Archive: Pentagon

Trump to Reveal Long-Awaited Missile Defense Review Thursday

President Donald Trump plans to unveil the Defense Department’s missile defense review Jan. 17 at the Pentagon after months of delays, a senior White House official said Jan. 16. This will be the first missile defense review issued since 2010, and reflects the “more complex, more threatening national security environment” that has emerged in the […]

China’s Expanding International Activities Have Implications For Power And Influence, DoD Says

China’s ongoing effort to expand its international presence economically and militarily has a number of implications for its power and influence, according to a new Pentagon report. “China’s expanding global activities…present military force posture, access, training, and logistics implications for the United States and China,” says the Congressional-mandated report, Assessment On U.S. Defense Implications Of […]

Thornberry: $750 Billion ‘Reasonable’ for DoD FY ’20 Topline

The now ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has signalled his support for a $750 billion topline for the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, one of the highest estimates to emerge in recent reports. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), who chaired HASC from 2014 until the Democrats took back the House earlier […]

SASC Subcommittee Chair Wants Air Force Leader for Next Defense Secretary

As President Trump reportedly searches for his next secretary of defense, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has already thrown his pick into the ring: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. Rounds, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee’s cybersecurity subcommittee, first floated Wilson’s name in a Dec. 23 tweet, stating “As President Trump carefully weighs his next […]

SASC Members Mixed on Concern over Shanahan’s Past at Boeing

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s past as a senior Boeing [BA] executive has some Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) members concerned over potential ethics issues, while others feel his defense industry experience is a plus. Shanahan, who was sworn in as deputy defense secretary in July 2017 and became acting defense secretary Jan 1. after […]

DoD Comptroller Named as Acting Deputy Defense Secretary

The Defense Department’s Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller David Norquist has assumed the role of acting deputy defense secretary as Patrick Shanahan took over as Pentagon civilian chief on Jan. 1, the department said Jan. 2. “As Department of Defense Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller for the past 19 months, David Norquist has had insight […]

Impact of Potential Withdrawal from Syria Unclear for Defense Investors

One day after news broke that President Trump appeared to unilaterally order the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Syria, both the path forward for implementation and the impact on U.S. military strategy in the region remains unclear. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle told reporters Wednesday they were blindsided by the news (Defense […]

Pentagon Draft Proposal Puts New Space Force Under Air Force

The Defense Department is planning to push a plan to implement a new Space Force under the umbrella of the Air Force, according to a draft proposal currently working its way through Pentagon leadership. The legislative proposal, which was viewed by Defense Daily on Dec. 20, states that a United States Space Force would be […]

Senators Concerned Over Lack of Notice on Withdrawal of Troops from Syria

Senators on Wednesday expressed surprise and concern over news broke this morning that President Trump had ordered an immediate withdrawal of the U.S. military’s 2,000 troops stationed in Syria. Following news reports, Trump appeared to confirm the withdrawal in a tweet, stating “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during […]