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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain on Wednesday said he planned to introduce legislation that would strike language included in a massive 2016 spending bill that eased a congressional ban on the use of Russian rocket engines. Congress banned use of the Russian RD-180 rocket engines for military use after Russia...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The Pentagon views public-private partnerships as the best way to end U.S. reliance on Russian rocket engines, and plans to award contracts for such arrangements in fiscal 2017, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said in a letter obtained by Reuters. Work told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain in the letter dated Jan. 26...

  • But Air Force Secretary Deborah James and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall failed to stem sharp criticism from several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who view Russia as the chief geopolitical threat to the United States. John McCain, R- Ariz., they said using the Russian engines enriches President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and...

  • *Ministers gather from 7 nations, including U.S. and France. PARIS, Jan 20- Defence chiefs from the United States, France, Britain and four other countries pledged on Wednesday to intensify their fight against Islamic State, looking to capitalise on recent battlefield gains against the militants. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a news conference after talks in...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The U.S. administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of a $1.83 billion arms sale package for Taiwan, including two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and other equipment, despite opposition from China. Past U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan have attracted strong condemnation in China, which considers Taiwan a...

  • Key U.S. Republicans want more routine Taiwan arms sales Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday they were pleased the Obama administration had authorized a $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan, but called for a more regular process for such transactions. Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called for a "more regularized process" for considering requests for arms sales to Taipei "to...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee could roll back approved exceptions to a ban on the use of Russian rocket engines for U.S. military use, the committee's chairman, Senator John McCain, said in a letter made public on Wednesday. He also accused a Lockheed-Boeing venture of trying to manipulate Congress. He said ULA's announcement last...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 24- The United States could struggle to promote competition in its space launch program while also maintaining two independent ways to launch satellites and ending U.S. reliance on Russian rocket engines, a top U.S. Air Force official said on Tuesday. His comments came after United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 24- The United States could struggle to promote competition in its space launch program while also maintaining two independent ways to launch satellites and ending U.S. reliance on Russian rocket engines, a top U.S. Air Force official said on Tuesday. LaPlante and other Air Force officials have urged Congress to allow ULA to use additional...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping defense policy bill on Tuesday and the White House said President Barack Obama will sign it, despite provisions making it more difficult to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Together with extending a ban on transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States, the bill...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a sweeping defense policy bill on Tuesday and the White House said President Barack Obama is likely to sign it, despite provisions that make it more difficult to close the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Together with extending a ban on transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he believes there are enough votes in the U.S. Senate to override a veto of a $612 billion defense bill, as the two U.S. political parties intensified their war of words over the legislation. The NDAA was passed by the Senate on Oct. 7 and the House on Oct. 1. If Obama vetoes the measure,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- Senator John McCain on Wednesday urged U.S. military officials to carefully examine what the Pentagon's chief arms tester has called "inflated" estimates of the reliability of a remote minehunting vehicle developed by Lockheed Martin Corp.. They want the Navy to look at alternatives before starting a series of operational tests that would...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 14- Senator John McCain on Wednesday urged U.S. military officials to carefully examine what the Pentagon's chief arms tester has called "inflated" estimates of the reliability of a remote minehunting vehicle developed by Lockheed Martin Corp.. McCain said he expected the reviewers to "fully explore" concerns raised by Michael Gilmore, the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 13- The U.S. Navy said on Tuesday it had ordered an independent review of the long-delayed Remote Minehunting System being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp for a new fleet of coastal warships, with a close look at possible alternatives. The review team will look at the capability and reliability of the remote-controlled minehunting system,...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 7- The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the military to avoid mandatory spending cuts, setting up a likely veto from President Barack Obama, who is pushing for a broader budget deal. The Senate approved the $612 billion defense-policy bill 70- 27. The House of Representatives has already approved...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 6- The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday to limit debate on a $612 billion defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote on passage, although the measure's future is clouded by a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over government spending policy. The White House has said President Barack Obama would veto the bill if it is passed in...

  • Washington, Oct 1- Senator John McCain on Thursday said huge cost overruns on a new class of aircraft carriers built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc made it "one of the most spectacular acquisition debacles" in recent years, and the Navy needed different options for the future. Senator Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the committee, echoed McCain's concerns, and...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 30- The White House said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama will veto the $612 billion defense authorization bill if it is passed in Congress because of the "irresponsible way" it boosts military spending. Obama and many of his fellow Democrats object to the use of $90 billion in special war funds in the policy bill to allow the Department of...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- After months of wrangling, U.S. lawmakers unveiled a compromise version of the annual $612 billion defense authorization bill on Tuesday, but the measure includes funding provisions that anger Democrats and could prompt a veto by President Barack Obama. Obama and his fellow Democrats argue that Congress should scrap the cuts for domestic...