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30 October 2009 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for October 30, 2009
  • Boeing to Upgrade CV-22 Trainer With Virtual Reality EnhancementsBoeing 30 Oct 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], with partner Bell Helicopter, has received a contract from the U.S. Navy to upgrade the CV-22 Cabin Part Task Trainer (CPTT) with modifications including an Aircrew Flight Simulation (AFS) that deploys a fused reality system that fuses video images with virtual reality. The upgrade will be delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command, 58th Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, N.M. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Northrop Grumman Contribution to Support Missile Defense Workforce in AlaskaNorthrop Grumman 30 Oct 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has contributed $35,000 to Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc., to further the educational nonprofit group's goal of helping to build and sustain Alaska's skilled workforce in electronics and computer systems technology, particularly to support nearby missile defense operations.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $13 Million by U.S. Army to Produce MK19 Grenade Machine GunsGeneral Dynamics 30 Oct 2009 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $13 million order by U.S. Army TACOM-ARDEC for the production of MK19 grenade machine guns. Deliveries are expected to begin in June 2010 and will be completed by late 2011. The order was made under a contract initially awarded in September 2008, and brings the total contract value to date to approximately $81 million. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Northrop Grumman Begins Producing First International F-35 Joint Strike FighterNorthrop Grumman 30 Oct 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has begun producing the center fuselage for the first international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an F-35B short take off, vertical landing (STOVL) variant for the United Kingdom designated BK-1. The center fuselage is the core structure around which the F-35 aircraft is built.
  • Sikorsky Delivers First Aircraft With Polish-Built Cabin to U.S. ArmySikorsky 30 Oct 2009 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has delivered the first aircraft with a cabin produced at PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky company in Poland. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Nuclear Expert Sees Standoff In UN-Drafted Fuel Deal With Iran RFE/RL 30 Oct 2009 -- The European Union is urging Tehran to accept a UN-drafted nuclear-fuel deal designed to alleviate Western concerns that Iran is secretly trying to build nuclear weapons
  • U.S. Wants Clarity, EU Urges Iran To Accept Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 30 Oct 2009 -- The United States continues to seek clarification on Iran's response to a UN-drafted deal that envisages sending Tehran's low-enriched uranium abroad for refining into nuclear fuel, while EU leaders have urged Iran to accept the draft agreement.
  • France demands official response from Iran on fuel supplies RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2009 -- France demands Iran immediately provide an official response to a package of proposals on nuclear fuel supplies for the Tehran research reactor, the French Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
  • Iran Sends Mixed Signals on Nuclear Deal VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- Iran is reported to have rejected a United Nations-brokered uranium enrichment plan, while at the same time, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he welcomes nuclear cooperation with the West.
  • Honduran leadership agree on reconciliation RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2009 -- Representatives of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and the country's de facto leader Roberto Micheletti agreed a deal that could pave the way for Zelaya's reinstatement, CNN reported on Friday.
  • Honduras Reaches Deal on Political Crisis VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- The de facto Honduran government has agreed to a deal that may allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to return to power ahead of elections next month. U.S. diplomats have been in the country to mediate an end to the four-month-old crisis.
  • Military Will Have Enough H1N1 Vaccine, Officials Say AFPS 30 Oct 2009 -- As shipments of some 3.7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine ordered by the Defense Department continue to arrive from the manufacturer, more than enough will be available for all military personnel and their beneficiaries, military medical experts say.
  • Ukraine Shuts Schools, Bans Public Events Over Flu RFE/RL 30 Oct 2009 -- Ukraine is closing schools, banning all public events, and restricting internal travel for three weeks following the country's first death from H1N1 swine flu.
  • Ukraine reports 30 swine flu deaths RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2009 -- Swine flu has been confirmed as the cause of 30 deaths in western Ukraine since October 19, the country's health minister said on Friday.
  • Ukraine imposes quarantines to curb swine flu spread RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2009 -- Ukraine will impose a quarantine in nine regions to curb the spread of the swine flu virus, the prime minister said on Friday.
  • WHO reports over 5,700 swine flu deaths worldwide RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2009 -- More than 5,700 people have died from swine flu worldwide, with the total number of officially confirmed cases exceeding 440,000, as of October 25, the World Health Organization reported on Friday.
  • UN health agency updates H1N1 flu vaccine recommendations UN News Centre 30 Oct 2009 -- Single doses of H1N1 flu vaccine for adults, adolescents starting at age 10, and pregnant women are among the latest recommendations issued today by the United Nations health agency to combat the pandemic.
  • WHO Experts Say H1N1 Pandemic Flu Vaccine Safe VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- The World Health Organization says people do not have to worry about the safety of H1N1 Pandemic Flu vaccines. It says a just concluded meeting of worldwide independent experts finds people will suffer very few if any adverse affects from the so-called Swine Flu vaccine.
  • Accused Al-Qaida Sleeper Agent Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- Accused al-Qaida sleeper agent Ali al-Marri has been sentenced to more than eight years in a civilian prison. The Qatar native was labeled an "enemy combatant and held for years in isolation at a military prison in South Carolina. Al-Marri's sentence ends years of legal limbo and provides insight into how future cases of enemy combatants might be prosecuted by the U.S. government.
  • India to Send Intelligence Officers to Chicago to Question Terror Suspect VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- India's government confirms it is cooperating with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation concerning a foiled terror plot allegedly involving two Chicago residents. Meanwhile, India is denying that a famous Indian political figure was an intended target of the suspects.
  • Jacques Chirac to Stand Trial on Embezzlement Charges VOA 30 Oct 2009 -- A French magistrate has ordered former President Jacques Chirac to stand trial on embezzlement charges dating back to the 1990s, when he was mayor of Paris. The order is unprecedented, and follows several other trials targeting former high-level politicians.
  • Ban announces members of commission to look into bloody Guinean crackdown UN News Centre 30 Oct 2009 -- Three prominent jurists will form the international commission of inquiry to probe last month’s violent crackdown on unarmed demonstrators in Guinea that led to the deaths of at least 150 people and the rape of many others, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.
  • Secretary-General encouraged by deal resolving political crisis in Honduras UN News Centre 30 Oct 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by news that an agreement has been reached to resolve the political crisis in Honduras that began when President José Manuel Zelaya was ousted from power in June.
  • Haiti: UN calls for speedy new government after premier’s ouster UN News Centre 30 Oct 2009 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti today appealed to all sides to cooperate in ensuring stability and speedily install a new government team after the impoverished country’s Senate voted the Prime Minister out of office.
  • Way Open For Creation Of EU President After Czech Deal RFE/RL 30 Oct 2009 -- Officials say the way has been cleared for the European Union to establish its first-ever bloc-wide president
  • Kyrgyz President Appoints Son To Government Position RFE/RL 30 Oct 2009 -- Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has appointed his son as the head of the central agency for development, investment, and innovations, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports
  • Russia hails UN support of confidence-building in outer space RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2009 -- The unanimous support of a Russian draft proposal on confidence-building measures in outer space will pave the way for talks on an agreement on the demilitarization of space, a Russian diplomat said.
  • Successful launch of Thor 6 telecommunication satellite built by Thales Alenia Space Thales 30 Oct 2009 -- The Thor 6 satellite, of Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS, a subsidiary of Norway’s telecommunication provider Telenor, has been successfully launched from Kourou, in French Guyana, by Arianespace with an Ariane 5 rocket. Thales Alenia Space is the prime contractor of the spacecraft which will deliver service over Nordics and Central European regions from 1 degree West Longitude orbital location.

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