16 May 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 16 May 2011 [PDF]
- Gates: 'Perfect Fusion'; Made bin Laden Raid Succeed AFPS 16 May 2011 -- The May 1 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was 'a perfect fusion of intelligence collection, intelligence analysis and military operations,' Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in an interview aired last night on the CBS program '60 Minutes.'
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 15 May 2011
- Gates Stresses U.S. Support Role in Libya AFPS 16 May 2011 -- The United States has no intention of putting boots on the ground in Libya and should not become militarily involved in unrest shaking Syria, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in portions of an interview that aired on 'The CBS Evening News' tonight.
- NATO Maritime assets thwart another attack on Misrata by pro-Qadhafi forces. NATO 16 May 2011-- In the early hours of 16 May, maritime forces engaged in the NATO-led Operation Unified Protector detected two rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) that appeared to have deployed from the vicinity of Zlintan and were headed towards Misrata. NATO forces reacted by sending warships and helicopters to investigate and identify the RHIBs.
- NATO airstrike kills Libyan military spokesman - media RIA Novosti 16 May 2011 -- Colonel Milad Hussein al-Fiqhi, spokesman for the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces, was killed on Sunday in a NATO raid that targeted an intelligence headquarters in the capital Tripoli, Al Arabiya television reported.
- 'Head Hunter' Squadron trains IA on cordon and search techniques Army News 16 May 2011 -- With weapons raised at the door and eyes scanning the surrounding area for threats, Iraqi Army soldiers maneuvered toward an 'enemy' building at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center.
- Troops Seeking Taliban Leader Kill Insurgent AFPS 16 May 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition force killed an insurgent in the Sayed Abad district of Afghanistan';s Wardak province yesterday while searching for a Taliban leader, military officials reported.
- Afghan Army's 207th Corps conducts mass casualty exercise in western area Army News 16 May 2011 -- Cries for help, coupled with screams of agony and pain could be heard as stretchers were unloaded from blaring ambulances May 11 during a morning mass casualty exercise at Camp Zafar's Herat Regional Medical Center.
- Coalition mentors produce Afghan instructors, trainers Army News 16 May 2011 -- A critical component of every nation's national security is the ability to recruit and train people into competent soldiers to foster a self-sustaining military force.
- Regional Support Command-East leader conducts visit to Gardez, Afghanistan Army News 16 May 2011 -- Army Col. Ronald Metternich, Regional Support Command - East commander, completed a battlefield circulation visit to Gardez, Afghanistan on May 8 to visit Afghan National Army enabler facilities and forward deployed team members in the area.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Lynn: Cyberspace Strategy to Build Coalition of Nations AFPS 16 May 2011 -- White House officials released an international cyberstrategy here today that will help to build a 'coalition of nations [with a] mutual interest in securing cyberspace,' Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.
- Exercise hones AFSOC's disaster response AFNS 16 May 2011 -- Responding to a simulated natural disaster, 16 special-tactics Airmen steered their parachutes toward the training range here May 11. Their primary mission: open the devastated country's airfield.
- Military medical professionals team-up, provide care to 1,800 in remote Djibouti AFNS 16 May 2011 -- The town of Obock recently played host to an team of U.S. and local dental, optometry, and wellness professionals attached to Camp Lemonnier who combined their skills to provide treatment for Afar tribesmen residing in the Obock Prefecture.
- 20th FW hands off alert mission to McEntire ANG AFNS 16 May 2011 -- The 20th Fighter Wing here turned over responsibility for the air sovereignty alert mission to the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., recently.
- Army Reserve Seeks to Expand Cooperation Plans AFPS 16 May 2011 -- The after-action reports still are works in progress after a successful MEDREACH 11 medical humanitarian assistance exercise that wrapped up here May 13, but the Army Reserve already is exploring ways to expand its participation in theater security cooperation engagements in Africa and elsewhere.
- 14th Marines arrive in Morocco, take lead of U.S. participation in Exercise African Lion 2011 USMC News 16 May 2011 -- Marines of Headquarters Battery, 14th Marine Regiment, a reserve unit from Fort Worth, Texas, assumed command of American forces participating in Phase II of Exercise African Lion 2011 during a ceremony here May 15.
- U.S. Navy, Coast Guard Arrive in Uruguay Ready to Strengthen Partnerships NNS 16 May 2011 -- U.S. Navy guided-missile frigates USS Boone (FFG 28) and USS Thach (FFG 43), and U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Escanaba (WMEC 907) arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay, May 13.
- Surface Team One Discusses Top Priorities NNS 16 May 2011 -- More than 30 members of the Navy's Surface Team One (ST1) executive steering committee (ESC) gathered during a two-day meeting in San Diego April 28-29, to discuss their top priorities.
- Lake Erie Completes Trident Fury NNS 16 May 2011 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) completed the two-week exercise Trident Fury, May 13.
- Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron 3 Holds Change of Command NNS 16 May 2011 -- Military Sealift Command Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three held a change of command ceremony at the American Memorial Park on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, May 16.
- USS Carter Hall Returns to Little Creek NNS 16 May 2011 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Sailors returned to homeport at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va., May 16, after a nine-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).
- Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group Returns from Deployment NNS 16 May 2011 -- Sailors and Marines of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed an eight and a half-month deployment May 16 when the ships arrived at Norfolk Naval Station and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va.
- USS Hampton Visits Hong Kong NNS 16 May 2011 -- Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) arrived in Hong Kong May 15, for a port visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
- USS Avenger Visits Malaysia NNS 16 May 2011 -- Mine countermeasures ship USS Avenger (MCM 1) arrived in Lumut, Malaysia, for a port visit, May 16.
- USS McCampbell Arrives in Singapore NNS 16 May 2011 -- Arleigh Burke-class, guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) arrived in Singapore for a port visit May 16.
- USS Guardian Continues Community Service Projects in Indonesia NNS 16 May 2011 -- USS Guardian (MCM 5) participated in several community service projects during a port visit to Surabaya, Indonesia, May 12.
- USS Avenger Builds Ties with Malaysian Navy NNS 16 May 2011 -- USS Avenger (MCM 1) embarked two commissioned Malaysian naval officers for an inter-navy exchange May 8 to help grow bi-lateral ties between the United States and Malaysia.
- 1st Armored Division cases its colors before moving to Fort Bliss Army News 16 May 2011 -- When Maj. Gen. George W. Casey Jr. passed command of the 1st Armored Division to Maj. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez in July 2001 it was on a brand new parade field on Wiesbaden Army Airfield after the division's relocation from Bad Kreuznach.
- Army building foundational software for COE Army News 16 May 2011 -- The U.S. Army's System of Systems Engineering effort has identified a number of computing environments through which to implement G6-defined standards, service officials said.
- Shipyard workers call for end to 'scapegoat' court martial in Nerpa case RIA Novosti 16 May 2011 -- Russian naval dockyard workers are demanding that negligence charges be dropped against the captain of a Russian nuclear submarine in which 20 crew members died in an accident three years ago.
- Russian warship to visit Singapore, Indonesia RIA Novosti 16 May 2011 -- Russian Pacific Fleet's destroyer Admiral Panteleyev will visit Singapore and Indonesia on May 16-27 to take part in IMDEX-2011 naval exhibition and hold joint drills with the Indonesian navy.
- May 16, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 16 May 2011
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney Aboard Air Force One en route Memphis, TN The White House 16 May 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for May 16, 2011
- Pratt & Whitney Awarded $1.13B Contract for F135 Engine Production Pratt & Whitney 16 May 2011 -- The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Pratt & Whitney a $1.13 billion contract for F135 production engines to power the F-35 Lightning II. Pratt & Whitney and the DoD have reached an agreement on price and terms for the LRIP 4 contract, originally awarded in July 2010, which contains fixed-price and cost-plus incentive fee elements. This low rate initial production (LRIP) contract includes production, spare parts, sustainment and delivery of the fourth lot of F135 engines. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- 16 May 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 16 May 2011
- ICC prosecutor asks court to issue arrest warrant for Libyan leader UN News Centre 16 May 2011 -- Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today asked the court's judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, one of his sons and the head of the country's intelligence forces, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity during the ongoing conflict in the North African nation.
- War Crimes Prosecutors Seek Gadhafi's Arrest VOA 16 May 2011 -- In asking for the arrest warrants, Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the evidence is clear: Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the attacks on unarmed civilians that have been taking place since the uprising began in mid-February.
- Libya: UN envoy visits Tripoli for talks with senior Government officials UN News Centre 15 May 2011 -- The top United Nations envoy to Libya made a one-day visit today to the capital, Tripoli, and met top Government officials as part of the world body's ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and end the fighting in the North African country.
- LIBYA: Looming threat of scattered munitions in the east IRIN 16 May 2011 -- There is so much ammunition and unexploded ordnance (UXO) scattered across eastern Libya that local people will face a serious threat when they return home. However, it is difficult to determine the exact quantities because of ongoing fighting, experts say.
- World Court Seeks Arrest Warrants For Qaddafi, Son RFE/RL 16 May 2011 -- The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has ended weeks of speculation by requesting arrest warrants for the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, along with one of his sons and his intelligence chief, for alleged war crimes in the campaign to suppress an uprising against his regime.
- ICC Prosecutor demands Gaddafi arrest RIA Novosti 16 May 2011 -- The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor is seeking the arrest of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son and his intelligence chief, global media said on Monday.
- ICC Prosecutor Calls for Arrest of Libyan Leaders VOA 16 May 2011 -- The International Criminal Court prosecutor has asked judges to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, one of his sons and his intelligence chief, for crimes against humanity.
- Israeli Troops Clash with Protesters Along Borders VOA 16 May 2011 -- Israeli troops shot at Palestinian protesters along the border of Syria, Lebanon and Gaza Sunday killing at least 15 people as demonstrators marked the anniversary of Israel's creation.
- Darfur: UN-African peacekeeping force to probe Sudanese air strikes UN News Centre 16 May 2011 -- The head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today voiced deep concern after Sudanese military forces carried out air strikes against a town and a village in the south of the war-wracked region.
- PHILIPPINES: Government to speed up IDP shelter programme IRIN 16 May 2011 -- The Philippines government aims to complete the construction of more than 2,300 'core shelters' for displaced families on the troubled southern island of Mindanao by year-end, effectively halving the total now needed.
- UN officials underscore concerns about Middle East after day of deadly clashes UN News Centre 16 May 2011 -- United Nations officials warned today that further deaths and instability will occur unless a lasting solution is found to the Middle East conflict, a day after 12 people were reportedly killed following protests in Lebanon, the occupied Golan Heights and the occupied Palestinian territories.
- U.S., Pakistan Vow To Rebuild Trust RFE/RL 16 May 2011 -- U.S. Senator John Kerry says he and Pakistani leaders have agreed on a 'series of steps' to get their nations' relationship 'back on track.'
- US, Pakistan Need to Improve Ties, Says Senator Kerry VOA 16 May 2011 -- U.S. Senator John Kerry is calling for the United States and Pakistan to improve ties that were further strained following a U.S. military operation that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
- Japan Promises to Shut Down Fukushima Reactors By Year's End VOA 16 May 2011 -- Japan says it will shut down reactors at the Fukushima-1 power plant by the end of the year. The announcement comes despite revelations that a natural disaster in March damaged the nuclear facility worse than earlier believed.
- Ahmadinejad says Iran able to build power plants easily ISNA 16 May 2011 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday the country is able to build power plants easily.
- Security Council briefed by committees on terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation UN News Centre 16 May 2011 -- The Security Council today heard briefings from three committees on issues related to al-Qaida and the Taliban, counter-terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
- Ukrainian court backs gas deal charges against Tymoshenko RIA Novosti 16 May 2011 -- A Kiev court ruled on Monday that power abuse charges against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are legal.
- US killed bin Laden for political means: President IRNA 16 May 2011 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said late Sunday that according to accurate information the former head of the terrorist al-Qaeda organization, Osama bin Laden, was held by the US troops before they killed and they gradually made him sick.
- SWAZILAND: Government coffers running dry IRIN 16 May 2011 -- Swaziland's deepening financial crisis has already eroded public services, but those services may shut down entirely if the government fails to find money to pay its wage bill.
- ATK Solid Rocket Boosters Help Launch Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission ATK 16 May 2011 -- ATK's (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRMs) supported the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour today as they ignited at 8:56 a.m. EDT sending her crew on their 11-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). A piece of history also launched on this flight as one of the cases on the left booster was previously used on STS-49, Endeavour's first flight.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station Pratt & Whitney 16 May 2011 -- Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-134 to deliver a permanent experiment module to the International Space Station that will allow scientists to study anti-matter in the universe.
- Russia 'disappointed' by U.S. failure to provide missile guarantees RIA Novosti 16 May 2011 -- Moscow is concerned by the United States' refusal to provide legally binding guarantees that its European missile defense system will not be directed against Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday.
- NASA launches Endeavour for final voyage RIA Novosti 16 May 2011 -- NASA's Endeavour shuttle blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Monday for its last ever flight.
- Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off Toward ISS VOA 16 May 2011 -- The space shuttle Endeavour has lifted off on its 25th and final mission.
- SAIC Selected for the Integrated Communications Services Contract by NASA SAIC 16 May 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide managerial and technical expertise in support of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for corporate and mission communications needs, including local area network management at all NASA centers. .
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