Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is proposing a reshaping of the US military that would add $430 billion in costs over five years. McCain and President-elect Donald Trump both support an expansion of defense investment, with McCain urging the US to "rethink how our military projects power and invest in new capabilities."
BAE systems will supply howitzers to India's army under a foreign military sales contract worth $542 million. "We look forward to working with the Indian Army and providing the only battle-proven 155 mm ultra-lightweight howitzer in the world," Joe Senftle of BAE said.
The Navy's new aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is planned for delivery in April. The carrier will undergo trials in March and April.
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is voicing support for the F-35 as crucial to US security and says he supports a manned Northrop Grumman B-21. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the secretary of defense nominee called the F-35 "critical for our own air superiority in the future because of stealth characteristics and some of the electronics capability that's inherent in the airplane."
China and Russia have signaled their cooperation in creating countermeasures to the deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea. The unspecified measures "will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region," according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.
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