July 21, 2019

Tight Deadline to Get Esper Confirmed

Mark Esper

The White House needs to work fast to install a permanent Pentagon chief. Acting DefSec Mark Esper, the president’s pick for the top defense post, is not permitted to serve in his current role beyond July 30.

‘Lightning Carrier’ Deployed to Pacific

'Lightning Carrier' Deployed to Pacific

Amphibious assault ship USS America is on its way to the Pacific. The US Navy says the security situation in the region demands that it shifts its most capable ships into the area.

Can FY19 Budget Staunch R&D Spending Decline?

R&D

Congressional and Pentagon leaders are concerned that the steadily declining portion of the military budget spent on research and development is exacerbating the threat that the US is losing its technological edge against its competitors and enemies. The Senate Appropriation Committee looks to boost R&D spending in the FY19 budget.