REGIMENTO DE ENGENHARIA Nº 3 NO PLANO "FAUNOS"
No âmbito do Plano FAUNOS, iniciado a 21 de abril de 2014, foram concluídos os trabalhos realizados em Vila Pouca de Aguiar, tendo-se executado cerca de 5.100 metros de reparação de caminhos florestais e limpeza de aceiros da rede viária florestal, bem como a execução de 22.400 metros de faixa de interrupção da rede primária de faixas de gestão de combustível.
Assim, em 14 de Julho de 2014, deu-se continuidade aos trabalhos, agora já em Ribeira de Pena, continuando empenhada uma Equipa de Engenharia e uma Equipa de Segurança, as quais integram dois Sargentos e oito Praças, bem como uma poule de equipamentos constituída por dois Tractores de Lagartas e duas Viaturas Tácticas Médias. Nesta área está prevista a abertura de uma faixa de interrupção numa extensão de cerca de 12.000 metros, restando ainda as intervenções previstas para os concelhos de Boticas e Montalegre, com cerca de 14.000 metros. (Exército)
HOMENAGEM DA CAVALARIA A MOUZINHO DE ALBUQUERQUE
Em 21 de Julho passado, uma comitiva constituída por militares de todas as Unidades de Cavalaria do Exército, da Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) e outras entidades convidadas, deslocou-se à Vila da Batalha a fim de prestar a tradicional homenagem ao Patrono da Cavalaria, Joaquim Mouzinho de Albuquerque.
Neste dia, evocativo do Combate de Macontene ocorrido em Moçambique em 1897, o então Capitão Mouzinho de Albuquerque, à frente de uma pequena força expedicionária, carregou sobre um inimigo dez vezes mais numeroso, tendo-o destroçado e, em consequência, assegurado a estabilidade na região, nos anos que se seguiram.
A cerimónia foi presidida pelo Director Honorário da Arma de Cavalaria (DHAC), Tenente-General Mourato Caldeira, tendo contado com a presença do Presidente da Câmara da Batalha, Dr. Paulo Batista dos Santos, bem com inúmeros batalhenses e turistas, atraídos pelo brilho e colorido dos metais, uniformes e estandartes, bem como pela graciosidade dos cavalos.
A formatura, comandada pelo Tenente-Coronel de Cavalaria Paulo Zagalo, foi organizada com o seguinte dispositivo:
Terno de Clarins reforçado da Fanfarra do Exército;
Bloco de Estandartes Heráldicos, constituído pelos estandartes do Regimento de Lanceiros Nº 2, Regimento de Cavalaria Nº 3, Regimento de Cavalaria Nº 6, Escola das Armas, Quartel da Cavalaria da Brigada Mecanizada e Unidade de Segurança e Honras de Estado, da GNR.
Força a Cavalo, integrando representantes das diversas unidades presentes.
O singelo mas sentido tributo prestado pelos Cavaleiros, com o apoio do Município da Batalha, a um dos mais brilhantes Portugueses do final do séc. XIX, constituiu uma breve revisitação da História de Portugal e ainda um momento de reflexão sobre os valores e os traços distintivos da identidade de um Povo, num tempo em que as referências éticas, morais e espirituais são, amiudadas vezes, negligenciadas ou adulteradas. (Exército)
PATRULHA OCEÂNICO VIANA DO CASTELO EM MISSÃO DE FISCALIZAÇÃO NO CANADÁ
Integrado no Plano de Acção Conjunta (JDP – Joint Deployment Plan), e coordenado pela Agência Europeia de Controlo de Pescas (EFCA), o NRP Viana do Castelo vai colaborar, a partir do dia 01 de Agosto, em conjunto com a Direcção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos, numa missão de fiscalização no âmbito da União Europeia, a realizar nos Grandes Bancos de Pesca da Terra Nova – Canadá.
Nesta missão, que decorre até 30 de Agosto, irão embarcar um coordenador da EFCA e três inspectores da União Europeia (um proveniente da Lituânia).
As acções de fiscalização das embarcações de pesca estendem-se por um vasto espaço marítimo (aproximadamente 2.700.000Km2), denominado por área da convenção NAFO (North Atlantic Fishing Organization), e vão prolongar-se até ao final do mês de Agosto. No decurso da missão prevê-se uma escala logística ao porto de St. John’s (na Terra Nova), onde serão realizados vários eventos de cariz protocolar com o objectivo de fortalecer os laços entre as comunidades dos dois Países.
Em simultâneo será realizada a Viagem de Instrução de cadetes do Curso contra-almirante Almeida Henriques, proporcionando aos treze alunos do 3º ano da Escola Naval a aplicação dos conhecimentos e perícias adquiridos ao longo do ano lectivo. (MGP)
DIA DA ARMA DE ENGENHARIA E DO REGIMENTO DE ENGENHARIA Nº 1
No passado dia 11 de Julho de 2014 realizaram-se no Polígono de Tancos, no Polo Permanente do Prédio Militar 001/VNB – RE1, as Cerimónias Comemorativas do Dia da Arma de Engenharia e do Regimento de Engenharia Nº 1 (RE1), celebrando-se assim os 367 anos de existência da Arma e os 202 anos do Regimento.
A cerimónia foi presidida pelo Excelentíssimo Tenente-General Vice-Chefe do Estado-Maior do Exército, TGen António Carlos de Sá Campos Gil, tendo estado também presentes outros Oficiais Generais, no activo e nas situações de Reserva e de Reforma, antigos Comandantes do RE1 e da ex-Escola Prática de Engenharia, bem como diversos militares e entidades civis convidadas para o evento. De destacar as presenças dos Presidentes das Câmaras Municipais de Vila Nova da Barquinha, de Constância e do Entroncamento.
O dia iniciou-se às 07.00 horas com a realização da alvorada festiva a que se seguiu, pelas 08.00 horas, o Içar da Bandeira Nacional. Antes da missa na Capela da Unidade decorreu a Cerimónia de Homenagem aos Militares de Engenharia Mortos em Defesa da Pátria. Pelas 10.30 foram prestadas as honras protocolares, às quais se seguiu a Cerimónia Militar.
Após a cerimónia militar, decorreu uma sessão solene onde foram abordados temas como as actividades da engenharia militar em 2013/2014, a apresentação das conclusões das Jornadas de Engenharia realizadas no Regimento de Engenharia Nº 3 em Junho de 2014, o pré-lançamento do livro “Aspectos da História da Escola Prática de Engenharia” e lançamento do livro “A Engenharia Militar na Guiné - O Batalhão de Engenharia”. O dia ficou também marcado pela tomada de posse do novo Director Honorário da Arma de Engenharia, TGen Rodrigues da Costa. (Exército[/size]
Destroying Hamas won’t solve conflict, says top US Pentagon official
The most senior military intelligence official of the United States has warned that the destruction of Palestinian militant group Hamas will not solve, and might even intensify, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Hamas, otherwise known by its full name, Islamic Resistance Movement, was founded with Israeli help in 1987 to combat the power of its secular rival, Fatah. Since 2007, Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip, after winning most of the votes in the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary election. Fatah, which refused to hand over power to Hamas, now governs the West Bank. Israel has for many years accused Hamas for leading what it describes as the “rejectionist” camp of the Palestinian nationalist movement, by refusing to accept the legitimacy of the Jewish state. The US is in broad agreement with its close ally Israel, and has designated Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization. On Saturday, however, the outgoing director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, warned Israeli officials that wiping out Hamas will not mean the end of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, and that the group’s demise will probably lead to a far more radical group taking its place. Lieut. Gen. Flynn was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, an annual gathering of senior defense leaders in Aspen, Colorado. The top US military intelligence official told his audience that “if Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse”. He went on to add that the militant group’s place in Gaza would probably be replaced by “something like ISIS”. Lieut. Gen. Flynn was referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, known as ISIS, which has emerged from the Syrian Civil War as the most powerful non-state actor in the region. The group has already announced the creation of an Islamic State in territory under its control in the borderlands of Iraq and Syria. Lieut. Gen. Flynn was echoingsimilar views expressed earlier this month by former Israeli intelligence official Efraim Halevy, who directed Israel’s covert-action agency, Mossad, from 1998 to 2002. Speaking to American television network CNN, Halevy said that numerous radical groups in the Gaza Strip would be far more threatening to Israel’s security than Hamas. Read more of this post
[size=31] Israel Vows to Destroy Gaza Tunnels[/size]
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ruled out any cease-fire that would prevent Israel from continuing to destroy Hamas' tunnel network under the Israel-Gaza border (Haaretz), a condition that Hamas' military wing signaled it would reject. The announcement comes as the Israeli military called up an additional sixteen thousand reservists (WSJ). Meanwhile, the United Nations and United States condemned the shelling of a UN school where Gazans had taken shelter, while the Pentagon opened a local cache to rearm the Israeli military (AFP). While Israeli and Palestinian delegations travel to Egypt (Haaretz), a coalition of Arab states effectively aligned with Israel in the current fighting is seen as changing the dynamics of diplomacy (NYT).
"Over the last three weeks of conflict, Hamas has only burnished its nationalist credentials, established that it cannot be defeated, and that it has a reservoir international support. It is also hard to understand how partnership with Israel will help Abbas after Operation Protective Edge has caused so much damage and killed so many Palestinians. Abbas hates Hamas, but he cannot be seen as a quisling of Jerusalem. All in all, Hamas is in much better shape than it was when its leaders reluctantly sought a lifeline from Abbas and the PA," writes CFR's Steven Cook in the Times of Israel.
"Immiserating the people of Gaza is not an Israeli or American objective, and we should be open to all sensible ways of ameliorating the awful situation in which they live. We should draw up or applaud generous plans and leave it to Hamas to reject them or make them impossible by refusing to disarm. But those Israeli proposals will not, of course, work, nor will any proposals that require disarming Hamas as a precondition for aid to Gaza," writes CFR's Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard.
"Like the present Israeli government (or, better, its leading members), Hamas doesn't believe in a Palestinian state alongside Israel. These two bitter enemies are actually helping one another. Every rocket that Hamas fires weakens the Israeli left and makes it more difficult for ordinary Israelis to contemplate a withdrawal from the West Bank—since rockets from there could make all of Israel uninhabitable. And every new settlement, every 'price tag' attack on the West Bank, weakens Fatah and the PA and lends credence to Hamas's claim that violence is the only way," writes Michael Walzer in the New Republic.
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China to Revise Household Registration System
Beijing on Wednesday issued proposals to scrap the household-registration system that ties access to entitlements to whether a person's official residence is urban or rural (SCMP).
NORTH KOREA: The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday blacklisted two North Korean companies for shipping Cuban weapons to Pyongyang in violation of a UN arms embargo (Miami Herald).
SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA
Kerry Urges Afghan Candidates to Implement Power-Sharing Agreement
U.S. secretary of state John Kerry urged Afghanistan's presidential contenders to implement the power-sharing deal he brokered to defuse an electoral crisis in an op-ed published in Dari and Pashto on Wednesday (TOLO) amid conflicting reports about the still-secret 'terms of the accord (WaPo).
INDIA: The United States is "very disappointed" with India's opposition to the World Trade Organization's Doha round, U.S. commerce secretary Penny Pritzker said ahead of meetings at the bilateral strategic dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday (Hindu).
CFR's Alyssa Ayres explains New Delhi's reticence on the deal.
Iraqi Militants Prompt Backlash with Destruction of Monuments
Sunni extremists from the militant group ISIS have begun destroying monuments of Mosul's cultural heritage (NYT), possibly a turning point, galvanizing resistance to their de facto rule (AFP).
Alarmist reporting contributes to the inflation of perceived threats, writes CFR's Micah Zenko.
Sierra Leone Declares Ebola Emergency
Sierra Leone on Wednesday declared a state of emergency, under which its security forces will enforce a quarantine of affected areas, following the lead of Liberia, where schools were closed this week (BBC). President Ernest Bai Koroma and his Liberian counterpart Ellen Sirleaf Johnson said they will pull out of a summit in Washington next week to manage the crisis.
MOZAMBIQUE: A peace agreement between the Mozambican government and rebel group RENAMO has been unexpectedly delayed (Deutsche Welle). The deal would allow the rebels to contest elections in exchange for disarming.
Russia Reacts to Newest Sanctions
Moscow lashed out at the European Union for imposing sectoral sanctions in coordination with the United States, warning that Europe would face higher energy prices (FT). Exemptions in the U.S. and EU sanctions are likely to dampen their short-term impact, however (WSJ).
CFR's Janine Davidson considers Putin's strategy in Ukraine.
RUSSIA: The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay shareholders of the oil firm Yukos $2.6 billion in damages (Reuters) for failing to "strike a fair balance" and charging the company excessive fees. Yukos was once run by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent ten years in prison before his release last year.
Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's designated Argentina to be in "selective default" after last-minute talks between the government and holdout creditors failed to yield a settlement on Wednesday (FT). The default may worsen an ongoing recession and put pressure on the country's foreign reserves (MercoPress).
UNITED STATES: A data-processing glitch has hampered the U.S. State Department's ability to issue visas around the globe (WSJ).
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30 Jul. 2014
The United States has briefed the North Atlantic Council on its determination that the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range capability of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles.
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INTERPOL joins global call for hope in first World Day against Trafficking in Persons
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[*]Hamas uses anti-tank weapons against Israeli ground forces
Man-portable anti-tank weapons are playing a major role in Hamas counterattacks against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, and have accounted for around 40% of the fatalities experienced by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the first ten days of the ground operation. Up to 18 of the 43
[*]UK casts doubt on Harpoon future beyond 2018
The UK could remove the GWS60/Harpoon Block 1C anti-ship missile from Royal Navy (RN) service as early as 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed. Withdrawal of Harpoon would leave RN warships without a heavyweight surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW), opening up a gap in long-range
[*]UK sets out DGP plan for Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems
The UK government has outlined plans for a new Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems (CMIS) as part of its Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) initiative. To be based at Portsdown Technology Park, just outside Portsmouth, the CMIS will initially support the development of an unmanned systems
[*]USAF strategy seeks more 'agile' acquisitions
Key Points USAF wants to build 'modularity' and 'open architectures' into new equipment development efforts from their inception. The new Joint STARS and combat aircraft trainer programmes will likely be test cases for the new methodology. The US Air Force (USAF) wants to create a more
[*]Australia yet to decide on ASC privatisation
The government of Australia has made no decision to privatise state-owned ASC despite a recommendation made earlier this year by the National Commission of Audit that Canberra should sell the naval shipbuilder "as soon as practicable". Speaking to IHS Jane's on 30 July, a spokesperson for
[*]BAE Systems wins IAF ammunition contract
The Indian Air Force (IAF) acquired 1.41 million rounds of 5.56 mm L15 NATO ammunition from BAE Systems for USD744, 400 in late June for the Israeli Tavor-21 assault rifles used by its Garud special forces. Industry sources told IHS Jane's that BAE Systems was competing against Israel Weapon
[*]China's ruling Communist Party announces corruption probe against former domestic security head
EVENT China's ruling Communist Party's Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection (CCDI) has begun an official investigation against former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang for "serious disciplinary violations" - a euphemism for corruption- it announced on 29 July. Zhou, a
[*]Czech, Slovak MoD's aligning radar requirements
The ministries of defence (MoDs) of the Czech Republic and Slovakia are currently negotiating to harmonise procedures to enable the joint procurement of military approach radars. Both sides are looking to replace their ageing Soviet-era radar systems, and have been keen to arrange a joint
[*]Ecuador confirms IA-73 UNASUR I procurement
Ecuador plans to purchase 18 IA-73 UNASUR I training aircraft from Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA), Ecuadorian Minister of Defence Maria Fernanda Espinosa has officially confirmed. The aircraft, developed in four countries, are to be manufactured in Argentina. Espinosa's declaration
[*]Escalating drug-related violence in Mexico's northeastern border state of Tamaulipas elevates risks of collateral injury, property damage
EVENT The Public Security Secretariat of Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas issued a warning on Twitter on 29 July for the public to avoid the area of the General Bravo-Reynosa highway/Boulevard del Maestro/Avenida Mil Cumbres triangle in Reynosa, a city next to the United States border.
[*]EU, US impose new sanctions, embargoes on Russia
Key Points EU imposes embargo on arms and dual-use goods for military end-users, restricts access to sensitive technologies in the oil sector, and restricts access to capital markets for state-owned banks. US also withdrawing economic support and increasing sanctions on finance, defence, and
[*]Expanded EU and US sanctions will push Russia into recession and raise retaliation risk against Western firms
Key Points The EU and US have significantly expanded their sanctions regimes against Russia, targeting state-owned banks and banning the sale of defence equipment and technologies used in the oil sector. The new sanctions are likely to have a significant impact on the Russian economy, pushing it
[*]Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight
The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken
[*]France, Japan deepen defence industrial ties
Japan and France have signed an accord to deepen bilateral defence industrial ties. The memorandum of understanding was inked by Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in Tokyo on 29 July. According to statements issued by the Japanese Ministry of
[*]Hungarian prime minister's plans for 'illiberal state' likely to strain ties with EU
EVENT Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stated on 26 July that he was in favour of abandoning liberal democracy and creating an "illiberal state", citing Russia, Turkey, China and Singapore as examples of "successful nations". Orbán argued that the global economic
[*]Indonesia gets first three F-16s from US
The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara, TNI-AU) received the first three of 24 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D aircraft on 25 July. The F-16s, which are being upgraded from Block 25 to Block 52 standard by the US Air Force (USAF) at Hill Air Force Base's (AFB) Ogden Air
[*]Insitu to support Lithuanian ScanEagles
Under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreement, Boeing-subsidiary Insitu is set to deliver a range of equipment to support the Lithuanian Armed Forces' ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Once confirmed, the deal is expected to be valued at USD600,000 and will include the supply of launch
[*]Iraq focuses on swift delivery of Russian weaponry
Key Points Russian officials have said that TOS-1A rocket launchers are being delivered to Iraq under a USD1 billion arms deal The acquisition of Russian artillery and ground attack aircraft raises questions about the tactics that the Iraqi military intends to use against the Sunni areas that are
[*]Japan asks France to stop Mistral sale to Russia
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on 29 July expressed "strong concerns" over France's plan to sell two Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) ships to Moscow, citing the ongoing Ukraine crisis and Russia's recent military buildup in the Asia-Pacific region. In his fourth
[*]Military air strike kills two civilians in Syria's Aleppo
ACCORDING to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a woman and a child were killed during a military air strike targeting alleged anti-government militants in the town of Al-Shara in Syria's Aleppo governorate on 25 July. Casualty figures provided by the Syrian Observatory for