Kate Brannen

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

Archived Articles
Daily News | January 12, 2009

Army Secretary Pete Geren announced today that the Army plans to lease thousands of electric vehicles for its non-tactical fleet as part of the service's larger energy security strategy.

The Insider | December 19, 2008

Along with discussions of future warfare and force structure comes the question of what role Special Operations Forces will play.

Daily News | December 17, 2008

Joint Forces Command, in its role as a capabilities portfolio manager, is trying to exert influence over the Pentagon's budget process by keeping the needs of combatant commanders front and center, according to the deputy commander.

Daily News | December 15, 2008

Operations in Iraq to date have cost the United States $687 billion, more than for any other war save World War II, according to a report released today by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

The Insider | December 11, 2008

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) made the case on the Senate floor today that the future of the American automotive industry has crucial implications for the Army.

Daily News | December 10, 2008

The 2006 conflict between Israel and Hezbollah is receiving renewed attention from defense planners and thinkers who see it as an important example of what the U.S. military might face in the future.

Daily News | December 10, 2008

Two House Democrats from Pennsylvania called for an end to emergency supplemental bills today, saying a consolidated budget would provide more transparency and promote more strategic thinking.

The Insider | December 8, 2008

The Federation of American Scientists reports today that surface-to-air missiles, including man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS), are still being found in weapons caches in Iraq.

Daily News | December 3, 2008

Over the next 25 years, the world is likely to see a global military buildup, increased tensions surrounding the demand for natural resources and a further need for the United States to create partnerships with other countries, according to a U.S. Joint Forces Command study.

Daily News | November 24, 2008

The need to provide more resources and U.S. troops to Afghanistan may be hampered by complicated logistics demands and longer-term peacekeeping efforts in Iraq, according to a defense policy expert who recently returned from the country.

The Insider | November 5, 2008

Cross two names off the list of potential defense secretaries under President-elect Barack Obama: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) both ruled out the possibility today.

The Insider | October 29, 2008

The Pentagon's Rapid Response Technology Office hopes to lure new business by making test beds available for companies to try out their new technologies.

The Insider | October 23, 2008

When the next administration begins to make difficult choices about its national defense priorities, force structure will be a key concern -- and a critical piece of that debate will involve the balance between soldiers, civilians and contractors, said Nelson Ford, under secretary of the Army, at a discussion at the Brookings Institution yesterday.

The Insider | October 22, 2008

Is the economic downturn negatively affecting everyone?

The Insider | October 9, 2008

Amid the extensive discussions of Iraq and the "surge" on the presidential campaign trail, Gen. David Petraeus this week took to the stage at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention and discussed potential "storm clouds" he says have the potential to reverse the progress made recently in Iraq.

The Insider | October 2, 2008

A growing consensus among national security experts holds that in order for the U.S. military to be successful in the types of missions it is fighting, it needs better support from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Daily News | September 30, 2008

Citing the $460 million spent each year on targets used in missile defense flight tests and an increasing number of target failures, the Government Accountability Office wants the defense secretary to establish a revised business case for providing targets to the flight test programs and to align plans and resources accordingly.

The Insider | September 29, 2008

At Friday's presidential debate at the University of Mississippi, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) reaffirmed his desire to "scrub" the defense budget.

The Insider | September 25, 2008

At a seminar yesterday here in Washington, Stephen Blank, professor of national security studies at the U.S. Army War College, talked about Russia's views of the missile defense agreements signed by the United States with the Czech Republic and Poland -- and suggested steps the next administration should take to promote security in the region.

Daily News | September 24, 2008

House and Senate authorizers want the next administration's defense secretary to conduct a review of U.S. ballistic missile defense policy and strategy.

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