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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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Defense Hawks Soak Up Defense Spending Win. Now What?

March 22, 2018 Defense hawks championed the passage of a $1.3 trillion spending bill in the House that would dramatically increase funding for the military, nearly seven years after federal spending caps were put in place. Members of Congress on Thursday approved an omnibus appropriations package that includes than $650 billion for the...

Senators Signal Resistance to Proposed Low-Yield Nukes

March 21, 2018 Two of the latest Nuclear Posture Review’s most headline-grabbing proposals — to develop a lower-yield ballistic-missile warhead and a new submarine-launched cruise missile — are running into resistance in a key Senate committee. Several Democratic senators on the Armed Services Committee, which would have to approve the new weapons’ development,...

Senators Signal Resistance to Proposed Low-Yield Nukes

March 21, 2018 Two of the latest Nuclear Posture Review’s most headline-grabbing proposals — to develop a lower-yield ballistic-missile warhead and a new submarine-launched cruise missile — are running into resistance in a key Senate committee. Several Democratic senators on the Armed Services Committee, which would have to approve the new weapons’ development,...

Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

March 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the military service — and a concept that his leaders at the Pentagon oppose. Air Force leaders, who oversee the bulk of the military’s satellites and launches, spent the last year fighting...

Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

March 14, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the military service — and a concept that his leaders at the Pentagon oppose. Air Force leaders, who oversee the bulk of the military’s satellites and launches, spent the last year fighting...

Here’s What the Services Want from Congress This Year

March 14, 2018 When service leaders visit Capitol Hill, there’s one thing lawmakers always want to know: What can they do to make the Pentagon buy weapons faster? But that’s not what currently needs legislative attention, the secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force said Monday. So what does? Personnel policies, spending...

Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

March 13, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the military service — and a concept that his leaders at the Pentagon oppose. Air Force leaders, who oversee the bulk of the military’s satellites and launches, spent the last year fighting...

Here’s What the Services Want from Congress This Year

March 13, 2018 When service leaders visit Capitol Hill, there’s one thing lawmakers always want to know: What can they do to make the Pentagon buy weapons faster? But that’s not what currently needs legislative attention, the secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force said Monday. So what does? Personnel policies, spending...

‘We're Finding It Difficult to Hold’ Territory in Somalia: Senator

March 2, 2018 Not much has changed about Somalia’s prospects for long-term stability, says Sen. Jack Reed, since he first visited the streets of Mogadishu almost 25 years ago. Reed, now the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, visited the country anew last week. He found that although the 500 U.S....

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

March 2, 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...