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Trump’s Ukraine Intervention May Violate FCPA, Arms Export Laws: Experts

Posted by Colin Clark on


The president’s personal intervention was “highly improper,” one arms export expert says, concluding that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act “appears to have been criminally violated here.”

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Fog Of Information War: Army Asks Civilians, Allies For Aid

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The hard part of Multi-Domain Operations isn’t hypersonic missiles or robotic tanks. It’s getting civilian agencies and foreign allies to fight disinformation — long before the shooting starts.

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Esper Presses Hard For New Civilian Casualty Policy

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The US is doing far more than its allies in coming to grips with causing civilian harm,” a human rights NGO representative who has met with Pentagon leaders said. Still, the gap between government estimates and those from groups on the ground is often wide. 

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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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