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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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Space Corps Is At Least ‘Three to Five Years Away,’ Its Congressional Champion Says

March 1, 2018 The proposal for a U.S. Space Corps isn’t dead, but any action is probably at least several years away. That’s leaving the United States in a “really bad situation” as Russia and China race to put new capabilities in orbit, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, the idea’s strongest proponent on...

Russia ‘Incredibly Destabilizing’ as Syrian Conflict Threatens Region, Top U.S. General Warns

February 28, 2018 Russia does not want — or is unable — to help end the Syrian war, and instead has become an “incredibly destabilizing” force in the region, the top U.S. general for the Middle East warned Congress. Gen. Joseph Votel’s blunt assessment comes just one month after Secretary of State Rex...

Russia ‘Incredibly Destabilizing’ as Syrian Conflict Threatens Region, Top US General Warns

February 27, 2018 Russia does not want — or is unable — to help end the Syrian war, and instead has become an “incredibly destabilizing” force in the region, the top U.S. general for the Middle East warned Congress. Gen. Joseph Votel’s blunt assessment comes just one month after Secretary of State Rex...

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...