A Visual Look Inside DoD’s 2015 Budget Proposal

Deciphering the Pentagon’s 2015 spending proposal has been difficult, but Defense News has some charts the could serve as a decoder ring. Out friends at VisualDoD helped us compile data from the Defense Department’s spending plan to create these detailed graphics, which tell a story on their own. First, the chart at the top of…

Highlights from Gates book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” is one of he most talked about items in Washington this week. We have a copy of the book and I’ll be posting excerpts throughout the day for your Friday reading pleasure so check back often. I’ll also be posting items on…

Marine Commandant Gen. Amos has an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos has his own F-35. Well, kind of. My buddy Gabe Starosta, who is the managing editor of Inside the Air Force (the same publication your blogger ran for several years), snapped this photo of a Marine Corps F-35B short take-off vertical landing jet while visiting Eglin Air Force Base…

US Navy Fleet Squadron receives 1st F-35C JSF

The U.S. Navy’s first operational squadron to operate the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) received its first aircraft on Saturday, June 22, when CF-6 arrived at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The aircraft was piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Tabert, an F-35C instructor pilot with Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), who landed after a two-hour flight…

HASC Subcommittees to Kick Off 2014 NDAA Sausage-Making

It’s that time again: National defense authorization act season. (Just loosen your tie and take a deep breath, nervous defense wonk, Intercepts is mildly confident your program is going to survive. Probably.) Following long-held custom, the House Armed Services Committee kicks things off this week with a series of subcommittee mark ups as the panel…