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24 May 2013 Military News

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  • Obama Pushes to Close Gitmo, Defends Drone Strikes RIA Novosti 24 May 2013 -- US President Barack Obama renewed his commitment to closing the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during a wide-ranging speech on US counterterrorism policy Thursday, calling on Congress to lift restrictions on transferring detainees at Guantanamo and defending the controversial use of drone strikes overseas as necessary and legal, but announcing new restraints on targeted killings.
  • UN human rights expert welcomes shift in President Obama's counter-terrorism policy UN News Centre 24 May 2013 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert has welcomed what he said was a ground-breaking speech by President Barack Obama in which the United States leader laid out principles governing the use of counter-terrorism measures such as targeted killings.
  • Pakistan slams US drone strikes as violation of its sovereignty Iran Press TV 24 May 2013 -- Islamabad has reiterated its strong opposition to the ongoing CIA-operated deadly campaign of drone strikes inside Pakistani soil.
  • Pakistan Reiterates Opposition to US Drone Strikes VOA 24 May 2013 -- Pakistan has reiterated its opposition to U.S. drone strikes on its territory, after U.S. President Barack Obama justified 'constrained' drone usage to save lives.
  • Defense Department Press Briefing on the State of the Air Force in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 24 May 2013 -- Presenter: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley; Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III; and Director of Air Force Public Affairs Brig. Gen. Les Kodlick
  • Commission on AF structure to meet AFNS 24 May 2013 -- The National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force will hold its first public hearing Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
  • Donley: Sequestration Hits Air Force Readiness, Modernization AFPS 24 May 2013 -- Sequestration has hit the Air Force particularly hard, impacting its force structure, readiness and modernization, senior Air Force leaders said here today.
  • DivEast leaders prepare NG Soldiers for U.S./Australia joint mission Army News 24 May 2013 -- When members of the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, California National Guard, arrive in Afghanistan in a few months, they will join and support the Australian Defense Force in a variety of roles. To prepare the 79th, Lt. Col. Christopher Kuhn, commander of the 158th Infantry Brigade's 3rd Battalion, 315 Engineer Regiment, traveled from Camp Shelby Miss., to Townsville Australia to participate in and observe the Australian's mission rehearsal activity.
  • Ohio National Guard unit prepares for complex logistical tasks in Kuwait Army News 24 May 2013 -- Providing all the food, fuel, ammunition, and other supplies across an entire theater of operations is the complex training task the Springfield, Ohio-based 371st Sustainment Brigade has prepared to do here.
  • Echo Battery deactivate​s, awaits nation's call USMC News 24 May 2013 -- More than 100 Marines and sailors of Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, stood at Dewey Square for their last formation together, May 21, 2013.
  • Obama: Sexual Assaults Threaten Military Strength VOA 24 May 2013 -- President Barack Obama says he is determined to stop sexual assault in the U.S. military. Obama addressed the problem Friday in a commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • USS Hartford to Receive the 2012 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award NNS 24 May 2013 -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) has been named the Atlantic Fleet's recipient of the prestigious Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy. The announcement was made by Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, May 17.
  • Carter Says Better Buying Power 2.0 Key to Managing Sequestration AFPS 24 May 2013 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter underscored yesterday the importance of the Better Buying Power 2.0 initiative in the wake of sequestration's effects on the Defense Department.
  • Kendall: Better Buying Power 2.0 Aims to Improve Acquisition AFPS 24 May 2013 -- The new initiatives outlined in the Defense Department's Better Buying Power 2.0 effort are intended to improve the efficiency of the complicated business of defense acquisition, a senior Pentagon official said yesterday.
  • DISA Team Develops New STIG Process AFPS 24 May 2013 -- While recent spotlights have focused on the Defense Information Systems Agency's Field Security Operations approval of Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) for the latest in enterprise technologies, one approval stands out by representing a paradigm shift in the agency's business processes.
  • 9th Engineer Support Battalion prepares for deployment to Afghanistan USMC News 24 May 2013 -- Many Marines have served valiantly during combat operations in Afghanistan. The lessons learned are continuously passed from one generation of Marines to the next, laying the foundation for less experienced Marines to deploy to Afghanistan, complete the mission, and return home safely.
  • Sea Knight makes final flight USMC News 24 May 2013 -- A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 made its final flight May 20 after flying from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Camp Kinser where it will await final disposition.
  • USS Antietam Awarded Battle 'E' NNS 24 May 2013 -- The crew of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) was awarded the 2012 Battle Effectiveness ('E') Award for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, May 21.
  • USS George Washington Hosts Inaugural Luncheon to Welcome Carrier Air Wing Five NNS 24 May 2013 -- The food service team aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted an inaugural welcome luncheon for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, May 22.
  • Admiral in Hawaii sends BZ to his forward-deployed ships NNS 24 May 2013 -- Rear Adm. Frank Ponds sent a Bravo Zulu message May 23 to commanding officers and crews of his forward-deployed ships from Hawaii operating in the Seventh Fleet area of operation, USS Chosin (CG 65), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60).
  • Russian Navy Shipbuilding Program 'at Risk' - Deputy PM RIA Novosti 24 May 2013 -- The Russian government is ready to step in to sort out the crisis in Russian naval shipbuilding which is threatening to derail the defense procurement program, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
  • Russian Defense Contracts Up for Review RIA Novosti 24 May 2013 -- Defense Ministry contracts signed under former Minister Anatoly Serdyukov are to be thoroughly examined and if necessary, audited, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
  • Secretary General pays visit to Bucharest for talks with Romanian officials NATO 24 May 2013 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed the Allied-led mission in Afghanistan, Smart Defence and NATO's Open Door policy in talks with top Romanian government officials in Bucharest on Friday (24 May 2013). "Romania is a committed Ally and a strong contributor to our operations," the Secretary General said. "The dedication and determination of your forces is displayed daily in Afghanistan and in Kosovo."
  • Demand Grows for Global Ban on 'Killer Robots' VOA 24 May 2013 -- United Nations' special rapporteur on executions has joined calls for a moratorium on so-called 'killer robots' - automated weapons systems which critics fear may one day operate independently from human commanders. It may sound like something from a sci-fi movie - but campaigners say the threat is real and the robots already exist.
  • Bullying in Turkish Military Becomes a Human Rights Issue VOA 24 May 2013 -- Violent conduct within the Turkish military was long considered a taboo subject. But the military leadership is now facing serious accusations. More than 900 Turkish soldiers have committed suicide over the past 10 years, and a growing number of families of suicide victims are taking the issue to court.
  • Uganda Leader Replaces Army Chief in Succession Dispute VOA 24 May 2013 -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has replaced his army chief amid tensions with the military over an alleged plan to install his son as successor.

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