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  • Gates Adopts 26 Fort Hood Panel Recommendations AFPS 15 Apr 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has directed the Defense Department immediately to implement 26 interim recommendations of an independent panel he appointed to look into the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, Pentagon officials said today.
  • DoD News: Interim Fort Hood Recommendations Approved DoD 15 Apr 2010 -- The Department of Defense announced today near-term actions to address gaps and deficiencies in personnel policies, force protection measures, emergency response, mass casualty preparedness and support to DoD healthcare providers identified by the DoD Independent Review panel.
  • Northcom Nominee Pledges to Focus on Relationships AFPS 15 Apr 2010 -- Navy Vice Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr. told a Senate committee today that if confirmed to head U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, he will work to build and maintain the command’s relationships he called critical to the mission.
  • Nominee Urges Government, Private Sector Cooperation AFPS 15 Apr 2010 -- The new U.S. Cyber Command needs to strike a balance between protecting military assets and personal privacy, the presidential nominee to lead the command told a Senate committee today.
  • Fire Scout Returns from First Operational Deployment Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- The MQ-8B Fire Scout, a Vertical Takeoff and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VTUAV), returned from its first operational deployment April 15.
  • US Defense Chief in Colombia Thursday for Drug Talks VOA 15 Apr 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is continuing his Latin American trip in Colombia Thursday to discuss cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking.
  • DoD News: Navy to Commission Guided Missile Destroyer William P. Lawrence DoD 15 Apr 2010 -- The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, William P. Lawrence, April 17, 2010, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.
  • Charleston officials support Operation Enduring Freedom build-up AFNS 15 Apr 2010 -- Members of the 4th Marine Logistics Group, 4th Atlanta Support Battalion, Charlie Company here are moving shipments of mine-resistant, ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicles overseas to a number of remote locations supporting the build-up for Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Air Force officials share uniform status, needs with apparel industry AFNS 15 Apr 2010 -- Members of the Air Force Uniform Office here attended the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Government Contracts Committee Spring Meeting to brief members of industry on Air Force uniform projects and requirements March 24 through 26, in Bonita Springs, Fla.
  • Air Combat Command leader visits mobility base AFNS 15 Apr 2010 -- The commander of Air Combat Command visited Airmen assigned to the 18th Air Support Operations Group March 31, here.
  • Press Conference with Secretary Gates and Colombian Minister of National Defense Silva from Bogota, Colombia DoD 15 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Colombian Minister of National Defense Gabriel Silva
  • Gates Arrives in Barbados to Promote Security Cooperation AFPS 15 Apr 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here tonight for meetings to show support for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative aimed at curbing drug trafficking and other trans-border threats.
  • Subject matter experts train Marines to be force in readiness USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, trains the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for all their special operations missions.
  • Expeditionary Marines execute long-range jungle raid USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- The night’s silence was broken by four distant bangs followed by four dull thuds. Before the cracks from the two sniper rifles had faded away, the thump of helicopter rotors started to make themselves heard. Soon, the dull thumps slowly swelled to a roar as two MH-60 helicopters settled in over the trees to drop two teams of Marines into the landing zone. They ran for the nearby buildings through the churning dust.
  • Marines fast rope their way into urban terrain exercises USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- A small group of Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marines fast roped out of two Navy Sea Combat Squadron 25 MH-60 helicopters April 6 in preparation for upcoming Realistic Urban Terrain Exercises held on Guam.
  • Marines send rounds down range during pre-deployment training USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group, 7th Communications Battalion, Combat Assault Battalion, Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 1 and augments from other III MEF commands cooperated together during a machine gun shoot at a live-fire range in the Central Training Area April 9.
  • CMP shoot prepares Marines for deployment USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force are participating in Combat Marksmanship Program training in the Central Training Area in preparation for upcoming combat deployments.
  • History in the making: First Joint Strike Fighter training squadron stands up USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- A small squadron of Marines marched toward the future of military aviation, April 2.
  • Cherry Point transport squadron continues legacy of safety USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- Cherry Point’s Marine Transport Squadron One received recognition as one of Naval aviation’s safest squadrons from the Chief of Naval Operations, March 23.
  • Always ready: Military police train for every clime, place USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- A little-known company of 197 Marines in the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing work tirelessly and selflessly, preparing for the unknown.
  • McInerney Completes Six-Month Deployment, Surpasses 30 Years of Service Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- Sailors manned the rails of USS McInerney (FFG 8), as the ship returned to Naval Station Mayport April 15 after a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR).
  • NAVFAC Awards Base Operations Contract for Camp Lemonnier, Manda Bay Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) awarded an $83,868,260 contract on March 30 for base operating support services at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa and forward operating location Manda Bay, Kenya, Africa.
  • Kearsarge ARG and 26th MEU Participate in Workshop on Interoperability Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- Kearsarge Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) participated in a staff planning workshop April 14 to prepare them for an upcoming deployment.
  • NMCB 3 Seabees Receive Counter-IED Training in Preparation for Afghanistan Deployment Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 attended Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) training at the Point Mugu IED Simulator Training Facility April 13.
  • USS San Juan Arrives at PNSY for Overhaul Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- USS San Juan (SSN 751), along with a crew of 13 officers and 121 enlisted personnel, arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), April 8, for an engineered overhaul (EOH).
  • Groton Welcomes USS Virginia Home Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- USS Virginia (SSN 774) returned to homeport at Submarine Base in New London, Conn., April 13, after completing the namesake class' first full six-month deployment.
  • NAS Jacksonville Breaks Ground on P-8 Training Facility Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville April 9 to begin construction on the new P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Integrated Training Center. The P-8A Poseidon aircraft will begin replacing the P-3 Orion in 2012.
  • Commander, NAVEUR/NAVAF Discusses APS, Counterpiracy Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR)/U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) attended a roundtable discussion at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., April 15.
  • NAVSEA Removes more than 60,000 Gallons of Fuel from Sunken WW II-Era Ship Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), in a U.S. Coast Guard-directed initiative, provided a key operational and technical role in removing more than 60,000 gallons of petroleum products from the sunken ex-USS Chehalis (AOG-48), concluding April 6.
  • Logistics Team Proves Value of Boots-on-Ground during Balikatan '10 Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- A "boots-on-ground" enlisted Logistics Response Team from U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC), Yokosuka, Japan, returned from the Republic of the Philippines recently demonstrating the value of small, forward-serving logistics teams supporting ships anywhere in the western pacific.
  • USS Mesa Verde Speeds Through Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- As USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) approaches the halfway point in her maiden deployment, her flexibility continues to enable her to fulfill multiple missions from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Haiti to maritime security operations (MSO) in the Arabian Gulf.
  • SECNAV Visits Northwest Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus traveled to the Pacific Northwest for a four-day visit April 11-14.
  • Seabee's Gain Accountability Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 inventoried the 22 Naval Construction Regiment's supply yard on Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan March 15.
  • NETC Commander Visits Intelligence Centers Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- The commander of the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) visited the Center for Naval Intelligence (CENNAVINTEL) and the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC) and spoke with students and staff April 7.
  • Kearsarge Tops Weapons Inspection Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- The Weapons Department aboard amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) successfully completed their Explosive Safety Technical Assist Visit April 12, with a finding of "Low Risk."
  • Navy Creates Standardized CeTARS Training for Fleetwide Use in 2010 Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2010 -- The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) is developing standardized training for the Navy's Corporate enterprise Training Activity Resource System (CeTARS) for fleetwide use in 2010.
  • Angel Thunder 2010 kicks off AFNS 15 Apr 2010 -- Exercise Angel Thunder 2010, an Air Combat Command-sponsored combat search and rescue and medical evacuation exercise, kicked off here April 13.
  • LOGCOM completes OIF equipment retrograde USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- The massive logistics operation that began in January 2007 to retrograde Marine Corps equipment out of Operation Iraqi Freedom ended April 9 when the final pieces of equipment were processed through Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and the Kuwait Naval Base.
  • Malmstrom officials host inaugural ICBM Sustainment General Officer Steering Group AFNS 15 Apr 2010 -- Air Force leaders with a stake in nuclear sustainment issues met here April 8.
  • Gates Praises Colombia as ‘Exporter of Security’ AFPS 15 Apr 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates offered high praise to Colombia today as an “exporter of security” that, by sharing lessons learned in its crackdown against a leftist insurgency and drug-trafficking cartels, provides a model for the region.
  • Non-Dual-status Technicians Critical to Guard Missions AFPS 15 Apr 2010 -- The National Guard has many federal employees who play a crucial role in domestic and overseas operations, and Guard leaders hope to expand their numbers in the states, territories and the District of Columbia.
  • 2nd Infantry Division conducts live fire exercise in Korea Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- Combat units from the 2nd Infantry Division participated in a live fire exercise here April 14.
  • KFOR tactical reserves cross train for Kosovo-wide effectiveness Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- Swedish servicemembers from Multinational Battle Group Center participated in training and familiarization exercises with Soldiers from Multinational Battle Group East April 12-13.
  • New BCT POI: Training core skills well Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- More than eight years of war have taken a toll on the Army - not only on the Soldiers fighting in combat, but also on the way new Soldiers learn their trade in Basic Combat Training.
  • MLRS recycling facility coming to Anniston Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- On Wednesday, March 31, Carl Roller, acting product manager for demilitarization, and several other VIPs visited Anniston Defense Munitions Center. Roller traveled to Anniston from his home at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, to observe the demilitarization and recycling efforts performed here at ADMC and also attend a groundbreaking ceremony for ADMC's new Multiple Launch Rocket System recycling facility.
  • 1-24th machine gunners qualify, train for next deployment Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- While training with the Stryker vehicle garners much of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Soldiers' focus and time, Arctic Legion Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1-25th SBCT, recently had an opportunity to brush up on some good, old-fashioned machine-gun training at Fort Wainwright's Small Arms Range Complex.
  • Surgeon general says new centers to help with blast injuries Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- The Army surgeon general told members of Congress, April 13, that the Defense Centers of Excellence, especially for psychological health and traumatic brain injury, provide great promise for wounded warriors.
  • UAS Roadmap, full-spectrum CABs hot topics at Army Aviation convention Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- Day one of the annual Army Aviation Association of America convention in Fort Worth, Texas, opened April 15 with remarks by AAAA president, retired Brig. Gen. Rod Wolfe, and a welcome from the host commander, Maj. Gen. William F. Grimsley, who serves as acting commander of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas.
  • 4th IBCT arrives at NTC, prepares for combat rehearsal Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- Fort Stewart-based Soldiers assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division began arriving to Fort Irwin, Calif., March 30, and by April 12 more than 3,200 pairs of boots were on the ground, ready to march into a pre-deployment mission rehearsal exercise at the installation's National Training Center.
  • Distinguished unit colors cased Army News 15 Apr 2010 -- Fort Sill is saying goodbye, for now, to the 1st Battalion 22nd Field Artillery. Leaders gathered for the bittersweet ceremony April 9, to case the colors and celebrate what they had accomplished in a short amount of time while training future officers in the Basic Officer Leader Course, Phase II.
  • Expeditionary long-range raid capabilities tested USMC News 15 Apr 2010 -- The night’s silence was broken by four distant bangs followed by four dull thuds. Before the cracks from the two sniper rifles had faded away, the thump of helicopter rotors started to make themselves heard. Soon, the dull thumps slowly swelled to a roar as two MH-60 helicopters settled in over the trees to drop two teams of Marines into the landing zone.
  • Sunken South Korean Warship Raised VOA 15 Apr 2010 -- Salvage crews have lifted the wreckage of a South Korean warship that broke in half and sank following a mysterious explosion last month in the Yellow Sea.
  • Russia to build submarine-detecting satellite RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2010 -- Russia could build a satellite for the detection and tracking of submarines from space, a defense industry spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Japanese jets trail 2 Russian bombers over Pacific RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2010 -- Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers that carried out a routine patrol mission over the Pacific and the Sea of Japan were shadowed by an array of Japanese warplanes, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
  • Disposal of weapons-grade plutonium to cost Russia up to $3 bln RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2010 -- Russia's nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko has estimated the country's program on the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium at between $2.5 billion and $3 billion.
  • What is meant by strategic arms: Protocol to the new Russian-U.S. START Treaty RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2010 -- The new START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) bilateral nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States was signed by Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama on April 8, 2010 in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.
  • Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton en route Cape Canaveral, Florida Aboard Air Force One The White House 15 Apr 2010
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 15 Apr 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 15, 2010
  • Missile Defense System Continues Integration with $424M Contract Modification Lockheed Martin 15 Apr 2010 -- The Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) program was awarded a two-year, $424 million contract modification from the Missile Defense Agency to continue integration of the missile defense system. This phase of the program, work will be focused on increasing security, augmenting planner/situational awareness capabilities, handling new and more sensors and weapons systems, and providing more integrated functionality.
  • BAE Systems' Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures System Credited With Saving Helicopters In Combat Operations BAE Systems 15 Apr 2010 -- BAE Systems' Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system is being fielded on U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and has already been credited with defeating infrared-guided missiles since it went into service on the Chinook fleet six months ago.
  • Boeing, US Air Force Demonstrate Network Centric Capabilities at Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment Boeing 15 Apr 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force's Electronic Systems Center are demonstrating network-centric capabilities aboard a U.S. Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) test aircraft during the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment (JEFX) at Nellis Air Force Base. The event began April 12 and is scheduled to conclude on April 22.
  • EADS North America to build three Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technology Demonstration Aircraft EADS 15 Apr 2010 -- EADS North America and its industry team of American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will independently fund and develop three AAS-72X helicopters to demonstrate the performance, capabilities and maturity of this rotary-wing aircraft for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout mission. The first AAS-72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA) will be operational in late 2010, and will be used for mission equipment and weapon system integration, performance testing and survivability validations.
  • General Dynamics NASSCO Starts Construction of the Future USNS Medgar Evers General Dynamics 15 Apr 2010 -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today began construction of the future USNS Medgar Evers, the thirteenth ship of the U.S. Navy’s T-AKE program. The Medgar Evers is named in honor of the U.S. Army veteran and civil rights pioneer from Mississippi. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the second quarter of 2012. When it joins the fleet, the Medgar Evers will be used primarily to stage U.S. Marine Corps equipment abroad by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
  • TopOwl flies through tests for new extreme-condition applications Thales 15 Apr 2010 -- TopOwl® flew through its latest series of tests for extreme-condition applications, confirming it as the leading Helmet Mounted Sight Display system of its kind, with performance continuously honed to the highest level possible.
  • Thales to supply Command and Control System to Swedish Armed Forces Thales 15 Apr 2010 -- The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has awarded Thales Norway a contract to supply the Swedish Armed Forces with a new Command and Control (C2) system for helicopter units.
  • WATCHKEEPER makes first UK flight Thales 15 Apr 2010 -- Thales UK today announces the maiden UK flight of the WATCHKEEPER unmanned air system (UAS). WATCHKEEPER flew for the first time in the UK on 14 April, taking off from dedicated facilities at Parc Aberporth in West Wales for a 20-minute flight. The Parc Aberporth facilities, managed by QinetiQ through the West Wales Unmanned Air vehicle (UAV) Centre, are the premier test facilities for UAVs in the UK.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers First JLTV Technology Development Vehicles for Testing Ahead of Schedule Lockheed Martin 15 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today delivered the first two of seven operational Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV), and one companion trailer, to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for Technology Development (TD) phase testing.
  • Northrop Grumman Demonstrates a Fiber-Ready Laser Interface for U.S. Army's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) Program Northrop Grumman 15 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the successful integration of the company's infrared self-protection system developed for the U.S. Army Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) program with a mid-infrared transport fiber laser coupling, demonstrating the systems' enhanced Modular Open System Architecture (MOSA).
  • Oshkosh Defense Awarded $11 Million for In Theater MRAP Support Oshkosh 15 Apr 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today that it has received a purchase order for more than $11 million from Force Protection Industries, Inc. (FPII) (NASDAQ: FRPT) to extend an existing contract and retain approximately 100 Oshkosh field service representatives (FSR) in Kuwait for an additional four months. The FSRs will continue support of FPII and the military with installation of the Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension systems on FPII Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, known as Cougars, which started in July 2009. The extension will allow Oshkosh FSRs to continue work in Kuwait through June of this year.
  • Raytheon-Boeing Team Validates Joint Air-to-Ground Missile Seeker During Captive Flight Tests Raytheon 15 Apr 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) completed a second series of captive flight tests for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile competition.
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Developing Optionally Piloted Black Hawk Demonstrator Helicopter Sikorsky 15 Apr 2010 -- ikorsky Aircraft Corp. is collaborating with the U.S. Army to develop an optionally piloted demonstrator Black Hawk helicopter, the company announced today from the AAAA Annual Convention. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Pitches Light Tactical Helicopter Concept for Armed Aerial Scout Mission Sikorsky 15 Apr 2010 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has offered its X2 TechnologyTM Light Tactical Helicopter concept for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout Program, the company announced today from the AAAA Annual Convention. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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