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The Trump Defense Agenda

June 22, 2018 | Daily News

A recent boost in the defense budget means the Pentagon should be able to make new investments in cutting-edge capabilities to regain technological momentum from China amid Beijing's military spending binge, according to Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva.

June 19, 2018 | Daily News

Although it's unclear how the Pentagon will implement President Trump's direction this week to establish a new “Space Force,” some Defense Department analysts and former officials say the White House's endorsement of the controversial proposal could diminish resistance within the Defense Department and make room for compromise among House and Senate lawmakers.

May 23, 2018 | Daily News

The White House has registered objections to several reform proposals in the House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, opposing provisions that would eliminate or transfer the Strategic Capabilities Office, expand the authority of the Defense Department's chief management officer and migrate the capabilities of the Defense Information Systems Agency to other Pentagon entities.

February 06, 2018 | Daily News

President Trump came into office a year ago promising to grow the Navy to 350 ships, a vow cheered by shipbuilders and congressional supporters.

February 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department's modernization plans will be driven by the potential for conflict with China and Russia, with some priorities expected to overlap, while others will likely compete, according to DOD's second-highest-ranking officer.

January 19, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today the new National Defense Strategy emphasizes military capability over capacity, increasing the Pentagon's focus on new investments in high-end technologies aimed at "great power competition" with China and Russia.

January 18, 2018 | Daily News

The nominee for the Pentagon's new innovation chief pledged today to ensure promising technologies are prototyped and transitioned from development to the battlefield.

December 18, 2017 | Daily News

President Trump's initial National Security Strategy calls for fielding an "enhanced" missile defense capability, including the means to defeat threats prior to launch, a policy likely to put emphasis and funding behind new projects, including non-kinetic capabilities, lasers and possibly cyberattack weapons.

December 17, 2017 | Daily News

President Trump will reveal a new National Security Strategy today that embraces the traditional role of the United States as a global leader, but gives "unprecedented" focus to securing the homeland and tempers foreign commitments with expectations of "reciprocity" from friends and allies, according to senior administration officials.

December 02, 2017 | Daily News

The Pentagon acquisition chief, flanked by the House majority leader and the CEO of Northrop Grumman, said Saturday the United States needs to loosen export controls to allow greater sharing and sales of information and technology with U.S. partners and allies.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) banded together today over concerns about potential conflicts of interest for John Rood, a Lockheed Martin executive nominated to be under secretary of defense for policy.

November 09, 2017 | Daily News

The nominee to serve as the next Army acquisition executive advocated today for funding stability, acquisition reform and greater accountability to support the service's modernization goals.

October 31, 2017 | Daily News

The Defense Department has issued an “emergency” information collection in connection with the industrial base review underway.

October 30, 2017 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today criticized lawmakers for holding up President Trump’s nominations for top Pentagon positions.

October 05, 2017 | Daily News

The National Space Council is crafting an integrated space strategic framework it expects to be available for review by President Trump within 45 days.

September 26, 2017 | Daily News

The Pentagon has rolled back a controversial requirement that a contractor engage in a "technical interchange" with a Defense Department employee for its independent research and development costs to be considered allowable.

September 13, 2017 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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 | Daily News

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.