27 September 2019   (AV Web)
In a move it says reaffirms its commitment to product safety, Boeing has set up an Aerospace Safety Committee to oversee its aircraft design and manufacturing processes. It’s headed up by Edmund Giambastiani, a retired USN Admiral and former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
27 September 2019   (BBC News)
The Stena Impero, a tanker owned bu a Swedish company but flagged in Britain, has been released by Iran two months after it was seized in the Strait of Hormuz. It was headed for Dubai for crew debriefing and medical checks.
27 September 2019   (Military Times)
A U.S. Army Patriot missile defense battery, four radar units and 200 support personnel are set to be deployed to Saudi Arabia. The Department of Defense says the decision is “a demonstration of our commitment to ... stability in the Middle East.”
27 September 2019   (Military Times)
A bipartisan Syria Study Group mandated by Congress wants the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria halted.  It warns in a report that without a U.S. presence, there is could be a resurgence of ISIS forces and an entrenched Iranian presence.
26 September 2019   (Rand Corporation)
As China has become more authoritarian even as it prospers economically, its militarization of the South China Sea and its trade practices have helped to persuade many that President Donald Trump has spurred an essential U.S. policy debate. However, a Rand Corp. “policy currents” commentary suggests Trump’s stance may be unlikely to engender much third-country support.
26 September 2019   (Breaking Defense)
A small group of Israeli Air Force crews have been aboard the U.S. Marine Corps’ new CH-53K King Stallion helicopters flying out of Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland this week. Their experience and subsequent advice is expected to figure in their government’s decision whether to buy 20 CH-53Ks or Boeing CH-47F Block 2 Chinooks.
26 September 2019   (CNN News)
The first of what is expected to be a new class of amphibious assault ships has been launched in Shanghai, yet another sign of the country’s growing naval muscle.
26 September 2019   (Military Times)
The fact that one of its Los Angeles-class submarines has been stuck pierside in New England since 2016 is raising concerns about out-of-control costs in the U.S. Navy. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who visited the submarine Sept. 25, is suggesting that ongoing funding issues within Congress doesn’t bode well for military readiness.
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More than 500 U.S. troops and dozens of combat vehicles are being deployed on an extended mission to Lithuania, part of the Atlantic Resolve campaign whereby the Army rotates deployments in Eastern Europe as a deterrent to Russian aggression. Lithuania has lobbied for an enhanced presence ever since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula five years ago.
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A capability gap between the U.S. and some European militaries could become “unworkable” if it is allowed to widen, according to “Multi-Domain Operations 2028”, a report published by the Association of the U.S. Army Institute of Land Warfare. It warns that if the U.S. doesn’t engage its allies early in new developments, there is a risk of divergent capabilities which would undermine interoperability.