Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Defense Briefing

A group of senior Army officers in December appeared before reporters at the Pentagon to rebut charges from a congressman that the bureaucracy was sabotaging requests from war fighters for an off-the-shelf intelligence processor… This week, the complaining congressman — … Continue reading

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Thursday Defense Briefing

U.S. Navy seemed headed for the best of times before it hit the budget and sequestration squalls signaling the worst of times, or at least the most challenging of them. – Aviation Week Al Qaeda’s dangerous Western African cell is … Continue reading

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Wednesday Brief

The U.S. military is making plans to place Marine Corps special-operations teams aboard Navy ships in the Middle East and elsewhere, to serve as a rapid-reaction force that could respond to embassy attacks, hostage standoffs and other crises. – Wall … Continue reading

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Tuesday Defense Brief

Key U.S. congressional Republicans are calling a comprehensive White House deficit-reduction plan a solid first step toward striking the kind of bipartisan deal that would substantially lessen defense spending cuts. – Defense News It will cost the Pentagon roughly $6 … Continue reading

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Monday Defense Briefing

The flag has been passed at Central Command. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin took command from retiring Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis on Friday – The E-Ring The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-1) USS Freedom’s first overseas deployment to Southeast Asia has … Continue reading

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Friday Defense Brief

Moving at rocket speed after the U.S. Senate on Wednesday afternoon sent over a $982 billion continuing spending resolution with a full-year Pentagon spending bill, the House passed it Thursday morning. – Defense News The Pentagon is delaying furlough notices … Continue reading

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Thursday Defense Brief

An uprising against the Taliban that began last month in this southern Afghan village has now spread through dozens of others, according to residents and Afghan and American officials, in the most significant popular turning against the Islamist insurgents in … Continue reading

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Def Brief Wednesday

U.S. Defense Department should be prepared for budget cuts every year through 2021 to remain within the spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns in a new report. – Defense News … Continue reading

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Tuesday Defense Brief

Defense The top U.S. military officer on Monday said he shares his predecessor’s fear that a low-level clash with Iranian vessels or aircraft could unintentionally give way to a wider armed conflict. – Global Security Newswire United States is flying … Continue reading

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Support Our Drones!

In Washington, few things bring the left and the right together.  That’s why the latest round of debates over drones–involving a strange coalition of the far left and the far right–was so surreal.  Drone hysteria filled the airwaves for days, once again, … Continue reading

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