Erdogan Remains a Headache for Biden, Even After Ukraine Deal Help

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey assisted in brokering an agreement to unblock Ukrainian grain but has alarmed U.S. officials on other fronts.

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Israel Downs Iran Drones With Arab Help, Signaling Growing Ties

The destruction of Iranian drones last year was an early example of a new regional military project that President Biden is trying to shore up during his Middle East visit.

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How a Military Base in Illinois Helps Keep Weapons Flowing to Ukraine

Thousands of logisticians are responsible for making sure that U.S. military aid reaches its destination, on planes, trains and ships.

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Five Marines Dead in Military Plane Crash in California

All aboard the plane, an MV-22B Osprey that belonged to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, crashed in a remote area east of San Diego, the U.S. Marine Corps said.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #el-centro-calif, #helicopters, #military-aircraft, #mv-22b-osprey, #united-states-marine-corps

A Russian Plane Crashed Into a House. Death Was Parceled Out Randomly.

Some fortuitous timing in doing chores saved a family that lived in the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv. A few blocks away, things turned out very differently.

#bombs-and-explosives, #chernihiv-ukraine, #civilian-casualties, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

In This Small Thai Village, American History Runs Deep

In 1944, a U.S. military plane crashed in a spot the locals named “Deadman’s Torso Flat.” A team has found remains that it hopes are those of the airman.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency, #military-aircraft, #thailand, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Russian Guided Weapons Miss the Mark, U.S. Defense Officials Say

The lack of warplanes at Russia’s Victory Day parade underscores President Vladimir V. Putin’s failure to build a capable modern air force.

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The U.S. is bolstering Ukrainian artillery and air power.

Weeklong training for Ukraine’s soldiers on howitzers is taking place outside of their country, a U.S. defense official said. Additionally, new spare parts have allowed Kyiv to get more than 20 warplanes back in service.

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The Casualties at the Other End of the Remote-Controlled Kill

Capt. Kevin Larson was one of the best drone pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Yet as the job weighed on him and untold others, the military failed to recognize its full impact. He fled into the California wilderness.

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For the U.S., a Tenuous Balance in Confronting Russia

Navigating between aiding Ukraine and avoiding an escalation with Moscow has led to a tangle of decisions and sometimes tortured distinctions over weapons and other elements of policy.

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4 U.S. Marines Killed in Osprey Crash in Norway

The police said that the tilt-rotor aircraft, which was taking part in a NATO training exercise, crashed on Friday evening, killing all crew members aboard.

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U.S. Adds ‘Kamikaze Drones’ as More Weapons Flow to Ukraine

NATO allies are focused on providing Kyiv with high-tech defensive weapons that are easy to use and move.

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Poland’s Fraught Offer: Fighter Jets for Ukraine, but Only Through U.S. Hands

Neither Poland nor the United States wants to make itself — or NATO — a target of Russia. And providing MIG fighters might cross over Putin’s invisible line.

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Navy Recovers Stealthy Jet From Deep in the South China Sea

The warplane was pulled from a depth of approximately 12,400 feet more than a month after it crashed while trying to land on an aircraft carrier.

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What Happens When a Stealth Jet Ends Up on the Ocean Floor?

Here’s how the Navy might recover a $94 million F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that crashed in China’s backyard.

#aircraft-carriers, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #china, #f-35-airplane, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #military-aircraft, #salvage, #south-china-sea, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

Where Is Germany in the Ukraine Standoff? Its Allies Wonder.

Germany’s allies have begun to question what price Berlin is prepared to pay to deter Russia, and even its reliability as an ally, as it wavers on tough measures.

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U.S. Navy Fighter Jet Accident in South China Sea Injures 7

The military said it was investigating the cause of a “landing mishap” during routine operations.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #military-aircraft, #south-china-sea, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

What to Know About the Civilian Casualty Files

A New York Times investigation found that the American air war in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan has been plagued by flawed intelligence, poor targeting and thousands of civilian deaths.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #drones-pilotless-planes, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #military-aircraft, #syria, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israeli Defense Officials Cast Doubt on Threat to Attack Iran

Israel has threatened military action to destroy Iran’s nuclear program if need be. But defense officials say Israel does not have the ability, at least not anytime soon.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #defense-and-military-forces, #gantz-benny, #iran, #israel, #military-aircraft, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Israel Finds Planes That Could Be Key to a Strike on Iran Badly Back-Ordered

The United States told Israel it was unlikely to deliver refueling tankers before 2024, amid tensions between the two nations over how to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.

#boeing-company, #defense-and-military-forces, #gantz-benny, #iran, #israel, #military-aircraft, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Afghan Pilots Who Escaped Taliban Are Flown Out of Tajikistan

More than 140 Afghan Air Force pilots and crew members were evacuated to the United Arab Emirates three months after flying into Tajikistan to escape the Taliban.

#afghan-air-force, #afghanistan, #defense-and-military-forces, #military-aircraft, #pilots, #tajikistan, #taliban, #united-states

U.S. and China Enter Dangerous Territory Over Taiwan

The self-ruled island has moved to the heart of deepening discord and rivalry between the two superpowers, with the potential to ignite military conflagration and reshape the regional order.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #military-aircraft, #politics-and-government, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

In a Surge of Military Flights, China Tests and Warns Taiwan

For two straight days, Beijing sent a record number of planes near the island, Taiwan said, a display of strength that underscored Chinese demands for unification.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #military-aircraft, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #taiwan

This Is No Way to Run a Democracy

“What the country really needs is some sort of Biden-Get-Your-Groove-Back campaign.”

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Military Jet Crashes in Texas Backyard, Injuring 2 Pilots

Three homes were damaged and three residents treated for minor injuries, the Fort Worth Fire Department said. “It could have been a lot worse,” a police chief said.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #fort-worth-tex, #military-aircraft, #texas, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

The Afghan Army Collapsed Against the Taliban. Here’s Why.

It pains me to see President Biden and other Western officials blame the Afghan Army for collapsing but not mention why that happened.

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U.S. Weighs Possibility of Airstrikes if Afghan Forces Face Crisis

The Pentagon is considering whether to intervene with warplanes or drones in the event that Kabul is in danger of falling to the Taliban, though no decisions have been made.

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Iran’s Proxies in Iraq Threaten U.S. With More Sophisticated Weapons

Iran-backed militias in Iraq are suspected of carrying out recent drone strikes on sensitive American targets in Iraq, evading U.S. defenses.

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Who Is Roman Protasevich, the Opposition Journalist?

Mr. Protasevich, 26, is an exiled dissident whose reach drew an authoritarian ruler into a gambit that outraged Western governments.

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U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis

The Biden administration is close to completing a review of Trump-era weapons sales to the two Gulf Arab states. Democrats in Congress oppose the deals.

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The Fighter Jet That’s Too Pricey to Fail

The F-35 is a boondoggle. Yet we’re stuck with it.

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Air Force Training Jet Crashes in Alabama, Killing 2

The T-38 was assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi and went down in a wooded area near the Montgomery Regional Airport, officials said.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #alabama, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #military-aircraft, #montgomery-ala

China Sends Warplanes to Taiwan Strait in a Show of Force to Biden

The exercises, which included 13 warplanes on Saturday and 15 on Sunday, were the biggest so far this year and the first under the new U.S. administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #military-aircraft, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #uss-theodore-roosevelt-cvn-71-ship

US Pushes Large Arms Sale to Taiwan, Including Jet Missiles

The administration is proposing the packages as President Trump’s strategists try to paint him as being tough on China despite soft actions earlier.

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Netanyahu Privately Condoned U.S. Plan to Sell Arms to U.A.E., Officials Say

The package being pushed by the Trump White House — which could shift the military balance in the Middle East — includes an electronic warfare plane, the EA-18G Growler.

#arms-trade, #defense-and-military-forces, #house-of-representatives, #israel, #middle-east, #military-aircraft, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.

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U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes in Britain, With One Pilot Aboard

The British authorities were searching for the pilot, whose status American officials said was “unknown at this time.”

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #great-britain, #military-aircraft, #united-states-air-force

Libyan Commander Backed by Russia Says He’s Ready for Talks to End War

Khalifa Hifter saw the collapse this week of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli from a government backed by the U.N. and Turkey.

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Canadian Snowbirds Jet Crashes During Tribute to Coronavirus Workers

The jet crashed into a house in Kamloops, British Columbia. There was no immediate word on deaths or injuries.

#aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #british-columbia-canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #military-aircraft, #snowbirds, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Navy Reports Describe Encounters With Unexplained Flying Objects

While some of the encounters have been reported publicly before, the Navy records are an official accounting of the incidents, including descriptions from the pilots of what they saw.

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