The U.S. State Department recently disclosed that it has approved the probable sale of a pilot training program to Taiwan. The latest deal as well includes a maintenance and logistics support for F-16 aircraft presently at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Reportedly, this deal is finalized at an estimated price of about $500 Million. In a statement, Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Pentagon, disclosed that the projected sale of this equipment and support will not change the fundamental military balance in the area.
The statement from the agency added that a unit of L3 Technologies is amongst the key contractors. The U.S. military sales to self-governed Taiwan, which China states as its territory, is said to be the reason of annoyance in the relations between the world’s two biggest economies. Taiwan might still have to finalize details of the sale with the U.S. firms.
On a similar note, the Pentagon came into the news as it disclosed that it is developing novel military options for Venezuela. Reportedly, these military options are aimed at preventing Cuban, Russian, and Chinese pressure inside the government of Nicolas Maduro, President, Venezuela. They are as well aimed at preventing short of any kinetic military activities, according to a defense officer known with the effort.
The prevention options are being ordered after a White House meeting last week. In this meeting, John Bolton, the national security adviser, told Patrick Shanahan, acting Defense Secretary, to develop notions on the Venezuela crisis. The official highlighted that the primary work is being completed by the Pentagon’s Joint Staff. This staff is engaged in carrying out planning activities for potential military operations. In this effort, the Southern Command, which manages any US military involvement in the southern hemisphere, as well plays an important role.