U.S.-Australia Alliance Has Boundless Future, Pacom Commander Says

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2017 — The critical nature of the U.S.-Australia alliance is defined by its storied past and is invigorated by its boundless future, U.S. Pacific Command commander Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. said at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Brisbane, Australia, today.

The admiral said the partnership between the two nations enables them to overcome future challenges together.

Harris’ remarks echoed those of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said the United States does not take its alliance with Australia for granted when he spoke at the 27th Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultation at the Government House on Sydney Harbor, June 5.

“Our opportunities here in the Indo-Asia-Pacific are abundant,” Harris said, “but the path is burdened by several considerable challenges, including North Korea, China, and [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria].”

North Korea

North Korea is a threat to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region because its missiles point in every direction, he said.

“North Korea made this clear when they threatened Australia with a nuclear strike just a couple of months ago,” the admiral said.

Every possible step to defend the U.S. homeland and its allies such as Australia, Japan and South Korea must be considered, Harris said.

“That’s why we regularly deploy carrier strike groups with Aegis ships and the world’s best submarines to the Indo-Asia-Pacific,” he said. “That’s why we maintain a formidable continuous bomber presence in the region. That’s why we continue to debut the newest and best military platforms like the F-35 [Lightning II] joint strike fighter, the P-8 [Orion], and the MV-22 [Osprey] in Australia and throughout the region. And that’s why we continue to emphasize multinational cooperation against a North Korean threat that endangers us all.”

Harris said he believes every nation that considers itself a responsible contributor to international security must publicly and privately work to stop North Korean provocations.

“That’s why we continue to call on China to exert its considerable economic influence to stop Pyongyang’s unprecedented weapons testing,” he told the audience.


China can be praised for its efforts to help dissuade North Korea’s weapons testing, even as America rightly criticizes and holds China accountable for actions that run counter to international rules and norms, especially in the South China Sea, the admiral said.

“I think China, as a great power, can handle that criticism on the one hand, while they’re dealing with this important international security issue of North Korea on the other,” he said.

Yet, China is using its military and economic power to erode the rules-based international order, Harris said.

He added, “I believe the Chinese are building up combat power and positional advantage in an attempt to assert de facto sovereignty over disputed maritime features and spaces in the South China Sea, where they are fundamentally altering the physical and political landscape by creating and militarizing man-made bases. … Fake islands should not be believed by real people.”

Harris reminded his audience that China’s nine-dash line claim and unprecedented land reclamation in the South China Sea were invalidated by the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s tribunal ruling last year.

“While the U.S. has no claims in the South China Sea — and it’s our policy not to take positions on sovereignty over disputed land features — we resolutely oppose the use of coercion, intimidation, threats, or force to advance claims. These differences should be resolved by international law,” the Pacom commander said.

“Our goal remains to convince China that its best future comes from peaceful cooperation, meaningful participation in the current rules-based international order, and honoring its international commitments,” Harris said. “But I’ve also been loud and clear that we won’t allow the shared domains to be closed down unilaterally. So, we’ll cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must.”

Ultimately, he said, the United States seeks a constructive and results-oriented relationship with China, which will benefit America, its allies — including Australia — and its partners, while pressing China to abide by international rules and norms.


Meanwhile, “ISIS is a clear threat that must be defeated,” Harris said of the terrorist organization.

“The main geographic focus of the U.S.-led counter-ISIS coalition has rightfully been in the Middle East and North Africa,” the admiral said.

He added, “But as I’ve been saying for more than a year now, as our military operations continue to deny ISIS territory, radicalized and weaponized terrorists there will inspire new fighters in this region, and some will try to relocate to Indo-Asia-Pacific countries from where they came.”

Harris referred to the Southern Philippines, where in 2016, Isnilon Hapilon, a commander in the Abu Sayyaf Group, was named ISIS emir of Southeast Asia.

“In just a matter of months, Hapilon started uniting elements of several violent extremist organizations, building a coalition under the ISIS black flag,” the admiral said. “These terrorists are using combat tactics that we’ve seen in the Middle East to kill in the city of Marawi in Mindanao, the first time ISIS-inspired forces have banded together to fight on this kind of scale in this region.” Harris said Marawi is a wake-up call for every nation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Foreign fighters are passing their ideology, resources and methods to local, home-grown, next-generation radicals, he said.

“We must stop ISIS at the front end and not at the back end when the threat can become even more dangerous,” Harris said. “But we cannot do it alone. Only through multinational collaboration can we eradicate this ISIS disease before it spreads further in this region.”

Multinational Partnerships

The admiral said as Pacom commander, he’s always emphasized the need to enhance multinational partnerships to carry out such goals as countering violent extremist organizations such as ISIS by collaborating with regional allies and partners that could have elements in their countries sympathetic to the terrorists’ cause, he said.

“The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S. could be a natural partnership with this purpose in mind,” Harris said.

“To combat the persistent North Korean threat, I’ve emphasized the urgent need to enhance tri-lateral cooperation between the U.S., Japan and South Korea,” he added.

“The growing U.S.-India relationship has also inspired my thinking about partnerships,” Harris said.

Like the U.S.-Australian alliance, America’s deepening cooperation with India is based on shared values and shared concerns, he said.

Military Exercises

“In addition to looking at new and improved multinational partnerships, we’re also continuing with our important military exercise series,” Harris said, noting that another reason for his presence in Australia this week is to kick off Exercise Talisman Saber tomorrow, where more than 33,000 Americans and Australians are training together at multiple locations in the United States and Australia.

He called the exercise a “realistic, high-end and challenging exercise [that] provides endless opportunities for our nations to innovatively prepare for our shared regional and global security challenges.”

The admiral thanked audience members for helping keep the U.S.-Australia alliance strong.

“Our alliance matters,” Harris said. “It matters to our two great nations. It matters to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and it matters to the world — because just as Australia and the United States stood together against tyranny and oppression in the 20th century, the world expects no less in the 21st.”

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Face of Defense: Maintenance Supervisor Mentors Fellow Soldiers

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa., June 28, 2017 — When it comes to experience, it is difficult to find someone with more than Army Master Sgt. James Montes, the senior maintenance supervisor for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 213th Regional Support Group, a veteran senior noncommissioned officer with almost 39 years of military service.

Montes enlisted right out of high school on July 18, 1978, in Fort Hood, Texas, looking for the chance to increase his mechanical skills and continue his education.

After more than nine years of active-duty Army service, he felt the frequent transfers placed undue stress on his young family, and so he joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

He has since deployed with the 213th Regional Support Group three times, and is now a trusted mechanic and instructor.

Veteran NCO

After more than 30 years with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Montes said he believes his current role is to mentor junior soldiers.

“The leadership traits that were taught to me have not changed. I have been passing those same traits down. Honesty, integrity, selfless service — I have been teaching those since day one,” said Montes, who calls Allentown, Pennsylvania, home.

Montes is the master driver here, and he was tasked to lead the bus driver training for the 213th Regional Support Group during the unit’s annual training June 9.

Army Sgt. Raul Sierra, the 213th Regional Support Group property book noncommissioned officer, served as Montes’ assistant trainer during the event. Sierra said he was impressed with how the class was run, and feels fortunate to teach with Montes.

‘He Knows His Stuff’

“He walks around with a swagger because he really knows his stuff,” he said. “He is polite about it though, and does not throw it in your face. He asks, ‘Do you know?’ and says, ‘I want to show you; you will need to take care of this when I am gone.’”

Army Pvt. Daniel Olson, a signal information service specialist with the 213th Regional Support Group, said Montes possesses a wealth of knowledge that no one else has.

“He knows what he is doing in every aspect. If you ask a question, he has an answer; if he does not have an answer, he knows who does and will get back to you with an answer,” Olson said.

Montes respects the quality of the new generation of enlistees, many of whom he has instructed throughout his years of service.

“The next generation seems to pick up information faster than my generation did,” he said.

Montes said he attributes this to the automated training and the improved teaching methods that the Army has developed.

After a long day of classroom and road training, he proudly watched the soldiers he trained step up to train the next group of soldiers.

“I am passing on what I have learned and I am proud to watch them carry on the training and their growing leadership,” Montes said. “We have to take care of the younger soldiers because they are our future. Lead them properly; give them the tools so that they can succeed. We have to pass that on.”

Press Release – Elwell Appointed FAA Deputy Administrator

Dan Elwell was sworn in this week as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, Elwell is the second highest-ranking official at the agency responsible for ensuring aviation safety and air traffic control services for the nation.

Elwell returns to the FAA during a historic period of safety and change as air traffic control reform is being considered to speed airspace modernization and new entrants like unmanned aerial vehicles and commercial spacecraft are integrated into the airspace system.

Dans insight and experience will serve the FAA and public well, said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta. He has a strong background as a military and civilian pilot, as well as holding key leadership positions within the aerospace industry.

Elwell previously served as FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Environment from 2006 to 2008. Most recently, he has been serving as the Senior Advisor on Aviation to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

Before returning to public service, Elwell was President and Managing Partner of Elwell and Associates, an aviation consulting firm. Elwell also was Senior Vice President for Safety, Security and Operations at Airlines For America and Vice President at the Aerospace Industries Association. Elwell graduated from the United States Air Force Academy.

Pubs and clubs with pokies need to ‘up their game’

Media release: From the Salvation Army and the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand

Pubs and clubs with pokies need to ‘up their game’

The Salvation Army and the Problem Gambling Foundation are disappointed by the results of the latest ‘mystery shopper’ exercise conducted by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to assess host responsibility practice in pubs and clubs with pokie machines.

While the results show an overall improvement across the casino sector, the same can’t be said for pubs and clubs, with only 12 out of 120 non-club venues meeting the standard and none of the 22 clubs.

Lisa Campbell, National Operations Manager for the Salvation Army Oasis, says in seven years working with venues it has seen some improvement, but there are still many venues where significant improvement is required.

“For too long, people with gambling problems have been hidden and stigmatised making it difficult for them to acknowledge their own harmful gambling and get support. Venue staff need to understand their duty of care and support their patrons to get help.”

Of the venues situated in high deprivation and high spending areas, only 59 percent met the host responsibility standards.

Paula Snowden, chief executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation, says this is particularly concerning.

“These are our struggling communities where there are high numbers of pokie machines and money coming out of the pockets of those who can least afford it,” she says.

“This is where pokie venues need to be particularly vigilant with their host responsibility. Venues and pokie trusts need to be reminded that it is a legal requirement to minimise the risks of harmful gambling and staff are required to be trained in harmful gambling awareness.”

The DIA conducted the mystery shopper exercise in late 2016 to assess current host responsibility practice in class 4 venues (clubs and non-clubs) and casinos in relation to pokie machines.

The full report is available on the Department of Internal Affairs’ website:


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By 2025 Face and Voice Biometrics Market to Rise at 18.1% CAGR

New York City, NY — (SBWIRE) — 06/28/2017 — Persistence Market Research’s latest report, titled „Face & Voice Biometric Market: Global Industry Analysis (2012-2016) and Forecast (2017-2025),” cites that by the end of 2025, the global face & voice biometrics market will have surged at a stellar 18.1% CAGR.

Increasing adoption of technology in homeland security continues to promote the need for face & voice biometrics at necessary checkpoints. Restricted access might be displeasing for investigations, but entry to only authorized personnel continues to be a great advantage for securing everything – from wealth to wisdom. Installing face & voice biometrics in corporate settings has been a common practice since its inception. Going forward, government offices and public places will also be equipped with face & voice biometrics, making them the most sought-after tech solution for controlling a secured access to facilities. Persistence Market Research concurs that by the end of 2025, the global market for face & voice biometrics will have reached a value of US$ 24 Bn.

Key drivers for growth in adoption of face & voice biometrics include:

Implementation of biometrics in banking & payments: In Europe, banking organizations have made facial biometrics mandatory for customers accessing databases and other digital platforms. While banking employees continue to use face or voice biometrics for work, now, customers are also expected to log into their accounts via such solutions.

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Integrating voice biometrics with customer service management applications: A voice biometric solution that facilitates the customers to reset their account password at any point of time (quickly & securely over any telephone) is gaining traction in North America as employees can have historical knowledge of each customer, thereby leading to intelligent interactions.

Implementation of biometrics in public administration: In densely-populated regions such as Asia-Pacific, face biometric solutions equipped with surveillance cameras, facial recognition software can improve public administration on light rails, buses, trains, docks and other public transit utilities. Face biometrics can assist authorities in monitoring train capacity, attending to medical emergencies and undertaking law enforcement vigilance such as capturing fare evaders or wanted criminals.

According to the report analysis, North America’s face and voice biometric market is expected to witness highest growth over the forecast period. Along with Asia-Pacific, North America’s face & voice biometric revenues are expected to account for over 66% of the global market revenues by 2017-end. Europe, on the other hand, is expected to witness moderate growth in its face & voice biometric market, which will be primarily backed by steady demand for face and voice biometrics in government offices, law enforcement facilities, and military & defense sector.

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The report also forecasts that revenue from sales of face biometric solutions in the global market will witness a rise from US$ 4.6 Bn in 2017 to an estimated US$ 17.7 Bn by 2025-end. Meanwhile, biometric solutions developed on voice recognition technologies are projected to create incremental opportunity of US$ 4.5 Bn between 2017 and 2025. The report also reveals higher demand for conventional type of face & voice biometrics, as opposed to mobile.

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Governments will be the largest end-users of face & voice biometrics in the world, while revenues from military & defense and law enforcement agencies will register speedy growth at 19.6% CAGR during the forecast period. The report has also profiled leading developers of face & voice biometric solutions as key players in the global market, and they include 3M Cogent, Inc., Apple, Inc.., NEC Corporation, ImageWare System, Inc., Cognitec Systems GmbH, Atos SE, Morpho (Safran), Nuance Communications, Inc., FaceFirst, M2SYS Technologies.

Festival of Arts Celebrates 85th Anniversary With Renovation, Art, Special Events and More July 5 – August 31, 2017

/EINPresswire.com/ — LAGUNA BEACH, CA–(Marketwired – June 28, 2017) – The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show celebrates its 85th anniversary July 5 through August 31, 2017 in Laguna Beach, California. The Festival has been rated one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts 140 of Orange County’s most talented artists. Recent accolades include Orange County Register’s Best Place to Buy Original Art, Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the West and Top 5 Art Festival in the nation voted by USA Today readers. Live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and a wide variety of special events round out one of southern California’s favorite outdoor summer event.

„Avid art collectors and festival-goers will have an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase as they walk among the artists displays,” says Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi. The Festival of Arts is a professionally juried fine art show featuring a diverse selection of artwork including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more from artists around Orange County. Since opening in 1932, thousands have shown and sold their artwork at the Festival and many have their work featured in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities, and museums around the world.

In addition to the variety of artwork, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The 2017 events calendar includes nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours and art workshops. Several special one-day events return this year, including the Festival Runway Fashion Show and Family Art Day.

In 2017, the Festival of Arts debuts its brand new $10 million facility which features a new layout for the art exhibit area, workshops, gift shop and concert stage. Last remodeled in 1964, the renovated grounds have been updated to meet accessibility standards and incorporate progressive sustainability features. The plans also call for additional and updated restrooms and wider pathways. Tensile roof pavilions shelter artwork from sun and rain, the green lawn where patrons picnic and enjoy concerts is nearer to the entry, the gift shop is relocated and expanded, and the junior art exhibit has a prominent location near the entrance.

„The Festival of Arts grounds have been completely transformed and modernized as a result of this extensive renovation,” said Board President Fred Sattler. „We look forward to sharing our new ‚digs’ with our patrons and the community this summer during our 85th anniversary celebration.”

The very first Festival of Arts started on August 13, 1932. To celebrate 85 years of art, the Festival is having a birthday bash on August 13, 2017 and admission to the art show is free all day. There are plans for a birthday cake, music, proclamations and much more honoring the Festival’s rich history.

Also in celebration of the organization’s milestone anniversary, the Festival introduces a new event on Sunday afternoons. „A Salute to the Arts,” sponsored by PBS SoCal, is inspired by the original Festival of Arts, which featured a variety of artistic endeavors including theater, literature, dance and more. In 2017, each week will spotlight a different art form. Also as a nod to the first art show, the Festival is adding tea for patrons to enjoy during its fascinating Art Talks with artists every Wednesday, sponsored by Gelsons. On Fridays, the Festival introduces a new music series, „Step into the Spotlight,” which brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background. There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or backgrounds vocalists who „step into the spotlight” this summer.

„Looking back at the original Festival of Arts in 1932, there was something for everyone to enjoy. That tradition continues today,” said Higuchi. „With beautiful art, nightly live music, workshops for all ages, and unique events, the Festival is truly a full arts experience.”


Special Events
For a complete list visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. All events are free with admission unless otherwise noted.

  • Art and Story Time
    Mondays, July 10 – Aug 28 (11am – 12pm)
  • Rising Stars Music Series
    Tuesdays, July 11 – Aug 29 (5:30 – 7:30pm)
  • Art Talks & Tea
    Sponsored by Gelsons
    Wednesdays, July 12 – Aug 30 (12 – 1pm)
  • Art, Jazz, Wine, & Chocolate
    Thursdays, July 13 – Aug 31
    (5:30 – 7:30pm); $20
  • Step into the Spotlight Music Series
    Fridays, July 14 – Aug 25 (5:30 – 7:30pm)
  • Concerts on the Green
    Sponsored by Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery
  • Saturdays, July 15 & 22, Aug 5 & 19 (1 – 2:30pm)
  • Festival Runway Fashion Show
    Saturday, Aug 12 (12 – 3pm)
  • Family Art Day
    Sunday, July 16 (12 – 3pm)
  • A Salute to the Arts
    Sponsored by PBS SoCal
    Sundays, July 9 – Aug 27 (2 – 4 pm)
  • Festival of Arts Birthday Bash
    Free admission to art show all day!
    Sunday, Aug 13

Art Workshops for Everyone
For schedule and reservations visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

  • Creativity runs wild at the Festival’s Adult and Teen Art Workshops where students will make their own masterpieces under the instruction of professional artists. ($50)
  • On Saturdays, uncork your creativity at our Wine and Painting Nights. Learn to paint with easy to follow instruction by Festival artists and enjoy complimentary wine or beverages. Must be 21 and up. ($50)
  • Monday – Friday, the Festival hosts Youth Art Education Days, art classes for children ages 5 – 12. Classes include sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and much more. ($15+)
  • Printmaking, ceramics ($25+) and multimedia workshops will be open daily for visitors of all ages to stretch creative muscles. The Festival Art Center will be open from 11am – 8pm daily for hands-on artistic fun. Reservations not required, drop in anytime!


  • Free art tours are held weekdays at 11am and 3pm; weekends at 11am and 4pm. Meet the artists and learn firsthand about their artwork and techniques through discussions and free artist demos.


  • The Festival’s Junior Art Exhibition, sponsored in part by CalFirst National Bank and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach, is comprised of over 300 pieces of artwork from Orange County school children (grades PK – 12). The quality of art represented in the exhibit will astound art lovers of all ages.
  • Support the arts by purchasing artwork from the Art-to-Go Exhibit donated by Festival artists with proceeds benefiting The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts.


  • Tivoli Terrace Restaurant serves lunch and dinner during the Festival season in a beautiful garden setting. Tivoli Terrace will feature its Summer Pageant Menu with an array of salads and sandwiches and fresh seafood for lunch and a variety of traditional American cuisine for dinner.
  • Gina’s Alfresco offers casual Italian fare and is a complement to the Festival’s artistic atmosphere.
  • The Festival of Arts newly remodeled, boutique-style gift shop is the perfect place to find t-shirts, art books, posters, tote bags and many other items to remember your visit.


July 5 – August 31, 2017
Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm
Early closing August 26 at 1pm

General Admission: Weekdays $8, Weekends $12
Students & Seniors: Weekdays $5, Weekends $8
Free Admission for Children 12 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents

Passport to the Arts:
A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $24.Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased.Order online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. Passports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 30 – September 3, 2017.

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by
Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,
and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(800) 487-3378


The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. For every summer for 85 years, the Festival of Arts has produced two world-class events: The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.

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Mattis Meets German Counterpart, Highlights Trans-Atlantic Bond

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with his German counterpart today in southern Germany, where the two leaders discussed a number of security priorities, including Afghanistan and the enhanced forward presence in Europe.

Mattis and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen held talks at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Strategic Dialogue

Mattis described the discussion as a strategic dialogue, and a way to pay his „deep respects to an ally that’s committed to freedom and to human dignity, and to recognize the strength of the trans-Atlantic bond.”

The relationship, he said, is built on trust.

„The trans-Atlantic bond does remain strong and I want to highlight that point,” Mattis said, adding the Marshall Center is the only Defense Department regional center that is „made up of two nations working together, working jointly.”

Mattis then gave remarks at the center highlighting the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to NATO’s system of collective defense.

The Marshall Plan initiative provided more than $13 billion in economic support to help rebuild western European economies after the end of World War II.

U.S., Germany Aligned Ahead of NATO Ministerial

Mattis, who later today traveled on to Brussels to attend tomorrow’s NATO ministerial meeting, said the United States and Germany are aligned going into the talks.

The secretary highlighted the role of the German military in bolstering the NATO deterrent mission in Eastern Europe, saying U.S. and German troops serve alongside together, „shoulder to shoulder” there.

Discussions in Brussels will include the fight to defeat global terrorism and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he said.

Partnering to Defeat ISIS

Germany is NATO’s second-largest troop contributor and a „vital contributor to the united coalition campaign to defeat ISIS that is achieving great success right now,” Mattis said.

Other topics are to include Afghanistan, and NATO partner-nations’ plans for burden-sharing and other issues related to shared security, according to the secretary.

„I’d just point out that the NATO alliance is as relevant today as it was when it was founded,” Mattis said. „Together, our nations work to share the burden to defend freedom.”

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NATO Secretary General Previews Defense Ministerial in Brussels

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2017 — On the eve of the Defense Ministerial in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance is evolving and growing in funding and capabilities.

The secretary previewed the issues the ministers will deal with during a press conference in Brussels this morning. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Brussels for tomorrow’s meeting at NATO headquarters.

Building on Previous Meetings

The ministerial builds on the NATO Heads of State and Government meeting held last month. Alliance members agreed to step up efforts to fight terrorism and more fairly share the security burden.

Stoltenberg noted that NATO’s four multinational battlegroups in the Baltic countries and Poland are now fully operational. He called the accomplishment “a clear demonstration that our alliance stands united in the face of any possible aggression.”

NATO put the battlegroups in place as a result of Russian actions in Georgia, the illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and continued military actions inside Ukraine. Russia has also been responsible for cyber operations directed against NATO.

“Last week I visited Latvia and Lithuania,” Stoltenberg said. “I saw Canadian troops leading forces in Europe for the first time in decades, and I watched two of these battlegroups exercise together for the first time. This is real transatlantic solidarity in action: Europeans and North Americans working as one for our shared security.”

Strengthening Deterrence

NATO is also strengthening deterrence in the Black Sea region with a land element in Romania, Stoltenberg said.

Key to increasing NATO capabilities is increased funding. The allies agreed at both the Wales and Warsaw summits to increase military spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product. Stoltenberg released the final defense spending figures for 2016 and estimates for 2017, and said the alliance is trending in the right direction.

Defense Spending Increases

“After years of decline, in 2015 we saw a real increase in defense spending across European allies and Canada,” he said. “In 2016, this continued. And, this year in 2017, we foresee an even greater annual real increase of 4.3 percent.”

Over the last three years, European allies and Canada spent almost $46 billion more on defense. “So we have really shifted gears. The trend is up and we intend to keep it up,” Stoltenberg said.

Last year, he said, five allies met NATO’s benchmark of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense. They are the United States, Estonia, the United Kingdom, Poland and Greece.

“This year, we expect Romania to join them and in 2018, Latvia and Lithuania will spend 2 percent of GDP on defense as well,” Stoltenberg said. “Allies’ national plans will ensure we maintain the momentum.”

The secretary general expects allies to agree to new capability targets during the ministerial. “These set out areas where we plan to improve further, including heavy equipment, air-to-air refueling and more forces able to move at even shorter notice,” he said. “As NATO develops capabilities, it is important to make the most of limited resources and avoid duplication. That’s one reason why NATO and the European Union are working more closely together than ever before.”

Stoltenberg said he will brief the defense ministers on NATO-EU cooperation.

“The report sets out how our organizations are working together on issues ranging from resilience to hybrid threats and support for partners,” he said. “We will look into further ways to expand our cooperation by the end of this year.”

Defeating Terrorism

Terrorism will also be a major point of discussion, Stoltenberg said. The heads of state agreed that the alliance should join the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“This not only sends a strong message of unity in the fight against terrorism; it also serves as a platform for practical cooperation,” he said. “NATO is now fully integrated into the information-sharing and decision-making structures of the coalition, and we have already stepped up our support with more flight time and information sharing by our AWACS surveillance aircraft.”

The alliance will continue efforts to strengthen Iraqi security institutions, Stoltenberg said.

In Brussels, NATO has set up a new intelligence division which contains a new hybrid threat branch and a terrorism intelligence cell, he said. “Their work will help us better understand and counter the threat of terrorism and foreign fighters,” Stoltenberg said. “NATO’s work to fight terrorism involves many different initiatives, ranging from intelligence to capacity building and training, from Europe to the Middle East.”

Stoltenberg announced his deputy, Rose Gottemoeller, will coordinate the alliance’s efforts in fighting terrorism.

“We will close the ministerial with a meeting on Afghanistan, where our Resolute Support Mission helps ensure the country never again becomes a safe haven for international terrorism,” he said.

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U.S., Gabonese Military Surgical Teams Partner During Training Exercise

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, June 28, 2017 — Performing surgery is inarguably a complicated and intricate task. However, regardless of location, the basic steps are the same.

Three surgical professionals who partnered with a Gabonese military surgical team learned this firsthand as part of a ten-person U.S. Army medical team that participated in the U.S. Army Africa-led Medical Readiness Training Exercise 17-4 held at the Hospital D’Instruction Des Armees here.

Even the basics can pose challenges when operating with a team that speaks different languages and often uses different tools, but the U.S. Army surgical team welcomed the challenge and went into the MEDRETE hoping to learn.

“The language barrier has been interesting,” said Army Maj. (Dr.) Christina Riojas, a general surgeon from Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “We’ve been able to sign with our hands, use broken English — and even some Spanish — in addition to the use of our interpreters to communicate while in the operating room. It adds some time during surgery, but it has been working and we are able to communicate.”

The team spent fourteen days in Gabon working alongside their individual Gabonese counterparts and functioned solely with on-site equipment and resources.

“In the United States, there is a lot of stuff in the operating room that we have that you would think makes performing surgery easier, but [the Gabonese military medical professionals] don’t have those things here, and it’s not an issue,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer Singh, an operating room technician from the 14th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia. “They are still able to perform the surgeries necessary successfully with the tools they have.”

The mission called for them to build sustainable relationships with the Gabonese and also to improve their individual readiness in their respective fields.

“My job is to quickly put the patient to sleep and make sure that they stay alive so that the surgeon, regardless of who that is, can do their job,” said Army Maj. Fernando Lopez, a certified registered nurse anesthetist with the 14th CSH. “I think one of the things this mission shows you is how to function with limited resources.”

The three-person American operating room team integrated completely into the Gabonese surgical staff. Working with their respective counterparts — the certified registered nurse anesthetist, OR technician and general surgeon — they observed and assisted in more than 35 surgical cases.

Working in the resource-limited environment exposed the team to situations that challenged them to be creative, Singh said.

“I’ve definitely learned. Watching them do it, it made me put my innovative cap on. In another surgery, I didn’t have something called a Kittner and I came up with a way to make one on the back table so the surgeon could use it even though I didn’t have it,” she said. “So, the limited resources and equipment helps you think outside the box, especially after seeing them make the necessary tools out of what they have available.”

Aligned with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s vision, this mission provides a small medical team a chance to train individually and together as a team, alongside partner nation service members, to be operationally ready for what the future might hold.

Riojas said, “The opportunity to function within that environment, it’s been really valuable. This could possibly simulate a future military real world scenario and being able to be here in a controlled environment is really good training and experience.”

Global Animal Nutrients Industry Market Research Report 2017


The Global Animal Nutrients Industry 2017 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Animal Nutrients industry.

Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Animal Nutrients market analysis is provided for the international market including development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major regions’ development status.

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Chapter Five Price, Cost, Gross and Gross Margin Analysis of Animal Nutrients by Regions, Types and Manufacturers

Chapter Six Consumption Volume, Consumption Value and Sale Price Analysis of Animal Nutrients by Regions, Types and Applications

Chapter Seven Supply, Import, Export and Consumption Analysis of Animal Nutrients

Chapter Eight Major Manufacturers Analysis of Animal Nutrients

Chapter Nine Marketing Trader or Distributor Analysis of Animal Nutrients

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Chapter Twelve New Project Investment Feasibility Analysis of Animal Nutrients

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