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03 January 2019 Military News

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  • Shanahan Stresses National Defense Strategy in First Meetings as Acting Secretary AFPS 03 Jan 2019 -- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan will use the National Defense Strategy as his blueprint moving forward, Pentagon officials said.
  • Shanahan calls China his top priority as he takes over from Mattis Press TV 03 Jan 2019 -- Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan says he will make China his top priority after taking over from General James Mattis, who was recently fired by President Donald Trump.
  • New Acting Defense Chief Takes Over At Pentagon RFE/RL 03 Jan 2019 -- Patrick Shanahan has taken over the helm of the Pentagon, as U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his Defense Department predecessor, pointing to what he said was a lack of success in Afghanistan.
  • Joint, coalition, Total Force Airmen expedite Rapid Global Mobility AFNS 03 Jan 2019 -- The 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, enables rapid global mobility with a diverse group of Airmen and Soldiers from all walks of life.
  • One base, one boss: 355th wing strengthens mission competence AFNS 03 Jan 2019 -- After winning the 2018 U.S. Air Force Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base continued to strengthen its mission competence by officially re-designating as the 355th Wing, Jan. 2, 2019.
  • USS Porter Departs Aksaz, Turkey NNS 03 Jan 2019 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) departed Aksaz, Turkey following a regular scheduled port visit on its sixth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Jan. 3, 2019.
  • US to conduct missile drill on Japan's Okinawa: Report Press TV 03 Jan 2019 -- The United States' military is reportedly seeking to carry out its first ever missile drill on and around the Japanese Island of Okinawa as part of attempts to contain what Washington sees as China's growing maritime prowess in the region.
  • US Plans to Deploy Multiple Rocket Launcher Systems on Japan's Okinawa – Report Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- The southern Japanese island of Okinawa currently hosts more than 20,000 American troops. The US' military presence on the island has repeatedly been criticised by local residents for driving up crime, as well as disrupting the area via aircraft and vehicle crashes in and around the bases.
  • Poland first Ally to safeguard Baltic Airspace in 2019 NATO 03 Jan 2019 -- ŠIAULIAI, Lithuania -- The Polish Air Force took over the responsibility for leading NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission out of Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, from the Belgian Air Force on 3 January 2019. A traditional handover/takeover ceremony has been conducted at the Lithuanian Air Base every four months since 2004. The Polish Air Force was the eighth Ally to assume the mission at the end of 2005 and has now returned to accomplish the task for the first four months in 2019.
  • China showcases own version of 'Mother of All Bombs' Global Times 03 Jan 2019 -- China's arms industry giant NORINCO for the first time showcased a new type of massive aerial bomb, which it dubbed the Chinese version of the "Mother of All Bombs" due to its huge destruction potential that is claimed to be only second to nuclear weapons.
  • China Meets Growing Demand for Armed Drones in Middle East VOA 03 Jan 2019 -- China is meeting a growing demand for armed drones in the Middle East, adding new military capabilities to an already tense security situation, according to a new report from the London-based Royal United Services Institute.
  • FM Zarif: US in no position to lecture Iran on UNSC Res. 2231 Press TV 03 Jan 2019 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed a new US claim that Iran's launch of space rockets and missiles breaches a Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington has already violated that UN document and thus cannot comment on it.
  • 'US is in No Position to Lecture': Tehran Balks at US Warning on Missile Tests Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- Iran's foreign minister has responded to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's warning that Iran would face severe economic and diplomatic consequences if it went ahead with plans to engage in further ballistic missile testing.
  • US Warns Iran Against Conducting Planned Missile Launches - Pompeo Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- In late December, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said that any efforts by foreign countries to stop the country from testing missiles would be futile.
  • Taiwanese Navy Reveals Hsiung Feng-3 Anti-Ship Missile Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- A few hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech Wednesday emphasizing Taiwanese independence is destined for a "dead end," the Taiwanese Navy unveiled its latest supersonic cruise missile, fired from a futuristic-looking corvette.
  • US Delegation Offers Turkey Patriot Air Defence Systems Deal - Reports Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- A US delegation has made an official offer to Turkey to purchase US-made Patriot air defence systems, Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday, citing sources.
  • Turkey, Iraq will deepen cooperation against terrorism in region: Erdogan Press TV 03 Jan 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey and neighboring Iraq will deepen their cooperation against terrorism in the region, after tensions between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkey's airstrikes against purported positions of Kurdish militants in northern Iraq.
  • Military Helicopter Crashes in Nigeria Leaving 5 People Dead – Reports Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- A military helicopter crashed while fighting in the northern Nigerian state of Borno leaving five people dead, the Nation news outlet reported on Thursday.

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