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09 October 2020 Military News

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  • NATO refuses to commit to withdrawal from Afghanistan Press TV 09 Oct 2020 -- NATO has dismissed US President Donald Trump's surprise announcement to pull out all of US forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year, saying that members of the military alliance will decide together on when to withdraw forces from the war-ravaged country.
  • Joint Statement on Afghanistan Turkmenistan United States of America Trilateral Meeting US Dept. of State 09 Oct 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan on the occasion of the inaugural Afghanistan Turkmenistan United States of America Trilateral Meeting.
  • Tennessee Guard reaches another milestone in COVID-19 testing Army News 09 Oct 2020 -- Since March, the Tennessee National Guard has been working diligently alongside Tennessee's Department of Health, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and various other state and local agencies to administer COVID-19 tests to fellow Tennesseans successfully. By Oct. 8, Tennessee guardsmen have successfully tested over 400,000 of their fellow citizens.
  • W.Va. Guard Assists with New COVID-19 Testing Innovation Army News 09 Oct 2020 -- Members of the West Virginia National Guard's Task Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (CRE) (TF-CRE) are helping roll out a new innovative electronic record system to improve the COVID-19 testing process.

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  • Operation Warp Speed Makes Swift Progress DoD News 09 Oct 2020 -- Unprecedented progress has been made recently on Operation Warp Speed the effort by the Defense Department, Health and Human Services, other federal agencies and private industry to develop a coronavirus vaccine, an HHS official said today.
  • DOD Uses International Contacts to Help Allies, Partners Combat COVID-19 DoD News 09 Oct 2020 -- In January, when the first inklings of a new, dangerous virus in China was on the horizon, Defense Department personnel alerted a well-established and internationally-connected departmental team to be prepared for a pandemic, said Stephanie Hammond, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability and humanitarian affairs.
  • Nations of the African Outbreak Response Alliance conclude series of virtual symposiums on healthcare, COVID19 response AFRICOM 09 Oct 2020 -- The 9th annual African Partnership Outbreak Response Alliance (APORA) conference, designed to support efforts to collectively respond to infectious disease outbreaks in Africa, concluded at the end of the third and final virtual seminar Oct. 7.
  • Western Hemisphere Allies Work Together to Ensure Stability DoD News 09 Oct 2020 -- A sign outside an office in the Pentagon summarizes the feelings of the people inside the office: "The Western Hemisphere Is the Best Hemisphere."
  • DOD Kicks Off World's Largest Dual-Use 5G Testing Effort DoD News 09 Oct 2020 -- Defense Department officials announced yesterday the awarding of $600 million in contracts to 15 prime contractors to perform testing and evaluation of 5G technologies at five military installations across the United States, said the acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering.
  • Chinese-US military dialogue channels open amid tensions, but US shows unwillingness to talk: source Global Times 09 Oct 2020 -- Communication channels between the Chinese and US militaries remain open despite tensions, the Global Times learned from source, but some experts warned of the possibility of a collapse due to the US' refusal to talk.
  • Amid tank accident, president highlights new tank purchases CNA 09 Oct 2020 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Friday the military is planning the purchase of the most advanced tanks to speed up the pace at which it replaces old models while remembering a soldier killed in a tank accident in Kinmen County.
  • Taiwan's military drills 'a futile cover-up show' against PLA operations Global Times 09 Oct 2020 -- The military on the island of Taiwan reportedly started on Friday a set of exercises off the coast where the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) of the mainland have been frequently conducting drills and patrols since mid-September. While analysts on the island claim the exercises were designed to counter those of the PLA, many recent events indicate weaknesses of the Taiwan military and mainland experts say Taiwan drills shall yield no significant changes to the overwhelming advantage the PLA has over it.
  • Anti Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) India PIB 09 Oct 2020 -- New generation Anti Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) was successfully Flight tested today onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was launched from SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
  • India Successfully Test-Fires Anti-Radiation Missiles to Target Enemy Radars Sputnik 09 Oct 2020 -- An Su-30 Mk1 fighter aircraft was used to test-fire a domestically developed new-generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM), RUDRAM, off the country's east coast. The missile has the ability to detect enemy radars on the ground and hit targets with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Menendez, Reed on National Security Implications of Trump Administration's Rushed Sale of F-35 Jets to UAE Senate Foreign Relations Committee 09 Oct 2020 -- Senator Bob Menendez, (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today are calling on the Trump Administration to explain in detail how it will deal with specific national security risks inherent in the Administration's proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates.
  • US Urges Turkey to 'Pull Back' S-400 Defence System Sputnik 09 Oct 2020 -- The United States calls on Turkey to pull back its S-400 air defence system and assist in the security of NATO's southern flank, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview on Friday.
  • 'Out of Question': Turkey Denies Using Russian S-400 to Detect Greek Air Force F-16s Sputnik 09 Oct 2020 -- The allegation was made by American lawmakers, who used it to partially justify a call to introduce sanctions against Turkey over the acquisition of the air defence systems from Russia.
  • Finland F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft with Air-to-Air Missiles and Air-to-Ground Precision Guided Munitions DSCA 09 Oct 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Finland of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft with air-to-air missiles and air-to-ground precision guided munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $12.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
  • Finland F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft and Weapons DSCA 09 Oct 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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