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French Defense Chief: ‘It’s Called Article 5, Not Article F-35’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Paris wants to partner with the US, but a top French defense official says an unpredictable White House is forcing Europe to strike out on its own.

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The Secretary Of Reassurance Has Resigned: Farewell To Mattis

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: After two years of reassuring US allies that Donald Trump’s America would not abandon them, Jim Mattis finally had enough. Even before Trump was sworn in as president, the announcement that he would pick Mattis as his Secretary of Defense was met with delighted relief “from the right, from the left, and from overseas.”… Keep reading →

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US Gives Russia 60 Days Before INF Withdrawal; NATO Comes Around

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After five years of talks and a wall of Russian denials, NATO and Washington call Putin’s bluff and say they’re ready to do something about Russian violations of a 31 year-old arms control treaty. But Europe is worried.

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US Puts Russia ‘On Notice’ Over Treaty Violation; NATO Agrees

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US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison sent a warning to Moscow about violating the INF treaty — one that NATO allies appear prepared to back up.

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F-35 Lot 11 ‘Handshake’; Navarro Not Coming As Farnborough Readies

Posted by Colin Clark on


The supposedly “historic” high-level delegation the Trump administration was supposed to be sending to the Farnborough Air Show keeps getting less and less historic.

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Trump’s Wrecking Ball Ideology

Posted by James Kitfield on


A year ago, it would have been tempting to write off President Trump’s “bull in a china shop” diplomacy as the product of inexperience and impulsiveness. However, after eighteen months in the White House tenure, Trump is looking like a man with a method, a leader acting according to a consistent ideology — if not… Keep reading →

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NATO Has A Good Story To Tell, But Is Its Audience Of One Listening?

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Allies from Norway to Romania are buying big-ticket weapons systems produced by the American defense industry, and more NATO countries are inching toward agreed-upon defense spending goals. But is it enough?

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NATO Braces For Trump, White House Says Business As Usual

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As the president prepares to head to Europe to meet both NATO and Putin, his administration is taking pains to keep expectations low, and portray a ‘steady as she goes’ attitude to both summits.

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Senate Approps Joins House Boosting F-35 Buy; State Warns Turkey On JSF

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The two houses of Congress are yet to haggle over the final draft of the 2019 defense spending bill, but Turkey’s role is looking more precarious by the day.

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Israel Deploying to Eastern Europe, Pacific for First Time Alongside U.S. Forces

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The Trump Pentagon is undergoing a major shift to focus on great power competition. And it’s looking for allies to step up in places that might come as a surprise.

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