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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...
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy: Test firing of hypersonic missile hit within 6 inches of target

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy: Test firing of hypersonic missile hit within 6 inches of target

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Oct. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. hypersonic missiles can strike within six inches of a target after traveling thousands of miles at Mach 5 or faster, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. Speaking to a conference of the U.S. Association of the Army on Tuesday, McCarthy referred to a Mar. 19 test of the missile, which was fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. It flew at hypersonic speed, defined as five or more times the speed of sound, before striking its "designated impact point," the Army said. Advertisement "Hypersonic missiles are hitting their targets with a variance of only a mere 6 inches," McCarthy said on Tuesday. His comments came a week after Russia announced the successful test-firing of its Zircon hypersonic missile, striking a target 300 miles away after travelin...
Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits NATO with assurance of U.S. commitment

Defense Secretary Mark Esper visits NATO with assurance of U.S. commitment

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June 26 (UPI) -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper reaffirmed U.S.commitment to NATO during a meeting Friday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Although videoconferencing has become standard meeting procedure because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Esper made the trip to Brussels, the Pentagon said. Advertisement The trip comes a week after a videoconference meeting of NATO member defense ministers in which President Donald Trump's decision to reduce U.S. troop strength in Germany was a topic of concern. "At last week's defense ministerial meeting, we also discussed U.S. military presence in Europe, particularly in light of the U.S.plan to reduce its presence in Germany," Stoltenberg said in welcoming remarks. "I welcome that the U.S. is consulting with allies, while making clear that the...
Business secretary defends 14-day virus quarantine plan as opposition grows

Business secretary defends 14-day virus quarantine plan as opposition grows

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The Business secretary has defended the government's planned 14-day quarantine for arrivals into the UK in the face of growing opposition, telling Sky News that a range of exemptions have already been made to help companies.Alok Sharma said public health had to be the priority as the controversial measure prepares to kick in from 8 June, despite critics warning it will be unenforceable and damage recovery from the COVID-19 shock to the economy. He was speaking hours after it emerged that more than 200 travel and hospitality businesses had now joined a campaign urging ministers to scrap the scheme. ...
Kenneth Braithwaite sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

Kenneth Braithwaite sworn in as Secretary of the Navy

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May 29 (UPI) -- Kenneth J. Braithwaite, appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017 as U.S. ambassador to Norway, was sworn in Friday as Secretary of the U.S. Navy. A retired rear admiral, Braithwaite is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, the Naval War College and the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. His business career includes positions with Atlantic Richfield and St. Thomas Health System in Nashville. Advertisement The Senate confirmed Braithwaite last week after his May 7 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, in which he offered a negative assessment of current Navy management. "It saddens me to say [that] the Department of the Navy is in troubled waters due to many factors, primarily the failings of leade...