12 January 2010 Military News
- Airpower Summary: January 11, 2010 AFNS 12 Jan 2010
- Airpower Summary: January 10, 2010 AFNS 12 Jan 2010
- Airpower Summary: January 9, 2010 AFNS 12 Jan 2010
- Airpower Summary: January 8, 2010 AFNS 12 Jan 2010
- Iraq Forces Arrest Bomb Maker in Baghdad AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi soldiers arrested a suspected terrorist cell member and two suspected criminal accomplices during a combined security operation Jan. 8 in northeastern Baghdad, officials reported today.
- Engineers Ensure Forensics Facility’s Safety AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- Six soldiers added finishing touches to the new Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility on Victory Base Complex here Jan. 7.
- Iraqi Forces Seize Explosives in Baghdad Raid VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi security forces say they have seized explosives and arrested 25 people who planned to carry out terrorist attacks in the capital.
- DoD News: DOD Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment DoD 12 Jan 2010 -- The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of approximately 3,100 additional forces to Afghanistan, part of the 30,000 troops authorized by President Obama on Nov. 30.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Col. Drinkwine from Afghanistan DoD 12 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Col. Brian Drinkwine
- Republican Senators say US Forces in Afghanistan 'Confused' About Detaining Enemy Combatants VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other Republican senators held a news conference at the Capitol in Washington after returning from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. They said U.S. and NATO forces are making progress in Afghanistan, but that U.S. military leaders and troops are confused by Obama administration policies aimed at protecting the rights of detained enemy combatants.
- Officials Deny Report of Firing on Afghan Civilians AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials have denied reports from a Chinese wire service that claim forces opened fire on civilians during a protest in the Garmsir district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province today.
- Troops Kill Insurgents, Find Explosives AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- International forces on patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have killed 16 insurgents and uncovered a stash of bomb-making material during multiple operations over the past several days.
- Afghan Units Make Training Progress AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- Training Afghan forces to assume security responsibility is a key component of President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy, and American paratroopers are working with Afghan units to speed that day.
- Elders, Officials Gather to Discuss Concerns AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- Fifty-six elders gathered to represent their villages during a Jan. 3 meeting held in the Dey Yak District Center here with district government officials, the provincial police chief, and coalition forces representatives.
- More Fort Hood Soldiers to Deploy to Afghanistan AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- The 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy to Afghanistan this summer as part of the surge of American troops to the country, Defense Department officials said here today.
- U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan kill 16 Taliban RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- At least 16 Afghan insurgents were killed in two missile strikes using unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghan volatile Helmand Province, the U.S. military command in Kabul announced on Tuesday.
- Afghans Claim Foreign Troops Fired on Demonstration VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Local people in southern Afghanistan say foreign troops have opened fire on a demonstration, wounding several people.
- Survey Reveals Growing Optimism in Afghanistan AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- Optimism is on the rise in Afghanistan, with 90 percent of Afghans reporting in a new survey that they believe their country is headed in the right direction and support the Afghan national government.
- AFGHANISTAN: Kapisa Province IDPs flock to Kabul IRIN 12 Jan 2010 -- Hundreds of families allegedly forced out of their homes in Kapisa Province, northeastern Afghanistan, by clashes between Taliban insurgents and pro-government Afghan and foreign forces have sought refuge in the eastern outskirts of Kabul.
- Aviation logistics squadron keeps Marine Corps aircraft soaring high over Afghanistan USMC News 12 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
- Terrorists attacks in Pakistan claimed over 3,000 lives in 2009 RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- A total of 3,021 people were killed and 7,334 injured in terrorists attacks in Pakistan last year, national media reported citing a new report by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS).
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy Awards Multimillion Dollar Energy Savings Contracts for Eight CONUS Installations Navy NewsStand 12 Jan 2010 -- The Department of the Navy's (DoN) Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) Team has awarded $76 million in energy contracts for eight naval installations for essential energy improvements and energy cost-savings.
- Memphis Welcomes New Commanding Officer Navy NewsStand 12 Jan 2010 -- USS Memphis (SSN 691) held a change of command ceremony at the Shepherd of the Sea Chapel Jan 8.
- Airmen make a difference one gallon at a time AFNS 12 Jan 2010 -- Pumping more than 188 million gallons of fuel to more than 9,500 aircraft would take a while, and probably would be one long line for the fuel pump.
- More unmanned aircraft needed at company level Army News 11 Jan 2010 -- Soldiers need the tactical advantages their unmanned aircraft systems provide to be integrated into their units, so they aren't forced to endure lengthy approval chains that can cost lives, according to UAS experts.
- Army Reserve Prepares for Post-Conflict Requirements AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- After World War I, a hit single begged the question, “How do you keep them down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree?”
- RESET and Resourcing Conference Army News 12 Jan 2010
- U.S. Forces Korea Transformation Update Army News 12 Jan 2010
- Joint Basing Moves Forward at Charleston AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- The latest step toward the scheduled stand-up of Joint Base Charleston took place here Jan. 8, as 18th Air Force officials activated the 628th Air Base Wing.
- Six Nations Gear Up for Cobra Gold 2010 AFPS 12 Jan 2010 -- Cobra Gold, the largest multinational military exercise in the world, begins its 29th year of joint training and cooperation among six countries in the Asia-Pacific theater in Thailand on Feb.1.
- One fifth of UK infantry ‘unfit for front line duties’ IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- One in five members of the British army's infantry is unfit to fight on the front line, official figures obtained by the opposition Conservative Party have said.
- China Says Missile Interception Test Successful VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- China says it has successfully carried out a test of military technology to shoot down missiles in mid-air. The news comes in the wake of tensions between Beijing and Washington because of American missile sales to Taiwan, an island China considers part of its territory.
- Russia's Nerpa nuclear sub to be 'fine-tuned' next month RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Russia's Nerpa nuclear attack submarine, which entered service with the Navy in late 2009, will undergo additional adjustments in February, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Design flaw caused latest test failure of Bulava missile - source RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Investigators have established that the latest test failure of the troubled Bulava ballistic missile was caused by a design flaw, rather than a faulty component, a Russian defense industry source said Tuesday.
- Russia to continue launching ill-fated Bulava missiles in 2010 RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Russia could drastically increase the number of launches of its embattled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) to "many more than two" in 2010, a defense industry source said on Tuesday.
- New Russian Navy task force to patrol Somali waters RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- A new task force from Russia's Baltic Fleet will join international efforts to fight piracy off the Horn of Africa, a Russian Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Russia activates 1 of 3 new Glonass navigation satellites RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- One of three newly orbited satellites in Russia's Glonass space satellite navigation grouping has entered service, the federal space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday.
- U.S.-Russia arms reduction talks to resume in January - Lavrov RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Moscow and Washington could resume talks on a new U.S.-Russian strategic arms reduction treaty by the end of January, the Russian foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- Ma welcomes reports of new development in U.S. arms sales to Taiwan CNA 12 Jan 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday welcomed U.S. news reports that there will probably be a "new development" in Washington's decisions on arms sales to Taiwan.
- As NATO Redrafts Priorities, Albright Says Alliance Must Adapt To New Realities RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- some of us are slightly older -- it requires a kind of rededication, a renewal of vows."
- Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton The White House 12 Jan 2010
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 12, 2010
- Boeing to Provide US Army with Battle Command System Support Boeing 12 Jan 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it will provide systems design, development and testing services for the U.S. Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS). IBCS is part of the Army's modernization effort; it will integrate current and future air and missile defense systems into a common battle command system.
- Boeing Delivers 4th KC-767 Tanker to Japan Ministry of Defense Boeing 12 Jan 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on Jan. 8 delivered the last of four KC-767 aerial refueling tankers to the Japan Ministry of Defense, completing one of the International Tanker team's most significant milestones.
- SAIC Awarded $249 Million Task Order by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command SAIC 12 Jan 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a task order by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to provide modeling, simulation, and analytically based warfare analysis support to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations' (OPNAV) Assessment Division (N81). The follow-on task order has a one year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total value of more than $249 million, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed in the National Capital Region. The task order was awarded under the U.S. Navy's SeaPort-e contract.
- Rheinmetall and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge form joint company for wheeled military vehicles Rheinmetall Defence 12 Jan 2010 -- Rheinmetall AG and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG are to form a joint company for military wheeled vehicles. A contract to this end has now been signed by the two companies. The new company, which will be known as Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH (RMMV), is an important provider of complete solutions in the market for military wheeled vehicles, covering the entire range of armoured and unarmoured transport, command and role-specific vehicles for the international armed forces.
- SAIC Awarded $49 Million Contract to Continue Supporting U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Systems Program SAIC 12 Jan 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a prime contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific to provide training and care for marine mammals that are part of the Navy's Marine Mammal Systems (MMS) based at Naval Submarine Bases in Kings Bay, Ga., and Point Loma and San Diego, Calif. The follow-on contract has a one year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total value of more than $49 million if all options are exercised.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 Jan 2010
- Additional UN peacekeepers requested ahead of Côte d’Ivoire elections UN News Centre 12 Jan 2010 -- The Presidents of Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso have asked that an additional unit of up to 500 peacekeepers from Burkina Faso be added to the United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire to reinforce security ahead of elections intended to reunify the West African country that was split into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south by civil war in 2002.
- No change in LAC with China: Army IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Indian Army maintained that there was no change in the established demarcation and lines of claim along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
- New Clashes in Somalia Kill at Least 14 VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Witnesses in central Somalia say at least 14 people have been killed in a third day of fighting between Islamist groups.
- NEPAL: Rehabilitation challenge for child soldiers IRIN 12 Jan 2010 -- Looking angry and emotional, 20-year-old former Maoist child soldier Suman Karki shook hands with fellow comrades as he bade farewell to life in one of Nepal’s Maoist army camps.
- YEMEN: IDPs beyond the reach of aid agencies IRIN 12 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the northern Yemeni governorate of Al-Jawf, some 270km east of Sanaa, have not yet been reached by humanitarian agencies, according to local officials and aid workers.
- Surge in fighting uproots more Somalis, reports UN refugee agency UN News Centre 12 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations refugee agency warned today that many parts of central Somalia are witnessing a surge in fighting, sparking growing displacement and worsening the plight of an already beleaguered population.
- Massive refugee influx from DR Congo straining neighbours’ resources – UN UN News Centre 12 Jan 2010 -- A massive influx of 125,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into neighbouring Republic of Congo (ROC) and Central African Republic (CAR) after deadly ethnic clashes is severely stretching the meagre resources of the impoverished region, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
- Yemen: UN agency estimates 200,000 civilians uprooted as fighting rages on UN News Centre 12 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of people continue to flee as the latest round of fighting between Government and rebel forces in the Sa’ada province of northern Yemen enters its sixth month, said the United Nations refugee agency, which last month put the number of uprooted at 175,000 but now estimates that it could be higher.
- Over 120,000 DRC Refugees Flee to Neighboring Countries to Escape Ethnic Fighting VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- The U.N. refugee agency is busy dealing with a flood of refugees leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Sri Lankan President Woos Tamils VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Tuesday that the government will spend billions of dollars this year to rebuild infrastructure in the war-shattered north and east.
- Secretary-General voices concern after major earthquake hits Haiti UN News Centre 12 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern for the people of Haiti as well as the United Nations staff there after a major earthquake struck off the coast of the impoverished Caribbean nation.
- N.Korea pushes for decision on format of peace talks with U.S. RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- Pyongyang has asked Washington to decide on the format of peace treaty talks, North Korea's ambassador to Russia, Kim Yong-Jae, said on Tuesday.
- US Defense Spy Chief: Iran Undecided on Nuclear Bomb VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- In an exclusive VOA interview, the Pentagon's top intelligence official says there is no evidence that Iran has made a final decision to build nuclear weapons. But the chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) adds that much about Iran's inner workings remains murky.
- Iranian nuclear scientist killed in Tehran blast RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian nuclear physics scientist and "a staunch supporter" of the Islamic revolution has been killed in a blast near his home in northern Tehran, Iranian and regional media reported on Tuesday.
- Blast Kills Iranian Nuclear Physicist VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian nuclear physicist has been killed by a remote-controlled bomb hidden in a motorcycle. Iranian prosecutor general Abbas Jaafar Dolatabadi is pointing the finger at Western intelligence agencies. A U.S. State Department spokesman called the accusation "absurd."
- US-Israel-mercenaries responsible for academic’s assassination IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast on Tuesday strongly condemned assassination of Iranian professor by US-Israeli mercenaries.
- Tehran Blast Kills Iran Nuclear Scientist RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- Iran has accused the United States and Israel of involvement in a bomb attack that killed a Tehran nuclear physics professor.
- Iran waiting for response of other side to stage-by-stage fuel swap IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said on Tuesday that Tehran is waiting for response by the other side to the fuel purchase proposal and stage-by-stage fuel swap.
- US would not attack Iran, says analyst IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, a professor in National Defense University (NDU) here Monday termed as mere threat statement by head of US Central Command General David Petraeus, on US military's considering of impact of ‘possible action’ against Tehran.
- P5+1 Agree To Talk About Possible UN Sanctions Against Iran RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- The United States and five other countries have tentatively agreed to meet this weekend to discuss what to do about Iran's nuclear defiance of the UN Security Council.
- Top EU Official Draws Line Between Enlargement, Neighborhood Policies RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- The first Eastern European to be trusted with a significant foreign-policy role in the European Union went through his confirmation hearing today and stuck closely to the established political consensus within the bloc on future expansion, arguing that all current candidates should be admitted
- Former Blair Aide Gives Evidence on War Motives During Britain's Iraq Inquiry VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- A top aide to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says his boss was determined to deal peacefully with the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, until just before the 2003 Iraq war.
- Former Blair Aide Denies Iraq Intelligence Tailored To Make Case For War RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- A top policy adviser to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has given evidence in London on the shaping of Britain's decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003.
- UK stop-and-search powers ‘illegal,’ says EU court IRNA 12 Jan 2010 -- Powers given to police under Britain’s terrorism laws to stop and search people without grounds for suspicion are illegal, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday.
- Ukrainians Vote Sunday to Elect New President VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainians go to polls Jan. 17 to elect a new president. There are 18 candidates running for president in Ukraine. But analysts agree there are only two who stand a chance of winning: Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovich, leader of the powerful "Party of Regions" in the Ukrainian parliament, or Rada.
- Progovernment Candidate Wins Armenian Vote Amid Reports Of Fraud RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- Ara Simonian of Armenia's progovernment National Accord Party has been declared the winner of the January 10 by-election in a central district of Yerevan, while journalists reported violence and election abuses, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Kazakh President's Nephew Gets Post In Security Service RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has appointed his nephew to head the National Security Service's (KNB) human resources department, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
- Armenian Election Commission Orders Recount In By-Election RFE/RL 12 Jan 2010 -- Armenia's Central Election Commission has ordered a recount of the votes in a disputed parliamentary by-election, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- UN official encourages Arab League to boost role in humanitarian aid delivery UN News Centre 12 Jan 2010 -- A senior United Nations relief official has lauded the increasingly important role played by the League of Arab States in facilitating humanitarian aid, and encouraged it to step up efforts in the areas of coordination and funding.
- Ban ‘encouraged’ by recent developments in Guinean politics UN News Centre 12 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he is “encouraged” by recent political developments in Guinea, especially the interim head of State’s commitment for a return to constitutional order, calling for cooperation among all parties to solve the West African nation’s problems.
- Guinea Opposition Debating Military Offer to Name Civilian PM VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Guinea's political leaders are responding to an offer made by General Sekouba Konate after visiting the country's wounded military leader in Morocco last week.
- Nigerian President Breaks Seven-Week Silence VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua has made his first public comments since being hospitalized in Saudi Arabia some seven weeks ago.
- Nigerian Protesters Dismiss Ailing President's BBC Comments VOA 12 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of Nigerian opposition figures and rights activists staged a protest march in the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday to demand ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua hand over power to his deputy.
- Unusual space object, possibly man-made, approaches Earth RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2010 -- An unusual space body with parameters similar to a man-made object will approach Earth on Wednesday at a distance about three times less than the moon's orbit.
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