18 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 June 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: June 16 AFNS 18 Jun 2010
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Barbero from the Pentagon DoD 18 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Deputy Commanding General for Advising and Training, U.S. Forces-Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero
- Iraqi Army takes reins of Anbar medical engagement from advise, assist paratroopers Army News 18 Jun 2010 -- An Iraqi Army unit planned and hosted its first medical clinic for civilians with minimal aid from U.S. forces June 12-13 in a poor village in western Al Anbar province.
- Iraqis Arrest Suspected Terrorist, Criminal Associate AFPS 18 Jun 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested a wanted member of the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group and a suspected criminal associate of the group during separate combined operations conducted with U.S. advisors in northern Iraq today, military officials reported.
- Investment in Iraq Creates Opportunities, General Says AFPS 18 Jun 2010 -- U.S. investment and sacrifice in Iraq has paid off with fully capable Iraqi security forces and a paradigm shift toward law and order that will allow for a long-term relationship between the two countries, the U.S. Forces Iraq deputy commanding general for advising and training Iraqi forces said today.
- At Least 20 Killed in Iraq Attacks VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- Violence across Iraq killed at least 20 people Friday.
- Afghanistan needs continued global support during critical transition period – UN UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- While the overall security situation has not improved in recent months, Afghanistan has witnessed a number of positive developments, according to a new United Nations report, which urges continued international support for what is a critical period for the country.
- Another goodbye: 104th Transportation Company leaves for Afghanistan Army News 18 Jun 2010 -- The 104th Transportation Company is on the move again, this time to Afghanistan.
- Bagram C-130 crew airdrops GPS-guided supplies in Afghan valley AFNS 18 Jun 2010 -- Earlier this month in Afghanistan, a small unit of coalition ground forces traveled a great distance to support an operation aimed squarely at the Taliban and exhausted their food and water. While, navigating through a deep gorge in a mountainous river valley, the situation was quickly deteriorating. Now the supporters needed support.
- Combined Patrol Captures Taliban Commander AFPS 18 Jun 2010 -- An Afghan-international force captured a Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Zabul province last night, military officials reported.
- 3/1 Marines enhance marksmanship skills at makeshift range in Garmsir USMC News 18 Jun 2010 -- Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, enhanced their marksmanship techniques at Patrol Base Koshtay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 16, to help keep the Marines vigilant throughout their seven-month deployment.
- Karzai Welcomes Possible Japanese Investment In Minerals RFE/RL 18 Jun 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he welcomes investments from Japan to tap Afghanistan's mineral wealth.
- Pakistan rejects report on Afghan Taliban cooperation IRNA 18 Jun 2010 -- Pakistan on Thursday rejected a report that the country’s major intelligence agency provides funding, training and sanctuary to the Afghan Taliban.
- USS San Jacinto Excels at Counter-Piracy Mission Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- During the first five months of her deployment, the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) has interdicted several skiffs, captured pirates and played a key role in keeping sea lanes safe.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Clinton Urges U.S. Senate To Ratify START, Is Challenged On Missile Defense RFE/RL 18 Jun 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged the Senate to ratify a new U.S.-Russian nuclear-arms control treaty as soon as possible and tried to refute concerns from lawmakers that the agreement would limit U.S. missile defense efforts.
- US, Romania Move Forward on Missile Defense VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- U.S. and Romanian officials are working out details of a proposal to place interceptors in Romania as part of a U.S. anti-missile shield in Europe.
- Bonhomme Richard Conducts First-Ever Fueling at Sea with USS Freedom Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted an underway replenishment, providing fuel to the littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) June 16.
- EODMU 5 Maintains Mission Readiness Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5 technicians underwent chemical response certification June 14 on U.S. Naval Base Guam to ensure readiness for deployment.
- Klakring Completes Visit to Coquimbo, Chile Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- Task Group 40.0 waved goodbye to the friendly people and picturesque scenery of Coquimbo, Chile, June 15 following a five-day port visit during its 2010 Southern Seas deployment.
- Canadian Navy Participates in Frontier Sentinel 2010 Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- A senior representative of the Canadian Maritime Forces Command (CMFC) discussed the importance of bilateral ties between Canadian and U.S. forces at exercise Frontier Sentinel, an exercise designed to mitigate a waterborn terrorist threat in U.S. and Canadian coastal waters, June 4-11.
- Keel for Future USS Michael Murphy Authenticated Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- More than 50 Sailors, civilians and family members gathered June 18 at the General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard to authenticate the keel of a U.S. Navy destroyer named for a Navy SEAL killed during Operation Enduring Freedom.
- USNS Mercy Delivers Recovered Artifacts to Cambodia Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), on behalf of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia, returned treasured cultural artifacts while visiting Cambodia June 17 during Pacific Partnership 2010.
- Navy Expands Partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- The Navy has partnered with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge at Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) perform patrols for sea turtle activity and marine mammal strandings.
- Navy Marine Mammal Program Excels During Frontier Sentinel 2010 Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1's Marine Mammal detachment participated in the Navy-led exercise Frontier Sentinel 2010 in the western Atlantic Ocean June 4-11.
- NBK Bremerton Breaking Ground for Child Development Center Navy NewsStand 18 Jun 2010 -- Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bremerton hosted a groundbreaking ceremony signifying the beginning of construction for a Child Development Center (CDC), June 17.
- Scott agencies join to test new airframe AFNS 18 Jun 2010 -- More than 20 Airmen from Scott Air Force Base continued production qualification testing on the C-27J Spartan here June 8 and 9.
- CWID tests latest in communications for warfighters AFNS 18 Jun 2010 -- Airmen and Soldiers brought their experience from Afghanistan and Iraq to test the latest communications systems in the Colorado Springs portion of the joint Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration on June 16.
- Academy's wave energy research faces major test in 2011 AFNS 18 Jun 2010 -- If a U.S. Air Force Academy scientist's idea is proven correct, his research could tap into energy from ocean waves that could supply a large chunk of the world's electricity needs.
- Army Hands over Depot Control in Ceremony Army News 18 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Army held a Deactivation Ceremony as a sign all activities required to close the Newport Chemical Depot (NECD) have been successfully completed. Located in Newport, Ind., this is the first full installation closure for the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA).
- Mobile teams, new school help turn back PME backlog Army News 18 Jun 2010 -- A new academy and mobile training teams are two of the tools the Army is using now to successfully fight the backlog of Soldiers needing professional military education.
- Medvedev says U.S. base in Kyrgyzstan should not be permanent RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the U.S. military facility in Kyrgyzstan, used as a major transit point for supplying troops in Afghanistan, should not be permanent.
- Bombs get dropped... in new home USMC News 18 Jun 2010 -- Station Ordnance here began the moving process to their new compound June 4. The move is slated to be completed at the end of June.
- Javelin Thrust brings reserve Marines to Nevada USMC News 18 Jun 2010 -- More than 1,300 Marines from Marine Forces Reserve arrived at Hawthorne Army Depot, Nev. over the weekend to participate in Javelin Thrust 2010, a two-week exercise which started on June 14 to showcase the Force’s aviation, ground combat and logistic capabilities.
- MACS-2 to support ‘Continuing Promise 2010’ in Central, South America USMC News 18 Jun 2010 -- In the past, operation Continuing Promise offered training for United States military personnel and partner nation forces while providing medical, dental and valuable services to communities in need.
- Realistic Urban Training puts 26th MEU Marines to the test USMC News 18 Jun 2010 -- 26th Marine Expeditionary Marines wrapped up Realistic Urban Training, a three-week exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., June 18.
- China has never presented redeployment plan: U.S. official CNA 18 Jun 2010 -- China has never presented a concrete plan for redeployment of its missiles targeting Taiwan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg said Thursday.
- China's military secrecy damages trust: U.S. official CNA 18 Jun 2010 -- China's lack of military transparency and its suspension of military-to-military exchanges with the United States will only make it less trustworthy to other countries, a senior U.S. defense official said Thursday.
- Pentagon Official: China Showing New Assertiveness in Asia VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- A top Pentagon official urged China on Thursday to resume military-to-military exchanges to help minimize the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculation.
- India successfully test-fired Prithvi-II Missile IRNA 18 Jun 2010 -- India Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable, ballistic missile Prithvi-II from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the Orissa coast.
- India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- India successfully test-fired on Friday a nuclear-capable, short range ballistic missile, the Prithvi-II, state television reported, citing defense officials.
- Russian military to consist of university graduates - minister RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- The Russian military at some point will consist of recruits who have received a higher education degree, not yesterday's high school graduates, Education Minister Andrei Fursenko said on Friday.
- Iraqi troops train on M16 rifle, continue transition from AK-47 Army News 18 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the United States to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle.
- June 18, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 18 Jun 2010
- Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton aboard Air Force One en route Columbus, OH The White House 18 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 18, 2010
- Readiness and Sustainment Agreement For Australian F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter BAE Systems 18 Jun 2010 -- Lockheed Martin has selected BAE Systems Australia as its Australian partner for readiness and sustainment support for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter combat aircraft.
- Oshkosh Defense to Help Welcome Home Wisconsin National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Oshkosh 18 Jun 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will be supporting the America’s Adopt a Soldier® organization and joining local and state elected officials in welcoming home the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 3,200-member 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team on June 19 in Stevens Point, Wis.
- Thales Onboard the Tiger Thales 18 Jun 2010 -- Thales is proud to be onboard Eurocopter’s Tiger, the most versatile attack and armed reconnaissance helicopter available on the market. The Tiger, known in France and Spain as Tigre, is a multi-mission helicopter capable of carrying out day and night time missions in all-weather conditions.
- Nammo and Thales Australia to cooperate on Next Generation Aircraft Ammunition Thales 18 Jun 2010 -- Nammo and Thales Australia signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) at Eurosatory today for a planned cooperation on the next generation aircraft ammunition.
- 18 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Jun 2010
- Medvedev urges thorough investigation of South Korea corvette sinking RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged a thorough investigation of the sinking of a South Korean corvette Cheonan before taking any action against North Korea, blamed by Seoul for the attack.
- UN Chief Launches Aid Appeal for Kyrgyzstan VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Friday that the world body is seeking $71 million to provide emergency assistance to more than a million people displaced and otherwise affected by the ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan.
- Clinton Cautious on Blame for Kyrgyz Violence VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reaffirmed U.S. support for Kyrgyzstan's interim government while urging caution in assigning blame for the ethnic violence that has swept the central Asian state. Clinton discussed the Kyrgyz situation and Afghanistan Friday with Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen.
- UN asks for $71 million in relief appeal after ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations today called for $71 million to assist hundreds of thousands of people affected by ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan, as the top UN official in Central Asia said an international security presence may be needed to calm tensions and prevent a fresh eruption of the deadly violence that rocked the country a week ago.
- Kyrgyz Interim Leader Visits Conflict-Torn South; U.S. Envoy Calls For Probe Into Violence RFE/RL 18 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan's interim leader Roza Otunbaeva has traveled to the country's conflict-torn south and a top U.S. envoy called for an independent probe into ethnic clashes in the area that have killed nearly 200 people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.
- Kyrgyzstan says tensions ease, no need in peacekeepers RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- The head of the Kyrgyz interim government Roza Otunbayeva said in and interview to a Russian business daily there was no need to deploy peacekeepers from post-Soviet security bloc in the troubled South of the Central Asian state.
- Death toll in Kyrgyz clashes may near 2,000 - president RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- Interim President Roza Otunbayeva has put the death toll from violence in southern Kyrgyzstan at nearly 2,000, a Russian business daily said on Friday.
- Ethnic Unrest Grips Southern Kyrgyzstan VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- Hundreds are dead and hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes following a week of ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan. The victims have been ordinary people, including women and children.
- Interim Kyrgyz Leader Visits South, Scene of Deadly Ethnic Clashes VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- Interim Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva is visiting the city of Osh for the first time since violence and unrest began to rock southern Kyrgyzstan last Thursday.
- International Aid to Kyrgyzstan On the Upswing VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- International efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of people displaced by ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan are gathering speed. The United Nations is planning a number of airlifts carrying essential relief supplies in the coming days.
- U.S. welcomes Israel's decision to ease Gaza blockade RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- The United States welcomed Israeli's Thursday announcement that it would ease the land blockade of the Gaza Strip, the U.S. Department of State said.
- UN team calls for end to systematic rights violations by Israel in occupied territories UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- A three-member United Nations body has called for an end to human rights violations by Israel in the occupied territories of the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights, after hearing from dozens of witnesses during a recent visit to the region.
- Head of UN tribunal for Rwandan genocide welcomes release of detained lawyer UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- The head of the United Nations war crimes tribunal trying the ringleaders of the 1994 Rwandan genocide today welcomed Rwanda’s decision to free a defence lawyer who was arrested and detained in the African country last month.
- On World Refugee Day, UN warns that many displaced are unable to return home UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations is marking World Refugee Day by urging governments and individuals not to forget the 15 million men, women and children who have been uprooted by conflict or persecution and are unable to return to their homes.
- ICTY Prosecutor: Capture of Mladic, Hadzic 'Highest Priority' VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- The prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia says his top priority is the arrest of war crimes suspects Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic. Serge Brammertz told the U.N. Security Council Friday that Serbian authorities have cooperated with the court, but that efforts to find the last two fugitives of the Balkan ethnic conflict of the 1990s must be stepped up so that the court can conclude its work.
- Somali Government Denies Use of Child Soldiers VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- As Somalia's Transitional Federal Government struggles to maintain its loose grip over parts of the capital, Mogadishu, controversy is erupting over the use of child soldiers in the Horn of Africa nation.
- ANALYSIS: The problems of demining in Chad IRIN 18 Jun 2010 -- Almost US$27 million – half from donor funds and the rest from the government – was invested in demining activities in Chad from 2000 to 2008, but the country still cannot identify the number and location of landmines. Efforts to clear at-risk communities have been hobbled by lack of money, mismanagement, delays distributing funds in the field, inappropriate equipment and tough terrain, say officials and international demining NGOs.
- SUDAN: Government must ensure aid reaches Darfur, says EU IRIN 18 Jun 2010 -- The European Union has urged Sudanese authorities to ensure humanitarian workers reach thousands of people affected by ongoing fighting in Darfur and to improve security across the volatile western region.
- Azerbaijan Evaluates Cost Of Nagorno-Karabakh War RFE/RL 18 Jun 2010 -- Azerbaijan says the total amount of damage suffered by the country due to the war with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has been estimated at 70 billion manat ($87 billion), RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.
- Bushehr nuclear plant construction unaffected by Iran sanctions - Russia Foreign ministry RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- The construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran will not be affected by the new UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday.
- Unilateral sanctions against Iran to worsen situation — Medvedev RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- Unilateral sanctions against Iran might only aggravate the current situation and inflict damage upon the dialogue with Tehran, the Russian president said.
- UN agency announces milestone in resettlement of Iraqi refugees UN News Centre 18 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations said today that 100,000 Iraqi refugees have been referred for resettlement from the Middle East to third countries since 2007, a major milestone for one of the world’s largest refugee populations.
- Iraqi Refugees 'Living in Limbo' UN Official Says VOA 18 Jun 2010 -- The chief of the United Nations refugee agency says tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees are "living in limbo" despite efforts to find them new homes.
- Despite Muslim Disapproval, Global Image Of United States Remains Positive RFE/RL 18 Jun 2010 -- In June of 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama took to the podium in Egypt's capital to try to make up ground in the widening divide between the Muslim world and the West.
- Russian-built first stage unlikely to cause S.Korean rocket explosion — expert RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- An explosion of a South Korean rocket last week was not caused by Russian-built first stage of the spacecraft, a deputy head of the Russian Federal Space Agency said.
- Russia's Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft docks with ISS RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2010 -- Russia's Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft with three crewmembers on board docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday at 2.25 Moscow time (22.25 GMT, Thursday).
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