30 July 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 29 Jul 2011
- NATO strikes Libyan state TV satellite facility NATO 30 Jul 2011 -- Statement by the Spokesperson for NATO Operation Unified Protector, Colonel Roland Lavoie, regarding air strike in Tripoli
- NATO Bombs Libyan Satellite Dishes VOA 30 Jul 2011 -- NATO says it has bombed three Libyan satellite dishes in the capital, Tripoli, in an effort to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from using state television to intimidate civilians.
- Mullen Confident Afghans Will Be Ready to Shoulder Security AFPS 30 Jul 2011 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is satisfied the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan is being done in a responsible manner and that the Afghan national security forces will be able to shoulder the defense burden by 2014.
- Budget Woes Top List of Concerns in Afghanistan AFPS 30 Jul 2011 -- Budget cuts -- not operational issues -- are the main concern of soldiers and Marines assigned here.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Secretary Tells Defense Workers to Plan Normal Work Week AFPS 30 Jul 2011 -- Plan to come to work as usual next week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Defense Department workforce in a message sent last evening.
- Defense Budget Cuts Must be Balanced, Mullen Says AFPS 30 Jul 2011 -- As the pressure increases on the federal budget, the Defense Department must make cuts in a balanced way, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Bonhomme Richard Certified 'Operational' Following Maintenance Period NNS 30 Jul 2011 -- USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) passed its latest round of operational tests July 29, becoming certified in both amphibious operations and aircraft operations, accomplishing both within two weeks of leaving an extended maintenance period in its homeport of San Diego.
- Bonhomme Richard Completes First MV-22 Osprey Recovery NNS 30 Jul 2011 -- Sailors in the air department aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) recovered their first Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey July 28 while the ship was in transit to Seattle.
- Overhauled Tennessee, Families Return to Kings Bay NNS 30 Jul 2011 -- USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., July 29, following a 30-month refueling and overhaul (ROH) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
- Russian airborne forces to get state-of-the-art artillery guns in '13 RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2011 -- Russian airborne forces will accept for service new state-of-the-art self-propelled artillery guns in 2013, Lt. Gen. Nikolai Ignatov said on Saturday.
- Russian inspectors to make aerial surveillance flight in US RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2011 -- A group of Russian air inspectors will make an aerial observation flight over the territory of the United States in line with the Open Skies Treaty, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
- People feel threatened by China's missiles: minister CNA 30 Jul 2011 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu rebutted Friday remarks by a Beijing official that China's missiles are not aimed at Taiwan, saying that 'it is hard for Taiwan's people to buy his story.'
- Turkey's Prime Minister Appoints New Armed Forces Chief VOA 30 Jul 2011 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed the chief of the paramilitary police, Necdet Ozel, as acting head of the armed forces. The move came after Turkey's entire military command resigned Friday amid escalating tensions between the secularist military and Islamic-rooted government.
- Libyan rebel commander killed by comrades RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2011 -- General Abdel Fatah Younes, the Libyan rebels' top military commander, has been killed by his comrades after being arrested by rebel security forces on suspicion of treason, media reports said, quoting a rebel minister.
- U.S. concludes 'constructive' talks with North Korea RIA Novosti 30 Jul 2011 -- U.S. and North Korean diplomats concluded on Friday their two-day talks in New York that both sides called 'constructive.'
- Iraq Moves to Cut Size of Government VOA 30 Jul 2011 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has reached an agreement with parliament that calls for reducing the size of his national unity government.
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