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Staff Correspondent Caroline Houck is a staff correspondent at Defense One. She previously was an Atlantic Media fellow.
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House Lawmakers Close Pentagon Budget Hearing to the Public

April 23, 2018 For the first time in at least eight years, House appropriators will grill the Pentagon’s top civilian and uniformed leader about their budget request behind closed doors, not in an open hearing. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford will sit before...

The Navy Wants a Better Way to Keep China’s Nose Out of Its Contracts

April 20, 2018 The other day, the U.S. Navy was about to issue a contract — nothing remarkable for an organization that awards dozens each week. Then the contracting office realized that the specific division of the company they wanted to work with was in a joint venture with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei....

The US Navy Wants a Better Way to Keep China’s Nose Out of Its Contracts

April 19, 2018 The other day, the U.S. Navy was about to issue a contract — nothing remarkable for an organization that awards dozens each week. Then the contracting office realized that the specific division of the company they wanted to work with was in a joint venture with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei....

Three Things to Watch from the PACOM’s (Likely) Next Commander

April 17, 2018 The man tapped to lead U.S. Pacific Command says the region contains four of the five threats identified in the National Defense Strategy — and one of the most promising strategic relationships. “I think the historic opportunity for the United States going forward is probably with India,” Adm. Philip Davidson...

Lawmakers Ask: Where’s the Broader Syria Strategy?

April 16, 2018 Democrats widely questioned President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack, calling it “unconstitutional” and “reckless.” But lawmakers on national security committees — even those endorsing the Friday night strikes, and some in the president’s own party — said the U.S. needed a...

Lawmakers Ask: Where’s the Broader Syria Strategy?

April 13, 2018 Democrats widely questioned President Donald Trump’s decision to strike Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack, calling it “unconstitutional” and “reckless.” But lawmakers on national security committees — even those endorsing the Friday night strikes, and some in the president’s own party — said the U.S. needed a...

Mattis Confirms Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, But No Trump Decision to Strike Yet

April 13, 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers he believes a chemical weapons attack occurred in Syria last weekend, but the Trump administration was still assessing conclusive evidence and deciding how to respond, including, whether to attack Syria with U.S. military strikes,as of Thursday. The world has been on high-alert for a...

Special Operators Are Getting a Bit More Much-Needed Rest

April 13, 2018 U.S. special operations forces, long overtaxed by 16 years of war, are getting a bit more time between deployments, component commanders told lawmakers Wednesday. The Pentagon’s goal of having active duty troops spend just one day deployed for each two days at home — what it calls a 1:2 dwell...

Mattis Confirms Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria, But No Trump Decision to Strike Yet

April 12, 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers he believes a chemical weapons attack occurred in Syria last weekend, but the Trump administration was still assessing conclusive evidence and deciding how to respond, including, whether to attack Syria with U.S. military strikes,as of Thursday. The world has been on high-alert for a...

Special Operators Are Getting a Bit More Much-Needed Rest

April 12, 2018 U.S. special operations forces, long overtaxed by 16 years of war, are getting a bit more time between deployments, component commanders told lawmakers Wednesday. The Pentagon’s goal of having active duty troops spend just one day deployed for each two days at home — what it calls a 1:2 dwell...