20 July 2012 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 20 Jul 2012 [PDF]
- Combined Force Detains 2 Suspects, Seizes IEDs AFPS 20 Jul 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in the Ishkamish district of Afghanistan's Takhar province today, military officials reported.
- Compound improves security for coalition forces, Afghan people Army News 20 Jul 2012 -- This month, American Soldiers here, in partnership with their Afghan Uniformed Police counterparts, completed improvements on a compound for Afghan forces that is located at a police station in central Azikzai.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan vow to involve Taliban in peace process IRNA 20 Jul 2012 -- Pakistan and Afghanistan have vowed to involve the Taliban, Hezb-e-Islami and other armed opposition groups in the Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
- Afghan General visits UK troops ahead of Afghanistan deployment UK MOD 20 Jul 2012 -- The Commander of the Afghan Army's 3/215 Brigade, Brigadier General Sherin Shah, has visited members of 4th Mechanized Brigade ahead of their deployment to Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK 17 in September.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DOD Bolsters Safeguards for Sensitive Information AFPS 20 Jul 2012 -- In a closed House panel hearing on the unauthorized disclosure of classified information, the defense department's senior civilian official and its top military officer said DOD must do more to protect sensitive information, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.
- Pentagon Officials Work to Stop Leaks VOA 20 Jul 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered top military officials to monitor major U.S. news media for leaks of classified information, in an effort to stop the unauthorized release of government secrets to the public.
- NSA Looks to Industry for Secure Mobile Capabilities AFPS 20 Jul 2012 -- The head of the National Security Agency’s information assurance directorate today discussed the agency’s goals in providing government with secure mobile devices.
- New CSAF nominee testifies before Senate committee AFNS 20 Jul 2012 -- Gen. Mark Welsh III addressed a range of issues here July 19 during his Senate confirmation hearing to be the next Air Force chief of staff.
- Carter: Guam Central to Asia-Pacific Strategy AFPS 20 Jul 2012 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said after his meetings with Guamanian and military leaders over the past two days, he is more convinced than ever that Guam has a central role to play in the strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.
- Multinational Divers Make a Splash During International Exercise NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- Multinational divers conducted a combined diving demonstration during Exercise Sea Breeze 2012 (SB12) at the Ukrainian Western Naval Base, July 19.
- Peruvian Navy Participates in Pacific Partnership 2012 NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- A Peruvian Navy Doctor is serving aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) supporting Pacific Partnership 2012 (PP12).
- Hawaii visits Busan during Western Pacific deployment NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) arrived in Busan July 20 as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific.
- Louisville Visits Yokosuka during Western Pacific Deployment NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific, July 20.
- USS Jason Dunham Completes Underway Training for Sea Breeze 2012 NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) completed the underway training portion of Exercise Sea Breeze 2012 (SB12), July 19.
- Researchers Employ UAVs in Hurricane Research NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- With hurricane season well underway, researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School are taking part in an ongoing effort to look at hurricane formation and development, in hopes of improving prediction systems and, ultimately, allowing for earlier evacuations.
- LEAP boosts AF language capability AFNS 20 Jul 2012 -- Amid the darkness and the sputters of machine gunfire, service members hustle to assess and treat combat casualty victims. These victims have suffered injuries ranging from loss of limbs to sucking chest wounds.
- Defense CIO: Wireless Spectrum a Critical Enabler AFPS 20 Jul 2012 -- 'Spectrum is the critical enabler that ensures information is dependably available to train our forces and ensure our mission accomplishment,' Teresa M. Takai, the chief information officer for the Department of Defense, said today.
- VP-45, Mexican Navy Join Forces during RIMPAC 2012 NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- The Mexican navy and Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 'Pelicans' have integrated into the Combined Task Force (CTF) 176 on board USS Essex (LHD 2) for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012, June 29 to Aug. 3.
- VT-6 holds Change of Command NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- Training Squadron (VT) 6 'Shooters' held a change of command ceremony in the atrium aboard Naval Air Station Whiting Field, July 20.
- USS Forrestal Remembered NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- The Navy's Farrier Fire Fighting School Learning Site (FFSLS) hosted the 45th annual memorial ceremony of the disaster aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA 59) July 20, held by members of the USS Forrestal Association.
- USS Helena Holds Change of Command NNS 20 Jul 2012 -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) held a change of command ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, July 20.
- Military Intelligence - This Week in History Army News 20 Jul 2012 -- The 23rd Special Warfare Aviation Detachment was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in March 1962.
- Court Not Best Way to Solve Iran Arms Deal Row - Russia RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2012 -- Russia does not deny Iran's right to take legal action but believes it is not the best way to resolve problems in the two nations' bilateral relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday, in an apparent reference to a row over missile sales to Tehran.
- HMS Diamond joins Australian warship east of Suez UK MOD 20 Jul 2012 -- HMS Diamond has joined Australian ship HMAS Melbourne as she takes her place in the international naval effort to counter criminal activity on the seas east of Suez.
- Deputy Secretary General encourages Bosnia and Herzegovina to remove obstacle to NATO integration NATO 20 Jul 2012 -- The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow visited Bosnia and Herzegovina on 19 and 20 July 2012. The purpose of the visit was to exchange views with representatives of the Government on the country's commitment to the NATO accession process.
- DRC Army Education Enters New Phase VOA 20 Jul 2012 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's army has a new slogan - Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika - Tomorrow Is a New Day. It's also the name for a new education program to educate soldiers on the basics of human rights, the rules of war, and how to improve civilian relations.
- Gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Ft. Myers, FL, 7/20/2012 The White House 20 Jul 2012
- DoD News: Contracts for July 20, 2012
- U.S. Lawmakers Cut Pentagon Ties with Russian Arms Exporter RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2012 -- U.S. lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday breaking contracts between the Pentagon and Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport, which they claim is "arming the oppressive Syrian regime,” the House of Representatives said on its website.
- Britain Vows to Support Syrian Opposition VOA 20 Jul 2012 -- In London, Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain will work outside the U.N. Security Council to support the opposition movement in Syria. Hague was speaking Friday before the Security Council reconvened to take up the crisis in Syria. The Council's original attempt to impose sanctions on the Assad government in Damascus was blocked by Russia and China vetos.
- Syria Crisis Spills Over Into Lebanon VOA 20 Jul 2012 -- Syria's main border crossing with Lebanon was quiet Friday, the day after an estimated 20,000 Syrians crossed to flee the increasing fighting. The conflict in Syria is having a growing impact on its neighbor.
- SYRIA: Fighting in capital adds to growing displacement challenge IRIN 20 Jul 2012 -- Fighting in the Syrian capital Damascus has added to a growing problem of displacement within Syria, with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) now estimating that 1.5 million people are displaced across the country.
- UN Observer Mission Gets Final 30 Days Extension RFE/RL 20 Jul 2012 -- soldiers, rebel fighters, and civilians -- were killed on July 19 as fighting raged in Damascus and elsewhere. The same source said 128 people were killed on July 20. The figures could not be independently confirmed.
- Why It Matters Whether Syria Is Designated A Civil War RFE/RL 20 Jul 2012 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) considers the situation in Syria a 'noninternational armed conflict.'
- Russian Arms Ship Offloads Syria Helicopters RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2012 -- A Russian cargo ship carrying a batch of Mi-25 attack helicopters and air defense systems for Syria has offloaded the aircraft in the Russian port of Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region, a security source said on Friday.
- Syria Denies Assad Ready to Stand Down RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2012 -- Syrian authorities denied on Friday reports that President Bashar al-Assad was preparing to leave office 'in an orderly way.'
- Security Council extends mandate of UN observers in Syria for 30 days UN News Centre 20 Jul 2012 -- The Security Council today renewed the mandate of United Nations observers tasked with monitoring the cessation of violence in Syria and the full implementation of the international peace plan put forward to end the ongoing crisis.
- Fighting Rages in Syria, UN Votes to Pull Observers VOA 20 Jul 2012 -- As fighting intensified in Syria, and with international diplomacy at a near standstill, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a 30-day extension to a monitoring mission on Friday so that observers can safely leave the country.
- Israel urged to treat Palestinian child detainees in accordance with rights law – UN UN News Centre 20 Jul 2012 -- A United Nations independent human rights expert today condemned Israel's use of solitary confinement against Palestinian children, and urged the Israeli Government to treat such detainees in accordance with international human rights laws.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Hard road to reconciliation IRIN 20 Jul 2012 -- Arbitrary arrests, kidnappings and torture by armed groups and government forces since the end of Côte d'Ivoire's bloody 2010-2011 post-election unrest are stifling national reconciliation and causing fear and mistrust among civilians.
- ASEAN South China Sea Consensus Elusive VOA 20 Jul 2012 -- Southeast Asian leaders are scrambling to reach consensus on how to handle territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
- N.Korea Threatens to 'Reexamine Nuclear Issue' RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2012 -- North Korea will 'reexamine its nuclear issue' following the uncovering of U.S.-South Korean alleged plots to destroy a statue of North's founding leader Kim Il-sung, Yonhap reported on Friday.
- Marking one year since Somalia famine declared, UN flags plight of millions still in need UN News Centre 20 Jul 2012 -- In spite of the progress made one year after the declaration of famine in parts of southern Somalia, some 3.8 million people there are still in need of assistance, the United Nations said today, appealing to countries to provide funding for humanitarian aid to.
- World Court Orders Prosecution of Chad's Former Dictator VOA 20 Jul 2012 -- The International Court of Justice has ruled that Senegal must either put former Chadian President Hissene Habre on trial for genocide or extradite him 'without further delay.'
- UN world court rules Senegal must prosecute ex-Chadian leader or extradite him UN News Centre 20 Jul 2012 -- The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled today that Senegal must either prosecute former Chadian President Hissène Habré for war crimes or extradite him 'without further delay.'
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