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05 May 2014 Military News

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  • Last Marines leave Sangin, Afghanistan USMC News 05 May 2014 -- U.S. Marine advisors serving with Security Force Assistance Advisor Team (SFAAT) 2-215 and security forces with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regional Command (Southwest), departed Forward Operating Bases Nolay and Sabit Qadam, Sangin District, Helmand province for the final time today.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Guardian angels conduct rescue mission off coast of Mexico AFNS 05 May 2014 -- Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group responded to a rescue mission after being notified of a Venezuelan fishing boat 1,100 nautical miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico with two critically injured Chinese sailors May 02.
  • Air Force Pacific Commander Highlights Importance of Engagement AFPS 05 May 2014 -- The United States needs to remain closely engaged militarily with its Asian and Pacific allies, especially at a time when the region is watching with concern Russia's behavior toward neighboring Ukraine, the top Air Force commander for the Asia-Pacific region said today.
  • Preserving a legacy: 4th Brigade Combat Team inactivating Army News 05 May 2014 -- The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, furled and cased its colors April 25 during its inactivation ceremony. As one of 10 brigades Army wide, chosen to inactive as part of the BCT 2020 model, great care has been taken to preserve its history and honors through the safeguarding and conservation of its historical property, artifacts and archives.
  • A repair versus replace maintenance culture Army News 05 May 2014 -- Following drastic budget cuts that occurred within the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (1-25th SBCT), at the beginning of fiscal year 2013, the brigade analyzed maintenance trends and class IX (repair parts) expenses and identified that nearly $4 million had been spent over a 90-day period.
  • Forward support company operations in separate units Army News 05 May 2014 -- The integration of forward support companies (FSCs) into maneuver battalions has resulted in a much greater combat role for logisticians. FSCs have enabled Soldiers in logistics military occupational specialties (MOSs) to work directly for maneuver, fire, and effects (MFE) battalions.
  • Sustainment for the Army of 2020 Army News 05 May 2014 -- Modern warfare is three dimensional, and Army forces conduct a fluid mix of simultaneous offensive, defensive, and stability operations and support to civil authorities.
  • 23 Nations to Participate in World's Largest Maritime Exercise NNS 05 May 2014 -- Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Navy's Newest Electronic Attack Aircraft Reaches Centennial Milestone NNS 05 May 2014 -- The U.S. Navy officers and distinguished visitors from Missouri and Illinois gathered for a ceremony May 5 in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate the production of the 100th EA-18G Growler.
  • NSSA Performs CPP Hub Replacement on USS Taylor NNS 05 May 2014 -- Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA) provided technical support to Naval Sea Systems Command Under Water Ship Husbandry (NAVSEA 00C5) during the successful replacement of the Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) Hub aboard USS Taylor (FFG 50) in Souda Bay, Greece, Apr. 30.
  • Yuma Proving Ground major player in unmanned aircraft world Army News 05 May 2014 -- At the conclusion of World War II, nearly 70 years ago, Army Air Corps General Hap Arnold made an interesting observation. He said that the war had been won partially through the efforts of Americans flying aircraft, but predicted 'the next war may be fought by airplanes with no men in them at all.'
  • Australian air force makes home at Luke AFB AFNS 05 May 2014 -- The buildup of F-35 operations at Luke Air Force Base has begun, and the Royal Australian air force will soon be Luke's first international partner to train here on the F-35A Lightning II.
  • US, Philippines Launch Joint Military Drills VOA 05 May 2014 -- Thousands of Philippine and U.S. soldiers began annual war games on Monday, the first under a new security pact with the United States, focusing on maritime security in the face of China's growing naval presence in the disputed South China Sea.
  • US, Philippines begin military drills Iran Press TV 05 May 2014 -- The US and Philippine forces began a joint military drill on Monday amid increasing tensions between the Philippines, an American Asian ally, and China over territorial claims.
  • US Signs Long-Term Lease for Military Base in Djibouti VOA 05 May 2014 -- The United States and Djibouti have signed a new 10-year lease on a U.S. military base in the Horn of Africa nation that the White House called a critical part in fighting terrorism.
  • US Expands Presence in Djibouti VOA 05 May 2014 -- President Barack Obama and Djibouti President Omar Guelleh, meeting at the White House on Monday, promised to continue working together to increase economic development and fight terrorism in the Horn of Africa.
  • Australia Embraces Cyber Warfare, Deception and Disinformation RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The Australian Defense Force has revised its doctrine on "information activities," embracing cyber warfare, deception and disinformation through the Internet as key elements of future military operations, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday.
  • Russia to provide Syria with first batch of jet trainers until end of 2014 VoR 05 May 2014 -- Russia plans to send the initial batch of the Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers to Syria until the end of 2014, with further plans to fully complete the contract for 36 aircraft in 2016, the Kommersant newspaper wrote Monday, citing a source close to Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
  • Marine corps will not be abolished: defense minister CNA 05 May 2014 -- Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday that his ministry has no plans to abolish the Marine Corps, in response to concerns that the amphibious arm of the country's navy will be scrapped under a military downsizing plan.
  • Army denies problems with Apache helicopter radar CNA 05 May 2014 -- Taiwan's Army on Monday denied a report in the United Daily News that the 'fire control radar' on the AH-64E Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States is unable to identify targets at sea.
  • Iran, China call for expansion of defense ties Iran Press TV 05 May 2014 -- The Iranian and Chinese defense ministers have underscored the need for the further enhancement of Tehran-Beijing ties in different areas, particularly in the defense sector.
  • China aims to boost military relations with Iran VoR 05 May 2014 -- China wants deeper defense ties with Iran, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan told his Iranian counterpart on Monday, according to Chinese state media, as Beijing moves to cement already close ties with a major oil supplier. Chang told Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan the development of bilateral relations has 'remained positive and steady, featuring frequent high-level exchanges and deepened political mutual trust,' the official Xinhua news agency said.
  • Daily Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Senior Advisor to the President John Podesta, 05/05/14 The White House 05 May 2014
  • May 5, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 May 2014

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • NATO's Top Commander: Russia Won't Invade Ukraine VOA 05 May 2014 -- NATO's top military commander, General Philip Breedlove, said he does not think Russia will invade Ukraine, adding that the Kremlin has other ways to achieve its goals.
  • Fierce Fighting in East Ukraine Tests Leadership in Kyiv VOA 05 May 2014 -- Government security forces faced fierce resistance Monday from pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, while officials in Kyiv say the military is steadily gaining control of the region. Some observers question whether the government has the military strength or political will to end the conflict.
  • Violence in Ukraine's Odessa Could Lead to Even More Unrest VOA 05 May 2014 -- Most of the unrest in Ukraine has been in the predominantly Russian-speaking eastern part of the country. But new disturbances in the last few days -- and a deadly fire that killed 42 mostly pro-Russian activists -- occurred far to the west in Odessa. It is a Black Sea port city that is important -- for different reasons -- to both Ukraine and Russia, and could prove to be a catalyst to even more violence.
  • Ukraine army helicopter shot down in Slavyansk Iran Press TV 05 May 2014 -- A military helicopter has been shot down in the volatile eastern city of Slavyansk, Ukraine's Defense Ministry says.
  • Fresh Ukraine clashes leave dozens dead Iran Press TV 05 May 2014 -- Over 20 pro-Russian protesters and 4 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in fierce clashes between the two sides on the outskirts of the country's eastern city of Slavyansk.
  • Ukraine crisis threatens peace in Europe: Russia Iran Press TV 05 May 2014 -- Russia has warned that failure to stop the ongoing crisis in Ukraine would pose a threat to peace in Europe.
  • Ukraine's Election Schedule Unchanged Despite Violence – Kiev RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The interim authorities in Kiev see no reason to postpone the May 25 presidential election in Ukraine despite deadly clashes in the country's southeastern regions, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's Information Policy Department said Monday.
  • Russian Report Highlights Rights Violations in Ukraine – Kremlin RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- Russia has compiled a "White Book" listing some of the most atrocious attacks on human rights in Ukraine to raise awareness of the situation in this stricken country, the Kremlin said Monday.
  • Kiev Claims Security Forces Control Most of Kramatorsk RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- Ukrainian security forces are in control of most of the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk Region, excluding the city center, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) said Monday.
  • Ukraine Reports 4 Deaths, 30 Injured Troops in Slaviansk Clashes RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- Four Ukrainian security officers were killed and over 30 injured in deadly clashes as Ukraine's armed forces tightened their grip Monday on the restive eastern city of Slaviansk, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said.
  • Kiev Authorities Close Border with Crimea RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The authorities in Kiev have temporarily closed the border with Crimea as of Monday, according to a statement by the country's Cabinet of Ministers.
  • Deadly Clashes Leave Dozens Killed, Hundreds Injured in Southeastern Ukraine RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- Deadly clashes between pro-federalization supporters and Ukrainian security forces have raged across the country's east and south in recent days, killing dozens and injuring hundreds.
  • Ukraine Lawmakers Move to Ban St. George Ribbon RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- Members of the Ukrainian parliament from the right-wing Svoboda party have moved to ban all Russia-associated symbols, including the black-and-orange St. George ribbons adopted by pro-federalization supporters in the country.
  • Lawlessness in Ukraine Could Lead to Conflicts in Europe – Moscow RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The continuation of lawlessness in Ukraine may lead to the escalation of conflicts throughout Europe, according to a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry published on the Kremlin's website Monday.
  • Russia Compiles 'White Book' of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has compiled a "White Book" that describes the most heinous human rights violations perpetrated during the crisis in Ukraine, the ministry said in a statement Monday.
  • Press Clampdown, Use of Army in Ukraine Must Stop – Moscow RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday that Ukraine must immediately cease its clampdown on the press, its restrictions on free travel between Russia and Ukraine and the use of military force against civilians.
  • Heavy Fighting Reported in Ukraine's Slovyansk VOA 05 May 2014 -- Ukrainian government forces fought gun battles Monday with pro-Russian milititants in the separatist-controlled eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, a day after pro-Russian protesters stormed the police station in the southern city of Odessa.
  • Civil war provoked by Kiev authorities raging in Ukraine - Lugansk Region Council VoR 05 May 2014 -- 'A civil war provoked by the Kiev authorities' responsible for the 'death of dozens of people' is raging in Ukraine, the Luhansk Regional Council said in a statement on Monday, May 5. 'Half of the country has been classified as law offenders and terrorists only because people see the future of their own country differently than the politicians who have come to power,' the statement said.
  • Russia warns of humanitarian disaster in eastern Ukraine VoR 05 May 2014 -- Russia's foreign ministry on Monday warned that towns in eastern Ukraine encircled by Ukrainian troops were facing a humanitarian disaster with shortages of medicine and food. 'A humanitarian disaster is brewing in the encircled towns - there is already a lack of medicine and there are starting to be disruptions of food supplies,' the ministry said in a statement.
  • Ukrainian Mi-24 attack helicopter shot down near Slavyansk - defense ministry VoR 05 May 2014 -- A Ukrainian army Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter was shot down on Monday near the eastern city of Slavyansk where armed clashes between regular troops and pro-federalization protesters are underway, the defense ministry said.
  • Ukrainian Troops Killed In Fighting Near Slovyansk RFE/RL 05 May 2014 -- Ukraine's Interior Ministry says four Ukrainian troops were killed and 30 injured around the eastern city of Slovyansk in heavy fighting with pro-Russian militants occupying the city.
  • Acting President In Kyiv Says Russia 'Is At War' With Ukraine RFE/RL 05 May 2014 -- Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says Russia 'is at war' with his country, and that local and institutional support for Moscow is a 'colossal problem' in eastern Ukraine.'
  • Odesa Pro-Russia Detainees Transferred To Central Ukraine RFE/RL 05 May 2014 -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says 42 people detained over recent deadly violence in Odesa have been transferred to detention facilities in central Ukraine.
  • Ukraine's security service denies consultations with CIA VoR 05 May 2014 -- The state security service of Ukraine (SBU) denies it is consulting with experts of the US Central Intelligence Agency, Marina Ostapenko, spokesperson for the SBU said Monday. 'As far as I know, there are no consultations with the CIA at the level of the security service,' she said.
  • Iran designs software for investigating illegal users' infiltration in defense centers ISNA 05 May 2014 -- Iranian scientists at Amir Kabir Poly Technique University have designed a software for investigating security and access in defense centers and blocking illegal infiltration of users.
  • Iran ready for establishing peace in region, says Zarif ISNA 05 May 2014 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country is ready to play a positive role in regional developments to establish peace and friendship in the region.
  • Iran seeks to assert nuclear program realities: Rouhani Iran Press TV 05 May 2014 -- Iranian president says the Islamic Republic seeks to assert realities about its nuclear activities to reassure the world about the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program.
  • IAEA inspectors to meet with Iran nuclear officials today VoR 05 May 2014 -- Inspectors with the UN nuclear watchdog agency IAEA are scheduled to meet Monday with their counterparts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said in his official statement. Iran's IRNA news agency cited Kamalvandi as saying Monday that IAEA monitors had arrived in Tehran overnight and were to leave for Vienna on Tuesday.
  • Russia writes off nearly $10 bln in North Korean debt VoR 05 May 2014 -- Russia has written off 90% or nearly $10 billion in North Korean debt, with some of the remaining $1 billion to be reinvested in projects in North Korea, possibly including preparations to build a gas pipeline and railway to the South.
  • MERS death toll reaches 115 in Saudi Arabia Iran Press TV 05 May 2014 -- The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has claimed three more lives in Saudi Arabia, raising the kingdom's death toll to 115.
  • Alert over spike in Middle East flu virus IRIN 05 May 2014 -- Health authorities around the world are on high alert after a sudden spike in the incidence of a deadly Middle Eastern flu bug that began in Saudi Arabia but has now spread to Asia and the USA.
  • Kazakhstan Urges Talks With Russia, Ukraine for Launch Pad Project RIA Novosti 05 May 2014 -- The head of the Kazakh space agency on Monday called for trilateral talks between Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan to discuss a new launch facility at the country's Baikonur space center.
  • Commentary: Win-win cooperation disproves accusation of 'China's neocolonialism in Africa' People's Daily 05 May 2014 -- Bilateral cooperation between China and Africa has benefited both sides for half a century and disproves the accusation that China pursues neocolonialism in Africa.
  • China Assures Africa of Commitment to Continent VOA 05 May 2014 -- China's prime minister is emphasizing his nation's commitment to investing in Africa during a visit to the continent.

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