Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a reporter for Inside Defense. For more than two decades -- including stints with Defense News and Armed Forces Journal -- he has covered the Pentagon, defense industry, the military budget, weapon system acquisition and defense policy formulation as well as reporting on technology, business, and global arms trade. Jason has traveled to more than 40 countries, studied medieval history at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and lives in Brooklyn.

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Daily News | December 2, 2005

The first wave of Pentagon budget decisions has largely spared the military's major programs.

Daily News | December 1, 2005

Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England signed a long-awaited directive on stability operations this week, handing the under secretary of defense for policy far-reaching powers to shape the Pentagon's approach to stabilizing and rebuilding failed or failing states.

Daily News | November 30, 2005

The Defense Department is preparing to issue a series of classified budget decisions next week that Pentagon officials anticipate will detail the key results of its nearly 10-month long Quadrennial Defense Review, including the programs to be terminated or pared back.

Daily News | November 29, 2005

For the first time since the creation of a new national intelligence director's office, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has issued a directive detailing the responsibilities of the Pentagon's intelligence executive and spelling out the military's jurisdiction over intel activities.

Daily News | November 28, 2005

The Pentagon has set an aggressive schedule for the completion of its new defense budget and is poised this week to begin advising the services of what weapon system programs will soon be cut.

Daily News | November 23, 2005

The Pentagon's intelligence chief has outlined new guidelines for the U.S. military to follow in acquiring information dealing with espionage, sabotage, terrorism, assassinations or other intelligence activities conducted by terrorists or foreign powers.

Daily News | November 21, 2005

The Defense Department has begun compiling the findings of its nine-month assessment of U.S. military force structure, modernization plans and roles and missions, preparing a draft report that is expected to begin circulating within the Pentagon by mid-December.

Daily News | November 17, 2005

The Defense Department is drawing up a short list of Army, Navy and Air Force weapon system programs that could be terminated or significantly pared back in the coming weeks as the Pentagon's fiscal year 2007 budget request takes final shape.

Daily News | November 16, 2005

PHOENIX -- A key senior Pentagon official today sought to lower expectations for next Monday's high-level Quadrennial Defense Review meeting, which is expected to be a forum for final decisions on changes to service force structure and weapon system procurement plans.

Daily News | November 14, 2005

The Navy's top brass is reshuffling its Pentagon staff responsible for the development and procurement of submarines, ships and naval aircraft, giving a single three-star admiral oversight of the services' near- and long-term weapon system investment decisions.

Daily News | November 11, 2005

The Defense Department must "act with dispatch" to improve its ability to conduct post-conflict stability operations, a high-level advisory panel to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has recommended.

Daily News | November 11, 2005

The Army, struggling to contend with one major insurgency in Iraq, is studying a theoretical world in which irregular warfare has spread across the globe, trying to determine what it would mean for service war plans, capabilities, and operations.

Daily News | November 10, 2005

An influential advisory panel to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is recommending the Pentagon "keep open the option to acquire additional C-17" cargo aircraft beyond the 180 planes the Air Force plans to buy, a move that could require the Defense Department in coming weeks to commit more money to the cargo plane program in order keep the production line open.

Daily News | November 9, 2005

Just weeks after delaying a purchase of new F-16 fighter aircraft in order to divert resources to deal with a devastating earthquake, Pakistan is eyeing the near-term acquisition of as many as 25 used fighters while waiting on the rest of the F-16 package, according to officials familiar with the country's plans.

Daily News | November 7, 2005

An Army-commissioned tool has been developed to assist the service with one of the most vexing challenges facing war planners preparing for post-conflict and stability operations: determining how many troops are needed.

Daily News | November 4, 2005

A long-awaited reassessment of the U.S. military's mobility requirements concludes that the current inventory of cargo ships and aircraft dedicated to hauling equipment is adequate to support the National Military Strategy, according to Pentagon and congressional sources.

Daily News | November 2, 2005

The Defense Department is weighing $32 billion in cuts to major weapon systems and Army force structure over the next six years, reductions that may represent only a down payment on the total bill facing the Pentagon as federal budget pressures mount.

Daily News | November 1, 2005

Senior Navy officials are considering a new proposal for a 313-ship fleet, which would require greater investments in shipbuilding accounts and an accelerated pace of ship construction to build the fleet up from its current size, according to sources familiar with the effort.

Daily News | October 31, 2005

The Army's need for linguists to assist soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is steadily increasing, climbing nearly 15 percent for Arabic speakers and 35 percent for Pashtu and Dari in the last year and driving a reallocation of resources to pay for interpreters, according to Pentagon officials and documents.

Daily News | October 28, 2005

Gordon England, the acting deputy defense secretary, this week established a new Defense Department task force to support the White House-led review of the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

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