NATO Calls for End to Libya Fighting; F-35 Parts Problems; Patriot to Middle East;

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PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria ( Secretary General expressed the Alliance’s deep concern over the situation in Libya and stressed that he would continue to urge all parties to end the fighting and join again the political process, as called for by the United Nations, the official NATO webpage reports.

The Secretary General further emphasized that the current conflict is increasing the suffering of the Libyan people and putting civilian lives at risk. He made clear that there is no military solution to the situation in Libya.

The F-35 program has faced enormous challenges over the years, but the biggest today is particularly intractable: The program simply can’t keep the flow of parts moving around the world in the numbers and places necessary, Breaking Defense reports.

How bad is it? “F-35 aircraft performance is falling short of warfighter requirements—that is, aircraft cannot perform as many missions or fly as often as required. This lower-than-desired aircraft performance is due largely to F-35 spare parts shortages and difficulty in managing and moving parts around the world,” the Government Accountability Office said in a compelling report today. “F-35 aircraft were unable to fly nearly 30 percent of the May-November 2018 time period due to spare parts shortages. Also, the Department of Defense (DOD) had a repair backlog of about 4,300 F-35 parts.”

The United States has announced it will deploy a Patriot missile defense battery and the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran, Israel Defense reports.

“These assets will join the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a US Air Force bomber task force in the Middle East region in response to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces and our interests,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

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Source: Israel Defense, Breaking Defense, NATO

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