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What’s causing major delays in delivering critical weapons to Taiwan?

Bryant Harris, Congress reporter for Defense News, explains what’s causing major delays in delivering weapons to Taiwan and what the U.S. government is doing about it


Congress working to address ‘drastic reduction’ in National Defense Stockpile

The defense industrial base relies on basic materials like critical minerals and rare earth elements. The problem is many of these materials come from China and, to a lesser extent, Russia. There has been a “drastic reduction” in the National Defense Stockpile, a federally owned stockpile of these minerals, since 1952, said Defense News Congress […]


Air Force will need to make tradeoffs with F-35s and competing priorities, says air warfare reporter

The F-35 is the Air Force’s top-of-the-line fighter jet, but how many do they need and how many can they afford? Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter at Defense News, said the Air Force would buy all of the approximately 1,700 F-35s in the program of record if it had unlimited funds but that other weapons […]


Upcoming confirmation hearings for Biden nominees expected to go smoothly

Christine Wormuth looks to be on the way to becoming the next secretary of the Army after her confirmation hearing this week. Two other high-level nominees have also made it through the hearing process, and more are coming. Aaron Mehta, Deputy Editor and Senior Pentagon Correspondent at Defense News, said most of the nominees coming […]


Valerie Insinna: Rep. Smith has “jumped on the bandwagon” with concerns about F-35 costs

The F-35 program will get a closer look from the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in this Congress. Congressman Adam Smith calls the program a “failure on a massive freaking scale.” “I think what’s new here is that the Air Force has actually come out and they’re saying, ‘we’re studying our tactical aircraft […]


The Senate confirmation process for Biden’s leadership picks

Anne Joseph O’Connell, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and Aaron Mehta, Deputy Editor and Senior Pentagon Correspondent for Defense News, discuss delays in the nomination and confirmation processes for top leaders


The 2020 election and the future of defense

Aaron Mehta, Deputy Editor and Sr. Pentagon Correspondent for Defense News, discusses how the results of the election will impact the future of defense


Tracking delays in the F-35 program

Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter for Defense News, talks about the delay in the F-35 program moving to full-rate production and the replacement of the Autonomic Logistics Information System

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