The additional $45 billion allocated by the US Congress to the Armed Forces will offset inflation and support for Ukraine

As the threat from Russia and China grew ever more pressing, the US Congress moved to increase the budget allocated to the US armed forces for fiscal year 2023 by $45 billion beyond the $803 billion requested by the White House. This increase has now been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the Pentagon will indeed have $847 billion in its 2023 budget. future challenges, could well turn out to be, in the end, only a compensation to face the very important inflation...

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Colombia becomes a "major ally" of the United States

The war in Ukraine has generated a certain radicalization at the level of international relations, in Europe of course, but also on the whole planet. In this context, President Maduro's Venezuela did not fail to play an important card, by displaying unfailing support for Moscow from the outset of the conflict, and by systematically voting against the texts targeting the Russian Federation at the United Nations. . For Caracas, it is a question of securing the good graces of the Kremlin, whose military support and in terms of arms exports are essential to maintaining the regime in place. If the rapprochement with Moscow and Beijing dates from…

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US Congress may authorize the export of new F-16 Block 70 Vipers to Turkey

In October 2021, the Turkish authorities had officially submitted a request to the Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, the American organization in charge of arms export files to the allies of the United States, to acquire 40 new F-16s. Block 70 Viper and 80 kits to bring its own aircraft to this much more advanced and efficient standard than the F-16 C/D Block 52 currently in service with the Turkish Air Force. If President Biden promised to do what he could to bring this request to fruition, the American Congress, which firmly controls US arms exports, had opposed it, against the background of the crisis concerning the acquisition…

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Joe Biden renounces the “No first use” doctrine for American nuclear weapons

If the doctrine of use of nuclear weapons in democracies is a highly political subject, it is clear that for fifty years, these have changed little, whether in France, in Great Britain like in the United States. During the last US presidential campaign, candidate Joe Biden promised to incorporate a firm rule on the use of these weapons if he were elected, renouncing them unless attacked by other weapons. nuclear. And as there were many before him, Joe Biden finally gave up implementing such a doctrine, sticking to the very traditional doctrine of using…

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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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UAE Suspends F-35 Purchase Negotiations

Then in the middle of the electoral campaign for his re-election to the White House, Donald Trump scored a big blow in the summer of 2020 by announcing the signing of a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, an agreement which was quickly joined by other Sunni Gulf monarchies in an effort to normalize relations with the Jewish state after several decades of tension over the Palestinian cause. If the points of convergence were numerous, in particular about the potential risk posed by the Iranian nuclear program, the United Arab Emirates took the opportunity to negotiate with Donald Trump the sale of Defense technologies hitherto reserved...

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Is Germany ready to do anything to preserve Russian gas?

In recent weeks, tensions between Moscow and kyiv have again crossed not one, but several levels. Not only do the Russian armies continue to amass considerable troops on the borders of Ukraine, facing the Donbass or in the Crimea, but Russian internal propaganda has become very active in presenting Ukraine to Russian public opinion, but also NATO, as the aggressors and even the instigators of the current tensions. In addition, Moscow has now instrumentalized dictator Lukashenko's Belarus, not only by exploiting the waves of migrants from Iraq and Syria against Poland and the Baltic States, but also by artificially growing...

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Unsurprisingly, the US Congress is hostile to the export of F-16s to Turkey

The situation tends to become more complex for President Erdogan in the matter of the acquisition of new 40 new American F-16s as well as 80 kits to transform part of his 240 aircraft in service into F-16 Block 70 Viper, the most advanced version of the Lockheed Martin aircraft, notably carrying the new EASA AN/APG-83 radar, as well as modernized avionics and an advanced self-defense suite. Indeed, while US President Joe Biden kicked into touch by promising his Turkish counterpart RT Erdogan to “do everything he can” to push this request forward, in a diplomatic way…

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Could Joe Biden's “Buy American” threaten US defense exports?

Each year, the US Federal State defends $600 billion from private service providers, for multiple products and services ranging from IT to cleaning services, including consulting and rolling stock. To support the American economy, in particular as he undertakes to launch a series of vast works intended to be the pillar of the industrial and social reconstruction of the country, Joe Biden has, since January, slipped into the shoes of its disputed predecessor, by supporting the emergence of the "Buy American Act", a law which would force federal spending to be directed mainly towards national service providers, initially up to 55%,...

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Joe Biden vows to do 'all he can' for new Turkish F-16s

As we wrote, President Erdogan's request to the United States to acquire around forty new F-16 fighters, as well as 80 kits to modernize part of his fleet to the Block 70 Viper standard, clearly the American authorities, and in particular President Biden, in a very delicate position, especially since Ankara threatens to turn to Russia and its Su-35s or even Su-57Es if Washington were to refuse these licenses export. At the same time, the Turkish authorities continue to negotiate with Moscow the acquisition of new S-400 systems, as well as technological partnerships in the field of…

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