The White House considers Jim Webb, a former senator from Virginia, to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Defense, The New York Times reported Thursday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan assumed the role of acting DoD secretary on Tuesday after James Mattis resigned from his post.Read More »
Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been selected by President Donald Trump to serve as White House chief of staff on an acting basis, The Washington Post reported Friday. Mulvaney will replace John Kelly, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who will continue to serve in his current role through the end of 2018.Read More »
The Department of the Navy has released its latest business operation strategy to serve as a guideline for the implementation of its business reform agenda.Read More »
U.S. Marine Corps Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said information exchange across the intelligence, law enforcement and military communities contributed to the progress in global efforts against violent extremist groups.Read More »
President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law an appropriations package that would allocate $674B in fiscal 2019 funds for the Defense Department, USNI News reported Friday. The defense spending bill represents a $19.8B increase from the enacted fiscal 2018 budget and earmarks $24.2B in funds for 13 new combat ships that include three Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, two Virginia-class attack submarines and three littoral combat ships.Read More »
The U.S. Marine Corps could see its F-35B fighter jets take off for an initial combat mission in the next few days after an amphibious assault ship started its voyage toward the Persian Gulf, CNN reported Wednesday. Defense officials told the publication that the Lockheed Martin-built F-35B aircraft aboard the USS Essex ship could be deployed soon to support airstrikes in Afghanistan.