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18 December 2013 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Deployed wing to deactivate AFNS 18 Dec 2013 -- The 451st Air Expeditionary Wing at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, is scheduled to deactivate in January 2014 as part of the bigger Afghanistan retrograde efforts.
  • Controversial ID Cards Expose Ethnic Divisions In Afghanistan RFE/RL 18 Dec 2013 -- Violent street protests, walkouts in parliament, and scuffles among politicians -- an effort to introduce new national ID cards is causing an identity crisis in Afghanistan.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for December 18, 2013
  • The Brazilian Government selects Gripen SAAB 18 Dec 2013 -- The Brazilian government announced the selection of Gripen NG. The announcement will be followed by negotiations with the Brazilian Air Force aiming at a procurement of 36 Gripen NG.
  • FX2 contest Dassault Aviation 18 Dec 2013 -- For the past 15 years, DASSAULT AVIATION and its partners SNECMA (Safran Group) and THALES, brought together within the RAFALE International Consortium, have been working in Brazil to promote the MIRAGE 2000 for the FX Call for Tender, then the RAFALE for FX2.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Senate presses CIA over secret report Iran Press TV 18 Dec 2013 -- The Senate Intelligence Committee is pressing the CIA to share an internal secret report on the agency's controversial detention and interrogation program.
  • Brazil denies asylum to whistleblower Snowden Iran Press TV 18 Dec 2013 -- Brazil has denied plans to grant asylum to US whistleblower Edward Snowden, following an offer by Snowden to help the South American nation investigate US spying on its people and president.
  • Brazil Reacts Cautiously to Snowden Asylum Request RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- The Brazilian government has expressed doubts about the possibility of granting political asylum to US fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden in exchange for his help in the investigation of US spying on the Brazilian soil.
  • South Koreans Concerned About Pyongyang's Political Purge VOA 18 Dec 2013 -- South Korean social media are filled with comments expressing concern over the sudden execution of North Korean official Jang Song Thaek.
  • Iranian-G5+1 to resume experts talks Thursday ISNA 18 Dec 2013 -- An Iranian official announced that expert talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will be resumed in Geneva on Thursday.
  • McCain Accuses Moscow Of Blocking Ukraine's EU Path RFE/RL 18 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Senator John McCain says Russia is trying to keep Ukraine from joining the European Union.
  • Russia Criticizes 'Blatant Pressure' On Ukraine As Protests Continue RFE/RL 18 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized what he called 'blatant pressure' being exerted on the Ukrainian government, a veiled reference to EU efforts to convince Kyiv to sign a pact on closer relations.
  • US Says Russia-Ukraine Deal Sidesteps Protesters Concerns RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- The United States said Tuesday that Russia's multibillion-dollar lifeline to Kiev does not address the concerns of legions of Ukrainians who have taken to the streets to protest their government's decision to halt expected trade deals with the European Union.
  • Russia Condemns Pressure on Ukraine to Turn Towards Europe RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia is surprised by blatant attempts to pressure Ukraine into signing an association agreement with the European Union, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.
  • DPR Korea: UN experts call for death penalty moratorium after high-profile execution UN News Centre 18 Dec 2013 -- The recent execution of a senior official in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) "is just one among multiple executions" reported in the country since August, carried out with total disregard of due process and other international human rights standards, United Nations independent experts said today, calling on the Government to immediately halt the practice.
  • Strong growth in Myanmar boosts opium production in 'Golden Triangle' – UN report UN News Centre 18 Dec 2013 -- Led by strong growth in Myanmar, opium poppy cultivation in the area known as the Golden Triangle rose for the seventh consecutive year, according to a report released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • Golden Triangle opium production rises 22 per cent in 2013, says UNODC UNODC 18 Dec 2013 -- Led by a 13 per cent increase in Myanmar opium cultivation to 57,800 hectares (from 51,000 ha in 2012), opium poppy cultivation in Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle of Myanmar, Lao PDR and Thailand rose for the seventh consecutive year, according to a new UNODC report.
  • Security Council spotlights growing threat of drugs, organized crime in West Africa UN News Centre 18 Dec 2013 -- The Security Council, deeply concerned over the increasing links between drug trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime in West Africa, today emphasized the need to enhance regional cooperation and develop effective strategies to combat this growing threat.
  • Taiwan issues level-2 alert for Jiangxi Province over H10N8 flu CNA 18 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan issued a level-2 travel alert for the Chinese province of Jiangxi Wednesday after China confirmed the world's first human infection of the H10N8 avian flu strain there a day earlier.
  • WHO announces 2 new cases of MERS in Saudi Arabia Iran Press TV 18 Dec 2013 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced two new cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia.
  • Kerry Announces More U.S. Aid to Storm-damaged Philippines AFPS 18 Dec 2013 -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry visited Tacloban in the Philippines yesterday and announced that the United States will provide an additional $24.6 million in humanitarian aid to help on-going recovery efforts from last month's devastating typhoon, adding to the $62 million already given.
  • US Convicts Russian in Illegal Arms Export Case RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- A Russian man has pleaded guilty in US federal court in Wyoming to attempting to illegally export military-grade thermal-imaging rifle sights from the United States, according to court documents.
  • Alarm over Burundi's planned constitution changes IRIN 18 Dec 2013 -- Plans by Burundi's government to make radical amendments to the constitution have raised the political temperature in a country striving to overcome the effects of a civil war fought between 1993 and 2005.

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