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02 June 2014 Military News

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  • Afghan president furious at US, Taliban prisoner deal Iran Press TV 02 Jun 2014 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is outraged over a controversial deal between the US and Taliban under which five Taliban leaders were released in exchange for a captured US soldier.
  • US Taliban Release Angers Afghanistan VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- Afghanistan's government reacted in anger at President Barack Obama's decision to release five Taliban detainees from U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay into Qatar's jurisdiction, in exchange for an American soldier who had been held by the Taliban for five years.
  • Hagel Defends Bergdahl Swap as Life-Saving 'Prisoner Exchange' VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended a Qatari-mediated agreement to gain the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange of five detained Taliban fighters. He also defended the decision not to inform Congress before the exchange took place, as required by law.
  • The US administration defends deal with Taliban, looks for more "breakthrough" Iran Press TV 02 Jun 2014 -- The administration of US President Barack Obama defends a prisoner swap deal with the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan which resulted in the release of a captive American soldier in exchange for five former Guantanamo prisoners.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy Lays Keel for PCU Illinois NNS 02 Jun 2014 -- The U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony for Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Illinois (SSN 786) at General Dynamics Electric Boat, June 2.
  • Eglin welcomes final F-35A AFNS 02 Jun 2014 -- The 58th Fighter Squadron became the Air Force's first complete F-35A Lightning II squadron after they welcomed their 26th and final F-35A May 28 at the 33rd Fighter Wing, here.
  • Pacific Defender builds multi-national security ties AFNS 02 Jun 2014 -- Andersen Air Force Base hosted a Security Forces Pacific Defender international subject-matter expert exchange, or SMEE, May 19-23, to help build partnerships across the Pacific region and promote interoperability.
  • Actions Underscore Worldwide Commitment, Official Says AFPS 02 Jun 2014 -- The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine, a senior Pentagon official said.
  • VMGR-252 aerial refuels HMX-1 during trans-Atlantic flight USMC News 02 Jun 2014 -- Three KC-130J Super Hercules from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 left Cherry Point May 27 for a week-long deployment in support of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 as the helicopter squadron completed its first trans-Atlantic flight in the squadron's MV-22B Ospreys.
  • Battlefield Airborne Communications Node ensures warfighter connectivity AFNS 02 Jun 2014 -- Three recent achievements demonstrate how a critical communications capability managed here is continuing to keep warfighters connected.
  • Pacific Defender builds multi-national security ties AFNS 02 Jun 2014 -- Andersen Air Force Base hosted a Security Forces Pacific Defender international subject-matter expert exchange, or SMEE, May 19-23, to help build partnerships across the Pacific region and promote interoperability.
  • Top-level DOD Officials Meet With Ukrainian Leadership AFPS 02 Jun 2014 -- A team of senior Defense Department leaders recently returned from two days of "productive meetings" with Ukrainian leadership in Kiev, Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.
  • SECNAV Formally Names USS Tripoli NNS 02 Jun 2014 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus formally named USS Tripoli (LHA 7) May 30 during an evening parade hosted by Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos at Marine Barracks Washington.
  • USS Vella Gulf Departs Varna, Bulgaria NNS 02 Jun 2014 -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed Varna, Bulgaria after a scheduled port visit June 2.
  • Wayne E. Meyer Enhances US Interoperability with Republic of Korea, French Navies NNS 02 Jun 2014 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) participated in a trilateral exercise off the coast of Busan, South Korea, with the French and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies May 31.
  • USS Ashland Visits Singapore between Phases of CARAT NNS 02 Jun 2014 -- The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived at Singapore, June 1st, after disembarking Marines and Sailors in Kuantan, Malaysia to participate in exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2014.
  • Secretary of Defense Names New Director of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency DoD 02 Jun 2014 -- The Department of Defense announced today Robert Cardillo as the next director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The current director, Letitia A. Long has announced her decision to retire later this year after four years at the helm of the agency and more than 35 years of government service.
  • Operationalizing Cyber is New Commander's Biggest Challenge AFPS 02 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Cyber Command's greatest challenge is to operationalize cyberspace to turn the electro-digital network of networks into a command-and-control environment where warriors can see the adversary and whose operations defense leaders can integrate into options for commanders and policymakers, the new director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command said here last week.
  • Nuclear deterrence medal approved for total force Airmen AFNS 02 Jun 2014 -- The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, approved May 27 by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James, is among several incentives focused on attracting and retaining high-caliber Airmen in the nuclear mission, Air Force Personnel Center officials said May 30.
  • NATO Defense Chiefs To Eye Expanding Forces Eastward RFE/RL 02 Jun 2014 -- Defense ministers from NATO member states this week are set to discuss the possible stationing of permanent forces in Eastern Europe in response to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea territory and a pro-Moscow rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
  • Russia, NATO Spar Over Military Forces in Central Europe VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- With Russia pulling most of its roughly 40,000 troops away from its border with Ukraine, NATO and Russia have started sparring over the nation's new cross-border tactic.
  • US to Give Ukraine $18 Mln in Military Aid RIA Novosti 02 Jun 2014 -- The United States has doubled its financial military aid to Ukraine, bringing it to a hefty $18 million over the past few months, according to US's second top military commander Derek Chollet.
  • Russian Missile Troops Test-Fire Iskander Systems During Military Drills RIA Novosti 02 Jun 2014 -- Russian armed forces are conducting a routine check of the military units in the country's Western Military District, equipped with long-range high-precision Iskander missiles, the Ministry of Defense stated Monday.
  • Russia's Strategic Missile Troops to Conduct 120 drills, Test 12 ICBMs by 2015 RIA Novosti 02 Jun 2014 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Troops (RVSN) will conduct around 120 drills and training exercises over the next six months, Col. Igor Yegorov from Defense Ministry Press Office department for RVSN told the press on Monday.
  • Russian Air Force Unveils Arms Procurement Plan RIA Novosti 02 Jun 2014 -- Russia's Air Force is set to receive new aircraft and anti-missile defense systems, as well as to stage large-scale drills by the end of 2014, a Russian Defense Ministry's Air Force spokesman said.
  • Russia to take necessary measures if NATO military potential comes closer to its borders - envoy VoR 02 Jun 2014 -- NATO was and is a leading military organization in the European-Atlantic region - that is why, while developing cooperation with it in spheres of common interest, Russia paid special attention to ensuring appropriate defense levels amid any scenarios, Russia's Permanent Representative to NATO Alexander Grushko told Interfax.
  • Russia Scraps Arms Trade Embargo on Pakistan RIA Novosti 02 Jun 2014 -- Russia has lifted an embargo on sales of weapons and military hardware to Pakistan and is planning to supply Islamabad with attack helicopters, the head of Russia's state defense corporation Rostec said Monday.
  • Chinese military ready to make further contribution to peace, development: army general People's Daily 02 Jun 2014 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China is ready to work with other militaries to make further contribution to regional and global peace and development, Wang Guanzhong, a senior PLA officer, said on Sunday.
  • Iran launches cutting-edge Ghadir radar system Iran Press TV 02 Jun 2014 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has officially put into service a domestically developed long-range radar system capable of detecting stealth aircraft.
  • June 2, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 02 Jun 2014
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 06/02/14 The White House 02 Jun 2014

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Other Conflicts

  • 2 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Jun 2014
  • Obama Pushes Law of the Sea to Help Settle S. China Sea Claims VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says a U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea would help ease tensions in the South China Sea if is ratified by U.S. lawmakers
  • Abe, Hagel's accusations rejected People's Daily 02 Jun 2014 -- Wang Guanzhong, the highest ranking military official in the Chinese delegation at an Asia-Pacific security forum, started his speech on Sunday by highlighting the common aspiration for a utopia with the same name as the event: Shangri-La.
  • Losing Election Not an Option For Syrian President VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- As Syrians go to the polls this week amid civil war, the presidential victor is all but assured: Bashar al-Assad.
  • New Libyan PM Takes Office Under Police Escort VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- Libya's new prime minister, Ahmed Maitiq, held his first official cabinet meeting Monday in Tripoli, after police helped him take over the office that his predecessor had refused to leave.
  • Libya's Future Hangs on Rogue General's Moves VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- A rogue Libyan general who has pledged to rid the troubled North African state of Islamist militias claims his forces now control the majority of the eastern city of Benghazi following a weekend of fighting spilling into Monday leaving 15 dead and more than 40 wounded.
  • Libyan Forces Battle Militiamen in Benghazi VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- Libyan military forces loyal to former army chief of staff General Khalifa Hafter are battling militiamen from the al-Qaida-affiliated Ansar al Shariah group in Benghazi, with planes and helicopters bombing Ansar al Shariah positions. Libyan TV says 20 people are dead and more than 80 are wounded.
  • Fierce fighting kills 18 in Libya's Benghazi VoR 02 Jun 2014 -- Fierce fighting between Islamists and a rogue Libyan general killed at least 18 people in Benghazi on Monday, triggering fears of an all-out war as hospitals urged citizens to donate blood. Officials at hospitals in the eastern city, the birthplace of the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi, said at least 11 soldiers were among the dead and that 81 people were wounded.
  • More than 2,200 Iraqis killed, injured in May - UN confirms UN News Centre 02 Jun 2014 -- Nearly 800 people were killed in Iraq during the month of May, the majority of them civilians, the United Nations mission in the country has confirmed, urging political leaders to form an inclusive government within the constitutionally mandated time frame and to find a sustainable solution to the situation in Anbar.
  • 22 killed as Iraq forces clash with militants in Anbar Province Iran Press TV 02 Jun 2014 -- At least 22 people have been killed in violent confrontations between the army and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Iraq's Anbar Province.
  • Nigerian Governor Vows to Fight 'Madmen' VOA 02 Jun 2014 -- Violent Islamic sect Boko Haram continues on its deadly path in northern Nigeria, holding more than 200 schoolgirls hostage and staging deadly attacks on cities and villages. The governor of the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno says the toll on his state is high in terms of human lives and economic development. But he says he is determined to fight what he calls 'madmen' terrifying the region.

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