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April 9, 2021

President Biden's first defense budget is being criticized by congressional Republicans, who say it is too small, and liberal lawmakers, who say it is too big.

April 9, 2021

President Biden's first defense budget is being criticized by congressional Republicans, who say it is too small, and liberal lawmakers, who say it is too big.

April 7, 2021

The Defense Department has experienced an increase in ground readiness and a decrease in sea readiness from fiscal year 2017 through FY-19, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Wednesday.

March 31, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) made the case yesterday for pursuing deterrence, rather than dominance in the U.S.-China security relationship, noting his support for upgrading U.S. weapon systems and expanding arms deals with foreign partners.

March 26, 2021

Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) said she doesn't have "the confidence" in either the technology or the integrity of autonomous platforms for unmanned systems to replace the current naval fleet.

March 25, 2021

The U.S. government is still struggling to understand the full scope of the SolarWinds hack as well as a more recent compromise of Microsoft's email servers, as the head of U.S. Cyber Command said the government struggles to track foreign adversaries who launch attacks using U.S. infrastructure.

March 25, 2021

Projections from a new Congressional Budget Office report indicate that the size of the Navy's submarine fleet will exceed shipyards' ability to maintain it in 25 of the next 30 years.

March 23, 2021

The Navy has finished work on nine of its 11 weapons elevators for the aircraft carrier Gerald Ford (CVN-78), the class' lead ship, Adm. John Aquilino said Tuesday.

March 23, 2021

A nomination hearing today for the admiral tapped to lead the U.S. military in the Asia-Pacific region showcased several emerging debates over the Pentagon's budget, the embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and the overall approach to countering China.

March 22, 2021

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said boosting the Pentagon's efforts to drive U.S. technology innovation and combat climate change could help get progressives to back down from calls to cut the defense budget.

March 19, 2021

The Navy is seeking to accelerate its efforts to improve the infrastructure of its public shipyards, following calls from members of Congress to do so.

March 18, 2021

Just two days after the Navy released its unmanned campaign plan, the first chance for senior Navy and Marine Corps officials to defend their framework was met with skepticism from House lawmakers.

March 17, 2021

Top members of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee today voiced support for the Biden administration elevating climate change as a key national security topic and said the Defense Department should make investments to mitigate its vulnerabilities.

March 16, 2021

A group of 50 progressive House Democrats is asking President Biden to significantly cut the fiscal year 2022 defense budget rather than submit a "flat" request to Congress.

March 16, 2021

A Senate missile defense proponent today called on colleagues to collectively urge Pentagon leaders to support the Next-Generation Interceptor program -- a project launched by the Trump administration -- that has largely completed the source-selection process to proceed with development but remains under review by the Biden administration.

March 15, 2021

The vice chair of the House Armed Services committee is calling for more information from the Navy on its recently released Battle Force 2045 shipbuilding plan.

March 12, 2021

House lawmakers signaled broad support today for recommendations from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence on developing, attracting and retaining AI talent, while further probing the Defense Department’s digital shortcomings.

March 12, 2021

Congress has voted to extend the Defense Department’s authority to reimburse defense contractors for COVID-19 pandemic-related costs, but lawmakers have yet to provide billions in supplemental funding the Pentagon says it will need to fully cover those costs.

March 11, 2021

China is expected by 2025 to introduce as many as 200 operational hypersonic missiles to its force as part of a sweeping modernization program to challenge U.S. dominance in the Asia-Pacific region that also includes growing the People's Liberation Army's fighter and bomber fleets by 56% and 29% respectively while also ratcheting up the size of its maritime surface combatant fleet.

March 10, 2021

A group of House Armed Services Committee members will develop legislative proposals in the coming months to address critical foreign dependencies in the U.S. defense supply chain.

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