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Mark Esper: US Prepares to Withdraw Troops From Northern Syria

Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper said the U.S. government is “preparing to evacuate” approximately 1K U.S. service personnel from northern Syria amid Turkey’s impending offensive against the Syrian Democratic Forces, CBS News reported Sunday. SDF served as the U.S. allies as part of the campaign against the Islamic State militant organization.

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Maxar Technologies Announces All-Electric Maxar 1300-Class Communications Satellite Set to Deliver Broadcast Services for Eutelsat; Megan Fitzgerald Quoted

Maxar Technologies announced on Friday that the all-electric EUTELSAT 7C communications satellite performed according to plan after the satellite was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Arianespace launch base in Kourou, French Guiana and will soon begin providing broadcast services for Eutelsat customers.

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Senate OKs $716B Defense Policy Bill for Fiscal 2019

The Senate on Monday voted 85-10 to pass a bill that would authorize $716 billion in defense budget for fiscal 2019, Reuters reported Tuesday. The fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act seeks to allocate $639 billion in base budget and $69 billion in additional war spending. The report said the …

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James Mattis Calls for National Security Exceptions to Russia Sanctions Law

Defense Secretary James Mattis has called for waivers to allow U.S. allies to prevent any sanctions related to the procurement of Russian-made weapons, Military.com reported Friday. Mattis told lawmakers Thursday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that Congress should make “national security exceptions” to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through …

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The Register: More Than 49M Turkish Citizens’ Data Leaked

Hackers appear to have leaked the personal data of more than 49 million Turkish citizens online, The Register reported Monday. John Leyden writes the compromised database contains Turkish citizenship or residency information, including names, addresses and identification numbers. The hackers responsible for the leak suggest the attack has been politically …

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Report: Turkey Eyes MEADS Missile Defense System Procurement

Turkey is considering acquiring a Medium Extended Air Defense System built by MEADS International, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and MBDA, after the country canceled its plans to buy a China-made anti-missile weapon system, Defense News reported Sunday. Burak Ege Bekdil writes a Turkish government procurement official said he believes the MEADS …

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