Army Gen. Martin Dempsey
on Aug. 14, 2014, became the first Joint Chiefs Chairman to visit Vietnam since
1971. Here, Dempsey walks by a Vietnamese honor guard in
Hanoi. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen
Phung Quang Thanh,
reported Voice of America. The visit is the latest US gesture to deepen military-to-military cooperation with Vietnam. During a press availability, Dung declared Vietnam’s support for expanded cooperation in areas such as search and rescue operations and disaster relief and for continued joint work in abating “consequences” of the Vietnam War,
reported Vietnam’s official government news agency. Regarding the latter, Dempsey was scheduled to call on the US-funded dioxin abatement project at the former US air base at Da Nang,
reported the same agency in a separate release. Dempsey told Vietnamese officials the United States would soon lift a ban on selling lethal armaments to Vietnam, according to the news agency. Dempsey’s Vietnam visit followed a
high-profile US proposal at the recent meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Burma to de-escalate tensions between China and its neighbors, including Vietnam, in the South China Sea area.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced July 2
that his Chief of Staff Eric Fanning will serve as acting undersecretary of the
Airmen recently got a chance to test the Block
40/45 E-3G Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft during Northern Edge
2015 in Alaska.
Space and Missile Systems Center boss Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves said SpaceX is still eligible to compete for National Security Space missions even though one of its Falcon 9 rockets exploded on June 28, reported Reuters.
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