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27 February 2020 Military News

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  • U.S. Will Not Let China, Russia Deny Its Space Superiority, DOD Officials Say DoD News 27 Feb 2020 -- Space systems underpin virtually every weapon system in the Defense Department's arsenal, a senior DOD official told Congress.
  • U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command begin Exercise Native Fury 2020 CENTCOM 27 Feb 2020 -- U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), in coordination with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, will begin Exercise Native Fury 2020 on March 8. Native Fury is a bi-annual exercise that has been occurring in the region since 2008, and this is the 7th iteration of the exercise.
  • USS Ross Arrives in Bulgaria to Support Regional Partners NNS 27 Feb 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, Feb. 27 for a scheduled port visit, as part of continued Black Sea presence and support to regional partners by U.S. Navy vessels.
  • Ford's Advanced Weapons Elevators Closer to Certification NNS 27 Feb 2020 -- USS Gerald R. Ford's (CVN 78) Advanced Weapons Elevators (AWEs) reached another milestone this week with the commencement of combined testing of its first Lower Stage Weapons Elevator on Feb. 24.
  • HH-60W 'Jolly Green II' follows footprints of rescue giants US Air Force 27 Feb 2020 -- The Air Force named its newest combat rescue helicopter, the HH-60W, the "Jolly Green II," following the legendary tradition of the Vietnam-era HH-3E Jolly Green and HH-53 Super Jolly Green crews who pioneered the combat search and rescue mission.
  • Barrett highlights space, modernization, alliances, people as pressing priorities US Air Force 27 Feb 2020 -- Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett said Feb. 27 that successfully launching the Space Force while also modernizing the Air Force, strengthening ties with allies and partners and ensuring a culture of trust for Airmen and their families are the priorities that will drive the service into a successful future.
  • Gen. Thompson makes case for US Space Force, encourages campaign to educate public US Air Force 27 Feb 2020 -- Invoking history and a vivid recent example, Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, the vice commander of the newly created U.S. Space Force, presented the case Feb. 27 for the new service and how its development as a separate, new force differs from circumstances surrounding the Air Force's birth in 1947.
  • Air Force announces Vanguard PEOs US Air Force 26 Feb 2020 -- The Air Force recently announced the Vanguard Program as part of its transformational science and technology portfolio identified in the 2030 strategy for the next decade. Vanguard programs will rapidly advance emerging weapon systems and warfighting concepts through prototyping and experimentation. With these programs, the Air Force aims to deliver game-changing new operational capabilities that provide warfighters with superior advantages on the battlefield in the next decade.
  • U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison On U.S. Engagement in NATO US Dept. of State 27 Feb 2020
  • J-15 aircraft carrier-based fighter jet gets new anti-corrosion paint: reports Global Times 27 Feb 2020 -- The latest batch of China's J-15 aircraft carrier-based fighter jet is getting new, green priming paint instead of the previous yellow one. Reports speculate it is a new anti-corrosion material that can enhance the aircraft's capabilities.
  • Duterte says Philippines can survive without US help Press TV 27 Feb 2020 -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has defended his recent decision to terminate a security pact between Filipino forces and the US military, saying his country can fight insurgents and survive as a nation without American military help.
  • Philippine Military: Can 'Survive' Without US Support Via Pact Radio Free Asia 27 Feb 2020 -- The Philippine military said Thursday that its armed forces would survive and safeguard the nation from internal and external threats even without help from the United States, after President Rodrigo Duterte decided to end a decades-old defense pact with Washington.

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