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26 February 2019 Military News

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  • Army FY20 budget proposal realigns $30 billion Army News 26 Feb 2019 -- The Army is slated to release its fiscal year 2020 budget request on March 12, which will include the realignment of nearly $30 billion over the next five years to improve readiness and better support the Army's six modernization priorities.
  • DOD Leaders Brief Congress on IT, Cybersecurity, Information Assurance DoD News 26 Feb 2019 -- Senior Defense Department officials testified on the department's information technology, cybersecurity and information assurance efforts today at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee's panel on intelligence, emerging threats, and capabilities.
  • US F-35Bs Bombarded Daesh Targets for More Than 50 Days Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- Since launching its combat career in Afghanistan in September, US F-35B aircraft, highly touted by the US military and defense contractors, have gone to work in Iraq and Syria, dropping bombs on targets for more than 50 days.
  • Two U.S. vessels pass through Taiwan Strait CNA 26 Feb 2019 -- Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed on Tuesday that two U.S. Navy vessels sailed through the Taiwan Strait earlier in the day, the second such transit made by U.S. military ships this year.
  • Statement from Acting Secretary Shanahan on 5G DoD 26 Feb 2019
  • USNS Medgar Evers Deploys to U.S. Sixth Fleet NNS 26 Feb 2019 -- Military Sealift Command's dry cargo ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) departed Naval Station Norfolk to begin its scheduled, overseas deployment in support of U.S. Navy U.S. Sixth Fleet's area of responsibility, Feb. 25.
  • Military Sealift Command Introduces New Official Seal NNS 26 Feb 2019 -- Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, commander, Military Sealift Command (MSC), introduced the command's new official seal during an all-hands call held on board Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 25.
  • VCNO Visits Lincoln, CSG 12 NNS 26 Feb 2019 -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Feb. 19-20, during the final stage of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 12's composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).
  • VP-47 To Participate in Avalon 2019 Airshow, Exhibition NNS 26 Feb 2019 -- The "Golden Swordsmen" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 and the unit's P-8 Poseidon will participate in the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition 2019 at Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Feb. 26.
  • Tomahawk-Capable Destroyer USS Gravely Enters Baltic Sea - Reports Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- Currently, the destroyer is passing the German coast, and this is the second time since 2009 that USS Gravely arrives in the Baltic Sea.
  • Stratcom Commander: Modernizing Nuclear Triad Critical to Defense DoD News 26 Feb 2019 -- The nuclear triad, which is composed of submarine-launched ballistic missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles and bombers, "is the most important element of our national defense, and we have to make sure that we're always ready to respond to any threat," the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said today.
  • US Must Accelerate Deployment of Space Sensors to Counter Russian Threat - NORAD Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- The United States needs to accelerate the deployment of sensors in space to counter threats allegedly posed by adversaries like Russia, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Commander Terrence O'Shaughnessy said in congressional testimony on Tuesday.
  • GAO Slams DoD Over Cost of Maintaining, Upgrading Software for Weapons Systems Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- The Department of Defense (DOD) must improve cost estimates for maintaining and upgrading software needed to run major US weapons to ensure adequate funding throughout a system's life cycle, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a report on Monday.
  • NATO Deputy Secretary General visits Hungary NATO 26 Feb 2019 -- The NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller travelled to Budapest on Tuesday (26 February 2019) and met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó, with Minister of Defence Tibor Benkõ and with other high-level government officials. She also delivered a keynote speech at the Ambassadorial Conference of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Russia to Commission 2nd Fifth-Generation Su-57 Fighter in 2020 - Manufacturer Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- Russia's second mass-produced fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet will be put into service in the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2020, Alexander Pekarsh, the director of Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Plant, manufacturing the aircraft, said.
  • The raising of HNoMS "Helge Ingstad" has started 26 Feb 2019 -- Operation for raising the partly sunken frigate HNoMS "Helge Ingstad" started early morning on Tuesday 26 February. The operation is estimated to take fivesix days.
  • UK, US join countries opposing Russia's plan to expand ban on deadly chemicals Press TV 26 Feb 2019 -- Britain, the United States and 18 other members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have voted down a proposal by Russia to add a broad array of deadly agents to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) arms control treaty.
  • PLA undergoes intensive combat trainings in 2019 Global Times 26 Feb 2019 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) undertook intensive combat training in the first two months of 2019 after Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered the military to enhance combat readiness in January.
  • India Test Fires Short-Range Quick-Reaction Missile Following Kashmir Airstrike Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- This has boosted morale at India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which developed the missile; during the last test, conducted in April 2018, the missile took off from its launcher successfully but rolled uncontrollably during flight and then plunged into the Bay of Bengal.
  • Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal Body Set to Meet in the Wake of Indian Air Strike Sputnik 26 Feb 2019 -- Following the violation of its airspace by the Indian Air Force (IAF), the government of Pakistan has summoned a special meeting of the apex body that oversees policy formulation, exercises, deployment, research and development, and operational command and control of the country's nuclear arsenal.

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