In the wake of two recently released documents, one by Japan Defense Agency and the other by the Defense Department, the Clinton administration and the Japanese government appear to be moving closer to agreement on cooperation in developing a theater missile defense (TMD) system for Japan.
The Army faces "a unique challenge" as it adapts to the larger end strength authorized by Congress for fiscal year 2017 amid budgetary constraints and readiness challenges, according to its senior enlisted leader.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said this week he is worried that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis might be unknowingly steered in the wrong budgetary direction by former Obama administration officials at the Pentagon, who, Thornberry asserts, have spent the past several years denying the existence of readiness problems and fighting congressional efforts to increase defense spending.
The Commerce Department is in the midst of a three-year effort to gather information on all the facilities that have a classified contract with the Pentagon, according to a source with knowledge of the effort.
Responses to a Commerce Department survey designed to gather information on U.S. companies that produce bare printed circuit boards found that the fragile industry is contracting, possibly forcing the federal government to turn to China, according to a source with knowledge of the study.
The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input to develop an architecture to enhance offensive swarming tactics with an eye for how this could help in challenging urban environments, according to a new broad agency announcement.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose primary public role in the fledgling Trump administration has been the reassurance of foreign allies, stands to benefit from the exit of Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, who the White House said was forced from his job by the president after an "erosion" of trust stemming from statements he made about a wiretapped conversation with Russian officials.
In an oblique appeal to the Trump administration, the Aerospace Industries Association is touting a "record trade surplus of $90 billion in 2016" and continued support of the U.S. manufacturing sector.
Inside the Army tracks the service's emerging role in the post-Iraq and post-Afghanistan national security strategy. Extensive coverage is devoted to ground-warfare weapon programs, including the entire portfolio of combat and tactical vehicles.