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This section includes the latest news relating to U.S. security policy around the world. Updated daily, the news provided in this searchable database highlights the most relevant security developments from around the world. 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Norway is upping its readiness to ward off Russia, but what it really wants is for Washington to set a transatlantic security policy and stick to it. Europe may roll with the punches, officials said, even if the United States decreases its support. But if the Trump administration cannot commit to a stable position, they said, the extra uncertainty could make it impossible for European leaders to find consensus answers to key questions.English
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The US State Department has approved the sale of nearly $1.8 billion in arms sales and support to four foreign countries, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Kenya. If approved by Congress, about half of those sales will be managed by the Redstone Arsenal-based US Army Security Assistance Command. English
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Defense Secretary James Mattis, on his first full day in office Monday, called NATO allies and assured them of the U.S. commitment to the alliance, a notable stand that differs from the occasional skepticism of the organization voiced by President Trump.English
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Mexico's Defense Secretary says the army will send 500 soldiers to Ciudad Mier in the embattled state of Tamaulipas along the US-Mexico border, indicating that the Mexican government will continue to use the military as a stopgap in the fight against crime.English
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is beginning work on a new multiyear modernization road map that takes into account an influx of $38 billion in US-promised grant aid from 2019 through 2028, the military’s top planner said on Monday.English
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Monday, January 23, 2017
efense advocates have been hopeful that President Donald Trump’s election will mean big boosts in military spending in years to come, but on Monday prominent analysts said those thoughts may just be dreams.English
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Monday, January 23, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, White House officials and Egyptian state media said, in the first conversation between the two since Mr. Trump took office.English
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Egypt
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Monday, January 23, 2017
If Al Shabbab seems less fleet-footed and lethal today than it did a year and a half ago, part of the credit must go to the US. It now looks like President Trump — who is breathtakingly naïve about the threat that Al Shabaab-like groups pose — wants the review in order to cut back US involvement in Somalia. This would be a strategic and costly long-run mistake for US policy in the Horn of Africa.English
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Monday, January 23, 2017
In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled “The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex?” To consider that question now, more than a decade later, is the equivalent of asking if the Pope is Catholic. The United States has not only created such a new complex, but it has also systematized, legalized, normalized, and, in all important aspects, accepted it. Yet, with the advantage of hindsight, America has never really had a deliberate, thoughtful debate over whether this was a good thing. Frankenstein’s monster was created with more forethought than the contemporary private military and security contracting (PMSC) industry.
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Monday, January 23, 2017
President Donald Trump’s secretary of state nominee said he would review Colombia’s recent peace agreement to determine how much the U.S. should continue to support a historic deal that had been enthusiastically backed by the Obama administration.English
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Monday, January 23, 2017
There are also myriad other secondary effects on organized crime stemming from the policy changes Trump is promising. A long-term divide between the two governments could trickle down to security collaboration, after years in which shared intelligence has helped Mexico locate some of its most wanted men.English
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Mexico
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Major General Stephen Farmen commands the US Army Security Assistance Command, which manages more than $170 billion in foreign military sales and support. In 2016 the command had more than $14 billion in new business and anticipates more than $16 billion in 2017. But as General Farmen said "its not about the dollars, it's about the effects."English
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Foreign Military Sales
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
he U.S. military has wiped more than 30,000 names of suspected ghost Afghan soldiers from its payroll, as part of a widening corruption crackdown that a top American general estimates will save the U.S. millions of dollars each month.English
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Ukraine is ramping up its defense industry at a Soviet-era tank factory here near Europe’s deadly front line with Russia, as officials wonder what the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump will mean for their country.English
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Ukraine
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
NATO’s top commander expects the alliance to play a larger role in counterterrorism efforts, signaling that allies could be prepared to place greater focus on an issue of concern for the incoming Trump administration.English
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
It might just be the most important terrorism case you’ve never heard of. Last fall, prosecutors in the Peruvian capital of Lima launched formal legal proceedings against a 30-year-old alleged Hezbollah operative named Mohammed Hamdar. The trial, now underway, has major regional—indeed, global—implications for the fight against international terrorism.English
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Colombia‘s government will begin much-delayed formal peace talks with the country’s second-biggest rebel group the ELN on February 7, after the guerrillas release a politician being held hostage, the two sides said on Wednesday.English
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Turkey's parliament approved the first seven articles in a second round of voting overnight on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, keeping the reform on course for a spring referendum.English
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) are close to deal for a contract worth almost $9 billion as negotiations are poised to bring the price per F-35 below $100 million for the first time, people familiar with the talks said Wednesday.English
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The U.S. Air Force is increasing airdrops of weapons, ammunition and other equipment to a growing number of opposition forces closing in on Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria.
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