US forces on Thursday shot down a suspected pro-regime drone inside Syria, the third time US forces have taken kinetic action against forces allied with the regime. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, said during a Thursday briefing the drone was armed and had been firing on US forces near the At-Tanf Garrison. Read the full report by Brian Everstine.
Canada’s Department of National Defense pledged to increase its military spending by 70 percent over 10 years in a defense policy review released Wednesday. The document offers no further clarity on which aircraft Canada’s DND will choose as a long-term replacement for its aging fleet of CF-18 fighters, but the plan does note that the long-term goal is to procure 88 advanced fighters to allow Canada to “deliver on NORAD and NATO commitments without compromise." Read the full story by Wilson Brissett.
—The US Air Force Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nev., has expanded its integration phase for class 17A to include a new emphasis on creating leaders "in the modern era of joint warfare," one of Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein's top three priorities: USAF release
—Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has joined the global business consulting firm, Bain & Company, as a special adviser: Company release
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