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Upgraded Army talent management system will meet 21st century demands

The Army will build at least two Multi-Domain Task Forces in the Pacific and another one in Europe. Those task forces will provide long-range precision fires and intelligence, cyber, electronic warfare, space and other capabilities. The Army will focus on how to staff the task forces as it stands them up. The Army is transitioning […]

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Partnerships essential to protect open and free sea lines of communication

The ship that was blocking the Suez Canal has been free for about a week now, but the incident is making people all over the world think again about supply chain resilience. Adm. Jamie Foggo (USN-ret.), former Commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Africa, said it is critical to work with other navies so […]

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United States may not be spending more than China on defense, says former Pentagon comptroller

The White House says it will release President Biden’s topline spending request for fiscal year 2022 soon. Some experts expect defense spending to stay flat in coming years. Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) for the Defense Department, said it is “not clear” to him or his colleague Elaine McCusker that the U.S. […]

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Lachlan Carey: Defense Department should help depoliticize climate change among Americans

The Pentagon’s climate risk analysis is supposed to be out soon. The department says it will have implications for the National Defense Strategy. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is also starting a climate working group to confront climate change. Lachlan Carey, Associate Fellow for the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic […]

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Nearshoring could counter “staggering” increase in Chinese defense suppliers, says Govini chief executive officer

President Biden has nominated Michael Brown, head of the Defense Innovation Unit, as the next under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment. If the Senate confirms him, he will have to ensure the health of the defense supply chain after major impacts from coronavirus. Tara Murphy Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer at Govini, said reshoring […]

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Defense budget could challenge Army most of all military branches

The Biden administration’s skinny budget should release soon for fiscal year 2022. It will include topline numbers for defense spending. Budget watchers expect that number to stay flat over the next few years. Mark Cancian, Senior Advisor in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the upcoming defense budget […]

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Pentagon must accept “good enough” strategies or risk losing to competitors

President Biden has not named an acquisition leader for the Pentagon yet. When the Senate confirms that nominee, the next under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment will need to make sure acquisitions at the department can keep up with China’s military modernization. Chris Dougherty, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American […]

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