The National Nuclear Security Administration has concluded three non-nuclear flight tests of a gravity bomb in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force and allies from NATO. NNSA said Tuesday that it worked with partners to test the B61-12 gravity bomb last month at Tonopah Test Range, Nevada in preparation for the weapon system's final demonstration next year.Read More »
resident Trump will nominate Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, to serve as the next chief of naval operations, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A U.S. official said the president approved Gilday’s nomination for the post during a meeting with Navy officials at the White House on Wednesday.Read More »
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan met with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg and discussed the alliance’s operational progress and efforts to increase burden-sharing. During the meeting at the Pentagon, Shanahan highlighted that NATO member nations in Europe have increased contributions to training local forces in Afghanistan and Iraq to deter the Islamic State group, the Department of Defense said Monday.Read More »
James Mattis: DoD Initiates Measures to Build Up Lethality, Alliances Under National Defense Strategy
Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Pentagon has launched several initiatives to advance the National Defense Strategy’s three lines of effort, Defense.gov reported Saturday. Mattis told the audience at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California that the Defense Department has initiated the recapitalization of the nuclear deterrent in order to increase lethality.
U.S. officials recently held a closed-door meeting at NATO headquarters to brief European alliance members on President Trump’s intent to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, Reuters reported Friday. NATO diplomats present at the recent classified proceedings in Brussels revealed that European envoys sought to prevent the U.S. from leaving the INF.Read More »
Katie Wheelbarger, principal deputy assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Defense Department, has said the U.S. will announce in the next few days that it is ready to use defensive and offensive cyber capabilities in support of NATO if asked, Reuters reported Wednesday. “It sends a message primarily aimed at Russia,” Wheelbarger told reporters.Read More »