Message: “China, China, China.” « Breaking Defense

Patrick Shanahan arrives at the Pentagon on Jan. 2, for his first day as acting Secretary of Defense. UPDATED with announcement of Norquist as acting deputy    PENTAGON: In his first day on the job, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gathered civilian leaders of the military services to deliver a …

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2019 Forecast: Budget Battles & Confirmation Wars « Breaking Defense

President Donald Trump It’s been a frenetic fall for the Department of Defense: a budget cut and then a budget increase, the secretary’s resignation and then his dismissal, an affirmation of allies and then a denunciation. What does this year-end craziness say about the year ahead? Here’s what to watch …

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Budget Busters: What to Look For in 2019 and Beyond « Breaking Defense

WASHINGTON: If there’s one complaint that has sounded a consistent across the Joint Chiefs and Pentagon leadership in recent years, it has been the lack of predictability in year-to-year funding. If there’s one thing we have learned about President Trump, it’s that nothing is certain until the very end. And …

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Space Force Will Have Seat On Joint Chiefs, Not Full Independence; Costs TBD « Breaking Defense

PENTAGON: The Air Force has eked out a victory in the Pentagon’s latest proposal for a Space Force. While many in the Air Force would prefer to keep their current preeminent role in space operations and not create a new service at all, the current plan — to be submitted …

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Army Bradley Brigade Will Get Israeli Anti-Missile System: Iron Fist « Breaking Defense

Civilian personnel deliver the latest Bradley model, the M2A3, to Fort Riley, KS WASHINGTON: Seeking to stop Russian-made anti-tank missiles, the US Army will buy Israel’s Iron Fist Active Protection System for a brigade of its M2 Bradley armored vehicles, Breaking Defense has learned. The decision comes after weeks of …

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Adam Smith: Doubts $750B Budget, Praises Army, Downplays Yemen War Powers Bill « Breaking Defense

Rep. Adam Smith WASHINGTON: The presumptive House Armed Services chairman, Adam Smith outlined his agenda for reporters this morning in a wide-ranging discussion laced with his trademark tactical snark. While many of his stances were unsurprising — he wants equal treatment for transgender troops, less spending on new nuclear ICBMs, …

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