U.S. National Guard/Staff Sgt. Rebecca R. Imwalle

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe purchased — and quickly sold — tens of thousands of dollars worth of stock in defense contractor Raytheon this week after advocating for a record-high defense budget.

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After months of delays, the Trump administration finally has a new Secretary of the Army. Dr. Mark T. Esper, an Army veteran and chief lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon since 2010, was confirmed by a 89-6 vote in the Senate on Nov. 15, becoming the 23rd person to hold the office since its creation in 1947. As Army secretary, the perennial Washington defense insider will now oversee everything from manpower and personnel to weapons systems and equipment acquisition for a fighting force on the brink of its biggest shakeup since the Vietnam War.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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What’s cooler than sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads? AH-64 Apache attack helicopters with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads.

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Since the Tomahawk cruise missile made its combat debut in 1991, more than 2,000 missiles have been launched in support of U.S. combat operations, according to Raytheon, the munition’s current producer.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd

A number of defense contractors continue to decry the budget cuts enacted in 2011, citing the need to modernize capabilities to stay ahead.

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