Trump Signs Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Authorization

President Donald J. Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law during a White House ceremony Dec. 12. The act calls for $626 billion for the department’s base budget and another $66 billion for operations. The act includes a 2.4 percent pay raise for military personnel. The act authorizes the department to spend money but the appropriations bill–which actually provides the funds–is still in Congress. U.S. Military: ‘Greatest Fighting Force’ “This historic legislation demonstrates our unwavering commitment to our men and women in uniform–the greatest fighting…

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Presidential Proclamation Recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Israel and Relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The foreign policy of the United States is grounded in principled realism, which begins with an honest acknowledgment of plain facts.  With respect to the State of Israel, that requires officially recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and relocating the United States Embassy to Israel to Jerusalem as soon as practicable. The Congress, since the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45) (the “Act”), has urged the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate our…

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National Security Advisor Hints at Basis of Trump’s National Security Strategy

By Jim Garamone During a speech to the Reagan National Defense Forum yesterday, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor gave hints on what the president’s national security strategy will contain. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the first active-duty national security advisor since Army Gen. Colin Powell, said the strategy would set the stage for the country to reclaim its strategic confidence. Making the speech at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, was a tribute to the president who resurrected U.S. confidence when he took office in 1981….

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Coast Guard, partners to enforce security zone near Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu

Coast Guard personnel, federal, state and local law enforcement partners will enforce a security zone in waters off Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Oahu, Friday and Saturday. The security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of a distinguished visitor. The security zone will be in effect from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Friday Nov. 3, 2017 and from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 4, unless canceled earlier by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Michael Long. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department and…

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HASC Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s Iran strategy: “The President’s announcement today rightly focuses on the full range of deadly threats from the Iranian regime. Our relationship with Iran should not be defined by one flawed nuclear deal. From Yemen to Lebanon, Iran is working to impose its brutal theocratic rule throughout the region. It supports terrorist groups like Hezbollah, bolsters the ruthless Assad dictatorship, promotes instability through sectarianism in Iraq,…

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Secretary General welcomes strong US commitment to NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited the White House on Wednesday (12 April 2017) for his first meeting with President Donald J. Trump and his security team. Following the meeting, Mr. Stoltenberg welcomed the “very strong commitment of the United States to the security of Europe” as demonstrated “in words but also in deeds.” The two leaders agreed on the enduring importance of NATO, and discussed preparations for the May meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels, including NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism, and fairer burden-sharing in the Alliance.

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