John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, will step down from his post at the Department of Defense on Feb. 28, CNN reported Wednesday. President Trump confirmed Rood’s resignation in a tweet posted Wednesday. Sources told the publication Rood’s departure stems from several issues, including the handling of military aid to Ukraine.Read More »
The U.S. Navy has deployed a submarine-launched ballistic missile that will work to augment deterrence against potential adversaries.Read More »
John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, said Wednesday the military is pushing through to procure naval missiles that contain low-yield nuclear components, National Defense Magazine reported the same day. His announcement discussed the Department of Defense's intention to purchase submarine-launched ballistic missiles and ship-launched cruise missiles in support of the Trump administration.Read More »
New University to Train Security Cooperation Workforce in Defense Department; Cara Abercrombie Quoted
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has opened a new institution designed to train and build a workforce of security cooperation experts. The new Defense Security Cooperation University aims to ensure that all involved personnel have a grasp of security cooperation's alignment with the national security strategy, according to DSCU President Cara Abercrombie, the DSCA said Thursday.Read More »
The Department of Defense has begun the development of low-yield submarine-launched nuclear cruise missiles, USNI News reported Wednesday. John Rood, undersecretary of policy at the Department of Defense, said the U.S. military also requested funding through fiscal year 2020 to perform low-yield alteration to existing ballistic missiles and warheads deployed on submarines.Read More »
President Donald Trump and the Department of Defense plan to release on Thursday a document that lays out the administration’s missile defense strategy, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Missile Defense Review comes as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea pursue development work on ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles that could pose a threat to U.S. forces and allies in Asia and Europe.Read More »
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has released a memo that lays out the Defense Department’s plan to establish by 2020 a new “space force” that would serve as the country’s sixth service branch, SpaceNews reported Thursday. John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, will work with the Joint Staff, military services’ secretaries and DoD’s legislative office to come up with a legislative proposal for the new space force for submission to the Office of Management and Budget by Dec. 1, according to a copy of the Monday memo obtained by the publication.