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How Many US Troops in Afghanistan? Pentagon Changes How It Counts Them

August 30, 2017 If you’d asked Pentagon officials on Wednesday morning, “How many U.S. troops are deployed to Afghanistan?” they’d have told you “about 8,400.” If you ask them now, they’ll tell you “approximately 11,000” — maybe a thousand troops less than the actual best estimate. It’s not the deployed force that changed,...

What the Pentagon’s nuke deals say about Northrop; Q&A with Erik Prince; Japan looks to boost defense; and a lot more.

August 24, 2017 August, despite what folks say, is rarely a slow news month. Even filtering out the politics of the day and a newscycle supercharged by presidential tweets, it’s really busy right now. This week: The Pentagon dished out nearly $2.5 billion to the nation’s four largest defense firms to develop technology...

US Air Force Hires Two Firms to Start Developing America's Next ICBM

August 21, 2017 The Trump administration placed orders with two major defense firms on Monday to start working on technology for new intercontinental ballistic missiles to replace the Cold War-era Minuteman III. The deals come amid nuclear threats against the U.S. by North Korea and increased tension with Russia, which is upgrading its...

Why defense firms stayed silent after Charlottesville; Making weapons do more; Lockheed gets huge SOCOM deal. And more.

August 17, 2017 Will the leaders of some of the nation’s top defense firms quit President Trump’s manufacturing council? That was the question I got all week after the president’s Saturday statement that “many sides” were to blame for the violence at the previous day’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The question...

Here’s How the US Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

August 10, 2017 It’s tough for humans to spot explosives and other signs that deadly roadside bombs may lie ahead, but the Pentagon’s lead IED-hunters think computers might be able to help, using the same kind of technology being developed to sift through hours of drone video. Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, who leads...

Defense stocks soar as Trump, North Korea trade threats; Light-attack fly-off in the desert; Arms exports head toward a new record.

August 10, 2017 On Tuesday, U.S. intelligence analysts said North Korea had built a miniaturized nuclear weapon that could ride atop an ICBM. Soon after, President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury." The next day, defense stocks soared. The stock market as a whole is up recently, but on Wednesday, markets...

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Here’s How the Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

August 10, 2017 It’s tough for humans to spot explosives and other signs that deadly roadside bombs may lie ahead, but the Pentagon’s lead IED-hunters think computers might be able to help, using the same kind of technology being developed to sift through hours of drone video. Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, who leads...

Here’s How the US Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

August 8, 2017 It’s tough for humans to spot explosives and other signs that deadly roadside bombs may lie ahead, but the Pentagon’s lead IED-hunters think computers might be able to help, using the same kind of technology being developed to sift through hours of drone video. Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, who leads...

More on that Air Force One deal, New DepSecDef speaks out, Lockheed building satellite plant, and more...

August 3, 2017 The U.S. Air Force’s much-discussed plan to buy a pair of Boeing 747s abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline makes for pretty poor optics, given the...let’s call it...increased focus on Russia-Trump connections these days. But from a business standpoint, it’s not a bad idea. Last year, when then-President-elect Trump tweeted...

Here Are the Jets That May Become Air Force One

August 2, 2017 Under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut the cost of the next Air Force Ones, the U.S. Air Force is finalizing a deal with Boeing to purchase two undelivered 747s in storage in the Mojave desert. As Defense One first reported yesterday: The 747s that will be transformed for...