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The Trump Defense Agenda

November 07, 2018 | Daily News

Democrats reclaimed a majority in the House last night, ousting GOP committee chairmen from perches of influence and tightening the pressure on defense hawks who must now contend with a White House seeking new fiscal restraint and progressive-minded lawmakers ready to cut defense spending.

November 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon in the coming year will be able to implement about one-third of the 300 classified policy recommendations in its recent report on the defense industrial base, according to Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Eric Chewning, who helped manage the study. 

October 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Washington defense community returned to work Monday morning after a weekend spent digesting the potential impact of a White House-directed $33 billion cut to the Pentagon's budget in fiscal year 2020, a reduction Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan confirmed Friday.

October 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Army’s fiscal year 2020 budget will propose canceling, reducing or consolidating at least $25 billion in expenses across the Pentagon’s new five-year spending plan to realign the service’s weapon system modernization portfolio with the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy and emphasize investments in “next-generation” capabilities.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

The defense spending bill agreed to by conference negotiators limits how the Pentagon can spend its funding for cloud efforts, including the high-profile Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure initiative. 

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is considering a plan to potentially spend $450 million to enhance existing fencing and construct additional barriers along 31 miles of an Arizona bombing range that borders Mexico.

August 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department confirmed this week it is taking steps to create a new assistant secretary of defense for space to manage the transition to a Space Force.

August 16, 2018 | Daily News

Industry sources and Obama administration veterans are expressing concerns about President Trump's decision to scrap Presidential Policy Directive-20 -- which has guided the use of cyber weapons by the military -- while other sources say this simply removes bureaucratic hurdles that have undermined cyber deterrence policy.

August 08, 2018 | Daily News

Trump administration officials said today the government has embarked on a new era in foreign military sales to boost the U.S. defense industry and maintain global influence amid the rise of China and resurgence of Russia.

July 27, 2018 | Daily News

The defense industrial base report, which is at the White House, focuses on the defense supply chain down to "the granular level," according to the Pentagon acquisition chief.

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.