Monthly Archives: October 2013

Thursday Defense Briefing

Masked from public view, two of the U.S. military’s elite special operations commandos have been awarded medals for bravery for a mission that further undercuts the administration’s original story about the Benghazi tragedy. – Washington Times A group of Democratic … Continue reading

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Mid Week Defense Briefing

General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.) writes: The ideas that enabled progress during the surge are, in many respects, the very ideas that could help Iraq’s leaders reverse the tragic downward spiral that we have seen in recent months. As … Continue reading

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Tuesday Defense Briefing

The administration’s military shift to Asia still tops the Pentagon’s budget blueprint as the department girds for another round of budget cuts under sequestration. – DEFCON Hill Less than three weeks from today, a four-star-studded convoy of  administration appointees will … Continue reading

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Monday Defense Briefing

The littoral combat ship (LCS) Freedom remained in port at Singapore Friday to deal with yet another engineering problem — the latest in a string of relatively minor issues that have affected the ship over the course of a planned … Continue reading

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Friday Defense Briefing

Thirty Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee are urging the leaders of the House-Senate budget conference to reach a deal that spares defense spending from sequestration. – DEFCON Hill Sequestration may not be the worst-case scenario for Pentagon budgets … Continue reading

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Thursday Defense Briefing

The Early Bird, the Defense Department’s widely read summary of daily news reports, has been suspended pending an internal review. – Military Times The Army will have to move into an “extreme tiered readiness model” as it struggles to train … Continue reading

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Midweek Defense Briefing

The United States is in a period where it needs to recalibrate its defense needs, according to Rudy deLeon, the former deputy secretary of defense under 43. – Seapower Developing adaptive leaders for a complex environment is a top priority … Continue reading

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Tuesday Defense Briefing

A visibly frustrated chief of staff and secretary of the US Army today warned that many key programs will have to be canceled, curtailed or delayed in upcoming years due to budget uncertainty, and units will be unready to perform … Continue reading

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Monday Defense Briefing

The U.S. Navy is being rocked by a bribery scandal that federal investigators say has reached high into the officer corps and exposed a massive overbilling scheme run by an Asian defense contractor that provided prostitutes and other kickbacks. – … Continue reading

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Friday Defense Briefing

The Pentagon said Thursday it plans to sell Washington’s Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates $10.8 billion worth of missiles and munitions, including “bunker-buster” bombs. – AFP Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel publicly questioned whether Congress can come … Continue reading

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