China, Russia Nearing Status as U.S. Nuclear Peers, Stratcom Commander Says

July 30, 2020 – For the first time, the United States will face two peer competitors with nuclear capabilities — China and Russia — by the end of this decade, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said. Speaking today at the Nuclear Deterrence Forum sponsored by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute, Navy Adm. Charles A. Richard discussed the rapid…

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U.S. Shipbuilding Supplier Industrial Base Defends “Buy American” Legislation

July 16, 2020 – The American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA) released a Statement of Policy today defending and supporting the work of House Armed Services Committee (HASC) lawmakers who are working to pass legislation that will gradually strengthen existing “Buy American” requirements on the Defense Department’s largest Programs of Record (PoR). The legislation would include language in the 2021 defense…

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Defense Dept Linguist Charged with Espionage

March 4, 2020 – Mariam Taha Thompson, 61, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, was charged today in the District of Columbia with transmitting highly sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national with apparent connections to Hizballah, a foreign terrorist organization that has been so designated by the Secretary of State. According to the affidavit filed in support of a…

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DSCA Approves MK-48 Torpedo Conversion Kits for Netherlands

February 26, 2020 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of sixteen (16) MK-48 Mod 7 Advanced Technology (AT) torpedo conversion kits and related equipment for an estimated cost of $85 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on yesterday. The…

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