12 May 2009 Military News
- DoD News: DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
- DoD News: DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- B-1B makes impact throughout Southwest Asia AFNS 12 May 2009 -- Aircraft modified to include the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod provides nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
- Media Roundtable: Maj. Gen. Perkins, Maj. Gen. Bolger, May 12, 2009 MNF-I 12 May 2009 -- Maj. Gen. David Perkins, director for Strategic Effects, MNF-I, and Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger, commander, MND-B, speak with the press about the recent shootings
- Anti-terrorism battalion wraps up seven-month deployment USMC News 12 May 2009 -- After a hard year of training and a deployment, one reserve battalion is finally heading home.
- Militant Group Denies Leader Is in Iraqi Custody VOA 12 May 2009 -- A group linked to al-Qaida in Iraq is denying Iraqi government reports that its leader was recently arrested.
- Suicide Car Bomb Kills 6 in Iraq VOA 12 May 2009 -- Iraqi security official: Suicide bomber drove a vehicle packed with explosives into police patrol in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing 5 police officers and one civilian.
- Coalition, Afghan Forces Detain Five, Seize Opium AFPS 12 May 2009 -- Afghan and coalition forces captured 2 drug traffickers, seized about a half ton of opium, and captured 3 other suspects in separate ops.
- Six dead, 28 injured in Taliban attack in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 12 May 2009 -- Six people were killed and 28 injured when Taliban militants attacked 2 government buildings in Afghan province of Khost.
- Taliban Suicide Bombers Hit Afghan Town VOA 12 May 2009 -- Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said multiple suicide bombers have attacked government buildings in the eastern city of Khost.
- PAKISTAN: Sikhs flee Swat, seek refuge in shrine IRIN 12 May 2009 -- Among the tens of thousands who have fled their homes in Swat Valley and the adjacent Buner District, North West Frontier Province (NWFP), are about 2,000 Sikhs who have taken refuge in a Sikh shrine in Hasanabdal, a town about 50km from Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.
- UN Says 500,000 More Pakistanis Fled Fighting VOA 12 May 2009 -- As Pakistan's military continues to battle Taliban militants in Swat valley, a suspected U.S. drone fired on a compound killing up to 8 militants.
- Pakistan military makes headway, kills 52 militants IRNA 12 May 2009 -- Operation against miscreants by security forces is making headway successfully and in last 24 hours 52 miscreants have been killed.
- Pakistan MPs back military operation against militants IRNA 12 May 2009 -- Opposition lawmakers showed rare unity to back military offensive against and called for stern action against the militants.
- Pakistani PM vows to force militants to lay down arms IRNA 12 May 2009 -- Pakistan's PM Gilani vowed to force the militants to lay down arms and said the writ of the government will be established at all cost.
- New York Air Guard Conducts 100th Shuttle Mission AFPS 12 May 2009 -- Pararescuemen from the New York Air National Guard, breathed a collective sigh of relief as the space shuttle Atlantis reached orbit.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pentagon Hopes Commander Will Bring 'New Thinking' To Afghan Conflict RFE/RL 12 May 2009 -- US announced the replacement of top general in Afghanistan after US President Obama unveiled new strategy.
- US Envoy Urges Congress to Approve Aid to Pakistan VOA 12 May 2009 -- Special Representative acknowledged troop increase could drive the Taliban and al-Qaida further into Pakistan.
- Military Needs New Strategy for Present, Future Threats, General Says AFPS 12 May 2009 -- US military requires a new, grand strategy to address complex security threats.
- Army Requires Different Leaders to Fight Irregular Wars, General Says AFPS 12 May 2009 -- Army will require a different type of leader in the fight against terrorism and other kinds of irregular warfare.
- Sustained Focus Would Make U.S.-Africa Partnerships 'More Reliable' AFPS 12 May 2009 -- US can be a more reliable partner with African nations if US AFRICOM devotes constant attention to the continent.
- Proposed Recruiting Cuts 'Reasonable,' Pentagon Official Says AFPS 12 May 2009 -- Senior DoD official expressed confidence in the department’s ability to continue to attract and retain quality troops.
- AFOTEC announces manpower realignment AFNS 12 May 2009 -- The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center will begin realigning manpower to improve mission effectiveness.
- Navy Decommissions USS Kitty Hawk Navy NewsStand 12 May 2009 -- Aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk decommissioned May 12 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.
- Navy, Marine Corps Team Returns to Amphibious Ready Group Deployment Construct Navy NewsStand 12 May 2009 -- Navy and Marine Corps leaders recently announced the return to ARG/MEU deployment construct as the routine, rotational amphibious force deployment package supporting geographic combatant commanders.
- Navy Ships Begin Next Phase of SOUTHCOM Deployment Navy NewsStand 12 May 2009 -- Guided-missile frigates departed Naval Station Mayport, Fla., May 8 to conduct Southern Seas 2009.
- 'Man's best friend' helps sniff out IEDs USMC News 12 May 2009 -- If a man's best friend is a dog, then an infantryman's best friend is an improvised explosive device detection dog.
- U.S. buys Su-27 fighters from Ukraine for 'aggressor' training RIA Novosti 12 May 2009 -- US has bought two Su-27 Flankers to help train US pilots to cope with growing number of Russian 4th-gen aircraft sold.
- NSWC Crane Partners with Academia to Develop Software Navy NewsStand 12 May 2009 -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology presented a state-of-the-art software program developed in collaboration with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division that measures various accuracy attributes of small arms impacts on a target.
- Electronic Warfare Center to Enhance Warfighter Effectiveness Navy NewsStand 12 May 2009 -- Naval Network Warfare Command recognized Naval Electronic Warfare Technology Integration Center as part of its Electronic Warfare Integration Improvement Program support structure.
- General calls for new thinking on cyberspace AFNS 12 May 2009 -- USAF's top cyber official: Cyber arena is filled with new business opportunities, and some very hard challenges.
- USAF, ROKAF put Max Thunder into full swing AFNS 12 May 2009 -- U.S. and Republic of Korea Air Force personnel began the second 7th Air Force-designed Max Thunder bilateral air training exercise here May 7.
- NATO Confirms US Admiral As Top Commander VOA 12 May 2009 -- NATO's Defense Planning Committee has confirmed U.S. Admiral James Stavridis as the alliance's new top military commander, making him the first naval officer to hold that post.
- Obama Nominates Stavridis to Head NATO, U.S. European Commands AFPS 12 May 2009 -- President Obama nominated Navy Adm. James Stavridis to serve as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and as commander U.S. European Command.
- Russia waits for U.S. proposals on stored nuclear warheads - Lavrov RIA Novosti 12 May 2009 -- Moscow is awaiting Washington's proposals on control over the number of nuclear warheads stored by both countries.
- Australia to Beef Up Military as Regional Defense Dynamics Shift VOA 12 May 2009 -- Australia plans an overhaul of its armed forces in preparation for a more volatile Asia-Pacific region.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 May 2009
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 5-12-09 The White House 12 May 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for May 12, 2009
- ATK Executes Successful Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Firing ATK 12 May 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems , the U.S. Navy, and the Italian Air Force successfully fired an AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on April 13, 2009.
- Thales appointed prime contractor for modernisation of Singapore's Mine Countermeasures Vessels Thales 12 May 2009 -- Following a call for international tender, the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) of Singapore awarded Thales with the Life Extension Programme (LEP) of its 4 Bedok class mine-countermeasure vessels.
- BAE SYSTEMS AWARDED CONTRACT TO UPGRADE JORDANIAN ARMORED VEHICLES BAE Systems 12 May 2009 -- BAE Systems received a $43.3 million contract to upgrade 300 M113A1 Armored Personnel Carriers for the Jordan Armed Forces.
- MODIFIED PANTHERS TAKE A BOW IN AFGHAN THEATRE BAE Systems 12 May 2009 -- The first batches of the new Panther mine-protected command and liaison vehicles modified to meet exacting British Army standards by BAE Systems have been completed on schedule and begun front line duty in Afghanistan.
- Boeing to Move Missile Defense Division Headquarters to Alabama Boeing 12 May 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will relocate the headquarters for its Missile Defense Systems (MDS) division from Arlington, Va., to the company's facilities in Huntsville, starting immediately.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 12 May 2009
- UN Security Council Calls For Palestinian State RFE/RL 12 May 2009 -- UN Security Council has unanimously called for the creation of a separate Palestinian state.
- Leading Sri Lanka Tamil Politician Claims 'Genocide' by Military VOA 12 May 2009 -- Tamil Tiger rebels: Sri Lanka's military has renewed shelling Tuesday of the only remaining combat zone.
- Sri Lanka's Military Campaign Becomes Election Issue for Southern India VOA 12 May 2009 -- In India, the southern Tamil Nadu state votes Wednesday, when the country holds the last phase of staggered elections.
- SOMALIA: Thousands flee Mogadishu shelling IRIN 12 May 2009 -- Thousands of people have fled five days of fighting between government troops and insurgents in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a human rights group told IRIN on 12 May.
- Somali Capital Assesses Damage After Days of Clashes VOA 12 May 2009 -- Thousands of civilians have been displaced from their homes in the Somali capital following five days of fighting between Islamist insurgents and pro-government forces.
- Somali Government Denies Arms Sale to Hard Line Islamic Insurgents VOA 12 May 2009 -- New Somali government sharply denied reports that unpaid army soldiers have been selling their weapons to insurgents.
- Somalia: Top UN official deplores deadly attempt to destabilize Government UN News Centre 12 May 2009 -- Top UN envoy to Somalia condemned the latest surge in armed violence targeting the fledgling Government.
- Darfur: African Union-UN envoy concerned over surge in factional violence UN News Centre 12 May 2009 -- Joint AU-UN envoy to Darfur expressed concern over recent armed clashes between various factions in the northern part of the region.
- Former Congo Rebels Threaten to Re-Start Insurgency Over Pay Dispute VOA 12 May 2009 -- Former Combatants in DRC are threatening to take up arms after accusing Kinshasa of failing to pay them.
- Officials Identify Soldier Charged in Camp Victory Slayings AFPS 12 May 2009 -- Military officials in Baghdad identified a soldier who has been charged with shooting and killing 5 of his comrades at Camp Liberty, Iraq.
- US Soldier Charged with Killing Colleagues in Iraq VOA 12 May 2009 -- U.S. military officials say an American soldier was charged Tuesday with killing five of his colleagues at a U.S. base in Baghdad.
- UN agency to issue guidance for influenza A(H1N1) caregivers UN News Centre 12 May 2009 -- UN WHO will soon publish initial guidance for clinical management of influenza A(H1N1) infection.
- Asia needs better information exchange on swine flu: health official CNA 12 May 2009 -- Asian countries should speed up their exchanges of information on outbreaks of influenza A(H1N1).
- H1N1 Swine Flu Virus Spreads to More Countries VOA 12 May 2009 -- The H1N1 swine flu virus continues to spread worldwide with mainland China reporting its first case and Japan confirming its first four cases.
- Thailand, Cuba report first swine flu infection RIA Novosti 12 May 2009 -- Thailand and Cuba have joined the list of 30 countries that have reported cases of human A/H1N1 infection.
- WHO officially confirms 5,251 A/H1N1 cases, 61 deaths worldwide RIA Novosti 12 May 2009 -- WHO officially confirmed 5,251 cases of A/H1N1 influenza with 61 deaths in 30 countries.
- WHO: Global Swine Flu Cases Top 5,200 VOA 12 May 2009 -- WHO: Number of swine influenza A-H1N1 cases now tops 5,200 in 30 countries, while two additional countries reported their first cases.
- H1N1 cases nearly double over weekend- WHO IRNA 12 May 2009 -- UN WHO: Number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) virus has increased to 4,694, including 53 deaths.
- Navy Updates Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Navy NewsStand 12 May 2009 -- The Navy updated its confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza May 12 to 27 Sailors.
- EGYPT: Pig cull hits livelihoods of some Orthodox Christians IRIN 12 May 2009 -- Main dumping area for rubbish also the place where, local people say, some three quarters of Egypt’s pigs are bred.
- Taiwan, China to set precedent with meeting at World Health Assembly CNA 12 May 2009 -- Health officials from Taiwan and China will meet formally for the first time under a United Nations framework.
- US among 18 nations elected to UN Human Rights Council UN News Centre 12 May 2009 -- General Assembly elected 18 countries to serve on the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council for three-year terms starting next month.
- Why Was Roxana Saberi Freed From A Tehran Prison? RFE/RL 12 May 2009 -- Release of Iranian-American journalist Saberi welcomed by US President Obama who called it a "humanitarian gesture."
- US 'Heartened' By Iran's Release of Roxana Saberi VOA 12 May 2009 -- Secretary of State Clinton: US "very heartened" by the release of Iranian-American journalist Saberi.
- Roxana's lawyer: Ahmadinejad's letter of great influence in Saberi's release IRNA 12 May 2009 -- Saberi's lawyer: After receiving President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter the appeals court scrutinized plaintiff's case.
- Spain to Turn Over Somali Pirates to Kenya VOA 12 May 2009 -- Spain is planning to hand over at least 13 suspected Somali pirates to Kenyan authorities for prosecution.
- Russia could use national laws to prosecute Somali pirates RIA Novosti 12 May 2009 -- Somali pirates can be prosecuted under Russian laws, a Russian deputy general prosecutor said on Tuesday.
- Accused Nazi Camp Guard Arrives in Germany from US VOA 12 May 2009 -- Alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk has arrived in Germany after a flight from the United States.
- Nazi suspect Demjanjuk arrives in Germany RIA Novosti 12 May 2009 -- Suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk arrived in Germany and faced an arrest warrant accused of being part in World War II killings of 29,000 prison inmates.
- Georgian Opposition Divided Over Tactics In Wake Of Inconclusive Meeting With President RFE/RL 12 May 2009 -- Talks on May 11 between Georgian President Saakashvili and 4 prominent opposition leaders failed to yield any progress.
- Mauritanian Opposition Lawmakers Protest in Parliament VOA 12 May 2009 -- Opposition lawmakers in Mauritania spent the night sleeping in parliament after they refused to leave the opening session when majority parties blocked debate on military rulers' plans for elections next month.
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