26 June 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Jun 2009 [PDF]
- DoD News: DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- June 25 airpower summary: A-10s target anti-Afghan forces AFNS 26 Jun 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and ISAF in Afghanistan during operations.
- Baghdad Market Blast Increases Tensions Before US Pullout from Iraqi Cities VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Second major bomb blast in Baghdad in 48 hours left at least 13 people dead and over 40 wounded.
- Iraqi Lawmakers Concerned By Uptick In Violence RFE/RL 26 Jun 2009 -- Iraqi politicians are blaming spike in violence to a combination of factors including complacency, funding shortages, and in-fighting.
- Forces in Afghanistan Find Heroin, Destroy Bomb Near School AFPS 26 Jun 2009 -- Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected Taliban militants during an operation to disrupt Taliban.
- Insurgents Make Afghans Focus of Attacks AFPS 26 Jun 2009 -- Insurgents operating in eastern Afghanistan increasingly focusing attacks away from coalition forces and on local residents.
- Pakistan: UN agency refutes media claims of large-scale return of displaced UN News Centre 26 Jun 2009 -- UN refugee agency said that there was no large-scale movement out of makeshift camps.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Lawmakers Reject Amendment Calling for an Exit Strategy from Afghanistan VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- House of Representatives has turned back an effort to require a report from President Obama on exit strategy.
- Afghanistan's security obstacles 'interconnected,' Ban says UN News Centre 26 Jun 2009 -- Drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism“interconnected” security challenges Afghanistan faces.
- Coordination Cell to Provide Focus, Expertise for Afghanistan Mission AFPS 26 Jun 2009 -- New Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell at the Pentagon to ensure expertise developed gets back on the ground.
- Afghanistan draws attention of Army counter-IED conference Army News 26 Jun 2009 -- Defeating improvised explosives devices and their support networks is the focus of Army's third counter-IED conference.
- Mullen Welcomes Kyrgyz Base Decision, Talks Missile Defense with Russians VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Top US military officer welcomed progress toward reversing Kyrgyz decision to end US use of key base.
- DoD News: Air Force Announces Fiscal 2010 Force Structure Realignments DoD 26 Jun 2009-- Today the U.S. Air Force announced its proposed force structure realignment for fiscal 2010. It reflects adjustments which will provide adequate resources to accomplish the Air Force mission
- Air Force officials announce fiscal 2010 force structure realignments AFNS 26 Jun 2009 -- Air Force officials here announced June 26 its proposed force structure realignment for fiscal 2010.
- Chairman Encouraged by Talks with Russian Counterpart AFPS 26 Jun 2009 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he was pleased with what he described as frank discussions with his Russian counterpart on regional and international security during his first visit to Moscow.
- Naval Aviation Pins 30,000th Helicopter Pilot Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Training Air Wing (TRAWING) 5 celebrated a milestone in naval aviation when the 30,000th rotary wing student pilot walked across the stage to receive his coveted
"wings of gold," June 19.
- Navy Working Uniform Now Authorized Off Base Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- The Navy Working Uniform (NWU) is now authorized for wear off-base, during routine stops and at eating establishments during the prescribed workday.
- Northwest Navy, Coast Guard Train Together During Interoperability Exercise Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Navy divers and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team members from the Pacific Northwest met with Coast Guardsmen at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River in La Push, Wash., for a week-long training evolution, June 22-26.
- PEO Ships Hosts Annual Multi-Agency Craft Conference Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- The Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships hosted the 2009 Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., June 16-18.
- USS Ponce Makes a Difference in Cyprus Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Sailors from USS Ponce (LPD 15) and embarked Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) volunteered for community relations (COMREL) outreach programs June 13 in Larnaca, Cypress.
- Pierside Training Helps Ready Fleet Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet certified Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) ready to deploy after completing Fleet Synthetic Training, Joint (FST-J) June 19.
- Electronic Navigation Charts New Heights in Submarines Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- The Navy's Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) certified a significant milestone in the submarine force's transition to electronic charting by approving version 8.3 of the Voyage Management System (VMS) for use aboard attack and guided-missile submarines June 9.
- Aviation Training Buildings at Camp Pendleton Air Station Funded for Repair via Recovery Act Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest awarded Hal Hays Construction Inc. of San Diego a $1.36 million Recovery Act funded contract June 19 to repair aviation training buildings at Marine Corps Air Station in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
- Navy SEALS, TF-49 Pilots Conduct Joint Training During NE 09 Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Thirteen operators from a West-coast based SEAL team worked hand and hand with Army pilots from Task Force 49, 1-52 Aviation Battalion, Bravo Company to perform final checks on equipment during a training evolution designed to promote and develop interoperability June 15.
- Bonhomme Richard ARG/MEU Loads For Initial Integration Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Sailors and Marines loaded and stored more than 2 million pounds of supplies, vehicles and weapons aboard three amphibious ships at Naval Base San Diego, kicking off pre-deployment training for the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) June 24.
- Camp Lejeune Invests in Lighting, HVAC Controls and Energy Monitoring Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Officer In Charge of Construction Marine Corps Installations East (OICC MCI East) awarded a $2,156,794.00 contract on June 23 to upgrade lighting, HVAC and Energy Monitoring Control Systems (EMCS) at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The contract was awarded to R & W Construction Company, a local construction firm from Jacksonville, N.C.
- SOCOM's Maritime Efforts Remain Adaptive, Engaged Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- Naval Special Warfare Group 4 (NSWG-4), U.S. Special Operations Command's (SOCOM) maritime surface mobility component, faces an interesting task in a time when focus is almost completely concentrated on a ground war: how to stay relevant now and engaged ten years in the future.
- 'Tophatters' Tip Their Hats to 90 Years of Success Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- The "Tophatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 14 will celebrate their 90th anniversary June 27 as the oldest squadron in the Navy.
- Ground, flight tests yield zero interference for interrogator system AFNS 26 Jun 2009 -- Testing on a NATO Airborne Warning and Control System recently demonstrated prototype waveform.
- Hurlburt Field unit transfers to Cannon AFNS 26 Jun 2009 -- Officials from the 16th Special Operations Squadron mark the official transfer of the squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., to Cannon Air Force Base.
- Combat controllers support Northern Edge AFNS 26 Jun 2009 -- Air Force combat controllers a rare breed of elite specialists who accompany US troops to serve as a liaison between those forces and air support.
- Sun sets on Exercise Northern Edge 2009 USMC News 26 Jun 2009 -- Exercise Northern Edge 2009, the largest biannual military training event in Alaska, came to a close after 11 successful days.
- Exercise puts some 'JUICE' into communications Army News 26 Jun 2009 -- Closing current gaps in the design of more seamless and robust communications networks was major theme this year of annual worldwide DoD exercise.
- Fort Drum Soldiers incorperate Arabic speakers, roadside attacks in training exercise Army News 26 Jun 2009 -- Training exercise incorporated Native Arabic speakers, roadside attacks, MEDEVAC (medical evacuation) helicopters and IEDs.
- Agreement signed for integrated defense of Alaska AFNS 26 Jun 2009 -- Joint Task Force Alaska and 17th Coast Guard District officials signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate coordination of missions.
- Navy Updates Confirmed Cases of H1N1 Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2009 -- The Navy updated its confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza June 26 to 328 Sailors, of which, 304 have returned to duty.
- Marines square off for MiGs in Malaysia USMC News 26 Jun 2009 -- As the last of 8 F/A-18s, the rumor suggesting exercise might be cancelled was crushed.
- West African military logistics put to the test Army News 26 Jun 2009 -- When a Senegalese military unit convoyed to a multi-national exercise, a senior U.S. Army Africa logistics expert took note.
- US, Russian Negotiators Working on New Arms Treaty VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev, in Moscow in early July.
- Russia, U.S. to sign military cooperation deal during Obama trip RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- Russian-US military cooperation agreement will be signed during President Obama's visit to Moscow in early July.
- Flournoy Concludes 'Constructive' Round of U.S.-China Talks AFPS 26 Jun 2009 -- Pentagon’s top policy official praised this week’s round of talks with Chinese officials that centered on developing military relations.
- U.S. not worried military secrets will leak through Taiwan CNA 26 Jun 2009 -- US not concerned that advanced military technologies will be leaked to China through its weapon sales to Taiwan.
- Typhoon class submarines to remain in service with Russian Navy RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- The world's largest Typhoon-class submarines will remain in service with the Russian Navy.
- Rosoboronexport, Thales sign cooperation memorandum RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- State arms exporter Rosoboronexport and Thales Group agreed to market jointly-developed naval equipment internationally.
- Russian firm pledges to deliver frigates to India on schedule RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- Russia will fulfill its obligations on schedule to supply Project 11356 frigates to India by 2012.
- Russia to take part in Indian diesel submarine tender RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- Russia will participate in an expected tender to supply diesel-electric submarines to the Indian navy.
- Russia sends another warship to fight piracy off Somali coast RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- Russia's Pacific Fleet will send a new task force led by a missile destroyer with two helicopters to the Gulf of Aden on June 29.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Jun 2009
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 6-26-09 The White House 26 Jun 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for June 26, 2009
- Lockheed Martin Wins $203 Million Contract to Operate Fort Bragg Field Logistics Readiness Center Lockheed Martin 26 Jun 2009 -- Lockheed Martin has won a new contract to manage the Field Logistics Readiness Center (FLRC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The contract is valued at $203 million over a five year period of performance and was awarded under the Field & Installation Readiness Support Team (FIRST) contract vehicle.
- Raytheon Demonstrates Breakthrough Antenna Technology During Air Force Flight Raytheon 26 Jun 2009 -- During a recent flight test, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) successfully demonstrated breakthrough antenna technology that dramatically improves and delivers on the next generation of airborne communications for wide-body aircraft.
- Veolia Environnement and DCNS create a joint venture DCNS 26 Jun 2009 -- Veolia Environnement and DCNS are combining their expertise in a joint venture, Défense Environnement Services. This joint-venture will be a leading operator in services to military bases.
- Barracuda nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) programme DCNS 26 Jun 2009 -- The ‘first cut' ceremony for the new boat was held this morning at DCNS's Cherbourg shipyard.
- Oshkosh Defense Celebrates Roll Out of First Logistics Vehicle System Replacement Oshkosh 26 Jun 2009 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), today commemorated the first Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) to be fielded with a ceremony and reception at its headquarters. Guests included federal and state elected officials, company executives, Oshkosh Defense employees involved in building the vehicles and members of the U.S. Marine Corps The next-generation, heavy-payload vehicle replaces the LVS in the U.S. Marine Corps’ fleet and features upgrades for improved performance and survivability.
- Rheinmetall to take part in €35 million-MELLS programme for Bundeswehr Rheinmetall Defence 26 Jun 2009 -- The Federal Agency for Defence Technology and Procurement in Koblenz has contracted with EuroSpike GmbH of Röthenbach, Germany, to supply the Bundeswehr with SPIKE LR guided missile systems worth around €35 million.
- World Bushmaster makes international debut Thales 26 Jun 2009 -- Thales’s World Bushmaster has made its international debut at DVD 2009 – one of the United Kingdom’s largest defence industry events.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Jun 2009
- Israel gives Palestinian security force more authority RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- Israel expanded the authority of Palestinian security forces in 4 large cities in the West Bank, including Ramallah.
- Quartet Calls on Israel to Freeze Settlement Activity VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- The so-called Quartet of Middle East negotiators has called on Israel to freeze all settlement activity and lift its blockage on the Gaza strip.
- UN and partners seeking 'meaningful' progress from Israel, Palestinians - Ban UN News Centre 26 Jun 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban joined the other members of the diplomatic Middle East Quartet in calling on Israel and the Palestinians to fufil agreed obligations.
- Mideast quartet backs Moscow peace conference RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- The quartet of Middle East peace negotiators on Friday confirmed its support for a Moscow peace conference later this year.
- Somalia Fighting Forces More to Flee Capital VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- UN refugee agency: Nearly 170,000 people displaced since Islamist insurgents launched a renewed offensive in early May.
- Spiraling violence claims hundreds of lives in Somalia - UN refugee agency UN News Centre 26 Jun 2009 -- UN refugee agency today voiced its grave concern over the escalating violence and worsening displacement crisis in the Somali capital.
- US Congressional Hearing Examines Military, Political Situation in Somalia VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- The violent and unstable situation in Somalia was the subject of a U.S. congressional hearing.
- Nigerian Militants Claim New Attack After Amnesty Offer VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta: Blew up an oil facility operated by Royal Dutch Shell just hours after President Umaru Yar'Adua declared an amnesty.
- Nigerian Militants Agree To Disarm By 4 August VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Militants of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta region studying an amnesty offer announced by President Yar'Adua, but will turn in their heavy weapons by the August 4th deadline stipulated in the document.
- Nigeria Militants Say Peace Depends on Amnesty VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Nigerian militants say before they lay down their arms, they are waiting to see the details of the government's offer of amnesty to all groups fighting in the restive oil rich Delta region.
- Top UN official visits scene of recent violence in Central African Republic UN News Centre 26 Jun 2009 -- Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Chad and CAR visited town that has been the scene of deadly clashes.
- Vice-President of UN-backed tribunal for Lebanon killings takes up post UN News Centre 26 Jun 2009 -- Judge Ralph Jacques Riachy has taken up his post as Vice-President of the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try the perpetrators of recent political killings in Lebanon, including the February 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
- Serbia wants explanation from Bulgaria on Ceku release RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- Serbian President Boris Tadic waiting for an explanation from Bulgaria as to why former Kosovo prime minister Agim Ceku has been released.
- Cypriot leaders agree to open new crossing point during UN-backed talks UN News Centre 26 Jun 2009 -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to open a new crossing point linking the two communities on the Mediterranean island.
- G8 Calls For Halt To Iran Violence RFE/RL 26 Jun 2009 -- FMs from the G8 "deplore" the postelection violence in Iran, and called on Tehran to settle the crisis "soon" through democratic dialogue and peaceful means.
- G8 Ministers Condemn Actions of Iran, North Korea VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Foreign ministers from the Group of 8 industrialized nations deplored the post-election violence in Iran.
- G8 foreign ministers deplore post-election violence in Iran RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- G8 countries deplored post-election violence in Iran and called on the authorities to resolve conflict by dialogue.
- G8 foreign ministers express concern over Iran's nuclear program RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- FMs from G8 meeting in Italy expressed concern about Iran's nuclear program and stressed the need to continue dialogue.
- G8 foreign ministers condemn North Korea's nuclear test RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2009 -- G8 foreign ministers have condemned North Korea's May 25 nuclear test as a threat to regional security.
- Iran's Guardian Council Endorses Results of Disputed Election VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Guardian Council has seen no signs of fraud in 10 days of investigations, rejecting claims by 3 defeated candidates.
- Streets Quiet But Iran Opposition Vows To Continue Challenge RFE/RL 26 Jun 2009 -- Streets of Tehran largely quiet as the Iranian government sought to signal that life had returned to normal.
- Iranian Cleric: Protesters at War With God VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- A senior Iranian cleric has called on the government to punish the leaders of the country's post-election protests cruelly and without mercy.
- Obama, Merkel Condemn Iran Violence VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- US President Obama and visiting German Chancellor Merkel both condemning Iran's violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
- Turkey Tries to Walk Line Between West, Iran VOA 26 Jun 2009 -- Turkey appears to be taking a different stance than its European and U.S. allies in the wake of Iran's elections.
- Iraq's Kurdish Region To Hold Constitution Referendum RFE/RL 26 Jun 2009 -- Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament has approved the autonomous territory's constitution by an overwhelming majority.
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