06 June 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 06 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Afghanistan: condemning latest Kabul attack, Security Council deplores all 'attempts to disrupt elections' UN News Centre 06 Jun 2014 -- Emphasizing its ongoing support for Afghanistan's democratic process, the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned today's bomb attack in Kabul, which caused a number of deaths and injuries to civilians and security personnel.
- Afghan Presidential Candidate Survives Bomb Attack on Convoy VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- At least six people have been killed after a pair of explosions struck the convoy of Afghan presidential frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah.
- Bomb attack hits Afghan presidential candidate convoy Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- A mine blast has struck the convoy of Afghan presidential election front-runner Abdullah Abdullah as he left a campaign rally in the capital, Kabul.
- UK drawdown in Afghanistan enters final phase UK MOD 06 Jun 2014 -- The headquarters responsible for UK military logistics in Afghanistan has changed command for the last time.
- In Washington, Bergdahl Controversy Overshadows Obama's European Trip RFE/RL 06 Jun 2014 -- An ocean away, President Barack Obama just can't get away from Washington. On his trip to Poland, Belgium, and France, Obama has faced a flurry of questions on the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
- Civilians begin to flee new offensive against Pakistan militants IRIN 06 Jun 2014 -- The ancient Pakistani town of Bannu, lying just outside the North Waziristan Agency– a stronghold for insurgents operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan – is a now a centre for displaced families escaping a looming government offensive in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by President Obama at the 70th Anniversary of D-Day -- Omaha Beach, Normandy The White House 06 Jun 2014
- Obama: Normandy was 'Democracy's Beachhead' AFPS 06 Jun 2014 -- Normandy represents democracy's beachhead, President Barack Obama said today in remarks commemorating the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France, a turning point in World War II that he said "decided not just a century but shaped the security and well being of all posterity."
- U.S., Honduras to Conduct Hurricane Response Exercise AFPS 06 Jun 2014 -- The United States and Honduras are joining efforts in Tegucigalpa and Soto Cano Air Base, June 9-12 to demonstrate and assess a mapping tool designed to revolutionize the way governmental and nongovernmental organizations from across the globe collaborate in response to disasters and humanitarian crises.
- Navy to Dive on Wreck of USS Houston (CA 30) during CARAT Indonesia NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- In a training evolution to be conducted as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2014 exercise series, U.S. Navy divers, assisted by personnel from the Indonesian navy, will survey the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30) in June.
- USS Vella Gulf Conducts Underway Engagement in Black Sea NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Romanian navy's Romanian frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) in the Black Sea, June 6.
- VP-9 Participates in Phoenix Express 2014 NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 participated in the flight phase of Phoenix Express 2014, which wrapped up June 4.
- BALTOPS 2014 Begins NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- Maritime forces from 12 countries and NATO are participating in the 42nd annual multinational naval exercise in the Baltic Sea, June 6-21.
- USS Vella Gulf Departs Constanta, Romania NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed Constanta, Romania after a scheduled port visit, June 6.
- Navy Launches Second Round of RAD Campaign NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- The Navy recently launched the second round of an ongoing initiative known as Reducing Administrative Distractions (RAD), meant to solicit feedback from Sailors and Navy civilians on how to focus their daily activities on 'Warfighting First.'
- USS Coronado Completes Final Contract Trials NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed final contract trials (FCT), June 6.
- Operations Manual Provides Cybersecurity Guidance for Fleet NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- Navy Cyber Forces has developed and promulgated the Cybersecurity Operations Manual (CSOM). The purpose of the CSOM is to improve Navy Cybersecurity Readiness by providing guidance on day-to-day 'best practices' in cybersecurity operations.
- SPAWAR Reserve Program Takes First Cyber Battlefield Watch NNS 06 Jun 2014 -- Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Reserve Program (SRP) conducted joint training for CompTIA Security Plus certification May 27-31, addressing mission-critical certifications of service members within the Information Dominance Corps.
- NATO Commander: Alliance Must Reconsider Russia Relationship VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- NATO's military commander says the alliance must reconsider its force positioning and readiness because of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
- Reshaping Transatlantic Defense and Security for a post-Crimean world NATO 06 Jun 2014 -- Panel remarks by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow at the Wrocław Global Forum (Poland)
- Russia's Central Military District to Receive Ten Armored 'Tigers' RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Russia's Central Military District (CMD) is to receive ten new armored 'Tiger' vehicles, Colonel Jaroslav Roschupkin said Friday.
- GLONASS Chipsets to be Made in Russia – Deputy Prime Minister RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- GLONASS receivers are to be produced in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
- Russia Gives US Three Months to Station GLONASS on Its Territory RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Moscow expects Washington to take reciprocal steps toward the deployment of GLONASS navigation stations in the US by August 31, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at the Tekhnoprom forum in Novosibirsk on Friday.
- Russia Says GLONASS Accuracy Could Be Boosted to Two Feet RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- GLONASS accuracy could be boosted from nine to two feet by 2020, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at the 'Tekhnoprom' forum in Novosibirsk.
- Pentagon issues biased report on China's defense spending Peoples' Daily 06 Jun 2014 -- The Pentagon on Thursday released an annual report on the Chinese military with the usual narrative that mainly focuses on China's defense spending increase while overlooking its peaceful defense policy.
- Beijing criticizes Pentagon report on China military Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- China has criticized a US Pentagon report saying boosting Beijing's ability to project military power abroad is the main reason for massive increases of the army budget.
- US concerned over China military might Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- The US Defense Department has voiced concern over what it has described as China's growing military might.
- Safeguarding cyber security needs to abandon 'zero-sum' mentality People's Daily 06 Jun 2014 -- Ever-evolving information and communication technologies have brought about new opportunities, as well as unprecedented challenges, and both will not be restricted within one country's border.
- June 6, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Jun 2014
- DoD News: Contracts for June 06, 2014
- Russia, China to Create New Long-Range Plane and Helicopter – Rogozin RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Russia has reached an agreement with China on the joint construction of a long-range, wide-body passenger plane and a modern helicopter, with a cargo capacity of up to 15 tons, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.
- 6 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Jun 2014
- Libya: UN announces political initiative as concern deepens over violence in the east UN News Centre 06 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations' top envoy in Libya today announced an initiative to bring together some of the country's most influential actors to settle long-divisive issues, as the world Organization's human rights arm expressed deepening concern over the violence plaguing the east of the country, particularly the city of Benghazi.
- UN Says Violence, Abuses In Libya Getting Worse VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- United Nations human rights office has denounced worsening violence in the eastern part of Libya, especially in Benghazi, where it says killings, human rights abuses and other forms of repression are escalating at an alarming pace.
- Meagre funding for CAR refugee influx IRIN 06 Jun 2014 -- More than 80,000 Central Africans have fled the worsening conflict into neighbouring Cameroon since the start of the year. But as the influx continues, aid officials warn that donor support is not keeping pace, hobbling relief efforts and leaving refugees ever more vulnerable.
- Hostility rises against French troops in CAR Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- The French soldiers deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) to curb the violence in the country face hostile sentiments from CAR citizens as the foreign forces have failed to fulfill their mission six months after arriving, reports say.
- South Sudan: UN confirms looting of homes, hospitals as civilians face more hunger UN News Centre 06 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations mission in South Sudan today confirmed reports of "intense small arms fire and shelling" close to its base in Renk, Upper Nile state, where some of the 93,000 civilians sheltered by UN peacekeepers throughout the country are staying.
- Opposition Says Delegates Barred From Attending South Sudan Peace Talks VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- The head of the opposition United Democratic Front Party in South Sudan has said he and other party officials had their passports seized and were barred from traveling to Addis Ababa to attend a symposium ahead of the next phase of peace talks.
- South Sudan Diplomat 'Betrayed Trust' of Government - Foreign Ministry VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- A South Sudanese diplomat who quit his senior post and fled the country has 'betrayed the trust' of the government, the foreign affairs ministry said Friday.
- WFP: South Sudan Pushed Toward Famine VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- The World Food Program warns fighting and lack of access to the displaced in South Sudan are pushing that country towards a hunger catastrophe. WFP says this humanitarian disaster still can be prevented, but time is running out.
- Hezbollah Chief: No Solution to Syrian Conflict Without Assad VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- The head of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says this week's re-election of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad proves that any political solution to the country's bloody conflict 'begins and ends' with Assad.
- Syrian troops make fresh advances near Damascus Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- The Syrian army has made new gains in the Damascus countryside as foreign-backed militants continue their atrocities in the country.
- Vietnam Urges 'Practical US Actions' in S. China Sea VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- Vietnam is calling on the United States to take a larger role in protecting the peace and settling conflicts in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
- Iraq: Security Council supports political, security, humanitarian action for restive Anbar UN News Centre 06 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council has stressed its support for the engagement of all political groups in Iraq, where nearly 800 people fell victim to violence last month, on concerted efforts to ensure security for its entire population, particularly in Anbar province, which has been embattled for months.
- United States Announces New Contribution to the OAS Mission To Support the Peace Process in Colombia (OAS/MAPP) US Dept. of State 06 Jun 2014
- Putin Meets Obama, Poroshenko on D-Day Event Sidelines VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held brief talks on the sidelines of D-Day anniversary celebrations in Normandy, France, on Friday.
- Obama told Putin he must de-escalate Ukraine tensions VoR 06 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama personally told Vladimir Putin Friday he must de-escalate tensions in Ukraine or face deeper international isolation.
- Poroshenko asked to declare state of emergency in eastern regions, deploy army units along border with Russia VoR 06 Jun 2014 -- The so-called public headquarters of the Ukrainian National Guard has called on President-elect Petr Poroshenko to immediately shut down the border with Russia and declare a state of emergency in the country's eastern regions.
- Donetsk officials call for aid to Slavyansk Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- Members of the self-proclaimed government of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have made a desperate call for aid for the residents of Slavyansk, Press TV reports.
- Putin, Poroshenko urge end to violence in Ukraine Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko have called for a quick end to hostilities in southeastern Ukraine.
- Putin, Poroshenko Call For Quick End To Ukraine Bloodshed RFE/RL 06 Jun 2014 -- The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko have both called for a quick end to bloodshed in eastern Ukraine.
- Army In Need: Volunteers Try To Get Basic Supplies To Ukraine's Forces RFE/RL 06 Jun 2014 -- Call it the Euromaidan approach to fielding an army. Not long ago, volunteers in Kyiv cooked food at home and delivered it and other supplies daily to the activists manning the barricades in the battle that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Rumblings In The West: Ukraine's Other Ethnic Quandary RFE/RL 06 Jun 2014 -- A foreign leader whose country pines for its lost empire advocates self-rule for a Ukrainian province and gives passports to its residents. The call resonates among many in the region, where tens of thousands of people don't even speak the Ukrainian language. Donetsk? Luhansk? Not quite.
- Putin, Poroshenko Favor Quick End to Ukrainian Violence – Kremlin RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko, who met Friday during the D-Day celebrations in Normandy, France, spoke in favor of ceasing the violence in eastern Ukraine as soon as possible.
- Putin, Obama Exchange Views on Ukraine Crisis, Call to End Hostilities – Kremlin RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin had a brief conversation on Ukraine with his US counterpart Barack Obama in Normandy, France on Friday, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
- Ukrainian Forces Launch Armored Attack on Slaviansk Suburbs RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Ukrainian forces are using tanks for the first time in the course of the two-month standoff between self-defense forces in the city of Slaviansk and the Ukrainian army, a source in the headquarters of the independence supporters told RIA Novosti Friday.
- Vodafone reveals extent of government snooping Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- A report by one of the world's largest cellphone companies, Vodafone, has revealed the extent of government snooping, saying authorities in a number of countries have direct access to a phone network without seeking permission.
- US Intelligence Chief Says Number of Documents Downloaded by Snowden Overestimated RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told The Washington Post the impact of Edward Snowden's leaks may have been exaggerated, as the NSA whistleblower had not taken as many secret files as originally feared.
- Damage by Snowden's leak from NSA files apparently less than feared - media VoR 06 Jun 2014 -- Edward Snowden does not appear to have taken as much as originally thought from NSA files, The Washington Post reported late Thursday.
- Thailand junta detains protest organizer Iran Press TV 06 Jun 2014 -- Thailand's junta has arrested a senior organizer of anti-coup protests in the country as part of the army's attempt to suppress any criticism of its power seizure.
- N. Korea Detains Third American Tourist VOA 06 Jun 2014 -- North Korea says it has detained another U.S. tourist, making him the third American held in the reclusive communist state.
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