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16 November 2018 Military News

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  • DoD Completes First Full Financial Statement Audit; Findings Will Directly Benefit Readiness DoD 16 Nov 2018 -- This week, the Department of Defense fulfilled its commitment to the American people by completing a full-scope, department-wide, financial statement audit.
  • Pentagon Details Its Own Accounting Flaws After Failing First-Ever Full Audit Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- The US Department of Defence issued a report on Friday admitting that it cannot provide the public with "reasonable assurance" on how it spends taxpayer money, just one day after the Pentagon announced that it had failed its first-ever audit test.
  • Air Force announces bases to support B-21 Raider mission AFNS 16 Nov 2018 -- The Air Force has selected Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, to coordinate maintenance and sustainment of the B-21 Raider and Edwards AFB, California, to lead testing and evaluation of the next generation long-range strike bomber.
  • F-35s begin Auto GCAS test flights AFNS 16 Nov 2018 -- Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System saves lives. That's the bottom line for those involved in testing the Auto GCAS. The 461st Flight Test Squadron recently began test flight missions with the F-35 Lightning II and the Auto GCAS at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
  • 388th FW drops GBU-49 in combat training AFNS 16 Nov 2018 -- The 388th Fighter Wing's 34th Fighter Squadron recently returned from a weapons evaluation exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where they employed the GBU-49 for the first time in F-35A Lightning II combat training.
  • Halifax Forum Looks for Solutions to World's Security Challenges AFPS 16 Nov 2018 -- Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, is one of many security and military leaders attending the Halifax International Security Forum, which kicked off today with discussions covering security challenges throughout the world and the role democracies can play to address them.
  • The Biggest Audit in Human History ... Really? AFPS 16 Nov 2018 -- The first Defense Department-wide audit covered $2.7 trillion in assets and $2.6 trillion in liabilities for fiscal year 2018, making it most likely the largest known audit of an organization in history, the DOD comptroller said recently.
  • Future USS Michael Monsoor and HMS Queen Elizabeth Conduct PHOTOEX NNS 16 Nov 2018 -- Two of the world's most technologically sophisticated warships, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), conducted a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and RFA Tidespring (A136), a Tide-class replenishment tanker of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), Nov. 11.
  • Decisions to Use Nuclear Power Are Complex, Stratcom Commander Says AFPS 16 Nov 2018 -- Unlike common misconceptions, making the decision to use U.S. nuclear power is a collaborative process that's practiced every day and is usually not subject to time constraints, U.S. Strategic Command's commander said at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 14.
  • Shanahan Talks Dollars, Fiscal Sense and Space AFPS 15 Nov 2018 -- Space, known as the final frontier, is something the Defense Department would like to explore, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said.
  • Creation of US Space Force May Cost Less Than $10Bln - Pentagon Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- US Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said that it may take the United States less than $10 billion, or probably half that sum, to create a space force, The Hill newspaper reported.
  • Russian Army to Get 1st Tor-M2DT Air Defense Missile Systems Next Week Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- The Russian army will receive the first battalion of the Tor-M2DT short-range air defence missile systems next week, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday.
  • Finland Summons Russian Envoy Over GPS Glitches During NATO Drills - Reports Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Previously, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila stated that the several instances in which pilots reported losing GPS signals during the Trident Juncture exercises had been investigated as possible jamming by Russia.
  • PLA Xinjiang Troops Upgrade Training to Boost Counter-Terror Efforts Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- A Chinese army aviation brigade stationed in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has upgraded its training in high-altitude and in adverse weather, a move that experts say will facilitate counter-terrorism and border patrol missions under extreme conditions.
  • North Korea tests 'ultramodern tactical weapon': State media Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- North Korea's state media says the country's leader Kim Jong-un has witnessed the test of an ultramodern tactical weapon in his first publicized visit to a weapons test site since the country's test-launch of an ICBM last November.
  • Kim Jong Un: New Tactical Weapon Shows Defense Capabilities 'Rapidly Growing' Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced on Friday, after inspecting a newly developed tactical weapon, that it was "another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region," North Korean state media reported.
  • State Dept Responds to DPRK Weapons Test, 'Confident' Promises Will Be Fulfilled Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- The US State Department has responded to the recent report that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observed a test of the country's new high-tech tactical weapon.
  • Indian Army Seeks to Procure More Lethal Mortar, Ammunition Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- The Indian Army, currently operating 51mm and 81mm mortar, has floated a global request for information (RFI) from vendors of 60 mm mortar similar to those being used by two of its biggest adversaries China and Pakistan. The 60mm mortar will be more effective in close combat areas like Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Netanyahu becomes Israel military affairs minister after Lieberman's resignation Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become his own minister of military affairs, failing to fill the position with anyone else after Avigdor Lieberman's resignation, according to a Likud Party spokesman.
  • General Atomics Reaper selected for Australia's first armed remotely piloted aircraft system Australia Department of Defence 16 Nov 2018 -- Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, today announced the selection of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper variant as the system which best meets the capability requirements for Australia's first armed remotely piloted aircraft system.
  • Australia Will Buy Up to 16 General Atomics Drones Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Australia's defense ministry announced Friday that drone maker General Atomics had won its competition to be the sole supplier for the Australian armed services' unmanned aerial vehicles. They anticipate buying as many as 16 of the armed drones.
  • Bahrain inks deal to buy US copters after Senate favor Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- Bahrain signs an agreement with a US aerospace manufacturer to buy 12 twin-engine attack helicopters after the Senate votes down a draft resolution to block American arms sales to the kingdom.
  • Spanish Defence Minister Backs Idea of Creating European Army Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Madrid supports French President Emmanuel Macron's push for creating a European army, Defense Minister Margarita Robles said on Thursday.

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