Bolton outlines shift in Africa strategy for military, civilian aid

Dec. 14 (UPI) — National Security Advisor John Bolton said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation that the U.S. has to readjust it’s strategy for Africa regarding military and civilian aid with Chinese and Russian encroachment on the continent. “ISIS, al-Qaida, and their affiliates all operate and recruit on the African continent, plotting attacks against American citizens and targets. ...

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Stennis, Essex perform joint exercises in Arabian Sea

Dec. 13 (UPI) — The nuclear powered John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and the Essex Amphibious Ready Ground amphibious group engaged in joint training exercises in the Arabian Sea on Dec. 12. The U.S. Navy’s Stennis and Essex groups were also supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, meant to support ground operations and help provide the basis of a political solution ...

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Lockheed Martin prepares GPS III satellite for SpaceX launch

Dec. 12 (UPI) — The U.S. Air Force’s first GPS III satellite has been encapsulated for its planned Dec. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite-delivery vehicle. The GPS III Space Vehicle 01 has undergone pre-launch processing, fueling and other services in Titusville, Fla. The GPS III SV01 was loaded in its ...

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USS Abraham Lincoln completes complex live-fire exercise

Dec. 11 (UPI) — The USS Abraham Lincoln completed a Live Fire With A Purpose exercise on Dec. 6, along with the rest of it’s associated Carrier Strike Group, the Navy announced on Tuesday. LFWAPs are meant to increase readiness of the Combat Direction Center with coordinated live-fires and training scenarios such as air and missile defense. The exercises fall ...

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Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Lyndon B. Johnson launched in Maine

Dec. 10 (UPI) — The Zumwalt-class USS Lyndon B. Johnson was launched Dec. 9 at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine. The process involves moving the vessel to a dry dock after construction and slowly pumping water into it before starting final work on the ship. “It’s important for the DDG 1000 program and shipyard to reach this ...

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