Kate Brannen

Kate Brannen was a reporter with Inside Defense until January 2010.

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Daily News | April 14, 2009

The Defense Department has identified 11 scenarios, including regime collapse in North Korea, cyber attacks on the United States and a major conflict with China over Taiwan, to be assessed as part of the Quadrennial Defense Review, according to internal Pentagon documents that offer great detail on the review's schedule and broad scope.

Daily News | April 9, 2009

While counterinsurgency operations are important to today's operations, the service cannot lose focus on preparing for major combat operations as well, a three-star general cautioned today.

Daily News | March 30, 2009

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is joining Rep. Rodney Alexander (D-LA) asking congressional leaders for their support for the National Guard's H60 Black Hawk helicopter recapitalization and modernization programs.

Daily News | March 27, 2009

Building civilian capacity will be one of the main thrusts of the Quadrennial Defense Review, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy said today.

Daily News | March 24, 2009

The Army wants to expand its use of unmanned ground systems to help protect and lighten soldiers' workloads, according to a service paper released today.

The Insider | March 24, 2009

In addition to a foreword by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, the new edition of the Army's stability operations field manual features an introduction essay by Janine Davidson.

Daily News | March 23, 2009

Michèle Flournoy, under secretary of defense for policy, has written a foreword to a new edition of the Army's stability operations field manual, giving stability operations a key role in her vision for a 21st century national security agenda.

The Insider | March 20, 2009

An April 2 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the report of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States has been canceled because the report is not yet complete, according to an e-mail from Sen. Carl Levin's (D-MI) office.

The Insider | March 19, 2009

Defense experts predicted a fierce battle this budget season during a discussion of the state of the military this morning on WAMU's Diane Rehm Show.

Daily News | March 18, 2009

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system completed a successful intercept of a ballistic missile target during a test yesterday at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, according to the Missile Defense Agency.

Daily News | March 13, 2009

Senior Army officials reacted today to the latest Government Accountability Office report on the Army's Future Combat Systems program, disputing the report's conclusions about cost growth and the level of testing the service has completed to date.

Daily News | March 11, 2009

The Army is establishing a new task force to manage the performance, testing and quality control of force-protection equipment.

Daily News | February 23, 2009

President Obama announced today that he is nominating Ashton Carter to serve as under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Carter would succeed John Young, who has held the position since November 2007.

Daily News | February 17, 2009

The Army's plans for force posture in Europe are insufficient to meet the competing demands posed by current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other efforts involving European allies, according to the top Army commander in Europe.

The Insider | February 12, 2009

Given the state of the economy, voting for the economic stimulus package will essentially be equivalent to voting to reduce defense spending, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) said today.

The Insider | February 9, 2009

Accelerating equipment reset is one way that military spending can help play a role in the country's economic recovery, states a new memo from the Center for American Progress, a progressive Washington-based think tank.

The Insider | February 5, 2009

Army officials are beginning to tackle the enormous logistical task of bringing back the thousands of systems fielded for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finding a home for them stateside.

Daily News | January 21, 2009

A top-to-bottom review of the Army's Future Combat Systems program is expected to wrap up by the end of February, according to the service's vice chief of staff.

Daily News | January 21, 2009

Due to the high operating tempo in combat operations, the number of soldiers that fall into the "non-deployable" category is increasing, affecting the Army's end strength, according to the service's vice chief of staff.

The Insider | January 21, 2009

When Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the Army's vice chief of staff, met with reporters at a breakfast this morning, he was reluctant to say much about the brand-new Obama administration.

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