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29 January 2019 Military News

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  • 'Hopeful Moment': What An 'Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned' Peace Process Might Look Like RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- After six days of talks in Qatar with Taliban representatives, the U.S. special envoy on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced on January 28 that an agreement had been reached on a "framework" peace process to end the 17-year Afghan war.
  • NATO, U.S. Officials Encouraged By Afghan Peace Talks After 'Draft Framework' Agreed RFE/RL 29 Jan 2019 -- NATO's chief and the acting head of the Pentagon said they were encouraged by the progress of peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, after the U.S. special envoy for the conflict-wracked country announced that American and Taliban negotiators had agreed on a draft "framework" for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year war there.
  • DOD Officials Testify on Military Support to Southwest Border DoD News 29 Jan 2019 -- John C. Rood, the undersecretary of defense for policy and Navy Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, the Joint Staff director of operations, told the House Armed Services Committee today that the support DOD personnel provided allowed Customs and Border Patrol agents to deploy where they were most needed.
  • Pentagon Prepares to Send More Troops to US-Mexico Border VOA 29 Jan 2019 -- The Pentagon is preparing to send additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, even as some members of Congress question the appropriateness of deploying troops there.
  • USS Chung-Hoon Conducts Second Drug Bust in a Month NNS 29 Jan 2019 -- While conducting maritime security operations in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden, the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) interdicted a shipment of illicit narcotics aboard a stateless vessel, Jan. 24.

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  • Dunford Welcomes Thai Counterpart for Talks on Military Relationship DoD News 29 Jan 2019 -- Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted a welcome ceremony for his counterpart from Thailand at Conmy Hall here today.
  • U.S. and Royal Thai Army soldiers begin bilateral exercise Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- Soldiers with the U.S. Army and Royal Thai Army officially began this year's Hanuman Guardian training exercise with an opening ceremony held Jan. 28, 2019, at Camp Nimmankolayut, Thailand.
  • National Guard Soldiers outsmart the beast of winter during Operation Raider Lightning Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- Once again, Soldiers with the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, prove to be stronger than the weather and circumstance surrounding them as they train through a vicious winter snowstorm at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland.
  • Off-Camera Press Briefing in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 29 Jan 2019 -- Acting Secretary Of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan
  • Exercise Cutlass Express 2019 Begins NNS 29 Jan 2019 -- Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States, as well as several international organizations began the eighth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28 in the vicinity of Djibouti, Mozambique and Seychelles.
  • U.S. naval officer reaffirms right of passage in Taiwan Strait CNA 29 Jan 2019 -- The Taiwan Strait is international waters and U.S. warships have the right to pass through the waterway, Chief U.S. Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson reaffirmed on Monday.
  • Army Reserve chief: Balance is key to retention Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- The rate of attrition in the Army Reserve is the lowest it has been in 18 years, exceeding last year's retention goal by 118 percent, said Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey.
  • Soldiers test new communication device designed to save lives Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- The Army's newest medical communication device is just one study away from being procured and fielded -- the Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or "MEDHUB."
  • Soldiers outsmart the beast of winter during multinational exercise Army News 29 Jan 2019 -- Soldiers with the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment proved to be stronger than the weather and circumstances surrounding them as they trained through a vicious winter snowstorm at Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland.
  • US plans to suspend INF nuclear arms treaty with Russia: White House Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump is poised to suspend a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia, a move likely to escalate already high tensions between Washington and Moscow.
  • US begins production of Trump's low-yield nuclear warhead Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- The United States has officially started to produce a new low-yield nuclear warhead following President Donald Trump's order last year to equip the Pentagon with tactical weapons that could be used in more realistic combat scenarios.
  • J-16 fighter jet stealth-capable, able to carry all types of Chinese air-to-surface weapons Global Times 29 Jan 2019 -- China's multi-role fighter jet the J-16 is now covered by a coating that can provide near stealth capability and the jet is now confirmed to be able to carry all types of air-to-surface weapons in precision strikes, China's State broadcaster revealed on Monday.
  • India Hunts for Night Sights for Detecting Enemy Tanks 1000m Away in the Dark Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- Over the last two years, the Indian Army has started to strengthen the infantry's night fighting capabilities by issuing a tender worth around $1 billion for the purchase of thermal imagers for rifles, machine guns, recoilless rifles/rocket launchers, handheld devices and others.
  • Iran not to extend range of its missiles: Top security official IRNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran has no scientific bottleneck to extend its missiles range but, according to its defense doctrine, the country is only focusing on improving the precision of its missiles and not on extending their ranges, said the secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran on Tuesday.
  • Iran's defensive self-sufficiency thorn in enemies' eyes IRNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Iranian Defense Minister referred to supplying all defensive needs inside the country, saying Iran's self-sufficiency is a thorn in enemies' eyes.
  • Iran faces no scientific limits for increasing range of missiles: Shamkhani ISNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani stressed that the country faces no scientific restrictions for increasing the range of its missiles, but that it currently has no plans to do so and is only focused on improving the accuracy of its missile technology.
  • Iran faces no restrictions for increasing range of missiles: Shamkhani Press TV 29 Jan 2019 -- Iran's top security official says the country faces no scientific restrictions for increasing the range of its missiles, but that it currently has no plans to do so and is only focused on improving the accuracy of its missile technology.
  • Japan – AEGIS Weapon System DSCA 29 Jan 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of two (2) AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two (2) Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two (2) Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.150 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Japan Reserves Right on US Bases Decision in Case of Gaining Kuril Islands - Abe Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- The US must receive a permission to set up military bases in any area of Japan, despite the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the two countries, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday when asked about the possibility of US military bases appearing on the Kurils in case of their handover by Russia to Japan.
  • Deploying surface-to-air missiles top defense priority: Tsai CNA 29 Jan 2019 -- Deploying surface-to-air missiles will be the top priority for Taiwan's military in beefing up its defense capabilities in response to China's growing threat, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday.

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