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The U.S. NATO Alliance Has Been a One-Way Street for Too Long

Defense Secretary James Mattis made a splash on his visit to Europe. He ratcheted up Washington’s traditional request for the Europeans to spend more on their defense. And his demand resonated across the continent, because his boss, President Donald Trump, has spent years denouncing Washington’s feckless allies for leeching off America.

Russia's Most Lethal Fighter Jet Ever Is Heading to the Middle East

The United Arab Emirates has agreed to purchase a batch of advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia.

The Flanker-E is the most capable operational Russian combat aircraft would add to the UAE’s already formidable fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16E/F Block 60 Fighting Falcons. More troubling for the United States, the deal is an indication that the UAE—a long-time U.S. ally—is drifting into Moscow’s orbit.

Russia Has Found A Partner To Build A New Lightweight Fifth-Generation Fighter

Russia will partner with the United Arab Emirates to jointly develop a new lightweight fifth-generation fighter in roughly the same class as the Mikoyan MiG-29 Fulcrum.

"We’ve signed an agreement on industrial cooperation in the field of military engineering,” Denis Manturov, Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, told the Moscow-based TASS news agency. “This will enable us to push ahead with the fifth-generation-jet project, in which the UAE will participate.”

Trump’s F-35C Vs. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Idea: An Interesting Debate…Four Years Ago

Since the election, President Donald Trump has been making headlines with his promise to look at more Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as an alternative to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  He has also discussed asking Boeing to develop an improved Super Hornet as part of this alternative acquisition path.  Clearly, Trump has been reading the news about these programs… from 2013.

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