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15 August 2012 Military News

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  • X-51A flight ends prematurely USAF News Release 15 Aug 2012 -- The X-51A Waverider successfully launched from an Air Force B-52 bomber over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range Aug. 14 at approximately 11:36 a.m. PST. The X-51 safely separated from the B-52 and the rocket booster fired as planned. However after 16 seconds, a fault was identified with one of the cruiser control fins.
  • Department of Defense Certifies Key Energy Investments Support Increased Combat Capability DoD 15 Aug 2012 -- The Department of Defense’s proposed budget supports the military’s operational energy goals according to a report released today titled "Energy Investments for Military Operations: for Fiscal Year 2013."
  • Report Details Military's Energy Investments AFPS 15 Aug 2012 -- In the second report of its kind, a top DOD official has certified that the Defense Department's proposed 2013-2017 budget effectively funds initiatives to give troops better energy options.
  • SecAF shares AF, DoD energy goals at summit AFNS 15 Aug 2012 -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley presented a keynote address on the Department of Defense's energy initiatives at the 2012 National Clean Energy Summit here August 7.
  • USFJ commander focuses on bilateral operations AFNS 15 Aug 2012 -- With the Department of Defense's rebalance of military forces to the Asia Pacific region, the focus on bilateral operations is more critical now than ever, said the new U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force commander.
  • U.S. Marines, Soldiers Share Tactics With Botswanan Troops AFPS 15 Aug 2012 -- Marine Cpl. Kyle Swanson watched as soldiers from the Botswanan Defense Force engaged targets with rubber balls and 'flash bangs,' high-powered grenades that emit an ear-splitting boom and intense light, but no shrapnel.
  • 541st CSSB completes 402nd AFSB support mission Army News 15 Aug 2012 -- The 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., completed its mission supporting the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade in August and is now coming home to the United States.
  • Army Reserve Center nears completion Army News 15 Aug 2012 -- The California National Guard's Joint Forces Training Base here will soon be home to the 79th Sustainment Support Command's new Army Reserve Center.
  • Illinois Army National Guardsmen fuel Southern Accord 2012 Army News 15 Aug 2012 -- In an effort to keep the wheels turning during Southern Accord 2012, petroleum supply specialists from Company A, 405th Brigade Support Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard from Streator, Ill., and their counterparts from the Botswana Defense Force, have been running both static and mobile re-fueling operations at Thebephatswha Air Base, Botswana.
  • CVW-1 Conducts Aerial Change of Command NNS 15 Aug 2012 -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 held an aerial change of command ceremony in the skies above the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Aug. 15.
  • US Military Pilot Training Emphasizes Drone Warfare VOA 15 Aug 2012 -- The U.S. military is rushing to train more pilots for remotely piloted aircraft as its reliance on drones grows in places such as Afghanistan and Yemen.
  • Flynn: Integrated Intelligence System Provides Advantage AFPS 15 Aug 2012 -- Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has become Defense Intelligence Agency director at a time when 17 intelligence agencies and organizations - an enterprise whose transformation began on 9/11 - are maturing into an integrated community that Flynn calls a strategic advantage for the nation.
  • Revamped program eases Airmen's transition to civilian life AFNS 15 Aug 2012 -- A redesigned program will help ease every Airman's transition to civilian life and help them better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said today.
  • U.S. Helps Botswana Build Medical Evacuation System AFPS 15 Aug 2012 -- When the Botswana Defense Force set out to build a medevac and aeromedical evacuation capability within its forces, it looked to the U.S. military, which has become the world's expert in evacuating wounded troops from the battlefield.
  • Planners evaluate large Vibrant Response exercise Army News 15 Aug 2012 -- More than 9,000 Soldiers and civilians from numerous local, state and federal agencies participated in Vibrant Response 13, along with their equipment - mobile labs, helicopters, heavy equipment and so on - spread out over 5,000 square miles of southern Indiana and northern Kentucky.
  • Russia Puts 4th S-400 Air Defense Regiment on Combat Duty RIA Novosti 15 Aug 2012 -- The fourth regiment armed with S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be officially put on combat duty in Russia's Far East on Thursday, a spokesman for the Eastern Military District said on Wednesday.
  • HMS Diamond joins forces with USS Enterprise UK MOD 15 Aug 2012 -- HMS Diamond has joined the USS Enterprise to exercise with US Carrier Strike Group 12 in the Middle East and demonstrate the Type 45's outstanding air defence capabilities.
  • August 15, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 15 Aug 2012
  • Press Gaggle aboard the Press Bus en route Davenport, IA The White House 15 Aug 2012

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  • Iran dismisses British PM Bulgaria terror charge IRNA 15 Aug 2012 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Wednesday dismissed British Prime Minister David Cameron's Bulgaria terror charge against Iran.
  • Berlin reaffirms need for diplomatic solution of Iran's nuclear row IRNA 15 Aug 2012 -- Germany remains committed to a diplomatic settlement of Iran's nuclear dispute, foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke told media representatives here Wednesday.
  • Taiwan VP US Trip Tests Diplomatic Truce VOA 15 Aug 2012 -- Taiwan's vice president is spending an unusually long four days in the United States this month, a move that would once have drawn formal protests from China. Vice President Wu Den-yih stopped in New York for private meetings on his way to visit allied nations in Latin America, and will stay in Los Angeles on the way home. Taiwan's diplomatic truce with China helps smooth passages to North America while keeping a three-way peace.
  • Japanese Ministers Visit Controversial War Shrine VOA 15 Aug 2012 -- Two Japanese cabinet ministers have visited a controversial war shrine seen by many as a symbol of Tokyo's imperialist past, in a move likely to anger neighboring China and South Korea.
  • Ukraine Puts Tymoshenko Release at $7bln RIA Novosti 15 Aug 2012 -- The Ukrainian authorities offered to release opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko for a $7-billion 'ransom,' Oleh Rybachuk, former presidential chief of staff, was quoted by the Kommentarii news portal as saying.
  • Europe's ATV-3 Spacecraft to Readjust ISS Orbit by 7.7 Km. RIA Novosti 15 Aug 2012 -- Engines of European Space Agency's ATV-3 space freighter will be switched on Wednesday to readjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
  • Russian Space Official Resigns After Satellite Failure RIA Novosti 15 Aug 2012 -- The head of a top Russian rocket company handed in his notice on Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev reprimanded space officials over a failed satellite launch last month, a government source said.

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