28 March 2013 Military News
- Afghans Failing Security Test In Badakhshan RFE/RL 28 Mar 2013 -- For years, Badakhshan Province enjoyed life away from the action, an island of stability as war engulfed the rest of Afghanistan. But as the broader conflict winds down, the northeastern province is offering a bleak view of the future.
Defense Policy / Programs
- B-2 bombers conduct extended deterrence mission to South Korea AFNS 28 Mar 2013 -- U.S. Strategic Command officials sent two B-2 Spirit bombers for a long-duration, round-trip training mission from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to South Korea March 28 as part of the ongoing bilateral Foal Eagle training exercise.
- US deploys nuclear-capable B2 stealth bombers over South Korea Iran Press TV 28 Mar 2013 -- The US military has deployed two nuclear-capable B2 stealth bombers over South Korea to conduct "deterrence" mission amid escalating tension in the Korean peninsula over North Korea's threats of attacking its neighbor and the US.
- Nuclear-Capable US Bombers Fly Over S. Korea RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2013 -- The US military said Thursday it had sent two nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers on an "extended deterrence" practice run over South Korea, dropping dummy bombs as part of a bilateral training exercise.
- US Stealth Bombers Fly Over Korean Peninsula VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- U.S. B-2 bombers have conducted a firing drill on the Korean peninsula.
- Hagel, South Korean Defense Minister Discuss Alliance AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin last night to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the alliance between their two countries during a time of heightened tension brought about by North Korean threats, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement summarizing the call.
- U.S., South Korea Committed to Peace, Hagel Says AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- The long-standing relationship with South Korea is particularly important to the United States, especially in light of the recent actions by North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
- DOD News Briefing with Secretary Hagel and Gen. Dempsey from the Pentagon DoD 28 Mar 2013-- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey
- General Officer Announcement DoD 28 Mar 2013 -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the President intends to nominate U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as supreme allied commander, Europe and commander, U.S. European Command.
- Obama to Nominate Air Force General for NATO Post AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- The Air Force's top commander in Europe is President Barack Obama's choice to be NATO's next supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Hagel's Meeting with African Leaders DoD 28 Mar 2013
- Hagel Meets With African Leaders at Pentagon AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed representatives of four African nations to the Pentagon to discuss areas of mutual concern.
- Joint Task Force builds skills, ties with RAF at unique exercise AFNS 28 Mar 2013 -- Units deploying to U.S. Transportation Command's Eagle Flag exercise here can expect to encounter austere field conditions, heated interaction with role players acting as difficult locals, and lots and lots of cargo.
- Hagel Announces Fewer Furlough Days for Civilians AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced.
- Hagel: Partnerships Lay Groundwork for Contingency Responses AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- Established military and diplomatic partnerships set the tone when it comes time to defend international allies, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
- Comptroller: Budget Crisis Threatens Severe Readiness Impact AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- The Pentagon comptroller painted a sobering picture of the Defense Department's fiscal landscape, telling members of the financial community that unless sequestration is de-triggered soon, military readiness will suffer deeply.
- MV-22B Ospreys thunder through Stuttgart skies USMC News 28 Mar 2013 -- In coordination with U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa, the community of U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, and USAG Stuttgart had "hands-on" experience with the MV-22B Osprey during a capabilities exercise on Patch Barracks, Kelly Barracks, and Stuttgart Army Airfield, March 28.
- 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit Change of Command USMC News 28 Mar 2013 -- The Marine Corps is known for being a traditional branch of service, which prides itself on being able to uphold what Marines have practiced since 1775. One of the distinguishing traditions that the Marine Corps has is the change of command ceremony.
- USS Winston S. Churchill Returns Home NNS 28 Mar 2013 -- USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returned to Naval Station Norfolk March 28, after a nine-month deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
- Transit Center introduces Kyrgyz military to aeromedical evacuations AFNS 28 Mar 2013 -- Transit Center at Manas medical professionals meet weekly with their counterparts in the Kyrgyz military for the purpose of exchanging information on processes and sharing common terminology.
- AF to implement force structure changes AFNS 28 Mar 2013 -- The Air Force released its plan Mar. 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
- MAG-29 rumbles during Carolina Thunder USMC News 28 Mar 2013 -- MARINE COPRS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (March 28, 2013) -- Marine Aircraft Group 29 took to the field for Exercise Carolina Thunder 2013 March 18 through 26. The group, which provides 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's full array of rotor-wing assets, practiced core capabilities with logistical support from Marine Wing Support Squadron 274.
- VMGR-252 Hercs support WTI USMC News 28 Mar 2013 -- MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (March 28, 2013) -- Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 made a cross-country flight to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., and back March 22, hauling Marines and gear destined for Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.
- HMH-366 conducts joint training at Fort Bragg USMC News 28 Mar 2013 -- FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Fort Bragg, N.C., offers numerous training opportunities for Marines. A detachment of three CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and crews with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 took advantage of that March 10-15. When the squadron conducted joint training with the Army's 18th Fires Brigade, an artillery unit armed with M777 howitzers.
- USS Winston S. Churchill Returns Home with Third Battle-E NNS 28 Mar 2013 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) returned to homeport, March 28 with its third Battle Efficiency Award, or Battle 'E' in a row.
- UK and US service chiefs discuss future strategic challenges UK MOD 28 Mar 2013 -- This week, Britain's most senior military chiefs met with their US counterparts as a group, bringing them together as a Combined Chiefs of Staff Committee for the first time since 1948.
- General Discusses Focus on Younger Force, Cyber Capabilities AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- NATO officials are closely analyzing what the future cyber warrior will look like as the war landscape shifts from air, ground and sea to cyberspace, Allied Command Transformation's deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and policy said here this week.
- Task Force Leverages Partnerships in Counterdrug Fight AFPS 28 Mar 2013 -- With fewer dollars and fewer ships and aircraft to patrol cocaine traffickers' transit routes, Joint Interagency Task Force South is adopting innovative new approaches to its counterdrug mission and leveraging partnerships across the interagency and with regional nations, its deputy director told American Forces Press Service.
- President Putin Orders Large-Scale Military Drills on Black Sea RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly ordered a snap large-scale military exercise on Thursday as concerns persist over armed forces combat readiness.
- India Unlikely to Fine Russia for Delay in Warship Delivery RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2013 -- India is unlikely to bill Russia for the delay in the delivery of the refitted aircraft carrier Vikramaditya caused by engine problems last year, said Viktor Komardin, Deputy General Director of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
- Ban 'deeply disappointed' with failure to reach consensus on global arms trade treaty UN News Centre 28 Mar 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he was deeply disappointed with the failure of the Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to reach an agreement among all 193 Member States on a treaty text during the last day of the conference.
- March 28, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Mar 2013
- Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh The White House 28 Mar 2013
- DoD News: Contracts for March 28, 2013
- Russian Helicopters Posts 35% Net Profit Growth in 2012 RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2013 -- Russian Helicopters, which designs and manufactures civil and military rotorcraft, posted an IFRS net profit of 9.442 billion rubles ($305.5 million) for 2012, up 35 percent from the previous year, the firm said in a statement Thursday.
- Sukhoi, Malaysia Sign $100 Mln Deal on Fighters' Maintenance RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2013 -- Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi and the Malaysian Defense Ministry have signed a $100-million contract for the technical maintenance of Malaysia's fleet of Su-30MKM fighters, said a spokesman for the organizing committee of the LIMA-2013 aerospace exhibition.
- 28 March 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Mar 2013
- Press Conference by Security Council President for Month of March United Nations 28 Mar 2013
- Explainer: UN Move To Give Peacekeepers First-Ever Combat Mandate RFE/RL 28 Mar 2013 -- The United Nations is expected to vote on March 28 on a draft resolution that would allow a peacekeeping brigade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to engage in combat against the M23 rebels. If approved, it would be the first UN peacekeeping mission authorized to use such force.
- UN disarmament chief relays plans for chemical weapons probe to Syrian Government UN News Centre 28 Mar 2013 -- The top United Nations disarmament official conveyed to the Syrian Government "modalities for cooperation" for the proper conduct of an investigation into allegations of chemical weapons use in the embattled country, according to a UN spokesperson.
- Lawlessness Spreading in Rebel-held Syria VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- Public order is breaking down in rebel-held areas of Syria, with widespread looting, crime running rampant and rebel factions fighting among themselves, according to refugees escaping to Lebanon.
- Mortar shells hit Damascus University, kill 15 students Iran Press TV 28 Mar 2013 -- At least 15 students have been killed in Syria after foreign-sponsored militants targeted the Damascus University with mortar shells, Press TV reports.
- More arms being sent to Syria militants, report says Iran Press TV 28 Mar 2013 -- The countries that support militant groups in Syria have dramatically increased the amount of weapons being sent to the militants, a report says.
- Battling militants' ban on polio vaccines in Pakistan's North Waziristan IRIN 28 Mar 2013 -- Parents and officials are going to great lengths to immunize children after militants imposed a ban on polio vaccinations in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan Agency. Government officials are withholding money and identity documents from groups affiliated with the ban, and parents are travelling long distances to get their children vaccinated, in some cases smuggling the vaccine back home.
- Chinese Naval Fleet Heads Deep Into Disputed Waters VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- A small fleet of Chinese naval ships recently concluded drills in a disputed part of the South China Sea, some 80 kilometers from Malaysia's shores. The People's Liberation Army's naval foray so far south is a first in recent memory.
- UK troops arrive in Mali to back up French war Iran Press TV 28 Mar 2013 -- British troops have begun arriving in Mali as part of the UK government's commitment to help France's war on the West African country, it has been announced.
- Security Council approves intervention force to target armed groups in DR Congo UN News Centre 28 Mar 2013 -- The Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within the current United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to address imminent threats to peace and security.
- Central African Republic's capital calm but security and aid at risk in north, UN says UN News Centre 28 Mar 2013 -- The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), including the seizure of power by the Séléka rebel coalition, has exacerbated an already difficult humanitarian situation, the United Nations relief wing said today, warning that tens of thousands of people could go hungry if safety and security throughout the country is not restored quickly.
- Myanmar authorities must do more to stop spread of violence – UN independent expert UN News Centre 28 Mar 2013 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert called on the Government of Myanmar to take urgent steps to tackle the prejudice and discrimination fuelling violence and destruction between Muslim and Buddhist communities.
- Myanmar: UN warns of humanitarian crisis amid continued inter-communal tensions UN News Centre 28 Mar 2013 -- Ahead of the monsoon season set to start in Myanmar in May, a senior United Nations humanitarian official called for urgent help for more than 125,000 people displaced by inter-communal fighting in Rakhine state, a region he had just visited.
- Iran rejects talks on UAE claims on Iranian islands in Persian Gulf IRNA 28 Mar 2013 -- Iranian delegation at 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) here Thursday rejected any call for negotiation on Iranian Islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa baselessly claimed by United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- After deadly attack, UN expert urges greater safety for Pakistan's internally displaced UN News Centre 28 Mar 2013 -- Humanitarian camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) must provide safe environments for those living and working there, a United Nations independent expert has stressed, adding that attacks such as the recent one on the Jalozai camp in Pakistan were "prohibited under all circumstances."
- Kim Jong Un Has Photo Session with Participants in Meeting of Information Workers of Whole Army KCNA 28 Mar 2013 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, Thursday had a photo session with the participants in the meeting of information workers of the whole army.
- CPRK Spokesman Issues Statement KCNA 28 Mar 2013 -- A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) on Thursday issued the following statement:
- Meeting of Information Workers of Whole Army Held KCNA 28 Mar 2013 -- A meeting of information workers of the whole army took place at the April 25 House of Culture here Thursday.
- Survey Shows S. Koreans' Concern About Pyongyang VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- With nearly daily threats coming from North Korea, many South Koreans are taking a tough stance toward their country's nearest neighbor.
- N. Korea Cuts 3G Mobile Web Access for Foreign Visitors VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- Groups that organize trips to North Korea say the country is no longer offering mobile Internet to foreign visitors, just weeks after it unveiled a new 3G service that promised an unprecedented look into the notoriously closed state.
- Analysts: North Korean Threats Raise Tensions VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- In recent weeks, North Korea has been directing new vitriol at the United States and South Korea, threatening to turn Seoul into a 'sea of fire' and launch nuclear strikes on U.S. targets.
- New Director General appointed MI5 28 Mar 2013 -- The current Deputy Director of the Security Service (MI5), Andrew Parker, has been appointed as successor to Sir Jonathan Evans, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today, with the agreement of the Prime Minister.
- Australian Mossad agent eliminated? Iran Press TV 28 Mar 2013 -- Nearly six weeks after the Israeli regime confirmed that an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent had committed suicide in one of its maximum security prisons, it is still unclear whether his death was murder or suicide.
- Chinese Leaders Pledge Labor Camp Reforms VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- China's new leaders have vowed to reform the country's notorious, decades-old labor camp system before the end of the year. But there are still few details about what changes are planned. Any reform efforts face significant challenges.
- Could Cyberattacks Bring The Whole Internet To A Standstill? RFE/RL 28 Mar 2013 -- The online world is famously anarchic and opposing forces occasionally decide to settle their scores by force.
- Cabinet stepping up public information on nuclear issue (update) CNA 28 Mar 2013 -- The Cabinet will arrange for senior government officials to visit the fourth nuclear power plant so that they will have firsthand information on the issue to give to the public, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Thursday.
- In Congo, thousands still homeless one year after munitions blasts IRIN 28 Mar 2013 -- Thousands of people remain homeless in the Republic of Congo (ROC) one year after being displaced following a deadly munitions blast at an army barracks in the capital, Brazzaville. The 4 March 2012 blast, in the area of Mpila, east of the capital, left some 282 people dead and 2,300 others injured, according to officials.
- Election Delay Raises Questions About Egypt's Stability VOA 28 Mar 2013 -- The decision this week to further delay Egypt's parliamentary elections, now expected to be held late this year, is prolonging political uncertainty in a nation under transition.
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