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30 December 2020 Military News

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  • President-elect Biden Announces Key Nominees for Department of Defense President-Elect Joe Biden 30 Dec 2020 -- Today, President-elect Joe Biden announced his nomination of Dr. Kathleen Hicks as the Deputy Secretary of Defense and Dr. Colin Kahl as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Kathleen Hicks and Colin Kahl are respected and trusted advisors to the president-elect with decades of combined experience in national security and keeping Americans safe at the highest levels of government, including within the Department of Defense.
  • US Deploys Bombers in Middle East to Reportedly 'Caution' Iran Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- Fears have been rising in Washington of a possible escalation of tensions with Tehran, as the anniversary of the US drone attack that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani looms, with many raising concerns about possible retaliation by the Islamic Republic.
  • U.S. Bombers Overfly Persian Gulf Amid Concerns Over Possible Iranian Attacks RFE/RL 30 Dec 2020 -- The United States has reportedly flown two B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf in the third such show of force in recent months, presumably meant to deter Iran from attacking U.S. or allied targets in the region.
  • Marine Corps begins widespread fielding of suppressors USMC News 30 Dec 2020 -- MCSC has taken another step toward increasing lethality and protection for Marines. In December, the command began the process of fielding thousands of suppressors to infantry, reconnaissance and special operation units for employment on the M27, M4 and M4A1 rifles.
  • Task Force 67 Rises to the Challenge US Navy 30 Dec 2020 -- Based in Sigonella, Commander, Task Force (CTF) 67 is responsible for command and tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) squadrons along with several rotary aircraft units throughout the European and African areas of responsibility (AOR).
  • 7th Fleet Destroyers Transit Taiwan Strait US Navy 30 Dec 2020 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit Dec. 31 (local time) in accordance with international law. The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The United States military will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.
  • Trump's Blackwater Pardons 'Affront to Justice,' Violation of Int'l Law, UN Expert Says Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- President Trump's decision to pardon four former Blackwater contractors convicted of killing innocent Iraqi civilians is an affront to justice and a violation of US obligations under international law, the Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries, Jelena Aparac, said in a statement on Wednesday.
  • US pardons Blackwater guards: An 'affront to justice' – UN experts UN News 30 Dec 2020 -- Five independent UN experts condemned United States President Donald Trump's pardoning of private security contractors, convicted in 2015 for war crimes in Iraq, on Wednesday.
  • Turkey takes charge of NATO high readiness force NATO 30 Dec 2020 -- The Turkish army will take the lead of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) on Friday (1 January 2021), placing thousands of soldiers on standby, ready to deploy within days.
  • From 3rd aircraft carrier to fighter jets: weapons to expect in 2021 Global Times 30 Dec 2020 -- The progress of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in modernizing and expanding its arsenal will continue over the upcoming year after an unsettling 2020 in which recently developed equipment played major roles in protecting Chinese people from COVID-19, safeguarding national sovereignty and development interests in regions like the China-India border, the South China Sea and the Taiwan Straits.
  • Maiden Flight Trial of SAHAYAK-NG, Air Droppable Container India PIB 30 Dec 2020 -- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with Indian Navy conducted the successful maiden test trial of 'SAHAYAK-NG' India's first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container from IL 38SD aircraft (Indian Navy) off the coast of Goa.
  • Induction of Indigenous Bridging System into the Indian Army India PIB 30 Dec 2020 -- In continuation of efforts towards Atmanirbharta andin close coordination with the private industry and DRDO, the Indian Army has inducted three sets of 10-metre short span bridges, which were formally handed over on 29 December 2020 at the Talegaon facility of Larsen & Toubro Limited.
  • Cabinet Approves Export of Akash Missile System and Creates a Committee for faster Approval of Exports India PIB 30 Dec 2020 -- Under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat, India is growing in its capabilities of manufacturing wide variety of Defence platforms and missiles. Akash is country's important missile with over 96 percent indigenisation.
  • India's Highest Weather Forecasting Centre to Help Army Boost Its Strategic Power in Himalayas Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- Leh-Ladakh has a complex mountain terrain with an annual rainfall of less than 10 centimetres, making it the world's highest cold desert. The place has a very harsh and extreme climate and experiences various kinds of calamities, often leading to loss of life and property.
  • Turkey-US Group on S-400 Issue Not Yet Created, Talks Underway, Ankara Source Says Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- Turkey and the United States have not yet established a joint working group to discuss Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems, but are currently holding negotiations on the subject, a Turkish Foreign Ministry source told reporters on Wednesday.
  • Turkey, US Set up Working Group on S-400, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu Says Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- Last week, Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar told the broadcaster NTV that Anakara expects the US to urgently revise its "mistaken" decision to slap sanctions over the purchase of S-400s.
  • Trump administration approves billions in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt Press TV 30 Dec 2020 -- In its final days in office, the administration of US President Donald Trump has approved arms sales to three Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, amid widespread criticism of their bleak human rights record.
  • US Agency Approves $4Bln Sale of 8 Apache Helicopters to Kuwait Sputnik 30 Dec 2020 -- The US State Department signed off on a $4 billion arms sale to Kuwait, including eight Apache AH-64E helicopters and equipment to upgrade an additional 16 older Apaches, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a press release.

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