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Daily Defense News Capsules for 08/03/2020

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has canceled a planned hearing for the Trump administration’s nominee for the post of undersecretary of defense for policy, reports Defense News. The hearing, which was scheduled for July 30, was canceled hours before it was set to ...
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Seven Marines and a sailor are presumed dead after a training accident near San Clemente Island, reports the Los Angeles Times. On July 30, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit carrying 16 personnel reported taking on water during a routine ...
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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday says he wants to increase deployments of the troubled Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), reports Defense News. There have been five deployments of the ships in the class since August, when he assumed the top Navy post, the CNO told ...
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The U.S. and Israel last week held an annual meeting between senior defense officials, reports Breaking Defense. The two-day talks, held virtually due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, were co-chaired by Zohair Palti, the head of Israel's Defense Ministry ...
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Police in Zimbabwe have arrested several prominent activists, including an award-winning author, for protesting, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). Demonstrations were planned for Friday, the second anniversary of the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which opposition ...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has invoked emergency powers to delay legislative elections by a year, citing the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports the South China Morning Post. On Friday, Lam invoked the emergency power to push back voting from ...
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The South Korean military says it will seek disciplinary measures against those responsible for permitting a former North Korean defector to escape over the border, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). The former defector returned to North Korea last month after coming ...
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Boeing has proposed its T-7A Red Hawk jet trainer for Australia’s program to upgrade its training capabilities, reports Flight Global. In June, the Royal Australian Air Force issued a request for information for the AIR 6002 Phase 1 Future Lead-In Fighter Training System ...
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The Spanish government and Airbus have agreed to a deal designed to limit job losses due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports defense-aerospace.com. On July 30, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met with Guillaume Faury, the Airbus CEO, and signed ...
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The U.S. State Dept. has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale of scout, assault and light support boats to the Philippines, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The proposed US$126 million deal covers 90 vessels for the Philippine army, including ...
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Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti has resigned, citing the government's inability to implement needed structural reforms, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). On Monday, Hitti submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Hassan Diab, warning that Lebanon risked becoming a ...
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The military says it has thwarted an attempted attack on an outpost in the Golan Heights, on the border with Syria, reports the Times of Israel. On Sunday, four unidentified people crossed into Israeli territory and planted explosive devices inside an empty Israeli military ...
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The United Arab Emirates says the first nuclear reactor at its Barakah power plant is operational, making the country the first in the Arab world to produce nuclear energy., reports the National (Abu Dhabi). Unit 1 of the Barakah facility entered criticality -- a sustained ...
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At least 29 people have been killed and 50 wounded in an attack on a prison in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, reports the Tolo News (Kabul). On Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near the entrance gate of the prison in Jalalabad. Following the ...
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China is planning large-scale amphibious drills later this month that would simulate the seizure of Taiwanese-held islands, reports the Kyodo news agency (Tokyo). In the August issue of a pro-Beijing magazine, Chinese National Defense University professor Li Daguang said ...
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At least 16 people have been killed and seven wounded in a grenade attack on a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Cameroon's Far North region, reports Reuters. On Sunday, suspected Boko Haram assailants lobbed a grenade into a camp in Nguetchewe while people ...
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