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U.S., South Korea Want Peace in Indo-Pacific

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 16 min 48 sec ago .
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III stressed that the goal of the U.S.-South Korean alliance is peace—not conflict—following meetings in Seoul, South Korea.

What London says about delivery of Eurofighter Typhoon to Kyiv

BULGARIAN MILITARY - 53 min 43 sec ago .
Spanish and German Eurofighters in Estonia begin alert missions

A British government spokesman said it would be impractical to send British Eurofighter Typhoons and Lockheed's F-35 Lightning II fighter jets to Ukraine now.

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Work begins on first NSM fit on Type 23

JANES DEFENSE NEWS - 2 hours 31 sec ago .
The Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset is in line to become the first UK Royal Navy (RN) ship to receive the Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace Naval Strike Missile (NSM).

US Army selects four contractors to build CTT prototypes

ARMY TECHNOLOGY - 2 hours 37 min ago .

Rheinmetall has announced the selection of the American Rheinmetall Vehicles and General Motors (GM) Defense consortium to support the US Army’s Common Tactical Truck (CTT) programme.

The collaboration was established last year to compete for the CTT programme. The team proposed their HX3 Common Tactical Truck (HX3-CTT) for this programme.

Apart from the American Rheinmetall-GM Defense team, other transaction authority (OTA) agreements have also been awarded to three other companies including Oshkosh Defense, Mack Defense, and Navistar Defense.

All the selected companies will be responsible for delivering three prototypes of each variant to the US Army. The total value of the first phase of the contract is approximately $24.25m.

According to the US Army, the companies will be required to deliver design studies for a wrecker, as well as digital designs of their variants.

The submitted prototypes will represent the offering of each team for the three vehicle types envisioned under this programme. It includes the M915 line haul and M1088 medium tractor, the palletised load system (PLS), and heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks (HEMTT).

Once delivered, the prototypes will undergo an evaluation phase, that will commence in 2024, and its results will be used by the programme office to present the ‘Capabilities Development Document’ to the Army Requirements Oversight Council.

The final decision is expected by fiscal year 2026.

American Rheinmetall Vehicles managing director Matthew Warnick said: “We are committed partners to the army, bringing tremendous operational capability coupled with advanced safety features, ensuring our soldiers can achieve their mission safely and effectively.”

The multi-phased programme was launched by the US Army to replace the existing fleet of heavy tactical trucks. The ceiling value of the CTT effort is up to $14bn and involves the production of a maximum of 40,000 trucks.

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UK to fly Protector UAV through to ‘mid-2030s', MoD discloses

JANES DEFENSE NEWS - 2 hours 45 min ago .
The United Kingdom is to operate its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle...

US to Increase Weapons Deployment to Counter North Korea

MILITARY.COM - 3 hours 8 min ago .
Austin made the comments in Seoul after he and South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-Sup agreed to further expand their combined military exercises.
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Australia and France to jointly supply 155mm shells to Ukraine

ARMY TECHNOLOGY - 4 hours 27 min ago .

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Australia and France have confirmed their intent to jointly provide 155mm ammunition to strengthen the self-defence capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The same was confirmed in a joint statement released after a second, recently held France-Australia Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations meeting in Paris.

During the meeting, French Defence Minister Sébastian Lecornu and his Australian counterpart Richard Marles reiterated their shared commitment to supporting Ukraine.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Marles said that this new ammunition supply project for Ukraine will be a multi-million-dollar effort and will represent the two nations’ defence cooperation.

Marles said: “This forms part of the ongoing level of support that both France and Australia is providing Ukraine to make sure that Ukraine is able to stay in this conflict and be able to see it concluded on its own terms.”

According to a report by Reuters, Lecornu also specified that the delivery of 155mm ammunition to Ukraine will be supported by French arms manufacturer Nexter and Australian companies, which will be responsible for providing powder for the shells.

Meanwhile, the US Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has announced that the first shipment, comprising 60 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), has been dispatched to Ukraine.

The shipment has already departed from the shores of North Charleston, South Carolina, last week.

This delivery is part of the additional $2.85bn military aid announced by the US earlier this month. 

841st Transportation Battalion commander and US Army lieutenant colonel Rebecca D’Angelo said: “Bradley is a very powerful vehicle that we are providing to the Ukrainians. This is going to hopefully enhance their capabilities to provide forward advancement in the battlefield and regain lost grounds, by having equipment that matches or exceeds what the Russians have.”

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TNSR is Hiring an Executive Editor

WAR ON THE ROCKS - 5 hours 34 min ago .

The Texas National Security Review (TNSR, https://tnsr.org) is seeking a motivated, innovative, detail-oriented, and energetic executive editor to take the reins after the successful inaugural tenure of Dr. Doyle Hodges. We are looking for candidates eager to help lead what has become one of the world’s premier journals on international security.  About the Journal The Texas National Security […]

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Recalibrating Special Operations Risk Tolerance for the Future Fight

WAR ON THE ROCKS - 5 hours 34 min ago .

During the Cold War, U.S. Special Operations Forces accepted extreme levels of operational risk during routine training exercises. The Green Light teams, for instance, would practice parachuting into “enemy territory” with live Small Atomic Demolition Munitions. Today, however, the tactical risks of modern special operations missions to rescue American citizens or capture terrorists pale in […]

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Poland gives Ukraine F-16s? There are ‘positive signals’ – Yermak

BULGARIAN MILITARY - 5 hours 36 min ago .
32 retired F-16 Fighter Falcons found a new operator in the Balkans

Ukraine is negotiating with its allies to transfer fighters and long-range missiles to destroy warehouses behind Russian army and its command posts - Reznikov.

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Lack of ERA on the Leopard 2 tanks gives the T-90M advantage

BULGARIAN MILITARY - 6 hours 41 min ago .
KMW shows Leopard 2A7 tank with Trophy APS in the Czech Republic

It is believed that Leopard 2 tanks are the ones that would successfully oppose Russian T-90M. In Ukraine, however, we very rarely witness a direct tank battle.

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All Marines can now take nearly 3 months of parental leave

MILITARY TIMES - 9 hours 12 min ago .

The Marine Corps on Monday finally put into place a congressionally mandated policy that gives new parents 12 weeks of leave whether or not they gave birth.

The Corps’ previous policy had given six weeks of parental leave to birth mothers and three weeks to secondary caregivers, according to Maj. Jordan Cochran, a spokesman for the Corps’ Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Birth mothers also could take six weeks of convalescent leave to recover from birth.

But the new policy laid out in a Marine administrative message gives 12 weeks to all Marine parents who welcomed a child to their family after Dec. 26, 2022.

On top of the 12 weeks of parental leave, birth mothers may also receive convalescent leave, with a doctor’s authorization, according to the Marine message.

Marines may take up to 5 months of leave after giving birth

“The amount of convalescent leave will be determined on an individual basis,” Cochran told Marine Corps Times.

Marines who adopt children or become long-term foster parents are also entitled to the 12 weeks of parental leave, according to the message.

The parental leave can be taken in conjunction with annual leave.

Marines have to use up the 12 weeks of parental leave within a year of becoming parents to the child, although that deadline can be extended in extenuating circumstances, such as if Marines are on deployments or are enrolled in full-time professional military education. They are allowed to take the leave in multiple increments as short as a week if their commanders approve it.

“In instances where the commander has carefully evaluated the operational requirements of the unit, and incremental periods of leave for the Marine are not feasible or have an immediate detriment to the unit’s mission accomplishment over the 1-year period, commanders shall approve the Marine to execute the total authorized leave in one continuous increment,” the MARADMIN states.

The secondary caregiver, if unmarried, has to demonstrate parentage of the child, for instance by providing a birth certificate.

Congress mandated the expanded leave for service members in its 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, signed in December 2021. The Pentagon just issued a memo laying out the guidance on Jan. 4, ordering the services to implement it.

“It is important for the development of military families that members be able to care for their newborn, adopted, or placed child or children,” Gil Cisneros, the Pentagon’s head of personnel and readiness, wrote in the memo.

By Jan. 12, however, only the Air Force and Space Force actually had implemented the new leave policy, leaving new parents from other services in limbo, Military Times reported.

The Navy put its policy into place on Jan. 19.

With Monday’s Marine administrative message, the Army is the only branch that has yet to implement the new policy.

The Marine commandant, Gen. David Berger, has long made expanding parental leave a priority. In his planning guidance from 2019, he wrote, “We should never ask our Marines to choose between being the best parent possible and the best Marine possible. These outcomes should never be in competition to the extent that success with one will come at the expense of the other.”

In 2020, Berger said that he even wanted the service to consider offering one year of maternity leave, but current federal law caps it at 12 weeks, Marine Corps Times previously reported.

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New bill pushes to ensure South Carolina Marine base stays open

MILITARY TIMES - 9 hours 26 min ago .

Lawmakers from South Carolina introduced legislation that they say would prohibit federal money from being used to close ― or to make plans to shut down ― Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.

The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Nancy Mace, R-South Carolina, on Tuesday, comes in the wake of reports about rising sea levels that are threatening the future of the Marine Corps’ eastern recruiting hub.

“Since opening over a century ago, Parris Island has served a vital role in the defense of America,” Mace said in a statement. “Over one million brave Marines have trained at the base and served our country in every conflict since World War I. Parris Island is fundamental to our national defense, and it’s vital we continue to make Marines there.”

Parris Island, South Carolina, one of the oldest posts in the Marine Corps, was designated for recruit training in 1915.

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Mace, a new member of the House Armed Services Committee, was joined by fellow Republican policymakers from the “Palmetto State” in introducing the bill, including Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Ralph Norman, Rep. William Timmons, Rep. Jeff Duncan and Rep. Russell Fry.

The South Carolina representatives co-sponsored similar legislation in 2020 and 2021. At the time, this also followed comments from Commandant Gen. David Berger about the possibility of a reorganization of boot camp due to gender-integration requirements, according to reporting by Military.com.

“I am grateful to co-lead the reintroduction of this important legislation which ensures that Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will remain open,” Wilson, who also sits on the House military panel, said in the statement. “[A]ny proposals to close the facility would not only be detrimental to South Carolina economically, but also to the United States Marine Corps and our military readiness.”

The South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs issued a report in the summer of 2022 that said Parris Island, South Carolina, had a total $805.6 million economic impact on the state, based on federal fiscal year 2021 data.

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New sea trials planned for Northrop Grumman EA prototype

JANES DEFENSE NEWS - 10 hours 15 min ago .
Northrop Grumman is preparing to conduct a new round of sea trials of its prototype electronic attack (EA) system for the US Navy, building upon the lessons learned from...

Biden seemingly rejects request to send U.S. F-16s to Ukraine

POLITICO DEFENSE - Mon, 01/30/2023 - 23:47 .
But the administration has yet to hold high-level discussions about arming Kyiv with the jets, a U.S. official said later.

Time to rock out: Elmo and friends help military families with stress

MILITARY TIMES - Mon, 01/30/2023 - 23:26 .

Young Elmo usually rocks out on his “guitar” while his dad plays “drums,” but dad isn’t there. So he asks his mommy Mae to play drums, but she says she needs to get busy preparing the garlic, tomatoes, onions and peppers for supper.

Then, she has a change of heart and decides to order pizza instead, so she can spend more time with Elmo.

“When routines change, like they often do for military families like mines, doing things simpler can be a good way to take care of ourselves and our families. That way we are always ready to rock,” says Mae.

She turns the bowl upside down, beats it with her whisk, and the two rock out.

While routines are important, sometimes mixing things up to enjoy a spontaneous moment with your family can be a great form of self-care. And that is the message from the newest suite of resources from “Sesame Street for Military Families.”

In an announcement of the new resources, Sesame Workshop officials noted the disruptions caused by the pandemic over the last three years, with added stressors affecting the emotional well-being of children and their caregivers. This was especially true for military families, who already regularly face disruptions in their routines because of the military lifestyle, such as relocation and deployment. The added tension also affects military families in caregiving situations.

In five new short videos, “What Went Well,” “Keep It Simple,” “Still and Quiet,” “Meal Planning,” and “Daily Movement,” Sesame Workshop presents strategies for self-care and emotional well-being in military families. You can find them at https://sesamestreetincommunities.org. Though the videos are helpful for all families, some have specific references to blue star families.

“The healthier the entire family is in mind and body, the more energy, patience, and support they will have for one another and their community,” Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of U.S. social impact, said in the announcement about the resources.

“Every little moment of self-care can have a big impact. Sesame Workshop is here with resources and support for our military and caregiving families who give so much of themselves in service to their country.”

Sesame Workshop launched its Sesame Street for Military Families in 2006, with a variety of resources for military families, including topics such as deployments, grief, injuries, relocation, and military homecomings.

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Marines Roll Out Expanded Parental Leave Policy

MILITARY.COM - Mon, 01/30/2023 - 23:20 .
The Corps' version of the policy does not substantially differ from the other military branches as it allows Marines to take the extended time off to be with their new child.
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Military must find new ways to deal with medical personnel shortages

MILITARY TIMES - Mon, 01/30/2023 - 23:20 .

Military medicine may be at a turning point as it becomes increasingly affected by many of the same issues, such as shortages, facing the entire United States medical community, said the new director of the Defense Health Agency.

“We have to acknowledge that we’re part of an ecosystem, so if the United States is going to be short 250,000 to 300,000 nurses, which is a projection, that forces the health care system to look very hard at a model that is dependent on nurses,” said Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland, director of the Defense Health Agency, in a Jan. 20 interview with Military Times and other media.

“Nurses are everywhere in our health care system,” Crosland added, referencing practitioners ranging from operating and emergency room nurses to case managers and advice lines staff. “We have to look hard at our model of care.”

Crosland noted that she wants to examine models of how the military medical system can deliver quality care from the perspective of the patient.

“I think we have a great opportunity with innovation,” she said. “The pandemic showed us that in a crisis, the adoption rate of virtual care went to levels none of us would have predicted.”

Virtual health care is likely to expand in the U.S. at large, as well as in the military. If officials are able to push more care into the home, and put more care into the hands of the patient, those patients “have more stake in it, they have more control, and that might be the best value proposition for the entire system,” Crosland said.

New plan scales back massive cuts in military medical billets

Doing so boils down to improving access to quality health care. That’s been a perennial issue for military families, especially in certain locations. And families are letting their leaders know about it.

Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth told soldiers and families during a Jan. 24 town hall meeting in Hawaii that everywhere she goes, she hears requests for more access to doctors. She said it’s particularly difficult in relatively remote areas like Fort Irwin, California, where a procedure like a mammogram is not available on post.

“It’s hard to attract doctors to Fort Irwin because of the very, very long distances that are involved,” Wormuth said.

Wormuth also cited “real challenges” with the ongoing national shortage of behavioral health resources.

“We all need more,” she said. “I want to work more with our medical community to do what we can to try to increase the resources that are available.”

An emergency room nurse at Tripler Army Medical Center had asked Wormuth whether there were any plans to increase the number of psychiatrists and psychologists at Tripler, especially for children. She specifically mentioned the Exceptional Family Member Program, where more resources are needed. The nurse, who works with patients from all the service branches, said it’s “really an issue that I’ve seen first hand.”

Across the country and in a variety of medical professions, Wormuth said, there’s a lot of burnout and other issues. The pandemic has stressed medical professionals throughout the country.

“We’ve got to get on top of [the issues] or we’re not going to be able to recruit people into the medical profession in the numbers that we need,” Wormuth said.

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France Doesn't Rule Out Sending Warplanes to Ukraine

MILITARY.COM - Mon, 01/30/2023 - 23:13 .
France has already sent Ukraine air-defense systems, rocket launcher units, cannons and other military equipment.
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New Defense Health Director Pledges to Focus on Patients as 'Human Beings'

MILITARY.COM - Mon, 01/30/2023 - 23:06 .
Lt. Gen. Telita Crosland's experiences while serving as deputy Army surgeon general and as a family physician will influence her work as the military's top doctor, she says.
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