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Joint Media Release – Australian Prime Minister and Minister for Defence – Acquisition of two additional C-17A Globemaster III Aircraft – 10 April 2015

The Commonwealth Government has decided to acquire two additional Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft to bolster the Royal Australian Air Force’s existing fleet of six strategic lift aircraft.

The acquisition of the two additional C-17s – and associated equipment and facilities – represents an investment of $1 billion in Australia’s security and the ability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to a range of contingencies.

This project will also provide significant work opportunities for local industry.

Strategic Vision

Article Sourced From:
Seapower Magazine April 2015

Article By:
Amy Wittman

First U.S. Armored HMMWVs Arrive in Ukraine, Greeted by President Poroshenko

Embassy of the United States Kyiv, Ukraine, March 25, 2015

Pentagon Expedites $17.9 Million in Equipment to Aid Iraqis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 - The Defense Department has expedited $17.9 million in equipment and supplies - some which have already been delivered - to the Iraqi government, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

Warren provided a general update on equipment and supplies authorized for delivery to the Iraqis.

DSCA Reorganizing to be More Nimble

Article Sourced From:
Defense News Feb 23, 2015

Article By:
Joe Gould

Lead-Nation Procurement Initiative

WASHINGTON, February 04, 2015 - The Department of State and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) have announced an initiative to consider proposals for lead-nation procurements from NATO member countries and NATO organizations – purchases by a lead nation or international organization on behalf of others, through Foreign Military Sales (FMS).  Proposals for lead-nation procurements involving NATO organizations and NATO member countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis during a two-year test period.  Lead-nation procurements will be supported by retransfer arran

Hagel Praises New Defense Cooperation Agreements With India

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2015 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today applauding agreements on defense cooperation between the United States and India, announced by President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Hagel's statement reads as follows:

South Korea cancels F-16 upgrade deal with BAE Systems: Pentagon

BY ANDREA SHALAL
WASHINGTON Wed Nov 5, 2014 6:29pm EST
(Reuters) - The U.S. government on Wednesday said it had canceled, at the request of South Korea, a preliminary contract with the U.S. unit of Britain's BAE Systems (BAES.L) to upgrade 134 F-16 fighter jets, ending a major arms deal initially valued at $1.7 billion.

The unusual move, announced by the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, paves the way for South Korea to pursue a similar upgrade deal with Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the warplanes' original manufacturer.

Republic of Korea Requests U.S. Government Terminate KF-16 Upgrade Contract with BAE

On November 5, 2014, at the request of the Government of the Republic of Korea, the U.S. Government notified BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Service of Rockville, Maryland, that it would terminate for convenience a contract with BAE for initial development and long lead production in support of the Republic of Korea KF-16 fighter aircraft upgrade.  This contract was the first of a two-phase Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement for the upgrade of 134 KF-16s.  The U.S. Government will work with BAE to close out the contract.

Defense News Interviews VADM Joe Rixey

Defense News with Vago Muradian
DSCA's Strategic Plan: Vision 2020
VADM Joe Rixey, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, on the agency's future.

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