The Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team hosted the first ever PRT vendor fair in Qalat, Afghanistan, reports Capt. Kevin Tuttle with the PRT. More than 40 contractors attended the fair, whose primary purpose was to reach new contractors in Zabul. The PRT hopes to encourage local contractors to help support and build-up their country and to provide services that are costly to import from overseas. “It’s cheaper and timelier to get it here in Qalat, and we’re trying to see if that possibility exists,” said PRT engineer Capt. Rockie Wilson.
Rumored cuts to the F-35 from the fiscal 2025 defense budget—six from Air Force plans—would not be offset by recent Foreign Military Sales, and will disrupt ongoing Lot 19 negotiations, Pentagon and industry sources said.