05 August 2014 Military News
- 'Insider Attack' in Kabul Kills US General, Wounds 15 Others VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- A man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on international troops, killing a U.S. general and wounding 15 other U.S.coalition troops in a machine gun attack at a military training facility in Kabul, a top Western and senior Afghan official said on Tuesday.
- General Officer Killed in Afghanistan Insider Attack AFPS 05 Aug 2014 -- An American general was killed today in Kabul, Afghanistan, when an individual believed to be a member of the Afghan security forces fired into a group of coalition troops, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 05 Aug 2014 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby
- Pentagon Confirms Loss of Two-Star General in Afghanistan Shooting RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday that a US major general was killed earlier in the day by a gunman dressed in an Afghan military uniform who opened fire at a military training facility in Kabul.
- Despite Attack, Defense Officials Maintain Faith in Afghan Forces VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- Tuesday's insider attack at an officer training school in Kabul claimed the life of a U.S. major general, the highest-ranking American official to be killed in Afghanistan. U.S. officials are just starting to investigate but say the incident will likely not have any impact on Washington's plans to withdraw combat troops by the end of the year.
- Airmen continue support to wildfire battle AFNS 05 Aug 2014 -- Two Defense Department C-130 Hercules equipped with U.S. Forest Service's Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in the Northwest, the Great Basin, and elsewhere in the West at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Feinstein Statement on Redactions in Detention, Interrogation Study Office of Sen. Feinstein 05 Aug 2014 -- “After further review of the redacted version of the executive summary, I have concluded that certain redactions eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions. Until these redactions are addressed to the committee’s satisfaction, the report will not be made public."
- Deployed loadmasters use new airdrop system AFNS 05 Aug 2014 -- A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron completed an airdrop for the Afghan National Army using the new Wireless Gate Release System Aug. 1, at Bagram Airfield Afghanistan.
- Kendall Again Appeals to Congress to Drop Sequestration AFPS 05 Aug 2014 -- The most important thing anyone can do to improve defense acquisition has to come from Congress, and that is to get rid of the threat of another budget sequester, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said today.
- DoD Stands Up Ebola Task Force AFPS 05 Aug 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has established an internal Ebola task force to evaluate how the department can most effectively support overarching U.S. government and international efforts to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Pentagon press secretary said today.
- American Heavy Tanks to be Stored in Mountains of Norway - Reports RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- US cargo ship USNS PFC Dewayne T. Williams is expected to arrive in the small Norwegian village of Namdalseid on August 10, bringing heavy tanks, armored personnel carriers and landing crafts, the local Adresseavisen newspaper reported on Tuesday.
- C-130Js test tactics against F-16 AFNS 05 Aug 2014 -- Two 317th Airlift Group C-130J Super Hercules successfully employed air-to-air tactics against an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise July 23,, en route to Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.
- U.S. Helps Africa Find African Security Solutions AFPS 05 Aug 2014 -- African solutions to African problems is the driving force behind security improvements on the continent, but that doesn't mean the U.S. military can't lend a hand, a senior Defense Department official told DoD News in a recent interview.
- Blue Ridge Strengthens Cooperation with PLA(N) North Sea Fleet in Qingdao, China NNS 05 Aug 2014 -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Qingdao, China Aug. 5 to promote maritime cooperation and reinforce a positive navy-to-navy relationship with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA(N)) North Sea Fleet.
- Anchorage Completes URT-2 NASA Testing NNS 05 Aug 2014 -- Amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) completed the second Underway Recovery Test (URT-2) for NASA's Orion Program, Aug. 5.
- HSC-25, Guam Fire and Rescue Save Distressed Swimmers NNS 05 Aug 2014 -- Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search and rescue (SAR) operation and rescued two distressed swimmers, one male and one female, off the coast of Gun Beach Aug. 5 at approximately 2:20 p.m.
- 45th Space Wing supports SpaceX launch of AsiaSat 8 satellite AFNS 05 Aug 2014 -- The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies' successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 8 satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at 4 a.m. Aug. 5.
- VMU-2 Marines keep UAVs aloft USMC News 05 Aug 2014 -- Marines with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 departed Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, July 28, taking their UAVs to the field to test their abilities in an expeditionary environment at Avon Park Air Force Range, Florida.
- 2nd MAW Marines, Sailors support Exercise Carolina Dragon USMC News 05 Aug 2014 -- Marines from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing joined several other commands as well as Sailors, civilians and a Merchant Marine crew aboard the SS Wright (T-AVB 3) in the Port of Morehead City, North Carolina, July 30, as the crew of 234 prepared to set sail for Exercise Carolina Dragon 14.
- USS Fort McHenry Reconnects with Baltimore Namesake NNS 05 Aug 2014 -- Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) spent three days in Baltimore, Maryland, giving back to the local community during a visit to the ship's namesake, July 31-Aug. 2.
- Anchorage Arrives in Los Angeles NNS 05 Aug 2014 -- San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) arrived in Los Angeles for L.A. Navy Days on a scheduled port visit Aug. 5.
- Russia May Start Modernized Mi-26T2 Helicopters Exports in 2015 RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- Russia plans to begin supplies of modernized Mi-26T2 multi-purpose transport helicopters, including to foreign customers, next year, the head of the government supplies department at Russian Helicopters, Aleksei Putintsev, told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
- Russian Air Force Gets New Batch of Su-30M2 Fighters RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- Russia's aircraft maker Sukhoi has delivered another batch of its multirole fighters Su-30M2 to the country's Air Force, according to the company's press office.
- Russian Army to Equip Ground Forces With 'Iskander' Missiles by 2018 RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The missile brigades of Russia's Ground Forces will be equipped with advanced weaponry and hardware, including the 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 Stone) theater ballistic missile systems, as part of the 2020 state rearmament program, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a teleconference.
- Russia's Army to Get 'Future Soldier' Gear in October – Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry hopes to start purchases of domestically designed «future soldier» gear Ratnik, which is currently in its final trials, already in October, the head of a military and scientific department of Russia's Ground Forces said Tuesday.
- Russian Defense Ministry Readies Court Case Against Germany's Rheinmetall RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- Russia's Defense Ministry is preparing documents in order to sue Germany's automotive components and defense equipment manufacturer Rheinmetall over the cancelation of a $134-million joint project to build a combat training facility in Russia, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
- Soviet-Era Satellite Burns Up in Atmosphere After 34 Years of Service RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The Kosmos-1151, a Soviet-era satellite appears to have burned up upon reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, Russian Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said Tuesday.
- UK to Review $13.4Bln in Arms Supply Contracts With Israel RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The United Kingdom is planning to review its $13.4 billion in arms and military goods exports to Israel, according to a spokesmen for the prime minister.
- Spain Blocks Arms Exports to Israel in Response to Gaza Conflict RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The Spanish committee of the Presidency, Treasury, Economy Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry has made a decision to impose an arms embargo on Israel over the Gaza conflict, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.
- Japan Names China Key Concern in Defense Report VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- Japan says China is taking "dangerous" actions at sea and in the air as it seeks to exert control in waters around Japan and elsewhere in the region. In a newly released annual report on defense, Japan listed China, Russia and North Korea as countries contributing to the region's "increasingly severe" security environment.
- August 5, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Aug 2014
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 8/5/14 The White House 05 Aug 2014
- 5 August 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 Aug 2014
- Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Holding, Truce Talks to Open in Cairo VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- Israeli and Palestinian delegations are in Cairo for truce talks as a 72 hour cease-fire in Gaza appears to be holding for a second day.
- UN Concerned About Children in Israel-Hamas Conflict VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that children in Gaza are traumatized as a result of the hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians. Nearly 400,000 need immediate psychosocial support to help them deal with their distress.
- As Gaza ceasefire begins, UN Chief urges parties to commence peace talks in Cairo UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- Following the announcement yesterday of a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to commence talks in Cairo for a durable peace.
- Shaky Truce Takes Hold in Gaza VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- After nearly a month of airstrikes, the Gaza Strip fell largely silent Tuesday as a 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect.
- Israel, Hamas Begin 72-Hour Truce in Gaza VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- A 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas took effect early Tuesday in the Gaza Strip.
- Russia Again Boosts Troop Levels on Ukraine Border VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- Russia has again bolstered its troops presence on its frontier with Ukraine's east, triggering concerns of cross-border fire or a possible intervention in support of pro-Moscow rebels increasingly besieged by Ukrainian government forces.
- U.S. Team Arrives in Ukraine for MH17 Investigation AFPS 05 Aug 2014 -- A small survey and assessment team dispatched by U.S. European Command has arrived in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv to advise in investigation and recovery efforts following the downing of a Malaysian airliner over the country last month.
- UN Says At Least 285,000 Flee Ukraine Crisis RFE/RL 05 Aug 2014 -- The UN refugee agency says at least 285,000 people have fled their homes because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as Russia called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on the crisis.
- Ukraine Crisis Refugee Number Rises to 117,000, Says UN RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The number of Ukrainian refugees has risen to 117,000, mostly people from the east of the country who have fled fighting between government and independence supporters, the UN's refugee agency said.
- NATO Claims Russia Gathered 20,000 Troops on Ukraine Border RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said Tuesday Russia had beefed up its troops along its border with Ukraine by some 20,000 soldiers.
- Ukraine: UN urges central registration system amid rising internal displacement UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- With thousands fleeing the intensifying violence in eastern Ukraine, the United Nations refugee agency today urged the Government to establish a central registration system which would help coordinate relief efforts for the already 117,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).
- More People Fleeing Fighting In Ukraine As Crisis Deepens VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency reports more than 117,000 people are internally displaced in Ukraine and an estimated 168,000 have crossed into Russia. The UNHCR says humanitarian needs are increasing as the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate.
- Russia Criticized for Worsening Humanitarian Situation in Ukraine VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- Russia called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Tuesday to urge that international community take urgent measures to improve humanitarian conditions in eastern Ukraine, where the government and Russian-backed separatists have been fighting for months. Some Council members accused Russia of being the cause of the crisis it seeks to contain.
- Explainer: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict RFE/RL 05 Aug 2014 -- Deadly skirmishes have erupted recently between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, with each side blaming the other for the escalation in violence. Here are answers to five central questions about the conflict.
- UN Chief Urges End To Violence In Nagorno-Karabakh RFE/RL 05 Aug 2014 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Azerbaijani and Armenian forces to abstain from violence and adhere to their cease-fire agreement after days of deadly skirmishes in the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
- ISIS Advance in Iraq Leaves Thousands on Brink of Humanitarian Catastrophe RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Northern Iraq has displaced about 200,000 people, most of them coming from the Yazidi ethnic minority.
- Iraq: UN expresses 'extreme concern' as Sinjar violence reportedly claims lives of 40 children UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) expressed "extreme concern" today over reports that some 40 children from northern Iraq's Yazidi minority group died as a result of the violence being carried out in the Sinjar region by militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other armed groups.
- Tens of thousands of besieged Syrians receive food aid for first time, UN reports UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- More people in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas of Syria are getting food due to a Security Council resolution approved last month that allows delivery trucks to more easily cross borders and conflict lines, the United Nations emergency food agency today confirmed.
- Desperate Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram arriving on deserted island in Chad, UN warns UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency today sounded the alarm on behalf of the nearly 1,000 people who recently arrived in the uninhabited Chadian island of Choua after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
- UN agency confirms last group of Congolese refugees return to their homes in DR Congo UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- A final group of Congolese refugees have returned to their homes in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under a voluntary repatriation programme by the United Nations refugee agency.
- UN peacekeepers in South Sudan headed to site of deadly attacks on aid workers UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- A unit of United Nations peacekeepers is heading to South Sudan's Maban County after at least five South Sudanese humanitarian workers were killed earlier today by a community-based self defence militia calling itself the Mabanese Defence Forces.
- ASEAN Ministers to Discuss South China Sea, Other Issues VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- Foreign ministers of Southeast Asian countries, as well as those from the U.S., China and other nations, are gathering in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw this week for two key meetings, including the 27-member regional security forum.
- Obama to Announce $14B in US Corporate Investments in Africa VOA 05 Aug 2014 -- President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday that U.S. businesses have committed to investing $14 billion in construction, clean energy, banking and information technology projects across Africa, a White House official said.
- Russian Prime Minister Says Budget Plan for 2015 Should Reflect Western Sanctions RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- Russia's 2015 draft budget and the budget plan for 2016-2017 should be balanced to reflect Western sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine, the country's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
- Ebola: UN health agency to convene emergency meeting on deadly disease UN News Centre 05 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will convene a two-day meeting of its emergency committee starting tomorrow to determine whether the current Ebola viral disease outbreak in West Africa is a public health emergency of international concern.
- China Investigating Canadian Couple Over Suspected Theft of State Secrets RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- The State Security Bureau of Dandong, a city in northeast China's Liaoning Province, is currently investigating the case of two Canadian nationals suspected of theft of state secrets related to military and national defense research, Xinhua news agency reported.
- US State Department Denies Launching Cover Up Program in Cuba RIA Novosti 05 Aug 2014 -- Washington denied accusations of launching a "cover up program" in Cuba, saying its main objective was to promote democracy and access to information among the population, US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told journalists at a briefing.
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