06 May 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 06 May 2013 [PDF]
- Combined Force Kills Insurgent During Search Operation AFPS 06 May 2013 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force in the Nahrin district of Afghanistan's Baghlan province killed an insurgent today during a search for the district's ranking Taliban leader, military officials reported.
- Calif. ANG battles raging wildfires AFNS 06 May 2013 -- The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing is providing two specialized firefighting C-130J aircraft and crews to assist with wildfires raging across the state.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DOD Report on China Details Military Modernization AFPS 06 May 2013 -- A Defense Department report released today describes China's military modernization and the Chinese army's interaction with other forces, including those of the United States, a senior Pentagon official said today.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing on the 2013 DOD Report to Congress on Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 06 May 201 3-- Presenter: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Helvey
- Pentagon Report: China Projecting Power VOA 06 May 2013 -- It's been years since China embarked on a major effort to modernize its military, all the while becoming increasingly assertive in pressing its claim in places like the South China Sea. Now, a report from the U.S. Defense Department says Beijing is actively looking to project its power farther than ever before.
- Trident Fury Exercise Begins NNS 06 May 2013 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Ford (FFG 54), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), and ships from the Royal Canadian Navy began Exercise Trident Fury May 3.
- Kearsarge, Carter Hall Provides Assistance to Disabled Dhow NNS 06 May 2013 -- Visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team members from the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) provided assistance to a stranded dhow, May 2.
- SPY Summit Addresses Maximizing Capabilities NNS 06 May 2013 -- Sailors from Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, attended a SPY 1 Radar Summit, May 2, at Naval Station Norfolk to discuss the important system, how to overcome its challenges and improve its performance.
- 'Sea Soldier' Complete: 26th MEU Returns to USS Carter Hall NNS 06 May 2013 -- More than 200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed joint exercise Sea Soldier in Oman and returned to amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), May 4.
- Royal Australian Navy Visits Fleet Activities Yokosuka NNS 06 May 2013 -- The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Adelaide class guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 3), homeported in Sydney, arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 6.
- Issue yards save Army millions Army News 06 May 2013 -- The sun rises and shadows cascade off oil filters, tires and rows of boxes containing various items from screws to engines, all waiting to do their part in keeping Soldiers and units ready to roll. The parts are neatly on display, ready to be grabbed up and put to use.
- Gun Devils first in Army to fire digital howitzer Army News 06 May 2013 -- it's significant,' said Maj. Hugh E. Sollom, a Stafford, Va., native who serves as the Gun Devils' operations officer. 'We're taking a step up in terms of our use of technology in order to provide more accurate and responsive fires to the maneuver forces.'
- Army MATOC - First awards under $7 billion renewable energy contract Army News 06 May 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), today awarded the first of its kind Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) for the first technology under this contract to support renewable energy on Defense Department installations.
- USACE Galveston District awards $8.9 million contract to dredge Houston Ship Channel Army News 06 May 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract to Orion Marine Construction Inc., in the amount of $8,927,250 for maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel.
- Nevada Division of Emergency Management Moderates Mineral County Tabletop Exercise Army News 06 May 2013 -- When tragedy strikes, are you prepared? Preparation is the key for emergency responders everywhere. All those involved in the emergency response to the recent training incident at the Hawthorne Army Depot (HWAD) have been praised for their quick thinking and swift actions. Without them and their dedication to duty, more lives would have been lost.
- Carter: Defense Industry Interests Align With Those of DOD AFPS 06 May 2013 -- The long-term interests of the defense industry and the Defense Department are aligned, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a May 3 awards ceremony in McLean, Va.
- Three Fairchild Airmen perish in KC-135 crash AFNS 06 May 2013 -- Three Airmen from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron tragically perished Friday, May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 Stratotanker.
- C-130 squadron first to perform new airdrop method AFNS 06 May 2013 -- The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides.
- Kerry, Hagel Discuss National Security in Pentagon Meeting AFPS 06 May 2013 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted Secretary of State John F. Kerry at the Pentagon today for a working lunch to discuss a range of national security issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
- X-47B Completes Key Milestone as it Prepares for Carrier Tests at Sea NNS 06 May 2013 -- The Navy's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing here May 4, another key step to mature the system for its historic carrier-based tests later this month.
- USS Chosin Enters U.S. 7th Fleet AOR NNS 06 May 2013 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) May 4.
- 41 Nations Gather in Bahrain for IMCMEX 13 NNS 06 May 2013 -- Representatives from 41 nations have assembled in Bahrain to prepare for International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13, May 6-30, in the Gulf Region.
- US, S.Korea Launch Naval Drills in Yellow Sea RIA Novosti 06 May 2013 -- South Korea and the United States began an antisubmarine exercise in the Yellow Sea on Monday, the Yonhap news agency reported.
- NATO Secretary General Warns Europe on Defense Cuts AFPS 06 May 2013 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned today that further cuts in defense spending by European nations risk reducing the continent's defense and security to "hot air," turning the alliance into what he called a "global spectator" rather than a real force on the world stage.
- Afghan Air Force Struggles To Take Off RFE/RL 06 May 2013 -- Afghanistan's fledgling air force is scrambling to prepare to take control of the country's airspace. But while expectations are high, the force is having trouble getting off the ground.
- Turkey to hold military exercises on border with Syria Iran Press TV 06 May 2013 -- Turkey's army will stage military exercises in the southern province of Adana near the border with Syria amid the ongoing turmoil in its neighboring Arab country.
- Russia to Commission Newest Warship in Mid-May RIA Novosti 06 May 2013 -- Russia's newest Baltic Fleet warship, the Project 20380 Boiky corvette, will be handed over to the Navy on May 16, St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard said on Monday.
- New Iran made drone to be unveiled soon: Defense minister IRNA 06 May 2013 -- The new Iran made drone called 'Hamaseh' (Epic) to be unveiled within few days, said Minister of Defense Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi on Monday.
- Iran to unveil new recce, combat drone: Defense minister Iran Press TV 06 May 2013 -- Iran's defense minister says the country plans to unveil a new indigenous reconnaissance and combat drone, dubbed Hamaseh, in the coming days.
- Chinese spouses of military staff all Taiwan nationals: ministry CNA 06 May 2013 -- The 70 spouses of military personnel in Taiwan who came from China are now all Taiwanese citizens, Ministry of National Defense officials said Monday at a legislative hearing, trying to dispel worries they pose a threat to Taiwan's military.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 5/6/2013 The White House 06 May 2013
- May 6, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 May 2013
- 06 May 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 May 2013
- Afghanistan warns Pakistan over border incident Iran Press TV 06 May 2013 -- Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry has warned Pakistan against an escalation of violence along their contested border, hours after the two countries' border guards clashed for the second time in a week.
- Afghan, Pakistani Troops Clash Again At Disputed Border RFE/RL 06 May 2013 -- Afghan and Pakistani forces have again exchanged fire in a contested border region, with each side blaming the other for sparking the latest incident as tensions rise along a historically sensitive frontier.
- Fighting Renews Along Afghan-Pakistani Border VOA 06 May 2013 -- Fresh clashes broke out Monday between troops on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where soldiers from both countries exchanged gunfire last week.
- White House: Israel Has Right to Self-Defense VOA 06 May 2013 -- The White House on Monday declined to comment directly on reported Israeli air strikes in Syria. But President Barack Obama's spokesman said Israel is right to be concerned about movements of weapons to Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group.
- Syria: UN human rights Inquiry has 'no conclusive findings' on use of chemical weapons UN News Centre 06 May 2013 -- With its investigation continuing into violations of human rights in Syria, an independent United Nations panel today said it has "no conclusive findings" regarding the use of chemical weapons by any of the parties to the conflict in the country.
- Israel playing with fire in Syria: Iran's Salehi Iran Press TV 06 May 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has denounced Israel's act of aggression against Syria, saying the Tel Aviv regime is playing with fire.
- Syria to respond to Israel in due time: Iran Defense Minister Iran Press TV 06 May 2013 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi says Syria reserves the right to respond to the recent Israeli aggression, stressing that Damascus will give a firm response in due time.
- Moscow Sees No Hard Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Syria RIA Novosti 06 May 2013 -- Russia does not have conclusive evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, Russian Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev said on Monday.
- UN Panel: No Proof on Syria Nerve Gas Claim VOA 06 May 2013 -- A United Nations panel investigating war crimes in Syria said it has found no conclusive evidence that either side in the conflict used chemical weapons, distancing itself from a member's claim citing 'strong, concrete suspicions' that rebel forces used sarin gas.
- Israel Takes Defensive Steps After Reported Strike in Syria VOA 06 May 2013 -- Israel has closed its northern airspace to commercial aviation and deployed two batteries of an anti-missile defense system there after a series of reported Israeli air strikes in Syria. A Syrian activist group says the strikes killed at least 42 Syrian soldiers.
- Security Council condemns Abyei killing of tribal chief, UN peacekeeper UN News Centre 06 May 2013 -- The Security Council has strongly condemned the attack on a United Nations convoy in Abyei, during which a top tribal chief and a peacekeeper from the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) were killed amid growing ethnic tensions.
- UN Envoy tells Security Council there is 'renewed opportunity' for DR Congo peace efforts UN News Centre 06 May 2013 -- There are encouraging signs that the new push for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can succeed, Mary Robinson said today in her first briefing to the Security Council since taking her post as United Nations Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes Region.
- Little support, no justice for Mali rape survivors IRIN 06 May 2013 -- During the rebel takeover of northern Mali in April 2012, many women said they were subjected to rape or sexual assault. Since then, little or no support has come through for these women, say aid workers.
- The long road home to South Sudan IRIN 06 May 2013 -- George Malual Deng, 24, has spent two years stuck in a transit site waiting to return to his home in South Sudan's Jonglei state. He is among 20,000 people who have made a home of sorts in the river port of Renk, waiting for a barge to take them further south.
- China, India End Himalayan Border Standoff VOA 06 May 2013 -- India and China have resolved a three-week standoff over an ice-covered plateau along their disputed Himalayan border.
- London Conference to Build on Progress in Somalia VOA 06 May 2013 -- World leaders are gathering in London this week to coordinate efforts to help Somalia rebuild, following two decades of civil war. Somalis on the streets of Mogadishu hope the conference will bring improvements to security.
- FM spokesman: Talks with US under pressures not feasible IRNA 06 May 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast once again ruled out the possibility of talks between Tehran and Washington under the US-led western pressures against Iran.
- Rafsanjani weighing situation to run for president Iran Press TV 06 May 2013 -- Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says he is currently assessing the situation before making up his mind to enter the country's upcoming presidential election.
- Media War Heats Up Ahead of Iran Vote RFE/RL 06 May 2013 -- When Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at a highly anticipated government rally last month, Tehran's Azadi Stadium was nearly empty.
- N. Korea a Major Focus of Obama Talks With S. Korean President VOA 06 May 2013 -- North Korea and the international response to provocations by Pyongyang will be a major focus of White House talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and President Park Geun-hye of South Korea.
- South Korea dismisses North demands over joint industrial zone Iran Press TV 06 May 2013 -- South Korean government has refused to meet North Korea's demands for reviving suspended operations at a joint industrial complex amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- Women yet to regain their place IRIN 06 May 2013 -- In the 1980s, the UN says, Iraqi women enjoyed more basic rights than other women in the region. But years of dictatorship, sanctions and conflict, including the US-led invasion one decade ago, led to deterioration in women's status.
- Iraq Election Results Indicate Growing Polarization RFE/RL 06 May 2013 -- The outcome of Iraq's provincial elections may not change the makeup of the government, but it has provided an important indication into the levels of support for the country's embattled government and rival political blocs.
- Angara Rocket Launch Delayed to 2014 RIA Novosti 06 May 2013 -- The launch of Russia's new Angara carrier rocket has been delayed by at least a year, Defense Ministry officials said on Monday.
- Boston Bombing Suspects 'Got What They Deserved' - Kadyrov RIA Novosti 06 May 2013 -- Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Monday he had no plans to offer any assistance to the suspects in last month's deadly bombing in Boston, saying that the two brothers "got what they deserved."
- Taipower says 3rd nuclear plant is not near Hengchun Fault CNA 06 May 2013 -- A geological survey showed that the Hengchun Fault in Pingtung County is located outside the third nuclear power plant in Ma-anshan in the southernmost county and the core samples taken from the fault zone did not show a fault plane, the Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) said Monday in a press release.
- Armenian Ruling Party Wins Big In Disputed Yerevan Vote RFE/RL 06 May 2013 -- Armenia's ruling party appears to have won weekend municipal elections in Yerevan by an unexpectedly wide margin.
- ICC Postpones Trial for Kenyan Deputy President VOA 06 May 2013 -- The International Criminal Court [ICC] has delayed the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.
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