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Anthony Capaccio

North Korean ICBM Technology Still Falls Short, Top General Says

While North Korea is maintaining its torrid pace of weapons tests, there are at least three key hurdles Kim Jong Un’s regime still needs to overcome before it can field a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of threatening the U.S. mainland.

U.S. Defense Boost May Unravel Into a Deep Cut

U.S. national security funding may be slashed by about $65 billion in January as lawmakers forge ahead with a spending plan that collides with a budget ceiling under a six-year-old law.

Air Force Pressing Northrop Over a Damaged Radar, Extra Fees

The U.S. Air Force is actively pursuing the recovery of funds from Northrop Grumman Corp. in a dispute over upkeep of its Joint Stars surveillance aircraft, including damage to a radar during maintenance, according to a service spokesman.

Aircraft Carrier Trump Will Celebrate Still Needs Lots of Work

President Donald Trump is scheduled to preside over the commissioning this week of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, even though it won’t be ready for its first combat deployment for at least four years, according to congressional auditors.

Navy Fix on Pilots' Oxygen Shortage Seen Stalled by Red Tape

The Navy’s hunt for a solution to its top aviation safety issue -- oxygen deprivation and loss of cockpit cabin pressure in its training aircraft and fighters -- is hampered by communications breakdowns between engineers and pilots, according to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mattis Says U.S., North Korea Not Near War After ICBM Test

North Korea’s launch of a missile capable of reaching the U.S. doesn’t necessarily bring the two nations closer to war, Defense Secretary James Mattis said, even as President Donald Trump announced that he’s weighing some "pretty severe things" in response.

Senator Vows to Block Arms Sales Until Qatar Crisis Eased

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he’ll block U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and their neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council to prod them toward ending a standoff among critical American allies in the region.

Missile Threats Surging Worldwide, U.S. Defense Study Finds

Technology for ballistic and cruise missiles is advancing in countries from North Korea and Iran to Russia and China, increasing potential threats to the U.S. even if they don’t carry nuclear warheads, according to a new Pentagon report.

The $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier That Has Trouble With Planes

The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land.

Lockheed's Thaad Production Was Quietly Halted for Four Months

Production of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s Thaad -- the U.S. missile interceptor that’s spawned an international dispute with its deployment in South Korea -- was quietly halted for about four months last year because of a quality problem with a part.

Interceptor ‘Completely Obliterated’ Mock Missile, Pentagon Says

A Raytheon Co. warhead “completely obliterated” a mock intercontinental ballistic missile in a test that shows the U.S.’s $36 billion ground-based defense system can defeat any long-range threat North Korea or Iran can develop through 2020, a top Pentagon official said.

Trump's Pentagon Budget Delays Big Defense Buildup He Promised

President Donald Trump’s first full-year defense budget would delay big increases in multibillion-dollar weapons systems while putting more money into troop readiness and precision munitions, such as 100 additional Tomahawk cruise missiles from Raytheon Co.

North Korea Missile Test Seen as Step to Put U.S. in Range

North Korea moved one step closer to its “inevitable” goal of developing a long-range, nuclear-armed missile to directly threaten the U.S. through a successful test this month, according to the Pentagon’s intelligence service.

Corporate CEOs Descend on Riyadh for Trump's Summit

Defense contractors were the big winners, but President Donald Trump’s first day in Saudi Arabia yielded a slew of high-profile investment deals that showcased the administration’s ability to draw support from major corporations.

Saudis to Make $6 Billion Deal for Lockheed's Littoral Ships

The U.S. has reached a $6 billion deal for Saudi Arabia to buy four Littoral Combat Ships made by Lockheed Martin Corp. in a package of major arms purchases as President Donald Trump travels to the kingdom, people familiar with the transaction said.

Lockheed's Helicopter Seen Costing More, Taking Longer

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s new King Stallion helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps is likely to cost $144 million each, 4 percent more than projected by the service, and be ready to deploy a year later than planned, according to the Pentagon’s cost assessment office.

Trump Knows Striking North Korea Is Last Resort, McCain Says

President Donald Trump is well aware that a preemptive strike against North Korea must be a last resort, in large part because of the artillery Kim Jong Un’s regime could unleash to devastate South Korea’s capital, Senator John McCain said.

U.S. Highlights Sanctions, Diplomacy as North Korea Threat Grows

U.S. national security leaders emphasized economic sanctions and diplomacy to persuade North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, even as the Pentagon ramps up its military presence in the region with an aircraft carrier battle group and submarine.

Northrop's War-Planning Network Halts After Congress Balks

The U.S. Air Force ordered Northrop Grumman Corp. to stop work on developing an upgraded war-planning network for air operations after Congress refused to approve more money for a project that’s doubled in cost and fallen more than three years behind on a key deadline.

Lockheed Marine Helicopter Came With Unpublicized Cost Increase

The Pentagon’s approval for the Marine Corps to start buying Lockheed Martin Corp.’s new heavy lift helicopter came with a hidden surprise: the projected total acquisition cost for the King Stallion program has increased 6.9 percent to $31 billion.