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Esper To Lobby NATO For Tough Turkey Punishment

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The SecDef will tell allies in Brussels next week they must take a hard line on Turkey as the body count in Syria continues to rise. The question is, does this emperil Turkey’s NATO membership?

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Massive NATO Wargame Seeks To Shore Up Fraying Alliance

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More collective defense cooperation will be on display at the massive AUSA 2019 conference, attended by 92 different nations, including the chief generals of 13 armies.

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Tough Sanctions May Drive Turkey Into Russia’s Arms

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Norway suspended new applications for military export licenses to Turkey today. Norway is also reviewing all current licenses for Turkey for military and multi-use military export licenses.

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‘Hurricane Bo-Jo’: EU Readies To Cope With Brexit

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


The one thing Boris Johnson and his DUDE — Deliver, Unite, Defeat, Energize — partisans have in common with their opponents is that they all want to see a quick end to a process that has paralyzed the debate about Europe’s future and created a climate of instability which only NATO’s foes can find suitable.

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Saudis Had No Intel On Iranian Oil Strikes; Mossad, Bibi Brief Defense Cabinet

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Israeli sources said the Saudis had no clue something might happen. “It seems that the Americans were also in the dark, which is very worrying. A greater cause for worry, is if Washington knew and did not share the data in time with the Saudis” one source said.

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US Scrambles As Both Parties Oppose Trump On Kurds

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Pentagon and State Department spent much of Monday scrambling to respond to the White House’s Sunday night announcement. Three days earlier Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters he and the Turkish Defense Minister had reached an agreement on joint US/Turkish patrols in northern Syria.

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A New NATO Buyer For JLTV; More Buyers On The Way?

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The sale to Montenegro might be small, but the US push into the Balkans will not make Moscow happy.

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Israel Needs ‘Many Billions Immediately’ To Counter Iran: Netanyahu

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TEL AVIV: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, still trying to form a new government, said Israel must increase its defense spending by “many billions immediately and then many billions every year” as the threat from Iran “has intensified in recent weeks. Israel, he said yesterday, faces a significantly growing threat from Iran. The Israeli military recently attacked… Keep reading →

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Top DoD Lawyer Gathers All Ukraine Aid Docs For Congress: ‘Routine’

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General Counsel Paul Nay directed DoD officials to “preserve all documents, records, and writings, and any associated attachments, in any format,” that relate to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

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Allies Must Press US To Keep New Start: US Experts

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“New START matters to our security, to the security of the alliance, to the cohesion of the (NATO) alliance,” said Tom Countryman, former assistant secretary of State for international security and nonproliferation,

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