15 February 2010 Military News
- Operation Moshtarak Clearing Phase Continues AFPS 15 Feb 2010 -- The clearing phase of Operation Moshtarak in the center of Afghanistan’s Helmand province continued yesterday, with combined Afghan and international forces conducting a number of mounted and dismounted patrols, military officials reported.
- AFGHANISTAN: Offensive delays polio immunization drive in Helmand IRIN 15 Feb 2010 -- Under-five children in Nad Ali District, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, are missing out on polio immunization due to an ongoing military operation against the Taliban by Afghan and NATO forces.
- Civilian deaths ‘serious setback’ to Afghan surge - UK military chief IRNA 15 Feb 2010 -- Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff admitted Monday that the killing of 12 civilians in Helmand had damaged Operation Moshtarak's efforts to win support of local communities in Afghanistan.
- Marjah Offensive Puts Afghan Civilians On The Front Line RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- NATO and Afghan forces are pushing deep into the town of Marjah -- a major smuggling hub and Taliban stronghold -- on the third day of a large-scale offensive in Helmand Province.
- UN officials warn of threat to aid as fighting steps up in southern Afghanistan UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- United Nations officials in Afghanistan have called on combatants to the current fighting between Afghan and NATO forces and Taliban militants in the south of the country to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers and to allow the provision of aid to civilians displaced by the conflict.
- Polio the target of UN-backed vaccination scheme in Afghanistan and Pakistan UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- Millions of Afghan and Pakistani children will receive polio vaccinations this week as part of a coordinated effort by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN political mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to tackle the spread of the deadly disease.
- Military says Afghan Offensive Making Steady Progress VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Top military commanders in Afghanistan say a major anti-Taliban offensive in the southern Helmand Province is making steady progress. But the United Nations has expressed concern over reports of civilian deaths in the fighting and has called for warring sides to ensure protection of non-combatants.
- Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills 3 in Pakistan VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least three militants in a northwestern tribal region Monday, a day after a similar attack in the same area.
- UN agency launches Web tool to help aid workers get food to Haitians in need UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched an interactive Web-based tool containing information on usable roads, crop calendars and damaged areas in Haiti to help aid workers in the Caribbean country better distribute food and combat shortages in the wake of last month's earthquake.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Essex Arrives in Thailand Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2010 -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived in Pattaya, Thailand, for a scheduled port visit Feb. 15 after successfully completing exercise Cobra Gold 2010.
- Peleliu Completes INSURV Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2010 -- USS Peleliu (LHA 5) successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) February 5, concluding a five-day evaluation of the Iron Nickel's compartments and equipment.
- Naval Support Activity North Potomac Commanding Officer Relieved of Command Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2010 -- The commandant of Naval District Washington has relieved the commanding officer of Naval Support Activity (NSA) North Potomac for cause.
- Lynn Visits Australia’s ‘Shipyard of Future’ AFPS 15 Feb 2010 -- Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III observed the opening of the heart of one of the most modern shipbuilding plants in the world here today.
- Royal Thai and U.S. Marines Reunite for Joint CBRN Training USMC News 15 Feb 2010 -- More than 50 Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) service members from the Royal Thai Navy, Marines, Airforce and 19 U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) reunited and exchanged CBRN knowledge and tactics, Feb. 3-10, as part of Cobra Gold 2010 (CG ’10).
- Indian Army raising two new mountain divisions in North-East IRNA 15 Feb 2010 -- India’s Defence Minister, A K Antony, on Monday said the Army was raising two new mountain divisions in the North-East, along the borders with China, but dismissed suggestions that the move was against the neighbour.
- India ready to meet any challenge to territorial integrity: Antony IRNA 15 Feb 2010 -- Though India is traditionally known to be a peace-loving nation, but at the same time, we are ready to meet any challenge to our territorial integrity and sovereignty, said Defence Minister, A K Antony in New Delhi on Monday.
- Transdnestr willing to host Russian missile defense system RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Transdnestr would deploy elements of a Russian missile defense system if Moscow asked it to, the leader of the unrecognized Moldovan republic signaled on Monday.
- Glonass satellite system should go commercial - Putin RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has proposed on Monday introducing the Glonass navigation system throughout the country's regions and getting it onto "commercial rails."
- Russia to launch 3 Glonass satellites in March RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- A Proton M carrier rocket bearing three Glonass satellites will be launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on March 2, Russian space officials said on Monday.
- Russia, India to sign 5th-generation fighter deal in March RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia and India will sign the first contract on the manufacturing of a fifth-generation jet fighter in late February-early March, a Russian defense industry official said Monday.
- Russia, India to sign additional accord on Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia and India are to sign an additional agreement on a contract to upgrade the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrying cruiser, a Russian military cooperation service top official said Monday.
- Abkhazian president to sign agreement on Russian military base RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh will sign an agreement on a Russian military base in Abkhazia during a visit to Moscow on February 16-18, the former Georgian republic's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
- Russia, Nicaragua to hold joint military exercise - Lavrov RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia and Nicaragua are preparing for joint military exercises, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after a meeting with the Nicaraguan president in Managua.
- Boeing Submits Proposal for US Army Ground-Vehicle Support Boeing 15 Feb 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has submitted a proposal to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide supply chain services to the U.S. Army for ground vehicle support at Army depots in Anniston, Ala., and Red River, Texas. The eight-year, $193 million contract award is expected to be announced this summer.
- Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial System Demonstrates Critical Resupply Capability Northrop Grumman 15 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully demonstrated that its MQ-8B Vertical Unmanned Aerial System (VUAS) can resupply U.S. or coalition troops deployed on a combat mission.
- Boeing Completes P-8A Weapons Ground Vibration Tests Boeing 15 Feb 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] successfully completed stores (weapons) ground vibration testing on P-8A Poseidon test aircraft T1 on Feb. 5 in Seattle. The tests will provide data to validate predictions of aircraft performance prior to flight testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later this year.
- Boeing-led Team Submits Proposal for C-17 Training Boeing 15 Feb 2010 -- A team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force to provide aircrew and maintenance training support for the service's C-17 Globemaster III fleet under the new C-17 Training System contract. Boeing Training Systems & Services has delivered C-17 aircrew training to the Air Force for the past 18 years.
- EADS Defence & Security wins contract to extend Bulgarian security forces’ TETRA network EADS 15 Feb 2010 -- EADS Defence & Security has been awarded a contract by the Bulgarian Ministry of Finance to extend the TETRA network for the security forces.
- IAI Announces First Deliveries of New Multi-Mission Optronic Stabilized Payload (MOSP3000) Unit for International Program Israel Aerospace Industries 15 Feb 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries’ Tamam Division (IAI/Tamam, of the Systems, Missiles, and Space Group) has announced the first deliveries of its new Multi-Mission Optronic Stabilized Payload (MOSP3000) unit for an international customer.
- Nova Integrated Systems Limited and IAI will Exhibit the Lightweight MiniPOP EO Sensor and Inertial Navigation System on a Mine Protected Vehicle at DEFEXPO 2010 Israel Aerospace Industries 15 Feb 2010 -- Nova Integrated Systems Limited, a TATA Group company, has teamed up with Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) TAMAM division of the Systems, Missiles, and Space Group, to install and integrate the mini plug-in optronic payload (MiniPOP) eletro-optic (EO) system, and the off-the-shelf lightweight advanced navigation system (ADNAV) on TATA Motors' new Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV). The product will be will be unveiled and exhibited in the TATA Pavilion HALL 12 at the DEFEXPO New Delhi Air Show 2010.
- Sagem delivers first new-generation high-performance infrared sights for MBDA’s Eryx antitank missiles Sagem (Safran group) 15 Feb 2010 -- On January 29, 2010, Sagem (Safran group) delivered to MBDA the first batch of new-generation infrared sights designed to fit the launchers for Eryx antitank missiles.
- Thales Australia wins significant Australian Defence Force command and intelligence systems contract Thales 15 Feb 2010 -- Thales Australia has won the primary contract to provide hardware and software support services for a range of critical command and intelligence systems used by the Australian Defence Force.
- Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 Proves Networked Capability with JSTARS Aircraft Raytheon 15 Feb 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 completed a major milestone when the weapon's Strike Common Weapon Datalink (SCWDL) communicated via Link-16 nodes with a Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System aircraft. The test demonstrated the weapon's ability to function as a node on the network and moved the system one step closer to engaging moving maritime targets.
- Russia set to export $9-$10 bln arms annually - regulator RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia plans to export $9-$10 billion worth of arms annually over the coming years, the country's state arms regulator said on Monday.
- IAI and Global Vectra to Showcase Lightweight Day/Night Surveillance System on Helicopter at DEFEXPO 2010 Israel Aerospace Industries 15 Feb 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Tamam Division of the Systems, Missiles, and Space Group, and Vectra Engineering Materials Pvt Ltd have installed the IAI-made Plug-In Optronic Payload (POP300) on an EC-135 helicopter. A modular, lightweight, gyro-stabilized day/night observation system, the POP300 can be utilized for civil missions related to law enforcement and homeland security. The product is promoted in India by IAI's technology partner, Nova Integrated Systems Limited. The helicopter with the POP300 installed will be displayed at DEFEXPO India 2010.
- Fresh surge in deadly violence in Somali capital sparks alarm from UN official UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia expressed grave concern today at the latest spike in violence in the capital, Mogadishu, which has killed at least 80 civilians and forced more than 8,000 others to flee their homes since the start of the month.
- Top UN official in Côte d'Ivoire holds talks with Prime Minister over political crisis UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- The head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Côte d'Ivoire met today with the country's Prime Minister to stress the need to resolve mounting political tensions in the fragile West African country, where the Government and the independent electoral authority have just been dissolved ahead of scheduled elections.
- African Union to hold Special Meetings on Somalia and Madagascar, Says Official VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- The spokesman for the African Union (AU) says the continental body will soon hold special meetings to address the political and security instabilities in both Somalia and Madagascar.
- SRI LANKA: Thousands of IDPs miss resettlement deadline IRIN 15 Feb 2010 -- Sri Lankan government officials aim to resettle more than 100,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) by April after missing a self-imposed deadline to move everyone out of camps in the country’s north by end-January.
- Somali Defense Minister Survives Assassination Attempt VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Somali rebel group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a failed suicide bombing attempt against the defense minister for the Western-backed Mogadishu government. The capital city lies mostly abandoned as remaining residents have fled in expectation of a government offensive.
- Russia 'fixing' technical issues delaying S-300 deliveries to Iran RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia is resolving the technical problems which have delayed the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran, a Russian defense industry official said on Monday.
- No new nuclear proposals to Iran - Russia RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia dismissed on Monday reports that world powers had made new offers to Iran on uranium reprocessing in a bid to defuse growing tensions over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
- Iran considers 'new' nuclear proposal from Russia, U.S., France RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Iran's top nuclear official said on Monday the Islamic Republic was considering a new offer from Russia, the United States and France on nuclear fuel enrichment, the ILNA news agency reported.
- France, Russia and US Deny New Nuke Deal Presented to Iran VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Iran's nuclear energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi says France, Russia and the United States have presented a new proposal to Tehran involving the exchange of its stockpile of low grade uranium. But U.S., Russian and French officials are denying a new offer has been presented.
- Clinton Urges Iranians to 'Take Back Authority' from Revolutionary Guards VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she hopes Iran's mainstream leaders can recapture authority from the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that she said threatens to take the country toward a military dictatorship. Clinton is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the last leg of Gulf trip focusing on Iran's nuclear program.
- West Criticizes Iran Rights Record At UN Council Meeting RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- Western countries expressed concern today at the UN Human Rights Council over the violent methods employed by Iran against protests over the country's disputed presidential election
- U.S., Israel Seek To Shore Up Support For Tough Iran Stance RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with the Saudi leadership in Riyadh today, hoping to enlist the kingdom in persuading China to support a tougher stand against Iran's nuclear ambitions.
- Iran Says Studying New Nuclear Fuel Deal VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Iran says it is studying new proposals for a nuclear fuel deal from the United States, Russia and France, though Paris and Moscow deny that any new offers were made.
- Clinton: Iran Heading Toward Military Dictatorship VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States believes Iran is becoming a military dictatorship, adding that Iran's elite military force, the Revolutionary Guard, is "in effect, supplanting the government."
- Japanese Human Rights Advocates Pressure North Korea VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il will celebrate his birthday tomorrow. Human rights advocates in Japan are using that anniversary to step up pressure on the isolated country. They are calling on North Korean citizens to overthrow their government and asking Japan to help fund the effort.
- Iraqi Election Bans Raise Fears Of Sectarianism, Renewed Violence RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- Concerns are growing in Iraq that an election blacklist crafted by a Shi'a-led panel is exacerbating tensions between Sunni and Shi'ite Arabs -- threatening prospects for reconciliation.
- International Space Station's 'Room with a View' in Place VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Astronauts have managed to move the International Space Station's so-called "room with a view" into position. NASA officials say the astronauts had to grapple with a series of challenges to get the job done.
- Terror scare over US passenger forces flight back to UK IRNA 15 Feb 2010 -- A British Airways (BA) flight had to return to London two hours into its journey after a terror scare over an American passenger, it was revealed Monday.
- India Investigates Possible Militants' Involvement in Pune Blasts VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Indian police are investigating the possible involvement of an Indian Islamist group and Pakistan-based militants in a bomb blast that killed nine people in the Western city of Pune. The blast occurred just one day after India and Pakistan scheduled their first peace talks in more than a year. The talks are likely to go ahead despite the bombing attack.
- Plotters Jailed for Australian Terror Conspiracy VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Five men convicted of a terrorist conspiracy in Australia's biggest city, Sydney, have been given jail sentences of 23 to 28 years. The men were found guilty late last year of charges that included possessing bomb-making instructions and explosive chemicals.
- Tymoshenko to challenge Ukraine poll results in top court on Tues. RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's presidential election campaign headquarters said on Monday it would contest rival Viktor Yanukovych's victory in court tomorrow.
- Ukraine Presidential Vote Faces Court Challenge VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is mounting a formal legal challenge against the results of Ukraine's recent presidential election, amid indications that apparent winner Viktor Yanukovych may be inaugurated as early as February 25.
- Former Armenian Official Arrested For Leaking Presidential Order RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- The Armenian Defense Ministry says a former senior ministry official has been arrested on suspicion of disclosing a secret government order that made military involvement possible in the suppression of the 2008 opposition protests in Yerevan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
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