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Pentagon Correspondent — Bloomberg News
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I came to Washington in March 1977 as an intern for investigative columnist Jack Anderson and stayed. Started covering defense for Bloomberg in late 1997.

Bunker-Buster Bomb No Sure Way to Stop Iran If Negotiations Fail — Two months ago, General Mark Welsh, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff, revealed that the 509th Bomb Wing's B-2 bombers were now equipped to carry new 15-ton bunker-buster bombs developed with an eye on Iran's nuclear facilities.

U.S. Mulls Help for Africa to Hunt Down Wildlife Poachers — U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. "We are looking for opportunities" where "we can contribute," Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week.

Littoral Ship Found Vulnerable to Attack Before Heading to Asia — Weeks before one of the U.S. Navy's new Littoral Combat Ships departed for Asia, tests had exposed its vulnerability to a potential enemy attack, according to the Pentagon's testing office.

Pentagon Says No Shiite Militia Unit Shares Iraq Base With U.S. — The U.S. military isn't sharing its new training base in Iraq's Anbar province with Iranian-backed Shiite militia units, a Pentagon spokesman said. In fact, the U.S. required Shiite units to leave the Taqqadum base between Fallujah and Ramadi as a precondition for using it to expand training of Iraqi security forces and encourage the integration of Sunni tribal militia, Army Colonel Steve Warren, the spokesman, told reporters Tuesday.

Second New Carrier Now Seen Busting a Cost Cap by $235 Million — The Pentagon's cost-assessment office now says the Navy's second aircraft carrier in a new class will exceed a congressionally mandated cost cap by $235 million. That's down from an April estimate that the USS John F. Kennedy, the second warship in the new Ford class, would bust a $11.498 billion cap set by lawmakers by $370 million.

Africa Poaching Hotspots Found in DNA Analysis of Tusks, Dung — A DNA analysis of elephant tusks seized from poachers has revealed two main hotspots for the crime in Africa, a finding that could point law enforcement in the direction of the top criminal networks, a study showed.

U.S. Effort to Train Iraqi Forces Short of Recruits, Carter Says — Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged that the U.S. effort to train Iraqi forces to battle Islamic State is behind schedule because too few Iraqis have signed up to fight the militants. "We simply haven't received enough recruits," Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Former Security Firm Head Says He Deceived U.S. State Department — The former president of a private security company widely used by the U.S. government has pleaded guilty to concealing a scheme to bill the State Department for employee nutrition supplements disguised as training and uniform expenses. According to court papers, Curtis L.

Pentagon Clearing Final Hurdles to Spend All Iraq Training Funds — The Pentagon is clearing the final congressional hurdles in the way of spending the entire $1.62 billion lawmakers approved last year to train and equip the Iraqi and Kurdish military. The first dollars from the fund were spent in the week of May 18, when an Iraqi brigade was equipped with rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, assault packs and protective masks, according to the U.S.

Bomber Contract Loser Won’t Lack Work, Air Force’s James Says — The loser in the U.S. Air Force's multibillion-dollar competition for a new long-range bomber is likely to have enough future contracting opportunities to soften the blow, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said. Northrop Grumman Corp. is competing against a team of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.
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Jul 01, 2015

Our story updated w new SECDEF Carter quotes: Bunker-Buster Bomb No Sure Way to Stop Iran If Talks Fail via @business

Jul 01, 2015

SecDef Carter Meets the Press this afternoon in 3rd DoD news conference since assuming office

Jul 01, 2015

MOP is no silver bullet vs Iran: Bunker-Buster Bomb No Sure Way to Stop Iran If Negotiations Fail via @business

Jun 30, 2015

@BGOV reporting new DoD figures on ISIL ops cost : $2.91b in 315 days of ops; $9.2m daily average; $675m spent on munitions, or 23% of total

Jun 29, 2015

Bloomberg's Peter Cook off to DoD gets good gift at send-off-- photo of Speaker Boehner helping him 'tie one on'

Jun 29, 2015

SpaceX Accident Shows Need For Russian-Made Engines: Pentagon - Bloomberg Government…

Jun 29, 2015

Solar Soldiers in great story: NATO's Solar War Games: Planning For a Hot Conflict via @business

Jun 29, 2015

DNI eyeing expanded role were it can help: U.S. Mulls Help for Africa to Hunt Down Wildlife Poachers via @business

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