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Trump tells NATO allies to spend more… like thrifty Pentagon buying $1.2k mugs & $10k toilet seats?

Toilet seat covers that cost $ 10,000? Coffee mugs for $ 1,200 apiece? No wonder NATO countries aren’t too keen to follow US military spending benchmarks. Even the Pentagon is looking for better deals and 3D printing for savings. While President Donald Trump browbeats NATO allies into increasing their military spending, the US Department of Defense is spending untold amounts ...

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Pentagon denies review of US forces in Germany linked to potential troop pull-out

The Pentagon has denied reports that an audit of US troops stationed in Germany was ordered by the White House ahead of plans to reduce the number of US forces in Europe, as its not contributing enough to NATO. Read more The Department of Defense undertook the cost review on its own initiative, as a routine audit, Pentagon spokesman Col. ...

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Senators 'dismayed’ as new report reveals Pentagon overestimated F-35 savings by $600 million

A Senate committee has slammed the Pentagon’s beleaguered F-35 fighter jet program, for claiming that a $ 661mn spend on bulk-buying parts would help it save some $ 1.2 billion. The real amount is half that, it has been revealed. The Senate Appropriations Committee, which has recently greenlighted a boost in spending for the F-35 program, despite it being plagued ...

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‘Qualification flight’: Pentagon test-drops upgraded nuke from B-2 stealth bomber over Nevada

The US Air Force has tested the B61-12 nuclear bomb by dropping a dud from a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber over Nevada, as part of an ambitious project to extend the service life of the bomb, introduced in 1968, by another 20 years. “The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the US Air Force completed two non-nuclear ...

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To ‘deter war’ or ‘provide lethal force’? – Pentagon website ‘confused’ on its own goals

The mission statement on the Pentagon’s website sends a mixed message about US military goals, as the old one aimed to “deter war,” while the new one focuses on providing “lethal force” instead. And the two somehow coexist. Read more The new version of the mission statement, proudly displayed at the bottom of each page of the Pentagon website, differs ...

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Pentagon relocates US Army HQ from Seoul after 70+ years

The US Army’s headquarters in South Korea, located in the capital Seoul since the end of WWII, has moved to a $ 11bn base in the rural south – away from mass protest rallies and the North’s guns. The new United States Forces Korea (USFK) headquarters was opened on Friday at Camp Humphreys, a base near the town Pyeongtaek, about ...

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Pentagon asked to accommodate ‘alien family population’ of 12,000

The Pentagon has been requested to house and take care of some 12,000 illegal immigrants at its military bases along the Mexican border, to help the White House impose its “zero-tolerance” policy. “The Department of Defense has received a request for assistance from the Department of Homeland Security to house and care for an alien family population of up to ...

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‘I’ll do a lot of listening there’: Mattis becomes 1st Pentagon chief to visit China in 4 years

James Mattis is poised to make his first visit to Beijing weeks after he said the US will “vigorously compete” with China and accused America’s Asian rival of “intimidation and coercion” in the contested South China Sea area. Defense Secretary James Mattis’ trip is scheduled for June 26-28 and comes as part of his Asian tour spanning across China, South ...

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Pentagon finds Afghanistan’s ‘new’ Black Hawk helicopters inferior to Russian Mi-17s

US plans to replace Afghan Mi-17s with Black Hawks have met new “challenges,” as the Russian military choppers are superior, according to a Pentagon report. On the bright side, “private contractors” will be busy maintaining them. The revelation has been made by the Lead Inspector General in a quarterly report on Operation Freedom’s Sentinel – the current code name for ...

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US senators urge Pentagon to fully disclose its role in Saudi-led war in Yemen

Three US senators have called on the Pentagon to immediately reveal the extent of US military support to the Saudi-led Arab coalition that launched an attack on Hodeidah, a key port city and last humanitarian lifeline in Yemen. “We call on you to immediately disclose the full extent of the US military role in the Saudi-led war against Yemen’s Houthis, ...

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