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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...
Greece, UAE agree to mutual defense pact

Greece, UAE agree to mutual defense pact

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Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Greece and the United Arab Emirates, countries opposing recent Turkish policy, agreed to a strategic partnership on Monday. "I had the pleasure of meeting Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of Greece," UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed announced in a Twitter message after the two met in Abu Dhabi on Monday Advertisement "I am happy to announce the establishment of a strategic partnership to enhance political, economic and cultural cooperation between our countries," bin Zayed. The clause regarding mutual defense, calling for aid if one country's territorial integrity is threatened, is likely the most significant element of the pact. Although Greece and the UAE do not share a border or belong to a common alliance, each country regards Turkey as a threat. Greece dis...
Russian defense minister says new cyberspace secure for data exchange

Russian defense minister says new cyberspace secure for data exchange

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Russia's intergovernmental cyberspace, used to exchange information between government agencies, is secure, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday. The Russian military created a closed-loop space for discussion between government authorities and the Defense Ministry within the country's Portal system, a large collection of websites for dissemination of information. Advertisement Similar to the United States' USA.gov, Russia's Portal infrastructure now includes a means of securely transferring defense information. Russia has a Ministry of Digital Development responsible for enlarging public and government access to the Internet, as well as its postal system and broadcasting industry. "[An] information exchange has been established with the constituent entities of t...
Dolphins defense helps Tua Tagovailoa win NFL debut

Dolphins defense helps Tua Tagovailoa win NFL debut

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Tua Tagovailoa bounced back from a big hit and an early turnover -- and was aided by a dominant Miami Dolphins defense -- en route to a win over the Los Angeles Rams in his first NFL start on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. Tagovailoa -- the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft -- completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 93 yards and a touchdown and did not throw an interception in the 28-17 win. Advertisement "I don't think I played to the standard of what this offense is capable of," Tagovailoa said after the game. "Thank God we've got a good defense." The Dolphins scored touchdowns on a fumble return and a punt return in the victory. The Rams out-gained the Dolphins 436 to 139 in total yards, but had four turnovers. "It takes a team effort," Dolphins ...
U.S. approves sale of missile defense system to Romania

U.S. approves sale of missile defense system to Romania

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The United States cleared Romania to purchase coastal defense missiles in a $ 300 million deal, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Friday. The State Department approved the sale of two Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense Systems and related equipment. Advertisement The system includes missiles suited for land attack missions because they can climb and descend with the terrain as well as having sea-skimming capabilities. It was successfully tested in a land-based mobile launcher configuration in 2018 as part of a multinational military exercise, its manufacturer, Raytheon, said. Raytheon builds the system in conjunction with Norwegian defense company Kongsberg Defence Aerospace. In 2019, the U.S. Marine Corps became a customer, integrating a land-based Nava...