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Daily Defense News Capsules for 08/20/2019

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The U.S. Navy is facing a nearly $1 billion shortfall in its maintenance budget and may be forced to delay critical maintenance, reports Defense News. The shortfall was discovered as part of a midyear review of fiscal 2019 budget spending. The cause of the shortfall ...
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A new Government Accountability Office report says the Army is having trouble staffing, equipping and training newly activated cyber and electronic warfare units, reports the Fifth Domain. As part of its effort to reorient towards great power conflict and multi-domain ...
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The U.S. has test-launched a ground-based cruise missile less than a month after withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia, reports the Defense Dept.  On Sunday, the military launched the missile from a ground launcher at a site ...
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Turkish police have arrested 418 individuals and removed the mayors of three towns from office over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). Raids were conducted in 29 provinces. Turkish police searched government ...
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The Chinese government says it will respond after President Donald Trump approved the sale of 66 advanced F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, reports the South China Morning Post. On Sunday, Trump told reporters that he had approved the deal, but the Senate would still need ...
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The internationally recognized Yemeni government held a crisis meeting on Monday to discuss last week’s takeover of the temporary capital, Aden, by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), reports the Gulf News (Dubai). The meeting was chaired by President Abdu-Rabbu ...
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The purchase of new armored vehicles for combat support missions for the Canadian military could cost double the original estimates, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The Can$3 billion (US$2.3 billion) deal for 360 Light Armored Vehicles built by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada ...
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Classified satellite imagery obtained by the U.S. government indicates that Iran may be planning to launch a rocket into orbit, according to officials cited by CNN. The launch could occur sometime this week, the officials said. Commercial satellite imagery shows increased ...
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The Japanese Defense Ministry has approved the purchase of F-35B short-take-off-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) fighter jets from the U.S., reports the Asahi Shimbun. The purchase of 42 F-35Bs at a cost of US$132 million each was formally approved by the ministry on Aug. ...
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The Pakistani government has extended the term of the army's top officer for another three years, reports the Dawn (Karachi).  Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the extension for Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, the military said on Monday. The announcement came three ...
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Rebels have withdrawn from a key Syrian town following a government offensive, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).  Opposition fighters withdrew from most positions in Khan Sheikhoun in the northwestern Idlib province on Tuesday, said an activist in the region.  Fighters ...
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Dissident Irish republican groups have been blamed for an explosion near the Irish border, reports the Belfast Telegraph.  On Monday, police and army ordnance disposal officers were responding to reports of an explosive device in County Fermanagh when another ...
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Separatists in southern Yemen have taken over two military bases following another round of fighting with government troops, reports Reuters.  Early Tuesday, fighters from the Southern Transitional Council (STC) overran bases in Zinjibar, 38 miles (60 km) east of ...
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The Sri Lankan government has named a new commander for its army, reports the Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka).  On Monday, Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, the army chief of staff, was promoted to lieutenant general and named army commander. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake.  His ...
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At least a dozen soldiers have been killed in a major militant attack in northern Burkina Faso, reports Agence France-Presse. On Monday, militants attacked troops in Koutougou, Soum province, said the military.  At least 12 soldiers were killed and more wounded, ...
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An annual combined exercise with the U.S. has concluded in South Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).  The combined command-post and crisis management staff training wrapped up on Tuesday with no reported problems, said a military source. The drills ...
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