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28 December 2020 Military News

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  • Statement by Acting Secretary of Defense Miller on Transition Efforts DoD 28 Dec 2020 -- "The Department of Defense has conducted 164 interviews with over 400 officials, and provided over 5,000 pages of documents – far more than initially requested by Biden's transition team. DOD's efforts already surpass those of recent administrations with over three weeks to go and we continue to schedule additional meetings for the remainder of the transition and answer any and all requests for information in our purview."
  • The future of test: ACC establishes 'Black Flag' US Air Force 28 Dec 2020 -- Gen. Mark D. Kelly signed COMACC Plan 21 Dec. 15, effectively formalizing the 53rd Wing's Large Force Test Events into "Black Flag" – an event solely focused on test and tactics development in a realistic, massed force, fully integrated, high threat density environment.
  • Forest Light 21 USMC News 28 Dec 2020 -- To end the crazy year that is 2020 strong, the U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing participated in the bilateral exercise Forest Light with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force December 3 to December 21, 2020.
  • USS Georgia Visits Bahrain US Navy 28 Dec 2020 -- The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) completed a sustainment and logistics port visit in Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 27.
  • NATO Says 90 Percent Of Air Intercepts In 2020 Involved Russian Planes RFE/RL 28 Dec 2020 -- NATO says it scrambled its air forces across Europe more than 400 times this year to intercept unknown aircraft -- mainly from Russia -- approaching the alliance's airspace.
  • NATO intercepts hundreds of Russian military jets in 2020 NATO 28 Dec 2020 -- NATO air forces across Europe scrambled more than 400 times in 2020 to intercept unknown aircraft approaching Alliance airspace. Almost 90 percent of these missions - around 350 - were in response to flights by Russian military aircraft. This is a moderate increase from 2019. Russian military aircraft often do not transmit a transponder code indicating their position and altitude, do not file a flight plan, or do not communicate with air traffic controllers, posing a potential risk to civilian airliners.
  • Russia vows retaliatory moves if US deploys missiles in Europe Press TV 28 Dec 2020 -- Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin has criticized US refusal to extend the New START arms control treaty as well as its plans to deploy missiles in Europe, vowing to take "proportionate retaliatory measures."
  • NATO Sabre-Rattling Near Russian Borders Runs Risk of 'Serious Incidents,' Defence Ministry Warns Sputnik 28 Dec 2020 -- In 2020, NATO reconnaissance flights in the Black Sea region increased by 40 percent compared to last year, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.
  • Tactical information system for individual soldiers in service for PLA Tibet Military Command Global Times 28 Dec 2020 -- Individual soldiers with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tibet Military Command are now equipped with a new type of tactical information system that can share real-time combat dynamics, receive mission objectives and allow the soldiers to comprehensively grasp the battlefield situation, boosting their combat capabilities in cold, mountainous regions, media reported on Monday.
  • China reaffirms defensive nature of its national defense policy in newly revised law PLA Daily 28 Dec 2020 -- China has reaffirmed the defensive nature of its national defense policy as its top legislative body adopted new revisions to the National Defense Law, renewing tasks and goals as well as cementing policies.
  • Photos: China's Third Amphibious Assault Ship Nears Completion as First Docks With Shandong Carrier Sputnik 28 Dec 2020 -- China's new class of amphibious assault ship - part helicopter carrier, part marine landing dock - is growing quickly. While the first Type 075 ship is finishing up sea trials alongside its bigger comrade, the aircraft carrier Shandong, the third one is coming together in a Shanghai shipyard.
  • Taiwan Assurance Act to give flexibility to U.S. arms sales: analyst CNA 28 Dec 2020 -- The Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020, included in the omnibus spending package signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, should give the United States more flexibility in selling arms to Taiwan, a Taiwanese analyst has said.
  • UK Military Receives 30 'Nano' Drones With Spying Range of 1.2 Miles, Developer Confirms Sputnik 28 Dec 2020 -- The army of the United Kingdom has purchased 30 "nano 'Bug' drones," which weigh 196 grams (6.9 ounces) and can spy with a range of up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), the UK weapons manufacturer BAE Systems said on Monday.

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