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House Lawmakers Close Pentagon Budget Hearing to the Public

Mattis and Dunford have open hearings at the Armed Services Committees, but will talk over their $686.1 billion request with House appropriators in private.

Mattis Confirms Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, But No Trump Decision to Strike Yet

The National Security Council discussed options with the president for responding to the attack, but the administration was still syncing up with allies Thursday evening.

Special Operators Are Getting a Bit More Much-Needed Rest

At least two SOF components are on a ‘glide path’ to the Pentagon’s desired optempo.

Is It Time for AFRICOM to Get Its Own Troops?

A key Republican senator thinks so, and is pushing to send one of the U.S. Army’s new advising brigades there.

Denied Wall Funding, Trump Sends National Guard to Southern Border

Details are still being hashed out, but previous presidents’ decisions to do the same offer clues about what’s to come.

Where’s the New Transgender Troops Ban Headed? Look at the Travel Ban Fight

Like Trump’s effort to bar visitors from several Mideast countries, a long legal battle awaits the newest limits on who can serve in uniform.

Senators Signal Resistance to Proposed Low-Yield Nukes

Several Democratic lawmakers on a key committee are pushing back on the given rationale for a new warhead and cruise missile.

Here’s What the Services Want from Congress This Year

After lawmakers pass the budget promised by February’s bipartisan deal, the three secretaries have other priorities for legislative action.

New Report Notes Erosion of Pentagon’s Technological Advantage

The evidence ranges from a new long-range Chinese missile to ramped-up European defense spending, an annual assessment of the world’s militaries finds.

Half of the U.S. Military’s Sites Are Vulnerable to Climate Change. Now What?

Next up: figuring out what bases, airfields, and naval stations need help first, says the former Pentagon appointee who started the survey.

The Marines Have ‘Too Many Hornets’

The commandant wants to retire beaten-up F/A-18s more quickly as F-35s join the Corps.

House Speaker: Budget Fights Have ‘Pushed Our Military Past the Breaking Point’

Paul Ryan highlighted defense hawks’ concerns about readiness and funding as Congress tries to avert a shutdown.

Pentagon Denies Gag Order, Says ‘Services Are Allowed to Talk About Readiness’

They just have to do so carefully — or behind closed doors.

‘Surprising Capabilities’ Guru Tapped to Lead Air Force Acquisition

But assuming Will Roper wins confirmation, what will become of the Strategic Capabilities Office he helped create?

How Pakistan Is Responding to Trump

Pushed by Trump, Tillerson, and Mattis to do more to fight terrorism, Pakistan has instead taken public steps to push back in recent weeks.

Three Things the U.S. Military Needs to Fight in Europe

One year into rotational deployments on the continent, here’s what the Army and Marines say they need.

Allies Are Key, Says Trump’s National Security Strategy

The document, to be unveiled next week, will be the latest administration policy position that looks beyond “America first.”

Pentagon’s Ambitious Goal: Launch a Weapons Program in Just 12 Months

The defense acquisition undersecretary is looking to rapid capabilities offices as models for more formal programs.

Top Enlisted Leaders Push Back: There Is No Readiness ‘Crisis’

Recent deadly accidents are concerning, but part of the risk of military operations around the globe, they said.

Army Chief: The US Needs More Troops in Europe

The U.S. is "on track," but additional armored forces, long-range artillery and bridging capabilities would help deter Russia, Milley says.

Congress Is Concerned About Who Gets to Launch Nuclear Bombs

Here are three questions to consider after lawmakers hear testimony on nuclear authority.

Dunford: Time to Cut the Connections that Link ISIS’ Global Network

With the extremist group on its heels, coalition members must block its paths to Africa, Southeast Asia and elsewhere, the top US officer said.

The Pentagon’s IED-Hunters Have a New Target: Drones

After a decade of ups and downs, JIDO has added the counter-UAV mission.

The Pentagon’s IED-Hunters Have a New Target: Drones

After a decade of ups and downs, JIDO has added the counter-UAV mission.

This Technology Could Help Solve IED Detection — And Airport Security Too

New radio-wave sensors are designed to suss out hidden explosives —whether in car bombs or carry-on laptops.

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