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.

Archived Articles
Daily News | August 29, 2008

Military commanders should embrace quick decision-making at low staff levels as a key prerequisite for victory in future wars, according to a new report from U.S. Joint Forces Command.

Daily News | August 27, 2008

Defense Information Systems Agency officials will spend much of fiscal year 2009 getting the Net-Enabled Command Capability program fit for a second attempt to pass muster with the Pentagon's top weapons buyer, according to a senior program official.

Daily News | August 26, 2008

Defense Department officials should stop the military from using untested blood collected under emergency conditions from service members to treat casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a group of Pentagon advisers that recommends an improved means of distributing blood screened for diseases to the front lines.

Daily News | August 22, 2008

Defense acquisition chief John Young has instructed managers of the Pentagon's most expensive weapon systems to submit performance goals for their programs that would improve the tracking of these systems' costs and effectiveness over their life cycles, according to Defense Department officials and documents.

Daily News | August 20, 2008

Officials at the Army's Intelligence and Security Command are looking for industry help in setting up a Web-based reporting system for tracking improvised explosive device blasts in Afghanistan, according to a notice published on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site today.

Daily News | August 19, 2008

Defense Department acquisition chief John Young has ordered a review of the Defense Department's next-generation command-and-control system after publicly and privately decrying the program's technical maturity, according to DOD officials.

Daily News | August 15, 2008

Army leaders have shelved the idea of creating a new organization dedicated to training foreign security forces, weighing instead design changes to the Army components of the combatant commands that would help manage the ground service's relationships with armies around the world, according to service officials.

Daily News | August 14, 2008

A group of Defense Department Lean Six Sigma experts have begun searching for lessons learned from the Pentagon's experiences with rapid-acquisition projects in an effort to improve the military's regular acquisition processes, according to a recent DOD memo.

Daily News | August 7, 2008

The Pentagon's high-speed, shallow-draft "Stiletto" ship has left the waters around Colombia and is now searching for smugglers in the Florida Straits before sailing back to Norfolk, VA, later this month, a U.S. Southern Command official tells

Daily News | August 6, 2008

Defense leaders have instructed the Pentagon's seven capability portfolio management teams to outline their recommendations for modifying the services' fiscal year 2010-2015 spending plans by next week, according to military officials.

Daily News | August 5, 2008

A recently completed Defense Department study of non-lethal weapons applications concludes that defense officials should make the development of directed-energy weapons capable of stopping vehicles and ships a priority, according to a military official.

Daily News | August 4, 2008

Pentagon leaders should craft a new "enterprise vision" focused on slashing costly management overhead and instead hone core military capabilities, a group of Defense Department advisers recommend in a new report provided to

Daily News | August 1, 2008

Military officials could send the Active Denial System, a non-lethal counter-personnel weapon, to Iraq in six to 10 months, according to the director of the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, Marine Corps Col. Kirk Hymes.

Daily News | July 31, 2008

The Senate Armed Services Committee today approved the nomination of Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz to become the air service's chief of staff by a 14-1 vote.

Daily News | July 30, 2008

House lawmakers today marked up a $488 billion fiscal year 2009 defense appropriations bill that would add $564 million to the Pentagon's February request for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and slash funding for the nascent U.S. Africa Command by $308 million, according to a statement from House Appropriations defense subcommittee Chairman John Murtha (D-PA).

Daily News | July 28, 2008

Defense Department officials are crafting a high-level strategy on energy use in the military that could help implement a never-applied 2006 policy making fuel efficiency a key criterion for new vehicles and weapon systems, defense sources tell

Daily News | July 25, 2008

Defense Acquisition executive John Young has created a working group charged with proposing new ways of providing battlefield commanders with military equipment urgently needed to plug unforeseen shortfalls, according to defense officials.

Daily News | July 23, 2008

Pentagon acquisition chief John Young this week unveiled a new policy aimed at reversing a trend of weapon systems failing key performance tests and exceeding initial cost estimates for operating them.

Daily News | July 22, 2008

Two senior Pentagon officials last month recommended that the services each create a permanent, headquarters-level position dedicated to improving weapon systems reliability, according to a recent Pentagon memo.

Daily News | July 21, 2008

Pentagon acquisition chief John Young last month created a new working group charged with assessing the effectiveness of the military's stocks of warfighting gear prepositioned worldwide in light of a new Pentagon strategic plan.

Not a subscriber? Sign up for 30 days free access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes reporting on defense policy and procurement.