02 May 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 02 May 2014 [PDF]
- American Units Adapting to New Missions in Afghanistan AFPS 02 May 2014 -- As you walk into the headquarters for Regional Command East here, you see a photo of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.
- Dempsey Calls Election 'Turning Point' for Afghan Forces AFPS 02 May 2014 -- The Afghan election last month marked a turning point for Afghanistan's national security forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Royal Tongan Marines say farewell, lower flag in Afghanistan USMC News 02 May 2014 -- Distinguished military service members with Regional Command (Southwest) and International Security Assistance Force including Lt. Gen. John Lorimer, deputy commander of ISAF, attended a farewell ceremony and witnessed the lowering of the Kingdom of Tonga flag, aboard Camps Bastion and Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 28.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Admiral Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 02 May 2014 -- Presenter: Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel at the Woodrow Wilson International Center Forum on NATO Expansion and European Security, Washington, D.C. DoD 02 May 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- Readout of Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox's meeting with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay DoD 02 May 2014
- George Washington Crew Certified Ready for Sea NNS 02 May 2014 -- The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) was certified ready for sea after successfully completing Crew Certification Phases II and III, May 2.
- Chilean Submarine Arrives in San Diego; Continues Partnership with US Navy NNS 02 May 2014 -- The Chilean diesel-electric submarine CS Thomson (SS 20) arrived at U.S. Naval Base Point Loma May 1 while participating in the U.S. Navy's Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI).
- George Washington Strike Group Increases Warfighting Capability through Joint Synthetic Training Exercise NNS 02 May 2014 -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 along with Army, Air Force, numerous Navy commands, and Australian navy completed a the four-day annual Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) 72 exercise, May 2.
- SuperCLU Deploys to Guam for Tropical Testing NNS 02 May 2014 -- Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) shipped a Super Energy Efficient Containerized Living Unit (SuperCLU) to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, April 30.
- NHHC's Howell Torpedo Takes Trip into Computer-Generated Third Dimension NNS 02 May 2014 -- Conservators and scientists from Naval History and Heritage Command's Underwater Archeology Branch (UAB) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD) collaborated to begin a three dimensional laser scanning of the Howell Torpedo, April 30.
- Army holds first terrain walk ahead of Manpack Radio test Army News 02 May 2014 -- Combining new Google Earth technology and old-fashioned walking, the Army used a creative approach to prepare for a key test on the Manpack Radio.
- Hagel Calls for NATO Meeting on Defense Investment AFPS 02 May 2014 -- At a Wilson Center forum here this morning on NATO's 21st-century security challenges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for the creation of a new NATO ministerial meeting focused on defense investment that includes finance ministers or senior budget officials.
- Polish, American Troops Train Together in Northwest Poland VOA 02 May 2014 -- The United States has sent about 600 soldiers to Poland and the Baltic nations to ease anxieties in the region over the developments in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
- UK troops arrive in Estonia for training exercise UK MOD 02 May 2014 -- British troops have deployed to Estonia to take part in a multinational training exercise.
- N Korea's tests of engines for inter-continental ballistic missile stoke nuclear fears VoR 02 May 2014 -- North Korea has been testing engines for an inter-continental ballistic missile, a US think-tank said Friday, as Pyongyang announced a top military reshuffle that coincided with signs of a looming nuclear test.
- Chinese navy starts distant water training People's Daily 02 May 2014 -- Chinese Navy training vessels Zhenghe and Weifang, left Dalian on Wednesday for 56 days of training in distant waters and will visit India, Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam.
- Iranian naval fleet arrives in Pakistan IRNA 02 May 2014 -- Iranian naval fleet comprising four naval ships and a submarine arrived at Pakistan's Karachi port on Friday on a five-day goodwill mission.
- IRGC Navy takes delivery of boat simulator Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- A senior Iranian military commander says the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has taken delivery of a sophisticated simulator for a class of its domestically designed and manufactured vessels.
- Riyadh unveils Chinese ballistic missiles: Reports Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- Saudi Arabia has unveiled its new Chinese-made ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, reports say.
- May 2, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 02 May 2014
- 2 May 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 May 2014
- 2 May 2014 - Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for May United Nations 02 May 2014
- Kerry Tries to Arrange Kiir-Machar Talks VOA 02 May 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to South Sudan Friday to meet with President Salva Kiir in hopes of arranging talks to end four-months of violence that has displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians
- Fighting preventing critical aid delivery in South Sudan, UN agencies warn UN News Centre 02 May 2014 -- United Nations agencies are calling on the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to provide safe access to enable humanitarian assistance to reach vulnerable people, including 125,000 Sudanese refugees in Maban County, in Upper Nile state.
- Chinese ships sail near disputed islands with Japan Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- Japan says three Chinese coastguard ships have sailed through the disputed waters in East China Sea, amid a territorial dispute between the two Asian rivals.
- Will New Defense Pact Impact US Support for Philippines in Sea Disputes? VOA 02 May 2014 -- The newly signed defense agreement between the Philippines and the United States is widely seen as a boost for the Philippines' military at a time of increased tensions with China.
- Penury amid potential in Senegal's Casamance IRIN 02 May 2014 -- Reduced harvests in 2013-2014 have driven up food insecurity in Senegal's southern Casamance Region, where a protracted insurgency and underinvestment have stifled agricultural output.
- Eight Libyan soldiers killed in Benghazi clashes Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- At least eight Libyan soldiers have been killed and 15 other people wounded during clashes between security forces and armed militiamen in the eastern city of Benghazi, reports say.
- DR Congo: UN peacekeepers on alert after battling rebel group in eastern province UN News Centre 02 May 2014 -- Mayi-Mayi rebels attacked United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where the Mission is on alert monitoring and the situation, it was announced today.
- As Central African Republic crisis deepens, UN agency scales up food assistance UN News Centre 02 May 2014 -- As the unprecedented crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to deepen, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has accelerated its operations – distributing 60 per cent more food in April than in March.
- At least four Ukrainians killed in Odessa violence, building set on fire VoR 02 May 2014 -- At least four men were killed in running battles between pro-Russian and pro-Kiev activists in Odessa on Friday, and the trade union building in the centre of the southern port city was set on fire, regional police said. Police said in a statement another man had been killed, bringing the death toll to at least four in some of the worst violence in the largely Russian-speaking Black Sea port.
- Ban to dispatch top UN political aide to Ukraine, as Security Council meets again on crisis UN News Centre 02 May 2014 -- As the United Nations Security Council convened its second urgent session this week on the situation in Ukraine, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his grave concern over the rising tensions in the country's east and south, particularly events in the crisis-gripped city of Slovyansk, where two Ukrainian military helicopters were shot down overnight and a group of European observes captured on 26 April remains in detention.
- Obama, Merkel Warn Russia on Ukraine VOA 02 May 2014 -- If Moscow continues fueling unrest in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and others in his leadership circle will face increasingly broad sanctions, U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday.
- Rebels Shoot Down Ukraine Helicopters; 3 Killed in Odessa VOA 02 May 2014 -- The Ukrainian army launched a major assault on the Pro-Russian stronghold of Slovyansk early Friday, leading to the heaviest fighting since the separatist uprising began last month.
- Russia calls urgent UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine VoR 02 May 2014 -- Russia called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday to discuss the 'serious escalation of violence in Ukraine,' where security forces have clashed with pro-Moscow separatists.
- Kiev authorities violate rudely April 17 Geneva announcement - Russian FM VoR 02 May 2014 -- Ukrainian authorities have breached their responsibilities in the April 17 Geneva announcement by starting military operations in the southeastern city of Slaviansk, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. 'The regime in Kiev, which had already breached the February 21 agreement, has now vulgarly breached its responsibilities according to the Geneva announcement dated April 17, which demands immediate steps to cease all violence,' the statement reads.
- Сombat helicopters above Slavyansk, east Ukrainian city blocked VoR 02 May 2014 -- A full-scale sweep operation is underway in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, armored vehicles are on the outskirts of the city, a spokesman for the Slavyansk militia said Friday. Ukrainian Air Force combat helicopters are in the sky above the east Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, the city is fully blocked, fighting is underway, a representative of the self-defense forces told Itar-Tass by phone. He said that he has no confirmed information on those injured or killed.
- Russia calls emergency UNSC meeting on Ukraine Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- Russia has called an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the "serious escalation of violence in Ukraine" amid a military operation against pro-Russian protesters.
- Clashes in Ukraine's Odessa kill one person Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- Clashes between pro-Russian and pro-Kiev protesters in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa have left at least one person dead and several others wounded.
- Slavyansk residents block Ukraine forces Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- Civilians near Ukraine's flashpoint city of Slavyansk have stopped a column of Ukrainian armored vehicles and troops from entering the city amid a Kiev offensive on pro-Russian protesters.
- Tensions High After Ukraine Launches Slovyansk Offensive RFE/RL 02 May 2014 -- Tensions have risen across eastern Ukraine after authorities in Kyiv launched a military offensive early on May 2 against pro-Russian separatists who seized control of government buildings in the eastern city of Slovyansk.
- 'We're Not Laughing Anymore,' Says EU Commissioner On Relations With Russia RFE/RL 02 May 2014 -- The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Stefan Fuele, says the EU has contributed to the current conflict in Ukraine by 'failing' to understand Russian President Vladimir Putin's past statements about the legacy of the U.S.S.R.
- Obama, Merkel threaten to impose new sectoral sanctions on Russia VoR 02 May 2014 -- President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel mounted a display of trans-Atlantic unity Friday against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seemed to be doing little to change Vladimir Putin's behavior toward Ukraine.
- China refutes U.S. annual counter-terrorism reports People's Daily 02 May 2014 -- China here on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with the China-related content in country reports on terrorism freshly issued by U.S. State Department.
- US Confirms First MERS Case VOA 02 May 2014 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Virus, or MERS, within the United States.
- Taiwan reports H5N2 bird flu outbreak to OIE: official CNA 02 May 2014 -- Taiwan will report the country's eighth case of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) after confirming the case on Friday, according to a Council of Agriculture (COA) official.
- No human H5N2 bird flu infections reported: official CNA 02 May 2014 -- No evidence of any bird-to-human transmission of the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza virus has surfaced, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Friday as it confirmed an H5N2 case that was detected last month in a wholesale poultry market in Taipei.
- Taiwan reports 1st poultry market H5N2 case CNA 02 May 2014 -- The Council of Agriculture (COA) confirmed Friday a case of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that was detected last month in a wholesale poultry market in Taipei, the first to be recorded at this type of market in the country.
- Arak will remain heavy water reactor: AEOI official Iran Press TV 02 May 2014 -- A top Iranian nuclear official has underlined that the Islamic Republic has no plans to change the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran into a light water facility.
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