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Esper To Lobby NATO For Tough Turkey Punishment

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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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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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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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Intel Community Grapples With Key Open Source Intel

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“In our defeat-ISIS activities, we’ve had a struggle and presently continue to struggle with the challenge of open source and publicly available information, and how we leverage that to make it truly useful for the warfighter,” Jospeh Votel, former head of both Special Operations Command and Central Command.

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Turkey Is Cozying Up To China After F-35 Expulsion, Israelis Warn

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TEL AVIV: The expulsion of Turkey from the F-35 program could lead to closer relations for the NATO ally with China, a move likely to have far-reaching implications in the Middle East, Israeli national security experts say. There is no doubt that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will now strengthen relations with China, says Uzi Rabi,… Keep reading →

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It’s Official: Turkey Out of F-35 Program By March 2020

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Washington finally removes Turkey from the F-35 program, but Pentagon officials decline to say whether there’s a path for it to come back.

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Trump: Turkey Is Out of F-35 Program; Esper & Warren Battle In Senate

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A friendly Senate hearing heated up when Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Acting SecDef Esper “you should not be confirmed as Secretary of Defense.”

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Turkish S-400s Create ‘New Order’ In Mid East Airspace

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An Israeli expert said that the critical question is, where will the Turks deploy the Russian system. “If it is deployed near the border with Syria it may endanger air forces that will attack Iranian controlled militias in Iraq,” the Israeli source says.

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

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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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Senate Passes Defense Bill, Prepares To Battle House On Nukes, War Powers

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The $750 billion defense policy bill sticks with the administration’s topline, but huge fights loom with the House version. Prepare for a long, hot summer.

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