Posts tagged as Pentagon

General Сoronavirus

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, March 30, 2020

The largest US exercises in Europe over the past 25 years, Defender Europe 2020 did not withstand the impact of the Сoronavirus and were canceled. 5.5 thousand American soldiers managed to arrive in Germany, but ships from the United States, which were sent to Germany, were turned around halfway. Defender Europe – 2020 exercises should have been given considerable attention to Poland and the Baltic states, however, the United States…

Pentagon will produce Javelin systems for Estonia and 15 more countries

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Pentagon has signed a contract with Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV for the production of Javelin man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile systems in order to supply them to Estonia, Georgia and another 14 countries, Georgian media reported on Sunday, citing a statement by the US Department of Defense. According to the media reports, the contract is worth more than 18.4 million US dollars. Among the countries that intend to buy Javelin…

Pentagon signs contract for Javelin systems for Estonia

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Pentagon has signed a contract with Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV for the production of Javelin man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile systems in order to supply them to Estonia, Georgia and another 14 countries, Georgian media reported on Sunday, citing a statement by the US Department of Defense. According to the media reports, the contract is worth more than 18.4 million US dollars. Among the countries that intend to buy Javelin…

Lithuania awards former Pentagon chief James Mattis

Monday, February 17, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda awarded 34 Lithuanian and foreign nationals for their merits to Lithuania on Sunday during Independence Restoration Day. The former US Defence Secretary James Mattis was awarded an Officer’s Cross for Merits to Lithuania. He was commended for consolidating US and NATO commitments in Lithuania and for the strategic bilateral defence cooperation.  Read more:  Trump, Putin congratulate Lithuania on Independence Restoration Day    Thirty-four people were awarded…

Pentagon chief fires Navy secretary over SEAL controversy

By Robert Burns on Monday, November 25, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq. Esper said on Sunday that he had lost confidence in Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and alleged that Spencer proposed a deal with the White House behind his back to resolve the SEAL’s case. Trump has championed…

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East – most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria – that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops. Esper’s Asia visits illustrate the central feature of a revamped U.S. defense strategy: Focus first on China as a threat…

Pentagon awaits possible Amazon challenge over cloud deal

Friday, November 1, 2019

Amazon must decide soon if it will protest the Pentagon’s awarding of a $10 billion cloud computing contract to rival Microsoft, with one possible grievance being the unusual attention given the project by President Donald Trump. Amazon was long thought to be the front-runner in the competition for the huge military contract. Its Amazon Web Services division is far ahead of second-place Microsoft as the market leader for cloud computing…

The Defeat of General Mattis

By Fred Kaplan on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

When Jim Mattis resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018, he was widely lauded and lamented as “the last grown-up” in the Trump administration. The tributes were commentary more on Trump than on Mattis. For if he had run the Pentagon during a normal presidency, in which grown-ups abound, his tenure would be considered undistinguished, to say the least. This isn’t to deny that for much of his time…

DOD lists domestic, overseas projects defunded by moving of billions to border wall construction

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Pentagon’s move to divert some $3.6 billion from military construction coffers to fund 175 miles of border fencing will defund planned projects in 23 states, three U.S. territories and at bases in 20 other countries, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. The Pentagon is confident that Congress will later provide another $3.6 billion for the 127 planned construction projects worldwide from which funds were diverted to pay for sections of…

US approves Lithuania’s purchase of armoured vehicles to replace ageing Humvees

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Washington on Tuesday approved Lithuania’s purchase of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs), which are also due to replace the iconic ‘Humvees’ in the US military. Pentagon approved the sale of 500 vehicles, even though Lithuania only plans to buy 200. This comes as a “precaution if we decided to buy more, so that a new Congress application would not be necessary,” Vita Ramanauskaitė, spokeswoman for Lithuania’s defence minister. Washington says…