Military Spending

Tough luck, Aussies! Pentagon won’t compensate Australia for faulty Boeing fighter jet that went AFLAME on takeoff

The Australian taxpayer will foot the bill for a $85 million (AUS$125 mn) Growler fighter jet that burst into flames on the runway due to an engine fault. The US Navy will not reimburse Australia for the “dud” warplane.

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US’ Syria Pullout Delusion 🚀

President Trump has been defending his purported withdrawal of US troops from Syria as a triumphant move to “bring our soldiers home”. He says it’s about delivering on his 2016 election promise to “end endless wars”. This is just trite electioneering from Trump. Already it is being admitted this week that the Pentagon is not […]

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Trump approves $4.5 million in aid to ‘White Helmets’ in Syria

US President Donald Trump has authorized $4.5 million in aid to the so-called Syrian Civil Defense (SCD), aka “White Helmets,” calling their work “important and highly valued.” The group’s critics point to its terrorist ties. “Over the course of the 8-year conflict in Syria, the SCD has rescued more than 115,000 people, including many ethnic […]

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Erdogan Says Ankara in Talks With Moscow Over Delivery of Su-57 Fighters to Turkey

Russia and Turkey are discussing possible deliveries of Russia’s Su-35 or Su-57 fighters, with Ankara expressing significant interest in this purchase, Russia’s federal military-technical cooperation service reported, following Erdogan’s visit to Moscow.

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Boris Johnson’s ‘moral hazard’: No money to save Thomas Cook, but plenty for war with Iran (if it comes)

The UK government has ruled out a peaceful intervention to save historic travel agent Thomas Cook, and 9,000 jobs, but has declined to rule out (a far more expensive) military intervention in the Gulf.

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Boom or Bust? US’ New Nuclear Bomb Program Encounters Significant Delay

Two massive update programs for bombs in the US nuclear arsenal will be delivered late. The weapons are just part of a huge arsenal overhaul that’s reaching maturity just as the US steps back from key arms limitation treaties and weighs the use of nuclear weapons in future wars.

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Turkey in ‘talks’ on buying Russian Su-57 jet fighters – Erdogan

Ankara is holding talks on purchasing the newest Su-57 jets from Moscow, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Turkey was forced to seek jet fighters elsewhere after the US refused to sell it F-35 warplanes.

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F-22 Stealth Coating Problems Revealed in Stunning Photo

The F-22 was a pioneer fifth-generation jet in the US Armed Forces, combining multirole strike capabilities with the ability to stay off most radar screens due to its stealth coating. However, as it turned out, the latter comes at a price both in terms of maintenance time and money.

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US discontent over Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400s is ‘sign of true competition’

The US has punished Turkey for buying Russian air defense systems by cutting it from the F-35 program. The rationale behind the move is speculative, and Ankara’s example may prompt other US allies to buy Russian, experts told RT.

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Norway Spends Thousands of Working Hours Trying to Figure Out Total F-35 Cost

Some Norwegian politicians believe the uncertainty surrounding the price of the US F-35 fighter jets, the new backbone of the country’s air force, is “absurd”. To settle an ongoing dispute surrounding the cost of F-35s once and for all, the Norwegian parliament’s control and constitutional committee has asked Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen to name the […]

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Turkey to Consider Buying Russian Warplanes If US Refuses to Supply F-35 – Report

The United States earlier threatened to remove Turkey from it’s F-35 program after Ankara refused to scrap a deal with Russia to buy Moscow’s cutting-edge S-400 missile systems, which Washington claimed could compromise US-made aircraft.

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Not you too! US warns India against Russian S-400 ahead of Pompeo’s visit

Although Washington already has its plate full trying to dissuade Turkey from buying S-400 air defenses, it is also “urging” India against buying the Russian missile system just ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit.

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India to Purchase 21 Russian MiG-29 Jets to Improve Air Combat Strength – Report

A top-level Indian Air Force (IAF) team visited a Russian facility to check the MiG-29 fighter jets; later, it submitted a favourable report to IAF Headquarters, according to the news portal Print.

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S-400 a Pretext to Exclude Ankara From US F-35 Program – Retired Turkish General

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has warned Turkey about the “very negative consequences” their acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems will have if it goes ahead. The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence systems will seriously affect the defence relations of the United States and NATO with Turkey, she said.

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Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget in Spite of US Calls to Reach NATO Target

Berlin’s failure to meet the alliance’s agreement to spend 2% of GDP on defence has been a source of tension between Germany and the US. Angela Merkel earlier pledged to boost military spending up to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024. But the budget plan, introduced in Berlin, suggests that the expenditures will be decreasing […]

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