Trump Calls for End to ‘Dangerous’ Budget Caps on Defense Spending

President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan look on

President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged lawmakers to repeal congressionally-mandated budget caps on defense spending, calling the law “dangerous” to the U.S. military.

In his first State of the Union address to Congress, Trump demanded a long-term budget deal to ensure the United States maintains its military edge over adversaries, which he said must include the maintenance and modernization of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

China Reveals Images of New Hypersonic Strike Aircraft

China has disclosed the first images of secret hypersonic strike aircraft that are being developed to deliver nuclear warheads through U.S. missile defenses. State-run CCTV on Oct. 8 broadcast images of four different vehicles or missiles that U.S. intelligence agencies believe are mockups of hypersonic strike vehicles, including one known as DF-ZF.

Pentagon Chief Asks Congress Not to Hinder Cyber Defense

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U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis this week asked Congress to halt pending legislation that would compel the U.S. to alert foreign governments when the Pentagon has decided to combat certain cyber attacks, according to a letter sent to lawmakers.