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F-35B Arrives at Centcom HQ Prior to First Combat Deployment

An F-35B aircraft arrived Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida as part of a two-day visit meant to inform U.S. Central Command senior leaders on the short-takeoff/vertical-landing aircraft’s capacities and limitations before it enters theater operations. The Lockheed Martin-built aircraft is slated for its first combat deployment aboard the USS Essex amphibious assault ship to …

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Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier Named Director of Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability

Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier, director of operational capability requirements for the U.S. Air Force deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, has been appointed as director of warfighting integration capability within the same office, the Defense Department said Thursday. In his current role, Crosier develops policy for operational capabilities-based …

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US Pledges $120M Military Aid Package to Lebanon

The U.S. government has offered $120 million in military aid to help increase Lebanon’s capacity to perform counterterrorism and border security efforts. Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of the U.S. Central Command, unveiled three programs of assistance the Defense Department will provide to Lebanese armed forces as part of DoD’s Building Partner Capacity initiative …

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James Mattis Confirmed as Defense Secretary

The Senate has confirmed James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former chief of the U.S. Central Command, as defense secretary under President Donald Trump’s administration, The Hill newspaper reported Friday. Rebecca Kheel writes Trump signed a waiver legislation to exempt Mattis from a law that requires the Defense Department‘s civilian leader to …

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Former Centcom Commander John Abizaid Named Senior Defense Adviser to Ukraine

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has appointed John Abizaid, a retired U.S. Army general and former commander of the U.S. Central Command, as senior defense adviser to Ukraine. The Defense Department said Thursday Abizaid will give authoritative advice to Ukraine’s defense minister Stepan Poltorak and other senior Ukrainian officials. Abizaid will seek to support Ukraine’s efforts to align its armed forces with …

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