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05 August 2014 Military News

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  • '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.

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  • 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

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