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 | February 21, 2006

The Defense Department is drafting new operational plans for military action in response to a massive domestic disaster.

Daily News | February 17, 2006

NEW YORK -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld issued a far-reaching call for improving the U.S. government's strategic communications capabilities in order to more effectively combat extremist organizations and individuals -- not on the battlefield, but in the media.

Daily News | February 16, 2006

The Defense Department for the first time has published an unclassified version of its strategy for fighting terrorist networks around the world in a bid to provide non-military federal agencies and foreign governments a clearer picture of the Pentagon's long-term goals, according to military officials.

Daily News | February 15, 2006

The Navy and Marine Corps are facing a collective $7 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2007 to pay for needed aircraft and warships that were not funded in the $127.3 billion spending request for the naval services the White House delivered to Congress last week, according to senior Pentagon officials.

Daily News | February 14, 2006

An influential advisory panel to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has recommended the Pentagon improve its capacity to detect "disruptive" technologies that adversaries could use to negate the U.S. military's high-tech advantage.

Daily News | February 13, 2006

The Defense Department is laying the groundwork for a new organization intended to be both a repository for military expertise on stability and reconstruction operations and an organization to support Pentagon policy makers dealing with such issues, according to a senior Pentagon official.

Daily News | February 8, 2006

The U.S. Army has tapped a British army officer to run a new stability operations office in the Pentagon that will stand up next month as part of a wider set of service initiatives to establish and expand support organizations for stability operations.

Daily News | February 6, 2006

The U.S. military's top officer has advised Congress that the U.S. armed forces are "fully capable" of executing the National Defense Strategy, which requires the ability to fight two major campaigns at the same time.

Daily News | February 3, 2006

The president's budget request for fiscal year 2007 will include an increase in the Army's budget to $111.8 billion, up over last year's request of about $100 billion, according to a source familiar with the request.

Daily News | February 2, 2006

The Defense Department has not decided where to homeport the additional aircraft carrier it plans to shift from the Atlantic to the Pacific Fleet, according to a senior Pentagon official and naval analysts.

Daily News | February 1, 2006

Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of U.S. Central Command, prevailed on senior civilian and military officials last month to jettison the "global war on terrorism" in favor of the "long war," a term featured throughout the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review and used by President Bush in last night's State of the Union address.

Daily News | January 31, 2006

One of the most significant results of the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review will not be found in the final report or in the Pentagon's accompanying fiscal year 2007 budget request, according to a senior defense official and a key architect of the QDR.

Daily News | January 31, 2006

After months of scrutinizing the military's requirement for nearly 3,000 new fighter aircraft, Pentagon leaders had little appetite for targeting tactical aircraft programs to pay for other Defense Department needs, according to a senior defense official involved in the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review.

Daily News | January 25, 2006

The Defense Department is preparing to take advantage of a new, temporary authority to use general-purpose troops to train and equip foreign militaries. Pentagon officials say such training is essential to fighting terrorist networks around the world, particularly those that seek to establish operational bases in ungoverned areas.

Daily News | January 24, 2006

The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review will spell out a number of changes to U.S. strategic forces, including cuts to the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile inventory and plans to modernize the airborne command-and-control fleet designed to oversee a massive war.

Daily News | January 22, 2006

The Defense Department's new blueprint for the U.S. armed forces calls for modest changes to both conventional and strategic forces, a range of new capabilities to deal with terrorist networks as well as potential major adversaries like China, and a host of reforms to the defense bureaucracy that could significantly alter how the Pentagon acquires new weapon systems, according to a draft of the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Daily News | January 19, 2006

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is preparing to issue a new National Defense Strategy designed to better account for a long war against terrorists and set forth new Pentagon thinking about how the military plans to surge forces to simultaneously defend the homeland, fight a major conventional war and carry out stability operations.

Daily News | January 18, 2006

The Defense Department is preparing to invest combatant commanders with unprecedented authority to influence the shape of the military services' budgets in a bid to ensure the Pentagon provides the capabilities most relevant to the needs of front-line forces.

Daily News | January 17, 2006

The Defense Department this month will simulate a devastating nuclear terrorist attack against Charleston, SC, in a repeat of an exercise held last summer.

Daily News | January 17, 2006

An influential advisory panel to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is launching an ambitious campaign to identify technology areas that could point the way to the development of a new generation of weapon systems tailored to defeat irregular forces.

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