Austin speaks with Chinese counterpart in latest reopening of talks

[ad_1] U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke Tuesday morning with China’s minister of defense — the highest level of military communications to resume between the two countries. In a readout of the call, the Pentagon said they discussed the war in Ukraine, North Korea, operating in the South China Sea and U.S. policy toward … Read more

AUKUS allies float path for Japan to join tech sharing pact

[ad_1] The U.S. is inviting Japan to be a potential partner on part of the trilateral AUKUS pact that aims to deepen top-secret technology sharing and joint development on advanced defense capabilities. The White House on Wednesday, during Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s state visit at the White House, floated Japan’s entry into the second … Read more

US, Japan announce generational upgrade to alliance amid China threat

[ad_1] The leaders of America and Japan unveiled a lengthy list of defense agreements Wednesday in what U.S. President Joe Biden called “the most significant upgrade in our alliance since it was first established.” The two countries will improve their respective command-and-control systems, form an industrial council to build weapons together, network their missile defense … Read more

Israel F-15 sale in jeopardy as congressional support wanes

[ad_1] A key Democrat on Tuesday said he is noncommittal about approving an $18 billion F-15 sale to Israel, even as centrist members of the party who previously supported unrestricted military aid to the country become increasingly skeptical amid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. And the topic of U.S. military support for Israel overshadowed a … Read more

Israel F-15 sale hangs in the balance as Democrats push Austin on Gaza

[ad_1] A key Democrat on Tuesday said he is noncommittal about approving an $18 billion F-15 sale to Israel, even as centrist members of the party who previously supported unrestricted military aid to the country become increasingly skeptical amid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. And the topic of U.S. military support for Israel overshadowed a … Read more

Adopt a treaty for semiconductor export control

[ad_1] On Oct. 7, 2022, a seemingly obscure corner of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Bureau of Industry and Security, delivered a seismic shockwave to the global semiconductor industry. It did so by announcing stringent, unprecedented and unilateral American export controls on advanced computing and semiconductor manufacturing equipment destined for China. Just a little … Read more

Defense, VA budget work begins on Capitol Hill as Congress returns

[ad_1] Congress returns to Capitol Hill on Monday after its spring break with a long list of budget hearings on tap, including planned appearances from top Defense Department and Veterans Affairs leaders. On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. CQ Brown will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee for … Read more