Tag Archives: Israel

Senators Introduce Bill Amid Potential $23B F-35 Sale to UAE; Sen. Bob Menendez Quoted

F-35 Fighter Jets

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have proposed a bill that would require congressional oversight of the sale of U.S. military systems to foreign governments. The introduction of the Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2021 comes as the White House looks to proceed with an estimated $23 billion foreign military sale of F-35 fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates. 

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DOE Announces Funding for Clean Energy Tech Proposals Under BIRD Energy Program

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) will dole out $4 million in funds to support the development of clean energy technologies as part of the Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Energy program. BIRD Energy was created through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to promote U.S.-Israel partnerships to help bring renewable energy technology platforms to market.

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JAIC Hosts Second AI Dialogue Event; Stephanie Culberson Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The Department of Defense's (DOD) Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) held a two-day event that sought to help the participants address gaps, policies and approaches in adopting artificial intelligence technologies. JAIC plans to host meetings regularly within the year to continue discussions on artificial intelligence interoperability, readiness and responsibility.

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Senate Confirms Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

The Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken, former deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration, to lead the State Department in a 78-22 vote on Tuesday, The New York Times reported. During his confirmation hearing, Blinken said he plans to review U.S. policy toward North Korea and take a tougher approach to Russia and China. 

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DoD to Transition Oversight of Israel to U.S. Central Command

Israel

The Department of Defense (DoD) will transition oversight of Israel from U.S. European Command (EUCOM) to U.S. Central Command (Centcom) as part of a change to its unified command plan. The Pentagon said the U.S. considers Israel a strategic partner and expects the move to lead to more opportunities for cooperation with Centcom partners. 

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USMC Tests Radar Systems With New Raytheon-Made Tech

The U.S. Marine Corps demonstrated integrated operation between its radar systems and technology based on an Israeli air defense platform in August, Marine Corps Times reported Thursday. The Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar or G/ATOR performed alongside SkyHunter, a Raytheon-made air defense system based on Israel's Iron Dome technology.

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DHS S&T, Israel Gov’t Form Cargo Security Program Partnership

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate has partnered with the Israel government's Ministry of Public Security to carry out an initiative that seeks to address concerns in maritime and border cargo security. The Low Cost Disposable Electronic Seals Pilot program aims to create technologies that will work to protect cargo shipments from tampering attempts and optimize supply chain security processes, DHS said Tuesday

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Alice Eldridge, Travis Garriss & Leslie Jelalian Join BAE Systems; Tom Arseneault Quoted

BAE Systems announced on Thursday that Alice Eldridge, Travis Garriss & Leslie Jelalian have joined the company’s senior leadership team. Eldridge will serve as the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Garriss joins as senior vice president and chief information officer and Jelalian as the senior vice president of Strategy & Corporate Development. 

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