Christopher J. Castelli

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The Insider | March 17, 2009

What should President Obama do about U.S.-Russian relations?

Daily News | March 12, 2009

Numerous threats facing America must be addressed not only with high-tech weapons and more U.S. ground forces but also by building a better understanding of other countries and cultures, President Obama said today.

The Insider | March 12, 2009

President Obama met today in the Oval Office with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to smooth relations following Sunday's testy encounter in the South China Sea between the U.S. Navy's surveillance ship Impeccable and Chinese naval forces.

Daily News | March 9, 2009

In a bid to prevent the all-out cancellation of the troubled VH-71 presidential helicopter program, prime contractor Lockheed Martin said today it could deliver a fleet of VH-71s based solely on the initial design.

Daily News | March 6, 2009

The Navy and Lockheed Martin are declining to comment on revelations that development costs for the VH-71 presidential helicopter program could soar to $13 billion, a problem that affects both the initial batch of helicopters and more advanced follow-on aircraft that comprise the bulk of the buy.

The Insider | March 4, 2009

Today at 10 a.m., President Obama is scheduled to give a major speech about his plan to "reform a broken system of contracting to cut back on wasteful spending, and save the American people tens of billions of dollars," according to the White House.

The Insider | March 3, 2009

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the Oval Office today at 4:30 p.m., according to the White House.

The Insider | March 3, 2009

The White House just announced that Vice President Biden will travel to Brussels, Belgium, next week to meet with the North Atlantic Council, the principal forum for NATO’s 26 member states.

Daily News | February 19, 2009

The Obama administration is expected to nominate retired Marine Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson to be assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, according to a defense source.

The Insider | February 17, 2009

Richard Danzig, the former Navy secretary who served as a senior adviser in President Barack Obama's White House campaign, will be the new chairman of the board of directors for the Center for a New American Security, the think tank announced today.

Daily News | February 2, 2009

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen warned today the global economic crisis will soon put more pressure on the entire federal budget, including the military piece.

Daily News | January 30, 2009

Ray Mabus, a Navy veteran and former Mississippi governor who served as ambassador to Saudi Arabia in the 1990s, has emerged as a frontrunner for the Navy secretary post in President Obama's administration, sources tell Inside the Navy.

The Insider | January 22, 2009

The Senate Armed Services Committee will be a bit larger than before, and there will be a few new faces.

The Insider | January 19, 2009

Steve Kosiak, an expert on the defense budget and national security spending, has been tapped by the new administration to be associate director for defense and international affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.

The Insider | January 12, 2009

Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Sen. Lindsey Graham arrived in Iraq this morning, according to a statement released by Biden's Senate office.

Daily News | January 8, 2009

Outgoing Pentagon policy chief Eric Edelman said today that defense official Joseph Benkert is slated to stay on until the new administration finds a successor and that another defense official, Michael Vickers, may stay even longer.

The Insider | January 6, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama has not yet formally named Leon Panetta to lead the CIA, but today he praised the former White House chief of staff's management skills, political savvy and integrity -- defending his pick amidst complaints from some lawmakers about Panetta's lack of intelligence experience.

The Insider | January 5, 2009

Vice President-elect Joe Biden and a few fellow senators will depart later this week on a "fact finding" trip to Southwest Asia, according to a statement from his spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander.

Daily News | December 30, 2008

Defense Secretary Robert Gates will receive feedback on key strategic initiatives from combatant commanders next week when top U.S. military leaders converge on the Pentagon for a high-level summit.

The Insider | December 18, 2008

Defense secretary Robert Gates was the sole guest on PBS' Charlie Rose program last night. It was a wide-ranging discussion on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Russia, China and Gates' historic decision to become the first sitting defense secretary to serve an incoming administration.

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