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‘We Should Have Been There’: Marine General Laments the State of the Amphib Navy

A failure to deploy in February illustrates the low readiness of the nation’s amphibious warships, a Marine three-star tells Defense One.

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What Have US Special Operators Learned from the Ukraine War?

The Army, for one, is considering creating a special-operations drone specialty.

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Hiring for the Foreign Service Is Getting an Overhaul

The nearly 100-year-old test will play less of a role in picking candidates.

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NATO Membership for Sweden Would Be ‘A Small Step For The Military, But A Giant Leap For The Political System’

It would be just a “technical step” for the militaries to formally join, a Swedish military official said.

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Pentagon Reorganizes Industrial Policy Office to Shore Up Defense Firms, Supply Chain

The restructure gives two new deputies to the assistant secretary for industrial policy—and "dissolves" another.

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Biden Announces Third $800M Weapons Package To Ukraine To Help Donbas Fight

The White House will ask Congress for more money next week to keep weapons flowing.

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The Navy’s New Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan Is More Like a Menu

With uncertainty rising at home and abroad, service leaders decided to offer Congress a trio of scenarios.

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Biden’s No. 2 Defense Industry Policy Official Leaves Post

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Poland Won’t Recognize Russian Gains in Ukraine, Ambassador Says

The ambassador said European allies will face “tremendous pressure” to return relations with Russia to normal after the war.

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Aviator Cancer Bill Would Push VA to Study Toxins Air Crews Faced, Assess Links to Cancers

Ground crew and flight crew cancers would be reviewed. So would the fuels, chemicals, and emissions they were exposed to.

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Biden Rejects Unanimous NSC ‘More Often Than You Might Think’

“We will prepare consensus recommendations and he’ll say, ‘I don’t buy that,’” Jake Sullivan said.

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US Rushes $800M In Weapons, Helicopters to Ukraine as Russia Coils for New Offensive Into the Donbas

“We cannot rest now,” says Biden, as Pentagon officials describe “a sense of urgency” to field the most advanced arms it’s offered Ukraine yet, as quickly as possible.

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Biden Asks India to ‘Do More’ to Stop Russia and Help Ukraine

In a virtual meeting, the president pushed India’s Modi to cut Russian energy purchases, while the White House kept a diplomatically polite facade.

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What Would Ukrainian ‘Victory’ Look Like? GOP Lawmaker Asks

Defense Secretary Austin was just the latest government official to be accused of swerving questions about how the war in Ukraine will end.

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Marines Push Light Amphib Warship While Navy Secretary Awaits Study

“I'm deeply committed to the LAW. I just want to make sure that it has the right balance,” Del Toro said.

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Are US Troops Still Training Ukrainians?

The military’s top officials did not clear things up on Tuesday.

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