04 January 2013 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- DOD, Duke University Partner in Research Projects AFPS 04 Jan 2013 -- The Defense Department sponsors Duke University researchers to conduct projects in mathematics, engineering and biology that advance military capabilities and strengthen national security, a university official said in a recent phone interview.
- Uniform Wear Policies Vary Among Military Services AFPS 04 Jan 2013 -- Goodbye casual Fridays, at least for the Marine Corps.
- USS Gonzalez Deploys NNS 04 Jan 2013 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) departed Naval Station Norfolk, today, for a deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility to participate in anti-piracy and maritime security operations.
- USS Montpelier Commanding Officer Relieved of Duty NNS 04 Jan 2013 -- Capt. Blake Converse, Commander, Submarine Squadron 6, relieved Cmdr. Thomas Winter, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765), of his duties Jan. 4 due to loss of confidence in Winter's ability to command.
- Seabees Perform Construction Operations at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras NNS 04 Jan 2013 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27 continue construction operations at Soto Cano Air Base, the Republic of Honduras supporting construction operations for the base and U.S. Special Operations Command South while assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet.
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historic Building to Receive Energy Efficient Upgrades NNS 04 Jan 2013 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic awarded a contract Dec. 28 for energy improvements and repairs to the historic Building 92 structural shops at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
- US Troops Arrive in Turkey for Patriot Missiles RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2013 -- U.S. personnel and equipment has began arriving at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to support NATO's Patriot battery deployment in response to alleged security threats from Syria, the U.S. European Command said on Friday.
- AF opens new nuclear training center AFNS 04 Jan 2013 -- Almost 10 years of joint effort and cooperation culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Nuclear Security Tactics Training Center in Guernsey, Wyo., Dec. 13.
- US Says Remains Open For Missile Defense Talks With Russia RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2013 -- The United States is still interested in missile defense cooperation with Russia, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Thursday.
- Russia's Northern Fleet Looks Ahead to International Drills RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2013 -- Servicemen with Russia's Northern Fleet will take part in a series of joint international exercises in 2013, an official spokesperson for the fleet confirmed on Friday.
- MOD invites tenders for UK construction projects UK MOD 04 Jan 2013 -- Ten private sector companies have been invited to tender for a new framework agreement to deliver construction projects across the UK Defence estate.
- January 4, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 04 Jan 2013
- 4 January 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 04 Jan 2013
- Deadly Car Bomb Hits Syria Gas Station - Media RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2013 -- A car bomb has left at least nine people dead at a gas station in the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday, British media reported Friday citing activists.
- UNICEF Calls for End to Child Recruitment in CAR VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- Citing what it calls credible reports that rebels and pro-government militias are recruiting children as conflict nears, Bangui, capital of Central African Republic, the United Nations Children's Fund is urging all groups in the region to stop involving children and protect them from violence.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Rebel advance worsens humanitarian crisis IRIN 04 Jan 2013 -- A rebel takeover of several key towns in the Central African Republic (CAR) has placed additional strain on humanitarian conditions that were already precarious due to years of armed conflict. Access to populations in need and aid personnel on the ground are now significantly reduced.
- Congolese Rebel: We're Interested in Peace VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- Congolese rebel leader Jean-Marie Runiga says his M23 group is interested in peace and is willing to give it another chance Saturday when talks with Democratic Republic of Congo's government resume in Uganda.
- Increasing ethnic violence in DR Congo has led to serious humanitarian crisis – UN UN News Centre 04 Jan 2013 -- The substantial increase in violence among ethnic groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led to a serious humanitarian crisis, displacing thousands of people who live in hostile conditions, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today.
- In Brief: UNHCR concern over reported Rohingya deportations IRIN 04 Jan 2013 -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern over reports that more than 70 ethnic Rohingya have been deported to Myanmar from Thailand.
- UN refugee agency concludes operation to repatriate Liberians forced into exile amid civil war UN News Centre 04 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations refugee agency today announced that the last group of Liberians participating in its repatriation programme had returned to their country after having been forced into exile for many years due to the civil war that broke out in 1989 in the West African nation.
- Sudan, S. Sudan Discuss Security Agreements VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan and President Salva Kiir of South Sudan are meeting in Ethiopia to discuss the issues delaying the carrying out of the agreements reached in September on security and economic matters.
- Japan, South Korea Move to Ease Tensions VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- South Korea's president-elect on Friday met with a special envoy sent by Japan's prime minister. The meeting is seen as an initial move by the incoming leaders in both countries to try to ease the strained bilateral relationship.
- Mali Islamist Group 'Suspends' Ceasefire VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- A Malian militant group has suspended a ceasefire with the government, saying officials are gearing up for war.
- Pakistani forces kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan IRNA 04 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani military gunship helicopters Friday shelled hideouts of the militants in a tribal region and killed at least 20 militants, state television reported.
- Iraq: UN mission condemns wave of attacks during Arba'een commemoration UN News Centre 04 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations political mission in Iraq (UNAMI) today strongly condemned the wave of attacks over the past days which killed and wounded dozens of worshippers participating in the religious Shia Muslim commemoration of Arba'een.
- Iraq's Sunnis Protest by the Thousands VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- Thousands of Iraqi Sunnis again took to the streets on Friday, demanding an end to what they see as second-class treatment.
- Shi'ite Cleric Visits Iraqi Church Amid Protests RFE/RL 04 Jan 2013 -- Influential Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reached out to Iraq's religious minorities, visiting a church and a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
- Venezuela's Chavez Suffering From 'Severe' Lung Infection RFE/RL 04 Jan 2013 -- Venezuela's government says President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a 'severe' respiratory infection.
- Fatah Holds Rally in Gaza VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- Tens of thousands of Palestinians from the Fatah faction held a mass rally in Gaza Friday for the first time since the rival Islamic militant group Hamas seized control of the territory in a brief civil war in 2007.
- Senior cleric: Iran won't bow out by enemy's economic pressure IRNA 04 Jan 2013 -- Tehran Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani said enemies' economic pressure against Iran, like pressures they imposed on people during the 8-year war with Iraq's Saddam, would not make nation bow out.
- Jalili undelines Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology IRNA 04 Jan 2013 -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili once again on Friday reiterated Iran's right to having access to peaceful nuclear energy within the framework of non-proliferation treaty (NPT).
- Iran committed to resist enemy pressures, sanctions: IRGC Commander IRNA 04 Jan 2013 -- The Iranian nation is committed to resist against the hegemonic powers' pressures and sanctions, Supreme Leader's coordinating representative at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said here on Thursday.
- Milky Way Could Contain 100 Billion Planets VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- It seems like hardly a week goes by without another planet being discovered in some far off stellar system, but a new study, released by the California Institute of Technology, indicates there will likely be many, many more such discoveries.
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