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Report: DoD to Request OCO Budget for Afghanistan Troop Retention in November

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The administration will submit an overseas contingency operations supplemental budget request to Congress after the Nov. 8 elections to support 8,400 U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan, Defense Insider said Tuesday. The budget request is estimated to be between $3 billion and $6 billion, Tony Bertuca writes. The report said the Office of Management and Budget has …

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White House Directs Pentagon Away From Discussion of US-China ‘Competition’

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The White House has issued a directive that forbids the Defense Department to discuss the U.S. military’s interaction with China using “great power competition” and other potentially inflammatory phrases, Navy Times reported Monday. David Larter writes the new directive from the National Security Council requires Pentagon officials to find less provocative descriptions when …

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Ashton Carter: DoD Aims to Build Up Defense Strategy Through Nuclear Deterrence Sustainment

Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the Defense Department will work to invest and sustain the U.S. nuclear deterrence enterprise that serves as the foundation of the country’s defense strategy, DoD News reported Monday. Jim Garamone writes Carter told troops at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota Monday that the U.S. …

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Reports: Senate to Vote on Continuing Resolution to Avert Govt Shutdown

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U.S. senators plan to meet Tuesday to vote on a bill proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to extend government funding and head off a shutdown by the end of the week, Roll Call reported Monday. Niels Lesniewski writes Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) said Democratic and Republican members will continue discussions with the goal to reach …

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House Subcommittee to Review National Security Space Programs; Rep. Mike Rogers Comments

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The House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee, led by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Alabama), will hold a hearing Tuesday to tackle national security space programs. Rogers said in a statement published Friday a new Government Accountability Office report showed that 60 different stakeholders take part in decisionmaking about space-related acquisition efforts at the Defense Department. “As we see serious …

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GAO Outlines DoD’s Planned Nuclear Force Structure Under Arms Reduction Treaty With Russia

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The Defense Department plans to retain 240 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles and 60 heavy bombers as part DoD’s New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. The Government Accountability Office said Thursday DoD considered nuclear force reductions as part of reviews after the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review such as the 2013 Strategic Choices Management Review and DoD’s …

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NAVIFOR’s Kelly Aeschbach Nominated for Rear Admiral Rank Promotion

Kelly Aeschbach

President Barack Obama has recommended that Kelly Aeschbach, chief of staff for the Naval Information Forces, be promoted from the rank of captain to rear admiral (lower half) in the U.S. Navy, the Defense Department announced Friday. The Pentagon renamed Navy Information Dominance Forces as Naval Information Forces earlier this year in a move to reflect the adoption of …

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CAPE Director Jamie Morin: Minuteman III ICBM Replacement Cost Could Exceed DoD’s $85B Estimate

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Jamie Morin, director of cost assessment and program evaluation at the Defense Department, has described $85 billion as a low cost estimate for the replacement platform of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in an interview with Breaking Defense posted Thursday. Sydney Freedberg writes Morin said CAPE provided both low and high estimates for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program in …

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