Top U.S. Navy officials have expressed confidence that the Pentagon and Congress will approve funding for the $100B Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarines program through a special account outside the service's annual shipbuilding budget, USNI News reported Tuesday.
Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, director of the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs, recently said that he had set up a program office to facilitate the development of a hypersonic strike capability for the service. The hypersonic weapon is meant to be part of the U.S. military's conventional prompt global strike arsenal, whose purpose is to give the armed forces the ability to hit any target anywhere in the world within sixty minutes, USNI News reported.Read More »
The Defense Department has announced plans to move up to 80 percent of its applications to the proposed Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud platform, Federal News Network reported Monday. DoD’s cloud migration goal was revealed after the Government Accountability Office issued its ruling on a protest filed by Oracle over the solicitation for the potential $10B JEDI cloud procurement contract.Read More »
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.”
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 »