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Pentagon & Industry Show the Value of Performance-Based Logistics

The Trump Administration, Congress and the Department of Defense (DoD) are united in their desire to reform the way defense resources are spent. While much of the public face of acquisition reform has focused of late on reducing the costs of major acquisition programs, the real savings will come from how the Pentagon manages its sustainment activities. More than 70 percent of the life cycle costs of a weapons system are experienced during sustainment.

Why America's THAAD Deployment to South Korea Is Making China Go Crazy

The U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) deployed to South Korea earlier this month and while the missile-muting shield is meant to keep North Korean nuclear ambitions in check it is also driving the Chinese to distraction.

 Beijing sees THAAD as an escalation against their own missile forces and have argued and fought against the system’s deployment since the idea was broached as North Korea began slinging its rockets farther.

American analysts and other experts says the Chinese may have a point.

Revealed: North Korea’s Legendary Special Operations Assassins (Who Almost Started World War III)

Thirty-one shadows crept up to the fence in the cold winter night, cut it and slipped through, walking into the American side of the demilitarized zone that buffers North and South Korea. It was January 1968 and the North Korean special operations troops were headed south.

The men were from the 124th Army Unit, an elite military organization charged with carrying out guerilla operations against the North’s sworn enemies to the south.

U.S. Marine Corps Is Getting a New Amphibious Combat Vehicle (And It’s a Big Deal)

The Marine Corps future plan for amphibious assault craft consists of a nuanced and multi-faceted plan involving the production of several more vehicles. Following the ACV 1.1, the Corps plans to engineer and produce a new ACV 1.2 variant with increased combat and technical mission abilities.

“We are working on requirements for ACV 1.2, which will be informed by our ACV 1.1 experience,” Mullins said.

Why Is Australia Building Such Big Submarines?

Everyone agrees that we here in Australia should, whenever possible, buy military equipment based closely on existing designs rather than new ones. Doing so results in lower costs, lower risks and quicker delivery. So why aren’t we going for a boat closer to an existing design for the Future Submarine? The key answer is the size of the boat we’re after; no one has an ‘off the shelf’ design for a conventional boat the size we want.

Why Russia and China Should Fear America's New Columbia-Class Submarines

The Navy has recently advanced development of a new class of nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines to be used as undersea strategic deterrents --  to ensure a second-strike nuclear ability from beneath the ocean around the world in the event of a catastrophic first-strike on the continental US. 

 Ship specifications for the new Columbia-Class submarines have been completed and the program is now entering detailed design phase and initial production contract, service officials said.

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