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NATO's Steadfast Defender Exercise Highlights Allied Deterrence as Russian Aggression Grows

NATO’s Steadfast Defender Exercise Highlights Allied Deterrence as Russian Aggression Grows

Ships from the U.S. Navy’s Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWOARG), the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group and the French and Norwegian navies transit the Atlantic Ocean in formation during a photo exercise on May 17, 2021. US Navy Photo

NATO’s Steadfast Defender 2021 exercise is helping participating countries return to “a deterrence mindset,” as Russia continues a military buildup and increases its aggression, according to a Navy admiral. Read More

Greece Overhauling Military With New Helicopters and Frigates, Updating U.S. Defense Pact

Greece Overhauling Military With New Helicopters and Frigates, Updating U.S. Defense Pact

The Hellenic Navy Hydra-class frigate HS Psara (F 494), left, and the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) sail behind the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), March 12, 2021. US Navy Photo

Despite its struggling economy and escalating tensions with neighboring Turkey, Greece is pushing ahead on overhauling its military, according to its defense minister. Read More

USS Hershel 'Woody' Williams In Eastern Mediterranean for Training as Greece-Turkey Tensions Continue

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams In Eastern Mediterranean for Training as Greece-Turkey Tensions Continue

The Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) departs Porto Napoli for its inaugural deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations after stopping for fuel and supplies, Aug. 15, 2020. US Navy photo.

The Navy’s second expeditionary sea base is starting training operations with regional partners off Greece this week, even as the Eastern Mediterranean has been a place of tension between NATO allies in recent weeks. Read More

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Muting Turkey's Attacks in Syria

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Muting Turkey’s Attacks in Syria

A U.S. service member oversees members of the Syrian Democratic Forces as they demolish a YPG fortification in northeast Syria, Sept. 21, 2019. US Army Photo

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose economic sanctions on Ankara for its military incursion into Syria as Turkey seeks to create a buffer against the Syrian Defense Forces, a key American ally in the fight against the Islamic State. Read More

Lockheed Martin Confident Other Customers Will Buy Turkey's F-35s

Lockheed Martin Confident Other Customers Will Buy Turkey’s F-35s

An F-35A Lightning II fighter jet takes off during Astral Knight 2019 on June 6, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. US Air Force Photo

Lockheed Martin is confident new customers will step forward to buy the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters intended for Turkey, company executives said during a Tuesday conference call with analysts. Read More

Turkey Formally Dropped From F-35 Program; DoD Estimates $500M to Retool Supply Chain

Turkey Formally Dropped From F-35 Program; DoD Estimates $500M to Retool Supply Chain

F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive aerial refuelings from a Travis KC-10 Extender July 13, 2016 on the flight from England to the United States. US Air Force photo.

THE PENTAGON – Turkey is being excised from the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter program, and the U.S. will pay an estimated $500 to 600 million to retool the program in the aftermath, the Defense Department’s acquisition chief told reporters on Wednesday. Read More

F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey's Future in Program Uncertain

F-35 Program Leadership Changes as Turkey’s Future in Program Uncertain

A Member of the F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team prepares to launch Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 pilot, during the Bagotville International Air Show in Quebec, Canada on June 22, 2019. US Air Force Photo

THE PENTAGON – The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program’s civilian and military management are in the midst of a changeover just as government officials from the U.S. and partner countries are considering ejecting Turkey from involvement in the aircraft’s manufacture and deployment. Read More

U.S. Leading NATO Maritime Group Amid Renewed Focus on Northern Europe

U.S. Leading NATO Maritime Group Amid Renewed Focus on Northern Europe

Standing NATO Maritime Group One flagship USS Gravely (DDG 107) leads 11 naval ships from nine nations in close formation during a Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2019 exercise on June 16, 2019. US Navy photo.

ABOARD USS GRAVELY, IN THE BALTIC SEA — The U.S. Navy is leading a decades-old NATO maritime group, serving as a first-responder force in northern European waters and building interoperability among NATO allies while also re-learning lessons for the U.S. Navy about operating in that region. Read More

Pentagon Seeking Potential Replacements for Turkish F-35 Parts

Pentagon Seeking Potential Replacements for Turkish F-35 Parts

An Air Force F-35A in Australia on March 30, 2019. US Air Force

THE PENTAGON — The Defense Department is seeking alternate suppliers for parts of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter currently provided by Turkish companies, as Turkey’s pursuit of a Russian air defense system threatens its continued participation in the jet program. Read More