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Katie Bo Williams

Senior National Security Correspondent Katie Bo Williams is the senior national security correspondent for Defense One, where she writes about defense, counterterror, NATO, nukes, and more. She previously covered intelligence and cybersecurity for The Hill, including in-depth reporting on the Russia investigations and military detention issues. Prior to her journalism career, Katie Bo worked in thoroughbred horse racing, helping breed, sell, and prepare the next generation of Kentucky Derby winners. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia. A native of Goochland County, Virginia, she now lives in D.C. and can usually be found haunting one of the various bookstores on Capitol Hill.
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Airstrikes accelerate in Somalia; Milcon target list, questioned; Offutt AFB, underwater; B-52s near Russia; And a bit more.

March 20, 2019 AFRICOM is averaging an airstrike in Somalia every three days. That’s 28 strikes in 78 days so far in 2019 — more than double last year’s pace — and doesn’t include the latest strike Tuesday, which AFRICOM says killed another three Shabaab fighters. Full 2019 dataset via Long War Journal,...

French MOD Rebukes Trump Administration for Arms-Sales Focus

March 18, 2019 A senior French defense official offered a sharp rebuke to the United States for what she described as an increasingly transactional approach to allies. “NATO’s solidarity clause is called Article 5, not Article F-35,” French armed forces minister Florence Parly said Monday morning at the Atlantic Council during a brief...

Acting SecDef: ‘We Won’t Do Cost-Plus-50’

March 14, 2019 Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan shot down reports that the White House may ask allies to pay 150 percent of the costs of basing U.S. forces on their soil, a proposal that has been criticized by lawmakers and former senior defense officials as “a colossal mistake” and “pure idiocy.” Those...

Acting SecDef: ‘We Won’t Do Cost-Plus-50’

March 14, 2019 Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan shot down reports that the White House may ask allies to pay 150 percent of the costs of basing U.S. forces on their soil, a proposal that has been criticized by lawmakers and former senior defense officials as “a colossal mistake” and “pure idiocy.” Those...

Toward ‘Fort Trump’: US Makes Poland a ‘Serious Robust Offer’

March 13, 2019 U.S. Defense Undersecretary for Policy John Rood met Wednesday in Warsaw with Polish defense officials to negotiate a permanent presence of U.S. forces in the former Soviet satellite, a project long sought by Poland that it has pitched to the U.S. as “Fort Trump.” Proposals for some kind of U.S....

Pushback on 2020 budget; Slow walk into great-power era; 3,000 ISIS fighters surrender; US-Ukraine intel sharing; And a bit more.

March 13, 2019 HASC chair: “bipartisan” opposition to Trump’s wall funds. One day after Budget Request 2020 went to Congress, the newish chairman of the House Armed Services Committee outlined a few of the ways the legislative branch will push back. No. 1: there is bipartisan agreement that the Pentagon budget should not...

Lawmakers Question Pentagon’s Use of ‘Slush Fund’ to Skirt Budget Caps

March 13, 2019 Nearly one-quarter of the Pentagon’s 2020 budget request would come through an account intended to fund unexpected overseas operations, a fiscal maneuver expected to be the most hotly debated item in upcoming congressional debate. Pentagon officials said the White House ordered the maneuver, which allows the $750 billion request to...

Lawmakers Question Pentagon’s Use of ‘Slush Fund’ to Skirt Budget Caps

March 12, 2019 Nearly one-quarter of the Pentagon’s 2020 budget request would come through an account intended to fund unexpected overseas operations, a fiscal maneuver expected to be the most hotly debated item in upcoming congressional debate. Pentagon officials said the White House ordered the maneuver, which allows the $750 billion request to...

White House Proposes Loan Fund to Help Allies Buy US Arms

March 11, 2019 The Trump administration wants to make it easier for partners and allies abroad to buy U.S. weapons and other defense equipment in an effort to draw them away from shopping with China and Russia, reviving a failed effort from the early days of the administration. A State Department official said...

BREAKING: SecAF Wilson quitting; WH plan charges allies for protection; Captain Marvel’s DC opening with the USAF; And a bit more.

March 8, 2019 Developing: U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is quitting to pursue a career in the world of academia on May 31, Reuters reports in a decision few Pentagon-watchers openly predicted would happen quite so soon. News of Wilson’s departure comes a day after an Oval Office meeting between President Trump...