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The Trump Defense Agenda

July 21, 2017 |

President Trump will sign an executive order Friday directing the Pentagon to oversee a nine-month, government-wide assessment of the defense industrial base, according to White House officials.

July 19, 2017 |

The Trump administration's nominee for Pentagon acquisition chief told Senate lawmakers she wants to be a "change leader" in the Defense Department's acquisition of software and information technology, an area that has drawn increased interest from lawmakers.

July 18, 2017 |

Former Textron Systems CEO Ellen Lord, who has been nominated to become the Pentagon's next under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, promises to facilitate the orderly disestablishment of the office and then plans to prepare to become the Defense Department's first-ever under secretary for acquisition and sustainment.

July 17, 2017 |

Ellen Lord, who worked as chief executive of Textron Systems, pledged to recuse herself from all matters in which Textron is a party if she is confirmed as the next under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, according to a letter sent to a Pentagon ethics official.

July 12, 2017 |

The White House Office of Management and Budget is criticizing the House version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill for "misuse" of Overseas Contingency Operations funds, according to a July 11 statement of administration policy.

July 12, 2017 |

The president's pick to serve as Army under secretary, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, acknowledged the Army's struggles to modernize its platforms and committed to continued reform of the acquisition process.

July 11, 2017 |

Richard Spencer, President Trump’s nominee to be the next Navy secretary, has not decided on the best strategy to fund the service's top acquisition priority: the multibillion-dollar Columbia-class ballistic submarine.

July 10, 2017 |

The White House budget office has directed all department and agency heads to draw up plans for spending increases in fiscal year 2019 for activities that "fill a clear federal role" by preparing budget proposals that include options for a 5 percent increase above FY-18 requested levels, a change that could lift the Pentagon's base budget to $603 billion in FY-19, a nearly $29 billion boost.

June 28, 2017 |

The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to advance the nomination of former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to become the next deputy defense secretary, despite Chairman John McCain's (R-AZ) initial reluctance.

June 28, 2017 |

The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to advance the nomination of former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to become the next deputy defense secretary, despite Chairman John McCain's (R-AZ) initial reluctance.

June 28, 2017 |

The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to advance the nomination of former Boeing executive Patrick Shanahan to become the next deputy defense secretary, despite Chairman John McCain's (R-AZ) initial reluctance.

June 27, 2017 |

President Trump tonight announced his intent to nominate Ellen Lord, chief executive of Textron Systems, to be under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

June 19, 2017 |

The chances of a Base Realignment and Closure round could be more likely under Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, some analysts said Monday, noting that the administration's support for reducing excess infrastructure is stronger than it has been in recent history.

June 13, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress this week he wants to boost defense spending by as much as 5 percent between fiscal years 2019 and 2023, though partisan politics may block his path.

June 13, 2017 |

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) told top Pentagon officials Tuesday their lack of coherent strategies is making it difficult to argue for a larger military budget.

June 13, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to ask Congress to reach the bipartisan consensus needed to pass the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 defense budget and will pledge to follow up in FY-19 with a request that will increase the size of the military.

June 12, 2017 |

The Pentagon has submitted a package of legislative proposals to Congress, one of which seeks authority to enter into one or more economic order quantity contracts in fiscal year 2018 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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