04 May 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 May 2011 [PDF]
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 5/4/2011 The White House 04 May 2011
- U.S. Won't Release Bin Laden Death Photo RFE/RL 04 May 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has decided not to release photographs of Osama bin Laden's dead body, saying the graphic images could be used to incite violence against Americans or be used as 'a propaganda tool.'
- Obama Will Not Release bin Laden Death Photo VOA 04 May 2011 -- President Barack Obama decided Wednesday not to release photographs of al-Qaida terror network leader Osama bin Laden after he was shot and killed. The president's decision ended three days of debate on the issue within his administration.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 03 May 2011
- Forces Kill Insurgents in Paktia Province AFPS 04 May 2011 -- Combined forces killed numerous armed insurgents and wounded another in a gun battle yesterday in the Zurmat district of Afghanistan's Paktia province, military officials reported.
- Division Commander Reflects On Afghanistan Tour AFPS 04 May 2011 -- When Operation Moshtarak in Marja, Afghanistan, was not meeting its security and development goals according to plan, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills was brought in to help in moving the situation along.
- 'Golden Hour' Initiative Pays Off in Afghanistan AFPS 04 May 2011 -- Two years ago, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled throughout Afghanistan, promising deployed troops he would make sure they had everything they needed to accomplish their mission -- including more forward-deployed medical capabilities in the event they were wounded.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Navy to Christen Guided Missile Destroyer Michael Murphy DoD 04 May 2011 -- The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, Michael Murphy, Saturday, May 7, 2011, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.
- Air Force Announces Criteria for Basing of Security Forces Training Center DoD 04 May 2011 -- The Air Force announced today criteria for basing of a consolidated security forces regional training center
- Air Force officials announce criteria for basing of TACP/ALO training AFNS 04 May 2011 -- Air Force officials have released the criteria for basing tactical air control party and air liaison officer training.
- Reserve tankers among 42 aircraft participating in Sea Lion 11-05 AFNS 04 May 2011 -- Air Force Reserve Command KC-135 Stratotankers were among the 42 aircraft that converged in the sky over North and South Carolina to support Operation Sea Lion 11-05, a phase two operational readiness exercise centered at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.
- Exercise preserves U.S., Bulgarian partnership AFNS 04 May 2011 -- Airmen from Ramstein Air Base's 86th Airlift Wing and 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, as well as U.S. Army jumpmasters teamed with Bulgarian armed forces to conduct Exercise Thracian Spring 2011 April 26 to May 6 here.
- Five Military Installations Receive Top Honors AFPS 04 May 2011 -- Teams from five military installations around the world received top awards today for excelling at their mission despite the demands of war and recent natural disasters.
- USS Robert G. Bradley, Cape Verdean Navy Complete Exercise Saharan Express NNS 04 May 2011 -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) completed exercise Saharan Express with the Cape Verdean navy, April 27.
- USS Michigan Visits Busan during Western Pacific Deployment NNS 04 May 2011 -- Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN-727) arrived in Busan, Korea April 30, as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
- Military Sealift Command Atlantic Changes Leadership NNS 04 May 2011 -- Military Sealift Command Atlantic, the Norfolk,based U.S. Navy command, responsible for Military Sealift Command ships transporting equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition in the Western Atlantic Ocean, changed command during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk May 4.
- Navy Conducts Maintenance and Modernization Performance Review NNS 04 May 2011 -- Commander, Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) and the Executive Director of Surface Warfare for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA-SEA 21B) participated in the Navy's inaugural maintenance and modernization performance review (MMPR) in San Diego, April 26-27.
- Wasp Enjoys Productive Sea Trials Period NNS 04 May 2011 -- As USS Wasp (LHD 1) pulled into Naval Station Norfolk, Va., May 2, following a five-day sea trials period, some of its Sailors described their return to sea following eight months in port as a time to get back to basics.
- Resiliency and adaptability crucial to Army Aviation's future Army News 04 May 2011 -- Resiliency is the ability to 'bounce back' in the face of adversity and stress. Adaptability is the ability to quickly adjust to changing conditions.
- New e-mail service will create efficiencies, capabilities Army News 04 May 2011 -- E-mail users on Army networks can expect big changes heading their way soon, if Enterprise Email has not taken root on their systems already.
- Officials announce Eglin as MQ-1 squadron candidate base AFNS 04 May 2011 -- Air Force officials announced May 3 the Eglin Air Force Base complex in Florida as a candidate for an Air Force Reserve Command MQ-1 Remote Split-Operations squadron.
- NATO-Russia Council launches new Consolidated Glossary of Cooperation NATO 04 May 2011-- The 29 Chiefs of Defence of the NATO Russia Council Military Representatives (NRC-MR) met in Brussels today and assessed the progress of the Work Plan for 2011 in the agreed areas of cooperation (Logistics, Combating Terrorism, Search and Rescue at Sea, Counter Piracy, Theatre Missile Defence and Military Academic Exchanges) and the related military activities. Then, they looked at ways to deepen, upgrade and widen the cooperation in the coming future.
- Russia ready to discuss all European missile defense proposals RIA Novosti 04 May 2011 -- Russia is ready to discuss all proposals on the European missile shield, the chief of Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Nikolai Makarov said after a Russia-NATO council meeting on Wednesday.
- Russia may counter U.S.-Romanian missile shield deal - lawmaker RIA Novosti 04 May 2011 -- Romania and the United States should expect counter measures from Russia in response to a missile shield agreement, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday.
- Russia military probes loss of control in passenger jet RIA Novosti 04 May 2011 -- Russian military prosecutors have launched a probe after a military passenger plane experienced a severe loss of control shortly after takeoff last week.
- Ukraine plans helicopter manufacturing capability RIA Novosti 04 May 2011 -- Ukraine is planning to begin manufacture of its own helicopters within a decade, the country's Economic Development and Trade Minister Andrey Kluyev said on Wednesday.
- Iraqi air force primed for power AFNS 04 May 2011 -- More than 30 Iraqi service members graduated from an introductory power production course taught by U.S. service members here May 2.
- May 4, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 04 May 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for May 04, 2011
- U.S. Air Force Poised To Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Space Based Infrared System Satellite Lockheed Martin 04 May 2011 -- The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin [NYSE : LMT] are ready to launch the first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous (GEO-1) spacecraft on Friday, May 6 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
- Patriot Test Fires PAC-3 MSE Missile Raytheon 04 May 2011 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Patriot Air and Missile Defense System successfully test fired Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 MSE (Missile Segment Enhancement) missile recently at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
- 4 May 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 04 May 2011
- Press Conference on Children and Armed Conflict in Central African Republic United Nations 04 May 2011
- Libya: UN continues to send aid as Security Council debates crimes against humanity UN News Centre 04 May 2011 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor will ask the court's judges to issue arrest warrants for three people who he said seem to bear the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity committed in Libya since a pro-democracy movement emerged in mid-February.
- ICC to Seek Arrests for Crimes Against Humanity in Libya VOA 24 May 2011 -- The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced Wednesday that the ICC will seek the arrest of three individuals for crimes against humanity in Libya.
- Five Killed in Misrata Siege, IOM Evacuates Wounded VOA 04 May 2011 -- Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shelled the besieged western rebel-held port of Misrata on Wednesday, as aid workers scrambled to evacuate hundreds of migrants and wounded civilians.
- Hamas, Fatah Sign 'Unity' Accord In Cairo RFE/RL 04 May 2011 -- Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal shook hands on a formal accord in Cairo today designed to end a four-year rift between the biggest Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas.
- Ban calls on Palestinian parties to commit to principles for two-state solution UN News Centre 04 May 2011 -- As the rival political parties Hamas and Fatah sign a unity agreement today in Cairo, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly appealed to Palestinian parties to commit to the principles of the Road Map that seeks to have two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security.
- Palestinians Sign Unity Deal in Cairo VOA 04 May 2011 -- The leaders of the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to reconcile, under a deal criticized by Israel.
- Somalia urgently needs help of global partners to consolidate gains – UN report UN News Centre 04 May 2011 -- Despite the gains achieved by Somalia's interim Government, the country urgently needs more help from its international partners to tackle a host of challenges and achieve greater stability and peace, says a new United Nations report released today.
- Sudan's Ruling Party Denies Responsibility for Abyei Clashes VOA 04 May 2011 -- A prominent member of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party [NCP] says reports of 14 deaths in Abyei Tuesday are ';completely false.' The victims were said to have died in clashes between the [northern] Sudanese army and southern forces.
- Al Qaeda leader to North Caucasus killed RIA Novosti 04 May 2011 -- Al Qaeda emissary to the North Caucasus and the chief coordinator of international terrorists in the volatile region was killed in a special operation in Chechnya, the national counter-terrorism committee said on Wednesday.
- Legality of killing bin Laden 'matter for US,' says Cameron IRNA 04 May 2011 -- Prime Minister David Cameron has declined to say whether the reported assassination of Osama bin Laden was carried out within the confines of a proper legal authority in international law.
- Bin Laden Is Dead, But Conspiracy Theories Flourish Amid Demands For Proof RFE/RL 04 May 2011 -- In a world where conspiracy theories abound, Washington is having a hard time convincing doubters that Osama bin Laden is dead.
- For Arab Awakening, Bin Laden Was Already Dead RFE/RL 04 May 2011 -- For some, the timing of Osama bin Laden's passing could hardly be more apt - coinciding with the collapse and apparent slow death of hated autocratic Arab regimes in the face of popular demand.
- PAKISTAN: Revenge attacks feared after Osama death IRIN 04 May 2011 -- The death of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden after an operation involving US aircraft and ground forces in Pakistan has raised fears of possible revenge attacks by militants against various targets, including civilians.
- Pakistan Under Pressure Over bin Laden's Hiding Place VOA 04 May 2011 -- The Pakistani government has reacted sharply to the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, warning that countries should not think that they have free reign to come and go through Pakistan.
- Afghanistan: Pakistan Must Have Known bin Laden Was Living in Abbottabad VOA 04 May 2011 -- An Afghan official says Pakistan's intelligence agency must have known that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was hiding in a house close to a Pakistani military academy before U.S. special forces killed him in a raid on Monday.
- Tensions Rise As U.S. Officials Question Bin Laden's Hiding In Pakistan RFE/RL 04 May 2011 -- Tensions between the United States and Pakistan have intensified as Obama administration officials questioned how Osama bin Laden had managed to shelter inside Pakistan.
- Does Torture Work? Bin Laden's Killing Reopens Debate On 'Black-Site' Interrogations RFE/RL 04 May 2011 -- The killing of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden this week has been characterized as a victory for U.S. intelligence work. But it has also revived an old and divisive question: Just how far should the United States be prepared to go to get the information it needs?
- India Rules Out 'Geronimo'-Style Strikes, Will 'Engage' Pakistan VOA 04 May 2011 -- India says the bold U.S. strike that killed Osama bin Laden is not something they plan to imitate anytime soon.
- Syria: Ban calls for probe into killings and end to violent repression of protests UN News Centre 04 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an independent investigation of all killings that occurred during the demonstrations that have rocked Syria in recent weeks and reiterated his call for an end to the violence and mass arrest of people taking part in peaceful protests.
- Syrian President: Military Operation in Daraa Will End 'Soon' VOA 04 May 2011 -- A Middle Eastern daily has reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the military operation in the southern flashpoint city of Daraa will end "very soon."
- Seoul Still Quiet After Spying Debacle VOA 04 May 2011 -- An incident at a luxury hotel in South Korea has given a rare public glimpse into the world of international espionage. Agents of the country’s National Intelligence Service, in February, allegedly broke into a hotel room of a member of a delegation representing Indonesia’s president.
- Which Way For Pakistani Leadership? RFE/RL 04 May 2011 -- Pakistan's civilian government has reiterated its commitment to the global fight against extremism, while the country's intelligence community has expressed 'embarrassment' over its failure to detect the presence of world's most-hunted man on Pakistani soil.
- US Lawmakers Examine Terrorist Threat to Mass Transit Systems VOA 04 May 2011 -- In the aftermath of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's killing by U.S. forces, a number of U.S. lawmakers are expressing concern about the possibility of a retaliatory strike by al-Qaida supporters. The House Homeland Security Committee examined the terrorist threats posed to mass transit systems in big cities across the United States.
- Gravity Probe B Data Confirms Frame-Dragging and Geodetic Effect in Support of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity Lockheed Martin 04 May 2011 -- Launched on April 20, 2004, Gravity Probe B (GP-B) gathered data during its 16-month mission that have now provided verification for two subtle physical effects predicted by Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, which provides the foundation for an understanding of the large-scale structure of the Universe.
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