July 17, 2019

New F-35 Deal a ‘Historic Milestone’

New F-35 Deal a 'Historic Milestone'

The DoD-Lockheed Martin deal for hundreds of new F-35s will drive the cost per airplane below $80 million for the first time. It’s being called a “historic milestone.”

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US Presence in Persian Gulf Sends Message

US Presence in Persian Gulf

US Central Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie says the threat from Iran that prompted the deployment of reinforcements to the Persian Gulf region has not diminished. But the USS Abraham Lincoln’s presence has made an important difference.

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US, Russia Warships Nearly Collide

Warships Nearly Collide

The US and Russia are blaming each other after a near collision between warships Friday in the East China Sea.

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Russian Fighter Jet Intercepts Navy P-8A

Russian fighter

The Russian fighter jet, Su-35, makes an unsafe and “irresponsible” intercept of Navy P-8A over the Mediterranean Sea.

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Congress Backs Big Military Pay Raise – But Not Medical Job Cuts

military raise

House lawmakers follow Senate recommendations and back a 3.1 percent military pay raise, the largest in a decade. The recommendations also block plans to cut 18,000 defense medical jobs.

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Amid Spring Disasters, Military Preps for Hurricane Season

Amid Spring Disasters, Military Preps for Hurricane Season

Amid a busy spring responding to flooding and tornadoes in the Midwest, the National Guard is gearing up for hurricane season, which officially kicked off Saturday and will last until the end of November. Last year’s hurricanes were particularly destructive for some of the military’s most critical bases.

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Carriers to Return to Steam Catapult Systems

Steam Catapult

President Trump has ordered that carriers go back to steam catapult systems for launching aircraft, a move that could cost billions and reduce the ships’ capabilities.

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DHS Issues Alert on Chinese Drones

chinese drones

The Department of Homeland Security issued an alert on Chinese drones, which could pose security risks, including data theft. Most drones purchased in the US are manufactured in China.

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Trump Overrides Congress on Arms Sales

arms sales

Despite Congressional objections, the Trump administration cleared $8.1 billion in arms sales for Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates by invoking an emergency exemption.

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More Troops Headed to the Middle East

More service members, intelligence aircraft, engineers, and fighter pilots are heading to the Middle East as a “prudent defensive measure” against Iran.

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