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Pentagon looking to speed up arms sales to allies – WSJ

Mounting tensions with China and the conflict in Ukraine have prompted the Pentagon to create a special task force to facilitate arms sales to Washington’s allies, a senior US defense official has told the Wall Street Journal. The so-called “Tiger team” was put together in August to look for ways …

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Pentagon signs deal to make air defense systems for Ukraine

The Pentagon has signed a $182-million deal with US arms manufacturer Raytheon to produce NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems) for the Ukrainian military. The work on short-and medium-range air defense weaponry will be conducted at Raytheon’s facilities in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, with an estimated completion date of August 23, 2024, …

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Pentagon watchdog doubtful Kiev tracks US weapons

The Pentagon’s acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell told Bloomberg on Thursday that his office will test the effectiveness of the system that tracks US weapons shipped to Ukraine as part of the Defense Department’s multi-billion dollar military assistance program. “As far as we can tell, right now, everything that is …

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Ukraine failed to mount counteroffensive – ex-Pentagon adviser

The Ukrainian military has not been able to pull off its promised counteroffensive, and Russian forces are now likely to take over the whole of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, Colonel Douglas Macgregor, a former adviser to the secretary of defense in the Trump administration, has said. Appearing on a livestream …

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Pentagon doles out another $1 billion in Ukraine aid

The US Department of Defense has announced its largest military aid package for Kiev since the Russia-Ukraine conflict began in February, planning an additional $1 billion in weapons shipments to the former Soviet republic. The latest batch of weaponry was approved under President Joe Biden’s so-called “drawdown authority,” the 18th …

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China ignores phone calls from Pentagon – Politico

As China continues its snap military drills around Taiwan in retaliation to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to the island this week, top Chinese military officials are refusing to return calls from their counterparts at the Pentagon, according to Politico. Beijing allegedly rejected several calls from Defense Secretary …

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Israel calls Pentagon over Gaza strikes

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz held a phone conversation with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin on Friday night to update him on the objectives and progress of the ongoing military offensive in the Gaza strip, dubbed ‘Operation Breaking Dawn.’ While the IDF claims it took out senior terrorists, Palestinian officials …

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Pentagon plans ‘years’ of military aid to Ukraine

President Joe Biden’s administration has announced $400 million in new weapons aid to Ukraine, including four additional HIMARS rocket systems, and is making plans to keep supplying such hardware to Kiev for “months and years ahead.” A Pentagon official spoke of planning efforts to meet Kiev’s short- and long-term weaponry …

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