Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

Martin Dempsey: Sequester Cuts Put Military Readiness At Risk

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee panel Thursday that budget cuts under the sequestration hurt the U.S. military’s ability to address national security threats, Reuters reported. David Alexander writes Army Gen. Martin Dempsey remarked about the impact of across-the-board defense cuts during a Senate …

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Dan Tangherlini Voices Concern Over Proposed GSA Spending Cuts Bill

General Services Administration head Dan Tangherlini has voiced his opposition over a planned House Appropriations Committee bill to slash $2.5 billion from the requested fiscal year 2014 budget. Tangherlini wrote in a Wednesday blog post that the proposed bill contains a provision that will cover only 85 percent of the agency’s liabilities in the private …

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Sharon Burke: US Adversaries Target Fuel

The Defense Department is changing the way it approaches energy security as the U.S.’ adversaries are increasingly targeting fuel, the assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs told Federal News Radio. Sharon Burke told interviewer Francis Rose she expects the military to ramp up its numbers of tactical …

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New Joint Force Aims to Disable WMDs; Lucas Polakowski Comments

A joint command and control system that is intended to be fully operational in the coming year will focus on efforts to identify and counter the threat of weapons of mass destruction, the American Forces Press Service reported Wednesday. Donna Miles reports the Standing Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination was …

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Report: Susan Rice to Succeed Tom Donilon as Natl Security Adviser

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has been appointed to succeed Tom Donilon as national security adviser to President Barack Obama, the New York  Times reported Wednesday. Citing White House officials, Mark Landler writes Obama plans to appoint Samantha Power, a National Security Council official, to succeed Rice as …

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Pentagon Asks Congress to Reprogram $10B

The Defense Department is seeking Congress’ permission to shift $9.6 billion in funds this year to its wartime budget in an effort to manage shortfalls, DoD Buzz reported Monday. Brendan McGarry writes the agency sent lawmakers two funding-related requests for fiscal year 2013 and a separate war funding request for …

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Report: Navy to Deploy Five Ships in Bahrain

The U.S. Navy will start transporting five more patrol ships to Bahrain with three set to deploy this summer, Defense News reported Monday. Mark Faram writes the Tempest, Squall and Thunderbolt are slated to deploy from the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Fort Story, Va. this year and will …

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