September 2019

Here’s what you need to know about the U.S. aid package to Ukraine that Trump delayed

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON―At the center of the latest scandal threatening to take down President Donald Trump is $391 million in military aid that Trump reportedly asked his staff to freeze for two months before dropping the hold a week ago, under pressure from lawmakers. On Wednesday, Washington was consumed with a July 25 call between Trump and Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. According to a rough transcript released by the White… Read More »Here’s what you need to know about the U.S. aid package to Ukraine that Trump delayed

Senate again votes to end DoD-dependent border emergency, bucking veto threat

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― The Senate on Wednesday again passed a bid to end the southern border emergency President Donald Trump’s declared to divert military construction funding to the border wall―but not by a veto-proof majority. The 54-41 vote, which saw 11 Republicans vote with the Democratic minority, was on a resolution to terminate Trump’s national emergency declaration. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had pressed Republicans in public remarks to… Read More »Senate again votes to end DoD-dependent border emergency, bucking veto threat

Sikorsky’s new combat rescue helicopter hovers into production

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The Air Force has given its new combat rescue helicopter the green light to go into production, its manufacturer Lockheed Martin Sikorsky said Tuesday. After four test aircraft performed more than 70 hours of flight tests, the Air Force approved a “Milestone C” decision for Sikorsky’s HH-60W Combat Rescue helicopter, moving the program to low rate initial production. “We have just successfully gained approval to launch the… Read More »Sikorsky’s new combat rescue helicopter hovers into production

US clears attack helicopters for Thailand, plane defenses for Qatar

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department on Tuesday cleared a pair of potential arms sales, one each to Thailand and Qatar. The two sales have a combined price tag of $486 million, according to the announcements posted on the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. DSCA notifications are not final sales; if allowed by Congress, the sales enter negotiations during which quantities and dollar figures can shift. Thailand… Read More »US clears attack helicopters for Thailand, plane defenses for Qatar

Senate to vote on ending border emergency that diverted DoD funds

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― Republicans will be “forced” to vote as soon as Wednesday whether to end the president’s emergency diversion of military funding to his border wall, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Schumer and other Democrats turned up the pressure on their GOP colleagues months after 12 Senate Republicans voted to end the emergency declaration and the House failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto. The decision… Read More »Senate to vote on ending border emergency that diverted DoD funds

The Space Development Agency’s plans have changed. Here are the revisions.

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[ad_1] WASHINGTON — When the Space Development Agency formally launched in March, it was billed as a major step forward for the Pentagon’s growth in space, with an ambitious plan to launch hundreds of small satellites into orbit. But just four months into the job, Fred Kennedy, the group’s first director, quit, leading to questions about whether the strategy for which he advocated would last — or if the group… Read More »The Space Development Agency’s plans have changed. Here are the revisions.

Trump’s Ukraine scandal could be ‘impeachable offense’ key national security Democrats, veterans warn

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[ad_1] A coalition of national security Democrats, including five freshmen with military experience, on Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump’s alleged political dealings with Ukraine as a potential “impeachable offense” and joined their House colleagues in demanding the White House provide public answers on the scandal. In a Washington Post opinion piece Monday night, the group — all of whom represent districts Democrats flipped in the last mid-term election — called… Read More »Trump’s Ukraine scandal could be ‘impeachable offense’ key national security Democrats, veterans warn

US, Polish presidents sign pact to boost American military presence in Poland

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[ad_1] WARSAW, Poland — U.S. President Donald Trump and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda inked a joint declaration on advancing defense cooperation Sept. 23 in New York, paving the way for an increased U.S. military presence in Poland. The two countries “continue to develop the plan to bolster Polish–United States military ties and United States defense and deterrence capabilities in Poland. These capabilities presently include approximately 4,500 rotational United States… Read More »US, Polish presidents sign pact to boost American military presence in Poland

Intel agency will test hyperspectral images from industry

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[ad_1] The National Reconnaissance Office has awarded a commercial imagery study contract to HySpecIQ as a way to better understand the company’s imagery capabilities and how commercial hyperspectral images can fulfill some of the intelligence communities geospatial needs. Hyperspectral images comprise light from hundreds of colors across the electromagnetic spectrum, giving any object a unique signature. Analysts can study individual pixels of an image to identify specific objects or materials.… Read More »Intel agency will test hyperspectral images from industry