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S.Korea names new defence minister in wake of shelling

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

SEOUL, Nov 26, 2010 (AFP) – South Korea named a presidential security aide and former career soldier as its new defence minister on Friday after the previous minister quit over North Korea’s deadly artillery bombardment.


Lee Hee-Won takes over from Kim Tae-Young, who resigned Thursday amid strong criticism that the military had reacted feebly to Tuesday’s attack.

AFP files – This file photo taken on November 7, 2005 shows US General Leon J. LaPorte (R), then-commander of the United States Forces Korea, and his South Korean counterpart Lee Hee-Won (L) inspecting an honour guard during a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the Combined Forces Command at US military headquarters at Yongsan in Seoul. AFP

The shelling, the first to hit civilian areas in the South since the 1950-53 war, killed four people on a border island and set homes ablaze. South Korea fired 80 shells at the North from the island in response.


Lee, 61, is a former four-star general who became deputy chief of the US-South Korea Joint Forces Command in 2005.


He retired from the military in 2006 and was appointed presidential security aide in May, after the sinking of a South Korean warship.


The South accuses the North of torpedoing the ship, a charge it denies. The incident fuelled cross-border tensions, which became acute after the artillery barrage.


Both the government and the military have been widely accused by the media and legislators of a weak response to the bombardment.


Seoul has said it will send more troops and guns to border islands and change the rules of engagement to let the military hit back harder in the event of another North Korean attack.

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Source: SGGP

NATO agrees on Europe-wide missile defence system

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 6:13 am

Many defence teachers granted academic titles

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:56 am

Britain, France embark on new defence partnership

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

British defence cuts to be kept under 10 percent: BBC

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Britain’s Ministry of Defence will only face cuts of under 10 percent in the government’s punishing spending review next week, compared to 25 percent for many other departments, the BBC reported Saturday.


Finance Minister George Osborne had told the MoD to prepare cuts of at least 10 percent despite strong resistance from Defence Secretary Liam Fox and military chiefs.


But Prime Minister David Cameron intervened in the row and the MoD is now likely to face cuts of between seven and eight percent, the BBC said, adding there would be no substantial cuts in army personnel numbers.


Britain will announce full details of the cuts in a strategic defence review being unveiled Tuesday, which will outline a long-term vision for the military.


That comes the day before an overall spending review Wednesday which Cameron has said will reveal details of cuts of up to 25 percent in most departments.


But there has been particular controversy over reductions to the defence budget.


Britain currently has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, the second largest contingent after the United States but Cameron has indicated they will be withdrawn from combat by 2015 in a process which may start next year.


The premier’s reported intervention came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC Thursday she was worried that sharp spending cuts could damage the NATO military alliance.


The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that the new professional head of the British Army, General Peter Wall, had warned Cameron that operations in Afghanistan could be undermined by cuts in army numbers and training.


Wall plus Chief of the Defence Staff Jock Stirrup, the Navy’s head Admiral Mark Stanhope and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Stephen Dalton are all concerned about the potential impact of cuts.


Reports suggest that areas of defence expenditure under threat from the cuts include RAF bases, Harrier jets and navy frigates, although two promised new Royal Navy aircraft carriers will be delivered.

Source: SGGP

Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm




Dien Bien Phu Victory and its lessons for current national development and defence


QĐND – Friday, May 07, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – The victory of Dien Bien Phu is one of the national exploits, compared as a new Bach Dang, Chi Lang or Dong Da victory in the Ho Chi Minh times, in the Vietnamese history of national building and defense. Time passes by but its historical significance still remains and it will forever be a big lesson for future generations.


The Dien Bien Phu Victory on May 7th, 1954 put an end to the French colony in Vietnam as well as in Indochina as without it the then French Government should not have sat down to sign in the Geneva Agreement, which bound the French to end the war and restore peace in the peninsula of Indochina. The victory was the direct result of the nine-year-long, whole-nation restless efforts to defend the fruits of the August Revolution. It also bears international-scale significance as it served as a bright example of national liberation for colonised nations worldwide.


Looking back into the past, the victory was the convergence of a number of factors. The first and foremost undeniable factor is the great unity of the whole nation under the talented leadership of the Party and late President Ho Chi Minh. Although Vietnam’s army at the time was still so young (founded in 1944) and equipped with modest weapons, under the leadership of the brilliant General Commander, General Vo Nguyen Giap, the army defeated a many-times-more powerful expeditionary force with modern weapons and equipment. When linking all military events during the nine-year resistance, experts could find that other campaigns could be practical tests for the Vietnam Army before it went to the final operation in Dien Bien Phu. Findings could point out that the army learnt valuable lessons from the previous battles and matured from time to time from these lessons and experiences. The victory also marked the great contribution by the soldiers of the past who, with their resourcefulness, courage, iron will and heroism, were ready to sacrifice themselves and uncompromisingly fought in battles against the enemy. Finally, the victory resulted from Vietnam’s warfare and military arts and the Party’s direction of self-reliance and whole-nation resistance, which later developed into the theory of People’s Warfare.     


On the occasion of the celebration of the 56th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, the review of the lessons from the campaign is needed for each Vietnamese and the whole nation. Proud of the past glorious victory and inheriting the lessons and spirit of the victory, today’s Vietnamese people and army should devote more to the cause of renewal and national economic development and defence. In both development and defence, national unity and the party’s proper leadership are always keys to success. Regarding national defence, the lessons from the victory never goes old even in peacetime. The army should regularly equip military people with precious properties of the Dien Bien soldiers as well as develop military past theories, experience and lessons on military and warfare arts in accordance with new situations in order to firmly and successfully defend the entity of the Fatherland and peace of the people, creating favorable conditions for economic development.  

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

Attack best form of defence for injury-hit United

In Vietnam Sports on December 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

HULL, England, Dec 25, 2009 (AFP) – Sir Alex Ferguson believes attack could be the best form of defence for Manchester United as they look to get their faltering Premier League title challenge back on track at Hull on Sunday.


United’s defensive problems have left the reigning champions looking vulnerable in recent defeats to Aston Villa and Fulham.


Ferguson’s team have rarely been so out-played as they were last weekend, when they slumped to a 3-0 loss at Fulham which the Old Trafford boss himself thought might end up costing his side a fourth successive title.








Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney (R) vies with Fulham’s English defender Paul Konchesky (L) during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Manchester United on December 19, 2009 (AFP photo)

Injuries to Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown, John O’Shea and Gary Neville have forced Ferguson to play midfielders Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick in defence.


Ferguson, who hopes Vidic and Brown will be fit for the Hull clash, accepts the situation is far from ideal, but he is also keen to see more creative flair from his forward players to help United compensate for their current issues at the back.


“Hull will be encouraged by the fact we have got defenders injured. They will certainly have a go at us,” he said.


“It’s always a dogfight down at the bottom of the table and, as usual, there are six, seven or eight teams involved in that battle.


“We looked fragile once we lost the goal (at Fulham). We got away with playing midfielders at centre-back once or twice, but it proved difficult.


“We have to make sure we are better attacking-wise than we were against Fulham. We didn’t make a lot of chances in the match, we had a lot of possession but it didn’t amount to anything.


“In terms of creating chances, we have to get that creativity, imagination back.


“I think losing to Aston Villa was a bitter disappointment, we made enough chances to win it. Winning your home games can stabilise you from bad results away from home.


“It’s unusual for us to lose two games in December, it’s not happened that many times but hopefully by the Leeds United (in the FA Cup third round) game we will have three centre-backs and we can then kick on and get back to our normal selves.


“The way the league is at the moment, I think Arsene Wenger said the other day you could lose seven games and still win the league this year.


“Someone pointed out the recognised top four have lost 41 points between them this season. Nobody would have bet on that.”


While Ferguson frets, his opposite number Phil Brown fears his Hull side are taking on United at the wrong time because they will be determined to erase those recent disappointments.


“I think United will be like a wounded animal. But you write them off at your peril because they will still have a big, big say in the title race,” Brown said.


“People talk about their bubble bursting but that’s rubbish. Nothing has changed with them as far as I’m concerned and we’ve got to be prepared for them.


“That extra day’s preparation might work for us. I’ve given the players Christmas Day off this year. That wasn’t the case last year so they’re pleased and we’ll come back in Boxing Day and work hard on the training ground to prepare ourselves.


“We know that if we play like we did at Arsenal last week and get that strong referee we need, then we might be able to compound the defeat United suffered at Fulham.


“It has been a test for United’s squad, but young players have come in and been given their chance.


“They have got great quality in depth and I’m not quite convinced they’ve got the length of injury list that people keep telling me they have.


“Nothing changes with them as far as I’m concerned. We’ll have to put our best foot forward and hope that United will have an off day.”


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Pakistan slaps travel ban on defence minister

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2009 at 2:01 pm

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan has barred the defence minister from travelling abroad as the fallout Friday from a court ruling reviving graft cases against a raft of top politicians threatened the government’s stability.


The country’s top anti-corruption body has called for travel bans on more than 250 people since the Supreme Court Wednesday annulled a decree protecting politicians including President Asif Ali Zardari from old graft charges.








Pakistan political ctivists celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on the National Reconciliation Ordinance in Karachi on December 17. (AFP photo)

The court ruling has rattled the US-backed government, with the opposition demanding the swift resignation of Zardari and implicated ministers.


Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar told local television late Thursday he had been due to go on an official visit to China but that his name had been put on an “exit control list” restricting travel.


Mukhtar told private Geo television station he had been due to spend three days in China to discuss the delivery of a frigate, but when his staff reached the airport they were told the delegation would have to go without him.


“I was informed that my name is on the exit list… federal investigation authorities officials have said that I cannot leave the country,” he said.


“It was in connection with a corruption case. But there is no corruption case against me — it is only an enquiry which is pending against me for the past 12 years. I will strongly defend myself in the court.”


The National Accountability Bureau said it had instructed the interior ministry to put the names of 253 people on the exit control list.


“They include politicians, bureaucrats, ex-military officers and some diplomats… Arrest warrants issued against some are also revived and properties of accused frozen again,” said NAB’s media officer Naveed Sattar.


Zaradri’s name was removed because of his presidential immunity, but a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity that Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s name was also on the list.


Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, voiced hope the amnesty ruling would not destabilise the country, which is under US pressure to do more to fight Islamist militants on the border with Afghanistan.


“Everybody in Pakistan, including our top military leadership, has made it clear that the military should focus on defending the country’s frontiers and elected government should run the government in accordance with the constitution and courts should adjudicate criminal matters in accordance with the law,” he told CNN.


“I hope everybody will play their constitutional role and (the) country will not go down the road of coups that has been disastrous for our country in the past,” said Haqqani, who is himself implicated by Wednesday’s ruling.


Pakistan is ranked the 40th most corrupt country out of 180 monitored by global watchdog Transparency International, and many governments have fallen or been ousted by the military over accusations of graft.


The amnesty — called the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) — was passed in October 2007 by then-president Pervez Musharraf, who was under pressure to hold elections and end about eight years of military rule.


It quashed charges against a number of politicians including Zardari and his wife and ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto — who was assassinated two months later — to allow them to stand for office.


Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) went on to win elections in 2008, restoring civilian rule, but his relations with the powerful military are strained and his public approval rating at rock-bottom.


Zardari is immune from prosecution while in office, but his eligibility for the presidency could be challenged as graft cases were pending against him when the NRO was adopted, raising questions about his suitability for the post.


Political analyst Talat Masood said the government must act swiftly to restore confidence by forcing out implicated ministers.


“If it is prolonged it’s likely to affect governance, it is likely to affect the overall security situation, but if the transition is quick, these ill-effects could be reduced,” he told AFP.


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Outstanding defence businessmen honored

In Vietnam Economy on October 15, 2009 at 9:36 am




Outstanding defence businessmen honored


QĐND – Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 22:10 (GMT+7)

PANO – A ceremony to honor outstanding defence businessmen was held on October 13th in Hanoi, on the occasion of Vietnam Entrepreneurs’ Day.


Present at the ceremony were member of the Party Central Committee, member of the Party Military Central Committee, Deputy Defence Minister, Gen. Nguyen Van Duoc; member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Chief of the General Department of Politics, Gen. Bui Van Huan; and Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), Doc. Vu Tien Loc.


According to reports from the Defence Ministry, defence businesses met an increased number of difficulties as a result of the circumstances surrounding the global financial crisis and domestic economic slowdown during the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. However, defence businessmen and workers have made special efforts to overcome these difficulties and setbacks. As a result, many in the industry maintained growth, made profits, and contributed to the budget while raising income for workers.


Addressing the ceremony, on behalf of the Defence Ministry, Gen. Duoc congratulated defence businesses and entrepreneurs on the Vietnam Entrepreneurs’ Day; highlighted their contributions to the Defence and national socio-economic development; appealed and encouraged them to bring into full play the noble tradition of Uncle Ho’s Soldiers to contribute more to the Defence and Nation.


He also bestowed honors and presented awards to 5 defence businessmen who had been selected as “2009 Vietnam Outstanding Businessmen”.


A number of other defence businessmen were also given certificates of merit from the Defence Ministry and VCCI.


Translated by Thu Nguyen


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Indonesia, Australia seek for enhanced defence ties

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm

– Defence ministers of Indonesia and Australia have discussed the close defence relationship between the two countries through exercises, exchanges, senior dialog and education and training.

Indonesia’s Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono and his Australian counterpart Joel Fitzgibbon met in Jakarta on September 18, Antara news agency reported, citing a media release.

According to Minister Fitzgibbon, Australia and Indonesia are pursuing cooperation in key areas that will enhance the Indonesian Military ( TNI)’s capabilities and support the increasingly important role of the Indonesian Department of Defence.

During Minister Fitzgibbon`s visit to Indonesia, he would speak to the National Resilience Institute, an Indonesian Government senior level strategic studies institution known as Lemhannas.

Australia would send an Australian Defence Force (ADF) officer to participate in the Lemhannas regular course for the first time next year.

The ministers met previously during Sudarsono`s visit to Australia in March this year.-