16 May 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 16 May 2014 [PDF]
- DOD Joins Efforts to Suppress Southern California Wildfires AFPS 16 May 2014 -- The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said here today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Community Discusses Cyber Challenges at Industrial Security Seminar NNS 16 May 2014 -- 'Navy leadership is focused on Information Dominance to solve problems and is taking tangible steps to address cyber issues,' said Rear Adm. Patrick Brady, commander, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, during opening remarks at an industrial security seminar for the defense community, May 14 - 15.
- Israeli, American armed forces prepare for bilateral exercise AFNS 16 May 2014 -- With the Star of David or the Stars and Stripes on their patches, the hundreds of U.S. and Israeli service members will commence Juniper Cobra 14, a five-day bilateral computer-simulated defense exercise, throughout Israel May beginning next week.
- 'Bold Quest' Multinational Exercise Underway in New Mexico AFPS 16 May 2014 -- The U.S. military and more than a dozen allied nations are conducting exercises in the New Mexico desert designed to test new technologies, improve interoperability, assess capabilities and leverage experiences gained in wartime.
- Hagel Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Israel's Security AFPS 16 May 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel's security during a joint statement to reporters with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a meeting between the two leaders in Jerusalem.
- Joint Remarks by Secretary Hagel and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel DoD 16 May 2014 -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work's meeting with Singaporean Minister of Foreign Affairs K. Shanmugam DoD 16 May 2014
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work's meeting with General Fang Fenghui DoD 16 May 2014
- Joint Battle Command-Platform undergoes operational test USMC News 16 May 2014 -- Amid the sprawl and dust of Fort Bliss, Texas, and nearby training areas, the Joint Battle Command-Platform system faced its first trial by fire. The Army-led program completed its multi-service operational test and evaluation in mid-May with more than a battalion of Marines on hand to test out the capabilities of the system in joint operations with the Army.
- 10th Marines integrates with AAVs for Rolling Thunder USMC News 16 May 2014 -- Marines with 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division came together for exercise Rolling Thunder, a biannual training evolution in which Marines can hone in on their artillery skills, combat readiness and proficiency aboard Fort Bragg, North Carolina, April 28through May 16, 2014.
- USS San Juan Returns from Seven Month Deployment NNS 16 May 2014 -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) returned home to Groton, Conn., May 16, after completing a seven-month overseas deployment.
- Navy Disestablishes MCAST NNS 16 May 2014 -- Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCAST) officially disestablished May 16 after five years of service during a small ceremony aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana - Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach, Va.
- Navy Conducts Initial Fire Scout, H-60 Helicopter Demonstration Aboard LCS NNS 16 May 2014 -- Sailors aboard USS Freedom (LCS 1) demonstrated the future concept of operations (CONOPS) for manned and unmanned helicopters aboard littoral combat ships during an underway off the coast of San Diego April 25-May 16, in preparation for an initial deployment of the aircraft later this year.
- Eisenhower on Track to Complete Shipyard Period on Time NNS 16 May 2014 -- Half of the way into a scheduled 14-month docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) remains on schedule with repairs and restorations based on progress through the end of April.
- NWSCCD Tests New Procedure, Helps USS George H.W. Bush NNS 16 May 2014 -- A team of engineers and scientists at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) have developed a new cost-saving procedure to remove oily waste foulants from ceramic membranes on ships, decreasing the number of times the membranes need to be replaced.
- U.S. Naval Hospital Guam Officially Opens NNS 16 May 2014 -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the newest Navy Medicine West facility, U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam, May 16.
- NATO's 'Steadfast Javelin 1' exercise underway in Estonia NATO 16 May 2014 -- NATO launched a large-scale exercise "Steadfast Javelin 1" in Estonia on Friday (16 May 2014) which will test Allied forces on their ability to work together as well as maintaining NATO's readiness and combat effectiveness. The "Steadfast Javelin 1" exercise reflects NATO's strong commitment to collective defence in the Baltic region, said Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Hans-Lothar Domröse. "It is my great privilege to assume command of the forces participating in Exercise Steadfast Javelin 1 today. There is no doubt the Alliance is strong and NATO's resolve to assure its members of the ongoing utility of the Washington Treaty remains central to our actions."
- NATO to Conduct Steadfast Javelin Military Exercise in Estonia This Month RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- NATO's Steadfast Javelin cooperative military exercise is set to get underway later this month in Estonia, the chief of staff of the country's Defense Forces said.
- Russian Baltic Fleet Marines Practice Landing Op Near Kaliningrad RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- More than 300 marines of the Russian Baltic Fleet conducted a training assault Friday on the coastline of a hypothetical aggressor in the Kaliningrad region, the fleet's press service said.
- 16 May 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 16 May 2014
- Libyan Forces, Islamist Militants Clash in Benghazi VOA 16 May 2014 -- Libyan military forces loyal to a retired general attacked militants in Benghazi on Friday.
- New fighting in northern Central African Republic displaces thousands - UN UN News Centre 16 May 2014 -- As fighting worsens in northern Central African Republic, United Nations humanitarian agencies and partners are working to protect displaced people and children, and to support conflict-hit farmers, it was announced today.
- Violence Subsides in Vietnam After Anti-China Rioting VOA 16 May 2014 -- The situation in Vietnam has calmed down following several days of violent protests against China's decision to put an oil rig in disputed waters of the South China Sea.
- US Warns China on Oil Rig in Disputed Waters VOA 16 May 2014 -- The White House has described as a provocative act China's decision to put an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam, and is warning Beijing not to raise tensions in the region.
- Overnight Fighting Reported In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 16 May 2014 -- Reports from eastern Ukraine say government forces and separatist rebels were engaged in combat early on May 16, with government forces firing artillery at separatist positions on the outskirts of Slovyansk.
- Russia Mulls Recognizing Crimean Tatars as Indigenous People – Putin RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russia may consider a proposal to acknowledge the Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people, but first the issue needs to be carefully studied, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
- Crimeans Not Bargaining Chip in Russia-Ukraine Disputes – Putin RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- The people of Crimea should not be pawns in disputes between Ukraine and Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
- Putin Says Rehabilitation of Crimean Tatars Sets Base for Further Development RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday a decree on the rehabilitation of Crimea's Tatars, who suffered during the repression of the Stalin era, will lay a foundation for improving the lives of the Tatar people.
- 127 Killed in Kiev's Special Op in Southeast Ukraine – UN Official RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- The Kiev regime's special operation against federalists in southeastern Ukraine has claimed a total of 127 lives, a senior United Nations human rights official said Friday.
- 'Alarming' deterioration of human rights in eastern Ukraine – UN report UN News Centre 16 May 2014 -- A United Nations report released today documents an "alarming" deterioration of the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine, including serious problems emerging in Crimea, citing numerous examples of targeted killings, torture and beatings, abductions, intimidation and some cases of sexual harassment, committed mostly by anti-Government groups.
- U.S. Deadline Nears In Magnitsky Sanctions Bid RFE/RL 16 May 2014 -- The Obama administration faces a looming deadline to respond to U.S. lawmakers calling for fresh sanctions against alleged Russian rights abusers, a move that supporters say can ratchet up pressure on the Kremlin over its recent actions in Ukraine.
- Background Briefing on P5+1 Talks US Dept. of State 16 May 2014
- Hagel: US Won't Allow Iranian Bomb VOA 16 May 2014 -- Iran is topping the agenda as the United State's top defense official visits Israel.
- Iran to launch three satellites this year IRNA 18 May 2014 -- The Head of Iran Space Agency (ISA) announced on Saturday that the country is ready to launch three domestically-built satellites this year.
- Russian Rocket Fails, Communications Satellite Destroyed RFE/RL 16 May 2014 -- Russia's Federal Space Agency says a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Russian-built communications satellite burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere on May 16 after the rocket failed to reach its intended orbit.
- Russian Space Agency Still Uncertain Over Cause of Proton Failure RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russian space agency Roscosmos investigates several possible causes of the recent Proton-M rocket failure, which resulted in the loss of an advanced telecoms satellite, Russian space chief Oleg Ostapenko said Friday.
- Crashed Russian Proton Rocket Insured for $225Mln RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- A Russian Proton-M rocket that crashed early Friday while carrying the advanced Express-AM4R satellite was insured for 7.8 billion rubles ($224 million), the Khrunichev company that built the rocket said.
- New ISS Expedition Unaffected by Proton Crash – Roscosmos RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- The investigation into the crash of a Russian Proton-M rocket will not affect the launch of the next crew to the International Space Station, the head of the Russian space agency told RIA Novosti Friday.
- Proton-M Rocket Carrying Advanced Satellite Burned Up Over China, No Debris RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- The third stage of a Russian Proton-M rocket carrying an advanced satellite burned up in the atmosphere above China on Friday, with no debris reaching Earth, the head of the Russian space agency told RIA Novosti Friday.
- Russia's Proton-M Rocket Lost After Unspecified Failure RIA Novosti 16 May 2014 -- Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket suffered an unknown failure and was lost early on Friday, about nine minutes after being launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, Russian space industry sources said.
- Huge Victory for Modi Raises Expectations for Change in India VOA 16 May 2014 -- He's been called polarizing, efficient and autocratic - often in the same sentence. No Indian politician has generated so much attention and focus in recent years as India's next prime minister, Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party swept India's parliamentary elections.
- Pakistan Congratulates India's New Leadership VOA 16 May 2014 -- Pakistan has greeted with optimism news of the sweeping election victory in India by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Political leaders and analysts hope that the new BJP government will respond positively to Islamabad's peace overtures.
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