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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
Download a PDF copy of the 2014 QDR, the Defense Department’s QDR Fact Sheet, and read Secretary Hagel’s QDR statement, a summary of the FY 2015 budget proposal, a transcript of the briefing on the FY 2015 budget and 2014 … Continue reading
The deepening East-West standoff over Ukraine is triggering a shift in political pressures in Washington and adding fuel to a debate over U.S. military spending cuts. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Suddenly, Russian troop movements in Ukraine, which U.S. … Continue reading
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is trying to do more than just lay out the Pentagon’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year. He’s trying to mark America’s passage into a new postwar era — though not exactly peacetime. – Politico … Continue reading
The [Pentagon] is proposing to reverse a four-year slide in its weapons-buying and research spending, lifting prospects for higher revenue at hard-hit military contractors – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel renewed his warning to Congress on … Continue reading
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe … Continue reading
The battles over next year’s defense budget are far from settled. They will be perhaps the most contentious yet, and for the military, the stakes will be higher than ever. The Defense Department is running out of ways to cushion … Continue reading
The USS Taylor, one of two Navy ships deployed to the Black Sea to provide security assistance for the Olympic Games, ran aground and is in port in Turkey, the Navy announced Tuesday. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required) An … Continue reading
The Pentagon is decreasing the number of F-35 fighter jets it intends to buy in 2015, according to Bloomberg News. – DEFCON Hill [J]ust last year, the Marines effectively killed the Marine Personnel Carrier, explicitly to free up funding for … Continue reading
The U.S. Army’s top officer said the service should have at least 450,000 active-duty soldiers or it may not be able to adequately respond to conflicts around the world. – DOD Buzz Rep. Walter B. Jones called for a congressional … Continue reading