Conflict of Interest

‘Pro-market’ Lexington Institute arguing in favor of subsidies for donors
Boeing F-18 Super Hornet jet fighter / AP

An ostensibly market-oriented nonprofit group defending a controversial federal program to finance the purchase of U.S. exports is financially supported by top defense contractors that benefit from the program.

Report: F-35 Delay to Harm U.S. Warfighting Ability

Costs skyrocketing as reliability plunges
An F-35B fighter jet / AP

A major delay in the shipment of new F-35 fighter jets is expected to diminish U.S. “warfighting capabilities” across the globe and force the Pentagon to significantly boost funding for the plane at a time when military leaders say they cannot afford to, according to a new government report.

Dempsey: Threat of Conflict in Asia Increasing

U.S. Military decline hastens global instability
Gen. Martin Dempsey / AP

The risk of war in Asia will increase over the next 10 years as U.S. military forces struggle to maintain their edge amid declining budgets and increasing threats, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lost in Translation

Review: ‘Code Name: Johnny Walker’
Navy SEALs / AP

“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details,” Roald Dahl informed his young readers. And even if a person’s life is exceptional, there’s still no guarantee it will be worth reading.

Defense Official Denies SEAL Team Six Operation Was Compromised

Families left without answers on operation that left 30 American troops dead
U.S. Navy Seals

The 2011 downing of a helicopter in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 30 American troops—including 17 Navy SEALs, a number of whom were members of the SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden—was not compromised but did suffer from faulty planning, a defense official said on Thursday.

Budget Cuts to Slash Army Size to Smallest Since World War Two

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Monday it would slash the Army to pre-World War Two levels, eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft and reduce military benefits in order to meet 2015 spending caps, setting up an election-year fight with Congress over defense priorities.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, discussing the Pentagon’s plan for meeting its new spending caps ahead of the formal budget presentation on March 4, advanced a number of ideas that have been attempted in the past but rejected by Congress or are likely to be unpopular in a congressional election year.

Pentagon To Boost Missile Defense Spending By Over $4 Billion

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department plans to ask Congress for $4.5 billion in extra missile defense funding over the next five years as part of the fiscal 2015 budget request, say congressional sources and an expert.

Missile, Cyber Threats Endanger Israel

Israel developing anti-missile systems to counter threat
An Israeli soldier is seen next to an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery / AP

JERUSALEM – Some 170,000 rockets and missiles are currently aimed at Israel’s cities from Arab countries in the region, the head of Israeli Military Intelligence, Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said this week.