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Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller travels to Somalia

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller travels to Somalia

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Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made a surprise visit to Somalia Friday in the last of a four-country tour as President Donald Trump contemplates a draw down of counterterrorism troops there. Miller, who replaced fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Nov. 9, was making his first trip abroad in the position. The U.S. military has about 700 troops in the country. Advertisement Miller was visiting neighboring Djibouti as part of his scheduled trip when he took a flight to Somalia without traveling press. Officials said he is believed to be the first defense secretary to visit the country. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Anton Semelroth said Miller took the trip to extend his holiday message of appreciation and support to the U.S. service members in Mogadishu. Somali...
DHS removes acting chief of intelligence and analysis after protest response

DHS removes acting chief of intelligence and analysis after protest response

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Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Department of Homeland Security is removing its acting chief of intelligence and analysis amid criticism of his office's role in responding to civil unrest in Portland, Ore. As of Saturday, Brian Murphy was still listed as Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Brian Murphy on the DHS website. Advertisement But the Washington Post has reported that DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has removed Brian Murphy from his role following a series of reports about how his office responded to nightly protests in the city. Most recently, the reports surfaced reported that DHS had compiled "intelligence reports" on journalists who published leaked documents, and that the agency had monitored protesters' electronic communications. On Saturday House Intelligence C...
Should all acting stars stop flying to work?

Should all acting stars stop flying to work?

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Before stepping up to collect their Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Hollywood's great and good were warned by host Ricky Gervais to reassess their relationship with "the real world"."If you win an award tonight, don't use it as a platform to make a political speech," he said."You're in no position to lecture the public about anything, you know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg."The UK actor, writer and comedian was joking, of course, but in doing so he touched on an important question: Are the rich and famous doing enough to help the planet that serves them so well?On Tuesday, one famous actor vowed to do more - potentially at the expense of her career.No-fly zoneAustralian Yae...
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly visits Ford crew in first fleet visit

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly visits Ford crew in first fleet visit

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Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Thomas B. Modly made his first visit to the crew of the USS Gerald Ford this week, his first to the fleet since becoming Acting Secretary of the Navy, the branch announced. "When I get out and meet with Sailors and Marines I'm convinced that people still believe that it's an honorable thing to do because the country is good -- and it's worth defending," Modly said at an all-hands call to address the crew on Tuesday. "So, I want to thank you for your service. It's something you will never forget and something you will never regret." Modly also read the names of recently advanced petty officers and visited work centers across the ship to meet with sailors and be briefed on the Ford's recent post-shakedown availability and independent streaming exercise, according to a Navy...
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan cleared in ethics probe

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan cleared in ethics probe

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April 25 (UPI) -- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has been cleared by the Pentagon's inspector general after an investigation into possible ethics violations involving ties to Boeing, his former employer. The Department of Defense's Inspector General's Office announced the decision Thursday after more than 30 witnesses, including Shanahan, were interviewed about allegations he violated ethics agreements by promoting the interests of Boeing and disparaged its competitors. "We did not substantiate any of the allegations," the IG's office wrote in the 47-page report. "We determined that Mr. Shanahan fully complied with his ethics agreements and his ethical obligations regarding Boeing. We determined that Mr. Shanahan did not make the alleged comments and did not promote Boeing or ...