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Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ bilateral engagement with Chinese Minister of National Defense GEN Wei Fenghe at the 2018 ADMM-Plus

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Minister of National Defense GEN Wei Fenghe on the margins of the 2018 ASEAN Defense Minister’s Meeting (ADMM-Plus). The leaders discussed a broad range of defense and policy issues. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of dialogue, [...]

Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ bilateral engagement with Chinese Minister of National Defense GEN Wei Fenghe at the 2018 ADMM-Plus 2018-10-23T14:09:43+00:00

Pradman Kaul details Hughes’ global satellite broadband ambitions

DALLAS — The United States is home to the two most successful broadband satellite operators in the world: Hughes and Viasat. Both companies redefined high-throughput satellites by launching spacecraft with more than 100 gigabits per second of Ka-band capacity over North America around the beginning of the decade. Both companies also filled those satellites to the [...]

Pradman Kaul details Hughes’ global satellite broadband ambitions 2018-10-23T14:09:53+00:00

Indo-Pacific Command Chief Receives Old Salt Award

WASHINGTON -- Traditions underpin the Navy. The United States Navy sails state-of-the-art ships, flies fifth-generation aircraft and stalks threats with the latest hunter-killer submarines. But the customs and traditions of the service going back to John Paul Jones and Stephen Decatur still guide sailors. The Navy continued a tradition yesterday as Adm. Kurt Tidd, the [...]

Indo-Pacific Command Chief Receives Old Salt Award 2018-10-23T14:09:17+00:00

C-Band Alliance doubles spectrum offer to 200 megahertz

WASHINGTON — Members of the C-Band Alliance on Oct. 22 increased the amount of spectrum they are willing to part with in the United States, aligning their plan more closely with that of the Federal Communications Commission as a deadline for input looms. The group, led by Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat and Telesat — four of [...]

C-Band Alliance doubles spectrum offer to 200 megahertz 2018-10-23T14:09:55+00:00

ISIS-Controlled Syrian Mosque Destroyed, Navy Ships Transit Taiwan Strait

WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-led coalition airstrike leveled a Syrian mosque today among other buildings used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to attack the Syrian Democratic Forces, Army Col. Rob Manning, the Pentagon’s director of press operations, told Pentagon reporters today. While mosques are generally among those buildings that have protected status from [...]

ISIS-Controlled Syrian Mosque Destroyed, Navy Ships Transit Taiwan Strait 2018-10-23T14:09:18+00:00

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Loffredo Fresh Produce Co. Inc.,* Des Moines, Iowa (SPE300-19-DP-341; $9,000,000); and Greenberg Fruit Co.,* Omaha, Nebraska (SPE300-19-DS-731; $27,000,000), have each been awarded a firm-fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quality contract under solicitation SPE300-16-R-0042 for fresh fruits and vegetables. This was a competitive acquisition with two responses received. These are 54-month contracts with no option [...]

2018-10-23T14:09:34+00:00

NASA makes progress on fixing Hubble gyro

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Engineers have made progress correcting a faulty gyro on the Hubble Space Telescope, making NASA optimistic the space telescope can resume normal operations in the near future. Hubble has been in safe mode since the failure of the third of its six gyroscopes Oct. 5. While the telescope can operate normally with [...]

NASA makes progress on fixing Hubble gyro 2018-10-22T14:08:06+00:00

Thales Group reports boost in space revenue

WASHINGTON — Government demand for space systems drove a “recovery of space orders” for Thales Group this year, offsetting a slump in commercial telecom satellites, Chief Financial Officer Pascal Bouchiat said Oct. 18.   In a call with analysts, Bouchiat said it is too early to determine if demand for commercial telecom satellites will rebound. [...]

Thales Group reports boost in space revenue 2018-10-22T14:08:08+00:00

Air Force extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019.The memo, signed Oct. 18, 2018, extends the high year of tenure from eight to 10 years for senior airmen, from 15 to 20 years for staff sergeants and from 20 to [...]

Air Force extends high year of tenure for E-4s through E-6s 2018-10-22T14:09:37+00:00

USNS Comfort Begins Medical Site Set—up in Ecuador

ESMERALDAS, Ecuador (NNS) -- A team comprised of more than 900 personnel, embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), commenced their first mission stop as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Oct. 20. "The Comfort team has put in a ton of effort to get this medical mission from sea to [...]

USNS Comfort Begins Medical Site Set—up in Ecuador 2018-10-22T14:09:19+00:00