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DoD Seeks to Inform President Trump of Trade-Offs With Smaller Defense Budget

Recently, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told the press that the Defense Department is preparing a $700B budget proposal in addition to a $733B draft that has already been prepared, in line with President Trump’s earlier call for spending cuts, the Washington Examiner reported Thursday.

In October, President Trump instructed his cabinet secretaries to reduce their upcoming budget proposals by 5 percent, indicating that “[we] know what the new budget is for the Defense Department; it will probably be $700 billion.”

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DoD Renames USPACOM as Indo-Pacific Command; James Mattis Comments

The Defense Department has renamed the U.S. Pacific Command to emphasize the combatant command’s missions in the Indian Ocean region, DoD news reported Wednesday. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command aims to strengthen military relations with allies and provide security for diplomats working to negotiate in the region. “Over many decades, this command has repeatedly adapted to changing circumstance …

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James Mattis to Address Regional Security Issues in APAC Visit

Defense Secretary James Mattis plans to discuss security challenges and mutual interests with some of his counterparts in Asia-Pacific during his visit to the region this week. He will participate in the three-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Meeting in the Philippines that will run through Wednesday, the Defense Department …

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DoD Names PNNL Policy Adviser Vayl Oxford as DTRA Director

Vayl Oxford, a national security executive policy adviser at the Energy Department‘s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will assume the director role at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The Defense Department said Thursday Secretary James Mattis also appointed Oxford to the Senior Executive Service in line with the assignment to head DTRA. Oxford most …

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