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19 March 2019 Military News

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  • IMDO and MDA Successfully Complete David's Sling Weapon System Intercept Test Series MDA 19 Mar 2019 -- The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) yesterday successfully completed a test series of the David's Sling Weapon System, a missile defense system that is a central part of lsrael's multilayer antimissile array.
  • Securing the High Ground with Partners US Air Force 19 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Air Forces Central Command published its January Airpower Summary March 7. The year 2019 began with airpower supporting joint coalition and partner forces fighting violent extremist groups in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
  • B-1B returns to Arnold Air Force Base for store separation testing US Air Force 19 Mar 2019 -- It had been nearly 20 years since a test involving the B-1B Lancer aircraft was conducted by Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base.
  • South Korea-based Short Range Air Defense Battery Integrates Counter-UAS into Core Competencies Army News 19 Mar 2019 -- Amid the looming threat of surveillance by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), 8th Army recently validated the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of Army Prepositioned Stock (APS) at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea. In order to support 8th Army and combat the UAS threat, Echo Battery, 6-52 Air and Missile Defense Battalion (E/6-52 AMD BN) established the first garrison Counter-UAS (C-UAS) defense design in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO).
  • DARPA's Director Outlines the Agency's Future Programs DoD News 19 Mar 2019 -- The work at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is about the future, based on a mission of breakthrough technologies and capabilities for national security, the DARPA director said March 14.
  • Defense Economic Director: Military Spending Important to Communities DoD News 19 Mar 2019 -- In 2013, an economic shock wave hit many states and communities as they began to feel the full effects of the Budget Control Act of 2011, the director of the Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment said today.
  • Diving deeper into the Fleet Marine Force USMC News 19 Mar 2019 -- Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan -- Air tanks, rebreathers and scuba fins sit on metal shelves lining the dimly-lit hallway of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion compound. Chatter, echoing through the corridor, can be heard over the distinct noise of dive gear being tested and prepared. A doorway at the end of the hallway holds a sign that reads, '3rd Recon Navy divers'.
  • RAF Mildenhall KC-135 crew strengthens relationship with Romanian air force US Air Force 19 Mar 2019 -- Airmen with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron and the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron participated in air refueling training alongside members of the Romanian air force in Bucharest, Romania, March 11-15.
  • Obangame Express 2019 Begins NNS 19 Mar 2019 -- Exercise Obangame Express 2019, a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) exercise in its ninth year, has begun to provide collaborative opportunities among African forces and international partners to address maritime security concerns.
  • Surface Force Pacific Commander Charges Fleet to Continue Push to Lethality, Mission Command, Culture of Excellence NNS 19 Mar 2019 -- Commodores, commanders, and surface fleet leaders need to prepare for the high-end fight to meet the challenge of renewed great power competition. That was the message from Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), during the Commander's Training Symposium (CTS), March 14.
  • NAWCAD Lakehurst Adapts Weapons Loader for F-35B NNS 19 Mar 2019 -- Team work and co-location at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst resulted in modified Support Equipment (SE) that gives the F-35B Lightning II more capability.
  • NATO Secretary General welcomes the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia NATO 19 Mar 2019 -- Following a meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday (19 March 2019), the NATO Secretary General said that the signature of the Accession Protocol for the Republic of North Macedonia in February was a historic moment for the country and for NATO. "Your leadership helped make this happen", he said. "By working with Athens you have shown what courage, commitment and diplomacy can achieve."
  • Moscow Rules Out Destroying 9M729 Missile Complexes, Says They Fit INF Treaty Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Russia will not destroy its 9M729 missile complexes that Washington believes to be in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
  • Norway Claims 'Electronic Proof' of Russian GPS Jamming During NATO Drills Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Allegations of disrupting GPS signals are only a single step in Norway's array of verbal attacks against Russia. Previously, Norway accused Russia of simulating an attack on a US-supported radar in the Barents Sea.
  • Lack of Pilots, Operating Costs May Keep Norway's F-35 Fleet Grounded Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- With 52 F-35 fighter jets as a replacement for its ageing F-16 fleet, Norway hopes to build one of the world's most modern air forces. However, there are fears it will be hamstrung by a dramatic lack of pilots and technicians.
  • Army launches full-scale assessment in bid to boost military skill levels Global Times 19 Mar 2019 -- Starting in March, the PLA Army organized all officers and soldiers to take a military training grade evaluation. It was the first time the PLA ground forces carried out wide-ranging tests of this kind.
  • Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget in Spite of US Calls to Reach NATO Target Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Berlin's failure to meet the alliance's agreement to spend 2% of GDP on defence has been a source of tension between Germany and the US. Angela Merkel earlier pledged to boost military spending up to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024. But the budget plan, introduced in Berlin, suggests that the expenditures will be decreasing after a rise next year.
  • President Tsai confirms Taiwan seeking to buy F-16Vs from U.S. CNA 19 Mar 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) confirmed Tuesday that her administration has made a formal request to the United States to purchase F-16 Viper fighter jets after an overall evaluation of Taiwan's defense needs.
  • Russia, Egypt Did Not Sign Contracts for Aircraft Delivery in Late 2018 Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Russia and Egypt did not sign contracts for aircraft supply in the second half of 2018, Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told Sputnik Tuesday.
  • Taking China's Cues India Begins 1st-Ever Military Drill with 17 African Nations Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- China with a view to showcasing its military prowess had earlier organised a China-Africa Defence and Security Forum in 2018 that involved 50 African nations.
  • Israel, Greece to Build Radar on Crete Amid Rapprochement– Reports Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- The two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as Cyprus, have been boosting their ties, strengthening military and economic cooperation, including the planned construction of an East Med underwater pipeline with the estimated cost of $8 billion.

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