16 November 2018 Military News
- Troop levels on US-Mexico border 'pretty much peaked': Pentagon Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- A senior Pentagon official has said that American troop levels at the US-Mexico border have essentially reached their upper limit.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 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.
- Pence Urges Speed on South China Sea Code of Conduct VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is urging the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) to move forward with a code of conduct for the South China Sea. But as ASEAN states already know, a deal, which once appeared on the verge of completion, now faces three gritty years of talks.
- Amid continued suffering in Yemen, UN envoy welcomes reports of reduced violence UN News 16 Nov 2018 -- Addressing the UN Security Council on Friday, Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, said that although conflict continues to rage, he welcomed recent reports of reduced violence in the country.
- Yemeni drone unit targets Saudi mercenaries in Ma'rib IRNA 16 Nov 2018 -- Yemeni drone unit on Friday targeted Saudi mercenaries in Ma'rib Province, according to Yemeni media 'Saba'.
- Despite declared halt to offensive, Saudi warplanes hit Hudaydah Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- At least nine people have been killed in western Yemen, despite a declared halt to the Saudi-led offensive that was meant to seize control of the strategic port city of Hudaydah.
- Houthis Deny Reports About Pause in Arab Coalition's Offensive on Hodeida Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Reports claiming that the Saudi-led Arab coalition's military operation in the Yemeni port of Hodeida has been suspended are not true, Daifullah Shami, the Houthi information minister, told Sputnik on Friday.
- Pause in Saudi raids on Hudaydah aimed at buying time: Houthi Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- A Houthi spokesman says a pause in Saudi airstrikes against Hudaydah is not a submission to international pressure but a bid to buy time and reinforce the military strength for a fresh offensive.
- UN condemns Syrian 'war on children' as up to 30 reportedly killed in clashes UN News 16 Nov 2018 -- The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, has expressed alarm at reports that up to 30 children have been killed during recent violence in Al Shafa village, in eastern Syria.
- Japan PM assures Russia's Putin of no US bases on disputed islands if handed over: Report Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that if the Kremlin hands over four disputed islands in the Western Pacific to Japan, they would not be subjected to a US military presence.
- UNICEF welcomes Bangladesh statement that Rohingya will not be forced to leave UN News 16 Nov 2018 -- UN Children's Fund UNICEF on Friday welcomed confirmation from the Bangladesh authorities that Rohingya refugees will not be returned to Myanmar against their will, amid reported ongoing rights violations there.
- South Sudan's women caught up in 'futile man's war' UN gender equality chief UN News 16 Nov 2018 -- The women of South Sudan are leading calls for political and militia leaders to honour the recent revitalized peace agreement, and end what they regard as a "futile man's war", the head of the UN gender equality agency, UN Women, told the Security Council on Friday.
- Text of a Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Burundi The White House 16 Nov 2018
- Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate The White House 16 Nov 2018
- Kremlin Warns It May Act If Ukraine Seizes Ships In Azov Sea RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- Russia has warned Ukraine that it may take measures to protect Russian ships crossing the Sea of Azov should Kyiv stop or seize any.
- UN genocide adviser welcomes historic conviction of former Khmer Rouge leaders UN News 16 Nov 2018 -- Friday's historic conviction by a United Nations-backed international tribunal of two former Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia on genocide charges has been welcomed by the UN Special Adviser on the issue.
- Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R.3359, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act The White House 16 Nov 2018
- U.S. Documents Suggest Charges Filed Against WikiLeaks Founder Assange RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- U.S. court documents suggest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been criminally charged by prosecutors in a case that could be related to the investigation into Russia's meddling in the U.S. elections.
- US preparing indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- The US Justice Department is preparing charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website published thousands of classified US government documents.
- US Justice Dept Accidentally Reveals Secret Indictment Against Assange - Reports Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- The story came to light due to a filing submitted by prosecutors working on a separate, unrelated sex-crimes case which nevertheless contained two mentions of Julian Assange.
- Secret US Charges Against Assange Revealed VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- WikiLeaks says its founder Julian Assange has been charged in the United States.
- The Week In Russia: War, Peace, And A Presidential Back-Pat In Paris RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- Vladimir Putin made brief contact with U.S. President Donald Trump in Paris, where world leaders marked the centenary of the end of the "war to end all wars" - while wars involving Russia continue in Syria and eastern Ukraine. As Putin moved on to Asia, the European Court of Human Rights handed him a defeat in his ongoing showdown with Aleksei Navalny. And following his travels abroad, Putin returned to a country struggling to protect itself against Western sanctions without strangling economic growth.
- Putin Says Russia Ready To Cooperate With Saudis And Curb Oil Output RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in cutting oil production to stem a big plunge in oil prices, but he said it is also content with the lower prices.
- Sanctions Play 'Key Role' In Russia's Economic Underperformance RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- Western sanctions have played an important factor leading to the underperformance of the Russian economy over the past four years, a new study indicates.
- New Bloomberg Research Reveals Western Sanctions' Toll on Russian Economy Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Western sanctions imposed four years ago have reduced Russia's gross domestic product (GDP) by 6 percent since 2014, a study by Bloomberg Economics revealed on Friday.
- North Korea plans deporting detained US citizen amid new weapon test Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- North Korea has decided to deport detained American citizen "Bruce Byron Lowrance" to the United States amid announcing the test of an "ultramodern tactical weapon," the Korean Central News Agency says.
- State Department Accuses North Korea of Illegal Shipping to Evade UN Sanctions Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- North Korea keeps on engaging in illegal activities in order to evade sanctions imposed on its shipping industry by the United States and the United Nations, the US State Department said in a press release on Friday.
- N Korea's Kim May Still Pay Return Visit to Seoul Until End of Year - Minister Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- The visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can still take place before the end of this year as the meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in should not take long to prepare, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said during his five-day visit to Washington.
- DPRK Maritime Insurance Workshop US Dept. of State 16 Nov 2018 -- Today, the United States and the United Kingdom met in London with industry leaders from maritime insurance companies, commodity traders, and other relevant parties, to discuss steps the private sector can take to prevent illicit shipping, trade, and other sanctions evasion activities that North Korea uses to generate revenue for its UN-prohibited nuclear and missile programs.
- On the Release of an American Citizen from North Korea US Dept. of State 16 Nov 2018 -- The United States appreciates the cooperation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the embassy of Sweden in facilitating the release of an American citizen.
- US Welcomes North Korean Announcement to Release US Citizen VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked North Korea for cooperating to secure the release of a U.S. citizen, after the North announced it will deport the man who was detained in October for illegally entering the country from China.
- Iran: US sanctions have endangered nuclear deal Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- A senior Iranian official says the renewal of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic has "endangered" the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world countries.
- US using dollar as weapon to pressure Europe: Iran Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- The United States has turned its currency into a "weapon" and is using it to challenge the sovereignty of European nations, a senior Iranian official says.
- Architects of Hong Kong's 2014 Democracy Protests to Stand Trial VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- The founding leaders of Hong Kong's 2014 democracy protests will stand trial this Monday, nearly four years after the protests came to an end.
- Baghdad, Erbil Agree to Resume Kirkuk Oil Exports - Iraqi Oil Ministry Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- The authorities of Iraq and of Iraqi Kurdistan have agreed to resume oil exports from the Kirkuk oil field in the autonomous region after a long suspension, the spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry, Assim Jihad, told Sputnik on Friday.
- US Officials: CIA Concludes Saudi Prince Ordered Journalist's Killing VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to U.S. officials.
- Upset by Trump's Iran waivers, Saudis push for deep oil output cut IRNA 16 Nov 2018 -- When US President Donald Trump asked Saudi Arabia this summer to raise oil production to compensate for lower crude exports from Iran, Riyadh swiftly told Washington it would do so.
- Bipartisan Senate bill to suspend US arms exports to Saudi Arabia Press TV 16 Nov 2018 -- A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would halt US arms exports to Saudi Arabia as a response to the "barbaric" murder of Jamal Khashoggi, continued detention of activists and "indiscriminate" bombing campaign in Yemen.
- Turkey Rejects Saudi Claim on Khashoggi's Killing VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has dismissed Saudi Arabia's latest version of events in the October 2 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul.
- US may extradite Gulen to ease Turkey pressure on Saudi Arabia: Report Press TV 15 Nov 2018 -- The White House is finding ways to extradite the US-based Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen, an arch-rival of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a media report says.
- Russia Successfully Launches Soyuz Rocket for First Time After October's Failure Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Russian Soyuz-FG launch vehicle lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday for the first time since the failed launch in October, a Sputnik correspondent reported from Russia's Mission Control Center outside Moscow.
- Brexit poses 'particular risk' to British people in poverty: UN independent expert UN News 16 Nov 2018 -- Brexit – the United Kingdom's impending exit from the European Union – will drive more UK citizens into poverty unless the Government takes action to shield the most vulnerable, warned Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, in a damning statement released on Friday.
- Britain's May Sticks to Brexit Deal as Rebellion Grows VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May came out fighting Friday in defense of her contentious draft Brexit deal, calling on the British public to back her. But critics within her party, who complain the proposed agreement would turn Britain into a "vassal state," mounted a formal bid to oust her.
- Tajikistan Launches Giant Power Plant To Tackle Energy Problems RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has launched a new hydroelectric station that had been vehemently opposed for years by the late leader of neighboring Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.
- Tajikistan's Roghun Dam, Which For Years Generated Only Controversy, Begins Producing Electricity RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- It took more than 40 years, billions of dollars, and countless tons of concrete, but Tajikistan's Roghun hydropower plant is starting to deliver on a small part of its promise.
- Kyrgyz President Accuses Predecessor Of Trying To Turn Him Into 'Puppet' RFE/RL 16 Nov 2018 -- Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has accused his predecessor Almazbek Atambaev of attempting to unduly influence him.
- Sri Lanka's Parl't Passes New Vote of No Confidence in Gov't - State Minister Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Sri-Lanka's parliament passed another motion of no confidence in country's government led by recently-appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa Friday, just two days after the latest no-confidence motion, the state minister de Silva said.
- Two Former Coup Leaders Vie for Democratic Power in Fiji VOA 16 Nov 2018 -- Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is leading the vote count in national elections held in the South Pacific nation Wednesday. In second place is a former prime minister who himself was behind two coups in Fiji.
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