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Welsh: F-35 is backbone of Air Force’s future fighter fleet

The Air Force’s most advanced  strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of  adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel  here, June 19. Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on  Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air […]

US scraps tons of gear as it leaves Afghanistan

The US military has destroyed more than 77,000 metric tons of military equipment — including mine-resistant troop transport  vehicles — as it prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan in late 2014, the  Washington Post reported Thursday. More than $7 billion worth of military equipment is no longer needed, or  would be too expensive to ship back […]

Netanyahu Pressured on Palestine Peace Freeze

TEL AVIV — Escalating pressures from abroad and within are pushing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to clarify once and for all his coalition government’s policy on two-state peace with the Palestine Authority (PA). As world leaders, movie stars and other luminaries converged here last week to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres on his 90th […]

British MoD Shut UFO Desk After Finding No Threat

LONDON — Britain’s defence ministry shut down its UFO unit four years ago after concluding that extra-terrestrials likely did not exist, and in any case did not pose a threat, previously secret files released Friday showed. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed its hotline in 2009 despite a trebling of reported sightings of Unidentified Flying […]

US Pushing Hard To Sell Javelins to France

The US joint venture that builds the Javelin anti-tank missile came through town recently to introduce a new senior executive, underscoring American industry’s hot pursuit of a contract for a medium-range weapon for the French Army, sources briefed on the issue said. The Javelin joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Raytheon presented its new business […]

Greece’s crackdown targets immigrants

Greece plans to  deport 1,600 illegal immigrants following a twin-pronged crackdown by police in  central Athens and along the border with Turkey, a main entry point to the EU  used by people traffickers, a police official said on Monday. Some 6,000 immigrants were detained over the weekend in the biggest police  operation in the capital […]

The Specter of Syrian Chemical Weapons

By Scott Stewart The unraveling of the al Assad regime in Syria will produce many geopolitical  consequences. One potential consequence has garnered a great deal of media  attention in recent days: the possibility of the regime losing control of its  chemical weapons stockpile. In an interview aired July 30 on CNN, U.S. Secretary  of Defense […]

India at Least 9 Months From Inking Rafale Deal

Negotiations to build Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force won’t be complete for at least nine months, following news that the state-owned company tapped to build the jets in India has missed a deadline for filing its license production evaluation report. Sources in the Indian Defence Ministry said Defence Minister A.K. Antony had […]

U.S. House Passes Huge Defense Spending Bill

U.S. lawmakers passed a sweeping $606 billion defense bill July 19 that exceeds a budget cap and faces a veto threat from the White House for failing to sufficiently rein in spending. The bill would provide $518 billion for the Pentagon and an additional $88.5 billion for overseas contingency operations, specifically the war in Afghanistan […]

Thales Delivers Four Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Turkey

Thales has completed delivery of initial standard maritime patrol  aircraft under the Meltem II programme for Turkey, with four aircraft  entering service between February and June 2012. Pierre Eric Pommellet, Executive Chairman of Thales Systèmes Aéroportés,  officially handed over the aircraft during a ceremony at the Tusas Aerospace  Industry (TAI) facility in Ankara attended by […]



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