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09 November 2020 Military News

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  • Secretary of Defense Esper Final Message to the Department DoD 09 Nov 2020 -- "It is has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve alongside you as the 27th U.S. Secretary of Defense these last eighteen months in defense of our great Nation and adherence to our sworn oath to the Constitution. (...) Stay focused on your mission, remain steadfast in your pursuit of excellence, and always do the right thing. Following these imperatives will ensure you remain the most ready, respected, and capable military force in the world, which is what our Nation expects and deserves."
  • Trump Fires Defense Secretary Via Twitter VOA 09 Nov 2020 -- U.S. President Donald Trump Monday announced via Twitter that he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
  • Pelosi Statement on Trump Firing of Defense Secretary Esper Speaker of The House 09 Nov 2020 -- "The abrupt firing of Secretary Esper is disturbing evidence that President Trump is intent on using his final days in office to sow chaos in our American Democracy and around the world. Continuity and stability are always important during a presidential transition; they are absolutely imperative at this moment, as this historically erratic Administration prepares for its departure."
  • Trump fires Pentagon chief Mark Esper amid post-election chaos Press TV 09 Nov 2020 -- US President Donald Trump has fired his defense secretary, Mark Esper, amid political chaos gripping his administration after his refusal to concede the election defeat.
  • Donald Trump Axes Pentagon Chief Mark Esper, Replaces Him With NCTC Director Christopher C. Miller Sputnik 09 Nov 2020 -- Esper's spokesperson earlier dismissed rumours of him filing for resignation, while media outlets reported that Trump was not considering replacing him in the near future.
  • Navy Develops Unmanned Air System for Ship Cargo Resupply US Navy 09 Nov 2020 -- The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) recently acquired a logistics Unmanned Air System (UAS) prototype to demonstrate long-range naval ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore cargo transport at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
  • US Army Adopts SM-6 Naval Missile as New Ground-Launched Weapon Sputnik 09 Nov 2020 -- The US Army has moved to adapt another missile from the US Navy's arsenal for use as a ground-launched weapon: the RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM), better known as the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6).
  • Israel Delivers First of Two Iron Dome Air Defense Radars to US Sputnik 09 Nov 2020 -- The US has taken delivery of the first of two Multi-Mission Radars (MMR), the powerful tracking system behind Israel's Iron Dome air defense system. Washington bought two Iron Dome batteries from Israel to fill an urgent close-in air defense need.
  • Shooting at Russian military base leaves 3 soldiers dead Press TV 09 Nov 2020 -- A soldier has opened fire on his colleagues at an airbase near Russia's southwestern city of Voronezh, killing three of them.
  • Russian Soldier Shoots Three Dead At Air Base RFE/RL 09 Nov 2020 -- The Russian military says one of its servicemen has killed three people at a military air base in the country's west.
  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh Unveils A-Sat Missile Model in DRDO Bhawan India PIB 09 Nov 2020 -- A model of Anti Satellite (A-SAT) Missile installed inside the DRDO Bhawan premises was unveiled today by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in the august presence of Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari and Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy.
  • Annual project for U.S. Marines to train Taiwanese troops goes ahead CNA 09 Nov 2020 -- A group of U.S. Marine Corps instructors are visiting Taiwan as part of an annual project to help train Taiwanese troops to beef up their combat preparedness, a military source told CNA Monday.
  • Biden Presidency Poses No Threat to F-35, Patriot Sales to Poland, PM's Office Says Sputnik 09 Nov 2020 -- The projected victory of Joe Biden in the US presidential election will not affect the contracts for the supply of F-35 fighters and air-defence system Patriot to Poland, as the defence deal is mutually beneficial, Michal Dworczyk, the head of the Chancellery of the Polish Prime Minister, told Radio Poland on Monday.
  • On U.S. Dedication to Human Rights US Dept. of State 09 Nov 2020 -- The United States has been, and always will be, a leader in transparent, rights-respecting governance. Our continued commitment to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process underscores the United States' long-standing role as a global leader in advancing human rights.

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