Early Bird Brief

Early Bird Brief

The most important military and defense stories of the day, delivered each weekday morning. Brought to you by Defense News and Military Times, the most trusted, nonpartisan sources for news about the military and defense worlds. Presented by Lockheed Martin.

Episodes

December 8, 2022 7 min

Today, after months of negotiations, Congress unveiled its compromised defense budget, which includes a repeal of the COVID vaccine mandate and a pay raise for troops. 

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On Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Jon Simkins joins the show to talk about his interview with one man moved to a Japanese internment camp after the Pearl Harbor attack, who then went on to serve in the U.S. Army. 

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Today, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of Defense responded to the U.S. Defense Department's annual report that highlighted Beijing's efforts to strengthen its nuclear capabilities. 

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December 6, 2022 7 min

Today, a top U.S. intelligence official said that Russia is burning through its munition stockpiles at an "extraordinary" rate. 

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December 5, 2022 9 min

Today, Military Times' Pentagon Bureau Chief Meghann Myers discusses the Reagan Institute's annual survey on the public's view of the armed forces — and how sometimes politics goes past the water's edge. 

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December 2, 2022 8 min

Today, despite a hold on a number of Defense Department nominees, the Senate confirmed the Pentagon Inspector General for the first time in nearly seven years even as defense spending increased and aid flowed to Ukraine. 

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Today, a former Army paratrooper and founder of the Oath Keepers was found guilty on counts of seditious conspiracy, the first person in nearly three decades to be convicted by a jury on the charge. 

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Today, the Department of Defense released its annual findings on China's military power. 

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Today, Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin called on Congress to pass a full-year defense budget before a partial government shutdown occurs when funding runs out on Dec. 16, potentially impacting military readiness. 

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November 28, 2022 12 min

Today, Pentagon reporter Joe Gould breaks down U.S. defense packages for Ukraine to date -- and the weapons being sent to counter Russian forces. 

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Today, after the tragic mass shooting at a LGTBQ club in Colorado, news came to light that the man involved in stopping the gunman was a veteran. 

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November 22, 2022 8 min

Today, Poland accepted Germany's offer to send Patriot missile systems near its border with Ukraine, after a stray Ukrainian missile landed in Poland. 

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November 21, 2022 8 min

Today, Jon Simkins, a Military Times editor and creator of the site's satirical section called Observation Post, discusses how the Marine Corps closed down a major Washington, D.C. roadway to do a run in honor of the service's 247th birthday. 

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November 18, 2022 9 min

Today, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened to withhold support from the 2023 fiscal year defense budget due to "woke" parts of the bill, he claimed. 

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Today, the Biden administration -- from the Pentagon to the NSC -- released information that the missile that struck a town in Poland was a stray from Ukraine air defense systems. 

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Today, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., the top defense budget Republican, won re-election to the House of Representatives. 

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November 15, 2022 7 min

Today, an Army Times investigation found that a new kind of diving vest could have prevented deaths during military dive school training. 

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November 14, 2022 12 min

Today, Defense News Congress reporter Bryant Harris breaks down some midterm election results that have big consequences for national security and defense policy in Congress. 

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November 11, 2022 6 min

Happy Veterans Day from all of us here at Defense News and Military Times! Here's a message from Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams. 

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Today, the Early Bird Brief has some updates on a number of races where veterans, national security experts and former intelligence officials were running for Congress. 

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