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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 Speaker: Budget Fights Have ‘Pushed Our Military Past the Breaking Point’

12:32 PM ET “Rebuilding the military” is the “highest priority today,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday, bringing national security to the fore as a government shutdown loomed. “We have simply pushed our military past the breaking point,” said Ryan, R-Wisc., in a brief talk on defense policy at the Center for Strategic...

Pentagon Denies Gag Order, Says ‘Services Are Allowed to Talk About Readiness’

January 12, 2018 The day after a member of Congress criticized the Pentagon for a lack of transparency, its spokesperson said the building is committed to communicating with Congress and is not restricting what its leaders tell the public. The lawmaker, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., was referring to guidance sent to military leaders...

Pentagon Denies Gag Order, Says ‘Services Are Allowed to Talk About Readiness’

January 11, 2018 The day after a member of Congress criticized the Pentagon for a lack of transparency, its spokesperson said the building is committed to communicating with Congress and is not restricting what its leaders tell the public. The lawmaker, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., was referring to guidance sent to military leaders...

The Pentagon’s Secrecy Is Undermining Its Quest for a Bigger Budget

January 11, 2018 If Pentagon leaders are seeking someone to blame for their budget woes, they need not look across the frozen Potomac to Capitol Hill, lawmakers say. Because as the military becomes less transparent, convincing Congress to fund a $700-billion defense budget gets increasingly difficult. Last March, Chief of Naval Operations Adm....

The Pentagon’s Secrecy Is Undermining Its Quest for a Bigger Budget

January 10, 2018 If Pentagon leaders are seeking someone to blame for their budget woes, they need not look across the frozen Potomac to Capitol Hill, lawmakers say. Because as the military becomes less transparent, convincing Congress to fund a $700-billion defense budget gets increasingly difficult. Last March, Chief of Naval Operations Adm....

‘Surprising Capabilities’ Guru Tapped to Lead Air Force Acquisition

January 5, 2018 The Pentagon’s buyer-in-chief, who aims to improve overall military acquisition by mimicking its non-traditional weapons shops, is about to get some major help. That’s because the president today nominated Will Roper, the founding director of the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, to become the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for...

‘Surprising Capabilities’ Guru Tapped to Lead Air Force Acquisition

January 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s buyer-in-chief, who aims to improve overall military acquisition by mimicking its non-traditional weapons shops, is about to get some major help. That’s because the president today nominated Will Roper, the founding director of the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, to become the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for...

‘Surprising Capabilities’ Guru Tapped to Lead Air Force Acquisition

January 4, 2018 The Pentagon’s buyer-in-chief, who aims to improve overall military acquisition by mimicking its non-traditional weapons shops, is about to get some major help. That’s because the president today nominated Will Roper, the founding director of the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, to become the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for...

Where We're Headed in 2018

January 1, 2018 In lieu of reviewing the top stories of the year gone by, Defense One presents a look ahead. Here’s what to expect in 2018. Commander in Chief Trump At 7:21 a.m. on New Year’s Day, you were probably still knocked out from the champagne after kissing 2017 goodbye. President Donald...

How Pakistan Is Responding to Trump

December 27, 2017 Pakistan once was the focal point of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s attention, when Adm. Mike Mullen personally made it his mission for years to keep U.S. relations open and active with Islamabad’s top general and intelligence chief. But in the years since those players left office,...