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Japan aims to boost 5-year defense spending to $318 billion

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday set a new target for military spending over the next five years to 43 trillion yen ($318 billion), or 1.5 times the current level, as the country seeks defense buildup including the use of preemptive strike. Defense Minister...
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The Big Boeing Buy

United Airlines could be purchasing up to 125 Boeing 787 aircraft valued $18 billion in the most positive scenario. A United Airlines decision on fleet replacement is long overdue. With the Boeing (NYSE:BA) 737 MAX and Boeing 787 back in the delivery stream, these are interesting times for Boeing. The...
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Russian Army Death Toll Surpasses 91,000 As 550 More Die In One Day

The number of Russian soldiers killed in the country's invasion of Ukraine has exceeded 91,000, with Russia sustaining 550 casualties between Saturday and Sunday alone, data provided by the Ukrainian military showed. Russia has suffered 91,150 combat losses among its military personnel since its unprovoked attack began in late February,...

U.S. Defense Chief: Keep COVID military vaccine mandate

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he wants to keep the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place to protect the health of the troops, as Republican governors and lawmakers press to rescind it. This past week more than 20 Republican governors sent...
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Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, December 4

George Barros, Grace Mappes, Riley Bailey, Karolina Hird, Layne Philipson, Angela Howard, and Frederick W. Kagan. Ukrainian officials have indicated that Ukrainian forces plan to continue offensive operations over the coming winter to capitalize on recent battlefield successes and prevent Russian forces from regaining the battlefield initiative. Spokesperson of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Eastern Group Serhii Cherevatyi stated on December 4 that frozen ground enables heavy wheeled and tracked vehicles to advance and that Ukrainian forces are preparing such vehicles for winter operations.[1] Cherevatyi also stated that low-quality mobilized recruits and Wagner Group personnel recruited from Russian prisoners are unprepared for combat in the winter.[2] The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD) stated on November 20 that those who suggest the winter will pause hostilities “likely never sunbathed in January on the southern coast of Crimea,” suggesting that Ukrainian forces intend to continue counteroffensive operations over the coming winter that contribute toward the goal of retaking Crimea.[3] Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr Havrylov stated on November 18 that Ukrainian forces will continue to fight in the winter because any type of pause will allow Russian forces to reinforce their units and positions.[4] Ukrainian officials’ prior statements on ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive actions in Kherson Oblast are further evidence that these official statements on winter counteroffensive actions are indicators of continuing counteroffensive operations.[5]
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Canoo Delivers Electric Tactical Vehicle to US Army

Electric mobility developer Canoo has delivered its first light tactical vehicle (LTV) to the US Army. The handover builds on a $67,500 contract in July for an electric vehicle with “scalable and adaptable capabilities in operational and garrison environments.”. “The LTV is another milestone proving the power of our...
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US will not allow China to ‘reshape its region,’ world order: Austin

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. ― Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin redoubled his call for Congress to pass a federal budget amid fears stalled talks will lead to another stopgap funding measure. In a keynote address at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday, Austin highlighted investments in...
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Draft Israeli coalition agreement includes dramatic changes regarding Judea and Samaria

A draft version of the coalition agreement between the Likud and the Religious Zionism Party, headed by Bezalel Smotrich, includes dramatic changes in government power structures relating to civilian and military activities in Judea and Samaria, Hebrew media reported on Monday. According to Ynet, Defense Minister-designate Yoav Gallant will not...
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U.S. approves sale of Raytheon-made Stinger missiles to Finland

The government of Finland wants to buy $380 million worth of Stinger missiles and related equipment from the United States. The U.S. State Department has approved the sale to Finland of 350 FIM-92K Stinger Man Portable missiles; five Production Verification Flight Test (PVFT) FIM-92K Stinger Man Portable missiles, and related equipment and support.