22 November 2011 Military News
- DOD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Allyn via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 22 Nov 2011 -- Presenter: Maj. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, ISAF Regional Commander-East/commanding general, U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division
- ISAF Commander Praises Afghan Security Forces AFPS 22 Nov 2011 -- The commander of the International Security Assistance Force praised Afghanistan's national security forces in a message released today.
- VMAQ-4 returns home: ICAP III proves critical to fight in Afghanistan USMC News 22 Nov 2011 -- Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 Marines returned to MCAS Cherry Point from Afghanistan Nov. 16 bringing a close to the historic first Marine deployment of the EA-6B Increased Capability III aircraft.
- Task Force Falcon marks return from Afghanistan deployment Army News 22 Nov 2011 -- Task Force Falcon, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, uncased its colors during a ceremony Nov. 18 at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. The ceremony not only marked the unit's return from a recent 12-month deployment to Afghan-istan, but also the completion of the brigade's second deployment in 24 months.
- Two Pakistani soldiers, 20 Taliban forces die in clashes IRNA 22 Nov 2011 -- Two Pakistani army captains were killed and eigth others were injured in clashes with Taliban militants in a northwestern tribal region on Monday, local media reported.
- Baloch militant group claims attack on Pakistani forces IRNA 22 Nov 2011 -- A spokesman for a Pakistani militant group Monday claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a camp of paramilitary forces in the restive-southwestern Balochistan province, killing at least 14 security forces.
- Pakistani Officials: No Peace Talks With Taliban VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- Pakistan's army has denied media reports that it is holding peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban or its affiliated militant groups.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NATO Command Pushes Alliance into New Fields, Capabilities AFPS 22 Nov 2011 -- NATO's Allied Command Transformation is helping the alliance adjust to new strategies, new constraints and new ideas, the command's top officer said here today.
- Anniston Army Depot resets 1,000th Stryker Army News 22 Nov 2011 -- Over a two-year span, Anniston Army Depot and General Dynamics Land Systems reset 1,000 Strykers.
- USARAF Officer Leads a Bilateral Military Intelligence Training for Botswana Defense Force soldiers Army News 22 Nov 2011 -- Twenty-eight instructors from the U.S. and Botswana worked together to train 115 officers and Non-Commissioned Officers from the Botswana Defense Forces (BDF) during the second iteration of the Botswana Tactical Intelligence Course (BTIC-II), Oct. 5 - Nov. 18.
- Senior Executive Service Announcement DoD 22 Nov 2011
- Texas Visits Yokosuka during Western Pacific Deployment NNS 22 Nov 2011 -- Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) arrived in Yokosuka Nov 22 for a port call over the Thanksgiving holiday, as part of its western Pacific deployment.
- USS George Washington Returns to Japan to Conclude 2011 Patrol NNS 22 Nov 2011 -- The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) returned to her forward operating port of Yokosuka, Japan Nov. 22 wrapping up the ship's 2011 patrol.
- NMCB 40 Takes Charge of Camp Covington on Guam NNS 22 Nov 2011 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 turned over command of Camp Covington to NMCB 40 during a change of charge ceremony at the camp's headquarters on U.S. Naval Base Guam Nov. 18.
- Lassen Sailors Participate in Thailand Flood Relief Efforts NNS 22 Nov 2011 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) moored at Laem Chabang, Thailand on Nov. 16, to provide flood relief assistance at the National Blood Center at the Thai Red Cross Central Distribution Center in Bangkok.
- NAVEUR-NAVAF Hosts AFRICOM Conference NNS 22 Nov 2011 -- Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), met with AFRICOM component commanders from Europe and Africa for the semi-annual AFRICOM Component Commander's Conference on the Naval Support Activity in Naples, Italy, Nov. 21
- HASC Subcommittee Ranking Member on Seapower and Projection Forces Visit Groton NNS 22 Nov 2011 -- Commander, Submarine Group 2 hosted U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, for a two-day familiarization tour of submarine and shipyard operations in Groton, Nov. 20-21.
- U.S., Swedish air forces conduct squadron exchange program AFNS 22 Nov 2011 -- Swedish Air Force and 48th Fighter Wing airmen participated in a week-long squadron exchange program here, which concluded Nov. 18.
Swedish JAS-39 Gripen pilots went up against F-15C Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle pilots in simulated combat scenarios to train with and learn from each other.
- Abizaid Agrees to Chair Dover Mortuary Panel AFPS 22 Nov 2011 -- Retired Army Gen. John P. Abizaid will chair the panel overseeing the Dover, Del., port mortuary, Pentagon officials announced last night.
- 2nd MAW squadrons head to desert USMC News 22 Nov 2011 -- Two 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing helicopter squadrons departed Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Nov. 12 and 18 for Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. to endure Enhanced Mojave Viper 2-12.
- Russian Air Force to get 90 aircraft in 2012 RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- The Russian Air Force will take delivery of about 90 new or modernized fixed and rotary wing aircraft in 2012, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Russian Navy to receive 10 diesel submarines by 2020 RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- The Russian Navy is planning to receive up to 10 diesel-electric submarines by 2020, a Navy spokesman said.
- Deputy IRGC Chief: Iran ready for comprehensive encountering with enemies' threats IRNA 22 Nov 2011 -- Deputy Commander of IRGC said here Monday Iranian armed forces are ready for comprehensive defense of Islamic Revolution, national interests, and country's interests and countering the enemies' entire threats, including military invasion.
- Deputy DM: Iran ready to help regional states with demining operations IRNA 22 Nov 2011 -- Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Baqeri said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to put its experiences in demining infected areas at the disposal of regional countries.
- Iran to use indigenous system instead of S-300 missiles, says guard Cmdr ISNA 22 Nov 2011 -- Iran would use domestically-built 'Bavar 373' missile system, a substitution for S-300 missile system, in its aerial defense, said Commander of Khatamol al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili.
- Press Gaggle by Jay Carney en route Manchester, New Hampshire The White House 22 Nov 2011
- November 22, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 22 Nov 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for November 22, 2011
- Boeing and Northrop Grumman GMD Team Statement on Final Proposal Submission of Competitive Missile Defense Contract Boeing 22 Nov 2011 -- The Boeing Company and Northrop Grumman Corporation today submitted their final proposal for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the United States' ballistic missile defense system. Following proposal submission, the companies released the following statement:
- Boeing and Northrop Grumman GMD Team Statement on Final Proposal Submission of Competitive Missile Defense Contract Northrop Grumman 22 Nov 2011 -- The Boeing Company and Northrop Grumman Corporation today submitted their final proposal for future work on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the United States' ballistic missile defense system.
- Raytheon First to Successfully Test With On-Orbit AEHF Satellite Raytheon 22 Nov 2011 -- Raytheon Company has become the first to successfully test with the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Raytheon's Army Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T) is the first operationally-fielded terminal to interoperate with an on-orbit AEHF satellite.
- Boeing Receives F/A-18E/F Infrared Search & Track Development Contract Boeing 22 Nov 2011 -- Boeing has received a $135 million contract from the U.S. Navy for engineering and manufacturing development of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor system.
- Lockheed Martin Completes Assembly Of The First International F-35 For The United Kingdom Lockheed Martin 22 Nov 2011 -- The first international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II rolled out of the factory Sunday evening. The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence will use the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) jet, known as BK-1, for training and operational tests.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded U.S. Navy F/A-18 E/F IRST™ Sensor System EMD Contract Lockheed Martin 22 Nov 2011 -- Lockheed Martin received a contract to complete the development of the Infrared Search and Track (IRST™) sensor system for the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F, marking the start of the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development phase of the program.
- Raytheon's RACR Competes in South Korean F-16 Radar Procurement Raytheon 22 Nov 2011 -- Raytheon Company is responding to the Republic of Korea's official launch of the F-16 radar upgrade competition with the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar system (RACR).
- Raytheon Delivers 300th APG-79 AESA Radar for Domestic and International Aircraft Raytheon 22 Nov 2011 -- Raytheon Company recently delivered its 300th active electronically scanned array APG-79 radar to Boeing for integration on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, including 24 AESA systems delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force for the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
- Rheinmetall: successful target engagement with high-energy laser weapons Rheinmetall Defence 22 Nov 2011 -- Having recently used a high-energy laser weapon to down an unmanned aircraft at a proving ground in Switzerland, Rheinmetall has demonstrated the operational potential of combining a powerful laser weapon with an advanced air defence system.
- IGN awards Thales and Cassidian prime contractorship for second phase of the "TopoBase Défense" Operation Thales 22 Nov 2011 -- The French geographic Institute IGN (Institut géographique national), acting as the contracting authority on behalf of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) of the French Ministry of Defence, has contracted Thales and Cassidian to carry out the second phase of the TopoBase Défense Operation.
- 22 November 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 22 Nov 2011
- South China Sea Tensions Overshadow New US Military Engagement VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- U.S. plans to send additional military personnel to Australia in the coming years have drawn mixed responses among Southeast Asian leaders who are wary of increasing the possibility of military confrontation.
- Citing value for money, Ban urges generous support for UN Peacebuilding Fund UN News Centre 22 Nov 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued backing and financial support for the United Nations fund that helps countries emerging from conflict to build lasting peace, stressing the timely and effective assistance delivered to several nations already.
- Middle East tensions must be de-escalated, Ban stresses to Israeli leader UN News Centre 22 Nov 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today the need to de-escalate the current tensions in the Middle East so that direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians can resume as soon as possible.
- UN envoy reports political, social and security advances in Timor-Leste UN News Centre 22 Nov 2011 -- Timor-Leste is making significant progress in consolidating its social, security and political stability despite a number of challenges, a senior United Nations said today, noting that presidential and legislative elections slated for next year will be key milestones in that process.
- Ban praises Cameroon, Nigeria for carrying out Bakassi Peninsula ruling UN News Centre 22 Nov 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Cameroon and Nigeria for progress in implementing the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on their dispute over the Bakassi Peninsula, saying the process had demonstrated that preventive diplomacy can succeed.
- Somalia: Security Council urges comprehensive global response to maritime piracy UN News Centre 22 Nov 2011 -- The Security Council today reiterated its condemnation of maritime piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, noting that the crimes continue to pose a threat to peace and security in the region, and called for a comprehensive international response to the scourge.
- UGANDA: The LRA's legacy in the north IRIN 22 Nov 2011 -- Economic and social recovery in northern Uganda has been slow, despite more than US$600 million having been spent in foreign aid in the years since the LRA was active there. According to development agencies and local communities, many are still living in abject poverty and in constant fear of a return of the LRA.
- ICC judges will decide where Qadhafi's son will stand trial, says Prosecutor UN News Centre 22 Nov 2011 -- It will be up to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to decide where Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, son of the former Libyan leader, will stand trial to face charges for crimes against humanity, the court's Prosecutor said today as he arrived in Tripoli for talks with national authorities.
- ICC Prosecutor: Libya May Try Gadhafi's Son VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says the captured son of Moammar Gadhafi may be tried in Libya rather than in The Hague, as long as the trial meets ICC standards.
- CIA spies 'caught' in Iran, Lebanon – U.S. media RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- Several dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught, ABC News said, citing U.S. officials with connections to the intelligence community.
- Libya's NTC Unveils New Government VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- Libya's National Transitional Council has unveiled a new Cabinet that will govern the country until it holds its first elections since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.
- Egypt to Form New Government, Military to Transfer Power VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- Egypt's military rulers have agreed to form a new government and promised to transfer power to a civilian body by July.
- EGYPT: Rule of law under siege IRIN 22 Nov 2011 -- Demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir square against Egypt's interim military rulers have reportedly left at least 33 people dead and more than 1,500 injured since they began on 19 November.
- Egypt Military Pledges To Speed Up Power Transfer RFE/RL 22 Nov 2011 -- Egypt's military rulers have announced that presidential elections will be held by the end of June.
- Egyptian Protesters Call For 'Million-Man March' Against Military Rule RFE/RL 22 Nov 2011 -- Thousands of Egyptians are converging on Cairo's Tahrir Square in response to a call by activists for a "million-man march" after an offer by the civilian cabinet to resign failed to quell unrest.
- Egypt military rulers start crisis talks with political forces RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- Egypt's ruling military council is in talks with the country's political forces on Tuesday to discuss ways of ending the current political crisis, the Egyptian TV said.
- UN Members Condemn Syrian Crackdown VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is facing mounting international pressure to end his crackdown on dissent as the death toll from the country's violence continues to rise.
- Turkish PM calls on Assad to cede power RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday became the second leader of an Islamic country to call on embattled Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, a former close ally, to cede power for the sake of peace in his country.
- Death Toll Continues to Mount in Syria VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- The death toll continues to mount in Syria where President Bashar al-Assad faces increased pressure to resign.
- UN Envoy: Saleh Agrees to Step Down VOA 22 Nov 2011 -- A United Nations envoy to Yemen says negotiators have reached agreement on a plan that calls for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in a bid to end the country's political crisis.
- Former senior Khmer Rouge figure defends action before UN-backed trial UN News Centre 22 Nov 2011 -- The second-in-command of the Khmer Rouge today told a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal, where he is facing trial for genocide and other charges, that he had been trying to protect Cambodia from aggression when the notorious regime ruled the country in the late 1970s.
- 'Iran absence in IAEA nuke free confab, objection to report' ISNA 22 Nov 2011 -- Iran said its absence in the IAEA recent conference on Middle East free from Nuclear Weapons was its first reaction to the agency's recent report and nuclear weapons of Zionist regime.
- West 'ratchets up' pressure on Iran with new sanctions RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- The U.S., Britain and Canada have imposed new sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program in a move that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described as a 'significant ratcheting-up of pressure.'
- Space station crew land safely in Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- The Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft carrying three crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS) landed safely in Kazakhstan on Tuesday morning, Russia's Mission Control said.
- Russian experts baffled by probe's erratic behavior RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- Russian Federal Space Agency experts are puzzled by the rising orbit of the Phobos-Grunt unmanned Mars probe, Roscosmos deputy head Vitaly Davydov said on Tuesday.
- Russia's space agency wants to focus on Moon if Mars mission fails RIA Novosti 22 Nov 2011 -- If Russia's Phobos-Grunt Mars mission fails the country's space agency may focus on Moon exploration, the deputy head of the Roscosmos agency said on Tuesday.
- Press Conference by President of Kyrgyzstan United Nations 22 Nov 2011
- SOMALIA: Unemployment fuels youth exodus from Somaliland IRIN 22 Nov 2011 -- A high unemployment rate in the self-declared independent Republic of Somaliland, especially among school-leavers and university graduates, has fuelled an increase in migration, with hundreds of young people embarking every month on a perilous journey to Europe through the Sahara Desert, officials said.
- Hamilton Sundstrand Rocketdyne to Power ‘Curiosity’ Rover on Mars Hamilton Sundstrand 22 Nov 2011-- When the Mars Science Laboratory embarks on its voyage to Mars on Nov. 25, Hamilton Sundstrand Rocketdyne products will be onboard to make the mission possible.
- Historic First Image Downloaded from VIIRS Raytheon 22 Nov 2011 -- Raytheon Company's Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite has produced its first image aboard the recently launched NASA NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft. The visible spectrum image shows the East Coast of the United States in unprecedented sharpness and detail.
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