16 March 2013 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- US to Strengthen Missile Defense Against N. Korea RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2013 -- The United States announced Friday it will add additional ballistic-missile interceptors on the West Coast in response to what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called "irresponsible and reckless provocations" from North Korea.
- US, Canadian airmen train for joint contingency operations AFNS 16 Mar 2013 -- Earlier this month, the Silver Flag exercise site here hosted 31 Royal Canadian Air Force construction engineers from the 19th Wing, Construction Engineering Flight, Canadian Forces Base Comox, British Columbia.
- Carter Visits Asia to Discuss Common Security Challenges AFPS 16 Mar 2013 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter is traveling to Asia to meet with U.S. allies and partners and continue defense consultations on a range of common security challenges.
- Navy Lays Keel for PCU John Warner NNS 16 Mar 2013 -- The Navy celebrated the keel laying of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) at Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding (HII -NNS) in Newport News, Va., March 16.
- Blue Ridge Arrives in Kure NNS 16 Mar 2013 -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge arrived in Kure, Japan, for a port visit March 16.
- Bonhomme Richard, 31st MEU Conduct NEO Drill NNS 16 Mar 2013 -- Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) drill while underway off the coast of Okinawa March 15.
- MND declines to confirm whether Taiwan has medium-range missile CNA 16 Mar 2013 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Saturday declined to confirm whether Taiwan has successfully developed a medium-range missile and said that the former defense minister who made such a statement should be more conscious of national security.
- Syria Expands Use of Cluster Bombs says HRW VOA 16 Mar 2013 -- An international human rights group says Syrian forces are expanding their use of banned cluster bombs in residential areas, causing mounting civilian casualties.
- Mali: UN force possible in July, senior peacekeeping official says UN News Centre 16 Mar 2013 -- The United Nations could have a peacekeeping operation in place in Mali this July, with approval from the Malian Government and the Security Council, a senior United Nations official today said wrapping up his week-long visit to Mali.
- UN Condemns Violence Against Women RFE/RL 16 Mar 2013 -- Muslim and Western countries have approved a new United Nations declaration aimed at combatting violence against women and girls.
- EU's Ashton Urges Push On Iran, Sees 'Possible' Serbia-Kosovo Breakthrough RFE/RL 16 Mar 2013 -- European Union foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton has called on Western negotiators to be 'determined and creative' in their discussions with Tehran on Iran's nuclear program.
- Odinga Challenges Defeat at Kenya's Supreme Court VOA 16 Mar 2013 -- Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga filed a petition in the Supreme Court Saturday challenging the results of the presidential election in which he came in second place. Odinga's supporters rallied at the gates of the courthouse in support of the petition.
- Zimbabwe Polls Close on Constitution Referendum VOA 16 Mar 2013 -- Polls have closed in Zimbabwe on a referendum for a new constitution that would limit the terms of a president for the first time in the country's history.
- Space Station Crew Departs to Earth RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2013 -- The Soyuz TMA-06M manned spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) early on Saturday, beginning its voyage to bring three ISS crew members back to Earth, the Mission Control said.
- ISS Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2013 -- The Soyuz TMA-06M manned spacecraft touched down on Saturday ending its three-and-a-half hour voyage to bring three International Space Station (ISS) crew members to Earth after 142 days in orbit.
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