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John Rood: FY 2019 Budget Request Backs DoD’s Modernization Requirements

John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, has said the Trump administration’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget provides funds for all Pentagon’s modernization efforts that includes $11 billion for nuclear force operations and sustainment and $7 billion for recapitalization programs, DoD News reported Thursday. Rood said before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday …

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Navy Assigns Patrick Piercey Chief of Staff at U.S. European Command

The U.S. Navy has assigned Rear Adm. Patrick Piercey, currently director of operations with the U.S. Pacific Command, to serve with the U.S. European Command as chief of staff. With this assignment, Piercey will be transferred from Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, to Stuttgart, Germany, the Defense Department said Friday. He began his military service in 1985 upon graduating from …

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Reports: Trump Imposes Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum Imports

President Donald Trump on Thursday imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum in a push to build up national security and put an end to “aggressive foreign trade practices,” The Hill reported Sunday. Mexico and Canada would be exempted from the …

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Report: Army Seeks to Achieve Readiness Goals by 2022

The U.S. Army aims to reach full readiness recovery by 2022 through equipment upgrades, investments in preferred munitions and force expansion, Military.com reported Wednesday. Lt. Gen. John Murray, deputy chief of staff for Army G-8, said at the 9th Annual Defense Programs Conference hosted by McAleese and Associates, that the Army has …

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Vice Adm. Karl Schultz Nominated U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

President Donald Trump has nominated Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander of U.S. Coast Guard‘s Atlantic area, to serve as the next leader of USCG. Schultz holds more than 35 years of USCG leadership experience that includes various collaborations with other Department of Homeland Security components and the Defense Department, DHS said Thursday. In …

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PSC’s David Berteau: Increased Oversight Cooperation Needed to Optimize Security Clearance Process

David Berteau, president and CEO of the Professional Services Council, has told lawmakers that there should be increased cooperation between government and contractor oversight approaches to accelerate the U.S. security clearance process. Berteau testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the personnel security clearance process, its impact on industry and potential …

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Rep. Niki Tsongas: DoD Pegs F-35 Modernization Costs at $16B Through 2024

Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Massachusetts) has said the F-35 fighter aircraft modernization program could cost the Defense Department approximately $16 billion through 2024, Reuters reported Thursday. Tsongas cited DoD’s F-35 program data at a House Armed Services Committee subpanel hearing Wednesday and said the modernization cost estimate for the Lockheed Martin-built …

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Marines F-35B Units Land on USS Wasp for Patrol Operation

The U.S. Marine Corps‘ Fighter Attack Squadron 121 has landed F-35B Lightning II aircraft aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s 2018 spring patrol. The recent landing on the East China Sea starts the F-35B’s first deployment for an MEU operation, the Marines said Monday. The MEU’s annual …

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Pentagon Eyes Formation of Space Combatant Command

The Defense Department looks to establish a combatant command to manage space warfare missions in response to foreign militarization efforts in outer space, Nextgov reported Wednesday. DoD told Congress in a report last week that department officials are exploring strategies for joint space forces to manage multidomain, trans-regional and space warfighting operations. Officials …

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