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Note To Putin: Trump Unleashes $400M For Ukrainian Military

Posted by Paul McLeary on


After weeks of uncertainty over the Trump administration’s policy toward Ukraine, senators and State Department officials say the spigot of aid has been turned back on.

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Will Trump Keep Turkey In F-35 Program? Washington Mum on Russian S-400 Delivery

Posted by Paul McLeary on


No one is talking at DoD, State or the White House about today’s delivery of the Russian weapon system. Is the president considering looking the other way?

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Congress Testy About US Arms Sales To Saudi, But Still Lack Votes

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A top State Dept. official had a rough reception at the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday, as Democrats and Republicans appear increasingly uneasy with US/Saudi ties.

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EU Steps Up Its Defense Spending, But Washington Says Not So Fast

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Is the European Defence Fund a long-overdue move by US allies to take more responsibility for their own security? Or a bid to exclude US companies from European arms markets?

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

Posted by Paul McLeary on


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

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State, DoD Letter Warns European Union to Open Defense Contracts, Or Else

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Europe has bristled at a letter sent to the EU from the Pentagon and State Department, which says proposed EU defense programs are unfair to the US defense industry.

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US Urges ‘Like-Minded’ Countries To Collaborate On Cyber Deterrence

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“We have a saying in Asia…When the elephants fight, the ants get smashed.”

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Trump Scraps Cold War Nuclear Treaty, US Moving To Build New Missiles

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity,” a statement from the White House said. Moscow has refused to admit that it has for years been “covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.”

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US Sees Little Chance To Save INF Treaty Days Before Deadline

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Just back from a unsuccessful round of discussions with her Russian counterparts in Geneva to discuss the Cold war-era accord, Undersecretary of State Andrea Thompson told reporters today she’s not hopeful of saving the INF Treaty before Feb. 2, when time runs out on the 60 days the Trump administration have given Moscow to acknowledge it had violated the treaty.

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State Blocks Israeli Sale of F-16s To Croatia: Deal All But Dead

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Croatia, a NATO member, was ready to sign off on the largest defense deal in its history: $500 million for 12 Israeli F-16 fighters. But the State Department didn’t like the looks of the deal.

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