Defense
After Trump ‘Chaos,’ National Security Council Seeks a Return to ‘Regular Order’
The Biden White House is reinvigorating an interagency process some argue had largely halted under the Trump administration.
JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
JUNE 15, 2021
Hundreds of Troops Complain About ‘Woke’ Racism, Extremism Training, Cotton Claims
Senator confronts Austin, releases list of purported examples of Black Lives Matter advocacy, anti-white male bias, and diversity efforts.
JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
JUNE 14, 2021
‘No Man Left Behind’ Also Applies to Our Afghan Interpreters
If no action is taken, we are, in effect, sentencing them to death at the hands of the Taliban.
ELLIOT ACKERMAN, THE ATLANTIC
JUNE 12, 2021
Marine General Punished For Training, Evaluation Failures Before Deadly Accident
Commandant’s decision may end Maj. Gen. Robert Castellvi’s career.
CAITLIN M. KENNEY
JUNE 10, 2021
To US Army, Getting Women’s Body Armor Quickly Is an Unfunded Priority
Lawmakers question why the service left $81 million to “accelerate” gear for women and short men out of its latest budget request.
ELIZABETH HOWE
JUNE 10, 2021
New Air Force One Could Be Delayed Another Year
GAO’s latest cost estimate brings the price tag to $2.6 billion apiece.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
JUNE 9, 2021
US Could Close Kabul Embassy If Future Afghanistan Government Includes Taliban, Top General Says
CENTCOM's Gen. McKenzie says U.S. military will still be able to help interpreters and other Afghan helpers after departure.
TARA COPP
JUNE 8, 2021
Where the US Army’s Cut List and Wish List Overlap
Some programs slated for trimming in the 2022 budget proposal also appear on the service’s list of unfunded priorities.
CAITLIN M. KENNEY
JUNE 7, 2021
Biden: Government Must Draft Anti-Corruption Plan by December
Analysts hailed the memo’s designation of corruption as a national security threat and its deadline for action.
JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
JUNE 4, 2021
Austin Asks Top General For ‘Options’ to Evacuate Afghans
Operation would need authorization from White House, which is not yet “actively pursuing” the idea.
TARA COPP AND JACQUELINE FELDSCHERJUNE 3, 2021
Pentagon Shelves Plans for New Air Force Two
In the meantime, the Air Force is in the early stages of developing supersonic and hypersonic passenger aircraft.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
JUNE 2, 2021
Eyeing China, Biden’s First Pentagon Budget Would Cut Troops, Buy Future Weapons
DepSecDef Hicks called the president’s $715 billion spending request “a foundation for fielding a full range of needed capabilities.” Republicans called it “a cut.”
MARCUS WEISGERBER
JUNE 1, 2021
Naval Spending Proposal Defies Calls to Buy Extra Ships, Boost Marines’ Budget
President’s first spending request seeks to cut procurement to free funds for operations and maintenance.
CAITLIN M. KENNEY
JUNE 1, 2021
US Space Force Seeks 2,020 Civilian Acquisition Staff in 2022
$17.4 billion request includes two GPS satellites, five launch vehicles.
TARA COPP
MAY 28, 2021
Analysis: Here’s What to Look For in Biden’s First Pentagon Budget Request
DoD likely to face fight from Congress on plans to divest older weapons.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
MAY 28, 2021
US Planning to Evacuate Afghan Interpreters, Top US General Says
“There are plans being developed very, very rapidly here,” said Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.
TARA COPP
MAY 27, 2021
Biden Nominees Want to Shake Up Pentagon Weapons Buying Process
Shyu, Blume tell Congress they plan to bridge the “valley of death” between the development phase and becoming a program of record.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
MAY 27, 2021
Kirsten Gillibrand and Joni Ernst Can Pass Their Military Sexual Assault Bill — They Just Need a Senate Vote
The senators have a bipartisan measure to put independent prosecutors, not military commanders, in charge of serious crimes.
AMANDA BECKER, THE 19TH
MAY 27, 2021
US Air Force Will Cut Turkey from F-35 Production, Kendall Says
The service secretary nominee also signals he’s not in favor of reducing U.S. F-35 purchases.
TARA COPP
MAY 26, 2021
GovExec Daily: Base Renaming and the First Woman-Led U.S. Military Mission
Ben Watson joins the show to discuss Harriet Tubman's role in the Combahee River raid and the latest Defense One Radio episode.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERMAY 26, 2021
Estimated Cost of US Nuclear Modernization Jumps 28 Percent
The Congressional Budget Office’s latest estimate puts the price tag at $634 billion as some lawmakers try to bring it back down.
PATRICK TUCKER
MAY 25, 2021
How Pentagon Cash Helped Save Small Defense Companies During the Pandemic
Business leaders are now calling on defense officials and lawmakers to keep a policy that pays contractors more money up front.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
MAY 24, 2021
With Half Its Troops Unvaccinated, Pentagon Aims to Persuade Skeptics
Instead of a “personal health choice,” leaders now call shots a “critical part” of fighting the pandemic.
ELIZABETH HOWE
MAY 21, 2021
Climate Change Will Force Coast Guard to Respond to ‘More Intense’ Storms, Biden Says
One recent hurricane season cost the service nearly a billion dollars to respond to aid requests and repair the damage to its own facilities. The future is sure to bring worse.
JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
MAY 20, 2021
CIA’s Last Classified Fax Machines Are About to Retire
A secure email system dubbed Gray Magic will replace the legendary analog technology.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
MAY 19, 2021
Defense Department Lifts Mask Mandate for Fully Vaccinated Personnel
Fully vaccinated DOD personnel are no longer required to wear a mask at Defense Department facilities.
ELIZABETH HOWE
MAY 17, 2021
It’s Official: New Air Force Ones Will Be Delivered Late
“Definitely a setback” said Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, the U.S. Air Force’s deputy weapons buyer, as Boeing legal battle delays production.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
MAY 14, 2021
White House Aims To Beef Up Nation’s Cybersecurity After Pipeline Hack
A new executive order shifts how the government buys software and gives consumers visibility into products’ security features.
PATRICK TUCKER
MAY 13, 2021
‘Hype’ Over Military Coup Fears Delayed Troops’ Jan. 6 Response, Miller To Tell Congress
In testimony, former Acting SecDef Christopher Miller will say he dismissed Trump’s warning that 10,000 troops should be ready for his rally in Washington, but blames the media and credits his own deliberations for slowing the military's response at the Capitol.
TARA COPP
MAY 12, 2021
Army Leaders Have Agreed to Cap Troop Size, Top General Says
Gen. McConville and the acting secretary have agreed the force will not grow past 485,000 active-duty soldiers next year. But can they keep it from shrinking?
CAITLIN M. KENNEY
MAY 11, 2021
Army Reorganizes Investigations Office After Fort Hood Review; Austin, Milley Signal More Changes
The service will remove harassment investigations from units, but keep them within the military ranks. Is that enough?
TARA COPP AND CAITLIN M. KENNEY
MAY 7, 2021
Some US Military Bases Begin to Loosen Mask Rules
As some states drop COVID restrictions, commanders from coast to coast are attempting to walk a safe line.
JENNIFER HLAD
MAY 6, 2021
‘A Lot of Risk’ in Army’s Proposed 2022 Budget, Service Leaders Say
As details remain under wraps, lawmakers fret about possible cuts.
CAITLIN M. KENNEY
MAY 6, 2021
What's In Biden’s First Budget? And How Late Will It Be?
The White House could submit its defense budget request later than any administration in at least a century.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
MAY 5, 2021
US Air Force, Navy Extend 50% Work-From-Home Indefinitely
New memos suggest office space occupancy may never return to 100 percent.
MARCUS WEISGERBER AND TARA COPPMAY 4, 2021
New Fort Hood Report May Help Change Sexual Assault Prosecutions
Spc. Vanessa Guillén’s sexual harassment was reported by three soldiers. Command failed to act.
ELIZABETH HOWE
APRIL 30, 2021
Retired Generals and Service Chiefs Launch 'Operation Protect Democracy' in Wake of Capitol Attack
Group plans to advocate for increased voter access at the federal and state level. But will the legislatures listen?
TARA COPP
APRIL 30, 2021
Biden Nominee for Pentagon Weapons Buyer Under Investigation
Inspector General complaint alleges DIU Director Michael Brown’s agency used federal hiring tools to hire friends, but office says it’s competing for talent.
TARA COPP
APRIL 29, 2021
New Air Force One Delayed by COVID, Boeing Subcontractor
Boeing has fired GDC Technics, which is suing its erstwhile employer.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
APRIL 29, 2021
Pelosi: Milley ‘Doesn’t Know the Full Picture’ of Jan. 6 Capitol Attack
House speaker says Trump administration delayed military assistance to lawmakers.
JACQUELINE FELDSCHER
APRIL 29, 2021
Biden Taps Frank Kendall To Be Air Force Secretary
Former Pentagon acquisition chief has relevant experience defining threats and modernization needs, colleagues say.
MARCUS WEISGERBER AND TARA COPPAPRIL 28, 2021
US Army to Replace Criminal Investigations Chief In Wake of Guillen’s Death
The service’s Criminal Investigation Command has faced criticism for its lax casework on soldier deaths, assaults and suicides.
TARA COPP
APRIL 27, 2021
The FBI Is Breaking into Corporate Computers to Remove Malicious Code – Smart Cyber Defense or Government Overreach?
The courts have given the government the authority to hack into private computers unannounced. The action addresses a clear threat, but it also sets an unsettling precedent.
SCOTT SHACKELFORD, THE CONVERSATION
APRIL 27, 2021
Pentagon Panel Recommends Removing Sexual Assault Cases From Chain of Command
Moving cases to an independent prosecutor is a change long-sought by victims and families failed by the current system.
TARA COPP
APRIL 23, 2021
A Year After Vanessa Guillén’s Murder, Family and Advocates Say not Enough Has Changed in the Military
The Texas woman’s death exposed a pattern of violence and abuse against soldiers at Fort Hood, the U.S. military’s largest active-duty base. It also sparked national outrage over federal officials’ handling of sexual harassment and noncombat deaths.
REESE OXNER, THE TEXAS TRIBUNEAPRIL 23, 2021
How Cyber Ops Increase the Risk of Accidental Nuclear War
Five factors exacerbate a U.S.-Chinese security dilemma.
GEORGE PERKOVICH AND ARIEL LEVITEAPRIL 22, 2021
The USAF’s Bad Bets on Pilot Retention Show It Needs Outside Help
Service leaders think the same old tactics can reverse a pilot shortage in a resurging economy.
BRIAN KRUCHKOW AND TOBIAS SWITZERAPRIL 20, 2021
Advocates Hope First Female Army Secretary Brings Change
Nominee Christine Wormuth has led strategy and policy at the highest levels. Can she lead cultural change as well?
TARA COPP
APRIL 19, 2021
Trump-era Efforts to Boost Military Readiness Produced Mixed Results, GAO Finds
New report adds fuel to debate over how to conceive of and measure readiness.
ELIZABETH HOWE
APRIL 19, 2021
GovExec Daily: Priorities and the Pentagon Budget
The Project on Government Oversight's Mandy Smithberger joins the podcast to discuss the money allocated to Defense Department and connected programs.
ROSS GIANFORTUNE AND ADAM BUTLERAPRIL 19, 2021
The Capital’s ‘Complex’ Power Structure Keeps Causing Chaos Under Pressure
U.S. Army processes updated after last June’s protests failed again during the Jan. 6 riot.
ELIZABETH HOWE
APRIL 16, 2021
'I Felt Hate More Than Anything': How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War
Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known.
GISELA PÉREZ DE ACHA, ELLIE LIGHTFOOT AND KATHRYN HURD, PROPUBLICA
APRIL 15, 2021
HASC Chair: White House Is Slow-Rolling Defense Budget Details
“Get us the numbers before May 10,” Rep. Adam Smith said Tuesday.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
APRIL 14, 2021
US, NATO Troops to Withdraw from Afghanistan by 9/11, US Official Says
Decision for a September pullout follows “rigorous policy review.”
TARA COPP
APRIL 13, 2021
Christine Wormuth to Be Nominated as Next Secretary of the Army
This would make her the first-ever woman in the role.
ERRIN HAINES, THE 19TH
APRIL 13, 2021
Pentagon Launches Post-Insurrection Extremism Review
Secretary Austin directs new steps, studies to keep extremists out of the ranks and better protect outgoing troops from being recruited into extremist groups.
BEN WATSON
APRIL 12, 2021
Biden’s $715B Defense Ask: Higher Than Expected, Lower than Trump’s Plan
“Skinny budget” announcement hints at cuts to troop levels and existing weapons.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
APRIL 12, 2021
Space Force to Absorb USAF Command to Run Launches, Research
The Space and Missile Systems Center will become Space Systems Command.
PATRICK TUCKER
APRIL 9, 2021
The Air Force Is Making an App That Basically Does What a General Does
The nascent app aims to generate options, recommendations, and mission orders.
PATRICK TUCKER
APRIL 8, 2021
Raytheon Giving Employees Bonuses for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine
The company is not requiring employees to get the shots, but some facilities could be off-limits to the unvaccinated.
MARCUS WEISGERBER
APRIL 8, 2021
Hypersonic Missile Fails Test-Launch From B-52 Bomber
The Air Force called the ARRW failure “a setback.”
MARCUS WEISGERBER
APRIL 7, 2021
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