Army Gen. Martin Dempsey
on Aug. 14, 2014, became the first Joint Chiefs Chairman to visit Vietnam since
1971. Here, Dempsey walks by a Vietnamese honor guard in
Hanoi. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Phung Quang Thanh,
reported Voice of America. The visit is the latest US gesture to deepen military-to-military cooperation with Vietnam. During a press availability, Dung declared Vietnam’s support for expanded cooperation in areas such as search and rescue operations and disaster relief and for continued joint work in abating “consequences” of the Vietnam War,
reported Vietnam’s official government news agency. Regarding the latter, Dempsey was scheduled to call on the US-funded dioxin abatement project at the former US air base at Da Nang,
reported the same agency in a separate release. Dempsey told Vietnamese officials the United States would soon lift a ban on selling lethal armaments to Vietnam, according to the news agency. Dempsey’s Vietnam visit followed a
high-profile US proposal at the recent meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Burma to de-escalate tensions between China and its neighbors, including Vietnam, in the South China Sea area.
The cost of F-35As in the eighth production lot is $94.8 million each, not including engine costs. Pratt & Whitney declined to release the engine cost, citing competitive reasons, but after crunching some numbers it looks like the F-35 is becoming comparable to legacy fighters.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel remains focused on implementing reforms and
recommendations he and his team have worked to put in place before he leaves
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