29 October 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Oct 2009 [PDF]
- Oct. 28 airpower summary AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Oct. 28 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested several terrorism suspects in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.
- Sheriff Cell 17 takes care of convoy emergencies Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- Convoys arrive at, depart from and pass through one of Iraq's primary logistics hubs, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, every day
- 3rd HBCT Soldiers Kick Off Deployment Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- When Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division waved "goodbye" to their loved ones and climbed on the bus that took them to the plane to haul them overseas, they were not going to Iraq. Not just yet
- 2nd HBCT Cases Colors, Says Farewell Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- The Spartan Brigade marked the beginning of their fourth deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom by casing their brigade colors in a ceremony held on Cottrell Field, Oct. 23
- USACE Compound in Iraq Named in Honor of Fallen Navy Officer Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) compound on Camp Victory, Iraq, was officially designated Camp Wolfe on Oct. 22 in honor of Navy Cmdr. Duane Wolfe, who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, May 25.
- Parts From Wrecked Plane Become Training Aids AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. and Iraqi airmen moved parts of a wrecked C-130 Hercules transport from here to New Al Muthana Air Base, where they will be used as training aids for Iraqi aircraft maintainers.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon DoD 29 Oct 2009 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
- Obama Attends Return of Fallen US Soldiers From Afghanistan VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama made an overnight trip to a military air base in the state of Delaware to meet a plane carrying the bodies of 18 U.S. soldiers and civilian personnel recently killed in Afghanistan.
- U.S. Seeks to Counter Enemy’s ‘Weapon of Choice’ AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- The Defense Department expects U.S. forces in Afghanistan to continue to be targeted by improvised explosive devices -- which have claimed more lives there than any other weapon -- while it seeks ways to counter the threat, officials said.
- Afghanistan: Ban appeals to Member States for extra security for UN staff and premises UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he will ask Member States to expedite measures to strengthen security to respond to the “dramatically escalated” threat against the United Nations, as witnessed by the deadly attack yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed five UN staff and injured several others.
- Afghanistan Increases Polling Stations for Election VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Afghan election officials say they plan to increase the number of voting stations for next week's presidential runoff election, despite concerns that could lead to more fraud than in the first vote.
- AFGHANISTAN: Northern returnees need aid IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- Several thousand people returning to their homes in the northern Afghan provinces of Sar-i-Pul and Jowzjan need help before winter, according to aid agencies and local officials.
- Clinton, In Pakistan, Says 'This Is Not Your Fight Alone' RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent a busy day in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, visiting a mosque and shrines, holding a lively town hall meeting with skeptical university students, and meeting with key local officials and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif
- PAKISTAN: IDP hosts increasingly wary of undercover militants IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- Fear and a growing wariness on the part of potential IDP hosts means some South Waziristan internally displaced persons (IDPs) are finding it hard to get accommodation in the neighbouring districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank
- Clinton Suggests Pakistan Knows Where Al-Qaida Leaders Are VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is hard to believe that Pakistani authorities do not know where al-Qaida leaders are hiding.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force officials announce candidate bases for joint strike fighter AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- Air Force officials here announced the list of candidate locations Oct. 29 for basing the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.
- Mountain Home AFB announced as candidate base for F-35 AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- Air Force officials announced that Mountain Home Air Force Base has qualified as one of the top six locations under consideration for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter operations
- KC-10 maintainers work around the clock to keep aircraft fuel flowing AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- Airmen of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron generate KC-10 Extenders to refuel aircraft providing combat support in Afghanistan.
- Airmen sought for unique, joint program AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- Air Force officials are seeking Airmen for a three- to five-year period for a Defense Department program aimed at creating greater continuity, focus and persistent engagement across the battlefield in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Hammerheads Take to the Skies: HMH-366 Supports 1/10 During Carolina Thunder USMC News 29 Oct 2009 -- Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 took to the skies of eastern North Carolina during Exercise Carolina Thunder to support 1st Battalion, 10th Marines Regiment at Fort. Bragg, N.C., Oct. 21-23
- 'Crawl, walk, run;' 24th MEU strengthens in training USMC News 29 Oct 2009 -- The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit joined forces with the Nassau Amphibious Ready Group for a joint training exercise called Composite Training Unit Exercise beginning today
- Spray foam to improve energy efficiency Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- Many Soldiers know what it's like to be in Iraq during the summer when it gets to be 130 degrees, and more, living in a tent or sleeping under the stars. That has been a thing of the past on most posts in Iraq.
- Cannonball, large gun found at Fort Monroe Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- A team of environmental and unexploded ordnance experts here unearthed an 11-foot-long cannon and a 10-inch cannonball on Oct. 21
- Depot partners with GDLS to reset Strykers Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- The depot has entered into a workshare agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems to reset more than 300 Stryker vehicles for the U.S. Army's TACOM Life Cycle Management Command
- Scientists from India collaborate on Army energy challenges Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- Scientists, engineers and professors from the United States and India recently met to find ways to solve the critical power and energy challenges faced by both nations.
- Rockets, RPGs and machine gun fire challenge helicopter crews Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- Chinook helicopter pilots and crews had to deal with surface-to-air missiles, rocket propelled grenades, possible enemy personnel digging in an improvised explosive device, while they tried to complete their missions.
- Army using 'stimulus' funding to repair dams, recreation areas Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using part of its $4.6 billion in stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve dams, waterways and recreation areas across America.
- G-8: Army must show taxpayers value, especially in recession Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- During the current economic downturn, the Army must show both Congress and the American taxpayer that it is getting value for every dollar it receives, said the Army's outgoing G-8.
- USACE 'value engineers' save Europe District $150 million in 2009 Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District value engineering program identified more than $150 million in potential savings on projects in fiscal 2009 - the most ever identified in a fiscal year to date
- Plants take root on TEIRF Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- Workers place plant modules on the roof of the Tactical End Item Repair Facility, making it the second building at Tobyhanna Army Depot with a green roof
- Navy to Commission Guided Missile Destroyer Dewey at Seal Beach Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has approved Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., as the commissioning location of Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Dewey, the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced guided-missile destroyer.
- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts Crew Certification Cruise Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) took part in a 24-hour, pierside crew certification cruise Oct. 28 at Naval Station Norfolk.
- Lecture Focuses on Technology Opportunities Between India, U.S. Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) hosted "Innovation in India: A Decade of Change," Oct. 23 as part of the International Lecture Series, to promote the exchange of ideas in the global science and technology community.
- Proper Planning Key to Success During JC10 Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- More than 1,000 service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are working together alongside Israeli troops during Juniper Cobra 2010 (JC10).
- New Dealer for 'Black Aces' Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 the "Black Aces" held a change of command ceremony in the hangar bay aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Oct. 23.
- GW Makes Historic Visit To Hong Kong Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) anchored out in Victoria Harbor Oct. 29, as the ship made the first port call to Hong Kong in its 17-year history.
- Rushmore, Cleveland Arrive in Singapore for Port Call Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- USS Cleveland (LPD 7) and USS Rushmore (LSD 47) from the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived in Singapore Oct. 28 for a scheduled port visit.
- Enterprise Launches Forward Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) successfully completed its first phase of no-load catapult testing Oct. 28.
- CNRH Holds Cultural Resources Management Annual Review Conference Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- Commander, Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH) held the 2009 Cultural Resources Management Annual Review Conference at the Ford Island Conference Center on historic Ford Island Oct. 27-29.
- Blue Ridge Arrives in Singapore Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Singapore Oct. 29 for a scheduled port visit as part of the ship's fall 2009 deployment.
- 4 remotely piloted vehicle squadrons stand up at Holloman AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- Air Force officials here stood up three remotely piloted vehicle squadrons and a maintenance squadron under the 49th Fighter Wing during an assumption-of-command ceremony Oct. 23 at Holloman Air Force Base.
- Exercise Seeks Battlefield Information Effectiveness AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. warfighters and allies operating in Afghanistan and Iraq depend on various sensor platforms that can provide information about the enemy’s whereabouts night or day, a senior U.S. military officer said today.
- Reserve Command general delivers latest C-17 AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- The commander of the Air Force Reserve Command flew and delivered here Oct. 28 the newest C-17 Globemaster III to come off the production line at Boeing's Long Beach, Calif., plant.
- Office Seeks Balance Supporting Current, Future Warfighters AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- It's a fine balancing act for the office of the Pentagon's director of defense research and engineering: how does the department fulfill the needs of today's warfighters and the needs of servicemembers a generation from now?
- Medvedev, Obama to discuss new arms control deal in November RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- The Russian and U.S. presidents will discuss a news arms control agreement in mid-November in Singapore, the Russian foreign minister said on Thursday.
- U.S. national security adviser visits Russia for arms talks RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. president's national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, is visiting Russia for nuclear arms reduction talks.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 29 Oct 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for October 29, 2009
- ATK Awarded Rocket Motor Technologies Development Contract for Next Generation Air-to-Air MissilesATK 29 Oct 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has been awarded a research and development contract for the Counter Air / Future Naval Capabilities (CA/FNC) program to develop technologies that can be incorporated into next generation air-to-air missile systems. The nearly $10-million contract was issued by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California. ATK will work in concert with NAWCWD to identify specific propulsion technologies to develop for integration into future missile systems. The work is expected to be completed by June 2013.
- Statement in response to Haddon-Cave Report into loss of Nimrod XV230BAE Systems 29 Oct 2009 -- Following publication of the report into the loss of Nimrod XV230 over Afghanistan, we have now had the opportunity to review the report.
- Boeing Receives Follow-on Contract to Upgrade B-1 Bomber's Avionics SoftwareBoeing 29 Oct 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has received an $84 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for additional upgrades of the B-1 bomber fleet's avionics software.
- General Dynamics Awarded $25 Million for Nuclear Submarine Services by U.S. NavyGeneral Dynamics 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $25 million contract for management and support of nuclear-maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The contract has a potential value of $78 million over three years if all options are exercised.
- Lockheed Martin Demonstrates First Successful Flight Test for paveway II Plus Laser Guided BombsLockheed Martin 29 Oct 2009 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully completed the first in a series of flight tests of the paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) guidance kit. The paveway II Plus LGB uses an enhanced laser guidance package, significantly improving precision when compared to existing paveway II LGBs.
- Boeing Statement on Missile Defense Staffing ReductionsBoeing 29 Oct 2009 -- The Boeing Company today issued the following statement regarding Missile Defense Systems work force reductions:
- Lockheed Martin Starts Integrated Testing Of Second Missile Warning SatelliteLockheed Martin 29 Oct 2009 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that the second Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-2) spacecraft is progressing through a series of key tests that will demonstrate the integrated satellite's readiness to enter the critical environmental test phase in preparation for launch.
- Raytheon Awarded Phase Two Contract for Nano-Composite Optical Ceramics ProjectRaytheon 29 Oct 2009 -- The Office of Naval Research has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $6.9 million, phase two contract to develop a new class of nano-composite optical materials.
- SAIC Awarded $70 Million Contract by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center NorfolkSAIC 29 Oct 2009 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a prime contract by the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk (FISCN) to provide professional support services for Commander, Naval Installations Command (CNIC) Headquarters and Chief of Naval Operations. The multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a one year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total value of more than $70 million for SAIC, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in the National Capital Region.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 29 Oct 2009
- Sudan: UN seeks release of staff members taken hostage in Darfur UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- The top African Union-United Nations peacekeeping official in Sudan met with leading Government ministers this week to urge them to step up efforts for the safe release of abducted UN and other humanitarian workers in the strife-torn Darfur region, calling it a “hostage crisis.”
- Côte d’Ivoire: Security Council extend sanctions for another year UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- The Security Council today extended the sanctions imposed on Côte d’Ivoire, warning that the situation in the divided West African nation continues to pose a threat to international peace and security for the region.
- UN finds more rockets aimed at Israel from southern Lebanon UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- A day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged maximum restraint by all sides, United Nations peacekeepers today found four more rockets, three of them set to be fired, in an area of southern Lebanon from which a missile zoomed into Israel on Monday.
- US Envoy Launches Another Attempt at Mideast Peace VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. special envoy George Mitchell has begun yet another trip to Jerusalem in an effort to get Israelis and Palestinians to re-launch peace negotiations. The U.S. envoy arrived in the region as tensions continued to flare.
- African Leaders Discuss Proposals for Resolving Darfur Conflict VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- African leaders are meeting in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to discuss ideas for resolving the six-year-long conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.
- Ban calls for scaled-up funding to ensure peace in countries emerging from conflict UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged international donors to step up funding of recovery and development efforts in countries emerging from violent conflict to give these nations hope of a durable peace.
- Assassination attempt on President is attack on all Somalis, UN says UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- Two recent attempts to kill Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed are assassination attacks on all Somalis, the top United Nations official for the strife-torn country said today.
- PHILIPPINES: Safety first as Mindanao IDPs consider going home IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- Security is the principal concern for thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mindanao when considering whether to return home.
- NEPAL: Bhutanese refugees “shocked” at WFP food ration cuts IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- Bhutanese refugees in Nepal have expressed dismay at a recent decision by the World Food Programme (WFP) to cut food rations sharply.
- Senate Panel Votes To Expand Sanctions Against Iran VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee has voted Thursday to approve legislation that would impose sanctions on companies that help Iran acquire refined petroleum products. The bill aims to step up pressure on Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program. Lawmakers are targeting Iran's energy sector, and hoping that other nations will join the United States.
- Supreme Leader Warns Opposition Leaders Against Questioning Presidential Vote RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran' s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has described questioning the country's disputed June 12 presidential vote as the "biggest crime."
- IAEA Seeks Clarification To Iran's Nuclear Deal Response RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has given an initial response to the UN's nuclear watchdog on a proposal that Tehran would export most of its uranium for enrichment, but the reply appears vague, with both Paris and Washington asking for clarification
- UN nuclear watchdog receives initial response from Iran on fuel agreement UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has submitted an initial response on a draft agreement on fuel for its civilian nuclear research facility to the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it was announced today.
- Iran Hands Over Response On Nuclear Fuel Deal RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has presented its response on a draft nuclear deal to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna
- Iran's Ahmadinejad says ready to cooperate on nuclear fuel RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday his country is ready to cooperate with Western powers on nuclear fuel and technology, but will not retreat "one iota" on its nuclear rights.
- Russian expert cautious about Iran nuclear fuel response RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran may be making positive noises about a draft agreement on nuclear fuel, but the international community must not relax yet, a senior Russian expert warned on Thursday.
- Iran Adds Caveat to Nuclear Cooperation Deal VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has given its formal response to a U.N. plan for processing its nuclear material. Details remained sketchy, but it appears Tehran has put a few conditions on what appeared to be a take-it-or-leave-it deal.
- H1N1 Vaccine Order Includes Enough for National Guard AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- The Defense Department has acquired enough doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine to immunize all 460,000 members of the National Guard, officials announced today.
- Russia's swine flu death toll climbs to five RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- A woman has died of swine flu in the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, bringing Russia's death toll in the pandemic to five people, the regional health minister said on Thursday.
- US Faces H1N1 Flu Vaccine Shortage VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is not enough H1N1 vaccine available for everyone in the United States. And schools and clinics around the U.S. are experiencing the results of the shortage.
- Iraq Makes Arrests Over Deadly Blasts VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The Iraqi military says it has arrested more than 60 security force members in connection with the recent series of bombings in Baghdad that killed about 155 people.
- NASA officials give go for Space Shuttle Atlantis launch AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- NASA's space shuttle Atlantis is targeted to begin an 11-day flight to the International Space Station with a Nov. 16 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:28 p.m. EST.
- Yemen Arrests al-Qaida Suspect Among Six Somalis VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Officials in Yemen say six Somalis have been arrested, including one suspected of having links with al-Qaida.
- Guinea's Military Government Arrests Opponents VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Military leaders in Guinea have arrested several leading pro-democracy advocates. The Obama Administration is restricting travel to the United States by members of the military government following the killing of opposition protestors one month ago.
- US Envoys Extend Stay in Honduras in Bid to Help End Crisis VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- A team of senior U.S. diplomats has extended a stay in Honduras aimed at helping end the political crisis spawned by the ouster of elected President Manuel Zelaya in June. A resolution is seen as essential for the success of elections to be held there at the end of next month.
- AFRICA: AU pushes the envelope on "climate migrants" IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- An African international agreement has opened the door to a debate on the rights and protection of people displaced by natural disasters, with a nod to migration as a result of climate change.
- EU Summit Likely To Be Mired In Disappointment RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- The two-day European Union summit opening in Brussels later today is likely to be short on decisions and long on controversy
- Crimean Tatar Leader Claims FSB Behind Murder Plan RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev says he believes Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) is behind a special operation to assassinate him, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports
- Russia blasts reported U.S. pressure for Thais to extradite Bout RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it was unacceptable for the United States to apply pressure to secure the extradition of alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout from Thailand.
- French Court Stops African Embezzlement Probe VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- A French appeals court has stopped an investigation into claims three African leaders embezzled millions of dollars from their countries to buy luxury property and cars in France. The plaintiffs say they will appeal the ruling.
- UN Approves Commission to Study Guinea Massacre VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The United Nations Security Council has approved creating a commission to investigate the massacre of opposition protesters in Guinea last month by government troops.
- Yushchenko registers candidacy in Ukraine presidential election RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission on Thursday registered incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko as a candidate for presidential elections scheduled for early next year in the ex-Soviet republic.
- GOCE operational after passing review with flying colours Thales 29 Oct 2009 -- The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) spacecraft, developed and built by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency (ESA), has completed its in-orbit commissioning and calibration phase, by successfully passing an in-flight test review last week. The satellite’s and the payload’s functionalities have been fully demonstrated and initial results from the first measurement campaign - initiated on September 15 and due to last through March 2010 - are already giving amazing results, even beyond the specifications in some frequency bands. Early measurements have been successfully correlated with existing models of the Earth gravity field and shown significantly higher level of spatial detail.
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