After India's test, NASA termed as a "terrible thing" the country's shooting down of one of its satellites, saying it created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, endangering the the International Space Station.
Mission Shakti: The Pentagon said that it stood by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's assessment that debris from an Indian anti-satellite weapons test would eventually burn up in the atmosphere.
"No US assets were spying on India. In fact, the US continues to expand its enduring partnership with India, resulting in enhanced interoperability and stronger economic ties," US Defense Department spokesperson Lt Col David W Eastburn told PTI.
Even though the missile defense system has been operating for more than a decade, this was the first time it had attempted a "salvo" intercept in which more than one interceptor missile is launched at a single target missile.
The deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet in Ethiopia, along with mounting complaints that his cozy relationship with his former employers at the detriment of other military contractors, puts Shanahan’s fate in limbo.
The order says the military services must implement the new policy in 30 days, giving some individuals a short window of time to qualify for gender transition if needed. And it allows service secretaries to waive the policy on a case-by-case basis.
During a Congressional hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Commander of the US Central Command General Joseph Votel told the lawmakers that Pakistan has taken positive steps to assist Special US Representative of Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in facilitating talks with the Taliban.