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 | 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.

Daily News | October 28, 2005

Tokyo's decision to allow a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier to homeport in Japan could expedite U.S. Navy plans to retire its conventionally powered aircraft carriers and trim its carrier fleet to 11, according to Defense Department officials and analysts.

Daily News | October 27, 2005

The next few weeks could bring significant changes to the shape and size of the Air Force, as senior Joint Staff and Office of the Secretary of Defense officials finalize decisions in the ongoing Quadrennial Defense Review.

Daily News | October 26, 2005

The Defense Department should fundamentally overhaul its military psychological operations apparatus by providing an infusion of cash and new technology, while developing a streamlined process for approving messages for dissemination.

Daily News | October 25, 2005

Navy leaders last week launched work on the service's new outyear spending plan to ensure the sea service is well positioned to defend the homeland and contribute to the global war on terrorism, an effort that today is dominated by ground forces, according to Pentagon documents.

Daily News | October 24, 2005

Gordon England, the acting deputy defense secretary, has expanded the responsibilities of a key Pentagon acquisition office, giving it the power to assist in determining what military technologies are appropriate for sharing with friendly nations.

Daily News | October 21, 2005

The Pentagon has told the services to slash $8 billion from their fiscal year 2007 budgets and warned them that even larger cuts may be coming soon, as bills from the White House are handed down and Quadrennial Defense Review recommendations take shape, according to Defense Department officials.

Daily News | October 20, 2005

The Defense Department is conducting a follow-on assessment to the 2005 Mobility Capability Study, a review that could influence major investments in new ships and cargo aircraft, according to Pentagon officials.

Daily News | October 20, 2005

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld plans to summon combatant commanders from around the world back to Washington next month for an unprecedented fourth meeting this year of top civilian and military brass to discuss the final shape of the Quadrennial Defense Review, according to Pentagon officials.

Daily News | October 18, 2005

The Pentagon has issued its first-ever comprehensive policy for the employment of contractors on the battlefield, a document designed to clarify key issues that have frustrated both military commanders in Iraq and the private firms supporting them.

Daily News | October 14, 2005

The Pentagon has established an agency to oversee its transformation of the defense bureaucracy's business practices and improve administrative operations, an effort that military leaders say is essential to improving the nation's ability to fight in the future.

Daily News | October 14, 2005

The Pentagon's point man for overseas arms sales has a new responsibility -- overseeing the management of the Defense Department's regional centers for security studies.

Daily News | October 13, 2005

An influential Pentagon advisory panel is reviewing the U.S. military's need for a new heavy-lift aircraft, an assessment that could recommend as soon as next spring that the Army, Marine Corps and Navy consolidate their requirements and pursue a single program.

Daily News | October 12, 2005

The Defense Department is preparing a proposal to replicate select military capabilities in other federal agencies, a move that would help reduce the reliance on the armed forces in the wake of catastrophic domestic disasters, according to senior Pentagon officials.

Daily News | October 11, 2005

The White House has completed a package of new strategy and policy documents crafted to strengthen efforts to block terrorists from attacking the United States from the sea, inland waterways and the Great Lakes.

Daily News | October 5, 2005

The new chairman of the Joint Chiefs has asked key Pentagon leaders to contemplate whether the decisions made in Washington to support the global war on terror have produced the intended results on the front lines of the campaign, as well as suggestions on measuring progress in the effort.

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