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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Business Roundtable, sponsored by Bell, Dr. “Rocket” Ron Epstein of Bank of America Securities, Sash Tusa of the independent equity research firm Agency Partners, and Richard Aboulafia of the AeroDynamic Advisory consultancy join Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian to discuss the week on world markets as strong US jobs growth raises prospect of more Federal Reserve interest rate hikes, air travel outlook, change in management at Spirit AeroSystems as Boeing eyes raising 737 production rate to 57 jetliners a month, Rheinmetall’s articulacy ammunition contract for Germany and Ukraine moves ahead, Poland selects Thales combat system for the country’s frigates, Ukraine’s Antonov Europe’s ADS aerospace and defense trade group, look at Saab’s new A26 submarine, and what to expect from the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference and tradeshow next week.

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Joining us today to review the week in Washington and the world are Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute, Michael Herson of American Defense International, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend with the Center for a New American Security, and Dr. Kathleen McInnis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies join host Vago Muradian to discuss the race to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as House speaker and the look ahead to how the choice will shape the budget outlook and Ukraine spending, whether chaotic GOP and former President Trump’s mounting legal woes and latest revelation he disclosed nuclear submarine information will dim Republicans’ electoral prospects, global impact of congressional perfidy regarding assistance to Kyiv and prospect of Trump’s return to office, Ukraine and EU membership, President Biden’s upcoming meeting with Xi Jingping as Beijing escalates tensions with Taiwan and Philippines, Japan wants to accelerate $1.4 billion Tomahawk acquisition, US shoots down Turkish drone over Syria, and whether the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Narges Mohammadi will improve the lives of oppressed Iranian women.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Washington Roundtable, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute think tank, Michael Herson of American Defense International, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend of the Center for a New American Security, and former Pentagon Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim join host Vago Muradian to discuss the looming risk of what could prove a prolonged government shutdown and how GOP efforts to impeach President Biden as well as Ukraine aide will impact Washington’s budget politics over the coming months, whether former President Trump’s new legal woes in New York will impede his political prospects, European support for Ukraine even as Russian disinformation efforts shape the outcome of elections in Slovakia, impact of M1 tanks on the battlefield as the administration continues to deliberate ATACMS deliveries, North Korea returns US Army soldier Travis King to United States via China, mounting tensions between Beijing and Manila as Philippines dismantles Chinese sea barrier to impede Filipino access to its internationally recognized territorial waters, US sponsored Pacific Island meeting, Israeli-Saudi tanks, the crisis in Nagorno Karabakh and what it means for Armenia’s longevity as an independent state, and Trump’s threatening commends about outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Washington Roundtable, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute think tank, Michael Herson of American Defense International, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend of the Center for a New American Security, and former Pentagon Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim join host Vago Muradian to discuss what’s next now that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s budget deal failed twice this week, outlook for government shutdown and NDAA, how China is spinning Washington’s dysfunction, Senate circumvents Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s blanket hold on military promotions to confirm top Pentagon military leaders, talks between National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Want Yi in Malta, latest indictment against Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, Poland’s decision to halt military aid to Ukraine unless Kyiv suspends grain exports, support for Ukraine in Washington and beyond, US decision to give Iran $6 billion to free five American hostages, Bibi Netanyahu’s meeting with President Biden and invitation to visit White House, implications of surrender of Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and ramifications of Canada’s disclosure that India killed a Canadian Sikh activist on Canadian soil and New Delhi’s reaction.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Washington Roundtable, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute think tank, Michael Herson of American Defense International, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend of the Center for a New American Security, and former Pentagon Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim join host Vago Muradian to discuss a defense appropriations bill that’s in trouble, growing likelihood of government shutdown and continuing resolution, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy open impeachment inquiry into President Biden, Ukraine makes battlefield progress and destroys Russian submarine and amphibious ship as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un meet, Biden’s G-20 meeting and deepening partnership with Vietnam as Vice President Harris engages with ASEAN nations, implications of earthquake in Morocco and flooding in Libya, and more.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Business Roundtable, sponsored by Bell, Dr. “Rocket” Ron Epstein of Bank of America Securities, Sash Tusa of the independent equity research firm Agency Partners, and Richard Aboulafia of the AeroDynamic Advisory consultancy join Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian to discuss the week on world markets, analysis of Lockheed Martin’s announcement that TR-3 variant of F-35 Lightning II fighter won’t be ready for production until next year, Michael Whitaker’s priorities if confirmed as next FAA administrator, Ron Epstein’s vision for Boeing’s next jetliner, Poland’s $2 billion order for Kongsberg missiles, implications of Elon Musk’s decision to foil a Ukrainian attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to avoid being involved in escalation of war as Pentagon looks to increase its reliance on commercial suppliers, DoD’s Replicator effort to mass produce unmanned systems and Anduril acquisition of Blue Force and the company’s Fury uncrewed fighter, and what to expect from this year’s AFA conference and DSEI tradeshow.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Washington Roundtable, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute think tank, Michael Herson of American Defense International, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend of the Center for a New American Security, and former Pentagon Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim join host Vago Muradian to discuss what’s on the agenda as lawmakers return to Washington from continuing resolution to NDAA, growing ire at Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s holds on general officer promotions and reassignments, President Biden’s weak poll numbers, Ukraine’s increasing momentum as Moscow steps up attacks and works to secure a anti-Ukrainian government in Slovakia, Facebook and Microsoft’s dismantling of Chinese disinformation campaigns aimed at the American public, expectations from the G20 meeting in New Delhi, whether sanctions can impede Beijing’s abilities to develop ever more sophisticated microelectronics, North Korea’s claim it’s fielding an at-sea nuclear deterrent, collapse of Israel’s secret talks with Libya, and Iran’s exercises on former UAE island.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Washington Roundtable, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute think tank, Michael Herson of American Defense International, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend of the Center for a New American Security, and former Pentagon Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim join host Vago Muradian to discuss the outlook for a government shutdown and Ukraine aid, national security takeaways from the first Republican presidential debate, what’s next for the Ukraine war as Vladimir Putin reasserts his power in the wake of the assassination of Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and his top lieutenants, the corrosive nature of leaks from Washington criticizing Ukraine’s war strategy and the message it sends allies and partners worldwide, critical role of the Philippines under the leadership of Bongbong Marcos, China’s erosion of regional influence as nations stand up to Beijing with encouragement from America and its regional allies, the BRICS summit, and Israel’s settlers criticize the Netanyahu government as too liberal.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Washington Roundtable, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend of the Center for a New American Security, our producer and co-host of the Cavas Ships podcast Chris Servello, and former Pentagon Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim of the Center for Strategic and International Studies join host Vago Muradian to discuss a possible deal between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, prospects for a National Defense Authorization Act, the interim recommendations of the commission to reform the Pentagon’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process, Ukraine’s progress on the battlefield and whether Washington will step up aid now that White House has cleared Denmark and others to begin training Ukrainians on F-16 fighters, how the alliance should respond to Russian provocations on the Black Sea, Russia’s mounting economic woes, President Biden’s historic meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts at Camp David, China’s own economic troubles, and latest on Israel and Iran.

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On this week’s Defense & Aerospace Report Washington Roundtable, Dr. Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute, Michael Herson of American Defense International, former Pentagon Europe chief Jim Townsend of the Center for a New American Security, and former Pentagon Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim of the Center for Strategic and International Studies join host Vago Muradian to discuss looming government shutdown and Ukraine supplemental, moves to impeach President Biden and continuing transformation of GOP, Ukraine’s offensive and what Kyiv needs from allies and partners including enforcing sanctions on families of sanctioned Russians, China intimidates Philippine coast guard ships, Beijing’s increasing presence around Taiwan and how Chinese leaders will respond to upcoming trip by island nation’s vice president to US and Paraguay, making sense of Biden administration’s new limits on US investment in China, Iran hostages released and Israel’s budget cuts for Arab programs.

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