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US Scrambles As Both Parties Oppose Trump On Kurds

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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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Esper Confirmed As SecDef; Budget Deal Leaves DoD Spending Flat Next Year

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With a two-year budget deal the Pentagon is getting what it wanted: budget certainty. But that certainty comes at a cost.

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US, Poland Ready Major Troop Announcement at White House; MoD Watches F-35s

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As the Polish president visits the White House this week, Polish officials are touring US air bases to check out the F-35.

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GOP & Dems Fight Trump To Stop $8B Saudi, UAE Arms Deals

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A key Trump ally, Sen. Lindsay Graham, bucks the White House on its proposed $8 billion arms sale.

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Will Trump Fire SecNav? Super Carrier USS Ford Suffers New Setback

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Just days after Trump again ripped the program, the Navy says the over-budget, and overdue, carrier remains beset with problems.

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

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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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Trump Tries to Take Control of Mattis Narrative

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The relationship went through a messy ending. Will the president now try and give Mattis the Rex Tillerson treatment?

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Despite Trump’s Rhetoric, U.S. Defense Firms Pitch Moving Production To India

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As big defense firms line up to pitch their fighter planes to India, the government of Narendra Modi is demanding they build in India, something that might be at odds with the Trumpian America First philosophy.

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In Surprise Move, Trump Makes New Demand On NATO Spending

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Stunning leaders with a new demand for a massive increase in military spending, President Trump rekindles fears that he has little interest in maintaining the post-war alliance.

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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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