Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 25, 2019

A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt -/File Photo

Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One: America’s Fighter Jet Makers Are Thriving, Thanks to Trump and Putin

Orders of older warplanes surge as U.S. military spending rises and Russia rattles its sabers.

American-made fighter jets, once facing extinction, have seen a resurgence in sales, thanks largely to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Add to that Middle Eastern nations arming for potential war with Iran and there may be more than $80 billion in new or potential sales for F-15s, F-16s, and F/A-18s worldwide.

Trump’s Pentagon budgets over the past two years have enabled the U.S. Navy to keep buying new F/A-18 Super Hornets. His fiscal 2020 budget plan calls for purchasing even more of those warplanes, plus a new variant of the F-15 for the Air Force, which has not purchased Eagles since 2001. Meanwhile, eastern European nations spooked by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea are looking at the affordable F-16.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 25, 2019

Boeing nets $4B for 78 F/A-18 Super Hornets for U.S. Navy -- UPI

Pentagon: We’re Buying Boeing F-15s to Keep 2 Fighter Makers in Business -- Defense One

Industrial base considerations played role in F-15X decision -- Defense News

Air Force swaps F-35A crews in flexibility exercise -- UPI

WATCH: Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant helo takes first flight -- Defense News

Plan would double artillery upgrades in Army arsenal over the next five years -- Army Times

We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was -- Popular Mechanics

Army Sets 2023 Hypersonic Flight Test; Strategic Cannon Advances -- Breaking Defense

At 30, Osprey Matures Beyond Controversy to Become Most Sought-After U.S. Military Aircraft -- Rotor & Wing

Navy Unveils 355 Ship Fleet Plan — But It’ll All Change -- Breaking Defense

Navy Ready to ‘Burn the Boats’ with 2021 Laser Installation on a Destroyer -- USNI News

In response to back-to-back deadly collisions, Navy rethinks ship bridges to help prevent future accidents -- Stars and Stripes

Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Says First-Ever Maintenance Report -- USNI News

Navy To Supersize Its Ultra Versatile SM-6 Missile For Even Longer Range And Higher Speed -- Warzone/The Drive

Air Force To Turn Navy Air Defense Busting Missile Into High-Speed Critical Strike Weapon -- Warzone/The Drive

Shanahan: Military space ‘needs an advocate’ -- Space News

Trump waiting on watchdog findings for Pentagon head: report -- The Hill

2020 Budget: Why DoD Wants More AI, Drones, Attack Subs & Nukes -- Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven

Pentagon fails to deliver US strategy on Yemen -- Jack Detsch, Al- Monitor

The US military has written a book on the Iraq war - but it's too late -- Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Middle East Eye

Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops -- Geneive Abdo, Foreign Policy

Exclusive: U.S. may soon pause preparations for delivering F-35s to Turkey -- Reuters

Boosting the U.S. Presence in Northern Australia—Slowly but Surely -- Michael Crane, The Strategist

Thousands more soldiers will deploy to Pacific to increase Army footprint -- Army Times

US Air Force deploys B-52 bombers to Europe in message to Russia -- CNN

US President Donald Trump’s aides support the sale of 60 F-16 warplanes to Taiwan, sources say -- SCMP/Bloomberg

US and China’s underwater rivalry fuels calls for submarine code of conduct to cut risk of accidents -- SCMP

China’s Regional Bomber and its Implications -– James Bosbotinis, Williams foundation

WATCH Russian Su-35S Use Flares to Avoid 'Enemy Fire' in Syria -- Sputnik

Russians Use U.S. Navy’s Aegis Ashore as Excuse to Deploy Strategic Bombers to Crimea -- USNI News

Russia moves more strike assets to Eastern Mediterranean -- Jane's 360

Russia sends military planes to Venezuela -- DW

NATO Confirms Plans For $260 Million U.S. Storage Site In Poland -- RFE

General Atomics contracted for four Reaper drones for Netherlands -- UPI

Britain to buy Wedgetail aircraft in nearly $2 billion deal -- Defense News

Pakistan sends subtle messages to India, US with military parade -- Defense News

Why did New Zealand intelligence fail to catch attack suspect? -- David Child, Al Jazeera

Resistance to killer robots growing -- DW

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