28 February 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 28 Feb 2013 [PDF]
- Combined Force Arrests Haqqani Facilitator AFPS 28 Feb 2013 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a high-profile Haqqani network attack facilitator and detained two other insurgents in the Pul-e Alam district of Afghanistan's Logar province, military officials reported.
- II MEF assumes responsibility of Regional Command Southwest USMC News 28 Feb 2013 -- Major Gen. W. Lee Miller, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) commanding general, took command of Regional Command Southwest during a Transfer of Authority ceremony here, Feb. 28.
- Karzai bans operation of armed groups hired by US-led forces Iran Press TV 28 Feb 2013 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has banned the operation of Afghan armed groups hired by US-led forces stationed in the war-torn country, Press TV reports.
- Scots Guards return from Afghanistan UK MOD 28 Feb 2013 -- 70 soldiers from the Scots Guards Battle Group have returned home early from Afghanistan as the Afghan Police take responsibility for security in their area of operations.
- Pakistan Defense Sec denies US compound reports at Karachi airport IRNA 28 Feb 2013 -- Pakistan's Secretary Defense Lt. Gen. (Retd) Asif Yaseen Malik Wednesday denied report that US Army Corps had been permitted to build a Tactical Command and Operations Center (TCOC) compound at Karachi Airport, local media reported.
- US considering share of drone data with Algeria to target militants Iran Press TV 28 Feb 2013 -- The US ambassador to Algeria and top American "counterterrorism" officials have pressed the Obama administration to share drone surveillance data with Algerian security forces to facilitate the killing or capture of militants within and across their borders.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy to Christen First Mobile Landing Platform DoD 28 Feb 2013 -- The Navy will christen the Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) Montford Point March 2, during a 10 a.m. PST ceremony in San Diego, Calif.
- Marines fire howitzers in deep snow, frigid conditions USMC News 28 Feb 2013 -- As snow and wind blasted the Marines from seemingly all directions, they held steadfast, calmly awaiting the next fire-mission, ready to fire their howitzers at a moment's notice, proving artillery support in any clime or place.
- Exercise Cobra Gold 2013 concludes USMC News 28 Feb 2013 -- Exercise Cobra Gold 2013 concluded Feb. 22 with the dedication of the last of five school additions, a bilateral combined-arms live-fire exercise and the official closing ceremony.
- Navy Secretary visits Camp Fuji USMC News 28 Feb 2013 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus visited Marines and sailors Feb. 20 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji and addressed current issues the Navy and Marine Corps face.
- Going Green: The Army Corps-contracted project to save White Sands Missile Range $900,000 annually Army News 28 Feb 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing mission effectiveness through energy efficiency. To assist the Army in meeting its sustainability goals, the Corps has assisted the largest military installation in the United States, White Sands Missile Range, in southern New Mexico, with the installation of the U.S. Army's largest solar photovoltaic power plant.
- Rakkasans celebrate 70 years of combat history Army News 28 Feb 2013 -- The 'Rakkasans' of the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) have been trusted to carry out some of the nation's most difficult missions for many years and through every war since World War II. The regiment's 70th anniversary was celebrated with an activation ceremony here Feb. 20, although the official anniversary was Feb. 25.
- Gray Eagle UAS completes IOT&E Army News 28 Feb 2013 -- The U.S. Army's Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) recently completed a successful Initial Operating Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) at the Army's National Training Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, Calif.
- Patriot Sands teams Reserve Airmen with federal agencies for contingency exercise AFNS 28 Feb 2013 -- A joint response exercise brought Air Force and federal agencies together for a national contingency exercise, Feb. 21-23.
- Mobile Device Plan Balances Security, User Needs AFPS 28 Feb 2013 -- On the heels of this week's release of the Defense Department's Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan, the DOD chief information officer spoke with government and trade representatives about the plan's implications for industry and troops.
- Frank Cable Visits Malaysia NNS 28 Feb 2013 -- Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Sepangar Bay for the first of several port visits over the next month with the mission to perform remote operational commitments to her partners in the region, Feb 28.
- USNH Yokosuka Receives Simulated Casualties During Joint Exercise NNS 28 Feb 2013 -- Sailors stationed at U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka and airmen stationed at Yokota Air Base participated in a joint operational readiness exercise Feb. 26.
- US lawmakers question Obama's drone policy Iran Press TV 28 Feb 2013 -- A number of US lawmakers have expressed concern about President Barack Obama's use of assassination drones to kill US citizens overseas and the secrecy in legal justifications for the targeted killings.
- Officials: Cuts, Unstable Budget Threaten Intelligence Mission AFPS 28 Feb 2013 -- Along with al-Qaida, nuclear proliferation and cyber threats, budget instability and the prospect of further deep spending cuts are among the nation's most pressing national security challenges, top defense intelligence officials told a congressional panel yesterday.
- New Components Reflect Northcom's Development AFPS 28 Feb 2013 -- Ten years after it was established in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, U.S. Northern Command is starting to look increasingly like other U.S. geographic combatant commands, with naval and special operations components formally added to its command structure during the past month.
- Cyber Effort Under Way to Safeguard Infrastructure, Official Says AFPS 28 Feb 2013 -- The Defense Department continues to work toward transformation into a joint information environment with defense industry and interagency partners, a senior DOD official said.
- India successfully test-fires "Pinaka" rockets IRNA 28 Feb 2013 -- Indigenously developed 'Pinaka' rockets were Thursday successfully test-fired from a multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) by an armament establishment from a base at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from Balasore in South Indian state of Odisha.
- Iraq Accuses Ukraine of Selling Inferior Armored Vehicles RIA Novosti 28 Feb 2013 -- A senior Iraqi lawmaker on Thursday accused Ukraine of delivering low-quality armored personnel carriers and breaching the delivery terms of a contract signed in 2009.
- Hollande Thanks Moscow for Mali, Afghanistan Support RIA Novosti 28 Feb 2013 -- French President Francois Hollande thanked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday for Russia's support for the military operation in Mali and assistance in the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/28/2013 The White House 28 Feb 2013
- 28 February 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Feb 2013
- US to Give Aid Directly to Syrian Rebels for 1st Time RIA Novosti 28 Feb 2013 -- The US will send the Syrian opposition an additional $60 million and for the first time, provide rebel forces with direct aid meant to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
- US to Provide $60 Million for Syrian Opposition VOA 28 Feb 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday announced $60 million in additional aid to the Syrian opposition and also for the first time an unspecified amount of non-lethal aid to some of its military forces.
- With ethnic tensions rising worldwide, UN adviser urges action to prevent mass atrocities UN News Centre 28 Feb 2013 -- The number of situations around the world that clearly indicate a risk of mass atrocities has possibly never been higher, demanding urgent preventive action, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide said.
- Top UN humanitarian official in South Sudan urges safety for aid workers UN News Centre 28 Feb 2013 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan expressed deep concern about the fighting in the eastern state of Jonglei and urged a stop to attacks on aid workers and supplies.
- Sri Lanka Denies Accusations of Abusing Tamils VOA 28 Feb 2013 -- Newly-discovered photographs have raised questions over the death of a Sri Lankan rebel leader's son in 2009. The photos will be shown at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, which plans to discuss alleged atrocities against Sri Lanka's Tamil minority. Sri Lanka accuses the Council of bias.
- North blames US for Korean tensions Iran Press TV 28 Feb 2013 -- North Korea has criticized the US for fueling tension by contributing to an "unpredictable" situation on the divided Korean peninsula.
- Independent UN experts urge human rights inquiry into 'gulags' in DPR Korea UN News Centre 28 Feb 2013 -- A group of United Nations independent human rights experts urged an international inquiry into human rights abuses in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), where hundreds of thousands of prisoners and their families are believed to suffer in the country's extensive political prison camp system.
- New Internet Regulations Provide Window into N. Korea VOA 28 Feb 2013 -- As of this week, foreigners living in and visiting North Korea can access Twitter, Facebook, and other social media on their mobile phones, providing what could be an unprecedented, real-time view of the notoriously isolated country.
- Salehi: Prospects of Iran-G5+1 talks very promising IRNA 28 Feb 2013 -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Thursday that the 8th round of Iran-G5+1 talks in Almaty heralded a very promising future.
- IRI FM: Real talks based on mutual respect; Iran-west talks positive IRNA 28 Feb 2013 -- Islamic Republic of Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali-Akbar Salehi emphasized Wednesday Iran favors real negotiations based on mutual respect; evaluates last Iran-5+1G talks optimistically; encourages declaring Mideast nuclear weapons free zone.
- Iran reasserts readiness to allay West nuclear concerns Iran Press TV 28 Feb 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has reiterated Iran's readiness to address the purported Western concerns over Tehran's nuclear energy program, but has insisted on the Islamic Republic's right to develop and use peaceful nuclear technology.
- Cancer risks low in Japan following Fukushima nuclear incident – UN report UN News Centre 28 Feb 2013 -- Health risks associated with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant incident in Japan such as cancer are low, according to a United Nations report released, which calls for continued health and environmental monitoring in the country, particularly in the area where the disaster occurred two years ago.
- Comet Could Hit, Radically Change Mars in 2014 RIA Novosti 28 Feb 2013 -- New observations confirm that a comet heading toward Mars could collide with it in October 2014, possibly ushering in radical environmental change on the Red Planet, astronomy enthusiasts said.
- First 'Space Tourist' Wants to Send Couple to Mars RIA Novosti 28 Feb 2013 -- The world's first space tourist is hoping to make history again, this time with a mission to Mars.
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