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(Nord Stream 2) Putin’s pipeline of aggression: How the Nord Stream 2 threatens the West (Defense News)

Stanisław Żaryn

It is increasingly difficult for Berlin to defend its claims that Nord Stream 2 is a purely economic project. Instead of backing out of this horrendous deal for Europe, Germany appears to be amplifying a new narrative in its favor — to complete the construction of the pipeline while conditioning its use on European Union decisions and Russian behavior.

https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2021/03/31/putins-pipeline-of-aggression-how-the-nord-stream-2-threatens-the-west/

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(Defense) Air-Land chairman talks F-35 costs and ‘Buy America’ in the next defense bill (Defense News)

Last year’s defense policy bill passed without language championed by Rep. Donald Norcross that would have gradually increased “Buy American” requirements for major defense programs to 100 percent by 2026.

https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2021/03/31/air-land-chairman-talks-f-35-costs-and-buy-america-in-the-next-defense-bill/

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(Brazil) Brazil military chiefs quit as Bolsonaro seeks their support (Defense News)

Diane Jeantet and David Biller

The leaders of all three branches of Brazil’s armed forces jointly resigned Tuesday following President Jair Bolsonaro’s replacement of the defense minister, causing widespread apprehension of a military shakeup to serve the president’s political interests.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/the-americas/2021/03/30/brazil-military-chiefs-quit-as-bolsonaro-seeks-their-support/

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(Japan/Indonesia/China) Japan, Indonesia sign arms transfer pact amid China concerns (Defense News)

Japan and Indonesia signed a pact on Tuesday allowing the transfer of Japanese defense equipment and technology to Jakarta as the two countries strengthen their military ties in the face of China’s increasingly assertive activity in the region.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2021/03/30/japan-indonesia-sign-arms-transfer-pact-amid-china-concerns/

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(Defense) JAIC director: Pentagon’s biggest competitive threat? Obsolescence (Defense News)

The Pentagon’s top artificial intelligence official warned Tuesday that the department’s biggest competitive threat is obsolescence.
https://www.c4isrnet.com/artificial-intelligence/2021/03/30/jaic-director-pentagons-biggest-competitive-threat-obsolescence/
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(Defense) Three companies make a joint run for Germany’s new air-defense program (Defense News)

German contractors Rheinmetall, Hensoldt and Diehl Defence have teamed up to bid on the country’s envisioned short-range, air-defense program, the companies said Tuesday.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/03/30/three-companies-make-a-joint-run-for-germanys-new-air-defense-program/

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(Defense) Naval Group trumpets its Australian industry focus in submarine deal (Defense News)

Naval Group is set to become “a Franco-Australian” company, CEO Pierre-Eric Pommellet said in the wake of a contractual commitment to spend at least 60 percent of the contract value for Australia’s 12 new Attack-class submarines in the Commonwealth.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2021/03/30/naval-group-trumpets-its-australian-industry-focus-in-submarine-deal/

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(Defense) Lockheed scores $1.1B contract to build US Army’s guided rocket on heels of extended-range test (Defense News)

Lockheed Martin scored a $1.1 billion contract from the U.S. Army to build another 11,000 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System rockets, the company announced March 30.

https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/03/30/lockheed-scores-12b-contract-to-build-us-armys-guided-rocket-on-heels-of-extended-range-test/

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(Turkey) Turkey detains 26 suspects over defense industry espionage charges (Defense News)

Turkey’s security and intelligence forces detained 26 people in a March 30 joint operation, charging the suspects with defense industry espionage and of belonging to what the Turkish government claims is a secretive terrorist organization run by self-exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2021/03/30/turkey-detains-26-suspects-over-defense-industry-espionage-charges/

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