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06 September 2018 Military News

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  • Afghan Attack Denounced as Fatalities Rise to 26 VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- Afghanistan mourned Thursday the death of at least 26 civilians, including sportsmen, rescue workers and journalists, in an overnight double suicide bombing in Kabul. Islamic State, via its so-called Amaq News Agency, claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • UN condemns deadly twin bombings in Kabul, killing first-responders, sportsmen, journalists UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned an attack on a Kabul sports centre on Wednesday, which killed at least 22 people, including first-responders, sportsmen, and two journalists who were covering the initial bombing for a local news agency. Around 75 others were wounded.

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  • DoD Leaders Emphasize National Defense Strategy at Conference AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- Defense Department military and civilian leaders participated in the Defense News Conference here yesterday to discuss the 2018 National Defense Strategy and how the U.S. military is evolving as it responds to global power competition.
  • Army National Guard space support teams give ground commanders planetary view Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- It can sometimes be hard for commanders to get a full picture of the battlefield, whether that's on the ground in Syria or in the forests of Colorado. The "Space Cowboys" of the Colorado Army National Guard's 117th Space Battalion aim to solve that problem.
  • 49th Missile Defense Battalion tests its METL Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- The 100th Missile Defense Brigade and the 49th Missile Defense Battalion conducted their most comprehensive and thorough external evaluation to date at Fort Greely Aug. 20-24.
  • 'Tiger Stance' focuses on realistic, state-of-the-art cyber task force training Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- Cyber warriors from the Army Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB) had an opportunity for realistic state-of-the-art cyber training at the Indiana National Guard's Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) here, Aug. 20-24.
  • Wilson urges innovation in software acquisition model AFNS 06 Sep 2018 -- The process used by the Air Force to acquire software is archaic and needs to modernize now if the service is to win in a peer-to-peer conflict, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.
  • Retrofit of Apache rotor 'strap packs' underway Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- The Army is about 19 percent complete with a retrofit of strap pack "mega-nuts" that connect Apache helicopter rotor heads to their air frame and keep the blades from spinning off during flight.
  • Corps looks to increase comms, lethality with next-gen hearing system USMC News 06 Sep 2018 -- Marine Corps Systems Command will assess the systems to ensure they are compatible with Marine Corps radios and the Marine Corps Enhanced Combat Helmet, or ECH. Systems can be circumaural or intra-aural but must include versions that are both communications enabled and versions that are not communications enabled. Program Manager Infantry Combat Equipment at MCSC is considering options to purchase between 7,000 and 65,000 hearing enhancement devices within the next three years to be used in addition with the current Combat Arms Earplugs Marines wear.
  • 1st Cavalry armor, engineers bring the boom at Atlantic Resolve live fire exercise Army News 06 Sep 2018 -- A Bradley Fire Support Team Vehicle loaded with combat engineers roared forward to the tangle of razor wire. Covered by the unit's tanks, the Bradley stopped and lowered its armored ramp. The engineer team ran out carrying Bangalore torpedoes, five-foot-long tubes filled with explosives designed to clear obstacles.
  • Jason Dunham Counts 2,521 AK-47s Seized NNS 06 Sep 2018 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) seized an illicit weapons shipment of 2,521 AK-47 automatic rifles aboard a stateless skiff in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, Aug. 28.
  • U.S. Navy Seabees Begin Water Well Drilling Exploration in Colombia NNS 06 Sep 2018 -- Amidst a nearly decade-long drought, a team of U.S. Navy construction professionals assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 began water well drilling exploration operations in the rural community of Riohacha, Colombia Aug. 30 as part of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2018.
  • US Considering Enhanced Military Presence in Greece Amid Regional Tensions Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- The US is exploring the possibility of boosting the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots like Libya, Syria and Turkey.
  • Secretary General visits Skopje to discuss progress in NATO accession talks NATO 06 Sep 2018 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up a two-day visit to Skopje on Thursday (6 September 2018), which focused on the country's path toward NATO membership. At the Brussels Summit in July, Allied leaders decided to invite the government in Skopje to begin accession talks with the Alliance, which have now begun.
  • Stoltenberg: NATO 'Ready To Welcome' Macedonia Once Name Deal With Greece Finalized RFE/RL 06 Sep 2018 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the military alliance is "ready to welcome" Macedonia as its 30th member once Skopje finalizes an agreement with Athens to change the former Yugoslav republic's name.
  • Secretary of Defense Mattis' Remarks at India 2+2 Joint Press Conference DoD 06 Sep 201 8-- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
  • Remarks to the Press US Dept. of State 06 Sep 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
  • India Conducts First Air-to-Air Refueling of Home-Grown Fighter Jet Tejas Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) has committed to purchase 324 Tejas, which means most of the shortfall will be fulfilled by the homegrown fighter jet. The jet is already integrated with Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles, while it will eventually boast advanced electronic warfare systems and the Russian-built GSh-23 autocannon.
  • No Decision on Sanctions Waiver for India for Purchase of Russian S-400 - Pompeo Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- India has already made it clear that it plans to purchase the S-400 from Russia, and that this is not contingent to US sanctions waiver. However, efforts were made by the two sides to find common ground during the 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi. Sources told Sputnik that a separate bilateral dialogue may be initiated shortly to sort out the matter.
  • India, US Sign Defense Pact to Share Critical Military Communication Technology Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- In the first 2+2 ministerial dialogue, India and the US have agreed to set up two new hotlines so that the defense ministers and external affairs ministers of the two countries can be in continuous contact with each other.
  • Mattis: U.S.-India Partnership Important for Indo-Pacific Stability AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis arrived here yesterday, ready to engage with senior Indian officials to ensure the Indo-Pacific region remains free, safe, prosperous and secure.
  • U.S. Officials Seek to Boost Arms Sales to India AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- A decade ago, U.S. arms sales to India amounted to virtually nothing. Today, the United States is the second-largest arms supplier to India, and U.S. officials say they hope to increase that business.
  • U.S.-India Defense Cooperation a 'Key Driver' of Overall Relationship AFPS 06 Sep 2018 -- U.S.-Indian defense cooperation has emerged "as the most significant dimension of our strategic partnership and as a key driver of our overall bilateral relationship," Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at the conclusion of the two-plus-two talks here today.
  • US, India Ink Deal to Expand Defense Ties VOA 06 Sep 2018 -- The United States and India took a major step to expand defense ties Thursday, signing a deal that allows India to acquire high-end U.S. weaponry, including armed drones.
  • Iran deputy defense min hails Bavar-373 air defense system IRNA 06 Sep 2018 -- Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier Qasem Taghizadeh praised the country's domestically-developed Bavar-373 air defense system, saying it has more capabilities compared with the Russian-made S-300.
  • MND mulls attendance at annual defense meeting in U.S. CNA 06 Sep 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday it is still weighing whether to have the defense minister attend an annual defense meeting in the United States this year.
  • Turkey Begins Construction of Site for Russian S-400 - Reports Sputnik 06 Sep 2018 -- Turkey has begun building a platform site for a Russian S-400 missile defense system, despite pressure from Washington to abandon plans to purchase the military equipment, CNBC reported on Thursday, citing a source with firsthand knowledge of an unpublished intelligence assessment.
  • 'Legally binding' nuclear-test ban essential to prevent 'catastrophic impact' says UN chief UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- On the annual observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the "inextricable connection" between testing and eliminating nuclear weapons across the world.

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