The Senate on Tuesday approved the $612 billion Fiscal
2016 defense authorization bill with a vote of 70-26, sending the
measure to President Obama for signature.
The first F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Norwegian
Air Force lifted off on its maiden check flight from Lockheed Martin's
facility at Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, the company announced.
The deployment of Air Force combat search and rescue
units to assist with Operation Inherent Resolve in late September began
with preparations starting more than a month in advance.
The Pentagon notified Congress of a possible $243
million sale of four MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft, ground
control stations, sensors, and spares to the Spanish air force, officials announced.
The 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland AFB, N.M.,
transferred to Air Force Global Strike Command, Oct. 1, as part of
efforts to consolidate nuclear readiness and support with the
Russia has agreed to another round of deconflicton
talks with the US, however neither country has agreed on a time or
details for the discussions, a US defense official traveling with
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Agence-France Presse.
The Senate voted Tuesday to end discussion on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, moving the bill one step closer to a final vote.
The top US commander in Afghanistan told Congress he has provided options to
President Obama for the US presence in Afghanistan after 2015, and said
he believes a change to the current drawdown plan is necessary.
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