09 January 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 09 Jan 2013 [PDF]
- Airmen bring wealth of experience to PRT nerve center AFNS 09 Jan 2013 -- What do you get when you put an Air Force vehicle operator, water fuels system maintainer, bioenvironmental engineer technician, and airfield systems technician together? According to the leadership at the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team, you get one of the most efficiently run tactical operations centers in Afghanistan.
- 'Golden Gate' bridges strategic Afghan crossing Army News 09 Jan 2013 -- Army, Navy and Marine engineers of Joint Task Force Empire took the mission literally as they conducted Operation Golden Gate near Sangin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, through the months of November and December.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 3rd MEB Resumes ACM USMC News 09 Jan 2013 -- The 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade has resumed its role as the command element for the Asia-Pacific region's alert contingency Marine Air-Ground Task Force Jan. 10.
- Air Force officials announce preferred and reasonable alternative bases for TACP training AFNS 09 Jan 2013 -- Air Force officials announced Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas, as the preferred alternative to host the Terminal Air Control Party (TACP) School. Officials announced Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as the reasonable alternative.
- Air Force Announces KC-46A Candidate Bases DoD 09 Jan 2013 -- The Air Force announced today Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., as candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit (FTU).
- Mayport Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony NNS 09 Jan 2013 -- Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 9 to commence its base-wide expansion project.
- Joint Navy-Army Cargo Handlers Commence Operation Trident Arch NNS 09 Jan 2013 -- The first part of Operation Trident Arch, Jan. 7-14, is underway at Naval Weapons Stations Yorktown-Cheatham Annex.
- Language Corps Members Employ Skills for Nation AFPS 09 Jan 2013
- The most fearsome weapon is evolving AFNS 09 Jan 2013 -- The first MC-130J Combat Shadow II to be converted into Air Force Special Operations Command's newest variant of the gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
- AF largest refueling squadron tops 50K combat hours in 2012 AFNS 09 Jan 2013 -- Averaging more than 136 hours a day, the largest refueling squadron in the world flew more than 50,000 combat hours within 2012's 366 calendar days using the Total Force Integration model.
- Statement from Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps on the release of the latest defense budget USMC News 09 Jan 2013 -- Averaging more than 136 hours a day, the largest refueling squadron in the world flew more than 50,000 combat hours within 2012's 366 calendar days using the Total Force Integration model.
- Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 Celebrates 170,000 Mishap Free Flight Hours NNS 09 Jan 2013 -- Sailors assigned to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 'Seahawks' celebrated 170,000 operational flight hours without a Class A mishap Jan. 8.
- Seabees Build Force Protection Facility NNS 09 Jan 2013 -- Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303 Bravo Company completed a security gate for Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 12.
- U.S. Pursues Better Ballistic Missile Defenses AFPS 09 Jan 2013 -- While refining the systems that protect the homeland against long-range ballistic missile attacks, the United States is advancing technologies to counter the growing threat of short- and medium-range missiles launched by rogue states or terrorists, a top U.S. Northern Command officer told American Forces Press Service.
- Russia, China Plan to Boost Cooperation on Missile Defense RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- Russia and China are planning to intensify their cooperation on missile defense in response to America's growing missile defense potential around the globe, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Wednesday.
- India Tests Sea-Based Brahmos Missile RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- The Indian Navy successfully tested on Wednesday a highly-maneuverable version of a sea-based Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, an Indian defense source told RIA Novosti.
- January 9, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 09 Jan 2013
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 1/9/2013 The White House 09 Jan 2013
- DoD News: Contracts for January 09, 2013
- US Firm Pays Millions to Settle Iraqi Detainee Suit VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- A U.S. defense contractor that helped detain and interrogate prisoners during the Iraq war has paid more than $5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by former detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and other facilities.
- 9 January 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Jan 2013
- Syrian Rebels Free 48 Iranians For 2,130 Government-Held Prisoners RFE/RL 09 Jan 2013 -- Syrian rebels have freed 48 Iranians in exchange for 2,130 prisoners held by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- Syrian Rebels Free Iranians in Prisoner Exchange VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- A group of 48 Iranians held hostage by Syrian rebels since early August has arrived at a Damascus hotel after being freed for more than 2,000 prisoners detained by President Bashar al-Assad's government.
- DRC Blames Insecurity on Rwandan Rebels VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- Authorities in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo say their biggest security problem is the Rwandan rebel group FDLR - the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. Observers say Wednesday's statement could signal a thaw in relations between the DRC and Rwanda, which has been accused of supporting the Congolese rebel group M23.
- UGANDA: Peace restored, but northern children still struggle IRIN 09 Jan 2013 -- It has been years since northern Uganda's children had to troop to town centres at night for safety from abduction by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and most have moved on from the crowded displacement camps where they were born. But while they can sleep at night and look forward to a peaceful future, their lives are rarely easy.
- India Vows Response To Pakistani Attack RFE/RL 09 Jan 2013 -- India's defense minister has condemned what he called the Pakistani Army's treatment of two Indian soldiers who were killed along the Line of Control in Kashmir.
- Serbia Offer Could Loosen Its Hold On Northern Kosovo RFE/RL 09 Jan 2013 -- Serbia says it is ready to loosen its control over Serb-populated areas of northern Kosovo in what could mark a major concession by Belgrade as it pushes for talks on joining the European Union.
- UN-African Union envoy concerned over fighting in Darfur's Jebel Marra area UN News Centre 09 Jan 2013 -- The acting head of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region of Darfur today expressed serious concern over fighting taking place in its Jebel Marra area.
- Mali Mediation Bid Postponed after Skirmishes VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- West African mediators have postponed talks between Malian officials and the armed groups occupying the country's north, after skirmishes this week between the army and the al-Qaida-linked militants. Regional leaders had hoped a meeting set for Thursday would stave off hostilities after one of the militant groups announced it was suspending a ceasefire.
- Regional Leaders Set to Meet Over Central African Republic Crisis VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- Gabon's foreign minister says regional heads of state plan to meet in the capital, Libreville, Thursday to find solutions to the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR).
- Venezuelan Supreme Court Upholds Delay Of Chavez Inauguration RFE/RL 09 Jan 2013 -- Venezuela's Supreme Court has upheld an indefinite delay of President Hugo Chavez's inauguration to a new six-year term, saying his current administration can continue in office as an interim administration.
- Chavez Granted Inauguration Delay RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- Venezuela's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled to postpone President Hugo Chavez's inauguration until after he completes a course of treatment for cancer.
- Venezuela Court Rules in Favor of Chavez Inauguration Delay VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- Venezuela's Supreme Court says President Hugo Chavez can legally delay his upcoming inauguration.
- If IAEA recognizes Iran's rights, talks will bring positive outcome- AEOI chief IRNA 09 Jan 2013 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi Davani said Wednesday that the future talks will enjoy positive outcome if representatives of the International Atomic Energy Agency recognize Iran's rights.
- Iran Willing to Resume Nuclear Talks as Sanctions Bite Hard VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- Iran says it is prepared to return to talks, possibly later this month, with major world powers over its nuclear program. As the country's uranium enrichment program continues, Western countries have tightened economic sanctions against Tehran.
- China to Give Belarus $16 mln Chernobyl Aid RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- China is to donate some $16 million to Belarus to support children in areas hit by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Belarusian government said on Wednesday.
- US Offers $10 Million for Sudanese Terror Suspects VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- The U.S. government is offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of two Sudanese nationals accused of killing a U.S. diplomat and his driver.
- The Man Behind Pakistan's Democracy March RFE/RL 09 Jan 2013 -- Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is best known internationally for an antiterrorism fatwa he issued in 2010. The influential Islamic scholar declared in his 600-page religious ruling that no Muslim has the right to shed the blood of civilians in the name of religion.
- Security a Concern Ahead of Kenya Presidential Election VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- Kenyan presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi says the conflict in Somalia has created new security challenges for Kenya as the country prepares for elections in March. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, the deputy prime minister said the country's security agencies will have to be extra vigilant to ensure a peaceful vote.
- Rift Between Ugandan President, Parliament Widens VOA 09 Jan 2013 -- The death of a member of parliament in Uganda has sparked anger against the president, with several MPs accusing his government of murder. The dead woman's boyfriend has been charged with manslaughter, and an inquest is due to begin soon.
- MALAWI: 'A long and hard road ahead' IRIN 09 Jan 2013 -- International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde urged Malawians to stick with tough economic reforms during a recent three-day visit to the country, but measures recommended by the Fund and implemented by President Joyce Banda have been deeply unpopular with many citizens who can no longer afford basic goods and services.
- 'Doomsday Asteroid' Bigger Than Estimated – ESA RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- New observations made by Herschel space observatory show that asteroid Apophis, which is considered the most serious 'space' threat to Earth, is bigger than first estimated, the European Space Agency said on its website on Wednesday.
- Recovered Russian Satellite Ready for Operation – Thales RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- A wayward Russian telecoms satellite that has reached the designated orbit using its own engines has successfully passed the In Orbit Acceptance Review and is ready to become operational, the satellite's manufacturer said on Wednesday.
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