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Defense spending bill would defund Biden’s Gaza pier

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced its fiscal 2025 defense spending bill while adding a provision that would eliminate the military’s makeshift pier off the coast of the Gaza Strip, which has struggled to deliver an adequate level of humanitarian aid to Palestinians facing famine-like conditions. The committee voted 34-25 along party lines to send the $833 billion bill to…
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V-22 Osprey: Investigation into Safety and Oversight

A House Oversight Committee panel that is investigating the safety and oversight of the V-22 Osprey aircraft following a string of fatal crashes has not received critical data or accident reports that its members requested months ago, two committee staffers told The Associated Press. The aircraft, subject of a hearing Wednesday, has faced safety, maintenance and reliability issues for decades…
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Air Force, Space Force unveil tool for AI experimentation

The Air Force and Space Force launched a generative AI tool on Monday, encouraging airmen and guardians to experiment with using the technology for tasks like summarizing reports, IT assistance and coding. The services want to use the tool, which it’s calling the…
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Italian Navy starts doling out money for sub-sea drone technologies

ROME — Italy’s bid to master underwater drone technology has taken a step forward as local firms team up to respond to series of sub-sea Navy tenders, although an industry spokesman has said investment still needs a big boost. Firms including Fincantieri, Leonardo and civil energy company Saipem are forming groups to give joint responses to four Navy tenders seeking cutting edge undersea…
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Firefly inks deal with Lockheed to launch up to 25 missions

Lockheed Martin selected Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket to fly as many as 25 missions for the defense contractor through 2029. The deal, announced June 5, commits Lockheed to 15 launch reservations and up to 10 optional missions. “The Firefly team has scaled up Alpha…
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Defense spending bill forces Israel arms transfers, nixes Ukraine aid

The House defense spending panel on Wednesday advanced the first draft of its annual Pentagon funding bill over objections from Democrats, who cited a provision that would block the president’s authority to withhold arms transfers to Israel and a lack of security assistance for Ukraine, among other partisan provisions. The $833 billion defense appropriations bill for fiscal 2025 would bar the…
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