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U.S. Navy and Israeli Navy sailors during the “Noble Waters” exercise. Credit: IDF.

Israel officially moves into US military’s CENTCOM area of responsibility

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Israel officially moved into the U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) area of responsibility on Sept. 1, taking over from the European Command (EUCOM) in a transfer announced earlier this year during the final days of...
Representatives from the Israeli and U.S. Air Forces during a meeting in July 2021. Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

Israeli and American militaries tighten air-defense cooperation

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Representatives from the U.S. and Israeli Air Forces met last month to discuss a remarkable development: what the Israel Defense Forces described as “updated orders for the cooperation between the two nations’ air-defense systems...
Satellite communications. Credit: Pixabay.

Israeli company Gilat wins tactical communications contract with US military

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The Israeli company Gilat Satellite Networks won a contract worth millions of dollars for the supply of advanced equipment for tactical communications to the U.S. military. The contract is for the supply of block upconverters...
Master Sgt. Michael O'Connor (US armed forces), CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

US chooses defeat in Afghanistan

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If the Taliban were not teetotalers, they’d be shopping for champagne about now in response to President Joe Biden’s decision to unconditionally withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. On that date,...
Abdullah II of Jordan at SOFEX conference opening in Amman. Credit: Ahmad A Atwah/Shutterstock.

US-Jordan defense pact good for Israel, stability in Mideast

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The Jordanian government publicly acknowledged a new defense agreement with the United States this week that allows free entry for American forces, boosting Israel’s unstable eastern neighbor and providing a base from which these...
King Abdullah of Jordan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Jordan reveals new defense pact with US, allowing more open military access

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Jordan released a new defense agreement on Sunday with the United States that allows free entry for U.S. forces, aircraft and vehicles. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi told parliament that the pact was “the...
Rabbi Elie Mischel of Suburban Torah Center in Livingston, N.J. (left) and Rabbi Elliot Mathias, global COO of Aish HaTorah, speak to U.S. soldiers in Kuwait via Zoom on Friday morning to thank them for their service and welcome them for the Purim Megillah reading. Photo by Faygie Holt.

Aish HaTorah livestreams Megillah reading to US troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar

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Through a request from U.S. Army Chaplain Rabbi David Becker, Aish Global livestreamed Megillah readings via Zoom to U.S. military troops stationed in Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq on both Purim evening and Purim day. Rabbi...
Tanker jet manufactured by Boeing, which the Israeli military will be acquiring. Credit: Boeing.

IDF approves procurement of two KC-46 Pegasus tanker jets

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Israel formally approved plans over the weekend to procure two KC-46 Pegasus tanker jets, the government announced on Monday. The Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) signed by Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. (res.), Mishel Ben-Baruch...
U.S. soldiers on the way back to Kandahar Army Air Field on Sept. 4, 2003. The soldiers were searching for Taliban fighters and illegal weapons caches. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis.

Pentagon announces troop withdrawals in Afghanistan, Iraq by Jan. 15

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Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Christopher Miller confirmed on Tuesday that the United States will further withdraw some troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The drawdown to 2,500 in both places is slated to take place by Jan. 15,...
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz sign an agreement that Gantz said will “ensure the quality edge of the Israeli defense establishment and the IDF in the coming decades.” Credit: Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Israeli and American defense establishments agree on accelerated defense deliveries

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Days after Benny Gantz returned to Israel from the United States to hammer out a new procurement arrangement ahead of an imminent announcement by the United States over the sale of F-35 stealth fighter...