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30 June 2020 Military News

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  • Statement by Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs on U.S. Troop Levels in Germany DoD 30 Jun 2020 -- The Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff briefed the President yesterday on plans to redeploy 9,500 troops from Germany.
  • Pentagon Clears Plan to Withdraw 9,500 US Troops From Germany Sputnik 30 Jun 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has approved the Pentagon's plan for withdrawing 9,500 troops from Germany after Trump said the country was failing to live up to its spending obligations as a NATO partner.
  • Missile Defense Chief Looks to Handle Changing Threat DoD News 30 Jun 2020 -- Missile defense has gone from pie-in-the-sky Star Wars technology in the 1980s to a proven military capability in the 21st century, and the Missile Defense Agency is looking to extend those capabilities against new threats.
  • Soldiers test new night vision capabilities Army News 30 Jun 2020 -- "Really good" was never really going to be good enough for the Army team developing the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular. Nine months after equipping the first unit with the ENVG-B, developers are testing the rigor of system enhancements at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., in order to assess new augmented reality technologies and the hardware that delivers them.
  • Risk Aversion Impedes Hypersonics Development DoD News 30 Jun 2020 -- Speeding ahead with the development of hypersonic weapons, both offensive and defensive, will require the Defense Department to look back to the 1960s – a time when it was far less risk-averse than it is now, the department's director of defense research and engineering for modernization said.
  • USSF field command structure reduces command layers, focuses on space warfighter needs US Air Force 30 Jun 2020 -- The Department of the Air Force and the United States Space Force have finalized the new service's organizational structure for echelons below the headquarters, reflecting the newest branch of the armed forces' guiding principles of being a lean, agile and mission-focused organization.
  • USS Donald Cook Completes Tenth FDNF-E Patrol NNS 30 Jun 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Rota, Spain, following the completion of its tenth Forward-Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet (C6F) area of operations, June 23, 2020.
  • Tactical Communications Marketplace Evolves to Joint Communications Marketplace NNS 30 Jun 2020 -- The Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) announced that the Tactical Communications Marketplace (TCM) will now be known as the Joint Communications Marketplace (JCM), effective June 30.
  • USS Roosevelt Conducts Passing Exercise with Spanish Navy NNS 30 Jun 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) executed a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Spanish naval counterparts in the Atlantic Ocean, June 25, 2020.
  • CNO Message to the Fleet on Sustaining Readiness NNS 30 Jun 2020 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday sent a message to the fleet stressing the importance of remaining vigilant in the long-term battle against the Coronavirus (COVID-19), June 30.
  • US Military Moves to Address Bias and Prejudice VOA 30 Jun 2020 -- With race relations front and center in the United States, U.S. military service branches have begun taking steps to make their organizations more inclusive.
  • Deputy Secretary General at Brussels Forum: NATO is responding in unity to the pandemic NATO 30 Jun 2020 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana spoke at the German Marshall Fund's Brussels Forum on Monday (29 June 2020). Together with the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, they discussed security challenges in the COVID-19 context.
  • NATO Secretary General underlines the need for NATO to take a more global approach NATO 30 Jun 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed an online event of the German Institute for Global and Area studies (GIGA) on Tuesday (30 June 2020). Speaking about "The Geopolitical Implications of COVID-19", the Secretary General called for a global approach to address the security challenges we face. He stressed NATO 2030 was recently launched to reflect on where we see our Alliance ten years from now and how it will continue to keep us safe.
  • First aircraft of NATO's future multi-role tanker transport fleet lands at Eindhoven airbase NATO 30 Jun 2020 -- NATO's future fleet of multi-role aircraft (MMF) is marking an important milestone on Tuesday (30 June 2020), as the first of the eight aircraft in the fleet landed at the main operating base in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The aircraft, an Airbus A-330, arrived from the production facility in Getafe (Spain).
  • US stance on nuclear-test ban treaty most destructive: Russia Press TV 30 Jun 2020 -- Russia says the United States is taking a "destructive" stance over a decades-old multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions by saying openly that it does not plan to ratify it.
  • China's new-generation fighter jet scheduled to make maiden flight in 2021: report Global Times 30 Jun 2020 -- China's new-generation fighter jet is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2021, an aviation industry report revealed on Monday. Analysts speculate that it will be China's new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet.
  • China's Yun-20 large transport aircraft holds great potential PLA Daily 30 Jun 2020 -- Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, China's domestically developed Yun-20 large transport aircraft has carried out missions abroad for many times, successively delivering anti-epidemic supplies to Pakistan, Thailand and other countries. Recently, it made its maiden flight to Russia to transport the PLA Guard of Honor to participate in the military parade staged in Moscow's Red Square. Military expert Chen Hong said that in the future, the Yun-20 transport aircraft is sure to significantly improve the combat capability of the PLA troops.
  • Navy plans live-fire torpedo drill on Wednesday: source CNA 30 Jun 2020 -- The Taiwanese Navy's submarines plan to carry out a live-fire torpedo drill for the first time in 13 years off the coast of southeastern Taiwan on Wednesday, a military source said Tuesday.
  • U.S. military aircraft flies near Taiwan for 10th day CNA 30 Jun 2020 -- A United States warplane flew over waters near Taiwan on Tuesday, the 10th consecutive day American military aircraft have been active in the area at a time when China forced through a highly controversial security law for Hong Kong.
  • Pandemic Stalls Deliveries of Submarines, Helicopters to Singapore - Defense Ministry Sputnik 30 Jun 2020 -- Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore's military will have delivery of German submarines and French and American helicopters delayed by several months. Its F-35 order, however, remains on schedule.
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany The White House 30 Jun 2020

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