02 May 2022 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing DoD 02 May 2022
- Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing DoD 02 May 2022
- Russians Make Minimal Progress in the Donbas, DOD Official Says DoD News 02 May 2022 -- Russian forces in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine — where the bulk of the fighting is taking place — are suffering from poor command and control, low morale, and less than ideal logistics, a senior Defense Department official, said today.
- DoD Announces $117 Million Defense Production Act Title III Agreement With GlobalFoundries to Strengthen the Domestic Microelectronics Industrial Base DoD 02 May 2022 -- As part of the nation's effort to sustain the microelectronics manufacturing capability necessary for national and economic security, and in support of Executive Order 14017, America's Supply Chains, the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a $117 million agreement to GlobalFoundries (GF).
- Parent Services Integration a Top Priority for Special Operations Components DoD News 02 May 2022 -- Better integration with parent services is just one way leaders of the four service components of U.S. Special Operations Command believe they can enhance their own readiness for the future.
- Back From Down Under | 3rd Maintenance Battalion Marines return from successful Australia deployment USMC News 02 May 2022 -- The Marines and Sailors of 3rd Maintenance Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group were officially welcomed back from their eight month deployment to Darwin, Australia, April 29, 2022.
- US Says Military Readiness Unaffected by Aid to Ukraine Despite Javelin Shortage Concerns Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- The Pentagon has denied that arms transfers to Ukraine have impacted America's military readiness amid concerns that the Pentagon's own stockpile of Javelin weapons might be dwindling.
- DDGs Lassen and Delbert Black Arrive to Fort Lauderdale for Fleet Week US Navy 02 May 2022 -- For the next week, Southeast Florida residents will have the opportunity to see and tour Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships as Fleet Week Port Everglades kicks into gear.
- USS Spruance Completes Voyage Repair Availability in Sasebo, Japan US Navy 02 May 2022 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) departed Fleet Activities Sasebo after completing an eight day voyage repair availability (VRAV).
- USS Mount Whitney Visits Djibouti US Navy 02 May 2022 -- The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in the Port of Djibouti, Apr. 24, for a sustainment and logistics visit supported by the N4 supply department of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ).
- Army provides heavy lift for National Park Service Army News 02 May 2022 -- Approximately 1,200 climbers are expected to attempt to reach the summit of Denali this year, and their efforts are supported in part by the Sugar Bears of Fort Wainwright, a company of CH-47F Chinooks. Two helicopter crews from the company flew approximately 7,000 pounds of gear up to Kahiltna Glacier on Denali last week to help establish two base camps for the National Park Service, which oversees the climbing season.
- Latvians gain insight from US Army logistics experts Army News 02 May 2022 -- Officials from the Latvian State Defense Logistics and Procurement Centre paid a visit to U.S. Army Garrison Italy recently to observe Army logistics at work
- New CENTCOM Commander Visits U.S. Navy Unmanned Systems Hub in Bahrain US Navy 02 May 2022 -- The new commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) visited U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, April 29, to see firsthand how the Navy is integrating unmanned systems and artificial intelligence into fleet operations in the Middle East.
- NATO's New Strategic Concept to Address 'Pacing Challenge' Posed by China, Pentagon Says Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- A new NATO strategic concept will address the "pacing challenge" allegedly posed by China for the United States and for European countries, US Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander said on Monday.
- Sweden, Finland intensify lobbying for NATO membership defying Russia's warnings Press TV 02 May 2022 -- Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde says Finland will almost certainly apply for membership in NATO, raising the expectation that both countries will join the military alliance despite Moscow's warnings.
- US to ramp up engagement with Pacific amid tensions over China-Solomons deal Press TV 02 May 2022 -- In a bid to ramp up diplomatic engagement with Pacific Island countries, Washington is set to host leaders from the region later this year, a senior US government official has said.
- Norwegian Company to Launch Surveillance Satellites to Keep an Eye on Northern Seas Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- Although the company itself presented the project as commercial and emphasised a growing market for monitoring data, pundits have argued that data that has been gathered will be shared with NATO.
- U.S. offers alternative to Taiwan after howitzer production line delay CNA 02 May 2022 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Monday that it was recently notified by the United States that the M109A6 "Paladin" self-propelled howitzers purchased by Taiwan will not be delivered on time due to inadequate production capacity.
- Delivery of US Howitzers to Taiwan delayed due to Ukraine crisis Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- An arms contract between the United States and Taiwan is facing severe delays due to "crowded production lines" caused by the war in Ukraine, prompting Taipei to look for alternatives, the island's Ministry of National Defense has confirmed.
- US howitzer sale to Taiwan 'halted,' but mainland should remain alert over 'advanced alternatives' Global Times 02 May 2022 -- The first deal approved by the Biden administration to sell $750 million worth of arms to Taiwan, including 40 155mm M109A6 medium self-propelled howitzers, has been halted by the US, Taiwan's defense authority said.
- Taiwan Forced to Go Howitzer-Free as US Military-Industrial Complex Pumps Out Guns for Kiev: Reports Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- On Saturday, the Chinese Embassy in Washington asked the Biden administration to halt the supply of weapons to Taiwan, warning that the People's Republic reserves the right to respond to such provocative behaviour. Beijing considers Taiwan an integral part of China destined for eventual peaceful reunification with the mainland.
- Ankara to Respond Immediately If Athens Violates Turkish Airspace, Defence Minister Says Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- The Turkish air force has been put on a combat-ready alert, standing prepared to respond immediately if Greece violates the country's airspace, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan at a Signing Ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation US Dept. of State 02 May 2022
- Secretary Blinken's Meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Mirzoyan US Dept. of State 02 May 2022
- The United States of America and the Republic of Armenia Sign a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation US Dept. of State 02 May 2022 -- Today, the United States and Armenia signed a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Strategic Civil Nuclear Cooperation (NCMOU), enabling us to deepen our strategic cooperation following on the gains made in connection with the U.S.-Armenia Strategic Dialogue. This MOU improves our cooperation on energy security and strengthens our diplomatic and economic relationship.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Venezuelan Interim President Guaidó US Dept. of State 02 May 2022
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, May 2, 2022 The White House 02 May 2022
- Department Press Briefing - May 2, 2022 US Dept. of State 02 May 2022
- Vietnam protests as China declares annual South China Sea fishing ban Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- China has once again announced a unilateral fishing moratorium in the South China Sea, to vigorous protests by Vietnam but the Philippines has so far not reacted.
- Saudi Arabia 'let down' by US' declining support for Yemen war Press TV 02 May 2022 -- A senior member of the Saudi royal family has complained about the United States' lack of commitment to defending the kingdom from retaliatory attacks by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, even as Riyadh continues to violate a recent ceasefire deal.
- Turkish warplanes bomb Iraq's Kurdistan again despite no agreement to allow operations on Iraqi territory Press TV 02 May 2022 -- Despite the Iraqi Foreign Ministry's insistence that there is no agreement between Baghdad and Ankara pertaining to the Turkish military operations inside the borders of Iraq, Turkey's armed forces have launched air raids targeting the purported positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Pakistan to make every effort to fight terrorism, says National Assembly speaker People's Daily 02 May 2022 -- Pakistan will make every effort to fight terrorism and bring the perpetrators of Tuesday's terrorist attack which killed three Chinese teachers to justice, Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf said here on Sunday.
- 'I Will Not Permit Any Change in Status Quo': New Indian Army Chief on Border Stand-off With China Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- The Indian and Chinese armies have been in a stand-off over eastern Ladakh since May 2020 after rival troops clashed in the area of Pangong lake near the contested border.
- Moldova Sees No Signs of Military Threat From Russia, Kishinev Says Sputnik 02 May 2022 -- The Moldovan Defence Ministry said on Monday it sees no indication that the country faces a military threat from Russia despite recent reports in media.
- In Niger, Guterres calls for more resources to fight terror attacks in Africa's Sahel UN News 02 May 2022 -- The number of terrorist attacks in the Sahel region of Africa "continues to increase" according to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who arrived in the capital of Niger, Niamey, on Monday, the second of three countries he is visiting on a tour of West Africa to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
- White Supremacist Gang Leader and Members and Associates Convicted on Racketeering and Murder Charges US Dept. of Justice 02 May 2022 -- Five members and associates of a violent white supremacist gang, the 1488s, were convicted today in Alaska by a federal jury of RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, kidnapping, and assault.
- Rewards Offered for Capture and Conviction of Leaders of Honduran Drug Trafficking Operation US Dept. of Justice 02 May 2022 -- Today, the U.S. Department of State announced a reward of up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of three Honduran nationals indicted in the Eastern District of Virginia on charges stemming from their roles as leading figures in a drug-trafficking operation.
- Department of State Offers Reward for Information to Bring Honduran Drug Traffickers to Justice US Dept. of State 02 May 2022 -- The U.S. Department of State is offering rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the arrests and/or convictions of Honduran drug trafficker Herlinda Bobadilla and her two sons, Tito Montes Bobadilla and Juan Carlos Montes Bobadilla. Their leadership roles in the Montes drug trafficking organization have grown significantly since the 2017 arrest and 2019 extradition to the United States of Herlinda's third son, Noe Montes Bobadilla, who is currently serving a 37-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine intended for unlawful importation to the United States.
- Opening remarks of Commissioner Simson at the press conference of the Extraordinary Energy Council of 2 May 2022 European Commission 02 May 2022
- In new wave of sanctions, EU to phase out Russian oil, says report Press TV 02 May 2022 -- The European Union is set to propose a phased-out ban on Russian oil imports as part of a new round of anti-Russia sanctions amid reservations by some bloc members.
- EU Looks to Strengthen Energy Resilience, Mulls Oil Sanctions Against Russia VOA 02 May 2022 -- Monday's ministerial meeting in Brussels comes after Russia cut off gas supplies to European Union members Bulgaria and Poland and warned that other so-called "unfriendly" nations risked the same fate if they didn't pay in rubles. Most EU contracts with Russian supplier Gazprom are in euros and dollars.
- Clash Of Titans: As EU Moves To End Reliance On Russian Gas, Will Putin Seek To Strike First? RFE/RL 02 May 2022 -- With no end to Moscow's devastating war on Ukraine in sight, a related battle that is bloodless but potentially painful for both sides is now under way. It pits Russia, the world's largest natural-gas exporter, against the European Union, the world's third-largest economy -- and it could get worse before it's over.
- EU Ministers Discuss Russian Oil Embargo As Germany Signals Shift In Position RFE/RL 02 May 2022 -- European Union ministers have met in Brussels to discuss a response to Russia cutting gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria and plans for a possible oil embargo to punish Moscow for invading Ukraine.
- Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: "I view with utmost severity the Russian Foreign Minister's statement." Israel - Prime Minister 02 May 2022 -- "I view with utmost severity the Russian Foreign Minister's statement. (...) The use of the Holocaust of the Jewish people as a political tool must cease immediately."
- MFA media announcement Israel MFA 02 May 2022 -- FM Lapid: Foreign Minister Lavrov's remarks are both an unforgivable and outrageous statement as well as a terrible historical error. The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of antisemitism.
- Israel Summons Russian Envoy Over Lavrov's Hitler Comment RFE/RL 02 May 2022 -- Israel has summoned Russia's ambassador and is demanding an apology from Moscow after Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots.
- Finnish Group Cancels Rosatom Nuclear Plant Contract Over Risks Exacerbated By Ukraine War RFE/RL 02 May 2022 -- Finnish group Fennovoima says it has canceled a contract on cooperating with Russian state-owned nuclear power giant Rosatom to supply a nuclear power plant, saying Moscow's war in Ukraine has "worsened" risks for the project.
- China capable of securing safe, stable energy supply People's Daily 02 May 2022 -- Facing the pressure of increasing uncertainties in the global energy market caused by international geopolitical conflicts, China has pledged maximum efforts to safeguard its energy supply.
- Uyghurs warned against divulging 'state secrets' before UN right chief 's China visit Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- Chinese officials in Xinjiang are warning Uyghurs not to divulge "state secrets" during a visit by United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet this month, officials in the western region said.
- China clamps down on dissident writer who criticized cult of personality around Xi Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- Despite asking for public input ahead of a key party congress later this year, Chinese authorities appear to be stepping up its clampdown on public dissent amid a growing cult of personality around ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping.
- Communist youth league of China has over 73.7 million members People's Daily 02 May 2022 -- The Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) has over 73.7 million members nationwide as of December 31, 2021, according to statistics released by the CYLC Central Committee on Monday.
- Pro-junta militia calls for killing of Myanmar reporters and their family members Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- A pro-junta militia that recently claimed responsibility for the slaying of opposition party members is now openly threatening to kill journalists and their families over content the military regime has dubbed "destructive to the state."
- More than a dozen senior NLD officials sentenced for 'graft' in Myanmar in April Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- Military courts in Myanmar sentenced a total of 14 Cabinet ministers and senior officials from the deposed National League for Democracy (NLD) government to lengthy prison terms on corruption charges last month, according to data compiled by RFA's Myanmar Service.
- Cambodia PM urges Myanmar junta boss to let ASEAN envoy meet Aung San Suu Kyi Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged Myanmar's military junta to allow the ASEAN special envoy to visit and meet deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Cambodia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- Myanmar's junta vows to defend China-backed copper mine after PDF threats Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- Myanmar's junta has vowed to defend a suspended Chinese copper mine, seen as a key source of revenue for the military regime, after the country's armed opposition threatened to destroy the project if owners resume operations.
- Pakistan's Khan openly blames US for 'regime change conspiracy' Press TV 02 May 2022 -- Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was recently unseated by a no-confidence vote, has openly blamed the administration of US President Joe Biden for his ouster.
- At bilateral meet, Japanese, Thai PMs urge end to war in Ukraine Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- Japan and Thailand urged an end to the war in Ukraine and discussed working with the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-Cha said after he met with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, in Bangkok on Monday.
- Amid political crisis, Tunisia announces 'national dialogue' without participation of opposition Press TV 02 May 2022 -- Tunisia's President Kais Saied has announced the launch of "national dialogue" to help resolve a deepening political crisis that has engulfed the North African country following his power grab last year.
- Philippines vote: Marcos seen as pro-China; Robredo will likely test Beijing ties Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- China would likely enjoy friendly ties with the Philippines if Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wins next week's presidential election, while his main challenger, Vice President Leni Robredo, has vowed to seek help in protecting Philippine waters in the South China Sea, American analysts said.
- Laos shrugs as villagers lose farms to dam reservoir Radio Free Asia 02 May 2022 -- Developers who built Laos' Nam Khan 3 dam have not compensated farmers who lost crops to rising water in the reservoir, sources living near the dam told RFA. A Lao government official said the displaced villagers were unlikely to get any more money.
- Dozens Detained In Yerevan As Anti-Government Rallies Resume RFE/RL 02 May 2022 -- Police in Yerevan have detained 244 protesters as they blocked streets in the capital and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian over what they feel are concessions to Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Former Kyrgyz Governor Arrested On Corruption Charges RFE/RL 02 May 2022 -- The former governor of Kyrgyzstan's northern Chui region, Tuigunaaly Abdraimov, was arrested on corruption charges over the weekend.
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