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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The Insider | March 29, 2010

The Army-led Biometrics Task Force now goes by the name Biometrics Identity Management Agency.

Daily News | March 25, 2010

The Pentagon has begun a review of the Commander's Emergency Response Program, as concerns remain among lawmakers about oversight of the billions of dollars spent under the effort.

The Insider | March 24, 2010

Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain (R-AZ) yesterday queried a senior defense official about the prospects of Pentagon leaders meeting their target of achieving a clean financial audit for the entire Defense Department by 2017.

Daily News | March 24, 2010

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization does not need the ability to execute contracts on its own, a feature sought by the organization's previous director, according to a study commissioned by JIEDDO.

Daily News | March 23, 2010

Sharon Burke, the nominee to serve as the Pentagon's first-ever director of operational energy plans and programs, today vowed to "promote" the use of two key energy-consumption measurements throughout the defense acquisition bureaucracy.

The Insider | March 23, 2010

It was a tense hearing this morning for Solomon Watson, the administration's nominee to be general counsel for the Army.

Daily News | March 19, 2010

The Army is taking a new look at the way its soldiers train foreign militaries, as a decrease in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to free up more soldiers for the task in the coming years, according to service officials.

Daily News | March 18, 2010

Defense Department officials believe they need $3 billion to develop Iraq's security forces before U.S. troops withdraw from the country at the end of 2011, according to newly released Pentagon budget documents.

Daily News | March 17, 2010

U.S. Joint Forces Command aims to finalize a new guidance document by the end of the year specifically designed to help ground commanders combat the threat of improvised explosive devices, according to a command official.

The Insider | March 17, 2010

Defense officials are figuring out how the military's fielding goals in Afghanistan for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected class of vehicles could best be met.

Daily News | March 16, 2010

The 2010 version of U.S. Joint Forces Command's Joint Operating Environment report, released this week, omits a reference to the possibility of Mexico succumbing to violent drug cartels. Mexican officials protested the reference in the previous version of the document.

Daily News | March 15, 2010

U.S. officials are in discussions with the Pakistani government to strictly regulate or even ban a chemical used extensively by one of Afghanistan's most lethal insurgent networks to attack coalition troops with improvised explosive devices, according to American defense officials.

Daily News | March 12, 2010

U.S. Joint Forces Command planners believe Russia's military and economic role in world affairs will diminish within the next 10 to 20 years, and they argue Moscow's policies toward its neighbors could lead to a "frontier of instability" around the country.

The Insider | March 12, 2010

As much as the idea of social network analysis is en vogue in defense circles, officials at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization still have a lot to learn in that department, according to the outfit's new boss.

Daily News | March 11, 2010

Pentagon officials are taking a fresh look at the cost of the troubled Joint Strike Fighter program as they prepare for negotiations with contractor Lockheed Martin over the price tag for the jets under a proposed fixed-price arrangement.

Daily News | March 9, 2010

Two combatant commanders today lauded a yet-to-be-finalized move by Defense Department leaders to formally raise the priority of military security cooperation missions -- a development that could swell the ranks of U.S. forces tasked with beefing up indigenous security forces around the globe.

Daily News | March 8, 2010

NATO officials plan to tap American defense contractor Science Applications International Corp. for a study examining potential European contributions to a ballistic missile defense system for the continent, according to U.S. and NATO industry sources.

The Insider | March 8, 2010

Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale last week said he does not subscribe to the thinking that China would eventually overtake the United States militarily (and in pretty much every other aspect, for that matter, as pundits have suggested).

Daily News | March 5, 2010

The three countries co-developing the Medium Extended Air Defense System have begun discussing a framework for the eventual production of the system following the conclusion of the program's design and development phase in 2015, according to U.S. and NATO sources.

Daily News | March 4, 2010

Expecting the Joint Strike Fighter Program to breach a critical cost threshold, defense officials are moving to examine the program's "affordability," as required by a new defense acquisition law, a Pentagon official told

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