19 January 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Jan 2010 [PDF]
- Iraqi Forces Target, Arrest Terrorists AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested more than 20 suspects during multiple combined security operations today targeting suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members around Baghdad and Mosul.
- Air Cav first to employ new unmanned aircraft system Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Moving the containerized housing units from Camp Cedar II, Iraq, to Contingency Operating Location Adder, Iraq, began Jan. 8 in preparation for the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq.
- U.S. passes training torch at Cashe South Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Soldiers at Contingency Operation Station Cashe South have moved a step ahead of most with their training and transition programs
- 1st Cavalry Division returns from Iraq Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- The last of the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters' Soldiers to arrive back home from their Iraq deployment touched down on Robert Gray Army Airfield hours before any thought of the fog ruining their homecoming ceremony Jan. 14, at Fort Hood.
- U.S. Soldiers teach ISF advanced marksmanship skills at Cashe Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Members of the Iraqi Army and Federal Police got hands-on rifle training from the best in the business at Contingency Operating Station Cashe South during a six-day advanced marksmanship training course.
- Mississippians mark six months securing Q-West entry control point Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Members of a Mississippi Army National Guard unit marked their sixth month of entry control point operations and no security breaches for Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Jan. 10.
- Lavrov: Russia Has Allowed Just One U.S. Military Overflight To Afghanistan RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RFE/RL today that Russia has allowed only one flight of lethal U.S. military equipment to transit its airspace en route to Afghanistan, despite a July agreement envisioning as many as 12 flights a day.
- Forces Detain Taliban Commander, Cell Leader AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Security forces detained several suspects, including a Taliban commander and terrorist bombing cell leader, during operations over the past several days in Afghanistan, military officials reported.
- Deployed Marines Learning Professionalism through MCMAP USMC News 19 Jan 2010 -- In addition to fighting the Taliban, Marines in southern Afghanistan are fighting to win the confidence and trust of the Afghan populace.
- Georgians work through the sticks during Afghan ISAF mission prep exercise USMC News 19 Jan 2010 -- As a crowd of civilians gathers on the streets of their village—carrying about their normal business of selling things, talking to friends, and shoveling the snow from their door steps—a company of soldiers from the Republic of Georgia’s 31st Light Infantry Battalion move in to investigate a rumored weapons cache and possible high-value-target (HVT) individual.
- Corruption, not insecurity, biggest concern for Afghans – UN report UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- While violence and poverty are widely thought to be the major challenges confronting Afghanistan, nearly 60 per cent of the population said corruption is their biggest concern, according to a new United Nations report, which states that Afghans paid $2.5 billion in bribes over the past 12 months.
- Afghan President Orders Security Review in Kabul VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered a review of security in Kabul Tuesday, a day after a Taliban assault left at least five people dead and more than 70 wounded.
- UN Report Calls Afghan Corruption 'Crippling' VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- A new United Nations report says corruption produces almost as much money in Afghanistan as the country's illegal drug trade.
- U.S. Marine, Afghan NCOs Lead Troops AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Two men donned flak jackets and Kevlar helmets here Jan. 15 -- one set coyote brown, the other forest green, each with an emblem of their nation.
- AFGHANISTAN: Could foreign troop surge exacerbate vulnerability? IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of fresh foreign troops arrive in Afghanistan this year, but some prominent aid agencies are voicing concerns that this could lead to the intensification of the conflict, with dire humanitarian consequences.
- UN: Afghan Corruption Matches Scale Of Opium Trade RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says that Afghans paid out $2.5 billion in bribes over a 12-month period.
- NATO chief condemns Taliban strike on Kabul RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2010 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has condemned a series of attacks by Taliban militants in the Afghan capital of Kabul that killed at least five civilians and police officers and wounded over 70 others.
- 'Drone Missiles' Kill 5 in Pakistan VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say missiles fired by a suspected U.S. drone (pilotless aircraft) killed at least five militants Tuesday in the country's northwest tribal region.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Allyn from Haiti DoD 19 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: U.S. Army, Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force Unified Response Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn
- 3/405th AFSB supports humanitarian relief efforts to Haiti Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Yesterday, the 3/405th Army Field Support Brigade completed operations in support of U.S. Agency for International Development emergency relief efforts in Haiti.
- Army North helps Haiti effort Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Army North headquarters based here is supporting the U.S. Southern Command-led effort to bring relief to the people of Haiti.
- Using every available method: 2nd Brigade Combat Team provides humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Toward billowing grounded parachutes attached to massive supply bundles, hundreds of Haitians stream to a hope of fresh, clean water and food. In this area, north of the capital city of Port-au-Prince, humanitarian aid and relief has not been readily available as in more populated portions of the city.
- Press Briefing on the U.S. Government Response to the Haiti Earthquake The White House 19 Jan 2010
- Dover Reserve crew delivers communications team, equipment to Haiti AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from the 326th Airlift Squadron, here, delivered the Joint Communications Support Element to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, aboard a C-17 Globemaster III during the early morning hours of Jan. 16.
- Local FEMA team heads to Haiti to aid humanitarian mission AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency departed for Haiti Jan. 15, aboard two C-17 Globmaster IIIs to join the search for survivors from last week's destructive earthquake.
- AMC continues efforts to aid earthquake victims; command conducts C-17 air deliveries Jan. 18 AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- Air Mobility Command Airmen have flown more than 260 sorties in support of Haiti relief efforts, rushing food, water and medical supplies to the people of Haiti.
- Haiti task force commander notes progress AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- Humanitarian assistance efforts in Haiti are improving every day despite enormous challenges, the commander of Joint Task Force Haiti said.
- Reservists load supplies for Haiti relief AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- When the call went out for volunteers to help with the Haitian relief effort at Homestead Air Reserve Base; a handful of Reserve aerial port specialist raised their hands.
- Specially trained officers support Haitian relief efforts AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- Responding to and supporting post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti is expected to be the one of the most challenging humanitarian operations in the history of the National Security Preparedness directorate, according to Col. Michael Hare, NSEP director.
- HAITI: Search teams running out of time IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- Ninety people have been rescued by search teams since the 12 January earthquake struck Haiti, in an international effort involving some 1,700 specialists.
- General Reports Relative Calm in Haiti AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- For the second straight day, military officials have characterized the security situation in Haiti as “relatively calm” amid the country’s struggle to recover in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.
- USNS Comfort to Provide Vital Part of Relief AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- As thousands of people and billions of dollars come flowing into Haiti from around the world, the Navy could be supplying one of the most vital pieces of the relief effort: the hospital ship USNS Comfort.
- Airborne Troops Expand Relief Efforts AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Even as thousands more show up daily for free food and water, the 82nd Airborne Division troops at their makeshift forward operating base here have begun to move out beyond its barriers to see how else they can help those still suffering from last week’s earthquake.
- Hospital Ship Comfort Nears Haitian Coast AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Drills have been run, beds are set up, supplies are stowed. The intensive care units are up and running, and medical equipment is where it needs to be.
- 22nd MEU prepare to support relief operations USMC News 19 Jan 2010 -- Before the sun crested the horizon the morning of Jan. 17, 2010, Marines and sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit were wide awake, preparing for their upcoming mission – providing humanitarian assistance to the earthquake stricken country of Haiti.
- First wave of Marines lands in Haiti USMC News 19 Jan 2010 -- The 22nd Marine Expiditionary Unit launched its first wave of Marines and sailors today, in the first attempt to secure a landing zone and bring supplies and aid to the distressed people in Haiti.
- Enterprise Sailors Support Haitian Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) sent 47 Sailors Jan. 19 to conduct humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- Normandy, HSL 46 Det 3 Provide Relief to Haitian Earthquake Victims Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HSL) (Light) 46 Detachment 3, embarked aboard USS Normandy (CG 60), completed the first of many humanitarian relief missions inside Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 18.
- USS Fort McHenry Arrives in Haiti Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in Haiti Jan. 18 to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in support of Operation Unified Response in the aftermath of Haiti's devastating earthquake.
- USS Bataan Receives MEDEVAC, Treats Three Injured Haitians Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHA-5) received two medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopters at approximately 8:15 p.m. Jan. 19, with three injured Haitians aboard who received immediate medical care from the Bataan medical team.
- ACB 2 Clears a Path in Haiti Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- When USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) deployed Jan. 14 to support Operation Unified Response, a joint military relief effort for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, the ship deployed with the Navy's disaster relief experts as one of its many assets.
- U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Provides Update on Navy Contributions to Haiti Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- Adm. J. C. Harvey, Jr., commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF), provided an overview of the Navy's contributions to the Haiti relief effort during a press conference at Naval Station Norfolk Jan. 19.
- Comfort to Embark Additional Support Staff Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- More than 300 additional personnel are scheduled to augment the current crew of nearly 800 military and civilians aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in support of Operation Unified Response: Haiti.
- BMU 2, ACB 2 Team Up for Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2 and Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2 teamed up on board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), currently in transit to Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance in support of Operation Unified Response, Jan. 18.
- Amphibious Relief Mission Ships, 22nd MEU Arrive Off Haiti Coast Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- Four U.S. Navy ships and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 18 to support Operation Unified Response, a joint military relief effort launched in response to the earthquake that struck the island nation eight days ago.
- Navy Prepositioning Ship to Deliver Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Supplies to Haiti Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- In support of Operation Unified Response, a joint military relief effort launched in response to the earthquake that struck Haiti eight days ago, the U.S. Navy Maritime Prepositioning Ship USNS 1st Lt. Jack Lummus (T-AK 3011) is loading cargo Jan. 18-19 at Blount Island Command.
- 126 NMCP Staff Deploy to Provide Medical Assistance to Haiti Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- Less than 24 hours after receiving word they would be assisting relief efforts to Haiti, 126 staff members packed the gymnasium at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) ready to help Jan. 15.
- Gunston Hall Arrives in Haiti to Assist Earthquake Victims Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) anchored off Haiti Jan. 18 to begin providing relief supplies and assistance as part of Operation Unified Response.
- Bataan, 22nd MEU, Amphibious Ready Group arrive off Haiti Coast Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- The ships of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and embarked elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived off the coast of Haiti Jan. 19 to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for earthquake survivors and bolster relief operations already underway in support of Operation Unified Response.
- UN relief agencies delivering more assistance to Haiti quake survivors UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- Despite the difficult conditions in post-earthquake Haiti, United Nations agencies are reaching more and more survivors with vital assistance, even as search and rescue operations continue for those who still might be saved.
- US Marines Arrive in Earthquake Ravaged Haiti VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of United States Marines and other troops are moving into Haiti to assist with relief efforts one week after the country's deadly earthquake. Also Tuesday, the United Nations authorized sending more peacekeepers and police to the devastated nation to help maintain security. U.S. helicopters landed on the ground of the shattered presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.
- US Marines Join Relief Effort in Haiti, Hospital Ship to Arrive Wednesday VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- A 2,000-strong unit of U.S. Marines began moving ashore west of Port-au-Prince at dawn on Tuesday to help deliver relief to victims of last week's earthquake. Some U.S. troops landed by helicopter at the presidential palace, where crowds of Haitians cheered as the troops began distributing aid. A range of U.S. military efforts are now underway, including airdrops of supplies and the expected arrival of the huge hospital ship the USNS Comfort on Wednesday.
- USNS Comfort's Medics Ready for Incoming Patients VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is expected to arrive in Haiti on Wednesday, but has received two critically injured earthquake victims by helicopter from the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier late Tuesday. Meanwhile, as VOA's Suzanne Presto reports from onboard the Comfort, medical teams are performing drills to prepare for influx of patients.
- UN Mourns Personnel Lost in Haitian Quake VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- The U.N. Secretary-General led staff in a ceremony at U.N. headquarters Tuesday to honor fallen colleagues that perished in the Haitian earthquake. At least 46 U.N. personnel working for the stabilization mission there have been confirmed dead. Officials say nearly 300 more are still unaccounted for a week after the disaster. The organization is trying to put aside its own grief so that it can help survivors.
- Travis AFB medics set to deploy to Haiti AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- Fifty-eight medical staff assigned to the 60th Medical Group are set to provide medical and humanitarian relief to the earthquake ravaged nation of Haiti.
- U.S. To Open Additional Runway in Haiti, General Says AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- As some 200 daily flights transit through the congested and sole functioning Haitian airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. military is looking to open a second runway in the city of Jacmel within a day.
- Defense Logisticians Stock Comfort’s Shelves AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- When the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort’s crew cast off lines Jan. 16 and the ship headed for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, it did so with shelves stocked in part by Defense Logistics Agency team members here.
- Haiti Task Force Commander Notes Progress AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Humanitarian assistance efforts in Haiti are improving every day despite enormous challenges, the commander of Joint Task Force Haiti said.
- 2nd Taiwanese rescue team begins work in Haiti CNA 19 Jan 2010 -- A second Taiwanese post-disaster relief team contributed to search and rescue operations and provided medical services in earthquake-ravaged Haiti Monday after arriving a day earlier.
- 1st Taiwanese rescue team wraps up mission in Haiti CNA 19 Jan 2010 -- After its success in rescuing an earthquake survivor in Haiti, the first Taiwanese search and rescue team that was dispatched to the Caribbean country wrapped up its emergency relief mission here Monday.
- Ban calls for more peacekeepers to be sent to quake-devastated Haiti IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday called for an additional 3,500 United Nations troops and police officers to be deployed to the quake-stricken Haiti to ensure that aid reaches the victims of the disaster as quickly as possible.
- Haitian relief effort needs strong int'l coordination: UN officials IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- UN officials have stressed the need for a strongly coordinated effort to bring vital assistance to the roughly 3 million people affected by recent earthquake in Haiti, amid the devastated infrastructure and logistical challenges in the wake of the disaster.
- Iran’s humanitarian aid arrives in Haiti IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- A planeload of 30 tons of humanitarian aid, including food stuff, tents and medicines landed in a Haiti airport Tuesday morning, an official from Iran's Red Crescent Society told IRNA.
- Looting, Violence Rise In Haiti Amid Aid 'Frustration' RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- International security forces are struggling to control looters and rising violence in Haiti's ruined capital of Port-au-Prince, amid urgent efforts to speed up aid deliveries to survivors of last week's earthquake.
- UN Security Council beefs up Haiti peacekeeping contingent RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to increase the peacekeeping contingent in quake-hit Haiti by 1,500 police and 2,000 troops.
- Russian rescuers save 2 more survivors of Haiti quake RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2010 -- Russian rescuers have pulled two more people from rubble in the quake-hit Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, in addition to six survivors saved during the previous rescue effort.
- Security Council authorizes 3,500 more UN peacekeepers for Haiti UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- The Security Council today backed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s call to increase the overall force levels of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti to support the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts following last week’s devastating earthquake.
- Haiti quake relief effort must be part of wider focus on eliminating poverty, Ban says UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- Last week’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti not only provides a symbol of extraordinary faith, enduring hope and international solidarity amid the worst devastation, it must also serve as a reminder of the global community’s wider responsibilities to help the poor worldwide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an article published today.
- More US Troops Land in Haiti, Additional UN Troops on Way VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military has stepped up its presence in Haiti - one week after the country's deadly earthquake - as the United Nations agreed it would also send more troops to help maintain security and assist with relief efforts.
- UN Security Council Authorizes 3,500 New Peacekeepers for Haiti VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- The U.N. Security Council has authorized a request from the U.N. chief for as many as 3,500 new peacekeepers and police to be sent to Haiti. This will boost the U.N. force in Haiti to more than 12,000.
- UN Aid Groups Cite Progress in Haiti VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- United Nations aid agencies report they are making progress in getting crucial relief to hundreds of thousands of survivors of Haiti's devastating earthquake. The agencies say they are increasing efforts to try to reach people in areas outside the capital, Port-au-Prince.
- Rich Nations Moving Fast on Haiti Debt Relief VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- A group of countries that have made loans to other nations has called on its members to speed up the process of canceling debts owed by Haiti.
- Chinese Official Promotes Rescue Efforts in Haiti VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- China says its rescue crews in Haiti have helped many people suffering in the aftermath of last week's earthquake, not just Chinese people.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Media Availability with Secretary Gates Enroute to India DoD 19 Jan 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Gates Presses for U.S.-Indian Cooperation AFPS 19 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today emphasized the opportunity and the need for closer defense cooperation between the United States and India in a broad range of areas, including the maritime, cyberspace and space domains.
- DoD News: Army Announces Force Structure Actions DoD 19 Jan 2010 -- The Department of the Army announced today the planned relocation of the 86th Signal Battalion from Fort Huachuca, Ariz. to Fort Bliss, Texas.
- Navy Celebration Marks 50th Anniversary of US-Japan Security Treaty Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) celebrated the anniversary of their alliance Jan. 19 at a ceremony at the JMSDF Yokosuka District headquarters.
- USS Reuben James Deploys to the Western Pacific Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- More than 250 Sailors aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a deployment to the Western Pacific Jan. 15.
- Cleveland Completes Maritime Infrastructure Protection Exercise Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2010 -- USS Cleveland (LPD 7) completed a multinational maritime infrastructure protection exercise in the Arabian Gulf Jan. 13.
- US Defense Secretary in India for Regional Security Talks VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. defense secretary has arrived in India for the first high-level talks between the two countries since Prime Minister's Manmohan Singh's visit to the White House, last November. Regional security - namely the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan - is expected to be the dominant theme of the discussions.
- Guam Braces for Military Buildup VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- Residents on the Pacific island of Guam are bracing for big changes. Four years from now, the U.S. military plans to transfer thousands of Marines from the Japanese island of Okinawa. The move is part of a larger military realignment in the region and it is one that could reshape the future of the U.S. territory.
- Schweinfurt chemical Soldiers train for war Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Chemical Soldiers from Schweinfurt rehearsed battle drills and practiced responding to hazardous materials incidents during a 14-day training exercise here recently.
- New global network to reshape Army Army News 19 Jan 2010 -- Through an enterprise network architecture, the Army seeks to increase standardization in vehicles and tactical operations centers, or TOCs, diminishing the amount of cables, screens and terminals required in each.
- F-15 rewire flight to save money, manhours AFNS 19 Jan 2010 -- A new rewire flight at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is playing a key role in keeping the aging F-15 Eagle flying for years to come.
- This year can be ‘historic’ for progress on disarmament – Secretary-General UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced optimism that 2010 will be a “historic year” for progress on disarmament and non-proliferation goals, vowing to press ahead with efforts to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction.
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 1/19/10 The White House 19 Jan 2010
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Jan 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for January 19, 2010
- Boeing, Oto Melara Sign Contract for SDB Co-production in Italy Boeing 19 Jan 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has signed a $34 million contract with Italian defense company Oto Melara to co-produce the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I (SDB I) weapon system for the Italian Air Force.
- Key Sensor Delivered to NPOESS Preparatory Project Northrop Grumman 19 Jan 2010 -- The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) kicked off the new year with the delivery of a critical sensor, the Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).
- Boeing Awarded Long-Term Support Contract for Australia's Wedgetail 737 AEW&C Program Boeing 19 Jan 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has been awarded a five-year In-Service Support contract for Project Wedgetail, Australia's 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program. The contract from Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation is worth approximately US$600 million.
- BAE SYSTEMS PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION ON FIRST TEST FLIGHT OF COYOTE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM BAE Systems 19 Jan 2010 -- BAE Systems, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has completed the first successful test flight of its small, electric-powered Coyote unmanned aircraft system. The system deployed in midair from a 3-foot-long sonobuoy dropped from a P-3 aircraft.
- Sagem wins French government contract for Version 5 of the SLPRM mission planning system for French combat aircraft Sagem (Safran group) 19 Jan 2010 -- In late December 2009, French defense procurement agency DGA announced the contract award to Sagem (Safran group) for the development and supply of SLPRM V5, including three years of system maintenance services.
- Thales Selected by U.S. Marine Corps to Provide Vehicular Communications Equipment Thales 19 Jan 2010 -- Thales Communications, Inc., a pioneer and global leader in the development, manufacture, and support of multiband, software-defined radio (SDR) equipment, announces the award of two contracts by the Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) to provide Cradle Vehicle Adapters (CVAs) for the U.S. Marine Corps. Under these contracts, Thales will deliver 11,000 50-Watt CVAs to the Marine Corps for use with previously-purchased Thales AN/PRC-148 JTRS approved radios. These contracts were awarded under the Consolidated, Interim, Single-Channel Handheld Radio (CISCHR) contract.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 Jan 2010
- DR Congo: UN official visits new military operation to ensure civilian protection UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been visiting the war-torn east of the vast country for talks on reinforcing the protection of civilians within the context of a new anti-rebel operation launched by the national army with UN support.
- UN agency says 63,000 Somalis already uprooted by fighting this year UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- An estimated 63,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Somalia in just the first few weeks of this year due to ongoing fighting, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
- UN envoy in Sudan to leave post at end of next month UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- The top United Nations envoy in Sudan has announced he will step down from the post at the end of next month after more than two years in the African nation.
- Thousands Of Somalis Continue To Flee Fighting VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- The UN refugee agency says more than 60,000 people in Somalia have fled their homes since the beginning of the year. The UNHCR says the number of Somali casualties and displaced civilians continues to grow as fighting in central areas of Somalia rages.
- SOMALIA: IDPs on the run again as fighting hits Beletweyne IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- Thousands of internally displaced in Somalia's central town of Beletweyne are on the move again following 10 days of fighting between rival Islamist militias, amid reports of continuing heavy shelling in parts of the town.
- SRI LANKA: Election fears rise on increased violence IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- Concerns are rising that Sri Lanka’s presidential election will be undermined after the deaths of four people in a spate of campaign-related violence in the past week, say election monitors.
- Supreme Leader invites nation to transparency, cautions against double-standards IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Tuesday called on the Iranian nation at large and the Islamic Revolution loyalists in particular to clarify stances and avoid double-standards.
- Iran defense capability belongs to entire regional states: Minister IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- Defense minister said Tuesday that Iran’s defense capability is for deterrent purpose and Iran is ready to share its experience in this field with all the regional states.
- Supreme Leader Claims Iran Remains United Against 'Outside' Threat VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the opposition to distance itself from the Islamic Republic's Western enemies. The statement comes as anti-government protesters are expected to try to take to the streets again on February 11, when Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
- MIDDLE EAST: Next steps for Iraqi refugees IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- An 18 January meeting in Damascus of over 50 NGOs and host country government representatives has mapped out the next steps in providing vital assistance and protection for Iraqi refugees across the Middle East.
- UN to focus more on social, economic development in Iraq IRNA 19 Jan 2010 -- United Nations efforts to help Iraq continue to evolve with the war-torn country’s progress as the government is now seeking increasing support for social and economic development in the years to come, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said Tuesday.
- Canada Terror Plotter Sentenced To Life In Prison RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- The leader of a terrorist plot to set off truck bombs targeting symbolic Canadian targets has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in Canada.
- No Decision Yet in Extradition Request for Suspected Indonesian Terrorist Hambali VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- A U.S. diplomat says no decision has been made on Indonesia's request on the trial of a leading Indonesian terrorism suspect. Recent news reports say the United States has rejected the request to send Riduan Isamuddin, known as Hambali, to Jakarta for trial and plans to try him in Washington.
- Russia To Send Envoy To Ukraine, Ending Freeze RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- Russia today finalized the appointment of its ambassador to Ukraine, ending a five-month diplomatic freeze with Kyiv.
- Russia hopes new Ukraine leader will not use ties for own ambition RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed the hope on Tuesday that Ukraine's next president will not play politics with relations between Kiev and Moscow.
- LAOS: UNHCR still seeking access to deported Lao Hmong IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says it still has no access to more than 4,000 Lao Hmong deported from Thailand three weeks ago amid an international furore.
- SWAZILAND: Agricultural input subsidies, perhaps IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- Swaziland's government is planning to subsidize agricultural inputs to boost food production in the consistently food insecure country.
- LIBERIA: Urban gardens to boost food security IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- Farmers are turning to urban gardens as a way to boost food security in Liberia’s Montserrado County, where just one percent of residents grow their own produce today compared to 70 percent before the war.
- Turkey Calls Armenian High Court Ruling ‘Unacceptable’ RFE/RL 19 Jan 2010 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the formal ruling handed down on January 12 by the Armenian Constitutional Court approving the protocols signed by the two countries on establishing and developing formal diplomatic relations.
- Guinea: Ban welcomes steps to restore constitutional order UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed recent strides made towards restoring constitutional order in Guinea, which has been gripped by unrest since Government forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at a rally last year, killing at least 150 people.
- Veteran Politician Chosen as Guinea's New Prime Minister VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- Guinea's acting military leader has chosen a veteran politician to be the country's new prime minister, as part of a transitional government leading to elections in June.
- UN encouraged by Lebanon’s political progress, says senior official UN News Centre 19 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations is “very encouraged” by political progress made in Lebanon since a new government was formed late last year, a senior official with the world body told the Lebanese Foreign Minister today.
- ECOWAS Will Help Guinea Organize Credible Elections, Says Official VOA 19 Jan 2010 -- An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional body is ready to help Guinea organize a credible election within the next six months.
- GLOBAL: UN gives $100 million to ‘neglected emergencies' IRIN 19 Jan 2010 -- The UN on 18 January allotted US$100 million to 14 “neglected emergencies”, where significant humanitarian needs remain but funding is scarce.
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