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‘Cyber Defense Is Very Much About Political Decisions’

When European defense ministers played a tabletop cyber defense exercise, things got hard very quickly.

Get Ready for a Short-Term CR, Congressional Leaders Tell Pentagon

Top House Republicans on defense say it’s not ideal — underfunding has contributed to a rash of recent accidents — but don’t expect a full-year appropriation until December.

Ordered to Ban Transgender Troops, Pentagon Plans A New Look at Three Factors

The courts will take their own look, thanks to a trio of lawsuits filed in the wake of Trump’s Friday-night memo.

After the Marines United Scandal, ‘All Options’ Are on the Table

The Corps is considering integrating female recruits into West Coast training camps to help address subconscious biases, the assistant commandant said.

Trump’s Special Ops Pick Says Terror Drones Might Soon Reach the US from Africa. How Worried Should We Be?

Technological advancement could produce ocean-spanning consumer UAVs. But extremists won’t necessarily bother with them.

DIUx Wins Support — and More Cash — from Trump’s Pentagon

The vice chair of the Joint Chiefs touted an effort to track North Korean missile launcher, while the military’s new weapons buyer called it a good model for developing and acquiring capabilities.

Army Looking to Integrate Network Soldiers with Tactical Units

Brigades are working out various ideas at training centers, says the head of the service’s Cyber Command.

The US Must Rethink How It Uses Special Operators, Says Incoming SOLIC Secretary

Strained by war, the military’s elite units can’t grow any faster nor deploy slower. Something in their mission set must give.

Spooked by North Korea, Lawmakers Resurrect an Old Missile-Defense Idea

Technical experts say space-based interceptors haven’t gotten any more practical since the Reagan era, but House lawmakers still want the Pentagon to plan for them.

Lawmakers Call for Space Force, Boost to Military Drills in Europe

The House and Senate Armed Services committees want the Pentagon to better prepare for war in space, but there’s disagreement on how to do it.

Time for the Pentagon to Overhaul Drone Management, New Report Says

As the Pentagon writes a long-term drone plan, the former head of Air Force intelligence has some suggestions.

Business Experience Bites Trump’s Pentagon Nominee

Congress might hold up the president’s pick for deputy defense secretary over his three-decade career with Boeing, among other things.

Without Trump’s Stalled Travel Ban, DHS Chief Not ‘Fully Confident’ of U.S. Security

Kelly told lawmakers that terror attacks, like the recent one in London, demonstrate the need for increased vetting of refugees and improved border security.

John Kelly Lays Out His Border Security Vision

The DHS chief says fostering economic development in Central America is just as important as rigorously enforcing U.S. immigration laws at home.

U.S. Military: Sexual Assault in the Ranks Is Less Prevalent, and Better Reported

But defense officials say that with an estimated 14,900 cases last year, there’s still work to be done.

It’s Too Early to See a ‘Trump Effect’ on NATO Spending

The president's rhetoric may have allies talking about their growing defense spending, but it won’t affect most budget proposals for months.

SOUTHCOM: ‘ISIS Is In the Western Hemisphere’

They’re not fighters returning from Iraq and Syria, says Adm. Kurt Tidd; they’re Latin Americans who became radicalized online.

Would Better Messaging Help the Military Boost Its Budget?

Even if Pentagon leaders clarified their ‘readiness’ warnings, they’d still face an uphill battle for more funding in 2017.

ISIS War Generals to Congress: We Need the State Department

One week after Trump proposed shifting billions from the State Department to the Pentagon, two of the top U.S. generals in the Middle East and Africa say they need diplomatic help.

F-35 General: Boeing Heard Nothing ‘Unreleasable’ in F-35 Call With Trump

The discussions that we had were all pre-decisional,” Lt. Gen. Bogdan tells lawmakers.

The Future Depends on Fixing Readiness Now, Vice Chiefs Tell Lawmakers

Service leaders’ annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill also serves as Phase One of Mattis’ long-range plan.

Tracking Trump’s National-Security Conflicts of Interest

A global business empire raises the question: will the next president’s foreign policy serve America’s interests or his own?

Littoral Combat Ship, at a Critical Juncture

With the ship’s purchase plans in doubt, detractors exchange fire with Navy supporters at contentious Senate hearing.

America’s War-by-Airstrike in Three Charts

The U.S.-led air war against the Islamic State in Mosul, Raqqa, and the region, visualized.

U.S. Troops Are Still in the Philippines, Despite Duterte’s Insults and Threats

PACOM commander Adm. Harry Harris will head to the islands ‘optimistic’ but expecting a ‘refocusing’ of joint exercises.

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