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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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New Report Notes Erosion of Pentagon’s Technological Advantage

February 22, 2018 The U.S.’s latest national security documents aren’t alone in warning that many of the technical military advantages America and its allies have taken for granted the last two decades are eroding. More evidence is marshalled in the latest edition of The Military Balance, an annual quantitative assessment of the world’s...

New Report Notes Erosion of Pentagon’s Technological Advantage

February 22, 2018 The U.S.’s latest national security documents aren’t alone in warning that many of the technical military advantages America and its allies have taken for granted the last two decades are eroding. More evidence is marshalled in the latest edition of The Military Balance, an annual quantitative assessment of the world’s...

It Could Get Harder to Track US War Spending

February 20, 2018 Born as a budget-process necessity, the Pentagon’s war fund — né 2001 as the “emergency supplemental,” rechristened Overseas Contingency Operations in 2010 — quickly came under fire by critics who said it was used to hide the cost of conflict, and in the recent decade, even of basic base-building and...

Beijing Has Started Giving Latin American Generals ‘Lavish,’ All-Expenses-Paid Trips to China

February 15, 2018 China has started to woo America’s nearest allies by funding “lavish” trips for Latin American military officers to live and study across the Pacific. Beijing is courting officers from the region, offering to cover the cost of military education and travel, Adm. Kurt Tidd, the commander of U.S. Southern Command,...

Trump Proposes 10% Bump for the Pentagon — Then Four Flat Years

February 13, 2018 The Trump administration is proposing $3.6 trillion in Pentagon spending over the next five years, a budget that defense officials said positions the military to better compete with China and Russia. But despite the sharp defense spending increases proposed on Monday, the massive military buildup of warships and combat aircraft...

Trump Proposes 10% Bump for the Pentagon — Then Four Flat Years

February 12, 2018 The Trump administration is proposing $3.6 trillion in Pentagon spending over the next five years, a budget that defense officials said positions the military to better compete with China and Russia. But despite the sharp defense spending increases proposed on Monday, the massive military buildup of warships and combat aircraft...

Two-Year Budget Deal Would Give Pentagon $700B in 2018

February 8, 2018 Senators struck a budget deal Wednesday that would provide steep increases in U.S. defense spending over the next two years — up more than 15 percent in 2018 alone, the largest boost in more than a decade and a half. The full agreement remains to be hammered out between the...

Two-Year Budget Deal Would Raise Caps, Give Pentagon $700B in 2018

February 7, 2018 Senators struck a budget deal Wednesday that would provide steep increases in U.S. defense spending over the next two years — up more than 15 percent in 2018 alone, the largest boost in more than a decade and a half. The full agreement remains to be hammered out between the...

Mattis: New Sea-Launched Cruise Missile Is a Bargaining Chip

February 6, 2018 The U.S. plans to develop a new sea-launched cruise missile as a bargaining chip, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today. Russia has developed and deployed nuclear weapons that violate the bilateral Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and the U.S. wants to nudge it back into compliance. But Moscow isn’t likely...

What ‘Buy America’ Looks Like at an Overseas Air Show

February 6, 2018 Last weekend, U.S. Ambassador Tina Kaidanow arrived in Singapore for the country’s big air show. It’s the first time in years that the United States has sent its top diplomat in charge of foreign arms sales to the biennial event, evidence of the Trump administration’s push to boost U.S. arms...