15 June 2011 Military News
- Letter from the President on the War Powers Resolution The White House 15 Jun 2011 -- "I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93 148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of U.S. Armed Forces equipped for combat."
- White House Defends Legality of Libya Mission VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- The Obama administration is defending the legality of its military mission in Libya. White House officials have sent lawmakers a report saying Congress does not need to approve the continuing operation in Libya because U.S. troops there are in a support role.
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 15 Jun 2011 [PDF]
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 14 Jun 2011
- White House Vows Full Explanation for US Involvement in Libya VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- In Washington, the Obama administration is vowing to soon give a full explanation and justification for the continued U.S. military involvement in the Libyan conflict.
- Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader AFPS 15 Jun 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader and one of his associates during an intelligence-driven operation in the Spin Boldak district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported.
- Afghan Situation Continues to Improve, Chairman Says AFPS 15 Jun 2011 -- The situation in Afghanistan continues to improve, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on the 'Charlie Rose' TV interview show last night.
- 307th ESB juggles Pacific Signal mission with deployment to Afghanistan Army News 15 Jun 2011 -- If accomplishing a communications mission from one location sounds hard enough, imagine providing command, control, communications and computer capabilities for two theaters from four separate locations.
- US drone strike kills nine in Pakistan IRNA 15 Jun 2011 -- US spy aircraft Wednesday fired missiles into Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region killing nine persons, residents said.
- Pakistani MPs want revenue from NATO trucks IRNA 15 Jun 2011 -- A Pakistani parliamentary committee has proposed the collection of revenue from the containers supplying oil and other goods to NATO forces in Afghanistan, officials said.
- Pakistani Secular Leaders Alarmed By U.S. Afghan-Withdrawal Plans RFE/RL 15 Jun 2011 -- Politicians used to enjoy star status in Pakistani public life. They grew accustomed to being greeted as celebrities by tens of thousands of supporters throwing rose petals, chanting their slogans, and patiently and loyally enduring their long, rhetorical speeches.
- US Cites 'Challenges' in Pakistan Ties After Arrests Report VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- The United States Wednesday acknowledged 'challenges' in relations with Pakistan after a report that the government there has arrested informants who helped U.S. intelligence find Osama bin Laden. But the Obama administration says security cooperation with Pakistan remains in both countries' best interests.
- Pakistan rejects NYT report on army major arrest in Osama raid IRNA 15 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan's military Wednesday rejected a New York Times report that the country spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the CIA in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistan Arrests Informants Who Helped CIA Ahead Of Bin Laden Raid RFE/RL 15 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan's top military spy agency has reportedly arrested five Pakistani informants who helped the CIA ahead of last month's raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
- Pakistan Denies Arresting Army Major for US Ties VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- A report in Wednesday's New York Times quotes unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying Pakistan has arrested five people, including a Pakistani military official, accused of passing information to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency prior to last month's U.S. raid in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The Times report exposes the growing friction between the U.S. and Pakistan in the wake of that operation.
- US Steps Up Anti-Terrorism Efforts in Yemen VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- The Central Intelligence Agency is said to be stepping up its counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen. Several print and broadcast news outlets say the CIA will be increasing the use of armed drone aircraft against terrorist targets in Yemen. Officials are concerned al-Qaida is seeking to exploit the uncertainty created by the country's political turmoil.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Mullen Discusses Fiscal 2012 Budget Proposal With Senate Committee AFPS 15 Jun 2011 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told the Senate Appropriations Committee today that he supports the fiscal 2012 budget proposal, and that it funds service members in harm's way in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Gates, Mullen Protect Family Programs from Budget Cuts AFPS 15 Jun 2011 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the service chiefs to 'fence' two areas in the budget options the military is contemplating: training and family programs.
- Gates Calls for Superb Military, Not Hollow Force AFPS 15 Jun 2011 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he'd rather have a smaller 'superbly capable' military than a hollow force.
- Joint Media Availability with Deputy Secretary Lynn and Minister Vondra from Prague, Czech Republic DoD 15 Jun 2011 -- Presenter: Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn and Czech Minister of Defense Alexandr Vondra
- Lynn: 'Unbreakable Bond' Joins U.S., Czech Militaries AFPS 15 Jun 2011 -- The long-standing and growing military relationship between the United States and the Czech Republic has forged 'an unbreakable bond,' Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.
- Lynn Thanks Czech Republic for Afghan Help AFPS 15 Jun 2011 -- Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III met here today with Czech Republic officials, thanking them for stepping up their role in Afghanistan and discussing the way ahead in a growing military-to-military relationship between their countries.
- Second hypersonic flight ends prematurely, brings new flight test data AFNS 15 Jun 2011 -- A second test of the X-51A Waverider flew June 13, 2011, in the Point Mugu Naval Air Test Range over the Pacific Ocean, bringing significant hypersonic research data in a less than successful flight test.
- Network integration tests aim to reduce 'fog of war' Army News 15 Jun 2011 -- A massive network test, termed the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, which kicked off last week here, will evaluate capabilities of a developmental vehicle-mounted company command post system intended to give enhanced on-the-move networking to company commanders.
- IKE Completes Sea Trials, Returns to Homeport NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (IKE) completed sea trials June 15, marking another milestone in the warship's long and storied career.
- SECNAV Outlines Plan to Renew Focus on STEM Education NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced his plan to strengthen the service's future workforce, June 15, at the Naval STEM Forum being held June 15-16 in Alexandria, Va.
- ONR Announces Multimillion-Dollar 'STEM Grand Challenge' NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Chief of Naval Research announced an incentive plan to award up to $8 million for ideas aimed at boosting K-12 education in the sciences, June 15.
- USS George H.W. Bush Completes Italy Port Visit NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) departed Naples, Italy, June 14 after a three-day port visit. The ship is deployed in support of maritime support operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. This is the ship's maiden deployment.
- U.S. Sailors Visit Chilean Recruit Training Command NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Sailors assigned to guided-missile frigates USS Boone (FFG 28) and USS Thach (FFG 43) visited the Chilean navy Recruit Training Facility Escuela de Gru-metes on Quiriquina Island, Chile, June 14.
- USS Helena Arrives at New Homeport of Norfolk NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Los Angeles fast-attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk, Va., June 15.
- Baltic Operations 2011 Tests Interoperability NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 8, visited ships participating in the serial phase of Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2011, June 7-13.
- NAVFAC Awards Environmental Services, Technologies Contract NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Specialty Center Acquisitions, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (SCAN) awarded a maximum amount $75 million contract June 9, for performance-based Environmental Services and Technologies (ESAT) support for Navy, Marine Corps, and federal government programs at various locations worldwide.
- Navy Tests 'Green' Hybrid Diesel Trucks NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Navy engineers in San Diego and Bangor, Wash., began testing diesel powered hybrid vehicle technology June 15, for possible deployment to Navy and Marine Corps bases worldwide.
- SPAWAR Tests Emerging Technologies to Improve Warfighter Readiness NNS 15 Jun 2011 -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) participated in the 2011 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) with coalition and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) partners in San Diego, June 16.
- 50th Space Wing completes GPS constellation expansion AFNS 15 Jun 2011 -- The 50th Space Wing successfully completed a two-phase GPS constellation expansion known as 'Expandable 24' June 15. The expansion increased global GPS coverage and is now providing civil, military and commercial GPS users with a more robust signal and a higher probability of signal acquisition in terrain-challenged environments officials said.
- Macedonian general officially closes MEDCEUR 11 AFNS 15 Jun 2011 -- The 2011 Medical Training Exercise in Central and Eastern Europe officially closed during a ceremony here June 15. MEDCEUR, an annual chairman of the joint chiefs of staff-sponsored regional and multilateral exercise, was designed to provide medical training and operational experience in a deployed environment for U.S. and partner nations. Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia and Norway participated in this year's MEDCEUR.
- Gen. Amos briefed by Marines of 31st MEU USMC News 15 Jun 2011 -- Gen. James F. Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, visited Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, June 14.
- Kazakhstan's parliament rejects NATO deal on Afghanistan RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2011 -- Kazakhstan's parliament has decided to abstain from joining the NATO-led international coalition in Afghanistan, a member of the lower house said on Wednesday.
- Nepal Army sacks 23 soldiers for staging mutiny IRNA 15 Jun 2011 -- Nepal Army has sacked 23 soldiers and took disciplinary action against 13 others on charges of staging a 'mutiny'.
- June 15, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 15 Jun 2011
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 6/15/2011 The White House 15 Jun 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for June 15, 2011
- Boeing to Build 10 C-17 Airlifters for Indian Air Force Boeing 15 Jun 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that India's Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The Foreign Military Sale -- approved by the U.S. Congress in May 2010 -- establishes India as the C-17's largest international customer.
- U.S. Army Awards Lockheed Martin $445 Million Contract for Precision Strike GMLRS Rockets Lockheed Martin 15 Jun 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $445 million follow-on contract for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Unitary rockets from the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command. This is the U.S. Army's sixth purchase of the precision munition, with almost 2,000 GMLRS rockets fired in support of U.S. and allied military operations to date.
- Rheinmetall unveils new HE DM11 secondary ammunition for MBT 120mm smoothbore gun Rheinmetall Defence 15 Jun 2011 -- Rheinmetall recently revealed a new 120m HE round to a group of international experts at its proving ground in Unterlüß, Germany. It can be fired from any in-service 120mm smoothbore gun (L44 and L55). Dubbed the DM11, the new ammunition was developed on behalf of the German Ministry of Defence. It enables main battle tanks to respond more effectively to a variety of contemporary threats.
- Lockheed Martin Delivers Tactical Hardware for MEADS Intra-Fire Unit Communications Lockheed Martin 15 Jun 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently delivered the first intra-fire unit communications kit qualified for use with the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). This kit, also known as the MEADS Internal Communications Subsystem (MICS) Message Routing Subsystem, will support MEADS launcher integration, test and qualification.
- SCO slams U.S. missile defense plans RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2011 -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opposes Western missile defense plans that could jeopardize international stability, the regional security group said in a declaration on Wednesday.
- 15 June 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 15 Jun 2011
- Libya: African Union briefs Security Council on efforts to resolve crisis UN News Centre 15 Jun 2011 -- The process of resolving the Libyan crisis should involve mutual concessions among the parties to the conflict and unconditional dialogue, the African Union said today, assuring the United Nations of its commitment to joint efforts to find an inclusive political solution.
- Gadhafi Forces Shell Libya Rebel Positions in Western Mountains VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi bombarded rebel positions in the Western Mountains region Wednesday, after rebels made advances toward the capital, Tripoli.
- Press Conference by Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator on Democratic Republic of Congo United Nations 15 Jun 2011
- US Envoys Try to Renew Israeli-Palestinian Talks VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- Senior U.S. diplomats are in Jerusalem to try to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that collapsed last year.
- Philippines Removes Markers From Disputed South China Sea Reefs VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- The Philippines navy says it has removed foreign marker posts that were placed on reefs and banks it says are part of its territory in the South China Sea.
- Ban urges immediate end to hostilities in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state UN News Centre 15 Jun 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged an immediate end to the fighting in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state, which has caused the death of many civilians and the displacement of tens of thousands, and put United Nations staff directly at risk.
- Southern Kordofan Fighting Disrupts Sudan Talks in Addis Ababa VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- Talks on the future of a divided Sudan have been disrupted by the latest escalation of hostilities in the country's Southern Kordofan state. An urgent African Union-United Nations mission is heading Thursday to Southern Kordofan in an attempt to broker a ceasefire.
- Deal on Sudan's Abyei Region Coming Apart VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- A reported deal to ease tensions in Sudan's disputed Abyei region appears to be unraveling, as negotiations drag into a fourth day.
- Somali PM Defies Kampala Accord, Refuses to Step-Down VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- In defying the recently signed 'Kampala Accord' and refusing to step down, Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed is riding an unprecedented wave of popular support in the war-torn country.
- Iranian satellite Rasad launched successfully into earth orbit IRNA 15 Jun 2011 -- On auspicious birth anniversary night of Imam Ali ibn Abu-Taleb (P), pride-inspiring technicians of IRI Aerospace Org (IAO) successfully launched Iran's Rasad satellite into earth space Wednesday evening.
- Arab League Seeks Relevance in Arab Spring VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- Syria has rejected criticism from the Arab League about the crackdown on unrest in the member nation, and other league members are said to be at odds whether to suspend Damascus from the grouping.
- Syrian army fighting 'militants, 'provocateurs' says Lavrov RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2011 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Wednesday against attempts to define 'provocateurs' and 'militants' fighting against the government in Syria as peaceful protesters.
- Citing reports of abuses, UN human rights office urges probe into Syria UN News Centre 15 Jun 2011 -- The United Nations human rights office has called for a thorough probe into the allegations of widespread abuses committed by Syrian authorities during their violent crackdown against protesters, including the excessive use of force against civilians, arbitrary detentions and torture.
- Syria Widens Crackdown, More Civilians Flee to Turkey VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- Syrian military forces are poised to enter another northern town, while an increasing number of civilians are fleeing to Turkey to escape the military crackdown on anti-government protesters.
- FM spokesman refutes PGCC's repeated anti-Iran claims as unfounded IRNA 15 Jun 2011 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Wednesday refuted as unfounded the 'repeated claims and accusations' leveled against Iran by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC).
- Iran calls (P)GCC communiqué claims "unfounded" ISNA 15 Jun 2011 -- Iran denied Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (P)GCC ministerial meeting's statement as 'unfounded.'
- Congress Probes Radicalization of Muslims in US Prisons VOA 15 Jun 2011 -- The House Homeland Security Committee has held a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims in U.S. prisons. Several state and local law enforcement officials told the panel that radical Islamic groups abroad are targeting the U.S. prison population for recruits to carry out terrorist attacks against Americans. But some Democrats on the committee protested the narrow focus of the hearing on one religious group, saying there are other serious threats, including prison gangs.
- Voice Of Kazakh Protest Gaining Strength RFE/RL 15 Jun 2011 -- When a few hundred oil workers in southwestern Kazakhstan launched a strike to demand higher wages in early May, no one expected the protest would last long or have much of an impact.
- In U.S.-Russia Dialogue On Human Rights, A Tougher Tone Comes Through RFE/RL 15 Jun 2011 -- The latest session of a high-ranking U.S.-Russia dialogue on human rights included frank exchanges on press freedom and corruption, according to a senior U.S. official who participated in the talks.
- UN agency signs accord with Asian countries on fighting drugs and crime UN News Centre 15 Jun 2011 -- The United Nations and a group of Asian countries have signed an accord to promote cooperation in fighting drug trafficking, organized crime, human trafficking and international terrorism, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has announced.
- NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Detects Superfast Solar Waves Moving At 2,000 Km Per Second Lockheed Martin 15 Jun 2011 -- Scientists using the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument on board NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), have detected quasi-periodic waves in the low solar corona that travel at speeds as high as 2,000 kilometers per second (4.5 million miles per hour).
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