Israel boosts air force 'pack of leopards

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 12 (UPI) -- Israel's air force, the country's strategic spearhead that will carry out any pre-emptive strikes against Iran's nuclear network, is undergoing a technological revolution, military officials report.

More controversy mars Canada's F-35 purchase plans

OTTAWA, May 2 (UPI) -- Canada's participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program with a multibillion-dollar future purchase is becoming embroiled in more controversy.

Questions raised about one of Obama's defense picks

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- William Lynn, whose nomination as deputy secretary of defense will be considered Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee, may face questions about his record as the Pentagon's top budget manager under President Bill Clinton.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Next president should keep weapons systems that work well

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- As the next U.S. president and Congress wield necessary axes on out-of-control defense spending, there are a number of surprisingly successful and promising programs they should spare.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

U.S. Army's problems got worse under Bush

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Today, as it has each year since the mid-1990s, the U.S. Army is seeking to supplement its own budget with "extracurricular" money, mostly in the form of a "wish list" that it sends to Congress each year after an eagerly anticipated congressional request for it.
WINSLOW WHEELER, UPI Outside View Commentator

Army costs crunch -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The Congressional Budget Office says the inventory of the U.S. Army, especially its fleet of ground combat vehicles and armored personnel carriers, continues to shrink, even as the number of combat units has stabilized in the early 21st century.
WINSLOW WHEELER, UPI Outside View Commentator

U.S. Army shrinks despite $500B Bush boost

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Today, Army funding is as high as it has ever been since the end of World War II; at this peak level of spending, the force structure is smaller than it has ever been.
WINSLOW WHEELER, UPI Outside View Commentator

USAF costs said to outstrip performance

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Hardly a single one of the U.S. Air Force's claims of extraordinary success for its "silver bullets" and other high-cost and complex systems in its aerial arsenal was able to stand up to serious, independent scrutiny.
WINSLOW WHEELER, UPI Outside View Commentator

Air Force woes -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Since the start of President George W. Bush's first administration in 2001, while remaining shrunken, the overall U.S. Air Force inventory has aged further.
WINSLOW WHEELER, UPI Outside View Commentator

Air Force woes -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- Since early 2001 the U.S. Air Force has received more than $200 billion above and beyond what was then planned for it in the medium-term future. This $200 billion "plus-up" does not include any of the approximate $80 billion that the Air Force has received to support its operations in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
WINSLOW WHEELER, UPI Outside View Commentator

Navy costs crisis

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Since 2001 the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have received $174 billion more than was then anticipated for the period 2001-2009. This "plus-up," which does not include the additional $95 billion the Navy and Marine Corps also received to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has not helped the Navy on its key force structure measure, the number of ships in the active duty combat fleet.
WINSLOW WHEELER, UPI Outside View Commentator

Military Matters: Reform history -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- "Military Reform: A Reference Handbook," by Winslow Wheeler and Lawrence Korb, is an important and enjoyable guide to the U.S. military reform movement that started in the 1970s, peaked in the 1980s and died by the early 1990s.

Military Matters: Reform history -- Part 1

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- When the world was young and hope dared live in Washington, a small group of people put together something called the Military Reform Movement. Its purpose was to measure U.S. defense policies and programs by the standard of what works in combat rather than who benefits financially. Launched in the 1970s, it peaked in the early 1980s and was gone by 1990. Why did it fail? It failed because, in a contest between ideas and money, the money always wins.

U.S. Central Command cuts staff size

TAMPA, Fla., March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Central Command plans to reduce the staff at its headquarters in Florida by about 1,100 people, a report said Thursday.

Defense Focus: F-35 fantasies -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Air Force generals and air marshals have often despised or underrated the importance of tactical support of ground troops. The assumption that the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter can carry out this role in addition to its air combat superiority and fighter-bomber missions may prove to be a striking example of this old, stubborn mindset.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
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