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New Pentagon head to push NATO on military spending

Jun 24, 2019
Mark Esper will tell NATO partners to keep boosting defense spending.
A car drives past graffiti reading "Thank you NATO" and featuring the U.S. flag near the village of Stagovo, Kosovo, on March 24.

Trump trying to fill Pentagon posts

Jan 2, 2018
This week, the Senate is set to vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee for Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. But like many of Trump’s picks, John Rood is a controversial nominee.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Plenty of blame to go around on high level Trump administration vacancies

Mar 6, 2017
Some agendas could get stuck at the top of the pipeline.

The U.S. military is kinda like Walmart, here's how

Aug 24, 2016
The military got big and it's hard to scale back.
"The military", said Rosa Brooks, "has become the nation's one-stop shop."
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How big a stimulus is a stealth bomber contract?

Oct 28, 2015
Northrop Grumman's contract will fuel economies, but not like in the past.

Lockheed Martin reaches deal to buy Sikorsky Aircraft

Jul 20, 2015
The world’s largest defense contractor could gain more influence with the Pentagon.

Lessons From the F-35

Apr 14, 2015
How did the Pentagon’s F-35 fighter jet program, which was originally thought up as a way to cut costs, end up becoming the most expensive weapons program in history? Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says policymakers boxed themselves into this expensive fighter jet. “By canceling the F-22 air superiority fighter,” […]

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Defense nominee's record as 'Buyer in Chief'

Dec 31, 2014
Ashton Carter oversaw Pentagon acquisitions from 2009 to 2011 and tried to trim wasteful spending.

Why the Pentagon is preparing for climate change

Oct 13, 2014
The Pentagon sees climate change ratcheting tensions in already problematic regions.

ISIS and the future of the Tomahawk missile

Sep 24, 2014
The U.S. launched at least 47 of them at militant strongholds in Syria on Monday.