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Israel to buy two KC-46 tankers, with plans for more F-35s and weapon systems

JERUSALEM — Israel will purchase two Boeing KC-46 tankers as part of a letter of offer and acceptance announced Feb. 22. Israel’s Defense Ministry said it is also pursuing additional F-35 fighter jets (beyond the 50 it already has agreed to buy), more helicopters, advanced munitions and other weapon systems. Israel will use the Foreign Military Financing program from the U.S. to acquire the…
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US antitrust regulators extend review of Lockheed-Aerojet deal

WASHINGTON ― U.S. antitrust regulators have extended their probe into Lockheed Martin’s proposed $4.4 billion purchase of rocket manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne so that the two companies can provide more information to the government, the companies announced Friday. …
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Less Combat Center Focus, More Small-Unit Skills: Army to Release New Training Manual

Vehicles with the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, line up for a convoy, September 17th, at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 17, 2020. (Jared Simmons/U.S. Army) The Army will soon release a new training manual as it scales back its strategy of high-intensity training cycles to prepare for combat training center rotations — and instead…
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US Air Force’s top acquisitions exec joins Pallas Advisors

WASHINGTON ― Former U.S. Air Force acquisitions chief Will Roper has joined strategic advisory firm Pallas Advisors, the company announced Tuesday. A champion of emerging technologies, Roper led efforts to bring commercial technologies into the military through the AFWERX and SpaceWERX initiatives. He also oversaw the development and first flight of a future fighter demonstrator and advocated…
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Iron Dome plans being finalized as US Army begins training on systems

WASHINGTON — Plans for where, how and when the U.S. Army’s two new Iron Dome air defense batteries could deploy are being finalized, according to Brig. Gen. Brian Gibson, the lead on the service’s air and missile defense modernization effort. Lawmakers have demanded the service come up with a plan to deploy Iron Dome systems, which were procured as an interim solution to fill a cruise…
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