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15 January 2019 Military News

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  • Gen. Townsend emphasizes importance of recruiting, maintaining professional, lethal force Army News 15 Jan 2019 -- A professional force that is lethal and representative of the American population is a vital strategic asset, and evolving to recruit and maintain that smart, fit, lethal all-volunteer Army is the most important thing that the Army's Training and Doctrine Command is working on, said TRADOC commander Gen. Stephen Townsend in remarks at a recent Association of the U.S. Army event in Arlington, Va.
  • CIAT Trains its First Ship NNS 15 Jan 2019 -- More than 40 crew members of USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) were the first to pilot the updated Advance Warfare Training (AWT) curriculum inside the Navy's newest combat systems trainer, Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD)/Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Trainer (CIAT), onboard Naval Base San Diego (NBSD), Jan. 8-11.
  • SPAWAR Awards First IWRP Contract NNS 15 Jan 2019 -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic awarded the first prototype project agreement (PPA) under the Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) for the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) Jan. 8 for $1.3 million.
  • Carrier Strike Group 12 Welcomes Spanish Frigate Mendez Nñez To Naval Station Norfolk NNS 15 Jan 2019 -- The Álvaro de Bazán-class Spanish navy frigate ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 14 to train and conduct group exercises as part of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12.
  • Travis, Army transport Black Hawks to Alaska AFNS 15 Jan 2019 -- Among members of the Air Force, there's a tendency to be interested in aircraft. More than just aircraft, though, aircraft in aircraft is the type of idea that has the potential to harken back to the science fiction imaginings of many early childhoods. But true to form, science fiction in the military scarcely stays fiction for long.
  • CNO Visits China, Underscores Importance of Professional Interaction at Sea NNS 15 Jan 2019 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited China and met with senior Chinese defense officials, Jan. 13 to 16, to discuss professional interactions at sea, specifically addressing risk reduction and operational safety measures.
  • VADM Brown kicks off SNA with a 'State of the Surface Force' address NNS 15 Jan 2019 -- Calling it "the most important task before us in Surface Warfare," Vice Adm. Rich Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, urged the Surface Warfare community to drive toward a culture of excellence, reinvigorate mission command, and prepare to transition readiness into lethality to meet the challenges of a renewed Great Power Competition.
  • US, Australia Kick Off Anti-Submarine Drills Near Guam - Pentagon Sputnik 15 Jan 2019 -- The US and Australian naval forces have begun their annual Sea Dragon maritime exercise in the Western Pacific, with a focus on anti-submarine warfare (ASW), the US Department of Defense announced in a press release on Monday.
  • Trump discussed pulling US out of NATO last year: Report Press TV 15 Jan 2019 -- US President Donald Trump, who has made a reputation for abandoning a great number of important international pacts, discussed leaving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with his aides last year, according to a new report.
  • US 'fully' responsible if INF collapses, Russia says Press TV 15 Jan 2019 -- Moscow has blamed Washington for the looming collapse of a key nuclear arms control deal after consultations between the two sides made no progress to reach an accord to save the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
  • Russia, US: No Progress in Talks Over 1987 Nuclear Arms Treaty VOA 15 Jan 2019 -- Russia and the United States said Tuesday there was no progress in talks over Washington's intention to withdraw from a 1987 nuclear arms treaty because it says Moscow is violating its terms.
  • Russia In 'Material Breach' Of Key Nuclear Treaty, U.S. Says RFE/RL 15 Jan 2019 -- Russia remains "in material breach" of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the United States has said after a new round of bilateral talks ended with no progress.
  • Russia to Complete Military Satellite Constellation Blagovest in April - Source Sputnik 15 Jan 2019 -- The communications satellites will be spread out evenly to provide seamless global coverage. They are equipped with modern Ka and Q-band transponders and support high-speed Internet, telephony and other broadcasting services.
  • Defense Intelligence Agency Releases Report on China Military Power DIA 15 Jan 2019 -- The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) today released China Military Power, a product that examines the core capabilities of China's military.
  • DIA's China Military Power Report Details Leaders' Strategy DoD News 15 Jan 2019 -- China's military rise is well-planned, and Chinese leaders are following a strategy they believe will lead to greater power and influence both regionally and globally, according to an unclassified report released today by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
  • Upgraded J-20 fighter jet 'overwhelmingly superior' to US F-35: analysts Global Times 15 Jan 2019-- As South Korea became the latest country to buy and deploy US F-35 stealth fighter jets, Chinese military observers asserted that an upgraded Chinese J-20 fighter will gain overwhelming superiority over the F-35 in future and that China can fend off all potential threats from what media dubs the "US F-35 friends circle" in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • S. Korea Removes 'Enemy' Reference to N. Korea in New Defense Report VOA 15 Jan 2019 -- South Korea has dropped a reference to North Korea as its "enemy" in the military's updated policy document, reflecting President Moon Jae-in's initiative in achieving détente with Pyongyang.
  • Turkmenistan Said To Register Reservists As Tension Mounts On Afghan Border RFE/RL 15 Jan 2019 -- Turkmen authorities have launched a campaign to register army reservists -- nearly all men under 50 -- amid concerns about militants in neighboring Afghanistan, according to a Defense Ministry source and accounts by citizens.
  • Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 15 Jan 2019

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