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DoD Report Evaluates Implications of China’s Expanding Global Activities

The Department of Defense has released a report assessing China’s military and non-military expansion efforts worldwide and their implications for the U.S. DoD said in the report released Monday that China has expanded through Digital Silk Road and One Belt, One Road initiatives; military access and engagement; economic presence; and technology acquisition.
 

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Heather Wilson, Gen. David Goldfein: Air Force Launches Efforts to Project US Power in Arctic Region

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein have said the service has begun to develop a strategic vision for the Arctic region to ensure its capability to meet the National Defense Strategy’s objectives. “We must be ready to defend our security interests and deter aggression by major powers,” Wilson and Goldfein wrote in a Defense News commentary published Wednesday.

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Shanahan Details Plans as New DoD Chief at First National Security Meeting

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held his first national security meeting informing senior military officials about his plans as head of the Department of Defense, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. At the Pentagon, he told secretaries and undersecretaries of military services and other defense officials that he will continue the efforts set by former Secretary Jim Mattis under the national defense strategy.

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James Mattis, Lawmakers Discuss Planned $33B Defense Budget Cut With Trump

President Donald Trump has met with Defense Secretary James Mattis and chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to discuss the administration’s plan to implement a $33B cut to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget, Defense News reported Tuesday. “I had a frank and productive conversation about our national security goals with the president," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), SASC chairman, said in a statement.
 

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Eric Edelman, Gary Roughead Talk Defense Budget, Concept of Operations at Senate Panel Hearing

The co-chairmen of a commission that reviews the National Defense Strategy have said the lack of stable funding and concept of operations would make it difficult for the strategy to address the threats posed by China and Russia, USNI News reported Wednesday. Gary Roughead, a retired Navy admiral, and diplomat Eric Edelman of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy appeared Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss the commission’s recommendations.

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Dunford Emphasizes Need for ‘Sustained Predictable, Adequate’ Funding in Sustaining Military Edge

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently underscored the importance of having sufficient defense funding when it comes to maintaining the competitive advantage of the U.S. over possible competitors. Speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum over the weekend, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford expressed confidence in the military’s ability to defend the country against potential adversaries, the Defense Department reported Saturday.

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Works on Two Budget Requests for Fiscal 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said drafting the budget for fiscal year 2020 calls for the Pentagon to “put the resources in place” in order to operationalize the national defense strategy. “We are not going to reverse course on all that planning but we will build two budgets,” Shanahan said Friday at the Military Reporters and Editors conference in Arlington, Va.

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Patrick Shanahan: ‘Space Force’ Needed to Ensure US Supremacy in Space

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the creation of a “space force” as the sixth service branch is “absolutely necessary” to ensure the country’s superiority in space, Defense.gov reported Wednesday. “The U.S. military is the best in the world in space, but our adversaries have taken note and are actively developing and fielding capabilities to potentially deny our usage of space in crisis or war,” he said Tuesday during the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

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