Daily National Security News Briefing
- Defence Expenditure of NATO Countries (2011-2018) NATO 14 Mar 2019
- Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 - Sorted by Country US Dept. of State 13 Mar 2019
- Department of the Navy's Cybersecurity Readiness Review DoN 12 Mar 2019
- S/1731/2019 - Report Of The Fact-Finding Mission Regarding The Incident Of Alleged Use Of Toxic Chemicals As A Weapon In Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, On 7 April 2018 OPCW 01 Mar 2019
- Address by President Moon Jae-in on 100th March First Independence Movement Day ROK Office of the President 01 Mar 2019
- A/HRC/40/74: Report of the independent international commission of inquiry on the protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory UN HRC 28 Feb 2019
- Afghanistan Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: 2018 Annual Report UNAMA/OHCHR Feb 2019
- National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel 20 Feb 2019
- National Strategy for Aviation Security 20 Feb 2019
- DOT&E FY2018 Annual Report
20 March 2019
- Trump: 400 US Troops to Remain in Syria With 200 Stationed 'Closer to Israel' Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have since February been slowly breaking through the defensive positions of Daesh in Baghuz, a small city on the Euphrates River near Syria's border with Iraq, considered by Washington and its allies to be the last stronghold of the terrorists in Syria.
- Afghan Official Refuses to Apologise Over Verbal Attack on US Envoy - Reports Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib has refused to apologize over scathing remarks aimed at US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, NBC reported on Wednesday.
- Afghanistan Again Postpones Presidential Election VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Officials in Afghanistan have delayed the country's presidential election for a second time, setting Sept. 28 as the new date. They also announced Wednesday that provincial council elections in all 34 Afghan provinces would be held on the same date.
- Afghan Presidential Vote Delayed For Second Time, Until September RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Afghanistan's presidential election has been postponed by more than two months to give the authorities more time to organize the ballot and fix the problems that occurred during the October parliamentary polls, the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) says.
- Amnesty: US behavior in Somalia can amount to war crimes Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- "The Hidden US War in Somalia." That is what Amnesty International names its recent report on the United States' military involvement in Somalia that has witnessed a substantial rise in US airstrikes and "unlawful killings," which could well amount to "war crimes."
- Military Officials Dispute Amnesty International Allegations of Civilian Casualties DoD News 20 Mar 2019 -- Allegations by a human rights group that U.S. Africa Command is responsible for civilian casualties in Somalia are not correct, Defense Department officials said.
- US Says No Civilians Have Died in Somali Airstrikes, Contrary to Probe Findings Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- US Africa Command is pushing back against an Amnesty International report claiming US airstrikes in Somalia have caused massive civilian casualties. However, the Trump administration has long abandoned any consideration of civilian deaths, and commanders have admitted they don't investigate until complaints arise.
- Acting Pentagon Chief Subject of Ethics Probe VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into allegations that Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan violated ethics rules by promoting his former employer, Boeing, while serving in the Trump administration.
- Washington's Homeland Response Force participates in joint exercise Army News 20 Mar 2019 -- The Washington National Guard's 10th Homeland Response Force traveled to Boise, Idaho to participate in Idaho Response 2019. The exercise simulated a response to an earthquake with a potentially toxic chemical release in order to evaluate the different elements.
- Idaho quake response exercise flexes multiagency muscle Army News 20 Mar 2019 -- A team of personnel from the Washington National Guard's 10th Homeland Response Force, dressed in tan protective suits, entered a partially collapsed building in search of possible survivors.
- U.S., European Reserve Navy Partnerships Build Strategic Depth NNS 20 Mar 2019 -- Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Luke McCollum participated in a week of Navy Reserve maritime counterpart visits in the United Kingdom and Germany, March 11-15.
- Watchdog: US Navy's F-35s Nowhere Near Combat Ready Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Despite reaching initial operating capability status in February (on the very last day of a much-extended deadline), the US Navy's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program isn't anywhere near ready for combat, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), an independent watchdog group, said in a Tuesday report.
- US Command Explains B-52 Bombers Flying Close to Russian Borders Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- NATO planes have been regularly conducting flights close to Russia's borders since 2014 sometimes forcing Russian jets to scramble and escort them during the flight to prevent airspace violations.
- US Navy Enterprise Surveillance Radar Starts Live Testing on Virginia Island Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The US Navy's new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) is beginning live testing at the Wallops Island Test Facility in the state of Virginia, the Raytheon Company said in a press release.
- 2nd annual C-130J fly-in grows Herc Nation US Air Force 20 Mar 2019 -- Representatives from eight C-130J Super Hercules units came together to train and enhance mobility partnerships across the C-130J enterprise during the second annual fly-in at Little Rock Air Force Base, March 9-16.
- SOUTHCOM Military Deputy Commander Meets with Leaders in Colombia US Air Force 20 Mar 2019 -- Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn, U.S. Southern Command's military deputy commander, visited Colombia March 17-19 to meet with Colombian military leaders to discuss strengthening the U.S.-Colombia bilateral security relationship and to deepen understanding of the rapidly changing security situation in the country.
- Bombers fly coordinated missions from Indo-Pacific, Europe US Air Force 20 Mar 2019 -- B-52H Stratofortress bombers launched from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam and RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, March 18, to conduct simultaneous theater familiarization training in the Indo-Pacific and Europe.
- US Space to Counter Alleged Hypersonic Weapons Threat - Shanahan Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The United States will use its new space force military branch to counter the alleged threat of hypersonic weapons systems that are being developed by China and Russia, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Wednesday.
- More Charges Announced in Ongoing Investigation into Bid Rigging and Fraud Targeting Defense Department Fuel Supply Contracts for U.S. Military Bases in South Korea US Dept. of Justice 20 Mar 2019 -- Two Additional Companies Agree to Plead Guilty and Enter into Civil Settlements; Indictment Against Seven Individuals Unsealed
- Lavorv: Limited nuclear war possible if US refuses to resume disarmament Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Russia has called on the United States to resume bilateral efforts towards nuclear disarmament and stop fueling speculations about the possibility of a limited nuclear war, as both countries are poised to leave a crucial Cold War-era arms control treaty.
- Swedish Military Intel Boss Sees "Threat" From Russian Missiles, Chinese Bases Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- A fresh Swedish military intelliegence report points out Russia's increased defence capabilities and China's growing interest in Europe and the Arctic as the most important security trends.
- US to Hand Over Two Additional F-35s to Turkey Amid S-400 Spat – Report Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- F-35 deliveries to Turkey have been under threat since the country signed a contract with Russia in December 2017 for the purchase of S-400 air defence systems. Washington believes the S-400s could reveal weaknesses of the F-35 and that the data could be relayed to Moscow, leading the US to warn it could block the delivery of its jets to Ankara.
- Turkish Media Reveals First Deployment Site of Russian-Made S-400s Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Turkey has remained committed to the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems despite US threats to impose sanctions on Ankara or freeze the sale of American-built F-35 fighter jets.
- Buddy refueling exercise shows aircraft carrier combat capability: experts Global Times 20 Mar 2019 -- China's aircraft carrier-based fighter jets can now have a larger combat radius and longer endurance and can also carry more weapons, thanks to aerial refueling, experts said after state media released a video of a buddy-to-buddy refueling exercise for the first time.
- US 'very strongly' considering NATO membership for Brazil Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- US President Donald Trump says he is "very strongly" considering NATO membership for Brazil or some other formal alliance with the Latin American country as he hosts his far-right counterpart in Washington.
- India to Buy More Air-to-Air Missiles Amid F-16 Deployment by Pakistan - Report Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Indo-Pak border has become a hot-bed of hostilities after the 14 February Pulwama terror incident. Indian fighter jets are doing patrol sorties on a continual basis in fully weaponised mode carrying air-to-air rockets.
- Joint Statement of the Third United States-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue: "Enhancing Our Strategic Partnership" US Dept. of State 20 Mar 2019 -- The governments of the State of Kuwait and the United States held the third U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue, the first such dialogue hosted in Kuwait, on March 20, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah co-chaired the opening session.
- Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras US Dept. of State 20 Mar 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 20 Mar 2019
- 20 March 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 20 Mar 2019
- Yemeni army targets Saudis' positions with missiles IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- The Yemeni missile unit fired two Badr-1 ballistic missiles toward Saudis' positions in southern Saudi Arabia.
- Bosnian Serb War Criminal Appeals Sentence, Ends Up With More Time in Prison VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- A United Nations court has increased the sentence to life in prison for convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic, after hearing his appeal of the original sentence.
- UN court increases sentence of former Bosnian-Serb leader to life imprisonment UN News 20 Mar 2019 -- A United Nations appeals court on Wednesday increased the 40-year sentence initially imposed on Radovan Karadžić, former leader of the Republika Srpksa region of Bosnia and head of the Bosnian-Serb Army, to life imprisonment.
- Relatives, Survivors Await Court Ruling On Karadzic Appeal RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Relatives who lost family members in the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica will be closely watching United Nations judges' ruling of an appeal by convicted Bosnian Serb war criminal Radovan Karadzic.
- Turkey, Iran Join Forces Against Kurdish Rebels VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Turkey is heralding as groundbreaking a joint military operation with Iran against Kurdish rebel groups. Turkish-Iranian relations have markedly improved, to the concern of Turkey's Western allies.
- Iran military Spox denies any joint operation with Turkey IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- Spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces Abolfazl Shekarchi said Iran has no plan to hold joint military operations with Turkey at border points.
- Libya stands at a 'critical juncture', UN mission head tells Security Council UN News 20 Mar 2019 -- Predicting that the "days ahead will prove foundational to the years ahead for Libyans and the region", the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday, that it was no exaggeration to describe the oil-rich nation as having reached "a crucial juncture".
- Six Pakistani Security Officers Die in Terror Act in Balochistan - Reports Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Six Pakistani security officers were killed on Wednesday during a terror attack on a security checkpoint in the country's southwestern Balochistan province, Pakistani Dawn reported, citing local officials.
- Terrorists kill six security personnel in SW Pakistan IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- At least six security personnel on Wednesday were killed in a terrorist attack on a check post in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, local media reported.
- India, Pakistan Hold Meeting on Kartarpur Corridor Despite Tensions Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Kartarpur Corridor, slated to be operationalised this year, is an Indo-Pak people-to-people exchange project to facilitate Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the final resting place of Sikhism's founder and its first guru, Guru Nanak Dev. The place is located at Kartarpur in Pakistan at a distance of 3 kilometres from the international border.
- Ukraine Imposes Sanctions On Russians Over Kerch Bridge, Seizure Of Naval Vessels RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Ukraine has imposed economic and other sanctions on hundreds of individuals and entities for their alleged roles in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia over the Crimea region and the war in eastern Ukraine.
- Hundreds of Trucks Blocked on Cameroon-CAR Border VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Hundreds of trucks transporting food and humanitarian assistance to the Central African Republic are blocked at the border with Cameroon, as rebels have cut off the road to the capital, Bangui. The rebels acted to protest the president's new cabinet, which they say is not being representative enough.
- Israeli Army Warns of New Hezbollah Threat VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- A Hezbollah commander who allegedly headed a 2007 raid on an American base in Iraq, which ended with the slaying of kidnapped American soldiers, is now building a secret force that could attack Israel from Syria, according to an Israeli military intelligence report.
- UN Concerned by US Sanctions' Possible Impact on Venezuelan People Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The United Nations is worried that the latest sanctions against Venezuela's oil sector will lead to greater economic deterioration in that country and will further affect people's well-being, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday.
- Venezuela National Assembly Names PDVSA Subsidiary's Directors Board - Guaido Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Venezuelan National Assembly, which all the other governmental branches have been refusing to recognise, has appointed its ad-hoc board of directors of petrochemical enterprise Pequiven (a subsidiary of state-owned energy company PDVSA), self-proclaimed interim leader of Venezuela Juan Guaido claimed.
- Of Suspicious Minds: Medical Experts Cast Doubt On Lesin Autopsy RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- A neck bone that rarely breaks, and when it does, it is almost always due to strangulation or asphyxiation. Soft-tissue hemorrhaging on muscles running along the sides and back of the neck. A swollen brain. Extensive bruising and cuts on legs, arms, hands, chest, face, and skull.
- Russia Pledges to Respond to Australia's New Anti-Moscow Sanctions Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry pledged a response to Australia's new anti-Russian sanctions over the Kerch Strait situation.
- Iran dismisses Israeli hacking claims as 'lies' meant to spread Iranophobia Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran says reports that it has hacked into the phones of Israeli officials are part of the "lies" Tel Aviv spreads against the Islamic Republic on a daily basis, asserting that Tehran would rather put its technological prowess to good use.
- Trump Reportedly Takes Helm in US-DPRK Negotiations as MSM Cries Foul Sputnik 21 Mar 2019 -- In the aftermath of the failed Hanoi summit between the US and North Korea, US President Donald Trump has reportedly taken the helm in denuclearization negotiations with Pyongyang. Meanwhile, Seoul now sees the ball as having landed in its court to convince its neighbor to give up its weapons and rocket programs.
- Pompeo, Netanyahu Vow to Roll Back Iranian Aggression VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are vowing to counter what they call Iran's aggression in the Middle East.
- Pompeo, Netanyahu Discuss How To Counter 'Iranian Aggression' RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have discussed ways to "roll back Iranian aggression" in the region and around the world, the Israeli leader said after the two met in Jerusalem.
- In Middle East, Pompeo Seeks Regional Support Against Iran VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the Middle East for regional security talks as Washington looks to draw new support in its opposition to Iranian aggression.
- Iran will never allow others to decide its fate: Zarif Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Iranian nation's struggle to nationalize the country's oil industry in 1951 is proof that the country will never allow others to decide its fate.
- Iran's new gas phases free up export capacity for Asians Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- The first shipment from phase 13 of South Pars, including 300,000 barrels of gas condensate, has been delivered for export, operator of the phase which was inaugurated Sunday has said.
- Iran vows to defend oil shipments, urges UNSC to address Netanyahu's threats Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran has called on the United Nations Security Council to address the Israeli regime's "provocative" policies, warning that it will not hesitate to exercise its right to self-defense if the regime proceeds with its threats of blocking Iranian oil shipments.
- US Extends Iraq Waiver for Purchasing Electricity From Iran for 3 Months Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- The United States has extended for 90 days its waiver which exempts Iraq from sanctions for buying electricity from Iran, a State Department spokesperson told Sputnik on Wednesday.
- US renews waiver for Iraq to continue Iran trade Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- The Trump administration says it is extending a 90-day waiver for the second time to let Iraq continue energy imports from Iran which is under draconian US sanctions.
- U.S. Official: Iran Destabilizing Region, Heightening Risks Of Arms Race RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Iran's missile program is destabilizing the Middle East and raising the risk of a "regional arms race," a senior U.S. arms control official has said.
- U.S. Extends Waiver To Allow Iraq To Buy Iranian Energy Supplies RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- The United States is extending a waiver to allow Iraq to continue to buy electricity from Iran, despite sanctions imposed by Washington targeting Tehran's energy sector.
- Xi underscores firm implementation of major reforms People's Daily 20 Mar 2019 -- President Xi Jinping stressed firm implementation of major reforms at the seventh meeting of the central committee for deepening overall reform Tuesday.
- Trump Linking Huawei Criminal Case, China Talks Deepens Concerns Over Interference VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- President Donald Trump shocked some last month when he suggested that the criminal charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, might be used as leverage in his administration's ongoing trade talks with China.
- The untold truth about Xinjiang Global Times 20 Mar 2019 -- Misleading headlines, groundless accusations, obscure interviewees, double standards are not hard to spot in many articles covering China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Western media outlets.
- New rocket engines in making for moon, Mars People's Daily 20 Mar 2019 -- Chinese engineers are pushing forward with the research and development of engines to be used on the country's next lunar probe and its first Mars probe, a project leader said.
- The Philippines eyes more Chinese investment, dismissing debt trap Global Times 20 Mar 2019 -- A delegation of senior Philippine officials from key departments including finance, infrastructure and energy is in Beijing, in a bid to deepen cooperation with China and attract more Chinese investors.
- Why China's Financial Incentives for Taiwanese Flatlined VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Just over a year ago the Chinese government announced 31 incentives for Taiwanese to work, study and invest in China, a market where salaries can run higher than in Taiwan and the number of consumers has no equal. The Taiwan government fretted then that China was trying to attract Taiwanese people as a way of pressing its case for political unification – a goal that Taipei opposes.
- Delaying Brexit to June 30 would have political risks: European Commission Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- Britain's request to delay the Brexit deadline from March 29 to June 30 would bring "serious legal and political risks", says the European Commission.
- UK Will Not Leave EU on March 29 - Prime Minister Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has said her country will not leave the European Union on March 29, as originally planned, but said the departure wouldn't be delayed any further than June 30.
- Britain Asks for Brexit Delay Until June 30 VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union Wednesday to delay Britain's exit from the 28-nation bloc for three months, until June 30.
- Nazarbayev's daughter appointed as Senate speaker IRNA 20 Mar 2019 -- Members of Kazakhstan Senate have appointed the eldest daughter of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Dariga Nazarbayeva as speaker.
- Nazarbaev's Daughter Handed Powerful Senate Post As Kazakhstan Gets New President RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- Former President Nursultan Nazarbaev's eldest daughter was elected speaker of Kazakhstan's upper parliament house a day after her father announced his resignation, thrusting her into a highly prominent role just over a year ahead of the next scheduled presidential election.
- After Nazarbayev's resignation, interim president takes oath of office in Kazakhstan Press TV 20 Mar 2019 -- The head of Kazakhstan's senate has been sworn in as interim president of the country after long-time leader Nursultan Nazarbayev stepped down in a surprise move.
- Kazakhstan's New President Pledges to Continue Nazarbayev's Policies Sputnik 20 Mar 2019 -- Kazakhstan's acting President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Wednesday that he will continue the policies of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country's former head of state who announced his resignation yesterday.
- Pakistani Party Leaders Grilled In Anticorruption Probes RFE/RL 20 Mar 2019 -- The leaders of one of Pakistan's main opposition parties have been summoned by the country's anticorruption agency to face questions in three separate cases.
- Did the Indian Prime Minister Create Enough Jobs? VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- For people streaming in from rural areas around New Delhi, the first stop is a collection of busy city intersections where contractors select daily wage labor from the crowds of young and old waiting every morning to get work.
- Tax Authority Warns it Will Name Corrupt South Sudan Officials VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- The South Sudan National Revenue Authority is threatening to publicly shame government and bank officials who steal tax revenue.
- Malawi Launches Campaign Period for May Elections VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Malawi's Electoral Commission has officially launched campaigning for May elections with calls against political violence. Political violence is on the rise in Malawi as the country prepares for May elections. The victims are mostly opposition party members beaten by suspected supporters of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.
- Thais Braced for Vote, Marking 'Return to Democracy' VOA 20 Mar 2019 -- Thailand's military chief, Prayut Chan-o-cha, is applying all resources to ensure his prime minister position remains unchallenged Sunday, when the first poll since 2011 is held here.
Defense Policy / Programs
19 March 2019
- Afghan Officials Downplay Feud with Washington VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- An Afghan official in the country's National Security Council Tuesday downplayed a Reuter's report alleging that senior U.S. diplomats have informed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that his national security adviser is no longer welcome in Washington following his blistering public attacks on the U.S Special Representative for Afghan reconciliation last week.
- Taliban Captures 58 Afghan Troops, Defense Ministry Says RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- Afghanistan's Defense Ministry says Taliban militants have captured 58 soldiers after days of fighting during which dozens of troops briefly chased into neighboring Turkmenistan in the latest blow to Kabul's beleaguered security forces.
- U.S. 'To End Contacts' With Afghan Security Adviser Mohib Following Verbal Attack RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- A senior U.S. diplomat has told Afghanistan's president that U.S. officials will no longer deal with his national security adviser, Reuters news agency reports, citing four knowledgeable U.S. and Afghan sources.
- US May Drop Kabul From Talks With Taliban Over Official's Criticism – Report Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Although the Taliban and the US made "meaningful progress" in the last round of talks, the final agreement is yet to be signed. The next talks are set to take place in Doha, Qatar in late March, but it seems that the Afghan government itself risks being left out.
- US Military Denies Rights Group Allegations of Civilian Casualties in Somalia VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- A human rights group says 14 civilians were killed during five U.S. airstrikes in Somalia in the last two years, an allegation the U.S. military strongly denies.
- Securing the High Ground with Partners US Air Force 19 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Air Forces Central Command published its January Airpower Summary March 7. The year 2019 began with airpower supporting joint coalition and partner forces fighting violent extremist groups in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
- B-1B returns to Arnold Air Force Base for store separation testing US Air Force 19 Mar 2019 -- It had been nearly 20 years since a test involving the B-1B Lancer aircraft was conducted by Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base.
- South Korea-based Short Range Air Defense Battery Integrates Counter-UAS into Core Competencies Army News 19 Mar 2019 -- Amid the looming threat of surveillance by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), 8th Army recently validated the reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of Army Prepositioned Stock (APS) at Camp Carroll, Republic of Korea. In order to support 8th Army and combat the UAS threat, Echo Battery, 6-52 Air and Missile Defense Battalion (E/6-52 AMD BN) established the first garrison Counter-UAS (C-UAS) defense design in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO).
- DARPA's Director Outlines the Agency's Future Programs DoD News 19 Mar 2019 -- The work at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is about the future, based on a mission of breakthrough technologies and capabilities for national security, the DARPA director said March 14.
- Defense Economic Director: Military Spending Important to Communities DoD News 19 Mar 2019 -- In 2013, an economic shock wave hit many states and communities as they began to feel the full effects of the Budget Control Act of 2011, the director of the Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment said today.
- Diving deeper into the Fleet Marine Force USMC News 19 Mar 2019 -- Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan -- Air tanks, rebreathers and scuba fins sit on metal shelves lining the dimly-lit hallway of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion compound. Chatter, echoing through the corridor, can be heard over the distinct noise of dive gear being tested and prepared. A doorway at the end of the hallway holds a sign that reads, '3rd Recon Navy divers'.
- RAF Mildenhall KC-135 crew strengthens relationship with Romanian air force US Air Force 19 Mar 2019 -- Airmen with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron and the 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron participated in air refueling training alongside members of the Romanian air force in Bucharest, Romania, March 11-15.
- Obangame Express 2019 Begins NNS 19 Mar 2019 -- Exercise Obangame Express 2019, a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) exercise in its ninth year, has begun to provide collaborative opportunities among African forces and international partners to address maritime security concerns.
- Surface Force Pacific Commander Charges Fleet to Continue Push to Lethality, Mission Command, Culture of Excellence NNS 19 Mar 2019 -- Commodores, commanders, and surface fleet leaders need to prepare for the high-end fight to meet the challenge of renewed great power competition. That was the message from Vice Adm. Richard Brown, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), during the Commander's Training Symposium (CTS), March 14.
- NAWCAD Lakehurst Adapts Weapons Loader for F-35B NNS 19 Mar 2019 -- Team work and co-location at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst resulted in modified Support Equipment (SE) that gives the F-35B Lightning II more capability.
- NATO Secretary General welcomes the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia NATO 19 Mar 2019 -- Following a meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Tuesday (19 March 2019), the NATO Secretary General said that the signature of the Accession Protocol for the Republic of North Macedonia in February was a historic moment for the country and for NATO. "Your leadership helped make this happen", he said. "By working with Athens you have shown what courage, commitment and diplomacy can achieve."
- Moscow Rules Out Destroying 9M729 Missile Complexes, Says They Fit INF Treaty Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Russia will not destroy its 9M729 missile complexes that Washington believes to be in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- Norway Claims 'Electronic Proof' of Russian GPS Jamming During NATO Drills Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Allegations of disrupting GPS signals are only a single step in Norway's array of verbal attacks against Russia. Previously, Norway accused Russia of simulating an attack on a US-supported radar in the Barents Sea.
- Lack of Pilots, Operating Costs May Keep Norway's F-35 Fleet Grounded Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- With 52 F-35 fighter jets as a replacement for its ageing F-16 fleet, Norway hopes to build one of the world's most modern air forces. However, there are fears it will be hamstrung by a dramatic lack of pilots and technicians.
- Army launches full-scale assessment in bid to boost military skill levels Global Times 19 Mar 2019 -- Starting in March, the PLA Army organized all officers and soldiers to take a military training grade evaluation. It was the first time the PLA ground forces carried out wide-ranging tests of this kind.
- Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget in Spite of US Calls to Reach NATO Target Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Berlin's failure to meet the alliance's agreement to spend 2% of GDP on defence has been a source of tension between Germany and the US. Angela Merkel earlier pledged to boost military spending up to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024. But the budget plan, introduced in Berlin, suggests that the expenditures will be decreasing after a rise next year.
- President Tsai confirms Taiwan seeking to buy F-16Vs from U.S. CNA 19 Mar 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) confirmed Tuesday that her administration has made a formal request to the United States to purchase F-16 Viper fighter jets after an overall evaluation of Taiwan's defense needs.
- Russia, Egypt Did Not Sign Contracts for Aircraft Delivery in Late 2018 Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Russia and Egypt did not sign contracts for aircraft supply in the second half of 2018, Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) told Sputnik Tuesday.
- Taking China's Cues India Begins 1st-Ever Military Drill with 17 African Nations Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- China with a view to showcasing its military prowess had earlier organised a China-Africa Defence and Security Forum in 2018 that involved 50 African nations.
- Israel, Greece to Build Radar on Crete Amid Rapprochement– Reports Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- The two countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as Cyprus, have been boosting their ties, strengthening military and economic cooperation, including the planned construction of an East Med underwater pipeline with the estimated cost of $8 billion.
- 19 March 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 Mar 2019
- China 'to build island city' in South China Sea, US cries foul Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- China says it plans to construct an "island city" in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, in a move that has sparked the United States' objection.
- US-Backed Force Says It's in Control of IS Syria Encampment VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- Hundreds of Islamic State fighters making a last stand for the terror group's self-declared caliphate lost control of their "tent city" in the northeastern Syrian town of Baghuz, in what U.S.-backed forces described as a significant blow.
- Turkish President Claims Iran Joins Military Offensive Against Kurdish Separatists RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- Turkey has repeated its claim that it and Iran are jointly carrying out a military operation against Kurdish separatists, although semiofficial Iranian media quoted the military as denying it was involved.
- India's NSA Vows Retaliation on Kashmir Attack Amid Overnight Pakistan Firing Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was speaking at a function commemorating the 80th foundation day of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). It was a convoy belonging to this paramilitary force that endured a terror attack in Kashmir in mid-February. The attack claimed the lives of 40 police personnel.
- Trump renews call on Venezuela military to end support for Maduro Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has renewed his call on the Venezuelan military forces to end their support for the country's President Nicolas Maduro and his government.
- Venezuelan Opposition Seizes Control of 3 Diplomatic Buildings in US Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- Venezuela's opposition has taken control of three diplomatic facilities in the United States and will attempt to obtain further US-based assets in the near future, Carlos Vecchio, opposition leader Juan Guaido's envoy to the US, told reporters on Monday.
- Sanctions Against Venezuelan Gold Sector US Dept. of State 19 Mar 2019 -- Today, the United States takes necessary actions to prevent the former Maduro regime from further plundering Venezuela's assets and natural resources.
- Treasury Sanctions Venezuela's State Gold Mining Company and its President for Propping Up Illegitimate Maduro Regime US Treasury 19 Mar 2019 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated CVG Compania General de Mineria de Venezuela CA, or Minerven, the Venezuelan state-run ferrous metals mining company, and its President, Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata, targeting the illicit gold operations that have continued to prop up the illegitimate regime of former President Nicolas Maduro.
- US slaps fresh sanctions against Venezuelan govt. Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- The United States has imposed fresh sanctions against the Venezuelan government, now targeting a state-owned mining company.
- Iran, Russia FMs vow efforts to help resolve Venezuela crisis Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, have expressed their readiness to work towards the settlement of the Venezuelan crisis through political approaches.
- Guaido-led opposition occupies Venezuelan diplomatic properties in US Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- Representatives of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido have occupied three of the country's diplomatic properties in the United States.
- No Agreement On Maduro After U.S.-Russia Talks On Venezuela RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- The United States and Russia have held "useful" and "substantive" talks on Venezuela, but the two sides remain split on how to resolve the South American country's crisis, according to the U.S. special representative Elliott Abrams.
- Lebanese security forces detain dual national on charge of espionage for Israel's Mossad Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- Lebanese intelligence forces have arrested a Lebanese-Canadian man on charges of spying for Israel's Mossad spy agency and collaboration with the regime's authorities through gathering intelligence about the Hezbollah resistance movement and missing Israeli pilot Ron Arad.
- N Korea Calls Back Top Diplomats From UN, China Amid Unresolved Issues With US Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- In late February, the second high-level summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un finished in Hanoi without an agreement on denuclearisation being reached.
- North Korea, US Spar Over Sanctions VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- North Korea believes there are no legitimate reasons to maintain sanctions against the country since it has not conducted nuclear and missile testing for well over a year, a North Korean diplomat said Tuesday.
- Exclusive: US Vows to Pursue Ship Owners Who Violate Iran Oil Sanctions VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- A senior U.S. official says Washington is monitoring ships involved in clandestine transfers of Iranian oil and will hold anyone involved in such transfers responsible for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
- South Korea quadruples imports of Iranian oil: Yonhap Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- South Korea's imports of Iranian oil more than quadrupled in February from a month ago, nearing levels before US sanctions on Tehran, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, citing government data.
- Iranians Need Jobs, Not Curses, U.S. Diplomat Tells Rohani RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- A senior U.S. diplomat has told President Hassan Rohani that he should give Iranians jobs and employment instead of urging them to curse the United States for their country's deteriorating economic situation.
- Universities respond actively after Xi stresses ideological and political theory courses Global Times 19 Mar 2019 -- Universities across China have positively responded to remarks made by President Xi Jinping at a Monday symposium in Beijing, where he stressed efforts to implement the Party's education policy and the kind of ideological education the country needs and should promote.
- Xi underscores firm implementation of major reforms Global Times 19 Mar 2019 -- President Xi Jinping stressed firm implementation of major reforms at the seventh meeting of the central committee for deepening overall reform Tuesday.
- Xi stresses ideological and political education in schools People's Daily 19 Mar 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday stressed efforts to implement the Party's education policy and foster virtue through education with the thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.
- Rights Activists Denounce China's Xinjiang White Paper VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- China has released a lengthy white paper that analysts say seeks to justify its anti-terrorism fight and de-radicalization measures in the western region of Xinjiang, where up to 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are estimated to have been forced into detention in what Beijing calls "vocational training centers."
- Italy Set to Join China's Belt & Road Initiative VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- Italy is expected to join China's Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI, when Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives Thursday in Rome.
- Kazakh President Nazarbaev Abruptly Resigns, But Will Retain Key Roles RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has abruptly resigned after nearly 30 years in office, but will continue to head the ruling party and keep his lifetime post as chairman of the influential Security Council.
- Nazarbaev's Decision To Leave Office Just Might Be His Greatest Legacy RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev announced on state TV on March 19 that he will step down, ending nearly 30 years in office.
- Kazakh President Nazarbayev Resigns Sputnik 19 Mar 2019 -- President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation on Tuesday.
- Kazakh leader Nazarbayev resigns after 30 years in power IRNA 19 Mar 2019 -- Kazakhstan's 79-year-old President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power, saying his oil-rich Central Asian nation now needed "a new generation of leaders".
- Kazakh president unexpectedly resigns after three decades in power Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- Kazakhstan's president unexpectedly ends his nearly-30-year-long reign over the country, naming an ally to finish off his term.
- Explainer: Kazakh President Nazarbaev Resigns, But Is He Really Leaving? RFE/RL 19 Mar 2019 -- Having ruled Kazakhstan with an authoritarian grip since the 1980s, President Nursultan Nazarbaev shocked many when he unexpectedly announced his resignation on March 19.
- MbS absent from key meetings, stripped of some financial powers: Report Press TV 19 Mar 2019 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly been stripped of some of his powers and has not attended a series of high-profile ministerial and diplomatic meetings in the kingdom over the last fortnight, fueling speculation of a growing rift between the controversial prince and the king.
- Tsai focuses on national issues amid presidency challenges CNA 19 Mar 2019 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) urged her administration Tuesday to put more emphasis on national issues as she fights for a second term after an influential Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member threw his hat into the ring for the 2020 presidential nomination.
- 2 nuclear power-related referendum proposals pass initial screening CNA 19 Mar 2019 -- The Central Election Commission (CEC) on Tuesday passed an initial screening on two referendum proposals related to a mothballed nuclear power plant in New Taipei, sending them to the next stage, which requires a check on their proposers by household registration offices.
- First peaceful transfer of power in DR Congo 'an extraordinary opportunity' for advancing rights UN News 19 Mar 2019 -- The election of President Felix Tshisekedi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), marks "an extraordinary opportunity" for the country to advance civil and political rights, said a senior UN official, on Tuesday at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
- Algerian Doctors, Students Protest as New Deputy PM Promises Change VOA 19 Mar 2019 -- Algeria's new Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra says that President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika has vowed to hand over power to whoever is elected to succeed him, following a planned national dialogue conference under the auspices of former U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Lamamra said a new constitution and other changes to the current regime will be enacted, followed by elections, which have been postponed until next year.
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