Aegis Ambivalence: Navy, Hill Grapple Over Missile Defense Mission


WASHINGTON: Sometimes success is its own punishment. Shooting down ballistic missiles is one of the Navy’s most high-tech, high-profile capabilities — and it’s one of the most popular with Congress…

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Document: Report to Congress on Virginia-Class Submarine Procurement


The following is the June 12, 2015 Congressional Research Service, Navy Virginia (SSN-774) Class Attack Submarine Procurement: Background and Issues for Congress.

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‘Worst Time’ For McCain’s Buying Power Shift To Services: Kendall EXCLUSIVE


Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. photo

PENTAGON: Sen. John McCain’s push to boost the power of the four service chiefs to manage Pentagon weapons programs is coming at the “worst time” and may well lead to more increased costs and busted schedules, the military’s acquisition chief, Frank Kendall, told Breaking Defense in an interview. “The thing that bothers me the most about

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U.S. Senate wants Taiwan to participate in Red Flag exercises


The U.S. Senate passed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act which included a provision to invite Taiwan to participate in the Red Flag exercises.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft attached to the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off during Red Flag-Alaska 13-3 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 13, 2013 130813-F-UP786-643
By SSgt Jim Araos [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Another provision calls for active-duty U.S. senior-level officers to visit the island to get a better understanding of its military.

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McCain is Right: Introduce Capitalism to the Defense Department


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Sub Funding Effort Fends Off Challenge


Special Submarine Construction Fund Survives Challenge

       
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France-Israel dispute ropes in Captiol Hill


Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) sent a letter Friday to French President François Hollande criticizing a move by a French telecommunications giant to cut ties with Israel.Roskam, co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, told Hollande to “reject…

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Taiwan presidential candidate meets heavyweight senators in Washington


Taiwan presidential candidate and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen met with US Senators John McCain and Dan Sullivan from the Republican Party and Democrat Jack Reed on Ju …..

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McCain, Reid Spar Over Fate of Defense Bill


Two of the US Senate’s old bulls squared off on the chamber floor Thursday morning, trading barbs over the fate of a Pentagon policy bill.

       
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Taking Note: Mitch McConnell’s N.S.A. Debacle


He’s gone from opposing a House bill to overhaul the agency to urging the Senate to amend it — just not too much.




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