08 February 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Feb 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: February 7 AFNS 08 Feb 2010
- Airpower Summary: February 6 AFNS 08 Feb 2010
- Airpower Summary: February 5 AFNS 08 Feb 2010
- Airpower Summary: February 4 AFNS 08 Feb 2010
- Thousands Flee Ahead of NATO Offensive in Southern Afghanistan VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- NATO commanders in Afghanistan say a planned military offensive in a southern Taliban stronghold is meant to defeat the militants and win the support of the population.
- AFGHANISTAN: Fleeing on foot at night IRIN 08 Feb 2010 -- Hundreds of civilian families are fleeing parts of Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, ahead of a major military operation by foreign and Afghan forces.
- Afghan deaths reaches UK toll in 1982 Falklands war IRNA 08 Feb 2010 -- Britain’s death toll in Afghanistan has become equal to the bloodiest conflict suffered by UK troops since World War II following the killing of two more soldiers in Helmand province.
- Helmand Refugees Fleeing Ahead Of Anti-Taliban Offensive RFE/RL 08 Feb 2010 -- Hundreds of Afghan families have been fleeing Taliban-controlled territory in the southern Afghan province of Helmand ahead of an expected offensive by NATO and Afghan government troops.
- NMCB 74 Electricians Provide Electric Life Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74's construction electricians' expertise helps maintain quality of life in Helmand Province.
- Press Conference on Situation in Haiti United Nations 08 Feb 2010
- UN faces race against time and weather to obtain hazard-proof shelters for Haiti UN News Centre 08 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations said today it is racing against time to bring in hazard-resistant tents for Haiti’s earthquake victims before the rainy season starts, provide sufficient agricultural input to save the next planting season, and raise greatly increased funding to support the effort.
- Port-au-Prince Aftercare Facility Receives First Comfort Patients Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- Patients who recently received treatment aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived at an intermediate aftercare facility (IAF) in Port-au-Prince Feb. 5 for post-operative treatment for injuries sustained during the devastating earthqauke.
- U.S. Army South first responders return from Haiti Army News 08 Feb 2010 -- Hours after the earthquake struck Haiti, members of U.S. Army South's Humanitarian Assistance Survey team were notified that they would be departing for Port-au-Prince the next day.
- Seabees Support Relief Efforts in Port-au-Prince Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- Navy Seabees, deployed from Little Creek Amphibious Base, Va., built three tents Jan. 27 at the Quisqueya Christian School to help store medical supplies and provide more space for staffers sleep.
- Bataan, 22nd MEU HACC Coordinates Relief Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- Ships from Bataan Amphibious Relief Mission along with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived off the coast of Haiti in January and established the Humanitarian Assistance Coordination Center (HACC) to help respond to relief efforts.
- Project HOPE Lends a Helping Hand in Haiti Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- Doctors and nurses with Project HOPE (Help Opportunities for People Everywhere) joined 33 fellow volunteers aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Feb. 4 to help provide medical services to victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti earlier this year.
- Patients Return to Haiti After Comfort Care Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- As of Feb. 2, more than 350 medical patients have been transferred or discharged from the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) following treatment for critical injuries sustained during a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
- Navy Region Southeast Supports Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- Commander, Navy Region Southeast activated its crisis action team Jan. 14 following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, to offer direct support to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - the Navy installation closest to the disaster.
- 480th ISR Wing Airmen aid Haiti recovery AFNS 08 Feb 2010 -- Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Airmen have been processing images since Jan. 14 to aid humanitarian efforts in Haiti.
- Haiti: UN agricultural agency kick starts irrigation clearing programme UN News Centre 08 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations agricultural agency has launched a scheme for some 600 Haitians affected by the Caribbean country’s devastating earthquake to quickly clear irrigation canals in a bid to save this season’s bean and maize crops, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) announced today.
- Guard Responds in Record D.C. Snowfall AFPS 08 Feb 2010 -- Members of the District of Columbia National Guard have been on the job through an historic snowstorm and post-storm cleanup, supporting emergency response efforts and more in the nation's capital.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Statement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the Death of Congressman Jack Murtha DoD 08 Feb 2010
- US Congressman John Murtha Dead at 77 VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Representative John Murtha, a key pro-defense Democrat who during 36 years in the U.S. House of Representatives became one of the most powerful members of Congress, died on Monday at age 77 of complications from surgery.
- Navy Leadership Bids Farewell to Representative Murtha Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Navy leadership expressed today their deepest condolence for the death of Representative John Murtha (D-PA) at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va.
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and French Minister of Defense Herve Morin DoD 08 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Secretary Gates' Remarks after Meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in France DoD 08 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Macedonian officials visit Ramstein to advance partnerships, integration AFNS 08 Feb 2010 -- Ramstein Air Base officials hosted three officers from the Republic of Macedonia army Jan. 26 to 28 to help them enhance future operations and achieve mission success.
- Air Cav. Medics engage in mass casualty exercise Army News 08 Feb 2010 -- Everywhere the medics looked, another casualty was found; some missing limbs, others suffering penetrating chest wounds or head trauma.
- Colombia and U.S. Army South work to treat more than 5,100 patients Army News 08 Feb 2010 -- Much needed specialized and general medical treatment was provided to the people of Colombia during a Medical Training and Readiness Exercise from Jan 25 to Feb 3. At the invitation of the Colombian Government, Army Soldiers from U.S. Army South and the Army Reserve provided medical treatment at La Macarena and San Vicente del Caguan, Colombia.
- Fighting As One Force: Joint Fires training graduates learn invaluable lessons Army News 08 Feb 2010 -- Graduates of the Joint Operational Fires and Effects Course at the Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Okla., say the center has provided them with invaluable training and information for using joint lethal and non-lethal Fires and effects in today's fight. Service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps graduated from the course at Snow Hall, February 5.
- IMCOM-E postal transformation continues; 6 new PSCs slated throughout Europe in 2010 Army News 08 Feb 2010 -- Six more postal facilities across Europe are scheduled to be transformed into postal service centers in 2010 keeping Installation Management Command-Europe's postal transformation efforts moving full steam ahead.
- USS Georgia Gold Crew Returns Home Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2010 -- Sailors from USS Georgia (SSGN 729) Gold Crew were greeted by family and friends as they arrived at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 8.
- Coast Guard terminates LORAN-C signal US Coast Guard 08 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Coast Guard terminated broadcast of the North American Long Range Navigation-C signal at 3 p.m. Monday with the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center in Alexandria, Va., coordinating the shutdown.
- Iran develops air defense system comparable to Russia's S-300 RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran has developed its own air defense system comparable to and even more sophisticated than the Russian S-300 system, the IRNA news agency said Monday, citing an Iranian military official.
- Iran builds own aerial drones with strike capabilities RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran started on Monday production of two domestically-developed unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering high-precision bombing strikes and performing reconnaissance missions, the Fars news agency said.
- Russia lends Sri Lanka $300 mln for arms purchases RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Russia and Sri Lanka signed on Monday a $300 million loan to buy armaments and dual-purpose technology for Sri Lanka's military, Russia's deputy finance minister said.
- BAE SYSTEMS AWARDED $32 MILLION CONTRACT TO RESET M113 VEHICLES BAE Systems 08 Feb 2010 -- BAE Systems received a $32 million contract modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management command to reset 417 M113 vehicles, one of the most widely used combat vehicles in the world.
- Boeing to Continue Providing F/A-18 Engineering Services to Royal Australian Air Force Boeing 08 Feb 2010 -- Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has been awarded a $1.5 million contract for the provision of engineering support services for the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) fleet of F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft.
- Boeing's 4th WGS Satellite Passes Key Integration Milestone Boeing 08 Feb 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] in late December successfully integrated the satellite bus and payload module for the fourth of six Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force.
- Team K-MAX Demonstrates Successful Unmanned Helicopter Cargo Resupply to U.S. Marine Corps Lockheed Martin 08 Feb 2010 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] and Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation [NASDAQ GS: KAMN] have successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Marine Corps the capability of the Unmanned K-MAX® helicopter to resupply troops by unmanned helicopter at forward operating bases in Afghanistan.
- Thales to provide self-protection systems for French forces' EC725 Caracal Thales 08 Feb 2010 -- Thales announced today that it has won a contract to supply eight self-protection systems to equip Eurocopter’s EC725 Caracal helicopters ordered by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) in 2009. Thales will also integrate these systems on the aircraft.
- Belgian Navy orders Thales sensors Thales 08 Feb 2010 -- Thales's innovative I-Mast 100 will be on display at this week's Pacific 2010 international maritime exposition in Sydney, demonstrating the company's leading international position in naval sensor systems.
- U.S.-South Korean Exercise Debuts Lockheed Martin Simulation Program Lockheed Martin 08 Feb 2010 -- Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Warfighters’ Simulation (WARSIM) program delivered realistic division Warfighter results during its debut in a recent command post exercise conducted by the U.S. Army’s Second Infantry Division (2ID) and the Republic of Korea Army.
- Oshkosh Defense Receives $84 Million Award for M-ATV Armor Kits Oshkosh 08 Feb 2010 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today that its Defense division received an award valued at more than $84 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to supply more than 625 add-on armor kits for the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV).
- BAE SYSTEMS COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT TEST OF PERSISTENT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM TO PROTECT U.S. ARMY SOLDIERS BAE Systems 08 Feb 2010 -- BAE Systems has completed the initial flight test of a new real-time persistent surveillance capability for U.S. combat forces to detect, locate, track and monitor events on battlefields and in urban areas - providing significantly greater video coverage over current airborne capabilities.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Feb 2010
- Kashmir Avalanche Buries India Army Soldiers VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- At least 17 Indian Army personnel were killed when an avalanche hit a training sub camp in the mountains of Kashmir. About a dozen injured soldiers have been rescued.
- Outgoing UN envoy urges Sudanese to press ahead in 2010 on critical issues UN News Centre 08 Feb 2010 -- The outgoing United Nations envoy in Sudan has lauded recent developments in the country’s electoral process, and urged the parties to the north-south peace agreement to press ahead during what will be a crucial year for the nation.
- Abbas Mulls Indirect Peace Talks with Israel VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is considering indirect peace talks with Israel that would be mediated by the United States and focus on border issues.
- Yemeni Humanitarian Crisis Deepens VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- For families fleeing the war in northern Yemen, options are shrinking. The capital Sanaa hosts more than 10,000 displaced people, and most live packed into dirty stone rooms without enough food, water or medical care. Heather Murdock reports for VOA from the outskirts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa.
- Terror Attacks Continue to Traumatize Somalis VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- In recent years, the rise of the militant al-Shabab group in Somalia, an al-Qaida ally fighting to implement its ultraconservative version of Islam in the Horn of Africa, has been accompanied by suicide and roadside bombings that have horrified Somalis, even those long accustomed to violence.
- Somali Capital Braces for All-Out War VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Remaining residents within Somalia's battle-torn capital are fleeing as rebel and government forces prepare for new clashes. The Western-backed Mogadishu government has announced its intention of launching an offensive against the Islamist opposition.
- DRC: Security beefed up for North Kivu IDPs IRIN 08 Feb 2010 -- Internally displaced people (IDPs) are still being abducted by armed groups for forced labour in several territories in North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) even as authorities beef up security in IDP camps, officials said.
- SOMALIA: Bomb survivors tend to IDPs IRIN 08 Feb 2010 -- A bomb explosion was the last thing Abdiqani Sheikh Omar, 26, expected on his graduation day, after six years of studying medicine at Somalia's Benadir University in the capital, Mogadishu.
- Hamas leader says no future for Mideast peace talks RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- The leader of the radical Palestinian group Hamas said on Monday he sees no prospect whatsoever in peace talks in the Middle East as Israel is led by warmongers.
- Dozens of Palestinians injured as Israelis raid refugee camp RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Israel police injured dozens of Palestinians in violence that broke out after they raided a refugee camp on the edge of Jerusalem on Monday, a Palestinian news agency reported.
- ICC dismisses charges against Darfurian rebel leader for lack of evidence UN News Centre 08 Feb 2010 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) today declined to confirm the charges made against a rebel leader accused of directing the September 2007 attack that killed a dozen African Union peacekeepers in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, citing a lack of evidence.
- Gates: Iran’s Nuclear Program Puts Middle East in Danger AFPS 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran’s continuing nuclear development program only serves to put the Middle East in danger of nuclear weapons proliferation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
- Iranian Atomic Plans Bring New Calls for Sanctions VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- International pressure is growing for new sanctions against Iran following Tehran's announcement that it intends to step up its enrichment of uranium.
- Supreme Leader: Unified Iranian nation to stun arrogance on Feb 11 IRNA 08 Feb 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Commander in Chief of Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that the unified Iranian nation will stun the global arrogance on February 11 rallies marking Islamic Revolution anniversary.
- Iran notifies UN watchdog of higher uranium enrichment plans RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran has notified the UN nuclear watchdog of plans to produce higher enriched uranium, the country's envoy to the body said on Monday as world powers consider new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
- Iran Orders Boost in Uranium Enrichment VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran says it has informed the U.N. nuclear agency it plans to further enrich its uranium in defiance of international demands that it stop. Iran's processing program would likely need reconfiguring first, prompting speculation the announcement may have more to do with nuclear negotiations with the West than imminent enrichment.
- Soltaniyeh: Iran informs IAEA of 20% enriched uranium production IRNA 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh said on Monday that Iran has officially informed IAEA of its intention to producte 20 percent enriched uranium to meet its required nuclear fuel.
- Iranian move to step up uranium enrichment worries UN nuclear chief UN News Centre 08 Feb 2010 -- The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog expressed concern at Iran’s announcement today that it will step up its enrichment of uranium, with the country having still not signed an international agreement on fuel for its civilian nuclear research site in the capital, Tehran.
- Preparing For 1979 Anniversary: Internet Disruption And New Dumpsters RFE/RL 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran observers say you can tell the Islamic republic is getting ready for more street protests when the Internet is disrupted and the text-messaging system is down. And dozens of activists and intellectuals are being arrested preemptively
- Iran 'Informs IAEA' Of Enrichment Plan, Sparking Condemnation RFE/RL 08 Feb 2010 -- Iran has formally informed the UN nuclear agency that it will start on February 9 to further enrich uranium stockpiles to a level of 20 percent, further fueling Western concerns that Tehran is secretly seeking a nuclear bomb-making capacity.
- Moscow warns Tehran over uranium enrichment plans RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Tehran could face tougher economic sanctions if it goes ahead with its uranium enrichment plans, a senior Russian MP said on Monday.
- Gates Hopes Iran Sanctions Will Avoid Military Action VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he hopes strong international sanctions on Iran will forestall the need for a military strike designed to end the country's chances of developing a nuclear weapon. Gates spoke in Paris, where he and his French counterpart Herve Morin agreed it is time for sanctions after months of diplomatic overtures from the West have not had any impact on Iranian leaders.
- UN political chief heads to DPR Korea for talks with senior officials UN News Centre 08 Feb 2010 -- The top United Nations political official will arrive in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) tomorrow for talks with senior Government officials after wrapping up meetings in Beijing and Seoul.
- Egypt to build its first nuclear power plant RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Egypt will build its first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean coastal town of El-Dabaa, reviving the country's civilian nuclear power program after more than two decades, the El-Ahram newspaper said on Monday.
- Al-Qaida Threatens to Attack US Interests 'Everywhere' VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- The deputy leader of the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida has called for new attacks on U.S. interests.
- Egyptian Police Arrest Top Muslim Brotherhood Figures VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Egyptian police have arrested a number of top figures in the banned Muslim Brotherhood, less than a month after the group elected new leaders.
- Space Shuttle Endeavour Heads to International Space Station VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in the southeastern U.S. state of Florida before dawn, bound for the International Space Station
- NASA Endeavor shuttle reaches orbit RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- The NASA Endeavor space shuttle that was launched on Monday on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has successfully reached low-Earth orbit.
- Yanukovych Heads To Victory In Ukrainian Presidential Election RFE/RL 08 Feb 2010 -- In what appears to be a stunning reversal of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, pro-Moscow opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych looks set to win the country's presidential election.
- Yanukovych wins Ukraine presidential vote, loses room for maneuver RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- Viktor Yanukovych's narrow victory over archrival Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the presidential runoff is likely to give him Ukraine's top job, but not a free hand to carry out his plans, analysts said on Monday.
- Presidential polls split Ukraine into east and west RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- The gap between opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has narrowed to 2% and continues to fall rapidly following Sunday's presidential runoff in Ukraine, while preliminary statistics show several regions supporting one of the two candidates almost unanimously.
- Ukraine polls free of 'mass irregularities' - EU monitors RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2010 -- There have been no reports of extensive breaches of voting procedure at Ukraine's presidential polls runoff, the chief of the EU monitoring mission said on Monday.
- Yanukovych Claims Win in Ukraine; Tymoshenko Won't Concede VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Nearly complete election results show Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych winning a narrow victory in Sunday's run-off presidential election.
- Former Sri Lankan Army chief arrested IRNA 08 Feb 2010 -- Former Sri Lankan Army chief and defeated presidential poll candidate Sarath Fonseka was arrested late evening Monday in Colombo.
- Costa Rica Elects First Woman President VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Ruling party candidate Laura Chinchilla has become Costa Rica's first woman president with a landslide victory in Sunday's voting.
- Ban appeals for post-election restraint in Sri Lanka as challenger arrested UN News Centre 08 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reiterating his appeal to all parties in Sri Lanka and their supporters to show restraint and refrain from violence after the reported arrest of the defeated opposition presidential candidate.
- GLOBAL: Humanitarian system gets a “B-minus” IRIN 08 Feb 2010 -- The emergency aid industry has improved but must try harder, according to the broadest ever assessment of its performance.
- Ivory Coast Elections Could be Delayed Again VOA 08 Feb 2010 -- Controversy over the voter list in Ivory Coast is threatening to once again push back long-delayed presidential elections. Election-related protests erupted around Ivory Coast this past week.
- Successful launch for Tranquility Node and Cupola, developed by Thales Alenia Space Thales 08 Feb 2010 -- Shuttle Endeavour lifted off this morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the STS-130 mission with the Node 3 and Cupola on board – a module and a workstation both fully built in Thales Alenia Space’s plant in Turin.
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