Tag Archives: South China Sea

Adm. Davidson Requests Funding for MPE to Advance Pacific Geopolitical Strategy

Adm. Philip Davidson

Admiral Philip Davidson, commanding general of the Indo-Pacific Command, emphasized before the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Wednesday that the funding Mission Partner Environment (MPE) is a critical element of geo-political strategy to hinder adversarial military interests. The MPE will allow Allied partner nations to link into U.S. military systems and communications.

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Marine Corps Looks to Buy MQ-9 Reapers to Take New Missions

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to make the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems permanent in its inventory through President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The service requested $117 million in funding to buy three Reapers in the coming year and additional three for fiscal year 2021.

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Defense Dept: China Gives Back Underwater Drone

The U.S. Navy has retrieved an unmanned underwater vehicle that Chinese forces seized Thursday in international waters near Subic Bay. The Defense Department said Monday China’s navy returned the Ocean Glider UUV to USS Mustin near the area where the vehicle was seized while performing routine operations. DoD added the UUV is a …

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Reports: China’s Navy Seizes US Unmanned Undersea Drone

China’s navy seized a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle sometime Thursday in international waters around the South China Sea, various media outlets reported Friday. According to CNN, the USNS Bowditch attempted to recover two undersea drones about 100 miles off a port at Subic Bay near the Philippines when a Chinese …

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Report: U.S. Ends Ban on Weapon Sales to Vietnam

The U.S. government has fully removed its decades-long ban on sales of military equipment and weapon systems to Vietnam as the two countries aim to renew their bilateral relationship, Reuters reported Monday. Matt Spetalnick writes President Obama said during a press conference Monday with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi the lifting of the U.S. arms embargo on …

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