Pentagon’s Top Tester: Littoral Ships ‘Have A Near-Zero Chance Of Completing A 30-Day Mission’   The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship program is behind schedule, hundreds of millions over budget, and incapable of conducting most of the basic missions it was intended to carry out. Senators on Thursday said they wanted to know why. “Like […]

Dec 02, 2016 EXCLUSIVE: Trump’s pick for secretary of defense accused by ex-Army Special Forces officer of ‘leaving my men to die’ in Afghanistan A former Army Special Forces officer is accusing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be defense secretary, of “leaving my men to die” after they were hit […]

Why Officers Can’t Easily Become Pentagon Heads Stars and Stripes By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Associated Press | Published: December 2, 2016 WASHINGTON – Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary, will need more than the usual Senate confirmation before being able to take office. U.S. law states that a […]

Mattis As Defense Secretary: Wartime Experience For A Country At War · December 1, 2016 December 1, 2016 | GEN Jack Keane General Jack Keane Former Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army Late Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would appoint retired Marine General James Mattis – nicknamed “Mad Dog” – as Secretary of Defense. […]

“Every presidency is defined only partially by the issues that they campaigned on and the agenda they had coming into office. More often than not, however, we measure the mettle of presidencies by unexpected crises that they must deal with. For President Bush, this was clearly the terrorist attacks of 9/11,” Victor Cha, Korea chair […]

Comments just below and in bold are by/from Dave Maxwell: Of course the big news is establishing Cyber Command as a combatant command.   However, there is some very interesting language regarding SOF in the NDAA Conference Report (not the final bill).  As a friend relayed to me this is the most progressive language for […]

Trump Has Chosen Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis For Secretary Of Defense The Washington Post · by Dan Lamothe · December 1, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than […] Destructive Hacks Strike Saudi Arabia, Posing Challenge to Trump Michael Riley @MichaelRileyDCMore stories by Michael Riley   December 1, 2016 — 3:46 AM EST December 1, 2016 — 6:21 AM EST Multiple attacks emanated from Iran, digital evidence suggests Mid-November breaches wipe data at Saudi air authority, others State-sponsored hackers have conducted a series […]

Excerpt: Mearsheimer is right to conclude that rising China does seek to dominate Asia and that the U.S. should seek to prevent Beijing from becoming a regional hegemon, but the claim that “no country threatens to dominate either Europe or the Gulf” and that this is a “blessing” suggests that his advocacy of realist theory […]

Manila Placed On Highest Terror Alert Police raise alert level following arrest over Monday’s attempted bombing of U.S. embassy ENLARGE Members of the bomb disposal unit of the Philippine National Police preparing to detonate the bomb found near the U.S. Embassy in Manila Monday. PHOTO:XINHUA/ZUMA PRESS By CRIS LARANO Dec. 1, 2016 2:04 a.m. ET […]