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Italy Approves $20.6B in 2023 Budget to Fund Weapons Procurement

The Italian government has allocated around $20.6 billion of its 2023 budget to defense spending for the acquisition of new weapons. Rome’s latest budgeting document shows plans to purchase new tanks, fighting vehicles and rocket launchers. According to Defense News, officials delayed the document’s release to accommodate the military’s updated requirements following Russia’s invasion of...

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US, UAE to Address Increasing Cyber, Ransomware Attacks Through Enhanced Collaboration

The United States has signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to tackle increasing cyber and ransomware attacks through enhanced cyber collaboration. The deal was announced during a meeting between Todd Conklin, the Department of the Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Mohamad Al Kuwaiti, chief...

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US, Singapore Start Tech Dialogue to Bolster Scientific, Research Collaboration

The United States and Singapore have launched a critical and emerging technology dialogue to advance their collaborative efforts on scientific innovations. According to a joint statement on the White House website, the two parties will exchange knowledge and information through the forum to bolster their research partnerships, which involve active participation from the government, industry...

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Reuters: US Updating Restrictions on Exporting AI Chips, Chipmaking Tools to China

A U.S. official revealed that China has been informed of U.S. plans to update the rules banning the export of artificial intelligence chips and chipmaking tools to Beijing, according to a Reuters report. The rules were first implemented in October 2022 as part of Washington’s effort to address national security concerns, hinder China’s efforts to...

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United States, Close Allies Publish Guidance to Counter Russian Sanctions Evasion

The Export Enforcement Five, or E5, partnership that groups the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has issued new guidance to counter Russia’s evasion of sanctions through the use of third countries. The document, available for download from the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security website, identifies 45 prioritized...

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US To Provide $2B Direct Loan for Poland’s Defense Modernization Program

The United States has announced a $2 billion direct loan agreement to advance Poland’s defense modernization efforts. The Foreign Military Financing loan will support the country’s upgrade plans for its military forces, according to the Department of State. The deal will also bolster NATO’s defense and deterrence in Europe’s eastern flank, the department said, adding...

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Argentina Adds Boeing CH-46 to Helicopter Shopping List

Argentina has written the United States to explore the possibility of purchasing American surplus Boeing CH-46 medium-lift helicopters, according to Argentine Air Force chief Gen. Xavier Isaac. Isaac said he expects an Argentinian delegation to embark soon on an inspection tour of the helicopters, which are stored at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group...

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AUKUS Partnership Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are making significant progress in artificial intelligence and autonomy under Pillar 2 of the AUKUS security partnership, according to Tanya Monro, Australia’s chief defense scientist. Media coverage has focused chiefly on Pillar 1 of AUKUS, which involves providing Australia with nuclear-powered submarines, but Pillar 2 activities are...

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US Reaffirms Security Cooperation With Central Asia Allies

The United States, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan and Kyrgyz Republic reaffirmed their shared commitment to maintaining peace and sovereignty in Central Asia.  Leaders of all six nations held the inaugural C5+1 Presidential Summit Tuesday on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.  During the meeting, the C5+1...

US OKs $80M Arms Shipment to Boost Taiwan’s Self-Defense
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US OKs $80M Arms Shipment to Boost Taiwan’s Self-Defense

Washington has cleared $80 million to fund the shipment of military supplies and services to Taiwan under the Department of State’s Foreign Military Financing program. A CNN report said that according to a letter the department addressed to Congress, the approved transfer of equipment under FMF, a program normally reserved for sovereign nations, would bolster...

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