Tag Archives: Brookings Institution

SECDEF Esper Preparing For Future Defense Spending Cuts

SECDEF Esper Preparing For Future Defense Spending Cuts

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to the media during in the Pentagon Briefing Room on April 14, 2020. DoD Photo

When the bill comes due for Congress to pay off nearly $3 trillion in spending bills passed to spur economic activity during the COVID-19 shutdown, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper worries future Pentagon budgets will take a hit.

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House Considers Bill Halting Reprogramming Defense Funds for Border Barrier

House Considers Bill Halting Reprogramming Defense Funds for Border Barrier

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Service Committee, is briefed on the capabilities of the F-35A Lightning II during his visit at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Air Force photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Armed Services Committee is considering clawing back into the Pentagon the money for shipbuilding and aircraft President Donald Trump is redirecting this year to fund border barrier construction.

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SECNAV Modly Says Nation Needs Larger, Distributed Fleet of 390 Hulls

SECNAV Modly Says Nation Needs Larger, Distributed Fleet of 390 Hulls

The Honorable Thomas Modly, acting Secretary of the Navy, takes a selfie with USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) newly selected petty officers during an all-hands call in the hangar bay. Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A pending force structure analysis calls for bigger and more spread out Navy than previously thought, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly on said Friday. Read More

U.S. Indo-Pacific Diplomacy Efforts Hinge On FONOPS, Humanitarian Missions

U.S. Indo-Pacific Diplomacy Efforts Hinge On FONOPS, Humanitarian Missions

Ships from Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group sail in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in October. Navy photo.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy’s stepped-up freedom of navigation transits in the South China Sea sends an unmistakable message to China and other nations in the region, a State Department official said this week.

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Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355

Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355

A loved one watches as the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) departs Naval Station Norfolk on March 15, 2019. US Navy Photo

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Navy is unlikely to field a 355-ship fleet in the near- or even mid-term future if funding doesn’t change dramatically, the department’s top leadership said during a pair of appearances last week.

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Marine Who Led ISIS Fight Says Threat Still Remains

Marine Who Led ISIS Fight Says Threat Still Remains

A U.S. Marine with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares to board an MV-22 Osprey at a site near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, Sept. 7, 2018. US Marine Corps Photo

ISIS might have lost control of its last territorial stronghold in March, but the retired Marine Corps general who led American efforts to defeat the terrorist organization five years ago says the group remains much alive.

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Iran Threat In Middle East Was Real

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Iran Threat In Middle East Was Real

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Brookings Institute Feb. 23, 2017 in Washington, D.C. DoD Photo

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. DoD Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and sophisticated air defense systems were rushed to the Middle East in early May because intelligence suggested an Iranian-led “campaign plan” taking shape to disrupt the region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff said Wednesday.

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Panel: Navy May Have to Choose Between New Ballistic Missile Subs or 355 Ship Fleet

Panel: Navy May Have to Choose Between New Ballistic Missile Subs or 355 Ship Fleet

Gold crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) arrives home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash. US Navy Photo

The Navy could be forced to make hard choices sooner rather than later when it comes to finding the money to replace its aging ballistic missile submarines or reach its goal of having a fleet of 355 warships, a panel of security and budgetary experts said this week. Read More

Panel: Military Tensions in Europe Continue to Run High Between NATO, Moscow

Panel: Military Tensions in Europe Continue to Run High Between NATO, Moscow

A Danish soldier (left) coaches a U.S. Army Soldier with the 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, as he uses a Danish M60 Machine Gun during a multinational weapons training session in Tapa, Estonia on March 10, 2018. US Army Photo

The admission of the Baltic nations of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia to NATO was the “fattest of red line” warnings to Russia to stay clear of the western European military, a transatlantic expert on foreign policy and security on Wednesday. But that move has not tempered tensions on the continent as both NATO and Moscow have stepped up military operations. Read More