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The Trump Defense Agenda

September 13, 2017 |

President Trump has said he will allow South Korea and Japan to buy "substantially increased" amounts of U.S. weapons, but administration officials could not point to any specific sales and a major arms transfer has not been approved for either nation since early February.

September 06, 2017 |

The Pentagon is now calling an effort to curb Russia in Europe a "deterrence," rather than a "reassurance," initiative, as part of the Trump administration's push for NATO allies to contribute more to collective defense on the continent, according to the Defense Department official in charge of NATO policy.

August 17, 2017 |

The White House Office of Management and Budget wants the Defense Department to give “special focus” to missile defense, hypersonic weapons, autonomous and space-based systems as well as other technologies when drawing up research and development investments for fiscal year 2019, according to a recent memo.

August 08, 2017 |

Ryan McCarthy, President Trump's choice to serve as under secretary of the Army, is filling the service's top civilian post on an interim basis.

August 07, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will travel west this week to Washington and California, where he will visit the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental and seek to strengthen ties with technology companies in Silicon Valley, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

July 25, 2017 |

President Trump is vowing to grow the Navy's fleet to 350 ships -- a nearly 26 percent boost over its existing inventory of 276 -- but naval experts and members of Congress are questioning whether he's focused on the right metric.

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.

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