Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes

By Jim Garamone Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told said her office is pushing the responsibility to restore America’s overmatch against any possible foe out to the services. For the last two years, the national defense authorization acts have given new tools to…

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Defence Secretary welcomes US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to the UK

March 31, 2017 – Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon welcomed Secretary Jim Mattis to London today for his first visit to the UK as US Defense Secretary. They reviewed a number of defence and security issues, including the need for NATO modernization and increased defence spending by all members, progress in the fight against extremism, including Daesh in Iraq and Syria, and joint equipment and defence trade programs. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: We have no closer friend than the United States and across the globe our nations are…

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Mattis Reaffirms US Commitment to NATO

By Cheryl Pellerin February 16, 2017 – NATO arose out of strategic necessity and the alliance must evolve in response to the new strategic reality, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today during a press conference after the Defense Ministerial meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels. Mattis is traveling in Europe this week on his second international trip as secretary. After leaving Brussels, Mattis will travel to the Munich Security Conference in Germany where he will hold a series of meetings with key international counterparts. During the press conference the secretary…

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Mattis, Canadian Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon

February 6, 2017 – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Canada’s Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan at the Pentagon today, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement. It was Mattis’ first time hosting a defense counterpart as secretary of defense, Davis said. Mattis and Sajjan reaffirmed the U.S.-Canada defense relationship, emphasizing their commitments to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and continental defense, and agreeing to deepen cooperation to protect North America, noting that 2018 will be NORAD’s 60th anniversary, Davis said. Mattis addressed enhancing North American…

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Mattis Takes Oath as 26th Defense Secretary

January 23, 2017 – By a 98-1 vote, the Senate confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th secretary of defense Jan. 20, and Vice President Michael R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward. R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward. Mattis is the first retired general officer to hold the position since General of the Army George C. Marshall in the early 1950s. Congress passed a waiver for the retired four-star general to serve in the position, because law requires former service…

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