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Turkish-American Lawyer Özge Güzelsu Was Appointed as Deputy General Counsel (Legislation) of the U.S. Secretary of Defense

There’s a new team in the E-ring starting on Wednesday, newly detailed by close-hold Pentagon planning documents reviewed by Katie Bo Williams, Defense One, deliver news about U.S. defense and national security. Turkish-American lawyer Özge Güzelsu is appointed as Deputy General Counsel (Legislation) of the U.S. Secretary of Defense. She was the member of the Senate Armed Services Committee democratic staff since 2011. Güzelsu graduated from Harvard University in Bachelor of Arts in Literature, History in 1998 and had Doctor of Jurisprudence in Law at Stanford University in 2002.

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SNC's Dream Chaser Mission Delayed

Citing delays related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has pushed back the time frame for the first mission using its Dream Chaser spaceplane. Formerly scheduled for late 2021, the company now expects the Dream Chaser to make its initial flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022. The cargo mission will be the first of a minimum of six conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract with NASA.

New Turkish Trade Center in Chicago

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) has opened a trade center in the US city of Chicago with support from the Ministry of Commerce.

With this trade center, which has the privilege of being the first abroad trade center opened by TOBB as part of Turkey Trade Centers regulations, it is aimed to increase the trade volume between Turkey and the US.

The center, which will serve under the name of "Turkish Trade Center Chicago", will assist Turkish businessmen at every stage in the USA with a "one-stop office" principle.

Indicating that the US has become the third-largest country in terms of Turkey's export volume, Pekcan said: "Now it is time to maintain that achievement in a sustainable way. I think the timing of this center is quite appropriate."
Ruhsar Pekcan explained export from Turkey to the US has increased 13 percent in 2020 despite the Coronavirus pandemic and reach over 10 Billion USD in volume, highlighting the US as a significant market.

Pekcan indicated that Illinois, where Chicago is located, has the fifth most significant volume among US states and underlined Chicago's logistic advantages with its proximity to the most important fair centers and automotive facilities. 

Turkey's Chicago Consul General Engin Türesin also pointed out that the trade center is just 1 kilometer away from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
The center, which has 8,800 square meters of warehouse space and 1,500 square meters of office space, has the capacity to serve 50 companies at the same time.

TOBB is planning to open its next trade centers in China, India, and Brazil.

Overall Crime in New York City Reaches Record Low in 2020

New York City and its Police Department were buffeted by conflicting forces in 2020, as a historic low in overall index crime was accompanied by significant upticks in homicides, shootings, burglaries and car thefts. In calendar 2020, overall crime was lower than in 2019, dropping to a new benchmark of 95,552 reported incidents – representing 681 fewer victims than last year and 11,668 fewer victims than in 2014, the first year of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

At the same time, the NYPD in 2020 confronted a + 97% (1,531 v. 777) increase in shooting incidents and + 44% increase in the number of murders (462 v. 319) amid the challenges of an ongoing international health pandemic that has strained city residents and the police officers sworn to ensure public safety for everyone. Burglaries increased by 42% (15,463 v. 10,909) and car thefts increased by 67% (9.038 v. 5,422). Through it all, the NYPD has worked to mitigate violence as reflected in a 29% increase (4,253 v. 3,299) in annual gun arrests for 2020 compared with 2019 – including 2,057 gun arrests in the last four months of the year.

Unprecedented events of 2020 presented significant challenges for New York City and its police. From a diminished headcount beginning at the onset of COVID-19 to large-scale protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd in May, the NYPD’s resources were stretched further than at any time in recent memory. Yet the NYPD’s work continued. Investigators focused on concentrated areas of violence and used intelligence-based precision to attain justice for victims. The NYPD made an arrest in 32% of shooting incidents and established probable cause to arrest a suspect in an additional 6% of shooting incidents. On murders, NYPD detectives cleared 54% of homicides that occurred within calendar 2020. The clearance rate for this violent crime reflects the NYPD’s deep commitment to public service and will only continue to improve over time as investigations progress.

More broadly, the NYPD in 2020 continued to engage the people who live, work and serve throughout the city in its ongoing effort to ensure public safety that is fair, responsive and considerate to all New Yorkers. Buoyed by the resiliency of New Yorkers and officers throughout 2020, the NYPD’s undertaking to transform New York City policing to be safer and fairer for all concerned will continue in 2021, building on the fundamental changes and the strengthening of bonds between the police and the community that have developed over the last seven years.

“What New York City and our nation experienced in 2020 will resonate for a long, long time,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “The NYPD recognizes this as a time for asking and answering difficult questions, for reflection and action and for encouraging and serving New Yorkers. This will determine the way forward for all of us. Together, we will ensure the preservation of our collective public safety while also cultivating a culture that upholds the values and dignity of every New Yorker, in every neighborhood.”

* Reference:NYPD Press Release

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