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Pentagon clears 80 percent of F-35 jets to fly after faulty fuel tubes grounded entire fleet

Pentagon clears 80 percent of F-35 jets to fly after faulty fuel tubes grounded entire fleet

After grounding its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets, the Pentagon has just cleared most F-35s to resume operations. The F-35 Joint Program Office at the Pentagon confirmed that approximately 80 percent of “single-seat, single-engine
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Senate confirms new leaders for SOUTHCOM, US Forces Korea

Senate confirms new leaders for SOUTHCOM, US Forces Korea

Lawmakers also finalized work on two assistant defense secretaries and promotions for hundreds of senior officers.
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To up fighter readiness levels, Pentagon looks to retire older planes and fix supply chains

To up fighter readiness levels, Pentagon looks to retire older planes and fix supply chains

Fleets are going to have to get smaller to get healthier, it appears.
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A ‘virtual’ security cooperation university is coming soon

A ‘virtual’ security cooperation university is coming soon

The Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies will also expand, as Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper seeks to strengthen education of the security cooperation workforce.
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DOD weapons systems can easily be controlled by hackers, new government report says

DOD weapons systems can easily be controlled by hackers, new government report says

A new government report revealed the serious vulnerabilities of U.S. weapons systems. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report determined that weapons produced by the Department of Defense (DOD) are susceptible to hacking, allowing enemies to
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Pentagon isn’t going to micromanage Futures Command, says Shanahan

Pentagon isn’t going to micromanage Futures Command, says Shanahan

The deputy secretary of defense is confident Futures Command is in good hands under Gen. Mike Murray.
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Mattis orders fighter jet readiness to jump to 80 percent — in one year

Mattis orders fighter jet readiness to jump to 80 percent — in one year

The order, handed down by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, is a lofty one, considering the current readiness rates of America’s fighter fleets.
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America sold $55.6 billion in weapons abroad in FY18 — a 33 percent jump

America sold $55.6 billion in weapons abroad in FY18 — a 33 percent jump

Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency head, says FY 2018 was a strong year for foreign arms sales.
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Lawmaker: It’s time to end the war in Afghanistan

Lawmaker: It’s time to end the war in Afghanistan

On the 17th anniversary of the conflict, Marine Corps veteran Rep. Ruben Gallego said U.S. goals in the country have been completed.
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Pentagon sees China as a ‘growing risk’ to U.S. defense industry

Pentagon sees China as a ‘growing risk’ to U.S. defense industry

October 5, 2018 By Phil Stewart and Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China represents a “significant and growing risk” to the supply of materials vital to the U.S. military, according to a new Pentagon-led report
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White House warns of ‘domestic extinction’ of suppliers in industrial base report - and DoD is ready to help with cash

White House warns of ‘domestic extinction’ of suppliers in industrial base report – and DoD is ready to help with cash

The Trump administration's long-awaited defense industrial base report is finally out.
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Report: Trump may fire Air Force Secretary Wilson over Space Force

Report: Trump may fire Air Force Secretary Wilson over Space Force

President Trump is considering firing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson after the midterm elections due to her perceived slow-rolling of his order to create a separate Space Force, according to a...
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Missile Defense Review complete, Shanahan says

Missile Defense Review complete, Shanahan says

The review was supposed to be out late last year. It's still not out, but the document itself is finalized.
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Here’s what happens when you present industry with lipstick on a pig

Here’s what happens when you present industry with lipstick on a pig

The problem with the proposed contract payment changes is that rewards for good behavior mean very little when programs take an unplanned and unfortunate turn. And since they often do, these changes...
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China Snuck A Tiny Microchip Inside Servers Used By The DoD And CIA

China Snuck A Tiny Microchip Inside Servers Used By The DoD And CIA

The Chinese military surreptitiously inserted tiny microchips no larger than single grains of rice into servers on local assembly lines in order to gain access to data networks run by U.S. government agencies ranging from
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Pentagon breakdown led to industry payments rule being published, Shanahan says

Pentagon breakdown led to industry payments rule being published, Shanahan says

The Pentagon killed a proposed change in how industry gets its cash. So what comes next?
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Can the US fight two big wars at once? New report casts doubts

Can the US fight two big wars at once? New report casts doubts

America's “marginal” military means the U.S. would struggle if forced to take on a second major conflict at the same time, a new report has found.
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Trump donates salary for vet entrepreneurship

Trump donates salary for vet entrepreneurship

Agency officials plan to use the money to launch a new seven-month training program for transitioning troops looking at starting their own businesses.
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Navy veteran suspected of sending poison packages to Pentagon, White House

Navy veteran suspected of sending poison packages to Pentagon, White House

Officials have located the person believed to be behind the suspicious packages sent to the Pentagon, White House, and Sen. Ted Cruz’s office this week. One of the envelopes sent to the Pentagon contained a
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Someone Sent Poisoned Envelopes Addressed To Mattis At The Pentagon

Someone Sent Poisoned Envelopes Addressed To Mattis At The Pentagon

Envelopes sent to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson at the Pentagon have initially tested positive for ricin, a defense official told CNN. Neither men were exposed to the
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F-35 upgrade plan awaiting approval from top Pentagon acquisition exec

F-35 upgrade plan awaiting approval from top Pentagon acquisition exec

A decision on the strategy, which includes the F-35 program office's new agile software methodology, could be greenlighted within weeks.
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U.S. to keep supporting French military effort in Mali: Pentagon chief

U.S. to keep supporting French military effort in Mali: Pentagon chief

October 2, 2018 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will continue to support French-led military efforts in Mali against militants and there is no intention to reduce the level of assistance, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis
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Number of U.S. diplomats doubled in Syria as Islamic State nears defeat: Pentagon chief

Number of U.S. diplomats doubled in Syria as Islamic State nears defeat: Pentagon chief

October 2, 2018 PARIS (Reuters) – The number of U.S. diplomats in Syria has doubled as Islamic State militants near a military defeat, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis said on Tuesday. “Our diplomats, they are on
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Facing industry pressure, Pentagon backs off contract payment changes

Facing industry pressure, Pentagon backs off contract payment changes

The Pentagon had proposed changing how industry receives its cash flow.
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DoD hands out $7.54 billion in year-end contract bonanza

DoD hands out $7.54 billion in year-end contract bonanza

When the fiscal year ends, the Pentagon contracts flow.
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The Pentagon’s new ambassador to Silicon Valley is hawkish on China

The Pentagon’s new ambassador to Silicon Valley is hawkish on China

Michael Brown, the former Symantec CEO who just became the new head of the Defense Innovation Unit, believes that the United States must act now to avoid further falling behind China in a tech race.
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MLB roundup: Dodgers clinch playoff berth, tied atop NL West

MLB roundup: Dodgers clinch playoff berth, tied atop NL West

September 30, 2018 The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched a playoff spot for the sixth consecutive season Saturday afternoon, using an RBI triple from Manny Machado to break an eighth-inning tie en route to a 10-6
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Trump signs defense spending plan, with one more swipe at Democrats

Trump signs defense spending plan, with one more swipe at Democrats

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump finalized an $854 billion spending bill on Friday that fully funds the military for fiscal 2019 and prevents a government shutdown next week, accomplishments that congressional leaders have called important and laudable.
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Mattis predicts DoD will one day offer cyber protection to private sector

Mattis predicts DoD will one day offer cyber protection to private sector

The top Pentagon official is predicting that the US government will offer cyber protection to the private sector and even individuals in light of technological advances.
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Mattis predicts DoD will one day offer cyber protection to private sector

Mattis predicts DoD will one day offer cyber protection to private sector

The top Pentagon official is predicting that the US government will offer cyber protection to the private sector and even individuals in light of technological advances.
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Marine Corps F-35 flies first combat mission in Afghanistan

Marine Corps F-35 flies first combat mission in Afghanistan

The successful strike occurred Thursday morning in Afghanistan.
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Pentagon withdrawing large portion of missile defense systems from Middle East says report

Pentagon withdrawing large portion of missile defense systems from Middle East says report

The Pentagon has announced plans for removing defense systems from some Middle Eastern countries next month. Several military officials confirmed anonymously that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made the decision to withdraw four Patriot missile
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Watch The Pentagon Send The F-35 Into Combat For The First Time

Watch The Pentagon Send The F-35 Into Combat For The First Time

After years of anticipation, the Department of Defense has officially sent the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter into combat for the first time. A Marine Corps F-35B variant from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211,
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Here’s who is running the Pentagon’s acquisition and technology offices

Here’s who is running the Pentagon’s acquisition and technology offices

A quartet of new leaders have joined the Pentagon's R&E side in the last month, while the A&S structure rounds itself out.
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No shutdown: House finalizes FY19 military budget, and Trump drops his opposition

No shutdown: House finalizes FY19 military budget, and Trump drops his opposition

The president says he will sign the funding measure, which gives the military its full-year budget on schedule for the first time in a decade.
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The Pentagon Is Finally Ready To Send The F-35 Into Combat

The Pentagon Is Finally Ready To Send The F-35 Into Combat

The U.S. is finally ready to take its most expensive fighter jets into battle, as the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters sailing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex may soon be called to
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Lead lawmakers urge DoD to halt new payment rule

Lead lawmakers urge DoD to halt new payment rule

Mac Thornberry and Jim Inhofe are siding with the defense industry, against the Pentagon.
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Nominee to lead US Forces Korea says pause in exercises there has hurt readiness

Nominee to lead US Forces Korea says pause in exercises there has hurt readiness

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel some military exercises with South Korea led to a “slight degradation” in American readiness, according to the president’s nominee to lead U.S. Forces...
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US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

US State Dept. approves aircraft support package for Taiwan amid China tension

The approval is likely to further inflame relations between the United States and China.
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Why Democrats are questioning the past ethics of admiral nominated to lead US Southern Command

Why Democrats are questioning the past ethics of admiral nominated to lead US Southern Command

Vice Adm. Craig Faller has been linked to a defense contractor at the center of a sweeping Navy bribery scandal.
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Bolton: US troops staying in Syria until Iran leaves

Bolton: US troops staying in Syria until Iran leaves

U.S. will keep a military presence in Syria until Iran withdraws its forces, says Trump national security advisor.
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Duncan Hunter won’t face trial before the November election

Duncan Hunter won’t face trial before the November election

The Republican congressman is facing indictment on charges he misused campaign funds for personal purchases.
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Former Symantec boss takes over the Defense Innovation Unit

Former Symantec boss takes over the Defense Innovation Unit

"My fundamental view is we are in a technology race. We didn’t ask to be in this, but we’re in it," the new DIU head warns.
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Defense industry fighting DoD proposal to change performance payments

Defense industry fighting DoD proposal to change performance payments

DoD's Ellen Lord has a way to incentivize better contract performance, but industry is rebelling.
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This week in Congress: The defense scramble before mid term elections

This week in Congress: The defense scramble before mid term elections

Defense and veterans hearings on Capitol Hill for the week of Sept. 24.
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New head of Strategic Capabilities Office wants to focus on AI

New head of Strategic Capabilities Office wants to focus on AI

The Pentagon's "surprising technology" office has a new lead.
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