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NATO Industrial Advisory Group: Future Aircraft Platforms May Utilize Rotor Tech

A NATO-established group of senior industrialists have determined that future aircraft may feature coaxial, pusher props, fans or advanced tilt rotor technologies to support missions, Defense News reported Friday. An anonymous official from NATO told Defense News that future systems must be interoperable with the legacy fleet as new operational …

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Army Outlines FY 2017 Force Structure

The U.S. Army has outlined how it will distribute additional soldiers as part of an end strength increase mandated by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. The service branch said Thursday its regular Army force will reach 476,000 soldiers; the Army National Guard will increase to 343,000 soldiers; and the Army Reserve will have 199,000 troops. The 2017 NDAA permits the Army …

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Senate OKs Russia, Iran Sanctions Bill With Amendment for Russian-Made Rocket Engines

The Senate voted 98-2 Thursday to pass a bill that would enact new sanctions against Russia and require the White House to secure congressional approval before lifting any current sanctions, Reuters reported Thursday. The proposed legislation seeks to penalize Russia for its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, involvement in …

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FAS: Pentagon Asks Congress to Exempt Sensitive Military Data from FOIA

The Defense Department has called on Congress to exempt sensitive and unclassified information on military rules of engagement, tactics, techniques and procedures from the Freedom of Information Act, the Federation of American Scientists reported Tuesday. DoD said in the department’s proposed measures for inclusion in the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill that …

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Navy Staff Director James Foggo Nominated as Commander of Naval Forces Europe-Africa, JFC Naples

Vice Adm. James Foggo III, director of the U.S. Navy staff, could potentially assume command of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Africa and the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples, Italy. The Defense Department said Tuesday that President Donald Trump nominated Foggo to lead the two Navy component commands and one NATO …

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GAO: Challenges in 5 Main Areas Impact DoD Mission Capacity

The Government Accountability Office has determined five key areas that hinder the Defense Department‘s capacity to complete its missions. GAO said in a report published Tuesday DoD’s operational obstacles include cyberspace threats and cyber expansion requirements, escalating program costs, human capital management, efficiencies in defense business operations and a need to rebalance its …

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