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Defense budget delays lead to frustration in Congress

The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Jack Reed says his committee will push back the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to July, which means a calendar year-end timeline for the legislation is likely. Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) at the Department of Defense, said the delays […]


United States must track counterspace weapons development of both China and Russia

The intelligence community says China is weaponizing space to “match or exceed” U.S. capabilities in space. The Center for Strategic and International Studies has a new evaluation of those threats from China and other adversaries. Kaitlyn Johnson, Deputy Director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS, said Russia was “incredibly active” in counterspace capability pursuits […]


Removing US troops from Afghanistan would save up to $10 billion per year, defense budget analyst says

President Biden’s new topline budget designates $715 billion for the Defense Department. The proposal would cut the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund, created to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The proposal would move the OCO portion of the budget, which has totaled about $69 billion per year, into the base defense budget, explained […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Space Force’s sharing of technology with allies suggests confidence in capabilities

The Space Force will let United States allies borrow and test new navigation technology that adversaries cannot jam or spoof. The new technology should help warfighters get a more reliable signal for GPS access. Makena Young, Research Associate for the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said this sharing of […]

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