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  • U.S. pardons for convicted Blackwater guards "an affront to justice": UN experts People's Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- The recent U.S. presidential pardons granted to four private security company Blackwater guards convicted of committing a massacre in Iraq violated U.S. obligations under international law and should be seen as "an affront to justice," a group of UN experts said here Wednesday.
  • USS Nimitz Returns to Home Port DoD 31 Dec 2020 -- Following its role in providing support to American troops in Somalia and the arrival of follow-on operational capability, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller has directed that the USS Nimitz will transit directly home to complete a nearly 10-month deployment.
  • U.S. flies B-52 bombers to Middle East as show of force People's Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- The U.S. military said on Wednesday that it had sent two strategic bombers to the Middle East as a show of force to deter attacks against U.S. interests in the region.
  • US flies two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over Persian Gulf again in threat to Iran Press TV 31 Dec 2020 -- The Pentagon has deployed a pair of B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf in yet another provocative military posture against Iran, just weeks before US President Donald Trump is due to leave office.
  • Department of Defense Statement on COVID-19 Distribution Plan DoD 31 Dec 2020 -- The Department of Defense continues to deliver on the Acting Secretary of Defense's priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect our people, maintain readiness, and support the national COVID-19 response. The phased, standardized, and coordinated distribution of vaccines to DoD personnel has expanded to additional locations in the United States and overseas.
  • This Week in Operation Warp Speed - Dec. 31, 2020 DoD 31 Dec 2020
  • California Mine Becomes Key Part of Push to Revive US Rare Earths Processing VOA 31 Dec 2020 -- In 2021, a more than 70-year-old mine in California's Mojave Desert will become the center of an effort to revive an American mineral refining system that some say is critical to the country's national security.
  • NATO Reportedly Irate as 'Irresponsible' Trump 'Mishandles' Transition of Pentagon to Biden Team Sputnik 31 Dec 2020 -- In the week after Joe Biden was proclaimed the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump had originally refused to concede defeat and was slammed over ostensibly procrastinating with the transition. However, he finally granted permission for it to start "in the best interests of our country".
  • New Year brings hope for enhanced Sino-US cooperation in military relations PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- The Chinese military hopes the US can continue to enhance cooperation with China in strategic dialogue, risk management and conflict prevention in the new year and jointly promote the stable development of military-to-military relations between the two countries, the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
  • China's defense ministry urges US to put its hammer down and promote world peace PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- "Its intention is nothing more than to create an excuse for the US to seek absolute military superiority. China is firmly opposed to this", said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), when commenting on the US newly released maritime strategy and its accusations on China at a regular press conference on December 31.
  • China, Russia military to maintain relationship cooperation PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- China and Russia will maintain close communication, enhance pragmatic cooperation, promote military-to-military relations to new heights, and contribute more to world peace and stability in the new year, the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
  • PLA ship berths at Hongkong Central Military Dock to test facilities: Spokesperson PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- Recently the Chinese PLA Hong Kong Garrison is debugging and testing relevant facilities of the Central Military Dock. The berthing of the Garrison's ship is part of the testing process, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), when responding the first berthing of the Garrison's ship at the Central Military Dock at the regular press conference on Thursday.
  • China and Japan to build direct telephone line under maritime and air liaison mechanism PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MND), briefly introduced the latest progress of the China-Japan maritime and air liaison mechanism on Thursday, when answering the reporter' s question about the construction of maritime and air liaison mechanism mentioned in a recent video call between the Chinese and Japanese defense ministers.
  • Chinese, Indian militaries discuss holding ninth round of talks: Spokesperson PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- China and India are holding consultations on the ninth round of Corps Commander Level Meeting, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference on Thursday.
  • China-Pakistan relations can only get better: Defense Spokesperson PLA Daily 31 Dec 2020 -- The all-weather strategic cooperative partnership between China and Pakistan can only get better in the future, said Senior Colonel Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference on Thursday.
  • Photo: Chinese Navy Ship Tests Out New Dock in Downtown Hong Kong Sputnik 31 Dec 2020 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been rushing to meet its annual drilling requirements after the COVID-19 pandemic halted exercises at the start of 2020. For the PLA's garrison in the southeastern city of Hong Kong, that has meant naval, aerial and marine drilling across the region.
  • China Amends National Defense Law to Clarify PLA's Defensive Nature Amid Souring US Relations Sputnik 31 Dec 2020 -- An updated version of China's National Defense Law was recently adopted and will enter effect on January 1, 2021, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) announced on Tuesday. The law reiterates the defensive nature of the Chinese military and elaborates on the roles of civilians in a national crisis.
  • MoD signs contract with BEL to supply indigenously developed 10 Lynx U2 Fire Control systems for Indian Navy India PIB 31 Dec 2020 -- Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for procurement of 10 Lynx U2 Fire Control systems for frontline warships of Indian Navy at a cost of Rs 1,355 crore under Buy (Indian) category in New Delhi today. The Lynx system has been designed and developed indigenously that would further the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
  • BEL signs contract with Indian Navy for Initial supply of indigenously developed Laser Dazzlers India PIB 31 Dec 2020 -- Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has signed a contract with Indian Navy for initially supply 20 Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Dazlers (Laser Dazzlers) in New Delhi today. The BEL had earlier this month won the contract beating global Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in buy global category. These would be manufactured by BEL, Pune plant.
  • Joint Statement of the United States-Bahrain Strategic Dialogue US Dept. of State 30 Dec 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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