Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, far right, speaks alongside Australian Minister for Defense Marise Payne, far left; Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, left center; and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right center, during a press conference in Palo Alto, Calif. Screenshot photo
The House-Senate conference report on the Fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act legislation, released Monday, would bar delivery of F-35s to Turkey until completion of a report on the impact of Turkish unhelpful behavior, including an assessment of Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program, and of the operational and counterintelligence risks of deployment of the Russian S-400 air and missile defense system on weapons systems the US operates jointly with Turkey. It is the latest step in the contentious discussion about Turkey’s future with the F-35, and comes weeks after Turkey took delivery of its first two F-35A for training at Luke AFB, Ariz. The conference report is available online, as is a joint explanatory statement on the legislation. Approval of the conference language clears the way for final congressional approval of the bill, which is expected to start this week with a House vote. —Steve Hirsch
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