12 February 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Feb 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: February 9 AFNS 12 Feb 2010
- Multi-faceted effort keeps KC-10s on the move for deployed operations AFNS 12 Feb 201
- Forces in Iraq Target Iranian-backed Terrorists AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors have arrested more than two dozen suspected terrorists and killed others during a series of operations in the past two days to break up terrorist groups in Iraq, military officials reported.
- Georgia National Guard unit departs for Iraq Army News 12 Feb 2010 -- Ninety Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, were honored with a sendoff ceremony at the Neal Fitness Center on Fort Gillem Feb. 15 in recognition of their scheduled deployment to Iraq in March.
- Red Devils open joint training range with Iraqi Army partners Army News 12 Feb 2010 -- Sharp gunfire cracked the mid-morning silence at Camp Hamza, Jan. 21, as U.S. paratroopers from the 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, tested their skills at a new firing range.
- Local trucking company assists small Army bases Army News 12 Feb 2010 -- The small bases in Iraq, known as spokes to the larger bases' hubs, survive on the logistics and sustainment support from those nearby hubs.
- U.S.-Led Forces Launch Major Afghan Offensive RFE/RL 12 Feb 2010 -- NATO and Afghan troops today swept into Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Province in the biggest joint military offensive since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban.
- Seabees Bring More Support to Surge in Afghanistan Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2010 -- Two additional battalions of U.S. Navy Seabees are being deployed to Afghanistan in support of the 30,000 troop surge ordered by President Barack Obama in December 2009.
- NATO Launches Offensive in Southern Afghanistan VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- U.S.-led NATO troops have launched a major offensive in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, a major Taliban stronghold.
- Advance Warning of Afghan Offensive Part of Strategy VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- Allied officials in Afghanistan announced the operation around the town of Marjah in Helmand Province more than a week ago. VOA's Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon the announcement was a particularly creative part of the strategy being implemented by the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal.
- Afghan, International Force Kills Enemy Fighters AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- An Afghan-international joint security force killed more than 20 enemy militants and captured more than five others during an operation today in Afghanistan’s Farah province in pursuit of a Taliban commander believed to responsible for organizing suicide-bombing attacks.
- U.S. Forces Prepare for Assault on Taliban Stronghold AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- VideoU.S. forces in the Marja region of Afghanistan are engaged in a series of missions to prime the Taliban stronghold before a massive assault that’s expected soon, defense officials said today.
- Seabees Bring More Support to Afghanistan Surge AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- Two additional battalions of U.S. Navy Seabees are being deployed to Afghanistan in support of the 30,000-troop surge ordered by President Barack Obama in December.
- Taliban Claims Responsibility for Bombing VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- Taliban forces claimed responsibility Friday for a suicide bombing that wounded several U.S. soldiers.
- Two bomb blats kill 15 policemen in Pakistan’s northwest IRNA 12 Feb 2010 -- Two bomb attacks on a police station in a Pakistani northwestern city Thursday killed at least 15 policemen and civilians, doctors said.
- US, Pakistan discuss fight against militancy IRNA 12 Feb 2010 -- US National Security Advisor, General James Jones, Friday called on President, Asif Ali Zardari, and discussed security situation in the region, drone attacks and fight against militancy, presidential spokesman said.
- Press Conference on Situation in Haiti United Nations 12 Feb 2010
- Airmen provide care, compassion to people of Haiti AFNS 12 Feb 2010 -- A cement truck rumbles by a group of uniformed Airmen, kicking up a cloud of dust. Unfazed, the group reaches into a waiting van and begins to walk a stretcher toward a group of light-brown tents. It's only 11:30 a.m., but the team has already done this exercise half a dozen times in the sweltering heat this February morning. As soon as the man is inside, nurses, technicians, Airmen and Sailors acting as translators swarm the bed and begin to work.
- Maritime Civil Affairs Team Aboard Bataan Coordinates Aid Distribution Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2010 -- Members from the U.S. Navy Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 207, embarked aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), met with members of the Haitian Coast Guard Feb. 10 in Carrefour, Haiti, to facilitate the distribution of U.S.-provided humanitarian relief supplies through Haitian authorities.
- Carter Hall Doctors, Corpsmen Join International Team at Field Hospital Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2010 -- Navy doctors, hospital corpsmen and other Sailors assigned to USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) joined a team of international doctors at a field hospital in Leogane, Haiti, to provide primary medical and dental care to the Haitian people as their country recovers in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake.
- Fort Lee Quartermasters Deploy More Soldiers to Haiti Army News 12 Feb 2010 -- A second wave of Fort Lee Soldiers made their final preparations for deployment to Haiti as a potentially record breaking snowstorm plagued much of the east coast.
- One month after the quake, UN officials in Haiti find picture becoming clearer UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- One month after Haiti was torn apart by an earthquake, the scale of the disaster is still becoming apparent, the United Nations aid chief said today as he stressed that finding adequate shelter and sanitation remain the greatest challenges of the relief effort.
- Airmen, Soldiers Continue Deliveries to Haiti AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- Airmen and soldiers assigned here and at Fort Lee, Va., loaded nearly 70 tons of gear and supplies and more than 70 soldiers aboard two C-17 Globemaster III transports Feb. 8 and 9 in support of Operation Unified Response in Haiti.
- UN alarmed at lack of global support for Haiti’s immediate agricultural needs UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- United Nations agencies voiced alarm today at the lack of global support for Haiti's immediate agricultural needs, such as seed and fertilizers to ensure food from the next planting season, while stressing that disaster mitigation techniques must figure fully in the country’s reconstruction from last month’s devastating earthquake.
- Airmen continue to fly Predator missions over Haiti AFNS 12 Feb 2010 -- Members of the 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron continue to maintain RQ-1 Predators from here and Creech Air Force Base, Nev., to provide reconnaissance to troops helping with Haiti relief efforts in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Guard Brushes Off From 'Blizzard' of Callouts AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- More than 3,000 National Guard members in eight states continue to assist in the massive recovery efforts after back-to-back, history-making winter storms crippled the mid-Atlantic region this week.
- D.C. Guard Completes 500 Blizzard Missions AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- Soldiers and airmen of the District of Columbia National Guard continue to help in the wake of back-to-back storms that dumped several feet of snow on the nation’s capital.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Army Makes FMTV Competitive Re-buy Contract Award Decision DoD 12 Feb 2010 -- The Department of the Army announced today that it has re-evaluated the contract award decision for its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) originally made on Aug. 26, 2009.
- Troops Carry Out ‘Cool’ Mission in Antarctica AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- While the U.S. East Coast feels the closest it has come in many years to "extreme" weather, some servicemembers are facing real cold as they support the National Science Foundation's efforts in Antarctica.
- Lynn Seeks Ways to Strengthen U.S.-Australia Pact AFPS 12 Feb 2010 -- Australia is already one of America’s strongest allies, and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III will visit the nation to see how the alliance can become even stronger.
- Army begins planning for annual integrated capabilities event Army News 12 Feb 2010 -- U.S. scientists, engineers and technology developers from government, industry and academia gathered at Gibbs Hall, Feb. 2-4, to begin preparations for an Army-sponsored, integrated technology event.
- Surface Forces Announces 2009 Battle "E" Winners Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2010 -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces has announced the winners of the Navy Battle "E" Award for 2009.
- Truman Wins Second Consecutive Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2010 -- Crew members aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) were awarded a second consecutive Battle Efficiency Award Feb. 10.
- Essex Completes Successful Cobra Gold 2010 Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2010 -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex successfully completed exercise Cobra Gold 2010 (CG 10) Feb. 11 operating in the Gulf of Thailand and surrounding waters.
- Bataan Earns 2009 Battle "E" Award Navy NewsStand 12 Feb 2010 -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) awarded the crew of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) with the 2009 Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle "E") Feb. 11.
- Spear phishers target military members at home, work AFNS 12 Feb 2010 -- Information warfare was around long before the computer. Even in the days of homing pigeons, adversaries would attempt to intercept each other's messages to gain an advantage.
- Soldiers in Iraq prepare for stateside hurricanes Army News 12 Feb 2010 -- While the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), prepares to re-deploy in early March, it simultaneously prepares for its stateside mission should a hurricane hit the Mississippi gulf coast.
- Airborne laser testbed successful in lethal intercept experiment AFNS 12 Feb 2010 -- Missile Defense Agency officials demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile Feb. 11 over the Pacific Ocean.
- U.S. in talks with Bulgaria on missile shield RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2010 -- The United States is holding informal talks with Bulgaria on hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield on its soil, the U.S. ambassador to the Balkan country said Friday.
- India to test fire 5,000 km range missile within a year IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- India to test fire 5,000 km range nuclear-capable Surface-to-Surface Agni missile within a year, said Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- Russian 5th-generation fighter makes 2nd flight RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2010 -- Russia's prototype fifth-generation fighter has made a second test flight in the Far East, a Defense Ministry official told RIA Novosti on Friday.
- NATO head congratulates Yanukovych, pushes closer ties with Kiev RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2010 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday congratulated Viktor Yanukovych on his election as Ukrainian president and said the alliance wanted closer ties with Ukraine.
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/12/10 The White House 12 Feb 2010
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 Feb 2010
- Northrop Grumman and U.S. Air Force's Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Continues Round-the-Clock Reconnaissance in Haiti Northrop Grumman 12 Feb 2010 -- The RQ-4 Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) premier unmanned reconnaissance aircraft system, continues its persistent watch over Haiti.
- General Dynamics Awarded $387 Million Training Support Contract by the U.S. Army General Dynamics 12 Feb 2010 -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract for Constructive Training Systems support by the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
- Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Air Force Advanced Information Management During Bold Quest Exercise Northrop Grumman 12 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has demonstrated airborne information management capabilities supporting tactical operations under an Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) contract.
- Thales announces significant Sonar 2076 upgrade Thales 12 Feb 2010 -- Thales UK today announces that it has been awarded a contract by BAE Systems to upgrade three Trafalgar-class and three Astute-class submarines with the Sonar 2076 Stage 5 system. 100212_ Sonar 2076 upgrade PR
- U.S. Army Affirms FMTV Contract Award To Oshkosh Corporation Oshkosh 12 Feb 2010 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) today announced the U.S. Army has affirmed the contract award to the Company, originally received on Aug. 26, 2009, to produce the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV).
- Boeing Airborne Laser Testbed Team Destroys Boosting Ballistic Missile Boeing 12 Feb 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Feb. 11 successfully demonstrated the speed, precision and breakthrough potential of directed-energy weapons when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) engaged and destroyed a boosting ballistic missile.
- Lockheed Martin-Built System Aims Laser In Successful Lethal Demonstration Against Ballistic Missile Target Lockheed Martin 12 Feb 2010 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that the Beam Control/Fire Control system for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully aimed the High Energy Laser beam in an experiment Feb. 11, in which a boosting ballistic missile target was destroyed.
- Two Northrop Grumman Laser Systems Help Airborne Laser Testbed Turn Science Fiction Into Fact Northrop Grumman 12 Feb 2010 -- The Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) transitioned from science fiction to directed energy fact Feb. 11 when it put a lethal amount of 'light on target' to destroy a boosting ballistic missile with help from a megawatt-class laser developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 Feb 2010
- Successful UN peace operations must consider their exit at the outset, say top officials UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- United Nations officials today stressed the need to consider the exit strategy of a peacekeeping operation – whether large and multidimensional, or small and specialized – at the start of the mission so it can contribute to lasting peace and ensure a successful transition when it leaves.
- Secretary-General welcomes reported ceasefire in northern Yemen UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by news of a ceasefire agreement having been struck in northern Yemen, where 250,000 civilians have been uprooted since clashes in the country erupted in 2004.
- UN on alert as Côte d’Ivoire halts voter registration due to tensions UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about events in Côte d’Ivoire, where the Government has suspended voter registration ahead of this year’s already delayed presidential election because of rising tensions.
- Cautious Optimism in Yemen, as Cease-Fire Quiets War VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- The fighting in northern Yemen appears to have stopped for the first time in six months, after the government and the rebel army announced a cease-fire last night.
- DRC: Militias causing increased havoc in northeast IRIN 12 Feb 2010 -- Eight months after the end of joint military operations by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, many parts of Orientale Province, in northeastern DRC, are still in turmoil, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
- NIGERIA: Jos displaced dread return IRIN 12 Feb 2010 -- Some 15,400 people who fled violence in the central Nigerian city of Jos remain displaced three weeks later and despite dire living conditions, many do not plan to return and rebuild their destroyed homes.
- Roadblocks remain in quest to achieve Middle East peace, says Ban UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- Daunting challenges remain in the search for lasting peace in the Middle East, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for the prompt resumption of political talks and the swift delivery of concrete results.
- UN agency ramping up aid efforts as clashes drive more Somalis from capital UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations refugee agency is stepping up efforts to provide emergency relief to civilians displaced by the latest surge in fighting in the Somali capital, where some 24 people have reportedly been killed and another 40 injured since Wednesday.
- Parties to Western Sahara dispute commit to further UN-backed talks UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- The parties in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara have wrapped up two days of United Nations-backed talks in upstate New York by reiterating their commitment to continue their negotiations as soon as possible.
- China Urges Obama to Cancel Planned Dalai Lama Meeting VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- China is urging the US government to cancel plans for President Barack Obama to meet next week with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
- Supreme Leader thanks nation for 10s of million strong presence in Feb 11 marches IRNA 12 Feb 2010 -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday thanked Iranians for their tens of million turnout in Bahman 22 (February 11) rallies, marking the 31st triumph anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.
- 10s of Million attend Feb 11 rallies IRNA 12 Feb 2010 -- Tens of million Iranians poured into streets on February 11 to renew allegiance with the lofty ideals of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.
- In Iran, A Government Show Of Force And An Opposition Display Of Courage -- Who Won And Who Lost? RFE/RL 12 Feb 2010 -- The Iranian government went on the offensive on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, using the opportunity to flout international efforts to rein its nuclear ambitions and stymie internal dissent with a massive show of force.
- Iran's Opposition Must Take Back The Initiative RFE/RL 12 Feb 2010 -- For weeks, millions of Iranians and people around the world were waiting with anticipation to see if massive street protests would be repeated in Iran, and whether once again the fragility of the Islamic republic would be proven.
- Ebadi Appeals For International Help To Counter Iran 'Tragedy' RFE/RL 12 Feb 2010 -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has called for urgent international help to counter a growing list of rights abuses in her native Iran.
- Iran's Supreme Leader Lauds Turnout at Anniversary Rally VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has praised the massive turnout for Thrusday's government-backed rally marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Government supporters and opposition protesters had poured into the streets to mark the day, which was punctuated by sporadic clashes between protesters and police.
- UN political chief urges swift resumption of talks on DPR Korea UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- The top United Nations political official today wrapped up a visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying he told officials from the North Asian nation that international talks on denuclearization must be resumed “without preconditions or delay.”
- North Korea's nuclear negotiator to visit U.S. in March RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2010 -- North Korea's top nuclear negotiator plans to discuss the resumption of six-party talks on his country's nuclear program during his visit to the U.S. in March, South Korea's Yonhap said on Friday.
- Ministers, MI5 deny UK colludes in torture IRNA 12 Feb 2010 -- Foreign Secretary David Miliband joined with Home Secretary Alan Johnson Friday in warning that accusations of Britain’s security and intelligence agencies being complicit in torture were “dangerous for the country.”
- General Election Campaigning Begins in Iraq VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- Campaigning has officially begun in Iraq for the country's upcoming March 7 general election.
- March elections offer Iraq chance to move beyond conflict to development, Ban says UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- Next month’s elections offer Iraqis the chance to move beyond the bloody conflict of the past seven years towards long-term political and economic stability, but armed groups may repeat their recent high-profile attacks to disrupt the process, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in his latest report on the country.
- West welcomes Ukraine's Yanukovych as president RIA Novosti 12 Feb 2010 -- Even before official presidential vote results have been announced in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych has received a flurry of congratulations from Western powers and organizations, as they continue to distance themselves from "orange" leaders.
- Alleged Islamic Insurgents On Trial In Azerbaijan RFE/RL 12 Feb 2010 -- The trial is continuing in Baku of 31 alleged members of an Islamic insurgent group accused of terrorist activities in the North Caucasus and Azerbaijan, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.
- Armenian President Submits Protocols On Turkey Ties To Parliament RFE/RL 12 Feb 2010 -- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has submitted to parliament protocols aimed at normalizing relations with Turkey, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Carter: Sudan Faces Tight Presidential Race VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- Former United States president Jimmy Carter has said he believes Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is likely to face a second round run-off against one of his opponents in the upcoming election. He also warned of increased violence in the run-up to the April ballot.
- Nigerian Acting President Pledges to Fight Corruption VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- New York-based Human Rights Watch says Nigeria's acting president has made promising pledges to address endemic corruption and violence in the West African country.
- Sri Lanka Justices to Hear Appeal on Presidential Candidate's Arrest VOA 12 Feb 2010 -- Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for an appeal to be heard challenging the arrest of former military chief and Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka.
- GLOBAL: A peek into the humanitarian future IRIN 12 Feb 2010 -- Not too far in the future - say, about 15 years, by which time the impact of climate change might have escalated tenfold - the day could come when the humanitarian community would have to provide water and food to millions of people in drought-affected Africa, tend to a few hundred thousand after a cyclone in Asia, and deal with another "Haiti" - all at the same time.
- UN committed to ensuring justice, Ban says on anniversary of Hariri killings UN News Centre 12 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to bring those responsible for the terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others to justice, as the country marks the fifth anniversary of the assassination.
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