17 February 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 17 Feb 2010 [PDF]
- Iraqis Detain Weapons Dealer, Bomb Maker AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq weapons dealer and two other suspected terrorists during a series of combined operations in Baghdad today.
- 308th teaches Iraqi mechanics 'Pride in Performance' Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- The Iraqi Army's adoption of the humvee as a normal part of their tactical vehicle fleet has created the need for expert mechanics trained on the famous truck.
- U.S. forces continue to shift responsibility to Iraqis Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- U.S. military leaders returned four camps to the government of Iraq in the country's southern region Jan. 30.
- One step closer to drawdown Soldiers sign over Joint Security Station Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- The Government of Iraq took ownership of Joint Security Station 799 from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a Feb. 14 ceremony.
- Paratroopers prep for U.S-Iraqi combined training Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Army paratroopers took a first step toward a combined U.S. - Iraqi airborne training exercise when 183 paratroopers jumped onto Iraqi soil here Feb. 12 as part of their sustained airborne training.
- Iraq takes major step toward securing coastline Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- As part of the effort by the government of Iraq to increase the stability and international standing of the country, the Iraqi Navy officially welcomed two new ships to its fleet during a ceremony along the country's southern coast Feb. 14.
- Iran Continues to Subvert Iraq, Officials Say AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- As national elections in Iraq loom on the horizon, Iran continues to subvert its western neighbor’s security and political infrastructure, top American military officials said.
- Mystery Of Taliban Military Leader's Capture Deepens RFE/RL 17 Feb 2010 -- The capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top military leader and second-most-influential leader within its ranks, has been confirmed. But the circumstances and reasons behind his detention are anything but clear.
- Afghanistan Operations Seize Suspects, Weapons AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- Combined Afghan and international forces uncovered weapons caches and detained suspected insurgents during multiple operations in Afghanistan today.
- 470th Military Intelligence Brigade deploys Soldiers to Afghanistan Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- When a number of Soldiers of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade embraced their spouses this Valentine's Day weekend, they were also saying goodbye.
- Afghans, Airmen conduct rescue mission following flash flood AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- Afghan National Army Air Corps members led a rescue operation in which they, along with their U.S. advisors from the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, rescued 83 Afghan villagers during a flash flood Feb. 8 in Kandahar.
- Afghan Army Claims Part of Town at Center of Southern Offensive VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- Afghan soldiers raised their national flag Wednesday over the main market in the southern town at the center of a major offensive against the Taliban.
- White House Calls Taliban Commander's Capture 'Big Success' VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The White House and the Pakistani military are confirming that top Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is in custody.
- Afghan Army Raises Flag Over Key Town VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The Afghan army raised the national flag Wednesday over the main market in the southern town at the center of a major offensive against the Taliban.
- Analysts: Taliban Commander Arrest Signals Change in Pakistani Mindset VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- As the U.S.-led coalition targets a major Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say they have captured the group's top military commander in Pakistan, with the help of Pakistani authorities. The arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar follows reports that Pakistani Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, died in a suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan earlier this year. Our correspondent in Islamabad examines the U.S.-Pakistani relationship in the fight against the Taliban.
- Army Aviation Plays Key ‘Moshtarak’ Role AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- When Operation Moshtarak kicked off here Feb. 13, Army helicopter crews from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade inserted nearly 300 Marines and Afghan security forces into Marja, Afghanistan, under cover of darkness.
- AFGHANISTAN: No camp for Marjah displaced IRIN 17 Feb 2010 -- The government and aid agencies have decided not to set up a camp for hundreds of families displaced by fighting between pro-government forces and the Taliban in the Marjah area of the southern province of Helmand.
- Taliban 'using human shields' against NATO, Afghan forces RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Taliban militants are using women and children as living shields as they attempt to counter a major NATO and Afghan army offensive, the chief of the Afghan General Staff said on Wednesday.
- Pakistan confirms capture of top Taliban military commander RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that the top Taliban military commander had been captured last week, the BBC reported.
- Humanitarian actors need urgent funding to aid Afghans, says UN official UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- A senior United Nations official today appealed for support for a nearly $900 million plan to assist Afghanistan’s most vulnerable communities who have been affected by natural disasters and conflict, as well as to support longer-term development and reconstruction.
- What Does ‘Victory’ In Marjah Mean? RFE/RL 17 Feb 2010 -- After eight years of war in Afghanistan marked by inept military planning and support for corrupt politicians, brutal mercenaries, drug lords, and capricious regional chiefs, the U.S. government and media are placing considerable emphasis on a new war strategy inspired by President Barack Obama's "surge" of 30,000 troops into the fray and General Stanley McChrystal's policy aimed at reducing civilian casualties.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Ambassador Lucke and Lt. Gen. Keen from Haiti DoD 17 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: U.S. Special Coordinator for Relief and Reconstruction Ambassador Lewis Lucke and Commander, Joint Task Force Haiti Lt. Gen. Ken Keen
- US Haiti Relief Effort in Transition to Civilian Phase VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The commander of U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti said Wednesday that the operation is becoming more civilian and more Haitian, but that there is still an important role for his troops in the earthquake-ravaged country.
- Naval Aviation Reserve VR Forces Provide Critical Support to Haiti Navy NewsStand 17 Feb 2010 -- Answering the call for help and leaving behind their civilian lives, hundreds of Naval Reservists assigned to fleet logistic support squadrons (VRs) deployed Jan. 14 to support Haiti relief efforts as part of Operation Unified Response.
- Demand Dwindles for U.S. Forces in Haiti, Official Says AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- The need for U.S military forces in Haiti is dwindling as Haitian authorities and nongovernmental organizations begin to accept a greater share of relief efforts in the ravaged country, an American military official said.
- Haitian health needs shift to post-operative care – UN UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- The focus of relief efforts in Haiti has shifted to post-operative care as the recovery process enters its second month, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.
- France's Sarkozy Offers Aid Package for Haiti VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed an aid package to Haiti worth about $447 million over the next two years to help rebuild the earthquake-ravaged country.
- JFCC-Space continues to support Haiti mission AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- Members of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space here are continuing to support relief efforts in Haiti by providing space effects such as satellite communications and position timing and navigation services.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Army Releases January Suicide Data DoD 17 Feb 2010 -- The Army released suicide data today for the month of January.
- Task Force Vows Sharper Focus on Soldier Suicides AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- The number of suspected soldier suicides increased for the first month of this year, and the Army’s head of suicide prevention vowed today to sharpen the focus on combating the problem.
- Philippines receive medical care during Operation Pacific Angel AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- Medical teams from the United States and the Philippines treated nearly 2,000 Philippine patients since Feb. 15 during Operation Pacific Angel, a humanitarian and civic assistance operation scheduled through Feb. 22 here.
- Freedom Gets Underway for Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 17 Feb 2010 -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), left Naval Station Mayport Feb. 16 for her maiden operational deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) areas of focus.
- Nimitz Strike Group Arrives in Hong Kong Navy NewsStand 17 Feb 2010 -- The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived in Hong Kong for a four-day port visit Feb. 17.
- Two Carrier Air Wing 7 Squadrons Earn Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 17 Feb 2010 -- Two squadrons from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 earned the Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award for efficiency excellence for fiscal year (FY) 2009.
- CNRNW Receives New Tug Boat Navy NewsStand 17 Feb 2010 -- Service members, DoD personnel and guests welcomed the U.S. Navy's brand new tug boat, Valiant (YT 802), to Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bangor, Wash., with an activation ceremony held at the base's service pier Feb. 9.
- Medics earn Air Force-level recognition AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- Five medics deployed with the 386th Expeditionary Medical Group received exciting news recently of their selection for 2009 Air Force Medical Service awards.
- Osan Patriot Express prepares routes AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- As the 731st Air Mobility Squadron here prepares for the re-establishment of the Patriot Express to make its way through Korea, details on the projected days and times of routes to connect passengers with Japan and the United States are available.
- Lynn Sets Stage for Further U.S.-Australian Cooperation AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III’s meetings with Australian leaders over the last several days have helped to set the stage for new levels of cooperation between the long-time allies.
- Technology continues to combat friendly fire casualties Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- The fog of war is an element of battle that has plagued armies throughout military history. In Operation Desert Storm, approximately 24 percent of U.S. casualties were the result of direct-fire fratricide.
- A tactical commander's vision of ideal communications Army News 17 Feb 2010
- Sustainment Center of Excellence named first TRADOC Institute of Excellence Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- The Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE) was awarded the First TRADOC Center of Excellence, Institution of Excellence, by Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, Training and Doctrine Command deputy commanding general, in a ceremony here yesterday. It is TRADOC's first Institution of Excellence award for one of its Centers of Excellence.
- US Warships in Hong Kong Despite US-China Disputes VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- A group of U.S. naval warships has docked in Hong Kong amid growing tensions between China and the United States over trade and diplomatic issues.
- Pacific Angel engineering projects underway in Laoag AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- More than 40 Air Force and Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers are conducting operations at the Caaoacan and Apaya Elementary schools here Feb. 14, as part of Operation Pacific Angel 10-1 in Laoag, Philippines.
- GLOBAL: Cluster bombs banned IRIN 17 Feb 2010 -- The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which seeks to ban the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of these weapons, has been ratified and will enter into force on 1 August 2010.
- UN agency welcomes entry into force of cluster munitions convention UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today added its voice to UN plaudits for the news that the international convention banning the manufacture, use and stockpiling of cluster munitions will become law from the start of August.
- UN-backed pact against cluster munitions to take effect from August IRNA 17 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations-backed convention banning the use of cluster munitions will enter into force on 1 August after the 30th country ratified the pact Tuesday, the UN Information Center in Tehran (UNIC) reported on Wednesday.
- Abkhazia signs deal with Kremlin on Russian base on its soil RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- The presidents of Abkhazia and Russia signed a deal on Wednesday allowing a Russian military base in the former Georgian republic for 50 years, despite fierce criticism from Tbilisi and Western nations.
- Russia boosts arms sales to Latin America — Lavrov RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia has increased its arms sales to Latin American states of late, the Russian foreign minister said on Wednesday after talks with his Mexican counterpart.
- Bulgaria's U.S. missile defense plans 'not anti-Russian' RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Bulgaria's possible participation in a U.S. missile defense system is not targeted against Russia, Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov said on Wednesday.
- Russia says U.S. anti-missile shield plans could affect talks on arms cuts pact RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia's top military chief said Moscow looked "negatively" at new U.S. missile defense plans in Eastern Europe that could affect talks on a new nuclear arms cuts treaty.
- Dates for S-300 deliveries to Iran to be specified later - defense industry official RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia has not yet decided on the date for the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran, a Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday.
- Russian military to be equipped with modern weapons - Putin RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin demanded the Russian armed forces be equipped with modern weapons during a government meeting to discuss Russia's 2011-2020 military program late on Tuesday.
- Russia, U.S. might sign new arms reduction treaty soon — Lavrov RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- A new Russian-U.S. treaty on nuclear arms reduction might be concluded soon on the condition that both sides follow the previously reached agreements, the Russian foreign minister said on Wednesday.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 17 Feb 2010
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/17/10 The White House 17 Feb 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for February 17, 2010
- BAE Systems secures Australian thermal weapon sight contract BAE Systems 17 Feb 2010 -- BAE Systems has secured a contract to supply a new targeting system for the Australian Army’s new Carl Gustaf M3 weapons.
- Boeing Returns E-4B National Airborne Operations Center Aircraft to Service Boeing 17 Feb 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] delivered an E-4B National Airborne Operations Center aircraft to the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 8, after 11 months of maintenance at Boeing’s Wichita facility. The aircraft returns to service in support of the center’s mission -- providing senior government and military decision makers with connected and protected air travel.
- Thales to supply next generation IP-based tactical communication infrastructure to Swedish Armed Forces Thales 17 Feb 2010 -- Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded Thales a contract to equip the Swedish Armed Forces with a next generation IP-based tactical communication infrastructure under the KomNod Programme.
- General Dynamics to Supply 250 RG-31 MRAP Vehicles to the U.S. Defense Department General Dynamics 17 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a $227.4 million delivery order to produce 250 RG-31 Mk5E vehicles for its Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company’s parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- General Dynamics Awarded $26 Million by U.S. Navy for Common Missile Compartment Work General Dynamics 17 Feb 2010 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $26.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to continue procurement of prototype material as well as manufacturing and testing activities for the Common Missile Compartment, which is under development for the U.S. Ohio-class replacement submarine and for the United Kingdom’s Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Lockheed Martin Completes Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb Flight Test Program Lockheed Martin 17 Feb 2010 -- – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully completed the paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) F/A-18 qualification flight test program. The paveway II Plus LGB uses an enhanced laser guidance package, significantly improving the precision of current paveway II LGBs.
- Third Lockheed Martin F-35B Lands At NAS Patuxent River Lockheed Martin 17 Feb 2010 -- Piloted by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Test Pilot Jeff Knowles, the third F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fighter landed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., today.
- Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation and Communication Systems for New Iraqi Navy Patrol Boats Northrop Grumman 17 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to supply the navigation and communication systems for nine new 35-meter patrol boats being built for the Iraqi navy.
- Raytheon Advances Maturity of Zumwalt's Total Ship Computing Environment Raytheon 17 Feb 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) achieved another in a series of milestones for the Zumwalt-class destroyer program with the successful Total Ship Computing Environment (TSCE) Release 6 software specifications review.
- Raytheon Laser-Guided Maverick on Track for Developmental, Operational Testing Raytheon 17 Feb 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) AGM-65E2/L, the newest variant of the laser-guided Maverick missile, is on track to enter developmental and operational testing.
- A400M provision not yet finalised EADS 17 Feb 2010 -- In reaction to unsolicited press reports regarding the latest steps of the A400M negotiations, the company cautions that it is too early to draw financial conclusions yet.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 17 Feb 2010
- Press Conference on United Nations Mission in Central African Republic and Chad United Nations 17 Feb 2010
- Israel tightens vice on Gaza Strip, UN reports UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- The ability to bring essential commodities into Gaza, already under an Israeli blockade that is undermining health care, the economy and rehabilitation after last year’s devastating Israeli offensive, was further cut in January by more crossing closures, according to the latest United Nations update.
- Northern Ireland Political Parties Reach Key Accord VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The two largest political parties in Northern Ireland have reached a key accord paving the way for transferring judicial and policing powers from London to Belfast.
- Eritrea Official Denies Asmara’s Involvement In Organizing Protest Against UN-Sanctions VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- Eritrea’s information minister is denying Asmara’s involvement in a planned protest march next week at the White House against the recent United Nations-imposed sanctions.
- German secret service silent on alleged German role in Hamas murder IRNA 17 Feb 2010 -- Germany's foreign intelligence service BND refused to comment on an Arab newspaper report which alleged that a German national was implicated in the killing of a prominent Hamas leader in the United Arab Emirates, German press said Wednesday.
- Ban urges continued support for UN’s ‘invaluable’ peacebuilding tools UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- The instruments used by the United Nations to support countries emerging from conflict to build lasting peace have proved invaluable since they were created over five years ago, Secretary-General said today, urging continued support and resources for this vital pillar of the world body’s work.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Capacity gaps worry agencies IRIN 17 Feb 2010 -- The political impasse in Côte d’Ivoire is raising concerns among aid agencies about their readiness to respond to a possible humanitarian fallout, after identifying worrying capacity gaps.
- North Kosovo Still Big Challenge As Pristina Marks Independence Anniversary RFE/RL 17 Feb 2010 -- Kosovo today marks two years since ethnic-Albanian officials in Pristina unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. Since then, 65 countries have recognized Kosovo as an independent state -- including the United States and most of the European Union.
- Envoy: Parallel Kosovo-Serb Structures Should Be Replaced RFE/RL 17 Feb 2010 -- Peter Feith, the international community's Kosovo envoy, says parallel municipal structures in Serb-dominated northern Kosovo should be dismantled, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.
- Darfur: UN-African Union mission condemns attack on seven peacekeepers UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- The joint United Nations-African Union mission in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region has deplored an attack carried out yesterday outside of the South Darfur capital of Nyala that wounded seven Pakistani peacekeepers.
- More Protests Break Out in Ivory Coast VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- More protests have broken out in Ivory Coast against the president's dismissal of the government.
- Supreme Leader lauds people's massive turnout in Feb 11 rallies IRNA 17 Feb 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the massive turnout of Iranian people in the February 11 rallies was a crushing response to the opponents of the Islamic Revolution.
- Iran to reject offers demanding Tehran reactor suspension RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Iran will not consider proposals by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), developed by Russia, France and the United States, which call on Tehran to suspend its research reactor, the ISNA news agency reported.
- International proposals still valid despite Iranian uranium enrichment RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Moscow reiterated on Wednesday the international proposals to Iran on its nuclear program were still valid despite Tehran's recent uranium enrichment to 19.75% purity.
- Russian military chief warns U.S. against striking Iran RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia's top military warned the United States on Wednesday against using force against Iran over its controversial nuclear ambitions saying the consequences would be "dreadful."
- Israeli premier says 'mild' UN sanctions ineffective against Iran RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he believes mild sanctions the UN Security Council is considering against Iran over its controversial nuclear program will not work.
- Russia Delays Arms Delivery to Iran VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- Russia is delaying delivery of its S-300 air-defense system to Iran and is also calling for Tehran to adhere to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidelines for enrichment of nuclear fuel. The moves follow Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's two-day visit to Moscow.
- Ukrainian court to hear Tymoshenko's appeal on February 19 RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court will consider on Friday Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's appeal contesting the results of the recent presidential vote, a Central Election Commission member said on Wednesday.
- Ukrainian presidential vote result suspended over court case RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's Supreme Administrative Court on Wednesday suspended the Central Electoral Commission's official announcement that Viktor Yanukovych had won the country's presidential elections pending consideration of a lawsuit.
- Ukrainian Court Suspends Presidential Election Results VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- A Ukrainian court has temporarily suspended the results of this month's presidential election pending review of an appeal filed by the losing candidate.
- US Official, Syrian President Meet in Bid for Improved Ties VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- One of the highest-ranking U.S. officials to visit Syria in years held talks with Syria's president Wednesday, one day after Washington nominated its first ambassador to the country since 2005.
- UN Rights Envoy Meets Prisoners in Burma VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations' special envoy for human rights has visited with prisoners in a northwest Burmese jail.
- Zimbabwe's President Criticizes EU Sanctions Extension VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says the extension of sanctions by the European Union is punishment for his land-reform program.
- EU Considers Observing Ethiopia Election as Campaign Heats Up VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- A European Union exploratory team is visiting Ethiopia to determine whether to send an observer mission to monitor national elections in May. The election campaign has taken a negative turn amid questions about whether the vote would be fair.
- Shi'ite TV Stations Show Ba'athist Atrocities As Iraqi Election Tensions Grow RFE/RL 17 Feb 2010 -- Iraq's upcoming March 7 legislative election has long been billed as a chance to heal the country's sectarian divisions.
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