July 2, 2020

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UAE Clears First US Hurdle to Purchase Chinook Helicopters

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The State Dept. has cleared the United Arab Emirates to purchase of 10 Chinook helicopters for $830 million. The purchase must also be approved by Congress, which can still negotiate changes in quantities and cost.

House Committee Passes $733B Defense Budget

CARES Act

The House Armed Services Committee passed a $733 billion defense policy bill.

New FAA Rules for Recreational Drones

FAA Rules

Recreational drone users will face new FAA regulations that will go into effect this summer.

DoD to Decentralize F-35 Program

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The letter to the Pentagon announcing plans to decentralize the F35 program office came from the newly reconfigured office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment. Each service running its own program is a more traditional model.

Putin Touts Invincible Nuclear Weapons as Russian Elections Near

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Putin touts infinite-range missiles that are cannot be intercepted with a video showing hits on the US homeland. Western experts suggest he’s exaggerating Russia’s capabilities, but also warn of immediate needs in the US defenses and nuclear platforms.