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Haiti: UN Determined to Support Authorities in Strengthening Rule of Law - Strengthening the rule of law and improving the national police and the judicial system in Haiti will require political will on the part of the authorities, and the United Nations is determined to support this goal, said Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita.

Mattis Meets in Munich With Georgian Leaders - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met yesterday with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili and Defense Minister Levan Izoria during the Munich Security Conference to discuss the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship and regional security issues, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout of the meeting.

Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Complex Syria Environment - The complex security environment in Syria was among the topics that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli discussed Feb. 14 during a meeting at the NATO defense ministers conference in Brussels, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Pentagon Releases New Policy on Nondeployable Members - The Defense Department has released a new policy on military retention for nondeployable service members as it seeks to provide more ready and lethal forces, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness told Congress yesterday.

Northcom Ready to Defend North America - The commander of U.S. Northern Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that her command is ready to defend the United States today.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Prove Worth in Battlefield Reconnaissance Role - Small drone aircraft the Army is using are proving their worth as a useful tool for battlefield reconnaissance and intelligence gathering.

OIR Officials Report Details of Defeat-ISIS Strikes in Syria, Iraq - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between Feb. 9-15, conducting 43 strikes consisting of 63 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Sailor From Humble Beginnings Achieves Excellence - A Navy lieutenant assigned to Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support here was recognized in an award ceremony Jan. 19, but the example set by this Guinea native is what garnered greater praise.

Bomb-Building Airmen Sustain Lethality at Readiness Exercise - At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base here, the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadrons munitions flight, better known as AMMO, is responsible for building up and breaking down live bombs that are essential to maintaining a lethal Air Force.

Mattis, Polish Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak in Brussels today to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and its strong NATO ally, Poland, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Mattis: NATO on Right Trajectory to Protect Nations, Values - NATO defense ministers agreed to continue projecting stability beyond its borders and will continue to build capabilities within the alliance, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in Brussels today.

Causes of Rohingya Refugee Crisis Originate in Myanmar - We are now in a race against time as a major new emergency looms, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told the Security Council via videolink from Geneva, Switzerland.

Syria: Civilians Killed on Horrific Scale - The last several weeks have seen a new cross-border conflict in Afrin with yet no clear end in sight.

Mattis, Italian Counterpart Reaffirm U.S.-Italian Defense Relationship - During their meeting in Rome yesterday, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti discussed the close U.S.-Italian defense partnership that is built upon a long history of mutual respect and shared values, as well as robust cooperation bilaterally and through NATO.

Married Army Paratroopers Serve Together - Army Staff Sgts. Zachary and Michelle Evans have spent almost their entire military careers together.

U.S. Stores Donated Blood for Emergency Use During Cobra Gold Exercise - The Armed Services Blood Bank Center, as part of the Armed Services Blood Program, collected and delivered donated blood to two civilian hospitals here for storage for potential emergency use by U.S. service members participating in this years Cobra Gold exercise.

Sisters in Different Services Train Together - While the two sisters will be separated from each other, Gisella said shell keep in touch with Michelle.

Mattis Looks to NATO, Future of ISIS Fight - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis left yesterday on a six-day trip to meet with defense leaders from around the world to chart the way ahead against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

President's Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget Request Calls for $686.1 Billion - The presidents fiscal year 2019 defense budget request calls for $686.1 billion in spending and will reverse years of military erosion, defense officials said here today.

Ahead of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes - It is time to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said in a message to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, observed annually on 11 February.


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