Washington, DC - Statement by President Barack Obama on Nowruz:

Washington, DC - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will participate in the Container Security Initiative.  CSI increases security for maritime containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world by addressing the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential threat of terrorists and terrorist weapons in the maritime environment.

Washington, DC - Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall launched the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor’s (DRL) Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative (GBV Initiative) today at the Department of State. This first-of-its-kind, global program is dedicated to assisting survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence around the world.

Washington, DC - NASA along with space agencies around the world are preparing for the third annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 12-13. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

San Diego, California Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) announced Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) and Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) commenced Ice Exercise 2014 (ICEX 2014) in the Arctic Ocean.

Washington, DC - In a one-on-one interview last week and during March 18 all hands call in Mayport, Florida Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert asserted that changes to the military retirement system are far from taking effect and that there is no plan in place to change it.

San Diego, California - Alex Wisidagama, a citizen of Singapore formerly employed by Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States for his role in a scheme to overbill the U.S. Navy for ship husbanding services.   Wisidagama’s plea is the second in an expanding investigation into acts of alleged fraud and bribery committed by GDMA and several United States Navy officers and personnel.