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Air-Land chairman talks F-35 costs and ‘Buy America’ in the next defense bill

WASHINGTON ― Last year’s defense policy bill passed without language championed by Rep. Donald Norcross that would have gradually increased “Buy American” requirements for major defense programs to 100 percent by 2026. But the New Jersey Democrat, whose proposal faced criticism it would lock out allies, told Defense News in an interview last week that he plans to have the conversation…
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At 53, I Took the Tough New Army Combat Fitness Test. Here's How It Turned Out

Matthew Cox took the Army’s new combat fitness test (ACFT) at Ft. Myer, Virginia, Friday morning. (Steven Beynon/Military.com) When I was first approached three weeks ago to take the Army Combat Fitness Test, my answer was no. Not just no, but hell no. I hadn’t taken an Army fitness test in 32 years and had no plans to start now. It took about a day, and another appeal by an Army officer I…
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US, Turkey remain divided over purchase of Russia’s S-400s

ANKARA, Turkey — Top U.S. and Turkish diplomats failed on Wednesday to overcome sharp differences over Turkey’s purchase of an advanced Russian air defense system, which Washington sees as a security threat. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Turkish…
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Overmatch is fleeting: How the US Army’s multidomain task force will help the military remain dominant

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army’s multidomain task force might have started out as an experimental unit, but a new plan to operationalize it puts the unit front and center in competition, crisis and conflict against adversaries. The move is detailed in an Army whitepaper released March 23, in which the service acknowledges it must transform now to meet future challenges. “Although our Army…
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The US Navy inks a deal for a tenth Block V Virginia-class submarine

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy sealed the deal on a 10th ship in its latest iteration of the Virginia-class attack submarine, issuing a $2.4 billion adjustment on a contract initially awarded in December 2019. The original contract was for nine boats with an option for a 10th, which brings the total cost of the contract with Prime Contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat to $24.1 billion…
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