26 November 2012 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Combined Force Arrests Taliban Bomb Expert AFPS 26 Nov 2012 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban bomb expert in Afghanistan's Logar province today, military officials reported.
- Post-2014 Afghanistan Troop Levels Remain Undecided AFPS 26 Nov 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has yet to forward a recommendation to the White House on how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.
- Afghan Border Police take lead in Operation Southern Strike IV Army News 26 Nov 2012 -- In remote villages of Kandahar province, to access the nearest city means crossing approximately 55 kilometers of hazardous terrain along unimproved routes through insurgent contested areas.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 1-6 Infantry evaluates maneuver capabilities of motorcycles, ATVs during NIE 13.1 Army News 26 Nov 2012 -- Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, are evaluating how motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles can help the maneuverability of Soldiers during reconnaissance missions conducted in scenarios during Network Integration Evaluation 13.1.
- Unmanned Aerial Site relocated to Fort McCoy's North Post to avoid conflicts Army News 26 Nov 2012 -- The Unmanned Aerial Site (UAS) landing and takeoff zone has been relocated to a North Post site to help eliminate air corridor concerns and to increase training opportunities.
- Mike Battery conducts live-fire training USMC News 26 Nov 2012 -- Marines and sailors with Mike Battery conducted live-fire training with M777A2 155 mm howitzers and crew-served weapons during Artillery Relocation Training Program 12-3 here Nov. 10-19.
- Truman Hosts X-47B Unmanned Aircraft Demonstrator for Carrier-Based Testing NNS 26 Nov 2012 -- The Navy hoisted an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator on board aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Nov. 26, in preparation for an unmanned aircraft's first, carrier-based testing.
- Transcom Seeks New Efficiencies, Cost Savings AFPS 26 Nov 2012 -- When mailing a letter, you can pay a premium for next-day service, or simply use a single stamp for standard delivery.
- Africa Partnership Station Completes Training in Ghana NNS 26 Nov 2012 -- Ghanaian Navy sailors were presented certificates Nov. 24 during an award ceremony aboard High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) after completing training during Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012.
- Stennis Strike Group Departs Bahrain NNS 26 Nov 2012 -- The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) departed Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 24, after a routine four-day port visit.
- US Inspectors To Conduct Surveillance Flight Over Russia RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- Inspectors from the United States will conduct an inspection flight over Russia under the Open Skies Treaty starting on Monday, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.
- Severodvinsk Sub Fires First Cruise Missile RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- Russia's newest attack submarine, the Project 855 Severodvinsk, successfully fired its first cruise missile at a land target during manufacturer's sea trials in the White Sea, a source in the United Shipbuilding Corporation told RIA Novosti on Monday.
- New Defense Minister Brings in Own Massed Ranks RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- Newly appointed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has brought in no less than 14 officers and generals who used to work with him in the Emergencies Ministry to join his team at defense, a high-ranking Defense Ministry source said on Monday.
- Rasmussen Discusses Afghanistan Progress, Missiles for Turkey AFPS 26 Nov 2012 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is confident Afghan security forces will be able to take full responsibility for Afghanistan's security by the end of 2014, he said today during an interview with the Pentagon Channel.
- NATO to Decide on Turkey Missile Defense VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- NATO is expected to make a decision Tuesday on Turkey's request for the deployment of missile defense batteries along its border with Syria. The decision is seen by Ankara as having both military and diplomatic significance. But such a deployment is strongly opposed by Russia and Iran.
- NATO to Survey Patriot Missile Sites in Turkey RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- NATO officials will start surveying sites along the Turkey-Syria border on Tuesday for possible deployment of Patriot air defense systems, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.
- China boasts of home-grown arresting gear for aircraft carrier CNA 26 Nov 2012 -- China emphasized Monday that the arresting gear used to conduct China's first landing of a fighter jet on the aircraft carrier Liaoning was developed on its own.
- China Mourns Top Manager of J-15 Fighter Jet Program RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- China gave high praise on Monday to the head of the Shenyang Aircraft Corp. (SAC), who died while witnessing the first successful deck landing of the new carrier-based Shenyang J-15 fighter jet, Xinhua reported.
- Analysts: China Aircraft Carrier Landing Poses No Direct Threat VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Western analysts say China's recent landing of a Russian-designed fighter jet on an aircraft carrier, though significant, poses no immediate regional or international security threats.
- Iran Navy to unveil Sina-7 heavyweight torpedoes IRNA 26 Nov 2012 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy will unveil Sina-7 heavyweight torpedoes on Wednesday. The modern torpedoes carry high precision guided missiles.
- Israel Successfully Tests David's Sling Defense System RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- Israel has successfully tested its David's Sling defense system, also known as Magic Wand, local media reported.
- HALO Trust Co-Founder Sees 'Good Successes' On Land-Mine Front RFE/RL 26 Nov 2012 -- Fewer land mines are being laid down today than in recent decades, but huge numbers of them remain in the ground in postconflict countries around the world.
- November 26, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Nov 2012
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 11/26/2012 The White House 26 Nov 2012
- 26 November 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Nov 2012
- Medvedev Questions French Recognition of Syrian Opposition RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev spoke out against France's recognition of the Syrian opposition, calling the stance 'highly controversial' but conceding that it is 'an internal matter.'
- Syrian Rebels Seize Major Dam in North VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Activists say Syrian rebels have seized control of a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria after days of heavy clashes, the latest in a string of recent advances for opposition fighters.
- Medvedev: Support of Syria Rebels 'Unacceptable' VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has criticized France's support for Syria's opposition, calling the decision “unacceptable.”
- Gaza ceasefire offers chance to address 'root causes' of Israel-Palestine conflict – UN official UN News Centre 26 Nov 2012 -- The head of the United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees said today that the ceasefire halting the recent violence between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza offered a chance to 'address the real problems underlying the crisis.'
- Sudan must find durable solutions for internally displaced persons – UN expert UN News Centre 26 Nov 2012 -- A United Nations independent expert today urged the Sudanese Government to boost its efforts to find durable solutions to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in all regions of the country.
- AU Demands Humanitarian Access in Congo VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- The African Union is demanding that aid groups receive access to the conflict zone in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it is considering the deployment of international forces to the region. The AU Peace and Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday.
- Congo Rebels Refuse to Withdraw From Goma VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Congolese rebel group M23 says it will not give up the captured city of Goma, despite a demand from regional leaders to withdraw.
- Egypt's Morsi Pledges to Restrict New Powers to 'Sovereign' Matters VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has promised the country's top judges that he will restrict his newly self-granted powers to sovereign matters.
- Muslim Brotherhood Member Dies In Egypt Clashes RFE/RL 26 Nov 2012 -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has confirmed that one of its members has been killed in clashes with opponents of President Muhammad Morsi.
- President Morsi's Power-Grab Sparks Violence in Egypt RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- The highly-controversial constitutional declaration that Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi issued on Thursday, dramatically extending his powers, has polarized the country and plunged it deeper into political and economic turmoil.
- Egyptian President Meets Judges Amid Unrest VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is due to meet with the country's Supreme Judicial Council, as judges try to persuade the president to limit the sweeping powers he granted himself last week.
- Israel's Ehud Barak to Quit Politics RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced on Monday he was leaving politics and would not run in January general elections.
- Israeli Defense Minister Quits Politics VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Israeli defense minister and longtime national leader Ehud Barak told reporters Monday that he is retiring from politics because he is exhausted with political life and wants to spend more time with his family.
- Russia's Space Industry to Merge into Holdings RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- A structural reform of Russia's space industry will see its numerous enterprises united into five or six large holdings, Federal Space Agency chief Vladimir Popovkin said on Monday.
- Russia Replaces Proton-M Rocket for Dec. 28 Launch RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- A Proton-M carrier rocket has been damaged during transportation to the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and will be replaced to keep the launch schedule unchanged, the Khrunichev space rocket maker said on Monday.
- Sierra Leone: Ban congratulates winner of presidential election, calls for unity UN News Centre 26 Nov 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Ernest Bai Koroma on his win in Sierra Leone's presidential election, and called on him and all political leaders in the country to maintain calm and work towards unity and reconciliation.
- Following Japan visit, UN expert stresses need for monitoring effects of nuclear radiation on people UN News Centre 26 Nov 2012 -- At the end of a visit to Japan related to health issues stemming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, a United Nations independent expert today stressed the importance of monitoring the effects of atomic radiation on people's health.
- Swaziland King Faces Growing Unrest VOA 26 Nov 2012 -- Growing protests have rocked the Kingdom of Swaziland recently. The protests are being led by young people, who say they want democracy for their country.
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