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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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‘Hold Fast, Alongside Our Allies’: Mattis Farewell Invokes Civil War « Breaking Defense

James Mattis at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on March 14. WASHINGTON: At 9:22 am on Gen. Jim Mattis‘s last day as Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon released his official farewell to the Defense Department’s almost three million servicemembers and civil servants. It’s three brief, carefully crafted paragraphs packed with historical references …

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Amidst Turmoil, Pentagon Persists On Acquisition Reform: Ellen Lord « Breaking Defense

Anniston Army depot PENTAGON: One constant in the abrupt transition from outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to his deputy, soon to be acting secretary, Patrick Shanahan? The grueling, technical, but crucial business of acquisition reform. For all their differences, Pentagon technocrats, House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and even President Trump can …

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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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After Mattis: Strategic Challenge & Opportunity For President Trump « Breaking Defense

President Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Whatever you think of Jim Mattis, his resignation and the outflow of officials that will follow create a major foreign policy problem for the United States. There is not one ally who is applauding Mattis’s departure — but depart he will, all the …

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Defiant Gets Real: Sikorsky & Boeing Unveil SB>1 Super Chopper « Breaking Defense

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter After years of secrecy and CGI, we’re finally getting to see the Sikorsky-Boeing dream team’s SB>1 Defiant ultra-high-speed helicopter in real life. Unfortunately, Defiant is still on the ground, not flying: It was supposed to take its first flight this month, but that’s been pushed …

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