Chuck Hagel said Trump's history of disparaging US veterans like late Senator John McCain and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "corroborates" the report.
Top former military and security officials are warning President Donald Trump that climate change is a threat to US national security.On Tuesday, 58 former officials -- including former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel -- sent a letter to Trump voicing their objections to a reported group the White House plans to create to "dispute and undermine" threats posed by climate change.The Washington Post earlier reported on the letter."Imposing a political test on reports issued by the science agencies, and forcing a blind spot onto the national security assessments that depend on them, will erode our national security," the officials wrote in the letter."It is dangerous to have national security analysis conform to politics."The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
The US Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced the award of development contracts to five contenders for the FFG(X) program—a 20-ship class of "next-generation" guided-missile frigates intended to fill the gap in capabilities left by the retirement of the 1980s-era FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class and not quite filled by the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.Two of the contenders are modified, more heavily armed versions of the LCS designs, while the other three are based on ship designs being produced for other navies—or in one case, for the US Coast Guard.Since each of the designs is based on an existing "parent" ship design and should use existing technologies (rather than radical new designs), the Navy is hoping to keep the cost of each frigate at $800 to $950 million—about double the cost of an LCS ship but half the cost of an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.The Navy cut the planned 52-ship construction program for the LCS—the Independence- and Freedom-class ships built by the teams of General Dynamics/Austal USA and Lockheed Martin/Fincantieri Marine, respectively—to 32 ships.The Navy planned to make up the difference with 20 more capable frigates.But by 2016, with budgets slashed by "sequestration," the Navy was adjusting its expectations and simply hoped to get modified designs of the LCS ships in hand by this year and then get a rush order on 14 up-gunned and up-crewed frigates.
I m incredibly honored to announce Ash Carter, the sitting U.S. Secretary of Defense, will join me for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF 2016.After we chat for a few minutes he will take questions from the audience.The United States is sitting at a crossroads right now between fighting traditional battles with guns, tanks and warships and battles that will be fought online with sophisticated networks and complex systems.Secretary Carter is currently leading America s armed forces into the future and we re excited to have him at Disrupt SF to talk through this shift in strategy and what it means to Silicon Valley.Lately he has been trying to build a bridge between Washington and Silicon Valley.He clearly knows that in order to stay a step ahead, the United States needs help innovating its services.