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  • Trump is reportedly considering a blunt Vietnam War hero and former Democratic senator be defense secretary

    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is reportedly being considered to be the next defense secretary. Webb served in the Reagan administration but switched parties and was elected to the Senate as a Democrat in 2006. Webb also ran for president as a Democrat but withdrew from the race in late 2015. President Donald Trump is considering picking Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator from Virginia who was secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration, for defense secretary, several sources told...

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  • Harold Brown, US defense secretary under Jimmy Carter, dies at 91

    A nuclear physicist, Brown led the Pentagon to modernise the military with weapons including precision-guided cruise missiles Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology during a tenure that included the failed rescue of hostages in Iran, has died at age 91. Brown died from pancreatic cancer on Friday, said the Rand Corp, the California-based thinktank which Brown served as a trustee for more than 35 years. His sister, Leila...

    the Guardian
  • 'China, China, China': Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

    Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told civilian leaders of the U.S. military on Wednesday to remember “China, China, China” even as America fights militants in places like Syria and Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said. The comments underscoring Shanahan’s focus on China came during his first meeting with secretaries of the U.S. military branches since taking over for Jim Mattis, who resigned as defense secretary over policy differences with President Donald Trump. The U.S.

    Raw Story
  • US Army's defense of killer robots sounds like the plot to War Games

    The US Army wants to develop fully autonomous weapons systems, but its initiatives to take humans out of the loop have been met with push-back from lawmakers and the general public. The government’s solution? Treat it as a PR problem. US Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Bruce Jette recently tried to assuage concerns over the military’s integration of AI into combat systems. In doing so, he inadvertently invoked the plot of the 1983 science fiction...

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