Sebastian Sprenger

Sebastian Sprenger was the chief editor of Inside the Army until May 2016, where he primarily reported on land warfare and associated budgets, policies and technologies. A native of Siegen, Germany, he got is start in journalism at the now-defunct Westfälische Rundschau in Kreuztal. He studied at Universität Trier and elsewhere.

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Daily News | February 19, 2014

Pentagon leaders have issued new operating principles for managing the defense science and technology enterprise, emphasizing a goal of improved coordination and efficiency in a "challenging budgetary environment."

Daily News | February 12, 2014

House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee Chairman Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) has written a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel criticizing the trajectory of past Quadrennial Defense Reviews just as the Pentagon is finishing up its latest iteration.

The Insider | February 11, 2014

Government and industry officials seeking to push a new technology through the military's rapid-acquisition bureaucracy might appreciate a new cheat sheet, issued by the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, outlining key milestones of the process.

The Insider | February 5, 2014

Key Pentagon policy officials are slated to have their nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 25, the panel announced today.

Daily News | February 5, 2014

Two members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force have cautioned against "reflexively" applying their panel's findings when it comes to the question of balancing the active and reserve components of the Army.

Daily News | January 28, 2014

The Defense Department is developing several systems that could prove inadequate for the military even though they may pass all necessary assessments along the way, according to the latest annual report from the Pentagon's top weapons testers.

Daily News | January 22, 2014

Pentagon leaders should forgo certifying the F-35 to carry nuclear weapons and instead focus on quickly enabling a new long-range bomber to deliver the arms, according to former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz.

Daily News | January 10, 2014

Pentagon leaders have issued internal guidance putting the Army on a path to reducing its active-duty ranks to 420,000 soldiers by fiscal year 2019, according to defense sources.

Daily News | January 8, 2014

Officials from across the military this week began a weeks-long exercise at Ft. Bliss, TX, aimed at improving how U.S. forces purchase supplies and services from private companies during future wars, one of several 2014 initiatives devoted to honing the relatively new discipline of operational contract support.

Daily News | January 6, 2014

Defense officials plan to make contractors' reporting of classified information breaches, required by law, part of an existing, voluntary initiative for sharing cybersecurity threat information between the government and industry, with a proposed rule envisioned for publication in the first half of 2014, according to a newly issued compendium of upcoming regulatory efforts by the government.

Daily News | December 27, 2013

The European Council has pledged to pursue the topics of cybersecurity and funding for a common drone program during 2014, according to a summary of the group's meeting in Brussels last week.

Daily News | December 17, 2013

A recent high-level directive codifies the Pentagon's intelligence functions to work as part of a "Defense Warning Network," striving to ensure the department has the "earliest possible awareness of potential threats, vulnerabilities and opportunities that may emerge from any circumstance."

Daily News | December 11, 2013

Lawmakers this week announced an ambitious pre-Christmas push that, if successful, would provide the kind of direction for fiscal year 2014 spending and policymaking that Pentagon leaders have been desperately awaiting.

Daily News | December 4, 2013

Asked by lawmakers to examine the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization's training activities, the Pentagon reported back earlier this fall that all 252 programs under the office's auspices serve a distinct purpose, arguing implicitly that no cuts should be made here.

The Insider | November 26, 2013

Times are tough all over the military -- except, maybe, at Ft. Riley, KS, where the Army last week ordered what many a professional pianist might consider the pinnacle of exquisite musical instruments: A Steinway & Sons Model B grand piano, which cost the service $88,000.

Daily News | November 22, 2013

Pentagon officials unveiled a new strategy for the Arctic today, asserting that increased human activity resulting from melting sea ice would put the region into the U.S. military's focus in the coming decades.

Daily News | November 13, 2013

The Army is looking for ways to accelerate the production of an air and missile defense command-and-control system for the international market, a move that observers say could determine the degree of international compatibility of sensors and shooters in future conflicts.

Daily News | November 6, 2013

Australia should spend more on its military, upgrade air bases and associated fuel infrastructure in the country's north to better assist Washington in a war with China, and buy American weapons to ensure superior but affordable capabilities, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Daily News | October 30, 2013

Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry, the No. 2 Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, is leading a new effort to reform the Pentagon's acquisition system, panel Chairman Howard Buck McKeon (R-CA) announced this week.

The Insider | October 29, 2013

House Armed Services Committee leaders today announced a series of hearings aimed at illuminating military aspects of the Obama administration's pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

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