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Daily Defense News Capsules for 05/06/2021

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Several companies have submitted bids for a Marine Corps program for a new armored reconnaissance vehicle, reports Defense News. The service released a request for prototype proposals on March 30, reported USNI News. The solicitation period ended on Monday. The request ...
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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has partially reversed a decision made in November to shift the top civilian position overseeing special operations to report directly to the defense secretary, reports Politico. Then-Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller raised the position ...
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A planned test of an intercontinental ballistic missile was aborted shortly before launch, reports the Air Force Global Strike Command. On Wednesday, the unarmed Minuteman III missile was scheduled to be test-fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. However, during ...
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The U.S. State Dept. says it has come to a settlement with defense firm Honeywell over alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The matter involves the alleged unauthorized exports and retransfers of ...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government before a deadline set by President Reuven Rivlin, reports the Jerusalem Post. The deadline expired at midnight on Tuesday. Shortly before the deadline, Netanyahu released a statement blaming ...
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Three Chinese naval vessels have arrived in Indonesia to support efforts to recover the Indonesian submarine that sank last month, reports USNI News. On Monday, the ocean tug Nantuo-195 and ocean salvage and rescue ship Yongxing Dao-863, arrived in Bali. The scientific ...
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Taliban militants have seized control of the Burka district in Afghanistan’s northern Baghlan province, reports the Khaama Press (Afghanistan). On Tuesday night, the Taliban gained control of the district following an offensive, a provincial police spokesman said. The ...
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A judge has acquitted a pair of soldiers accused of murdering a member of the Official Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland in 1972, reports the Guardian (U.K.). The case against the two unnamed soldiers collapsed after the public prosecution service decided not ...
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The German government has banned an Islamist organization that it says finances terrorist groups around the world, reports Deutsche Welle. On Wednesday, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that Ansaar International, based in Dusseldorf, and several of its suborganizations ...
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The German Defense Ministry has apparently rejected a French offer for used maritime patrol aircraft to fill a projected capability gap, reports Defense News. The German navy is looking to acquire new patrol aircraft to replace aging P-3 Orion planes by 2025. A planned ...
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Turkey’s first domestically developed tank engine has been successfully tested, reports the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). The 1,500-hp Batu water-cooled, turbodiesel engine was turned on for the first time, Ismail Demir, the head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), ...
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Senior U.S. Defense Dept. officials say Russia has withdrawn only a few thousand troops following a massive deployment to the Ukrainian border earlier this year, reports the New York Times. An estimated 80,000 troops remain near the border despite a well-publicized withdrawal ...
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Burma's democratically elected government, which was ousted in a Feb. 1 military coup, says it has created an armed force to fight the junta, reports the Irrawaddy (Burma). On Wednesday, the National Unity Government (NUG) announced the formation of the People's Defense ...
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Morocco and Serbia have signed new bilateral agreements on security, political and cultural cooperation, reports Morocco World News. On Wednesday, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic met with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat. During the talks, ...
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The European Union is mulling the creation of a joint rapid response force, reports Reuters. Fourteen member states have proposed the establishment of a brigade of 5,000 troops, potentially including ships and aircraft, that could quickly intervene in international crises, ...
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The European Union is considering a request from Mozambique for a training mission to help the military fight a growing Islamist insurgency, reports Reuters. On Thursday, E.U. foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that the bloc was considering a civilian mission to ...
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