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08 January 2010 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Jan 2010 [PDF]
  • U.S. officials give base to Iraq's government AFNS 08 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Forces-Iraq gave control of Hawk Base back to the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi air force Jan. 1, as part of the U.S. drawdown and transfer of responsibility from U.S. forces to the Government of Iraq security forces.
  • U.S. Soldiers Assist Iraqi Construction Projects AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Because their work contributes to reconstruction efforts, generates business and promotes growth, local contractors are a key component of the rebuilding process in Iraq.
  • Distribution hub saves lives, money, extra luggage AFNS 08 Jan 2010 -- One of the missions of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing is to be a hub for Air Force personnel, Department of Defense civilians and contractors deploying downrange.
  • Rocket Hits US Consulate in Afghanistan VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Afghan police say a rocket has hit a building housing the new U.S. consulate office in western Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan Command Details Recent Operations AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Afghan and international forces killed or detained suspected militants and found bomb-making materials, narcotics and weapons in recent operations, military officials reported.
  • Navy Leaders Visit Sailors in Afghanistan AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- The Navy’s top officer and top enlisted sailor visited sailors assigned to the international joint command here yesterday.
  • Airmen leave a footprint in Afghanistan AFNS 08 Jan 2010 -- Twenty-one Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing here recently returned from a 60-day deployment to Afghanistan where they augmented port operations at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
  • Provincial reconstruction team expands hospital for Afghans AFNS 08 Jan 2010 -- A cornerstone ceremony for a new, modern wing of the Zabul Provincial Hospital took place Dec. 26, in Qalat, Afghanistan.
  • Aviation logistics squadron keeps Marine Corps aircraft soaring high over Afghanistan USMC News 08 Jan 2010 -- For the Marines of Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan, support is vital for success, from the Marines providing close-air support overhead, to the Marines behind the scenes ensuring the aircraft remain operational.
  • Four Killed in Suspected US Drone Strike in Pakistan VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say at least four people have been killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan.
  • US Delegation: Drone Strikes in Pakistan Effective VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Members of a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Pakistan say the use of drone missile strikes against suspected al-Qaida and Taliban extremists in the country's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan is proving to be an effective weapon in the anti-terror war. The U.S. lawmakers, however, have ruled out the possibility of giving the technology to Pakistan.
  • Pakistani MPs condemn US drone strikes IRNA 08 Jan 2010 -- Lawmakers from Pakistan’s main Islamic party Thursday condemned strikes in the country’s tribal regions by the US drone aircraft which they said are killing innocent people.
  • NORAD Launches F-16s Due to Unruly Passenger AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- For the second straight day, fighter jets under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command launched in response to trouble with a passenger aboard a commercial airliner.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Defense Spy Chief Tells VOA Lessons Being Learned from Recent Lapses VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- The head of the Defense Intelligence Agency admits there have been some recent lapses among U.S. intelligence organizations that need attention. In an exclusive VOA interview, Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess said his agency is taking to heart President Obama's directive to tighten intelligence practices and procedures.
  • US to Review Court Decision on Blackwater VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. State Department says it will review a recent U.S. court ruling that dismissed charges against five American private security guards accused of killing at least 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007.
  • Mullen Outlines U.S. Military Role in Yemen AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Yemen has posed a concern as a potential terrorist safe haven for some time, and the United States will continue to work with its government to prevent that from happening, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Naval War College here today.
  • Mullen Calls Building Af-Pak Expertise Top Priority VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- The top U.S. military officer says building a corps of experienced military experts on Afghanistan and Pakistan is his top priority, in order to quickly reverse the deteriorating security situations in those countries.
  • Navy's Second Littoral Combat Ship to be Commissioned Navy NewsStand 08 Jan 2010 -- USS Independence (LCS 2) will be commissioned Jan. 16 at a ceremony in Mobile, Ala.
  • NMCB 3 Strengthens Ties with the Cameroonian Anti-terrorism Team Navy NewsStand 08 Jan 2010 -- The Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 are renovating the barracks of the Cameroonian anti-terrorism team helping strengthen their infrastructure.
  • Chairman Touts Importance of Cultural Engagement AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Knowing about and engaging with people of other cultures, other beliefs and other ethnicities may be as important to American security as battle plans, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • Two New Navy Working Uniforms Announced Navy NewsStand 08 Jan 2010 -- Two new Navy Working Uniforms (NWU) will hit the fleet in fiscal year 2011.
  • Abe's Fast Cruise Preps Sailors For Underway Navy NewsStand 08 Jan 2010 -- Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) began simulating an at sea environment Jan. 8 in preparation for their first underway since April 2009.
  • Battle 'E' Awarded to USS Georgia Navy NewsStand 08 Jan 2010 -- USS Georgia (SSGN 729) Blue and Gold crews were awarded the 2009 Battle Efficiency award, or Battle "E," by Submarine Squadron 16 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. on Jan. 8.
  • USS Hawaii Changes Command Navy NewsStand 08 Jan 2010 -- A change of command ceremony was held for the Virginia-class submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor Jan. 7.
  • Nimitz Receives Meritorious Unit Commendation Navy NewsStand 08 Jan 2010 -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) presented the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) the Meritorious Unit Commendation Jan. 6 during a two-day visit to the ship.
  • Agency Aids Construction Material Purchases AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Defense Logistics Agency officials have made shopping for construction materials easier for warfighters in Afghanistan.
  • Scientists Clarify ‘Mini-Sub’ Role at Pearl Harbor AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Scientists who have been studying wreckage from Japanese mini-submarines that were part of an advance strike force on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, say a new television show is informative, but could leave viewers with misunderstandings.
  • Air Force Studies Brain Injuries AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Compression chambers used to treat divers who experienced “the bends” after ascending too quickly may offer clues to treating wounded warriors suffering traumatic brain injuries.
  • Laws Change for Military, Overseas Voters AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Servicemembers and overseas voters shouldn’t assume they automatically will receive ballots for the 2010 elections just because they have in the past.
  • DoD News: DOD Trains Thousands to Help Millions to Register to Vote DoD 08 Jan 2010 -- The DoD’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) kicked off its training program geared to help voting assistance officers at military bases worldwide at a 2010 Election Year press conference Jan. 7.
  • Combat Center units leave for 31st MEU USMC News 08 Jan 2010 -- Hundreds of Marines and sailors from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment and their augments said goodbye to families and friends this week as they boarded buses, to begin a journey which will take them through the South Pacific as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
  • Gates Will Remain as Secretary at Least Another Year AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will stay in office for at least another year, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed yesterday.
  • ComCam helps create training video USMC News 08 Jan 2010 -- Early in the morning, under a pitch black sky, Marine instructors with the Combat Center’s Advisor Training Group headed out to Range 220 to film a training video for their students Dec. 18
  • Managed airborne intel system hits field AFNS 08 Jan 2010 -- The 950th Electronic Systems Group here recently delivered the 500th unit of an airborne intelligence system that enables aircrews to send and receive the most timely situational awareness and threat data.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Program Grows to Support Demand AFPS 08 Jan 2010 -- Discussions about the Army’s use of unmanned systems in the combat theater are likely to focus on bomb-detecting robots and ground vehicles able to navigate through hazardous terrain.
  • Ban cites 'window of opportunity' to advance disarmament UN News Centre 08 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to continue his efforts to advance the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world, noting that a number of events over the next few months offer an opportunity to build on the “encouraging” developments of last year.
  • Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 1/8/2010 The White House 08 Jan 2010
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Jan 2010

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Germany keeps mum on likely US contacts over case of CIA death squad IRNA 08 Jan 2010 -- The German government refused to say whether it had been in touch with the US side to obtain more information on the issue of alleged CIA killer commandos in Hamburg in 2005.
  • Obama urges improvement of intelligence data integration RIA Novosti 08 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has urged intelligence services to improve the processing and integration of analytical information on possible terror attacks.
  • 'Shots Fired' At Iranian Opposition Leader Karubi's Car RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- Iranian media report that shots were fired at the car of one of the country's main opposition leaders, Mehdi Karubi, late on January 7.
  • Prominent Sunni Opposition Party Barred from Iraq Election VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi officials said Thursday a prominent secular Sunni lawmaker and his party have been barred from participating in the upcoming parliamentary election because of ties to the previous regime.
  • Not Guilty Plea Entered for US Plane Bomb Suspect VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has pleaded not guilty in a Detroit Federal courtroom to charges he attempted to ignite an explosive device on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Detroit, Michigan on Christmas Day. If convicted, Abdulmutallab could face life in prison.
  • Foiled Detroit Airport Attack Highlights Israel's Security Success VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Israel has what security experts say is perhaps the world's most effective system of screening air passengers. Despite constant threats from Palestinian terrorist groups, no flight from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport has ever been blown up or hijacked, and the airport has not been attacked since the early 1970s. This success is due to a sophisticated system that combines intelligence reporting, profiling, and state-of-the-art technology for detecting weapons and explosives.
  • Obama Orders New Security Measures, Takes Responsibility For Lapse RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama has ordered a series of steps aimed at improving the United States' ability to act more swiftly on intelligence concerning terrorist threats and declared that when the system fails, it is his responsibility alone.
  • AU to Ask UN to Focus on Somalia's Global Terrorism Role VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- The African Union is urging the United Nations to boost its support for Somalia's fragile government in view of the rise of terrorist activity in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian peninsula. AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping calls the overall security situation in the Horn of Africa nation "unstable, volatile and challenging'.
  • Suspect in Failed US Airliner Attack Heads to Court VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- The lone suspect in the failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound jetliner is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday .
  • FBI Arrests 2 more in New York Terrorism Probe VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Two men have been arrested in connection with an ongoing terror investigation in New York City. One of the men, an Afghan-born taxi driver, has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to U.S. federal agents. The second man, a Bosnian immigrant, is expected to be arraigned in the coming days on similar charges.
  • Two Men Arrested in New York Bomb Plot Investigation VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- U.S. federal authorities have arrested two men as part of the investigation into an alleged bomb plot targeting New York City.
  • US says concerned at 'provocative actions' in Pakistan IRNA 08 Jan 2010 -- The US Mission to Pakistan is concerned about the continued provocative actions and false allegations against US personnel working to implement the new partnership between the leaders of Pakistan and the United States, the US embassy said Thursday.
  • Pakistan Blames Militants for Karachi Blast VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani officials say at least eight suspected militants have been killed in an explosion at their safehouse in the commercial center of Karachi.
  • Mexico Making Progress in War on Drug Cartels VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- On December 16, Mexican marines stormed a luxury apartment in Cuernavaca, near Mexico City, and killed Arturo Beltran Leyva, head of one of the country's largest drug trafficking organizations. A couple of weeks later, authorities arrested his brother, Carlos, further disrupting the command structure of the criminal enterprise. These were portrayed as important victories for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose war on drug gangs has been blamed for a wave of violence across the country in the past few years. US officials are applauding Calderon's efforts and trying to offer him as much support as they can.
  • Private U.S. Contractors Back In The Spotlight In Iraq, Afghanistan RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- acting with quite a sense of impunity as well -- as illustrates in incidents like the killing of local nationals and difficulties in bringing that to trial."
  • UN pledges full security and logistical support for Haiti’s upcoming elections UN News Centre 08 Jan 2010 -- Presidential and legislative elections are the major challenge facing Haiti in 2010 and the United Nations will provide the necessary security and logistical support to further their success, the world body’s top official in the crisis-prone country told his first news conference of the new year.
  • Zimbabwe Government Halts Diamond Auction VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- The government of Zimbabwe has canceled a diamond auction that had been highly publicized in the state media. Announcing the cancellation, a government official said the company that announced the auction had not followed the procedure for diamond sales.
  • Guinea's Interim Leader to Leave Country for Medical Treatment VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- General Sekouba Konate is expected to depart from Conakry for Senegal's capital.
  • 22 hours long Kashmir battle ends: Report IRNA 08 Jan 2010 -- In a joint operation police commandos backed by paramilitary central forces finally killed two local militants after mounting an assault on a hotel building in the heart of the capital, ending the 22-hour long standoff.
  • Yushchenko: 'I Will Never Say I Failed During These Five Years' RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko survived a near-fatal poisoning and massive election fraud to become Ukraine's first truly pro-Western leader.
  • Armenia To Reopen Schools After Swine Flu Closures RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- Schools across Armenia will reopen on January 11 after a one-month stoppage that health officials say helped contain swine flu in the country, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
  • UN nuclear watchdog and European Union reach accord on safeguards UN News Centre 08 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations nuclear watchdog and the European Commission have reached agreement on arrangements to apply ‘integrated safeguards’ in all non-nuclear-weapon States of the European Union that have significant nuclear activities.

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