05 May 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 May 2011 [PDF]
- Pakistan warns against further raids on its territory RIA Novosti 05 May 2011 -- Pakistan on Thursday warned any country against conducting raids on its territory, a day after India's top soldier said it could carry out operations like the U.S. strike that killed Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistani Civilian, Military Leaders Warn US about Future Raids VOA 05 May 2011 -- Pakistan's army said Thursday that it will review ties with Washington if the U.S. launches any more raids on its territory. The statement came just hours after Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir defended the work of Pakistan's military and the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, following the U.S. operation that killed Osama bin Laden early Monday.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 04 May 2011
- Rasmussen: 'NATO will keep up military pressure while political efforts are stepped up' NATO 05 May 2011 -- After the first meeting in Doha, the Contact group on Libya gathered today in Rome. It brought together 22 Foreign Ministers and representatives of NATO and other key international and regional organisations under the co-chairmanship of Italy and the State of Qatar.
- Royal Navy clears Libyan harbour mine UK MOD 05 May 2011 -- HMS Brocklesby, one of the Royal Navy's mine countermeasures vessels, has destroyed a mine laid by pro-Gaddafi forces in the port of Misurata on the Libyan coast.
- Helmand province ready to give Taliban cold reception USMC News 05 May 2011 -- Last year, when Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills took command of Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan, he said, 'We know there are battles to fight. But we know there are elections to hold, jobs to create and security to bring. I promise you the insurgents will not prevail.'
- Forces Disrupt Terrorist Operations in Nuristan Province AFPS 05 May 2011 -- Combined forces have completed a three-day operation to counter a recent spike in violence along the Pakistan border in Afghanistan's Nuristan province.
- Engineers in Afghanistan Oversee Base Expansion AFPS 05 May 2011 -- When 30,000 U.S. troops surged to Afghanistan, space for them to live, work and store equipment became a critical need.
- Forward Surgical Team Brings Advanced Care Closer AFPS 05 May 2011 -- A short gurney ride from two helicopter landing pads here, an operating room and surgical team offer the best hope of survival for many service members wounded in Afghanistan.
- Alabama Guard still heavily engaged in tornado response Army News 05 May 2011 -- Little more than a one week following the April 27 tornadoes that ripped across much of the central and northern parts of Alabama, the National Guard is still heavily engaged in assisting the storms' victims with more than 2,700 Soldiers and Airmen called to duty.
- Missouri Guard stops rising flood waters Army News 05 May 2011 -- Sandbagging the main road throughout the night, units from the Missouri National Guard's 'Rising Tide' task force of 760 Soldiers and Airmen were finally able to gain control over rising waters that threatened to flood Canalou in New Madrid County.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Flournoy: Pakistan Must Strengthen Cooperation AFPS 05 May 2011 -- Pakistan needs to strengthen its counterterrorism cooperation with the United States as one result of the May 1 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the undersecretary of defense for policy said here today.
- No Tears For Osama In Pakistan RFE/RL 05 May 2011 -- particularly in the local Urdu-language newspapers and private television channels. Yet so far no prominent political leader or major political or religious party has called for protests against bin Laden's killing by U.S. forces on May 2 in the city of Abbottabad, in a compound located directly next to the prestigious Kakul Military Academy.
- Leaders Honor 9/11 Victims at Ground Zero, Pentagon AFPS 05 May 2011 -- Four days after announcing the killing of al-Qaida leader and 9/11 attack mastermind Osama bin Laden, top administration officials remembered those killed in the attacks with ceremonies today at ground zero in New York City and at the Pentagon here.
- DoD News: Army Tranfers High Speed Vessels to Navy DoD 05 May 2011 -- The Department of the Navy signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) May 2 with the Department of the Army transferring all five of the Army's Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) to the Navy.
- Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group Reunites For Final Push Home NNS 05 May 2011 -- Ships of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) concluded their final port visit in Rota, Spain, May 3.
- USS Nitze Conducts Change of Command NNS 05 May 2011 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) held a change of command ceremony aboard the ship while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1.
- Ronald Reagan Fosters Relationships in Thailand NNS 05 May 2011 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors and Marines, along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 crew members, participated in several community service (COMSERV) projects while in Phuket, Thailand, May 1-5.
- Hurricane Drill Focuses on Readiness, Preparation NNS 05 May 2011 -- As hurricane season approaches, June through November, Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), Md., and the National Naval Medical Center participated in the Navy's Hurricane Exercise (HURREX)/Citadel Gale 2011, April 29.
- Reserve tanker crew first operational crew to refuel F-35 AFNS 05 May 2011 -- What started out as a routine mission for Airmen from the Air Force Reserve Command's 916th Air Refueling Wing turned into an historic 'first in flight' moment recently.
- Chief of staff addresses issues, surveys tornado damage AFNS 05 May 2011 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz visited here May 4 through 5 to meet with Airmen and see the damage caused by recent tornadoes.
- Malawi, U.S. armed forces launch exercise MEDREACH 11 in Lilongwe Army News 05 May 2011 -- Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and U.S. military service members officially kicked-off exercise MEDREACH 11 with an opening ceremony May 3 at the Kamuzu Barracks.
- Strategic planning workshop charts future of Joint Base San Antonio Army News 05 May 2011 -- Military and civilian leaders from the 502nd Air Base Wing, Fort Sam Houston, and Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases gathered recently for a strategic planning workshop to chart the future of Joint Base San Antonio.
- Nuclear era ending at Fort Belvoir Army News 05 May 2011 -- Former Army Reactor Program graduates Malcolm McLeod and Emery Chase recently revisited Fort Belvoir's long-deactivated nuclear power plant, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is decommissioning.
- 188th Infantry Brigade back at Camp Shelby Army News 05 May 2011 -- The 188th Infantry Brigade has made the trek once again from Fort Stewart and Fort Gillem, Ga., to Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, (CSJFTC) Miss., to assist another Army National Guard brigade preparing to deploy.
- Mabus: Energy Initiatives 'Make Us Better Warfighters' AFPS 05 May 2011 -- The Navy is leading the nation in the quest for alternative energy sources, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said here yesterday, and 'it is doing so primarily for one reason: it makes us better warfighters.'
- Proposal Would Save $3.2 Billion in Health Care Costs AFPS 05 May 2011 -- The Defense Department's proposal to reform the TRICARE health plan and the military health system would save at least $3.2 billion between 2012 and 2016, the Pentagon's chief financial officer told Congress yesterday.
- Russia orbits military communications satellite RIA Novosti 05 May 2011 -- A Russian Meridian series military communications satellite has been put into a designated orbit, a spokesman for the Russian Space Forces said on Thursday.
- Iran says to complete building 'Zafar'; missile soon ISNA 05 May 2011 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the country intends to complete Zafar (Triumph) missile project soon.
- Indian forces competent to carry out Abbottabad-like operations: Army Chief IRNA 05 May 2011 -- India's Army chief General V K Singh said that Indian armed forces were 'competent' to carry out an operation similar to the one conducted by the US in Pakistan against al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
- Taiwan denies plan to hold anti-terror meet in South China Sea CNA 05 May 2011 -- A presidential spokesman denied Thursday that the government will hold an international anti-terrorism meeting on Taiping islet in the South China Sea.
- May 5, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 May 2011
- Gaggle by the Press Secretary Jay Carney Aboard Air Force One en route NY, NY The White House 05 May 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for May 05, 2011
- Lockheed Martin, SELEX Systems Integration and Cobham Team for Project MARSHALL Bid Lockheed Martin 05 May 2011 -- Lockheed Martin, Finmeccanica – through its UK company SELEX Systems Integration - and Cobham have signed an agreement to form Fusion Air Traffic Management, which will address Project MARSHALL - formerly known as the Joint Military Air Traffic Services (JMATS) programme.
- SAIC Awarded $90 Million Task Order by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) SAIC 05 May 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a task order by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide technical and operations support to the Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) in Montgomery, Ala.
- 5 May 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 May 2011
- Security Council resolutions must remain basis for action on Libya – UN chief UN News Centre 05 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that the resolutions adopted by the Security Council in response to the Libya crisis – which is now in its third month – must remain the basis of international action as well as any ceasefire agreement between the Government and rebels.
- Libyan Rebels Offered Cash Lifeline In Rome RFE/RL 05 May 2011 -- Countries involved in the NATO-led military campaign in Libya have agreed to set up a fund for rebels fighting Muammar Qaddafi's regime.
- International Criminal Court To Charge Three With War Crimes In Libya RFE/RL 05 May 2011 -- The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says he will seek at least three arrest warrants in his investigation into crimes against humanity in Libya.
- International group agrees on financial aid for Libya rebels RIA Novosti 05 May 2011 -- The international Libya contact group has announced the establishment of a fund to help Libyan rebels as it meets in Rome on Thursday.
- Sudan: UN envoy presses both sides in Abyei dispute to implement accords UN News Centre 05 May 2011 -- The governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan have committed to implementing the two recent agreements aimed at restoring calm to the disputed region of Abyei, where clashes have claimed the lives of dozens of people in recent months, a senior United Nations official said today.
- China Seeks Global Help in Fighting Uighur Separatists VOA 05 May 2011 -- China is calling for the international community to help fight what it says is its own homegrown terrorist problem in mostly Muslim Xinjiang. The Chinese government accuses the region's Uighur minority population of seeking independence through violence, while the Uighurs blames Beijing for suppressing their culture and religion.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Mistrust high hurdle in west IRIN 05 May 2011 -- As President Alassane Ouattara begins his term after disastrous post-election violence, many people in the town of Duékoué, in western Côte d'Ivoire, distrust and even fear the new national army, Forces Républicaines de Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI).
- Clinton Says Battle Against al-Qaida Continues After bin Laden's Death VOA 05 May 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the battle to stop al-Qaida and its affiliates does not end with the death of Osama bin Laden, and that Pakistan is an important partner in counterterrorism efforts.
- Osama living in Abbotabad for five years: Wife IRNA 05 May 2011 -- Wife of Osama bin Laden has told the investigators that the al-Qaeda chief had been living at Abbotabad for five years, senior Pakistani army officials told a group of reporters on Thursday.
- Pakistan dismisses CIA's Osama outburst as false IRNA 05 May 2011 -- Pakistan has rejected the statement of the CIA chief as 'a false and hypothetic allegation' that the country's intelligence agency either involved in sheltering Osama bin Laden or it is incompetent.
- The President's Triumph: Obama Gets His Man RFE/RL 05 May 2011 -- The U.S. Special Operations Forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden drew on the efforts of a large team of people from myriad branches of government working in locations around the world.
- Bin Laden's Death Casts A Pall Over U.S.-Pakistan Relations RFE/RL 05 May 2011 -- Now that the United States' top terrorist target Osama bin Laden has been eliminated, the debate in Washington is focusing on how he was able to remain at large for so long.
- Clinton Urges World Reaction to Syria's 'Brutal' Crackdown VOA 05 May 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says world powers must show the Syrian government that there are consequences for what she called a 'brutal crackdown' on civilians.
- SYRIA: Allow humanitarian access to Deraa - ICRC IRIN 05 May 2011 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for better humanitarian access to the southern Syrian city of Deraa, which has been hit by political violence, and where food, water and medical supplies have also run short.
- Syria Says Military Forces Withdrawing from Flashpoint City VOA 05 May 2011 -- Syria says it has begun a gradual military withdrawal from the flashpoint city of Daraa, where a series of deadly clashes have erupted between security forces and anti-government protesters.
- British Foreign Secretary: Arab Democracy Movement Needs International Support VOA 05 May 2011 -- In a speech late Wednesday, Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke of the historical significance of the recent uprisings.
- Foreigners Held in North Korea Pose Diplomatic Challenge VOA 05 May 2011 -- North Korea is now acknowledging it is still holding two Japanese, as well as an American of Korean origin.
- Osama's killing will not change Indo-Pak dialogue discourse: India IRNA 05 May 2011 -- India said 'momentous' killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan will not change the discourse of Indo-Pak dialogue but made it clear that use of terrorism as a policy to further strategic goals was 'unacceptable.'
- Japanese nuclear specialists enter Fukushima reactor building RIA Novosti 05 May 2011 -- Workers entered one of the damaged reactor buildings at the Fukushima nuclear power plant on Thursday for the first time since it was crippled in a blast, the NHK TV channel said on Thursday.
- Workers Re-enter Reactor at Japan's Crippled Nuclear Plant VOA 05 May 2011 -- Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant entered the number one reactor building on Thursday for the first time since an explosion ripped through it on March 12. The workers are building a air purification system that should aid further recovery work.
- NASA to Launch Telescope That Will See Into the Past VOA 05 May 2011 -- Light from distant galaxies, billions of light years away from us, is so faint that it shifts from the visible spectrum ino the infrared segment and becomes heat. It can be detected only by instruments cooled to almost absolute zero. The U.S. space agency NASA is building a new space telescope that will be cool in both senses of the word.
- ISS orbit to be readjusted for Soyuz TMA-20 return RIA Novosti 05 May 2011 -- The orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) will be raised by 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) on Thursday, Russian Mission Control said.
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