Category Archives: U.S. Army

Panel: NATO Unprepared to Defend Baltics from Russian Attack

Panel: NATO Unprepared to Defend Baltics from Russian Attack

Estonian army scouts from 1st Battalion practicing their defensive maneuvers during Exercise SIIL/Steadfast Javelin in 2015. NATO Photo

While NATO remains unprepared to defend its most exposed states, positioning three American armored brigades in or near the Baltics would be a good first step in providing more effective deterrence against possible Russian moves, three experts in international security told the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land subcommittee Wednesday. Read More

Thornberry: Trump Budget Too Small; Pentagon Needs $91B More Than Defense Spending Caps Allow

Thornberry: Trump Budget Too Small; Pentagon Needs $91B More Than Defense Spending Caps Allow

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller visits the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., Feb. 19, 2016. Neller toured the depot to observe the FA-18 maintenance repair process. US Marine Corps photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Armed Services Committee chairman wants a defense spending increase nearly 70 percent larger than what the White House has called for –$91 billion, compared to President Donald Trump’s $54 billion – above what spending caps allow for Fiscal Year 2018. Read More

Panel to Senate: Moving U.S. Forces Forward Key to Deterring Russia, China

Panel to Senate: Moving U.S. Forces Forward Key to Deterring Russia, China

US Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade embark aboard the Royal Navy amphibious helicopter carrier HMS Ocean during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 on June 9, 2015. US Navy Photo

US Army paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade embark aboard the Royal Navy amphibious helicopter carrier HMS Ocean during exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015 on June 9, 2015. US Navy Photo

Stationing more U.S. forces forward is key to reshaping the American military to deter future Russian and Chinese ambitions in Europe and the Pacific and it can be done now, four defense experts told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Read More

U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Tells Senate He Needs ‘A Few Thousand’ Troops to Break Stalemate

U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Tells Senate He Needs ‘A Few Thousand’ Troops to Break Stalemate

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016. US Army Photo

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2016. US Army Photo

To break the military stalemate in Afghanistan, the commander of American and coalition forces there testified he needs “a few thousand” more troops for the train, advise and assist mission to succeed. Read More

Mattis Budget Guidance Prioritizes Readiness, Previews 2018 Defense Strategy

Mattis Budget Guidance Prioritizes Readiness, Previews 2018 Defense Strategy

Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks with reporters on Feb. 1, 2017 in route to South Korea. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks with reporters on Feb. 1, 2017 in route to South Korea. DoD Photo

This post has been updated to include comments from Todd Harrison and Bryan Clark.

Defense Secretary James Mattis released an initial budget guidance memo that prioritizes current readiness, filling in shortfalls and then building a larger and more capable force. Read More