Norfolk, Virginia - Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) is supporting execution of the U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Command and U.S. Marine Forces Command (MARFORCOM) co-sponsored exercise Bold Alligator 2016 (BA16).

Port of Newark, New Jersey - This morning, I had the privilege of observing the New Jersey Marine Terminal full-scale explosion exercise at the Port of Newark. Given the current threat environment, these exercises are vital and allow for multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional planning and coordination.

Belgrade - The Vice President met with President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic in Belgrade today. The leaders agreed on the critical importance to regional stability of continuing to strengthen Serbia's relationship with its neighbors.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report, titled “The Growing Burden of EPA Unfunded Mandates on the States,” examining the current challenge U.S. states face as they work to comply with and implement myriad new environmental regulations. States administer 96.5% of all federal delegated environmental programs, but the report found that federal grants to states only fund 28% of the amount needed to run the programs.

Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose will travel to South America to discuss arms control, space security, and other issues of mutual interest from August 18 to August 25