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Russia Rattles Sabre as U.S. Plays Catchup on Hypersonic Weapons

Hypersonic weapons have rocketed to among the chief concerns for U.S. military planners as Moscow and Beijing eye the means to combat U.S. missile defenses. But the U.S. and its allies lag seriously behind the enemy threat, both in terms of matching the hypersonic capability and in countering the growing threat.

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Gaming-Style Immersive Technologies Eyed for Planning Military Operations

The U.S. had made steady advancements in military technologies that improve the training for conflicts and in the technologies that improve the actual conduct of war. But far less attention has been paid to the systems used for developing the detailed planning that allows for the successful conduct of a military operation. Immersive technologies offer the potential to dramatically improve how the U.S. military develops planning for conflicts.

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Why Defense Companies are Moving Headquarters to Northern Virginia

Raytheon and Boeing recently announced decisions to move their headquarters to Arlington, a short Uber ride to the Pentagon and other federal security agencies. Northern Virginia is also home to the headquarters of Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics. The decision has less to do with tax incentives of local and state governments to relocate and more about the need for proximity to decision makers as a big change builds in U.S. defense policy: increasing budgets and a long-term focus on countering growing threats from China and Russia.

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How Much Defense Spending is Too Much?

Progressive Democrats in the House are seeking to slash $100 billion in annual defense spending, arguing that the U.S. is spending far too much compared to any other nation. While the measure is not likely to prevail, it sets the stage for discussions back home with voters in the run-up to the midterm elections and provides a bright point of distinction between progressives on the one side and moderate Democrats and most Republicans.

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