Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday that President Donald Trump has accelerated the international campaign against the Islamic State by directing U.S.-led coalition forces to surround enemy fighters in their strongholds before advancing to attack them.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have inked a $110 billion arms deal, the largest in American history, according to senior Trump administration officials who described the agreement as part of a major effort to counter Iranian threats in the region.
The conservative Heritage Foundation is proposing an $86 billion increase in defense spending, recommending that lawmakers partially offset the cost through a sharp cut to the Air Force’s planned purchase of more than 1,700 F-35A fighter jets.
Donald Trump’s administration will end the defense sequester and direct U.S. military leaders to develop defensive and offensive cyber capabilities to bolster the armed forces.
Russia successfully flight tested a new missile capable of knocking out strategic U.S. communications and navigation satellites, according to Pentagon officials.
A Defense Department study that revealed $125 billion in administrative waste at the Pentagon was suppressed by senior officials who worried Congress would slash the defense budget, the Washington Post reported Monday night.
The European Union on Monday agreed on a defense plan that could see it sending rapid response forces abroad for the first time, as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of allies appeared to galvanize Europe into revamping its strategy.