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.
The Air Force is considering whether it will retire its
F-15C fleet and replace it with F-16s with upgraded active
electronically scanned array radars, service leaders told House legislators on Wednesday.
A year-long continuing resolution would cause a funding
crisis similar to that caused by sequestration in 2013, and it would
start in May, Air Force vice chief of staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said
If the national leadership decides to modernize the US
nuclear arsenal, “you can forget about readiness or modernization” of
the conventional force, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the
House Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday.
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