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United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States (STL.News)- Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will hold an on-camera, on-the-record briefing TODAY, Friday, March 15, at 1:00 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States – Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will hold an on-camera, on-the-record briefing TODAY, Friday, March 8, at 12:00 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States – Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will hold an on-camera briefing today, Friday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover this event in person must be seated in the Press Briefing Room by … Continue reading United States | Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

United States | U.S.-Portugal Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding To Establish a 12-Month Pilot Program To Build Intercultural Understanding and Provide Training at Innovative Organizations

United States – The U.S. Department of State will host an MOU signing ceremony with Portugal at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, in the Treaty Room. The ceremony will commemorate the launch of a 12-month pilot program between both nations that will provide structured and guided training for young American and Portuguese people … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Portugal Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding To Establish a 12-Month Pilot Program To Build Intercultural Understanding and Provide Training at Innovative Organizations

United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media on Friday, February 1 at 8:30 a.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover this event in person must be seated in the Press Briefing … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States | U.S. – Canada 2+2 Ministerial

United States – The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense will co-host the U.S. – Canada 2+2 Ministerial on Friday, December 14, 2018, at the Department of State. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will join Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Canadian … Continue reading United States | U.S. – Canada 2+2 Ministerial

United States | U.S.-Italy Joint Declaration Signing on Science and Technology

United States – The U.S. Department of State will host a signing ceremony following the Thirteenth U.S.-Italy Joint Commission Meeting and in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the U.S.-Italy Science and Technology Agreement at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018, in the Treaty Room. The signing of the joint declaration will culminate a … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Italy Joint Declaration Signing on Science and Technology

United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media at 1:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, November 20, in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover this event in person must be seated in the Press Briefing … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States | The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States – The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey will deliver remarks to the media on the way forward in Syria at 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 14, in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover should be … Continue reading United States | The Secretary’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States | “100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers-None Swifter than These” Exhibition Opens at the U.S. Diplomacy Center on November 7

United States  – The Department of State’s Diplomatic Courier Service will launch the “100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers—None Swifter than These” exhibition at the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the U.S. Department of State on November 7. This exhibition includes photos, videos and objects documenting the birth and evolution of the Department’s Diplomatic Courier Service – … Continue reading United States | “100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers-None Swifter than These” Exhibition Opens at the U.S. Diplomacy Center on November 7

United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

United States – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media at 3:45 p.m. today, Tuesday, October 23, in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. Journalists who plan to cover this event in person must be seated in the Press Briefing … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media in the Press Briefing Room

MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, United States Attorney’s Office For The Western District Of Michigan Honored By Department Of Defense For Support Of Employees Serving In The Guard And Reserve

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Michigan Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, joined U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Birge in announcing today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of its extraordinary support of its employees serving in … Continue reading MICHIGAN News: GRAND RAPIDS, United States Attorney’s Office For The Western District Of Michigan Honored By Department Of Defense For Support Of Employees Serving In The Guard And Reserve

United States | Ceremony for the 2018 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

United States – Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will present this year’s Awards for Corporate Excellence (ACE) on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. Established in 1999, the award recognizes U.S. companies that represent American values well in their business practices worldwide. This … Continue reading United States | Ceremony for the 2018 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C | Congressman Krishnamoorthi Applauds Increased Funding To Combat Opioid Abuse Among Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the President signed into law the appropriations bill for Military Construction and Veteran Affairs programs for FY2019. Included in the funding package was $400 million specifically to fight opioid addiction among veterans. This follows the House-passed Krishnamoorthi amendment that was included in the National Defense Authorization Act which encouraged Department … Continue reading WASHINGTON, D.C | Congressman Krishnamoorthi Applauds Increased Funding To Combat Opioid Abuse Among Veterans

United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media

United States – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver remarks to the media at 5:00 p.m. today, Monday, September 17, in the Treaty Room at the Department of State. This event is open press coverage. The pickup time for video cameras is 4:30 p.m. for the C Street Lobby. The final access … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks to the Media

Department of Defense News: DOD Identifies Army Casualty as Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Staff Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion, 36, from Waikoloa, Hawaii, died August 12, 2018, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near him while he was conducting combat patrol operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  The … Continue reading Department of Defense News: DOD Identifies Army Casualty as Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion

Department of Defense News: Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ meeting with Brazil Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes

WASHINGTON – Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Brazil Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes Aug. 13 at the Itamaraty Palace in Brazil to reaffirm the long-standing bilateral relationship between the United States and Brazil. The leaders discussed a broad range of defense … Continue reading Department of Defense News: Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ meeting with Brazil Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes

U.S. Department of State News: Opening Remarks Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, and distinguished members.  Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today. During my confirmation hearing you asked me to work on a host of world problems, and for 12 weeks I’ve been doing … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Opening Remarks Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WEST VIRGINIA News: ELKINS, Two Department of Defense employees indicted on embezzlement charges

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Sergeant First Class Shane Morgan with the West Virginia Army National Guard and Master Sergeant (retired) Russell Morgan were indicted today by a federal grand jury on charges related to the embezzlement and unlawful sale of government property, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Shane Morgan, age 35, of Buckhannon, West … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: ELKINS, Two Department of Defense employees indicted on embezzlement charges

U.S. Defense Department Moves Closer to Cloud Computing

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department’s information technology move to the cloud will rapidly deliver advantages to the battlefield by enabling new machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, Dana W. White, chief Pentagon spokesperson, told reporters today. White said the existing DoD IT infrastructure is a federated legacy environment based on earlier technology. “Transitioning from legacy systems … Continue reading U.S. Defense Department Moves Closer to Cloud Computing

HONOLULU | Hawaii says it implemented missile plan before finishing it

HONOLULU|April 5, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency began implementing its plan for responding to a ballistic missile attack before it was entirely drafted, a senior state official said Thursday at a hearing on why the agency mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts across the islands in January. “We started flying the plane before we … Continue reading HONOLULU | Hawaii says it implemented missile plan before finishing it

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis Affirms Defense Relationship’s Importance in Meeting With Saudi Counterpart

WASHINGTON (STL.News) Defense Secretary James N. Mattis today affirmed the importance of the U.S.-Saudi Arabia defense relationship in a meeting at the Pentagon with Saudi Defense Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said they discussed the security environment in the Middle East, … Continue reading U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis Affirms Defense Relationship’s Importance in Meeting With Saudi Counterpart

Senior Officials: U.S. Must Keep Pace with Adversaries in Missile Defense

WASHINGTON (STL.News) The fiscal year 2019 budget request for ballistic missile defense seeks to ensure the United States stays ahead of adversaries that are advancing their capabilities, defense officials said on Capitol Hill Thursday, March 22nd. The United States military remains the strongest in the world, but its advantage is eroding as adversaries modernize and build … Continue reading Senior Officials: U.S. Must Keep Pace with Adversaries in Missile Defense

U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis Sees No Change in Russian Military Capability in Light of Putin’s Speech

WASHINGTON (STL.News) U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he sees no change in Russia’s military capability in light of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent speech in which he said Russia has nuclear weapons capable of attacking the United States. The secretary called Putin’s remarks “disappointing, but unsurprising.” Mattis spoke with reporters aboard a plane … Continue reading U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis Sees No Change in Russian Military Capability in Light of Putin’s Speech

Report: Hawaii wasn’t ready to handle missile threat alert

HONOLULU/February 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Hawaii’s nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn’t effective, said a report released Tuesday. The state Department of Defense, the agency that oversees Hawaii’s emergency management, released … Continue reading Report: Hawaii wasn’t ready to handle missile threat alert

Defense Secretary Mattis ‘Heartened’ by NATO Nations’ Increased Defense Budgets

WASHINGTON, DC (STL.News) Global democracies are working together, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday to reporters traveling with him as he wrapped up a European trip to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances. The secretary’s travels included meetings with defense leaders in Rome, taking part in this year’s first meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, … Continue reading Defense Secretary Mattis ‘Heartened’ by NATO Nations’ Increased Defense Budgets

Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili & Minister of Defense Levan Izoria

WASHINGTON (STL.News) Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout: Secretary James N. Mattis met with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili and Minister of Defense Levan Izoria today during the Munich Security Conference to discuss the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship and regional security issues. Secretary Mattis praised Georgia’s continuing service as the largest non-NATO … Continue reading Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili & Minister of Defense Levan Izoria

Defense Secretary Mattis Meets With French Defense Minister in Munich

WASHINGTON (STL.News) Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with French Minister of Defense Florence Parly yesterday during the Munich Security Conference, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout of the meeting. The defense secretary and Parly agreed on the need for a strong stance against the threat posed by the Iranian ballistic missile … Continue reading Defense Secretary Mattis Meets With French Defense Minister in Munich

Defense Secretary Mattis Meets With Bulgarian Defense Minister in Brussels

WASHINGTON (STL.News) Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Bulgarian Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov February 15 during the NATO Defense Ministerial at NATO headquarters in Brussels to reaffirm and strengthen the important U.S.-Bulgaria defense relationship, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout of the meeting. Mattis highlighted Bulgaria’s role as a … Continue reading Defense Secretary Mattis Meets With Bulgarian Defense Minister in Brussels

U.S. Troops Training Ukrainian Soldiers, James Mattis Says

WASHINGTON D.C. (STL.News) Military trainers from the United States, Canada, Poland and Lithuania are training Ukraine service members at a training base in western Ukraine, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday morning. Just ahead of his afternoon meeting with Ukraine’s defense minister, Stepan Poltorak, the secretary said, “What we want is … Continue reading U.S. Troops Training Ukrainian Soldiers, James Mattis Says