17 July 2012 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 17 Jul 2012 [PDF]
- Kendall: Afghan Drawdown Logistics to be 'Huge' Undertaking AFPS 17 Jul 2012 -- The man who oversaw the logistics of the military withdrawal from Iraq sees a greater challenge coming in the Afghan drawdown, describing it as 'huge'.
- Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader AFPS 17 Jul 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in the Archi district of Afghanistan's Kunduz province today, military officials reported.
- Afghan Soldier Sentenced to Death for Killing French Troops RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- A military tribunal in Afghanistan has sentenced an Afghan soldier to death over a deadly gun attack on French soldiers he was serving with, the Afghan Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- British soldier instructs next generation of Afghan bomb search experts UK MOD 17 Jul 2012 -- A British soldier serving in Afghanistan's Helmand province is teaching the next generation of Afghan military bomb disposal experts.
- British helicopter engineers overcome the heat in Afghanistan UK MOD 17 Jul 2012 -- As daytime temperatures soar towards 50 degrees Celsius in the shade in Afghanistan the heat is on for the engineers who keep the fleet of helicopters in the air.
- Thousands sit-in on NATO supply route in NW Pakistan IRNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Thousands Tuesday staged a sit-in in northwest Pakistan on the main supply route of NATO forces in Afghanistan to protest the government's decision to reopen supply line for foreign forces in the neighbouring country.
- USS Nicholas Brings Home 4 Tons of Drugs from Operation Martillo NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) delivered more than four tons of cocaine and marijuana to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., seized from drug interdictions conducted in support of Operation Martillo, July 17.
- India express concern over its fishermen killed by a U.S. navy ship IRNA 17 Jul 2012 -- India is deeply saddened and expressed concern over its fisherman killed in firing incident involving US Naval Vessel off the coast of UAE.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DOD News Briefing with George Little from the Pentagon DoD 17 Jul 2012 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary George Little
- Little: Middle East Minesweeping Exercise Set for September AFPS 17 Jul 2012 -- A multinational minesweeping exercise scheduled for this fall in the waters of the Middle East is intended to increase U.S. capabilities and cooperation with allies, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters today.
- Sequestration Threatens FY 2013 Funds, Official Says AFPS 17 Jul 2012 -- While current Defense Department contracts funded with fiscal year 2012 dollars remain unaffected by sequestration, the looming threat of the budget-cutting maneuver means funding for all DOD contracts in FY 2013 is at risk of being cut, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters today.
- Dempsey: Forming Partnerships Vital for Future Force AFPS 17 Jul 2012 -- In an increasingly competitive fiscal and security environment, major powers need to develop partnerships, and partnerships take work, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today at the National Guard Symposium on Mutual Security Cooperation.
- Hicks Praises Guard's State Partnership Program AFPS 17 Jul 2012 -- Building partnership capacity is one of the least understood facets of the new defense strategy, and one in which the National Guard has taken the lead, a senior DOD official said here today.
- DOD Officials Explain Sequestration Dangers AFPS 17 Jul 2012 -- Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, Frank Kendall, the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said here yesterday.
- Ukraine, U.S. Pilots Fly on Sea Breeze Patrols RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- Ukrainian and American naval aircrew are taking part in joint patrol flights in the Black Sea this week as part of the international Sea Breeze 2012 military exercises which started on July 9 in the port city of Odessa, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Arrives in U.S. 5th Fleet NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) on July 17.
- Abraham Lincoln Visits Turkey NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 arrived in Antalya, Turkey, for a scheduled port visit, July 17.
- Naval War College Presents War Gaming Workshop to Mexican Navy NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- Faculty members from the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) returned July 14, from Mexico City where they taught a three-day war gaming professional development workshop at the Mexican Naval War College.
- Navy to Disestablish Nine NJROTC units NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- The Navy will disestablish nine Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) units, effective June 30, 2013.
- USS Rushmore Confirms Combat Readiness NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- USS Rushmore (LSD 47) successfully completed its material inspection by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment and was found fit for sustained combat operations, July 13.
- Peleliu Participates in Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Exercise NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) participated in a series of anti-terrorism and force protection training scenarios aboard Naval Base San Diego, July 17.
- Kaiser Delivers Biofuel for RIMPAC's Great Green Fleet Demo NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), will deliver 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel July 17, to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike group.
- NAVFAC Southwest Awards $8.8 Million to Renovate Camp Pendleton BEQ NNS 17 Jul 2012 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded a $8.8 million task order July 3 to A&D GC Inc. of San Diego to renovate a bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
- Navy submarine HMS Turbulent retires UK MOD 16 Jul 2012 -- A ceremony marking the retirement of Royal Navy submarine HMS Turbulent took place this weekend at Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth.
- HMS Dragon celebrates successful Sea Viper trials UK MOD 17 Jul 2012 -- HMS Dragon has successfully tested her Sea Viper weapon system by knocking a target out of the sky at the Outer Hebrides missile range off Scotland.
- Title of KPA Vice Marshal Awarded to Hyon Yong Chol KCNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Hyon Yong Chol was awarded the title of vice marshal of the Korean People's Army.
- Tajikistan Agrees Terms With Russia For Army Base RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- Tajikistan has approved Russian terms for an agreement on a lease extension for a Russian army base in the central Asian nation after 2014, Russia's ground forces commander Vladimir Chirkin said on Tuesday.
- Taiwan's aerospace company seeking to build F-16 maintenance center CNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) is seeking to build a maintenance center for F-16 jet fighters that can serve the Air Force as well as clients from Southeast Asian countries, the company spokesman said Tuesday.
- Russia Offers India Joint GLONASS Development RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- Russia has offered India joint participation in development of its GLONASS satellite navigation system on an equal basis, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Tuesday.
- July 17, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 17 Jul 2012
- Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest en route San Antonio, TX, 7/17/12 The White House 17 Jul 2012
- 17 July 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 17 Jul 2012
- Syrian Rebels Claim Advances VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- The rebel Free Syrian Army said it has begun the "battle for the liberation of Damascus," as clashes with government forces raged in the capital for a third day. The battles come as more than 1,000 Syrians, including a defecting brigadier-general, fled to Turkey overnight.
- Regime Defector Warns Damascus Could Use Chemical Weapons RFE/RL 17 Jul 2012 -- The most senior politician to defect from the Syrian government says he believes that President Bashar al-Assad's regime won't hesitate to use chemical weapons to try to stay in power.
- Syrian Regime Uses Attack Helicopters In Damascus; Defections Continue RFE/RL 17 Jul 2012 -- an escalation of the most serious fighting in the capital since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago.
- Annan To Meet Putin On Syria RFE/RL 17 Jul 2012 -- Syria's army has reportedly used helicopters to battle opposition forces in at least four Damascus neighborhoods -- an escalation of the most serious fighting in the capital since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago.
- U.S. Awaits Results of Annan's Syria Talks With Putin RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- The U.S. is watching developments in Moscow as the UN's special envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, prepares to hold meetings with President Putin on Tuesday over resolution of the conflict, U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said.
- Syria: after Moscow meeting, Joint Special Envoy voices hope for Council agreement UN News Centre 17 Jul 2012 -- Addressing the media in Moscow, the Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, today voiced the hope that members of the Security Council will be able to reach agreement on a course of action to deal with the situation in the Middle Eastern country.
- Battles Rage in Damascus VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- Fierce clashes between rebels and government forces rocked the Syrian capital for a third day Tuesday in the heaviest period of fighting in the city since the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began 16 months ago.
- Ban Visits China Ahead of Security Council Showdown on Syria VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to China amid a looming showdown at the U.N. Security Council over two competing resolutions on Syria.
- Taiwan puts South China Sea weather info online to assert sovereignty CNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Taiwan has begun publishing weather information for the Pratas Islands and Spratly Islands on its official weather website as part of efforts to assert sovereignty over the disputed South China Sea region, an official said Tuesday.
- SOMALIA: One million return to Mogadishu IRIN 17 Jul 2012 -- Around a million people who fled insecurity and fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu have returned to the city since August 2011, after the departure of Al-Shabab insurgents, say officials.
- FM spokesman: Security of Persian Gulf, Hormuz Strait should be safeguarded IRNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Security of the Persian Gulf and the Hormuz Strait should be retained so that all countries could preserve their own interests as well as those of the region, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said.
- Mehmanparast: Iran-G5+1 next meeting depends on outcome of Istanbul talks IRNA 17 Jul 2012 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast said here Tuesday if the upcoming meeting of deputy nuclear negotiators of Iran and the 5+1 witnesses a fruitful outcome in Istanbul, the venue and date of next negotiations will be decided.
- LIBYA: What the analysts are saying post elections IRIN 17 Jul 2012 -- The recently reported abduction of the president of Libya's Olympic Committee, Nabil Elalem, highlights the wobbly security situation in a country awash with arms and where a number of militias still appear to be above the law, but slowly, steps towards stability are being taken.
- Libya's Former Rebels Pose Challenge VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- The fighters who defeated Libya's Moammar Gadhafi last year now pose a challenge for the fledgling democracy they helped create. Many of them have refused to give up their weapons, demanding a series of laws to protect them.
- Russian Soyuz Docks with Space Station RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- Russia's Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, Mission Control said.
- Russian Space Lab Launch Delayed Again RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2012 -- The launch of Russia's 'Nauka' (Science) multirole laboratory module (MLM) for the International Space Station has been set back from the end of this year to the end of next year due to technological and organizational problems at the Khrunichev Space Center, the head of Russia's Energia space corporation Vitaly Lopota said on Tuesday.
- Report Says Terrorist Regrouping in Indonesia VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- There has not been a major terrorist attack in Indonesia since the Bali bombings in 2002, but that does not mean the threat does not linger. An International Crisis Group report suggests terrorists are regrouping in increasingly sophisticated ways.
- Olympic Security: A 'Humiliating Shambles' VOA 17 Jul 2012 -- The head of the private firm in charge of security at the London Olympics has said he is sorry and deeply disappointed that his firm has failed in its commitment to provide full security for the Games. Nick Buckles answered questions put to him by members of parliament on Tuesday.
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