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Navy Appoints Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson as NAVSEA Deputy Commander for Logistics, Maintenance & Industrial Operations

Navy Rear Adm. Stephen Williamson, fleet maintenance director at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has been named deputy commander of logistics, maintenance and industrial operations at the Naval Sea Systems Command. Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley and Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, announced Williamson’s new assignment in a Defense Department release published …

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Rep. Tom Cole: Trump Needs Congressional Approval for Sustained Military Operations Against Islamic State Group

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) has said President Donald Trump should seek authorization from Congress to carry out future military operations against the Islamic State militant organization, Defense News reported Thursday. Joe Gould writes Cole, a member of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel and the House Budget Committee, made the …

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Report: South Korea Provides Land for US THAAD Deployment

South Korea has granted 30 hectares of land to the U.S. Forces Korea for the deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, United Press International reported Thursday. Elizabeth Shim writes THAAD will be established on a golf course owned by the family-run conglomerate Lotte in Seongju County in South Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province. South Korea’s foreign …

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Iowa Army Natl Guard Pilots Train on UH-60 Flight Simulator at Camp Dodge

The Iowa Army National Guard’s UH-60 helicopter pilots and crew members have trained on an updated home-station flight training system at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer is designed to help pilots operate the Sikorsky-built utility helicopter under adverse weather conditions, cloud cover, icing and enemy fires, the …

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Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley: Army Kicks Off Force Review to Identify Mission Needs

Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, the U.S. Army‘s deputy chief of staff of G-2, has said a review of the entire Army force is underway to explore the service branch’s current capacity and mission requirements, Defense News reported Wednesday. Jen Judson writes the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command and Intelligence Center of Excellence will run the …

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US National Security Adviser HR McMaster Talks to Indian Officials About Bilateral Cooperation

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss topics such as defense and counterterrorism cooperation between the U.S. and India. McMaster, a U.S. Army lieutenant general, also spoke with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the U.S. embassy in India said Tuesday. The Indian officials discussed how both countries could help address regional peace and stability challenges …

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Rex Tillerson: Trump Orders Interagency Review of Iran Nuclear Pact

President Donald Trump has instructed the National Security Council to lead an interagency review group tasked to examine whether the lifting of sanctions on Iran aligns with U.S. national security interests. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) in a letter published Tuesday that Iran has continued to comply with commitments under a …

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