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DDI for Fri. May 25, 2018, Vol. 20, Issue 21

Pentagon Pushes China Out of 2018 RIMPAC

The U.S. Defense Department disinvited China from the forthcoming Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise due to militarization in the South China Sea and the Spratly Islands in particular, a department spokesperson said on May 23.Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said China’s “continued militarization of the South China Sea” is “inconsistent with the principles and…

Senator Urges More Scrutiny Of Arms Exports

A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged his fellow lawmakers May 22 to increase their scrutiny of arms exports to minimize the United States' role in causing civilian casualties.Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said at a Stimson Center conference that few arms sales are debated in Congress even though the United States is the world’s leading…

Saab Providing Sea Giraffe Radar In FMS To Philippines

Sweden’s Saab said it will supply the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam (ABM) naval radar system in a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines.The AN/SPS-77 Sea Giraffe is planned to be installed in two Philippine Navy frigates: BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16). The ships are both former Hamilton-class U.S. Coast Guard cutters.The sale…