Megan Eckstein is the naval warfare reporter at Defense News. She has covered military news since 2009, with a focus on U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations, acquisition programs, and budgets. She has reported from four geographic fleets and is happiest when she’s filing stories from a ship. Megan is a University of Maryland alumna.
The short-term budget deal approved by Congress freezes billions of dollars in planned Pentagon acquisitions programs, as well as some of President Joe Biden’s top priorities to deter China. It could be months before they move ahead.