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Dempsey, Gantz Look to Countering Mideast Threats

JERUSALEM , March 31, 2014 – Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Israel’s chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz have met in Jerusalem to discuss countering long term threats to the region and ways to turn them into opportunities.

Speaking to reporters, Gantz said that based on their conversations, “we can definitely cooperate on the challenges and actually try and turn some of the threats that we face into opportunity.”

USASAC shares social media platforms for managers

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- The Security Assistance Command has rolled out the newest version of its Country Program Manager Dashboard and Casebook, which are cyber platforms that improve collaboration and data-tracking for Foreign Military Sales cases. 

USASAC commander Maj. Gen. Del Turner kicked off the event, noting the USASAC CPMs all have challenges, and this offered a means to share information and help resolve issues based on the ability to collaborate in these systems.

FIDAE Air Show, subject matter expert exchanges kick-off in Chile

Engagement branch trains Suriname's Army

Five U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization Soldiers deployed to Suriname in February to conduct a Small Unit Tactics Mobile Training Team with the Suriname Army. The USASATMO team consisted of one officer and four Soldiers who served as advisers and trainers during the 12-day field exercise. 

Security cooperation director lauds USASAC initiatives

Defense Security Cooperation Agency director Vice Adm. Joe Rixey addressed the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command workforce during a March 6 town hall meeting. His message for USASAC: "You are doing now exactly what I want to do for all."

Rixey was referring to security cooperation and Foreign Military Sales, and how future success depends largely on how well the Army, Navy and Air Force meet international partner expectations in terms of quality, cost, speed and transparency.

U.S. Continues to Aid Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2014 – The United States continues to assist the Malaysian government in the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared the night of March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.

The USS Pinckney and USS Kidd - Arleigh Burke-class destroyers - are on station in the Gulf of Thailand conducting search-and-rescue operations, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters today.

Norway – AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Missiles

WASHINGTON, Feb 26, 2014 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Norway for AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $80 million.

Karta Clinic, USAID Bring Health Care to Djibouti

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) commanding general, along with several other distinguished visitors, cut the ribbon at the Karta Health Clinic ceremony, Jan. 30, 2014.

The Karta health clinic was in cooperation with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the supervision of CJTF-HOA CJ-44 engineers.   USAFRICOM funded Humanitarian Assistance project with Naval Facilities Engineering Command contract support.

DOD Official Meets With International Partners in Singapore

SINGAPORE , Feb. 19, 2014 – The 2014 Singapore Airshow provided the setting last week for a senior Defense Department official to meet with numerous international partners and defense industry officials.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters at the airshow that the United States was the “feature country” at this year’s event, the first time organizers have made such a designation.

Africa engagements stress importance of security assistance

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Feb. 6, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command Commanding General and its Regional Operations Director for U.S. Africa Command conducted engagements with Uganda and Kenya military officers, State Department officials and Defense Department representatives from the respective countries' Offices of Security Cooperation last month. 

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