Happy Thursday and welcome to Overnight Defense. I’m Ellen Mitchell, and here’s your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond.
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THE TOPLINE: The Trump administration is moving ahead with a planned F-35 fighter jet sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a move that could potentially tip the scales of military power in the Middle East.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday confirmed that the administration had informally notified Congress of the sale, which would allow the UAE to buy the fifth-generation fighter jet, currently owned only by Israel