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Now that President Trump has declared a national emergency to build his border wall, all eyes are on what will be cut to free the additional $7.5 billion he wants as a down payment for the project.

Rather than the wall, that money would be better spend on buying new systems and capabilities the United States desperately needs as it faces rising global powers.

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You can’t be a real airplane lover and take satisfaction in seeing the end of a flagship aviation program.

That said, Airbus’ decision last week to halt production of the A380 by 2021 will bring an end to a polarizing program.

It was neither sleek nor particularly attractive, but it was an astonishing aeronautical achievement that was ultimately too big to succeed.

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Foreign Talent Has Always Been Instrumental in US Military and Technological Superiority

President Trump has been eager to deliver on his campaign promise to build the wall, deport illegal immigrants as well as cap legal immigration. But the history of America is a history of immigration, of a nation built on inspirational ideas consistently attracting the best and brightest — and their families — who want contribute to their new nation advancing science, technology, medicine, innovation, art, music and every other field.

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As America and its allies bid farewell to one national security giant, they must prepare for the departure of another

Washington, the nation and the world last week bid an emotional farewell to Sen. John McCain, a towering international security figure who lost his battle with cancer.

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Since 1909, the Paris Air Show has served as a showcase where the newest military-, commercial- and general-aviation aircraft make their international debuts.

And for years, organizers have been hungry to feature the F-35 Lighting II, a game-changing Lockheed Martin jet that promises to transform air combat with its stealth and sophisticated sensor and networking capabilities.

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To pay for the controversial wall along America’s border with Mexico, hire more immigration agents to police it and deport illegal immigrants, and boost defense spending, the Trump administration wants to cuts billions from three agencies that are also vital to US national security: the State Department, Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration.

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