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The Osama Bin Laden raid may not have been the last. The Associated Press is reporting, U.S. military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan's failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighboring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint U.S.-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told The Associated Press. But the idea, which U.S. officials say comes up every couple of months, has been consistently rejected because the White House believes the chance of successfully rooting out the deadly Haqqani network would not be worth the intense diplomatic blowback from Pakistan that inevitably would ensue.
U.S. military officials are meeting with Japanese government representatives to discuss the safety of Osprey helicopters after one of the tilt-rotor aircraft crashed last week. The Associated Press is reporting, "plans to base some of the Ospreys in the city of Iwakuni were put on hold last week, as Japanese officials said they need more assurances the aircraft is safe. Opposition has been rising to putting Ospreys in Japan ever since one crashed during a training exercise in Morocco, killing two Marines and injuring two others."
A Pentagon investigation indicates poor judgment led to the teaching of anti-Islamic material at a U.S military school. Materials in a course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., portrayed the U.S. as being at war with Islam. U.S. officials say the war being fought by America is one against terrorists. The instructor, an Army officer, was relieved of teaching duties. Disciplinary action against two other officers is being considered. The course was suspended in April.
The U.S.S. has been hit by another fire. The small fire was reported about 7 p.m. Saturday in the dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The shipyard is investigating what caused the fire. The Los Angeles Class nuclear-powered submarine was hit by a fire that caused $400 million dollars on May 23rd. It is believed that the first fire was started when a vacuum cleaner ingested a heat source that ignited debris inside the vacuum. No word on what caused the latest fire.
A tactical move to stop Russia from sending weapons to Syria played out yesterday when a ship thought to be loaded with weapons lost its insurance. The British company that insured the MV Alaed said they did it when they discovered the nature of the cargo. U.S. officials have claimed the ship is heading for Syria with attack helicopters and munitions. There are reports that Russian advisors are on the ground in Syria helping to train Syrian troops to use the weapons being sent there.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is planning to thank gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute. According to the Associated Press, "in a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform."
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has ordered all branches of the military to review mental health diagnoses as far back as 2001. An Army review of behavior diagnoses connected to a U.S. soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians apparently triggered new interest in how war affects the military. Panetta told a Senate committee he's asked other services to conduct a review similar to the Army's.
The United States is worried Russia may be sending Syria attack helicopters. Reuters reports it "views Russian claims that its arms transfers to Syria are unrelated to the conflict there as "patently untrue," U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton said. The comments came as the Pentagon found itself on the defensive for doing business with Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, given concerns in Congress about the firm's role in arming the Syrian regime."
Space.com is reporting that after more than a year orbiting the earth during a secret mission, the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane is due to return...soon. The Air Force won't say when the unmanned vehicle will land. It was expected to land on May 30th, But the time frame has been changed to mid-June. The space plane is about 29 feet long by 15 feet wide with a payload bay the size of a pickup truck bed.
According to a new book, Justice Department prosecutors were stunned to learn three years ago that the U.S. military had secretly tape recorded incriminating comments that alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikhs Mohammed made to fellow detainees during daily prison yard conversations but was not planning to use them at military tribunals. In "Kill or Capture: The War On Terror And The Soul Of The Obama Presidency," journalist Daniel Klaidman says Mohammed was caught on tape boasting to other detainees about the 9/11 attacks.