27 January 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Jan 2009 [PDF]
- DoD News: DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Jan. 26 airpower summary: C-130s support transport missions AFNS 27 Jan 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and ISAF in Afghanistan.
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Operational Update: U.S. Brig. Gen. Buchanan, Iraqi Lt. Gen. Oothman, Jan. 27, 2009 MNF-I 27 Jan 2009 -- Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre and Mr. Richard Hancock, Gulf Region Division, provide a reconstruction update
- U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers detained suspected criminals and seized weapons in Baghdad's Rashid district.
- Iraq Agreement a Watershed, Gates Tells House Members AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- The status-of-forces agreement between the United States and Iraq is a "watershed" in the Middle East.
- 2 NATO Soldiers, 5 Taliban Militants Killed in Afghanistan VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- The NATO alliance said two of its troops have been killed in southern Afghanistan.
- Military Ready to Send More Troops to Afghanistan, Gates Says AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates: Afghanistan poses the greatest military challenge to the United States today.
- 10th Mountain Division Leads New Deployments to Afghanistan AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- The 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team taking up positions in eastern Afghanistan.
- Russia ready to allow NATO transits to Afghanistan RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- Russia ready to discuss the transit of non-lethal supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan at any time.
- U.S drone attacks restrict movement of Pakistani Taliban leaders IRNA 27 Jan 2009 -- US drone attacks on Pakistan have restricted the movement and public appearance of local Taliban leaders in Waziristan.
- U.S carries out 33 missile strikes on Pakistan: Senate told IRNA 27 Jan 2009 -- Pakistani parliament was informed that the United States has carried out 33 missile strikes since the new government took over.
- Pakistani PM rejects Taliban courts IRNA 27 Jan 2009 -- Pakistani PM Gilani rejected Taliban courts and said they will not be allowed to run a parallel judicial system.
- Mahan Implements Maritime Strategy During Counterpiracy Ops Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2009 -- As part of Combined Task Force 151, the guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan is cooperating with 14 nations.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Cooperation is Key to Regional Stability, Mullen Says AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- The most challenging security threat troubling US lies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and will take cooperation from throughout the region.
- Procurement Reform Must be Government Priority, Gates Tells Senate AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- One of the main challenges facing DoD is how the department acquires goods and services and manages money.
- Air Force officials to use prop planes as ISR platforms AFNS 27 Jan 2009 -- Air Force officials will begin using C-12 planes as ISR platforms to fill needs for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
- Technology to Enable, Not Replace Warfighters, General Says AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- Robots are helping to save warfighters' lives, but probably won't ever replace humans in combat.
- US Moves to Counter Chinese Military Modernization VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- US SecDef Gates: US is developing military capabilities to counter improvements in China's ability to threaten forces in the Pacific.
- Peleliu Becomes First LHA to Receive EFV in Welldeck Navy NewsStand 27 Jan 2009 -- USS Peleliu became the first LHA-class ship to receive the expeditionary fighting vehicle in its welldeck during trials.
- Gates Cites High Demand for Guard's Domestic Mission AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- The National Guard must be able to meet its domestic responsibilities in addition to its operational missions.
- Defense Department Establishes Civilian Expeditionary Workforce AFPS 27 Jan 2009 -- The DoD is forming a civilian expeditionary workforce that will be trained to deploy overseas in support of missions worldwide.
- Russia, India start joint naval drills in Indian Ocean RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- The Russian and Indian navies have started joint naval exercises in the Arabian Sea off the Indian coast.
- Kenya, US Agree to Deal on Piracy VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- Kenya and the United States have signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow pirates captured off Kenya's coast to be tried in Kenyan courts.
- Georgia at least 25 years away from NATO - Russian envoy Rogozin RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- Georgia will not join NATO for at least a quarter of century, the Russian envoy to NATO.
- Russia dismisses Ukraine's Black Sea Fleet claims RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- Russia dismissed claims by Ukraine that the Black Sea Fleet is violating agreement on deployment of warships on Crimean Peninsula.
- Ukraine says Black Sea Fleet rearming unacceptable RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- Russia has no right to make a unilateral decision on rearming its Black Sea Fleet, based in Ukraine.
- Russian army to improve combat effectiveness with spy drones RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- Russia's Armed Forces will receive three new unmanned aerial vehicles in the next 3 years to boost capabilities.
- Russian military personnel act to stop heat cutoff RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- Russian military personnel in the Far East city of Khabarovsk have prevented local utility officers from cutting off their base's heating supply.
- 900,000 hectares of mine-infested lands cleared IRNA 27 Jan 2009 -- Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad Najjar: 900,000 hectares identified or cleared.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 27 Jan 2009
- Press Briefing 1/27/09 The White House 27 Jan 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for January 27, 2009
- ATK Awarded $36 Million Contract to Provide LW30mm Ammunition to UK ATK 27 Jan 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems has been awarded a $36 million contract to provide lightweight (LW) 30mm M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) tactical ammunition and M788 training ammunition to the United Kingdom's (UK) Ministry of Defence.
- Bell Boeing Team Awarded Joint Performance Based Logistics Contract for V-22 Osprey Support Boeing 27 Jan 2009 -- The Bell Boeing Program Office has announced that it was awarded Phase I of a two-phase Joint Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from Naval Air Systems Command in support of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command to support the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
- Boeing Part of Development Team for US Air Force F-16 Training Program Boeing 27 Jan 2009 -- The Bell Boeing Program Office has announced that it was awarded Phase I of a two-phase Joint Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from Naval Air Systems Command in support of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command to support the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
- General Dynamics Awarded $10 Million For Submarine Base Support General Dynamics 27 Jan 2009 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $10.25 million contract modification to continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative (NEMMI) at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- U.S. Army Selects Northrop Grumman for Biometrics Operations and Support Services Contract Northrop Grumman 27 Jan 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is one of 12 companies selected for the Biometrics Operations and Support Services Unrestricted (BOSS-U) contract by the U.S. Army.
- Raytheon Chosen to Help Provide Department of Defense Biometrics Operations and Support Services Raytheon 27 Jan 2009 -- The U.S. Army Biometrics Task Force has selected Raytheon Company to provide biometric-related services and support to enhance the ability of the Department of Defense infrastructure, architecture and standard for biometric defense capabilities.
- Boeing Receives Contract Extension for Transformational Satellite Communications System Boeing 27 Jan 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a $75 million contract extension from the U.S. Air Force to continue risk reduction and system definition for the Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT).
- DCNS delivers Royal Malaysian Navy’s very first submarine DCNS 27 Jan 2009 -- Today, DCNS delivered the Royal Malaysian Navy’s first-ever submarine. This on-time delivery follows Malaysia’s decision to set up a submarine force comprising two Scorpene-type conventional-propulsion boats.
- Oshkosh Defense Awarded $132 Million Delivery Order With U.S. Army to Provide Additional Armor 'B' Kits Oshkosh 27 Jan 2009 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order with the U.S. Army’s Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for more than 1,700 additional armor “B” kits for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A4.
- Rheinmetall Air Defence: The new name of air defence specialist Oerlikon Contraves Rheinmetall Defence 27 Jan 2009 -- Rheinmetall Air Defence AG: endowed with an expanded range of competences, Oerlikon Contraves AG began trading under this name since 1 January 2009. Headquartered in Zurich, the company is a global leader in short-ranged air defence. It is also an essential component of Rheinmetall's Air Defence unit, the division that unites the Group's full spectrum of air defence activities.
- U.S. Air Force Selects Thales's Vehicular Communications System Thales 27 Jan 2009 -- Thales Communications, Inc. has completed the delivery of multiple orders for its new 50-watt dual vehicular adapter/power amplifier to the U.S. Air Force‘s Tactical Air Control Party Modernization Office (TACP-M) at Hanscom Air Force Base.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 27 Jan 2009
- US Envoy George Mitchell in Cairo for Talks VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- US Middle East Peace Envoy George Mitchell in town for talks with President Hosni Mubarak.
- Gaza Skirmish Threatens Cease-Fire VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- Israeli forces and Palestinian militants have clashed along the Gaza border, leaving at least one Israeli soldier and one Palestinian dead.
- Russia says Georgian special services 'seize' Russian soldier RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- Russian Defense Ministry: Russian NCO has been captured by Georgian special service personnel in South Ossetia.
- Concerns Mount About Civilian Casualties in Sri Lanka VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- As Sri Lanka's army battles rebels to establish total control concern is mounting about civilian casualties.
- Daghestan's Islamic Fighters Continue To Hone Military, PR Skills RFE/RL 27 Jan 2009 -- Over the past two years, Ingushetia and Daghestan have eclipsed Chechnya as the most unstable North Caucasus republics.
- SOMALIA: Baidoa capture puts pressure on TFG IRIN 27 Jan 2009 -- The fall of Baidoa in south-western Somalia to Al-Shabab, hours after Ethiopian troops left, raises fresh questions about the viability of the Somali government, a civil society analyst said.
- U.S. wants partnership with Muslim world based on respect - Obama RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2009 -- US President Obama: US will seek to reach out to the Muslim world.
- Obama: US Willingness to Talk With Iran Important VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- US President Barack Obama says the United States must be willing to engage in diplomacy with Iran.
- Ukrainian President Vows to Honor Russian Gas Deal VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- Ukrainian President Yushchenko promised to honor gas deal with Russia that restarted pipeline deliveries to Western Europe.
- AU Summit May Force Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Deal VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- Africa's top diplomat has suggested that leaders gathering at an African Union summit might force a solution to Zimbabwe's political stalemate.
- S. African Leaders Call on Zimbabwean Parties to Form Unity Government; Set Deadline VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- Southern Africa leaders have called on the parties to form government in 2.5 weeks.
- Guinea Junta Arrests 3 of Its Officers VOA 27 Jan 2009 -- Military officials in Guinea: Leaders who seized power have arrested 3 of their own officers, accusing them of plotting against the military regime.
- MADAGASCAR: Protesters on the streets in fourth day of violence IRIN 27 Jan 2009 -- Police fired into the air on 27 January to disperse looters on the fourth day of civil unrest in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo.
- Metropolitan Kirill Elected New Patriarch Of Russian Orthodox Church RFE/RL 27 Jan 2009 -- The Russian Orthodox Church has elected modernizer Metropolitan Kirill, 62, as its new leader.
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