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General Atomics nets $7.4B MQ-9 Reaper contract with U.S. Air Force

General Atomics nets $7.4B MQ-9 Reaper contract with U.S. Air Force

Business
Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A $ 7.4 billion contract between the U.S. Air Force and General Atomics, announced this week, will field MQ-9 Reaper drones faster, the Air Force said. The five-year Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution contract for the unmanned surveillance, intelligence, reconnaissance and strike-capability aircraft was awarded on Thursday. Advertisement It calls for delivery of up to 36 aircraft per year from the San Diego-based company. With a $ 7.4 billion ceiling, it is expected to reduce the time to deliver operational MQ-9s to operational units by 35%. The Air Force regards it as one of its most in-demand weapons, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center statement said on Thursday. The ARES contract has a pre-negotiated $ 3.3 billion price-quantity-curve, allowing the Air Force and...
Military leaders mark end of U.S. Marines engagment in Uganda

Military leaders mark end of U.S. Marines engagment in Uganda

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Sept. 17 (UPI) -- American and Ugandan military leaders held a virtual ceremony this week marking the end of a U.S. Marine engagement with Uganda as part of that nation's six-year participation in the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership. Major Gen. Stephen M. Neary, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa spoke by video teleconference with Brig. Gen. Peter Omola, the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center Commandant and his soldiers. Advertisement While the overall APRRP effort is not ending, the event marked the end of a current U.S. Marine Corps engagement in Uganda. The State Department is currently working to program new funds for the next stage of work there, officials told UPI. The APRRP, implemented by the Department of Defense, is run by the U.S. Sta...
Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem advance to U.S. Open final

Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem advance to U.S. Open final

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem will meet in the 2020 U.S. Open final after both players posted semifinal wins Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, N.Y. The fifth-seeded Zverev overcame a two-set deficit to beat No. 20 seed Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 and reach the men's title match at Flushing Meadows. He became the first man to win a U.S. Open semifinal match after a 2-0 set deficit since Novak Djokovic in 2011, when the Serbian did it against Roger Federer. Advertisement Zverev, 23, also is the youngest male finalist at any major tournament since Djokovic, who reached the U.S. Open final in 2010 at age 23. "Mentally, I stayed in it. ... A lot of players would have gone away," Zverev said. "There's no easy matches anymore. Sometimes you hav...
U.S. troops ready for Valiant Shield exercise in Pacific Ocean

U.S. troops ready for Valiant Shield exercise in Pacific Ocean

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Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is among numerous ships, aircraft and military personnel involved in Valiant Shield, a Pacific Ocean training exercise. The 12-day exercise of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command begins on Tuesday in Guam and at the Mariana Islands Range Complex. Approximately 100 aircraft and about 11,000 personnel of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines will be involved in training integration in a "blue water environment." Advertisement The amphibious assault ship USS America, amphibious transport dock USS New Orleans, dock landing ship USS Germantown and other surface ships will participate. Valiant Shield, a biennial event in its eighth exercise since beginning in 2006, concentrates on enabling real-world proficiency in detecting, locating, tracking...

U.S. House staff won’t participate in payroll tax deferral

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill on Aug. 13, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesThe U.S. House of Representatives won't be rolling out the payroll tax deferral to its employees.Sept. 1 was the first day of President Donald Trump's order deferring the 6.2% employees pay toward Social Security. The so-called holiday, which applies to workers whose biweekly pay is below $ 4,000, is in effect until the end of the year.The tax delay is only a deferral and not forgiveness. Congress would need to pass legislation in order to forgive the taxes.Though private employers are expected to shy away from adopting the deferral due to its complexity, the federal government will be extending it to its employees, including military service members....