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‘Is There Something Going On?’: Onscene at STRATCOM As North Korea Launches Missile

September 15, 2017 OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. — Late on Thursday afternoon, Gen. John Hyten was sitting at the head of a conference table talking to reporters who had accompanied Defense Secretary James Mattis to the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command. Eight minutes into the discussion, an aide interrupted the STRATCOM commander....

Inside a nuclear weapons base; L3 boosts undersea portfolio; Free drinks at AFA conference and more.

September 14, 2017 Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota is a great place to take the pulse of America’s nuclear forces. Just 50 miles south of Canada, airmen stand perennial watch alongside B-52 bombers and about one-third of the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. I hitched a ride to Minot this week with...

At US Nuclear Weapons Base, Mattis Signals Support for Triad

September 13, 2017 MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signaled his support for all three legs of the venerable nuclear triad, but stopped short of endorsing all of the new weapon projects in the works. His visit to this base — home to B-52 bombers and one-third of...

Amid North Korea Tension, Mattis Heads to US Nuclear Weapons Bases

September 12, 2017 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will visit two key American nuclear weapons bases this week as military forces in the Pacific remain on high alert following North Korea’s apparent hydrogen bomb test earlier this month. Days after Pyongyang released images of Kim Jong-Un inspecting what North Korea says is its...

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Searching for $1 Billion: Inside the Pentagon’s Struggle to Match Trump’s Air Force One Boast

September 11, 2017 Two weeks after Donald Trump threatened to kill the plan to replace aging Air Force One jets, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg walked into Mar-a-Lago with some ideas for slashing its estimated $4.4 billion cost. In a Dec. 21 meeting with the president-elect, Muilenburg laid out four proposals. One of them...

Searching for $1 Billion: Inside the Pentagon’s Struggle to Match Trump’s Air Force One Boast

September 8, 2017 Two weeks after Donald Trump threatened to kill the plan to replace aging Air Force One jets, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg walked into Mar-a-Lago with some ideas for slashing its estimated $4.4 billion cost. In a Dec. 21 meeting with the president-elect, Muilenburg laid out four proposals. One of them...

Speeding up arms exports; Irma bears down on defense firms; Lockheed plots its missile-defense future, and more.

September 7, 2017 What’s the perennial top complaint from defense companies and America’s allies? The U.S. arms export approval process takes too long. We talked about this a year ago, so here’s an update. The good news: actual data that shows the process is moving faster. The bad news: no one ever seems...

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Here’s What the U.S. Could Sell South Korea and Japan to Counter North Korea

September 7, 2017 Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would allow South Korea and Japan to buy a “substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment.” Though the White House has not explained why, presumably the president hopes such transfers will help deter North Korea, which set off its sixth nuclear bomb over...

Here’s What the US Could Sell South Korea and Japan to Counter North Korea

September 5, 2017 Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he would allow South Korea and Japan to buy a “substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment.” Though the White House has not explained why, presumably the president hopes such transfers will help deter North Korea, which set off its sixth nuclear bomb over...

Congress, industry buckle up for a busy September; Software for future weapons; Contractors in Afghanistan; and a lot more.

August 31, 2017 Buckle up, folks; it’s about to get busy. With the help of Caroline Houck, we’ll break September down for you, starting with Congress, whose members returns next week to a month of deadlines and high-priority items: The debt ceiling hits Sept. 29, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Conservatives...