07 July 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 07 Jul 2011 [PDF]
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 06 Jul 2011
- Press briefing on Libya by Oana Lungescu, the NATO Spokesperson and by Wing Commander Mike Bracken, Operation ''Unified Protector'' military spokesperson NATO 07 Jul 2011
- Berlusconi Opposes Libya Mission; Rome Cuts Involvement VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Italy's prime minister has voiced serious doubts about the NATO intervention in Libya as his conservative government announced plans to cut back its participation in the mission.
- Combined Force Kills Insurgents, Seizes Weapons AFPS 07 Jul 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents, detained several suspected insurgents and destroyed a large weapons cache in Wardak province.
- Red Bulls turn over remote Bad Pech Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- In early May Company B, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry left for the Bad Pech.
- NATO Admits Afghan Civilian Deaths, Probes Claims RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- The NATO-led force in Afghanistan says it accidentally killed civilians in an air strike earlier this week and is investigating separate allegations that a coalition air raid killed two more civilians.
- Pakistani PM steps in to ease Afghan border tension IRNA 07 Jul 2011 -- Pakistan's PM Gilani, telephoned President Karzai night and expressed 'serious concern over activities of militants' along Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
- Canada Set to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Canada is set to end its combat mission in Afghanistan after nine years of fighting as part of the U.S.-led NATO coalition.
- Canada officially ends military presence in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- Canada handed control over the Kandahar Air Field to the United States on Thursday, officially ending its participation in the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan.
- Netherlands Sends Reduced Afghanistan Mission, As Canada Ends Combat Role RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- The Dutch military is sending 160 soldiers to Afghanistan as part of its new, scaled-down mission to the country.
- Dutch troops set to join NATO police training mission in Kunduz IRNA 07 Jul 2011 -- More than 160 Dutch soldiers were set to depart from an air force base in Eindhoven for the north Afghan province of Kunduz to join a NATO police training mission.
- Airmen filling certain billets first to receive OCP uniform for everyday wear AFNS 07 Jul 2011 -- As the green of the Battle Dress Uniform fades into Air Force history, a new 'green' is beginning for certain Airmen deploying to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Pakistani Army Chief calls for collective response against terrorism IRNA 07 Jul 2011 -- Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has called for collective response to eliminate the menace of terrorism.
- 40 militants killed in clashes with Pakistani security forces IRNA 07 Jul 2011 -- At least 40 militants were killed during clashes with security forces in Kurram agency, located in the Federally Administered Tribal Area of Pakistan.
- Pakistan army bomb militants' hideouts IRNA 07 Jul 2011 -- Pakistani security forces used gunships and artillery to shell suspected hideouts of Taliban militants in North Waziristan tribal region.
- At Least 49 Killed in Pakistani City of Karachi VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Police say at least 49 people have been killed in political and ethnic violence in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in the last three days.
- EU court orders UK to investigate deaths of six Iraqi civilians IRNA 07 Jul 2011 -- The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ordered the UK to investigate the deaths of six civilians killed in Iraq in 2003 in incidents involving British soldiers.
- 731st EOD Company comes home Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- In the early morning hours of June 29, Soldiers with the 731st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company returned to their Families in a ceremony at Fort Stewart, June 29.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pakistani Scientist Says N. Korea Paid for Nuclear Technology VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The founder of Pakistan's nuclear program says North Korea paid top Pakistani military officers in exchange for nuclear technology.
- Shanghai Cooperation Organization Opposes US Missile Defense Plan VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Russia continues to oppose U.S. plans for a ballistic missile defense system.
- Reset in Russia-U.S. relations 'working out' - Lavrov RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- The reset in Russia-U.S. relations is bearing good fruit, but several disputable points are still eclipsing bilateral ties.
- President Calls for Balanced Defense Spending Cuts AFPS 07 Jul 2011 -- President Obama is committed to cutting the Defense Department budget as part of the overall reduction in the federal deficit.
- Deputy Secretary Announces Intention to Depart DoD 07 Jul 2011
- Lynn to Step Down as Deputy Defense Secretary AFPS 07 Jul 2011 -- Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III will step down later this year to return to private life.
- Army releases modernization plan Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- The Army released its Modernization Plan 2012 last week, an in-depth explanation of how next year's budget request aims to move the Army toward achieving its objectives to equip the force in the 21st century.
- Guardrail turns 40, modernization keeps it going Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- Guardrail aircraft were first employed in Germany in 1971 to monitor Soviet Block troop movements in East Germany and Czechoslovakia.
- Prowlers serve MAW for more than 30 years USMC News 07 Jul 2011 -- In 1978, the EA-6B Prowler became the electronic warfare platform of the Marine Corps.
- Nimitz Reaches Availability Milestone NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility workers announced July 7, they reached a milestone in USS Nimitz's ongoing maintenance availability.
- USS Harry S. Truman Reaches Dry-Dock Maintenance Availability Milestone NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- USS Harry S. Truman reached the quarter mark for a scheduled dry-dock planned incremental availability for maintenance July 6.
- USS Philadelphia Relieves Last Sailor, Begins Inactivation at NNSY NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- Norfolk Naval Shipyard formally relieved USS Philadelphia's last remaining Sailor June 29, officially decommissioning the Los Angeles-class submarine.
- Communications-electronics recognized as part of Army's Top 10 greatest inventions Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- CERDEC's three AGI recipients include a portable power system, a threat warning system and counter radio controlled-improvised explosive device electronic warfare.
- USS George Washington Crew Safely Navigates Through Sunda Strait NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- Sailors aboard USS George Washington successfully navigated the ship through the Sunda Strait July 6.
- National Guard plays role in Arctic operations Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- The National Guard, working through the Defense Department with multinational forces, is promoting a balanced approach to improve human and environmental security in the Arctic region.
- HSC-25 maintainers aren't fazed with Phase D USMC News 07 Jul 2011 -- Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, A Unit Deployment Program helicopter squadron is the only forward deployed helicopter sea combat squadron in the Navy.
- Team zeroes in new sniper system Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- The Fort Sill Special Reaction Team is setting their sights further downrange, with new M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems.
- USS Germantown Arrives In Australia, Begins Talisman Sabre 2011 NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- USS Germantown and embarked Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Townsville, Australia, for a port visit July 7.
- VMFA-314 prepares for Australian skies USMC News 07 Jul 2011 -- Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 flew to Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, to start Talisman Saber 2011 and Southern Frontier 2011 July 1.
- FRUKUS 2011 Completes Training NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- Ships from Russia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States returned to Naval Station Norfolk July 1, completing the at-sea phase of FRUKUS 2011 off the coast of Virginia.
- Marines Advise, Help Build NCO Corps Throughout Black Sea Region USMC News 07 Jul 2011 -- Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11's NCO Development detachment is showing parts of the world what it means to be an NCO.
- 21st TSC EOD techs help Romania Armed Forces destroy excess munitions Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- 21st Theater Sustainment Command Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians provided their Romanian Armed Forces counterparts classroom and hands-on procedures.
- U.S., Tajik Officials Initiate Construction Of Military Training Center RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- U.S. and Tajik officials have marked the start of construction of a military training center near Dushanbe that is being funded by Washington.
- Era Comes to an End at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division, Det. Yorktown, ended its experimental explosive development, June 30, bringing more than 70 years of weapons research to a close.
- Walter Reed staff meets to plan pending move Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- As the September closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center fast approaches, the surgeon general and other Army medical leaders met with hospital staff July 6 to ensure a smooth transition into two new area hospitals.
- Pearl Harbor Shipyard Breaks Ground with Waterfront Building NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard began another significant step in fulfilling its facilities modernization plan with the ground breaking ceremony for the $15.8 million Production Services Support Facility, July 6, adjacent to historic Dry Dock 1.
- Navy Re-opens Norfolk Powder Coating Facility NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- The Navy officially re-opened the Norfolk Ship Support Activity's powder coating facility on board Norfolk Naval Station July 1, re-establishing the capability to apply corrosion-resistant, powder-based paint to shipboard equipment on Norfolk-based ships.
- ASC on track to absorb installation logistics activities Army News 07 Jul 2011 -- DOL Transformation Team members, Army Field Support Brigade representatives and ASC senior staff members were all in attendance and offered feedback throughout the briefing.
- Pacific Partnership Teams Up with University of Hawaii to Provide Humanitarian Aid NNS 07 Jul 2011 -- The University of Hawaii teamed up with Pacific Partnership 2011 to create a partnership with the university's School of Nursing, July 7.
- All contracts on Russia's 2012 defense order to be signed by yearend RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- Defense Minister Serdyukov: All contracts on Russia's 2012 state defense order will be signed by the end of this year.
- Russian Defense Ministry ready to install military police to tackle hazing RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- Russia's Defense Ministry promised to introduce a special military police division to uproot hazing practices and thefts.
- Taiwan lawmakers in U.S. to push for F-16 C/D sales CNA 07 Jul 2011 -- Part of American trip to lobby for the United States to approve Taiwan's request to buy F-16 C/D fighter jets.
- Casualties Reported As Huge Blast Rocks Armory In Turkmenistan RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- An explosion at a military armory in the Turkmen city of Abadan has caused major damage and led to a mass evacuation of residents.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/7/2011 The White House 07 Jul 2011
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, July 7, 2011 US Dept. of State 07 Jul 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for July 07, 2011
- Northrop Grumman to Help U.S. Navy Study Options for Developing Fleet of Carrier-Launched Unmanned Systems Northrop Grumman 07 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Navy will gain insight into the technical risks, challenges and operational benefits of developing a new fleet of unmanned carrier-launched surveillance and strike (UCLASS) aircraft through a study contract awarded June 23 to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).
- Unmanned Global Hawk Completes First Production Acceptance Multi-Intelligence Sensor Flight Northrop Grumman 07 Jul 2011 -- The newest Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) built RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft completed the first of many production acceptance flights of an operational Block 30 multi-intelligence sensor package on May 25, flown from Palmdale, Calif.
- General Dynamics Starts Production of JTRS HMS Radios for U.S. Army General Dynamics 07 Jul 2011 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems has received an order from the U.S. Department of Defense for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Handheld, Manpack, Small Form Fit (HMS) Rifleman radio (AN/PRC-154) and Manpack (AN/PRC-155) radio.
- Sikorsky Delivers 300th UH-60M BLACK HAWK Helicopter to U.S. Army Sikorsky 07 Jul 2011 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the delivery of the 300th UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter to the U.S. Army. Sikorsky is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- Northrop Grumman-Led ICBM Prime Integration Team Participates in Test Launch of Minuteman III Missile Northrop Grumman 07 Jul 2011 -- The Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Prime Team, led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), participated in an Air Force Global Strike Command flight test of an operational Minuteman III ICBM launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on June 22, 2011.
- Nation's New Missile Warning Satellite Delivers First Infrared Imagery Lockheed Martin 07 Jul 2011 -- The first Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-built Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous (GEO-1) spacecraft beamed down its first infrared image on June 21 to the SBIRS ground station. Following its May 7 launch, the satellite is performing as expected, and is now undergoing early orbit testing.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 7 July 2011 United Nations 07 Jul 2011
- Libyan Rebels Make Gains Near Tripoli VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Libyan rebels have seized two small towns south of Tripoli in a six-hour gunbattle with forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi.
- Russia's Lavrov says no end in sight to Libyan conflict RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- The military conflict in Libya has reached a stalemate, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
- Second Russian plane carrying humanitarian aid heads for Libya RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- Another plane from the Russian Emergencies Ministry carrying humanitarian aid for Libya left Moscow for Tripoli on Thursday.
- Yemen's Wounded President Appears on TV VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivered his first video address since traveling to Saudi Arabia to be treated for injuries.
- Yemen's Saleh Calls For Dialogue RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has given his first televised address since suffering serious injuries during an attack on his presidential palace.
- 12 Soldiers Dead in Southern Yemen Violence VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Two attacks in southern Yemen have left 12 soldiers dead.
- Rebel Leader Says al-Shabab Losing Ground in Somalia VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- One of the leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Somali insurgent group al-Shabab has acknowledged the group is losing ground in its fight against the Somali government.
- UN welcomes Somali insurgents' decision to drop ban on humanitarian aid UN News Centre 07 Jul 2011 -- The top UN relief official for Somalia welcomed an announcement by Al-Shabaab insurgents that they would lift their ban on international aid.
- UN refugee chief to review Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya UN News Centre 07 Jul 2011 -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today began a four-day visit to Ethiopia and Kenya to check on the care provided to refugees fleeing Somalia.
- US: South Sudan Separation a 'Fragile Moment' VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice says Saturday's ceremonies marking the independence of South Sudan are historic events, but also a fragile moment.
- South Sudan needs strong partnerships to tackle 'daunting' challenges ahead - Ban UN News Centre 07 Jul 2011 -- South Sudan will need to develop a broad set of partnerships to tackle the “daunting” challenges it faces.
- North Sudan Army Demobilizes Southern Members VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The army of north Sudan is demobilizing some 15,000 southerners from its ranks, as the south gets set to declare independence.
- South Sudan Puts on Dress Rehearsal for Independence VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The countdown is on for South Sudan's independence July 9, and the country's future capital is making its final preparations for the big day.
- Russia to establish diplomatic ties with South Sudan RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- Russia is ready to establish diplomatic relations with South Sudan, the Foreign Ministry's official spokesman said.
- South Sudan Has Big Oil Reserves, Big Problems VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The new Republic of South Sudan enters the world with great economic potential but faces huge challenges in its quest for peace and prosperity.
- Greece confirms Gaza-bound vessel held in Crete RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- A Gaza-bound vessel from the Freedom Flotilla II is being held in Crete, the Greek Coast Guard said.
- Greece Intercepts Pro-Palestinian Activist Boat VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The Greek coast guard has intercepted the only boat of a planned flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists that had eluded detection.
- Israel on Alert as Pro-Palestinian Activists Plan 'Fly-In' VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Israeli security forces are on high alert ahead of the arrival of a large group of foreign activists who oppose the occupation of the Palestinian territories.
- UN Accuses Israel Of Excessive Force RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has accused Israeli soldiers of using excessive force by firing live ammunition at unarmed Lebanese demonstrators.
- Nagorno-Karabakh Leader Praises OSCE Mediators RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- The leader of the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh has praised international mediators seeking to resolve the conflict over the disputed territory.
- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders agree to greater UN role in talks - Ban UN News Centre 07 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban: Leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities had accepted his offer for an enhanced UN mediation role.
- Cyprus Reunification Still Stalled VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- U.N. mediated talks have failed to achieve an agreement to reunify the divided island of Cyprus.
- PHILIPPINES: Crime threatens Mindanao peace process IRIN 07 Jul 2011 -- Rising crime could undermine the Mindanao peace process, experts warn, amid a recent spike of incidents blamed on rogue rebels.
- Serbia Seeks Kosovo Organ Trade Probe RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- Belgrade has demanded an urgent UN investigation into claims that Kosovo rebels trafficked in human organs during and after the 1999 war.
- Ivory Coast Names Former Rebel as Army Leader VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The Ivory Coast government has named a former rebel leader as head of the country's armed forces.
- UN helping Central African Republic face 'serious' challenges, envoy says UN News Centre 07 Jul 2011 -- The UN is sparing no effort to assist the Central African Republic in confronting serious challenges.
- US Envoy Visits Syrian City of Hama to Support Protesters VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. ambassador to Syria has traveled to the city of Hama to express solidarity with residents protesting the rule of President al-Assad.
- Time for killings in Syria to stop, says UN chief UN News Centre 07 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Bancalled once again on Syrian authorities to stop their bloody crackdown on protesters.
- Tanks Surround Flashpoint Syrian City, Residents Flee VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- A Syrian activist monitoring developments in Hama told VOA in a telephone interview that dozens of families left the city Thursday.
- Syrian Rights Activists Say Hundreds Fleeing Hama VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- A Syrian human rights group says hundreds of people are fleeing the central city of Hama for fear of a military crackdown by security forces.
- Activists Plan for Mass Protest in Egypt VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Egyptian activists are gearing up for a mass rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to protest against what they say is a slow pace of reforms.
- Egyptian activists gear up for mass protest in Cairo RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- The vast majority of Egypt's political forces are preparing to rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday as frustration is mounting at the slow pace of reforms in the country.
- U.S. Concerned Over Religious Persecution In Iran RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- The United States has expressed dismay over reports an Iranian may face the death penalty over his religious beliefs.
- Family Concerned Over Health Of Iranian Opposition Leader, Wife RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- The mother of opposition figure Zahra Rahnavard has reportedly been under house arrest for the past five months.
- Supporters Say Jailed Iranian Cleric In Poor Health RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- Some followers of dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi say his health has further deteriorated in prison.
- Congressional Leaders Meet Dalai Lama in US Capitol VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met with the Dalai Lama.
- China Cautions US Against Official Meeting with Dalai Lama VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- China has warned the United States not to hold official meetings with the Dalai Lama, who is in Washington as part of an 11-day meditation ritual.
- Interview With Georgian Opposition Figure Nino Burjanadze RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- With her perfectly coiffed hair, controlled manners, and impeccable clothes, Nino Burjanadze has the appearance of a stern yet kindly schoolteacher.
- Kyrgyz Presidential Envoy Resigns RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- Kyrgyzstan's presidential envoy to parliament has handed his resignation to President Roza Otunbaeva, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- S. Korea Working on New Resettlement Facility for Defectors from North VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- South Korea will soon begin construction of a new resettlement facility for North Korean defectors.
- Thailand's First Female PM Prepares to Take Office VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Thailand is set to have its first female prime minister in Yingluck Shinawatra, younger sister of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
- Haiti's President Announces 2nd Choice for Prime Minister Post VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Haitian President Michel Martelly has chosen a lawyer and former justice minister to be the country's next prime minister.
- Bangladesh Opposition Leads 2nd Day of Strikes VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Opposition members are protesting a constitutional amendment they say will unfairly help the ruling party stay in power.
- Lukashenko says ready to deport all political prisoners to EU RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2011 -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ready to hand over all prisoners that the EU believes are jailed for political reasons.
- Belarusian Mass Trials Continue After Fresh Crackdown On Protesters RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- Courts in Belarus have begun hearing cases and imposing sentences and fines on people detained during protests.
- China Denies Reports Jiang Zemin is Dead VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Chinese authorities are officially denying that Jiang Zemin is dead after days of speculation about the health of the former president.
- China Denies Death Of Former President Jiang Zemin RFE/RL 07 Jul 2011 -- China has denied reports that former President Jiang Zemin died, after a Hong Kong television station announced his death.
- Chavez Visits Troops After Recent Surgery VOA 07 Jul 2011 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has appeared at a military base in an apparent show of strength after his recent surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumor.
- World cereal prices drop slightly but still steeply higher than last year - UN UN News Centre 07 Jul 2011 -- Cereal prices dropped slightly in the world markets in June, but were still 71 per cent higher than a year ago.
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