04 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Jun 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: June 3 AFNS 04 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 2 AFNS 04 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 1 AFNS 04 Jun 2010
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Gen. Odierno from the Pentagon DoD 04 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, U.S. Forces-Iraq Gen. Raymond Odierno
- Iraqis Ready for U.S. Drawdown, Odierno Says AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- Iraq’s government and security forces have improved to the point that the commander of U.S. Forces Iraq says he is comfortable drawing down to 50,000 U.S. troops there by September.
- Odierno: Iraq Moves Toward Stability, US Drawdown on Track VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- The top U.S. commander in Iraq says his forces and Iraqi troops have captured or killed 34 of the top 42 leaders of al-Qaida in the country, significantly hurting the organizations ability to conduct attacks. General Ray Odierno also says Iran is taking a less violent but still destructive approach in its involvement in Iraq.
- Afghan Peace 'Jirga' Delegates Reach Out to Taliban Extremists VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- Delegates at Afghan President Hamid Karzai's national peace assembly say they want peace talks with the Taliban to help end more than eight years of war. The 1,600 delegates from all over Afghanistan voiced their support Friday for President Hamid Karzai's plan to seek reconciliation with Taliban militants.
- Taliban Leader’s Death Confirmed; Forces Seize Insurgent Sub-Commander AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- A Taliban sub-commander was captured and several other suspected insurgents were killed or captured yesterday by Afghan and international security forces, military officials reported.
- Leadership Training Central to Police Mission in Afghanistan AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- Six months isn’t a lot of time to get an operation up and running, but NATO forces in Afghanistan have made amazing strides in training the Afghan National Police in that time, a senior officer involved in that effort said today.
- Marines Mentor Helmand Provincial Police Forces USMC News 04 Jun 2010 -- "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." Marines in Helmand province's British Forward Operating Base Lashkar Gah, have come to understand this ancient Chinese proverb all too well.
- UN lauds Afghan forum as important step towards achieving peace UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations today congratulated the Government and people of Afghanistan as they concluded a three-day dialogue aimed at achieving peace in the country, calling it an important step in efforts to end conflict and restore stability.
- Afghan Jirga Backs Call For Peace Talks With Taliban RFE/RL 04 Jun 2010 -- Some 1,600 delegates at a traditional assembly in Kabul have concluded a three-day "peace jirga" with a call for Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government to take formal steps toward negotiating with the Taliban and other Islamic militants.
- Afghan Peace Assembly Backs Talks With Taliban VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- Afghan delegates to a peace conference in Kabul say they support President Hamid Karzai's plans for peace talks with the Taliban in an attempt to end nearly nine years of war.
- Pakistan says US drone strikes affect terror war IRNA 04 Jun 2010 -- Pakistan said Thursday that strikes by US drones aircraft in the country’s tribal regions are ‘not helpful in the context of winning hearts and minds’, which is important for defeating terrorism.
- Guard Agency Takes Over Sinai Air Observer Missions AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- The Army National Guard's Operational Support Airlift Agency recently accepted a new mission to deploy aircrews and aircraft to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Deputy Secretary Lynn from the Pentagon DoD 04 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn; Christine Fox, director, cost assessment and program evaluation; and Robert Hale, undersecretary of defense - comptroller
- DoD News: Secretary of Defense Provides Guidance for Improved Operational Efficiencies DoD 04 Jun 2010 -- The secretary of defense has directed the military departments, principal staff assistants, combatant commanders and DoD agencies to take deliberate and aggressive measures to protect critical current and future capabilities, ultimately securing real growth in the resources allocated to our warfighters.
- Remarks by Secretary Gates at the Shangri-La Dialogue, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Singapore DoD 04 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Southern Partnership Station 2010 completes Panama visit Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- The crew of High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) concluded its visit to Rodman-Balboa, Panama June 4.
- Navy Tests Fuel Cell-Powered Vehicles for Performance, Reliability Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- Two electric vehicles powered by fuel cell technology were delivered to the Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego June 1 for testing by two area admirals.
- HSV Swift Tour Supports Global Maritime Strategy, Partnerships Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- The crew aboard High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV) 2 hosted senior members of the Mexico, Chile and Ecuador militaries June 2.
- Japan, U.S. Ships Partner in Vietnam Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- Members of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and the United States Navy have come together to provide medical care to the people of Vietnam as part of Pacific Partnership 2010 (PP10).
- USNS Comfort Recognized by Maryland Hospital Association for Haiti Earthquake Response Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- Baltimore-based Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) was welcomed as an honorary member in the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) at the organization's annual meeting in Baltimore June 4.
- HSC-25 Welcomes Detachment 6 Back to Guam Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 welcomed back Detachment 6 from a six-month deployment during a homecoming ceremony on Guam June 3.
- Pacific Partnership 2010 Conducts First Surgeries On Board Hospital Ship Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- Pacific Partnership 2010 opened its operating rooms onboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) June 1 so its surgical teams could perform the first of many surgeries scheduled while the ship is anchored off the central coastal city of Quy Nhon, Vietnam.
- Surgeon General Highlights the Role of Navy Medicine, Force Health during Pacific Tour Navy NewsStand 04 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Navy Surgeon General visited Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) June 4 during his tour of Navy medical facilities in the Western Pacific.
- Interim Leader Otunbaeva Vows Kyrgyz Elections Will Be Fair, Transparent RFE/RL 04 Jun 2010 -- Roza Otunbaeva, the acting president of Kyrgyzstan and chair of the interim government, was interviewed by RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service in Bishkek on June 4. The interview was conducted by Burulkan Sarygulova, acting Bishkek bureau chief.
- Department to Call on Services, Components to Identify Savings AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- The military services and defense components will receive official guidance in the coming days directing them to find ways to cut costs and improve efficiencies so the savings can be used to improve warfighting capabilities, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.
- Altus Airmen exercise mass casualty response and recovery AFNS 04 Jun 2010 -- Altus Air Force Base officials conducted an in-depth force protection exercise here June 1, in a continuing effort to train and prepare base members to respond to a mass casualty incident.
- Pacific Command Chief Shares Views on Regional Issues AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. military’s top officer in the Pacific region shared his views on North Korean provocation, Japan’s new government and the stalled military relationship between the United States and China in a session today with reporters who traveled here with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue.
- Mullen Addresses Army Recruits at Fort Benning AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen today welcomed some of the Army’s newest soldiers here, congratulating them for volunteering to serve in today’s ongoing conflicts throughout the world.
- Leaders Work to Improve Peacekeeping, Disaster Response Efforts AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- Military leaders from 11 Western Hemisphere nations wrapped up a five-day session today focused on improving their capabilities to work together in peacekeeping and disaster relief operations.
- Top U.S. Commander in Iraq Raises Internet Concerns AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, reflecting on lessons learned and the way ahead as the outgoing top commander in Iraq, voiced concerns today about how the ease of Internet communications sometimes undermine military operations.
- Army tests new tactical vehicle Army News 04 Jun 2010 -- The Army is testing a new vehicle looking to eventually replace the iconic Humvee. Officials said the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle will offer increased protection and performance.
- Army tests training rounds for shoulder-launched weapon Army News 04 Jun 2010 -- The Maneuver Battle Lab spent four days evaluating a pair of sub-caliber training rounds for a shoulder-launched weapon used to engage armored vehicles from confined or enclosed positions to identify which one best prepares Soldiers to fire the real thing.
- Invictus Battalion replicates Kosovo forces for Puerto Rico National Guard unit Army News 04 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers from Puerto Rico, held their farewell ceremony at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center on June 1, and will soon be part of a NATO-led force working in conjunction with both military and paramilitary forces in Kosovo.
- Army researchers explore laser detection techniques Army News 04 Jun 2010 -- As the need for chemical, biological and explosive detection becomes more relevant in today's world, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory is leading the effort in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, which is capable of highly advanced materials analysis.
- Army seeks balance with rapid acquisition Army News 04 Jun 2010 -- The difference between rapid acquisition and traditional acquisition can be as much as six years or more.
- Long Knife troops prep for JRTC Army News 04 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, prepared for their month-long field exercise at the Division Rapid Reaction Field (DRRF) and rail operations center, June 2.
- Press Availability with Secretary Gates from Singapore DoD 04 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Maintenance team transports HH-60 for phase inspection AFNS 04 Jun 2010 -- Members of the helicopter maintenance unit assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Kandahar Airfield began the teardown process of an HH-60G Pave Hawk on the rescue squadron helicopter pad May 18.
- Gates Seeks Trainers for Afghanistan from Asian Partners AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates asked for help in training Afghanistan’s security forces from five Asian partners during meetings today at the “Shangri-La Dialogue” security summit here.
- Mullen Cites Need to Improve Military-to-Military Ties with China AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- The nation’s top military officer today echoed recent remarks made by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that China’s military is inhibiting progress in U.S.-China relations.
- Gates, Counterparts Discuss Growing Relationships AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- The importance of furthering military-to-military relationships was a common theme in five meetings Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had here today with U.S. partners as part of the annual Asia security summit known as the “Shangri-La Dialogue.”
- Mullen: U.S. Troops Constitute the ‘Best Military’ Ever AFPS 04 Jun 2010 -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen yesterday saluted the exemplary actions of airmen and other U.S. military members serving worldwide during a visit with troops and families here.
- 26th MEU prepares for urban warfare USMC News 04 Jun 2010 -- Marines and sailors with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit initiated their last major land-based pre-deployment exercise, Realistic Urban Training, aboard Fort AP Hill, Va., June 2.
- Russia downplays Chinese J-15 fighter capabilities RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- China's J-15 carrier-based fighter will not be able to compete with Russia's Su-33 fighter on global markets because it is inferior to the Russian aircraft, a Russian military analyst said on Friday.
- Russian missile cruiser heads to San Francisco on friendly visit RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- A task force from the Russian Pacific Fleet led by the missile cruiser Varyag set sail on Friday on a friendly visit to the United States, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
- Expert Accuses Burma of Trying to Build Nuclear Bomb VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- A retired U.N. nuclear expert says Burma is mining uranium and acquiring components for a nuclear weapons program. But evidence documented in his report indicates the military regime is far from becoming a nuclear threat.
- Joint Anti-Submarine Maneuver Kicked off in S. Korea KCNA 03 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet bellicose forces announced they would kick off a joint anti-submarine maneuver in waters of the West Sea of Korea on June 8, according to Yonhap News of south Korea.
- U.S. firm on arms sales to Taiwan: AIT chairman CNA 04 Jun 2010 -- The United States remains firm on its policy for selling defensive weapons to Taiwan under the framework of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) , American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Raymond F. Burghardt said Friday.
- Ukraine to stay out of military blocs - Yanukovych RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- Ukraine will stay out of all military blocs, the country's president Viktor Yanukovych said in his televised address to the Ukrainian people.
- June 4, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 04 Jun 2010
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Aboard Air Force One En Route Louisiana The White House 04 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 04, 2010
- Canada Accepts First Of 17 Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Lockheed Martin 04 Jun 2010 -- Canada formally accepted the first of 17 Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130J Super Hercules aircraft today at ceremonies here and at Canadian Forces Base Trenton.
- 4 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 04 Jun 2010
- Republic of Korea requests Security Council action on sinking of naval vessel UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- The Republic of Korea today formally requested the Security Council to take up the matter of the sinking of one of its naval ships, alleged by the country to have been carried out by neighbouring Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK).
- South Korea Urges Tough Action Against North VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- While attending a security conference Friday in Singapore, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak once again called on the international community to take tough action against North Korea. Relations between the Koreas have deteriorated to a new low following a torpedo attack sank a South Korean warship in March, killing 46 sailors.
- Seoul refers Pyongyang to UN Security Council over ship sinking RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- South Korea appealed to the United Nations Security Council on Friday over North Korea's alleged attack on the Cheonan warship, Yonhap news agency said, citing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
- S.Korea hopes for Russian backing on Cheonan issue at UN RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- Seoul is counting on Russia's support for a UN resolution on North Korea over the sinking of the Cheonan warship, South Korea's envoy to Moscow said on Friday.
- South Korea Refers North Korea to UN Security Council VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- South Korea has referred North Korea to the United Nations Security Council over the sinking of a South Korean warship that Seoul says was attacked by a North Korean submarine.
- Russia, China to try to prevent conflict on Korean Peninsula - Lavrov RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- Russia and China will try to prevent a conflict breaking out on the Korean Peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
- Statement on the Gaza Flotilla by National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer The White Houset 04 Jun 2010
- Gaza flotilla raid the focus of talks between UN and Lebanese official UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- The deadly Israeli military interception of an aid convoy bound for the Gaza Strip topped talks today between the top United Nations envoy to Lebanon and the country’s defence minister.
- US Calls on Israelis and Palestinians to Avoid Another Deadly Confrontation VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- The United States is calling on all parties in the Middle East to avoid another deadly confrontation between Israeli commandos and pro-Palestinian activists trying to bring humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
- No aid ships will be allowed to Gaza - premier RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- Israel will not let Ireland's Rachel Corrie ship, carrying aid and human rights activists, to enter the Gaza Strip, the Ynet news portal said on Friday citing the country's premier.
- Another Aid Ship Heads to Gaza to Challenge Israel's Blockade VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- Another confrontation is looming on the high seas off the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip, days after Israel's deadly flotilla raid.
- Turkey Curtails Ties With Israel Over Gaza Flotilla Raid VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- Turkey is threatening to cut ties with Israel to a minimum following this week's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
- Press Conference by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs on His Recent Mission to Chad, Sudan United Nations 04 Jun 2010
- Top UN relief official highlights persistent crises in Sudan and Chad UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- A deteriorating food crisis in southern Sudan could turn catastrophic unless the humanitarian community steps up contributions to enable agencies to boost their relief efforts in the region, the top United Nations relief official said today.
- Ongoing violence in Somali capital alarms UN aid agencies UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- Fighting continues to wrack the Somali capital with another 17,000 residents displaced in just the past two months, United Nations humanitarian agencies reported today, voicing concern that children are particularly suffering from the ongoing violence.
- UN-facilitated talks on reunification of Cyprus continue UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- Talks aiming to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are continuing along the parameters agreed between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders and the United Nations, an adviser to the Secretary-General said today.
- Low funding threatens humanitarian work in DR Congo, UN warns UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- A funding shortfall for relief operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could lead to a major reduction in aid to hundreds of thousands of people in the African country, where conflict in some areas has displaced a large slice of the population, the United Nations warned today.
- UN Says Casualties Rising In Mogadishu VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- The World Health Organization reports at least 1,400 people have been wounded in fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu between March 20 and May 24. WHO says escalating fighting between government forces and Islamic militants is taking a heavy toll in casualties and in the number of displacements.
- Secretary-General calls for more women to swell ranks of UN Police UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- Underscoring the role that women play in building stronger societies, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for greater numbers of female police officers to serve with United Nations peacekeeping missions worldwide.
- Ghanaian refugees in northern Togo to begin receiving emergency UN aid UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations refugee agency is set to begin distributing assistance this weekend to some 3,600 Ghanaians who fled a violent land dispute in their country and crossed over into neighbouring Togo.
- Khomeini Grandson Heckled As Khamenei, Ahmadinejad Warn Reformists RFE/RL 04 Jun 2010 -- Religious hard-liners shouted down the grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini at a state ceremony marking the 21st anniversary of the Iranian spiritual leader's death in protest at his support for Iran's reformist opposition.
- Draft UN resolution on Iran almost complete - Lavrov RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- A draft UN resolution on Iran over its nuclear program, with amendments by nonpermanent Security Council members, is almost complete, the Russian foreign minister said on Friday.
- Lavrov, Clinton discuss Iran nuclear issue - Russian Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has discussed with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a new UN Security Council resolution on Iran, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
- Iranian Leaders Blast Israel and US at Khomeini Memorial VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei marked the 21st anniversary of the death of Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Friday with sharp words for Israel and the U.S. The event appears to be a warning to Iran's opposition movement which plans to celebrate to commemorate last year's disputed presidential election.
- Iranian President Sends Anniversary Warning VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- Iran's president is warning opponents not to stray from the path laid out by the founder of the Islamic Republic.
- Reformist Kan is Japan's New PM VOA 04 Jun 2010 -- Japan is welcoming two-time cabinet minister Naoto Kan as its fifth prime minister in four years. The lower house of Parliament, controlled by the Democratic Party of Japan, elected the newly installed party leader to succeed the unpopular Yukio Hatoyama, whose government was dissolved earlier in the day.
- Security Council authorizes extra police for UN force in Haiti UN News Centre 04 Jun 2010 -- The Security Council today authorized the deployment of additional police officers to serve with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti as part of efforts to help boost the capacity of the country’s national police to deal with the myriad challenges in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake.
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