Washington, DC - Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon will lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Joint Commission meeting in Vienna on December 13.

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. This consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing topics, including wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions.

Monterey, California - The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, California, houses a team of scientists and engineers who work in conjunction with the lab's broader scientific community to provide the fleet with the most accurate weather forecasts possible.

Norfolk, Virginia - Later this month USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9) will join the fleet as part of a class of ships that is quickly becoming recognized as adaptable and innovative. As the world's oceans become more heavily trafficked and more contested, this adaptability and innovation will be meeting our Navy's future requirements and missions.

Bremerton, Washington - Washington-based ships assigned to Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 returned Sunday, just in time for the upcoming holidays following a six-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and the Arabian Gulf.

Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) announced today the launch of the Joint Pedestrian Land Port of Entry Pilot at the San Ysidro-El Chaparral Port of Entry to facilitate the collection and sharing of biographic information on pedestrians who leave the United States and enter Mexico. As part of Phase I of the pilot program, the U.S. and Mexico will exchange biographic information on Mexican nationals to create traveler entry and exit records.

Washington, DC - Navy released NAVADMIN 283/17 December 6 authorizing special leave accrual (SLA) for Sailors who had leave canceled or disapproved in support of humanitarian and emergency assistance for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.