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  • Department of Defense Briefing on Iran DoD 24 May 2019 -- Katie Wheelbarger, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, Director of the Joint Staff
  • Trump to Send Additional Troops to Middle East VOA 24 May 2019 -- The United States is sending additional troops to the Middle East to protect American forces from potential Iranian threats, President Donald Trump announced Friday.
  • U.S. To Send Additional 1,500 Troops To Mideast For 'Protective' Role RFE/RL 24 May 2019 -- The United States will send 1,500 soldiers to the Middle East to bolster its forces amid rising tensions with Iran.
  • US sending assault ship, Patriot missile battery to Middle East: Pentagon Press TV 24 May 2019 -- The United States says it is deploying an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East just a few days after it sent an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the region.
  • Trump announces US military buildup in Middle East Press TV 24 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has announced he would deploy about 1,500 American troops to the Middle East region for "mostly protective" reasons, amid escalating tensions with Iran.
  • Trump Okays Sending 1,500 More Troops to Mideast Amid Simmering Iran Tensions Sputnik 24 May 2019 -- Earlier, acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan denied reports that between 5,000 to 10,000 US troops would be sent to the Middle East, saying that these figures were "not accurate".
  • Trump rejects additional troop deployment to MidEast, says there is 'no need' Press TV 24 May 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has rejected any "need" for additional troop deployments in the Middle East after reports claimed the Pentagon was considering sending up to 10,000 troops to the region.
  • US senate unveils $750-billion proposal aimed at China's growing influence Press TV 24 May 2019 -- The US senate has unveiled a draft bill that would authorize Washington to modernize its nuclear weapon arsenal, in a move to counter China's growing influence around the globe.
  • USNS Comfort Mission Stops Announced NNS 24 May 2019 -- The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will return for another deployment to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean mid-June to begin a five-month medical assistance mission as a result of the humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing political and economic instability in Venezuela.
  • Hill AFB F-35s, Airmen deploy to Europe as part of Theater Security Package US Air Force 24 May 2019 -- The Air Force has deployed one squadron of F-35A Lightning II fighter jets, Airmen and associated equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, at Hill AFB, Utah, to participate in exercises and conduct training with other Europe-based aircraft as part of a Theater Security Package.
  • Senate Foreign Relations Chief: North Macedonian NATO Accession Vote Possible by June VOA 24 May 2019 -- U.S. lawmakers may vote to approve North Macedonia as the 30th member of NATO as early as next month, according to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Senator James Risch.
  • NATO warns Russia, other foes of 'full range' of responses Press TV 24 May 2019 -- NATO has warned Russia and other perceived foes that the US-led military alliance is prepared to use all its resources to respond to any cyber attacks, after the UK claimed that 16 member-states had been targeted by Moscow.
  • Russia IDs 20 Foreign Spy Jets Bordering Its Airspace Over Past Week - Reports Sputnik 24 May 2019 -- Russia detected 20 foreign airplanes while they were carrying out reconnaissance missions near the country's airspace, a weekly infographic by the Russian Armed Forces' official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda showed on Friday.
  • Indian Army Unit Looking After China Border Test-Fires BrahMos Missile Sputnik 24 May 2019 -- In 2018, the Indian government cleared the fourth regiment, which has over 100 upgraded BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, for deployment along the Sino-India border.
  • India Successfully Test Fires 500 Kg Guided Bomb Near Pakistani Border Sputnik 24 May 2019 -- South Asia's two nuclear armed nations are testing weapons amid talks of restoring peace in the region which has been disrupted since mid-February when the Indian Air Force targetted alleged terror infrastructure inside Pakistani territory in response to a terror attack on 14 February in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed in Kashmir.
  • US military deployments nothing to intimidate Iran: IRGC Press TV 24 May 2019 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the United States' deployment of military assets to the Middle East does not intimate the Islamic Republic.
  • South Korean Officer Killed, 4 Injured in Accident Involving Destroyer - Reports Sputnik 24 May 2019 -- A South Korean Navy officer was killed and four others were wounded in an accident involving the destroyer Choe Yeong at a port in the city of Jinhae-gu, Yonhap reported on Friday, citing officials.
  • Thousands of troops from UK-led force begin milestone maritime training deployment UK MOD 24 May 2019 -- Exercises got underway today across Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea region as a part of Baltic Protector.
  • Emergency Notification of Arms Sales to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia US Dept. of State 24 May 2019 -- "Today, I made a determination pursuant to section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act and directed the Department to complete immediately the formal notification of 22 pending arms transfers to Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia totaling approximately $8.1 billion to deter Iranian aggression and build partner self-defense capacity. These sales will support our allies, enhance Middle East stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran."
  • Menendez on Trump Admins Decision to Flout Congress Role in Approving Arm Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE Sen. Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 24 May 2019 -- "U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration formally informed Congress that it is invoking an obscure provision of the Arms Export Control Act to eliminate the statutorily-required Congressional review of the sales of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and others, but failed to explain its legal or practical basis for doing so. The unprecedented and legally dubious move breaks a long-standing process designed to ensure that Congress is able to review and disapprove arms sales."
  • Trump defies Congress, clears arms sales to Saudi, UAE: Senator Press TV 24 May 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump is bypassing Congress, clearing the sale of billions of dollars worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, citing what Washington says a threat from Iran, a senator says.
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Aircraft Follow-on Support and Services DSCA 24 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of aircraft follow-on support and services for an estimated cost of $1.8 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Continued Tactical Air Surveillance System Aircraft Support DSCA 24 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of continued Tactical Air Surveillance System Aircraft support for an estimated cost of $136 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Aircraft Follow-on Support and Services DSCA 24 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of aircraft follow-on support and services for an estimated cost of $800 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Follow-On U.S. Marine Corps Training DSCA 24 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of follow-on blanket order U.S. Marine Corps training and support to the United Emirates Presidential Guard Command for an estimated cost of $100 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) DSCA 24 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II All-Up-Rounds for an estimated cost of $900 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Javelin Guided Missiles DSCA 24 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of Javelin Guided Missiles with support for an estimated cost of $102 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) - RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles DSCA 24 May 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates of RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019.
  • Taiwan launches construction of missile corvettes, mine-laying ships CNA 24 May 2019 -- The construction of three Tuo Jiang-class missile corvettes and four rapid mine-laying ships began Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced during a ceremony at a wharf in the northeastern county of Yilan.
  • Taiwan to Expand Joint Rescue Operations in Disputed Sea VOA 24 May 2019 -- Taiwan said Tuesday it will continue doing "humanitarian" search and rescue work in the South China Sea, where it holds the largest of about 500 tiny islets.
  • Bin Salman agrees to support Sudan's military if it keeps forces in Yemen Press TV 24 May 2019 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly pledged to continue supporting Sudan's military transition council if Khartoum agrees to keep its forces in Yemen.

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