23 May 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 23 May 2011 [PDF]
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 22 May 2011
- NATO Airstrikes on Libya Intensify VOA 23 May 2011 -- NATO planes stepped up their bombing of Tripoli early Tuesday.
- Britain, France Send Attack Helicopters to Libya VOA 23 May 2011 -- Britain and France have decided to deploy attack helicopters to join NATO's air campaign against the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
- Libya intervention expected to cost UK £1bn IRNA 23 May 2011 -- Britain's military intervention in Libya will cost the country's taxpayer as much as £1 billion if it continues into the autumn as expected, according to estimates based on data and expert analysis.
- More bases close in Iraq as 3ID troops head home Army News 23 May 2011 -- Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, have begun their departure home to Fort Stewart.
- Route Clearance Patrols: Making roads safe, checking them twice Army News 23 May 2011 -- Patrolling the streets of Iraq can be a daunting task for the Soldiers who conduct route-clearance patrols.
- DOD News Briefing with Jack Kem from the Pentagon DoD 23 May 2011
- Combined Force Kills Insurgents in Wardak AFPS 23 May 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents, including a Taliban leader, and detained another suspected insurgent in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province.
- Afghan Security Forces Grow in Numbers, Quality AFPS 23 May 2011 -- The number and quality of recruits to the Afghan national security force are growing, a senior official in the training effort said.
- Soldiers Describe Life in Paktika Province AFPS 23 May 2011 -- Where and how you live as a soldier deployed to Afghanistan depends on the mission of the unit to which you’re assigned.
- Task Force Patriot's SFAT advises, assists ANSF Army News 23 May 2011 -- According to the U.S. Army's counterinsurgency field manual, successful COIN operations require the establishment of a legitimate government that is able to address the fundamental causes insurgents use to gain support of the population.
- Taliban deny leader Mullah Omar killed RIA Novosti 23 May 2011 -- The Taliban have denied that their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been killed in Pakistan, after Afghan TV channel TOLO reported his death on Monday.
- AFGHANISTAN: Taliban deny children being used as suicide bombers IRIN 23 May 2011 -- About 100 boys aged 12-17 are being detained by Afghanistan's National Intelligence Directorate (NDS) on charges of attempting suicide attacks on behalf of the Taliban, but the insurgents deny they recruit minors as their presence could cause 'vice' in the ranks.
- Corps of Engineers shows solar-powered streetlights to Afghan media Army News 23 May 2011 -- Solar-powered streetlights have boosted commerce in a busy business district in downtown Kabul.
- Militants attack on Pakistan military base kills 4 IRNA 23 May 2011 -- Heavily armed militants attacked a Pakistan military base in the port city of Karachi late Sunday night and killed four people, including a foreigner, security officials and local TV channel said on Monday.
- Pakistan Regains Control Of Naval Base After Raid By Taliban RFE/RL 23 May 2011 -- Security forces in Pakistan say they've regained control of a naval aviation base after heavily armed Taliban stormed the facility in the port city of Karachi overnight.
- Pakistan Retakes Naval Base After Militant Attack VOA 23 May 2011 -- Pakistani commandos have regained control of a naval base after more than 17 hours of fighting with Taliban gunmen, in an attack that raised questions about Pakistan's ability to defend itself from militants.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US, Britain to Form Joint Security Board VOA 23 May 2011 -- The United States and Britain are planning to form a joint national security council, designed to allow the two allies close cooperation in dealing with security challenges.
- Obama Embarks On Weeklong Trip To Europe To Reinforce Alliances RFE/RL 23 May 2011 -- President Barack Obama has arrived in the Irish capital, Dublin, opening a week-long European tour billed as an opportunity to strengthen ties between the United States and its European allies.
- DoD News: DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal Year-to-Date 2011, Through April DoD 23 May 2011
- C2-Forward concept enhances combat capability AFNS 23 May 2011 -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe is showcasing a new concept designed to enhance a joint force commander's combat capability as part of the Combat Air Forces/Mobility Air Forces conference here May 23 and 24.
- Conaton speaks on AF biomass fuel use at open house AFNS 23 May 2011 -- Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton spoke to media about the milestone of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team's first use of a biomass fuel blend in two of their jets here during the 2011 Joint Service Open House May 20.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Underway NNS 23 May 2011 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt completed a major milestone May 21, by leaving dry dock and transiting down the James River to a pierside location at Newport News Shipbuilding where it will complete the second half of its refueling complex overhaul.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Undocking Marks Overhaul Milestone NNS 23 May 2011 -- The Program Executive Office for Aircraft Carriers announced USS Theodore Roosevelt successfully completed the drydocking portion of her Refueling and Complex Overhaul, May 23.
- Military Working Dogs: Guardians of the Night Army News 23 May 2011 -- Many consider the dog-handler profession to be an art form as there are so many nuances that the human must be able to interpret.
- USS Anzio Transits Strait of Gibraltar NNS 23 May 2011 -- USS Anzio safely transited through the Strait of Gibraltar to enter into the 6th Fleet area of responsibility, May 21.
- US, Royal Thai Marines conduct bilateral amphibious landing USMC News 23 May 2011 -- US Marines and Sailors with Landing Force Company completed their culminating exercise with Thai counterparts at Had Yao Beach, Thailand May 18.
- USS Mitscher, Truxtun Participate in Coalition Strait Transit Exercise NNS 23 May 2011 -- USS Mitscher and USS Truxtun participated in a strait transit exercise with ships from the British and Spanish navies, May 21.
- Pacific Partnership Visits Crisis Centre in Papua New Guinea NNS 23 May 2011 -- Members of the multi-national mission Pacific Partnership 2011, based aboard USS Cleveland conducted medical and dental examinations at Haus Clare Crisis Centre for Children in Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 21.
- Pentagon, Homeland Security Collaborate on Cybersecurity AFPS 23 May 2011 -- The Defense Department is sharing cybersecurity information, capabilities and expertise with the Homeland Security Department.
- Missouri Guard Begins Support Operations in Joplin AFPS 23 May 2011 -- About 140 Missouri National Guard troops are working under the orders of Gov. Jay Nixon to assist local authorities.
- 7th Intel Squadron named best in Air Force AFNS 23 May 2011 -- The 7th Intelligence Squadron was named the Outstanding Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Unit of the Year for 2010.
- 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repeal training in progress Army News 23 May 2011 -- On Dec. 22, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Act, setting the conditions of the repeal for the U.S. military's DADT policy.
- Missing Airmen found near Japan AFNS 23 May 2011 -- Three Airmen and one Air Force dependent previously reported as missing were located May 23.
- NAF Misawa Pilots Locate Missing Kayakers NNS 23 May 2011 -- Naval Air Facility Misawa (NAFM) pilots and aircrew played a vital role in a search and rescue mission to locate 4 missing kayakers May 23.
- Russian troops fed dog food 'to cover up for theft' - prosecutor RIA Novosti 23 May 2011 -- Troops in Russia's Far East were fed dog food to cover up for the theft of thousands of dollars worth of food, military prosecutors said on Monday.
- Russia opens negligence case over loss of Glonass satellites RIA Novosti 23 May 2011 -- Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal case on charges of negligence that led to the loss of three Glonass satellites last year, the Prosecutor General's Office said on Monday.
- May 23, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 May 2011
- Secretary Clinton Remarks With British Foreign Secretary William Hague US Dept. of State 23 May 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for May 23, 2011
- Boeing Statement on Supreme Court Decision in A-12 Case Boeing 23 May 2011 -- J. Michael Luttig, Boeing Executive Vice President and General Counsel, issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court released its opinion ruling in favor of Boeing and General Dynamics in the long-pending A-12 litigation:
- L-3 Awarded U.S. Navy, Air Force C-12 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) Contracts L-3 Communications 23 May 2011 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Systems Field Support (SFS) division has been awarded contracts with a total potential value of more than $300 million over five years from the U.S. Navy (USN) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) to provide full Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for their respective fleets of C-12 aircraft.
- Lockheed Martin Team Delivers Joint Tactical Radio to United States Air Force C-130 Integration Lab Lockheed Martin 23 May 2011 -- The United States Air Force (USAF) C-130 Systems Integration Laboratory has received an initial Small Airborne Joint Tactical Radio from the Lockheed Martin Airborne, Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System team.
- First Lockheed Martin Advanced Block 50 F-16 Unveiled For Turkish Air Force Lockheed Martin 23 May 2011 -- Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] unveiled the first of 30 new Turkish-built F-16s in ceremonies today at TAI's facility near Ankara.
- Lockheed Martin Responds To U.S. Army's CIRCM Request For Proposal Lockheed Martin 23 May 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], along with industry partners DRS Technologies and Daylight Defense, submitted a proposal for the Technology Demonstration phase of the U.S. Army's Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program.
- SAIC Awarded Contract to Support U.S. Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center SAIC 23 May 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to provide fighter operational test and evaluation (OT&E) services in support of the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC).
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 23 May 2011 United Nations 23 May 2011
- Libyan opposition says has understanding with Russia on govt. recognition RIA Novosti 23 May 2011 -- Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) spokesman Abdel Rahman Shalgham said Monday the Libyan opposition and Russia have an understanding regarding the recognition of the opposition government in Benghazi.
- Sudan: UN strongly condemns looting and burning of town of Abyei UN News Centre 23 May 2011 -- The UN peacekeeping operation in Sudan has strongly condemned today’s looting and burning of the town of Abyei by armed men.
- UN Reports Burning, Looting in Sudan's Abyei VOA 23 May 2011 -- The U.N. mission in Sudan reports burning and looting in the contested town of Abyei, which north Sudanese forces seized two days ago.
- Sudanese Civilians Flee Fighting In Abyei VOA 23 May 2011 -- In Sudan, a medical aid group said Monday that weekend fighting in Abyei has driven out most of the city's civilian population.
- Nepal: Ban urges end to stalemate, days before deadline for new constitution UN News Centre 23 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern that despite the fast-approaching deadline for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly to complete its work, there is still no agreement on contentious issues.
- Gun Battles in Yemeni Capital Kill Six VOA 23 May 2011 -- At least six people died as gun battles broke out Monday between Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's security forces and members of a key tribe aligned with the opposition.
- Gun Battles Erupt in Yemeni Capital VOA 23 May 2011 -- Gun battles broke out Monday between Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's security forces and members of a key tribe aligned with the opposition.
- Egypt Mulls How Much Justice is Too Much VOA 23 May 2011 -- As Egypt looks into alleged crimes by its former president and charges other former top officials with corruption and brutality, some are questioning how far the country should go in pursuing justice.
- EU 'Widens Sanctions' On Syria, Iran RFE/RL 23 May 2011 -- The European Union has imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and nine individuals close to him in response to Damascus's violent crackdown on antigovernment protesters.
- Message to the Congress Concerning Further Sanctions on Iran The White House 23 May 2011
- Executive Order Concerning Further Sanctions on Iran The White House 23 May 2011
- Iran says nuclear plant would join national grid soon ISNA 23 May 2011 -- The Chief of Atomic Energy Organization of Iranian (AEOI) said Bushehr nuclear power plant would join the national grid in near future.
- Statement by the Press Secretary on the EU's Designation of New Iranian Entities and Individuals The White House 23 May 2011
- EU Expands Iran Sanctions VOA 23 May 2011 -- The European Union has expanded sanctions against Iran due to concerns about the Iranian nuclear program, which Western nations fear is a cover for developing nuclear weapons.
- Tanks for Radioactive Water Nearly Full at Fukushima Plant VOA 23 May 2011 -- The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant says temporary containers holding radioactive water will be full by the end of the week.
- Secretary Clinton on Agreement Facilitating Honduras' Return to the OAS US Dept. of State 23 May 2011
- Honduran Accord Permits Ousted Leader Zelaya's Return VOA 23 May 2011 -- An accord has been reached that will allow ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya to return to his homeland, and for Honduras to regain entry to the Organization of American States.
- Treatment of ethnic minorities in Myanmar limiting path to democracy - UN expert UN News Centre 23 May 2011 -- A UN human rights expert on Myanmar said that the continued treatment and condition of ethnic minority groups in the country’s border areas were seriously restricting the Government’s intended transition to democracy.
- Analysis: Truth and consequences in Kenya IRIN 23 May 2011 -- Almost three years after it was created as part of efforts to avert the kind of violence that rocked Kenya after elections in 2007, a landmark truth commission has only recently got off the ground. But some activists fear it is a paper tiger.
- Burundi taking some steps forward on human rights, UN expert says UN News Centre 23 May 2011 -- The UN independent expert on human rights in Burundi welcomed what he said were several positive rights developments in the small African country.
- Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Kenny of Ireland The White House 23 May 2011
- Lockheed Martin Ships Twin GRAIL Spacecraft To Launch Site Lockheed Martin 23 May 2011 -- NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft were delivered by its builder Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on May 20. The two vehicles will undergo four months of final testing and processing in preparation for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a United Launch Alliance Delta II Heavy launch vehicle in early September.
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