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November 23, 2017
Congress sends $700 bn defense bill for Trump's signature
Washington (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
The US Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in national defense spending for next year, a substantial increase over Donald Trump's request, and sent the measure to the president for his signature. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 is a negotiated compromise between the two chambers of Congress. The Senate passed it Thursday on a unanimous voice vote, two days after it cleared the House on a vote of 356 to 70. The bill is some $26 billion above Trump's initial ... read more

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Philippines' Duterte receives Russian assault rifles
Russia handed over army trucks and thousands of assault rifles to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday as the two nations celebrated their growing military ties. ... more
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Saab eyes possible U.S. factory location
A manufacturing capability will be established in the United States by Saab if it wins a contract with the U.S. Air Force for advanced T-X trainer aircraft. ... more
US Senate passes $700 bn defense spending bill
The US Senate overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in defense spending Monday, a substantial increase over 2017 funding and nearly five percent more than President Donald Trump had requested. ... more
L3 Technologies acquires Doss Aviation
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Senior US senators try to protect transgender troops
A bipartisan group of US senators on Friday introduced legislation that would protect transgender troops from being booted from the military for their gender identity. ... more
L3 Technologies acquires Adaptive Methods Inc.
L3 Technologies has expanded its presence in the undersea products market with the acquisition of Adaptive Methods Inc., a systems engineering firm. ... more
Trump pushes hardware to allies -- and ups pressure on N.Korea
With global tensions spiraling over the North Korean nuclear crisis, President Donald Trump wants to pile extra pressure on Pyongyang by urging regional allies to dramatically boost spending on high-tech US military gear. ... more
United Technologies buying Rockwell Collins for $30 billion
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Middle East conflicts boost Bulgarian arms exports
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