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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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Missile Defense Review a Multi-Billion IOU to White House « Breaking Defense

A Ground-Based Interceptor is lowered into its missile silo in Alaska. PENTAGON: Military and civilian leaders at the Pentagon are portraying the new Missile Defense Review as a common-sense response to aggressive Chinese and Russian investments in new hypersonic weapons and faster, longer-range missiles. The review marks “a new era …

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Talk To Us First, THEN Congress: Navy Acquisition Officials « Breaking Defense

ARLINGTON: Please bring the Navy all your good ideas, and please talk to us before you talk to Congress, service officials urged industry executives today. Under intense pressure to deliver faster, cheaper, and more innovative programs, the various factions of the Navy acquisition bureaucracy have labored mightily to coordinate more …

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Marines Want Missiles To Sink Ships From Shores, And They Want Them Fast « Breaking Defense

A Marine HIMARS missile launcher fires from the deck of the USS Anchorage during the Dawn Blitz 2017 exercises. WASHINGTON The Marine Corps has kicked off a rapid development program to begin firing long-range anti-ship missiles from shore-based ground vehicles in an effort to add more punch to the Navy’s …

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Pentagon Approves Two-Carrier Buy As Fixes Continue to Navy’s Priciest Ship « Breaking Defense

USS Ford WASHINGTON: The Navy’s coming request for the 2020 fiscal year is still under wraps, but one important piece of the Navy’s future plans appears increasingly certain: the service will commit billions to buy two new Ford-class aircraft carriers under the same contract. While most of that money won’t be …

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2019 Forecast: Hard Choices On Invisible Warfare « Breaking Defense

An Army cyber/EW soldier sets up an antenna during exercises at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif. After a quarter-century of post-Cold War neglect, the Department of Defense has once again become serious about electronic warfare: the art of detecting, disrupting, and deceiving enemy radio and radar. But …

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From Paris To Orbit: France’s New Space Strategy « Breaking Defense

The French CSO-1 reconnaissance satellite launching on a Russian-built Soyuz rocket With the landmark CSO-1 satellite launch December 19th and a new space strategy out soon, the French government is finally stepping up in space. A French-led, Europe-wide effort to modernize space capabilities had been announced in 2010, but it …

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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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