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Russia capitalizes on old Soviet programs in new space race

Russia is making some major moves in the new space race. It will spend up to $20 billion on space by 2026 to keep pace with China and the United States. Russia is building on old programs from the Soviet Union, including a positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system, robust communications and Intelligence, Surveillance and […]


Stronger intellectual property laws necessary to protect artificial intelligence, says cybersecurity expert

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the Pentagon has more than 600 artificial intelligence projects underway. The Defense Department will invest close to $1.5 billion to accelerate AI adoption. Andrei Iancu, senior adviser (non-resident) for the Renewing American Innovation Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the United States must update intellectual property […]


Former department officials discuss top cybersecurity stories of the week

The White House’s infrastructure deal includes $47 billion for cyber resiliency, which would be the biggest investment in resilience ever. This comes along with the confirmation of Chris Inglis as national cyber director and the hold on the confirmation of Jen Easterly as director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Suzanne Spaulding, former under […]


Reductions to Navy fleet a “step back,” says defense budget expert

The new budget request from the Biden administration is loaded with surprises for budget watchers. It includes things people did not see coming and leaves out some things people were expecting. Mark Cancian, former chief of the Force Structure and Investment Division at the Office of Management and Budget, said the decommissioning of 12 Navy […]


Transfer of defense budget share from Army to Navy smaller than anticipated

The defense budget request from the White House cuts Defense Department procurement funding by $8 billion. The request asks for $112 billion for research and development, a 5% increase. Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at CSIS and former captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said there was less resource transfer from the […]


Government leaders tasked with defending “unprecedented” budget proposal

The White House budget request for fiscal 2022 features a $6 trillion spending plan. The topline numbers match the “skinny budget” the White House released in April. Former Defense Comptroller Tina Jonas said the budget request proposes an unprecedented amount of money, and she expects “a lot of days on Capitol Hill” as budget officers […]


Dividing budget equally between military services does not make strategic sense, says defense budget analyst

The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday says the Navy can sustain about 300 ships with the budget it has now. One rule to prevent him from getting more money is bunk, according to Seamus Daniels, Associate Director and Associate Fellow for Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Daniels […]

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