08 January 2010 Military News
- 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
- DoD News: Contracts for January 08, 2010
- India Submits Letter of Request for Potential Boeing C-17 Order Boeing 08 Jan 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that the U.S. government has received a Letter of Request from India's Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Indian Air Force regarding the potential acquisition of 10 C-17 Globemaster III advanced airlifters.
- EADS Defence & Security signs contract worth over 9 million euros with Spanish Navy EADS 08 Jan 2010 -- EADS Defence & Security (DS) signed a fixed-wing maintenance contract with the Spanish Navy for the AV8B Harrier II, AV8B Harrier II Plus and CESSNA aircraft.
- MBDA To Make More Extensive Use Of Composite Materials In Missiles EADS 08 Jan 2010 -- MBDA has launched the CRISTAL project which aims to further extend the maturity level of the composite material moulding technology from the Carbone Forgé company, as required in order to be able to use it in aeronautical and defence applications.
- Oshkosh Defense Receives Delivery Orders of $31 Million for U.S. Marine Corps Medium Fleet Oshkosh 08 Jan 2010 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) today announced that its Defense division has received two delivery orders valued at $31.5 million from Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) to install armor kits on 300 vehicles and manufacture more than 90 Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR) for the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Pratt & Whitney F135 Engine Powers F-35 Historic First In Flight STOVL Conversion Pratt & Whitney 08 Jan 2010 -- Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine and Rolls-Royce LiftFan® successfully powered the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) fighter through the first in-flight engagement of its STOVL propulsion system.
- Northrop Grumman's MQ-8B Fire Scout Demonstrates Interoperability With the Army's One System(TM) Remote Video Terminal Northrop Grumman 08 Jan 2010 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) land-based MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System, designated P7, successfully demonstrated interoperability with the Army's One System(R) Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., the week of November 23.
- Thales Alenia Space awarded a € 85 million contract for the System Support Services of Galileo Thales 08 Jan 2010 -- Today in Brussels, the European Commission has communicated the decision to award to Thales Alenia Space Italia through a framework contract lasting from 2010 till 2016 for the “System Support” to European Space Agency (ESA). The activities will be covered for the period 2010 till 2014 by the first work order for a value of about € 85 million.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 08 Jan 2010
- Lebanon: UN investigates large cache of explosives found near Israel UN News Centre 08 Jan 2010 -- United Nations peacekeepers, in close coordination with the Lebanese army, are investigating a significant cache of explosives found in southern Lebanon near Israel, the latest such incident in an area where Israel and Hizbollah militants fought a 34-day war in 2006.
- Sudan: UN sends long range patrol to scene of deadly ethnic clash in south UN News Centre 08 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations has dispatched a long range military patrol to help defuse tensions and reduce chances of reprisal attacks at the site of deadly ethnic clashes in Southern Sudan where Government and separatist forces fought a two-decades-long war until a peace accord in 2005.
- UN completes initial round of training for local judges in eastern Chad UN News Centre 08 Jan 2010 -- Some 75 local civil servants from eastern Chad have wrapped up a one-month United Nations-backed training programme aimed at boosting the number of professional magistrates in the strife-torn region, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) announced today.
- Clinton Says Sudan Peace Efforts at 'Critical Juncture' VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday Sudan is at a critical juncture as parties prepare for elections in April that could consolidate peace between north and south. U.S. envoy for Sudan Scott Gration plans Sudan-related travel in Africa later this month and a pre-election visit to Sudan in February.
- Clinton Urges Mideast Peace Talks Without Preconditions VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Clinton's meetings with her Jordanian and Egyptian counterparts signaled the start of a new U.S. push on the Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking front that for the first-time includes a specific time-frame.
- Israel Launches Wave of Air Strikes in Gaza VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- Three Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip. The violence erupted as Gaza's Islamist rulers face mounting pressure on two fronts.
- Clinton to Sudan: Threats to Peace Deal Are 'Real' VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Sudan is facing political and security problems that pose a "real" threat to a historic peace deal between the north and south.
- WFP Sees No Quick Solution to Somalia Crisis VOA 08 Jan 2010 -- The World Food Program says it does not see any quick solution to the crisis, which forced the agency to stop its humanitarian operations in southern Somalia earlier this week. But, WFP says it has no plans to leave Somalia and the lines of communication remain open with the armed groups that provoked the suspension.
- CHAD: Paying for fallout of landmines, UXO IRIN 08 Jan 2010 -- More than half of Chad’s nine million people live near sites potentially contaminated with unexploded ordnance (UXO) or landmines, according to the national demining centre. The government says more than 100 people are killed or wounded every year by landmines or UXO; aid organizations cover the bulk of medical care and rehabilitation for mine victims, according to NGO Handicap International.
- South Ossetia To Require Georgian IDs Translated Into Russian RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- Officials in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia say that residents in the Akhalgori district will soon only be allowed to cross the boundary into Georgia proper if their documents are translated into Russian, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.
- First Direct Georgia-Russia Flight Departs Since War RFE/RL 08 Jan 2010 -- A Georgian passenger jet has landed in Moscow in the first direct flight between the two countries since their brief war in August 2008.
- Russian interior minister vows clampdown on Dagestan militants RIA Novosti 08 Jan 2010 -- Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev pledged on Friday that tough action would be taken against militants based in the country's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan.
- North Caucasus militants must be eliminated - Medvedev RIA Novosti 08 Jan 2010 -- Russia must maintain a tough line against militant and criminal groups in the North Caucasus, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.
- UN aid agencies will not abandon Somalia despite insecurity, says official UN News Centre 08 Jan 2010 -- Despite the difficult operating environment in Somalia, marked by threats and violence against aid workers, the United Nations has no intention of abandoning its assistance to the country, a humanitarian official with the world body affirmed today.
- Turkish army shells northern Iraq - reports RIA Novosti 08 Jan 2010 -- The Turkish army has carried out an artillery attack on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq, Turkish media said on Friday.
- 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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