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Patrick Shanahan Urges DoD Personnel to Study New Defense Strategy

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has called on Defense Department personnel to read and “internalize” the U.S. military’s new defense strategy, which was partially unveiled on Jan. 19, DoD News reported Monday. Shanahan said the more than two million employees of DoD should understand the new National Defense Strategy to help …

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Rickey Dale James Confirmed to Head Army Corps of Engineers

The Senate has confirmed Rickey Dale James, a manager at family farming business A.C. Riley Cotton Company, as assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for civil works and head of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Northern Kentucky Tribune reported Monday. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said James will help address water infrastructure …

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Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt Named Air Force C3I & Networks PEO

Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, program executive officer for fighters and bombers at the U.S. Air Force, has been assigned to a new role as the service branch’s PEO for command, control, communications, intelligence and networks, the Defense Department announced Monday. Schmidt has led efforts to develop, field, modernize, produce and sustain …

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Report: White House Postpones Additional Sanctions on Russia

The Trump administration has decided to delay the enforcement of new sanctions on Russia despite the passage of a law in 2017 that seeks to penalize the country for its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, Reuters reported Monday. “Today, we have informed Congress that this legislation and its implementation …

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Rear Adm. Tom Druggan Assigned to MDA as Aegis BMD Program Director

U.S. Navy Rear. Adm. Tom Druggan, commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, has been appointed director of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System program at the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Department said Monday. Druggan has supervised more than 17,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support personnel across eight NSWC divisions …

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Report: Trump to Request $716B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2019

President Donald Trump will propose $716 billion in Defense Department funds in his fiscal year 2019 budget request, The Washington Post reported Friday. The request is scheduled for release in February and would reflect a more than 7 percent increase in defense spending over the fiscal 2018 budget proposal that has not …

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DoD to Examine Military Fitness Tracker Data Security

The Defense Department has launched a review of potential security risks associated with a physical conditioning tracker system that military personnel use, DoD News reported Monday. The study comes after DoD learned that some wearable electronic fitness tracking devices use an application to gather and upload on the exercise routes and venues of …

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