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23 February 2010 Military News

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  • Lincoln Underway for INSURV Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) left its homeport of Everett, Wash., Feb. 23 in preparation for a material assessment conducted by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).
  • NAVFAC Awards Jebel Ali Service Contract Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) awarded a $1,051,718 Base Operations Support (BOS) contract for Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates on Feb. 9.
  • NAVFAC Completes $33.5 Million in Camp Lemonnier Airfield Projects Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) marked the completion of the final airfield project at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 10.
  • VAQ 136 Prowls at Cope North Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 from Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan, participated in Exercise Cope North 10-1 Feb. 7-19 at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.
  • Lake Champlain Takes 2009 Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) was selected as the Carrier Strike Group 3 recipient of the Navy "E" Award for 2009 on Feb. 11.
  • Navy Reaches out to Total Force Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Approximately 45,000 Navy personnel will be randomly selected to participate in an online survey designed to determine how professionally and personally rewarding the Navy workplace is.
  • Patriot Departs Cambodia after Training with Royal Cambodian Navy Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Sailors from mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) departed Cambodia Feb. 22 after a week of training with sailors from the Royal Cambodian Navy (RCN).
  • USS Essex Arrives in Singapore Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit Feb. 22.
  • NAVFAC Advances Navy Energy Efforts at European Installations Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) spearheaded several energy contracts that will help reduce energy consumption at Navy installations in Europe.
  • Airmen rediscover RED HORSE legacy in Haiti AFNS 23 Feb 2010 -- Air Force engineers from the Kansas Air National Guard conducting a routine survey of the field adjacent to the airport in Port-au-Prince discovered a group of Airmen had been there before.
  • Airman helps battle virus in Philippines AFNS 23 Feb 2010 -- An Airman and representatives from a local health department are on a crusade to combat the Dengue virus in villages here, as part of Operation Pacific Angel Feb. 15 through 22.
  • Army missile range commander visits Holloman Airmen AFNS 23 Feb 2010 -- The commanding general of the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico visited here Feb. 12 to experience air-to-air fighter training and the remotely piloted aircraft training program firsthand.
  • Soldiers, Families Top Army Priorities, Leaders Say AFPS 23 Feb 2010 -- Funding programs to support soldiers and their families is the Army’s top priority in the new fiscal year, the service’s secretary and chief of staff told a Senate panel today.
  • Women to Serve on Subs, Gates Tells Congress AFPS 23 Feb 2010 -- The Navy plans to repeal its ban on women serving on submarines, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has informed Congress.
  • Air Force Seeks to Balance Current, Future Needs AFPS 23 Feb 2010 -- The Air Force’s budget request for fiscal 2011 provides the right balance between supporting the war efforts and other current-day commitments while posturing for future challenges, the top Air Force civilian and military leaders told Congress today.
  • Army testing new airdrop system for Afghanistan Army News 23 Feb 2010 -- The supply requirement in Afghanistan will dramatically increase this year according to the Army's top logistician, and he said the Army is testing a new airdrop system to help meet the demand.
  • DoD News: Senior Executive Service Appointment DoD 23 Feb 2010
  • DoD News: Wounded Warrior Web Site Upgraded DoD 23 Feb 2010 -- The Department of Defense announced today that its National Resource Directory (NRD) Web site for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them, recently received a comprehensive system upgrade to provide users with easier access.
  • Sheppard instructors train Chilean air force maintainers AFNS 23 Feb 2010 -- Thirty-eight Chilean air force enlisted members visited Sheppard Air Force Base, to learn the finer points of maintenance on four specific aircraft systems at the 982nd Training Group January and February here.
  • U.S., Philippine Troops Fight Insurgent Bomb Threat AFPS 23 Feb 2010 -- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Stutzke looked over the rock quarry from a distance as three explosions boomed. Gathered around him was a team of Philippine army explosive ordnance disposal soldiers gleaming with pride from their work that briefly charred the clear afternoon sky.
  • Gates Calls for Major Changes at NATO VOA 23 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called on the NATO alliance Tuesday to chart a clear path toward relevance and enhanced capability as it faces a different set of threats than it was founded to address more than 60 years ago. Gates wants a key NATO document being drafted this year to advance a transformation theme U.S. leaders have been pressing for a long time.
  • Gates Voices Concern Over NATO Shortfalls AFPS 23 Feb 2010 -- After underfunding NATO for more than a decade, the Western security bloc now faces a budget crisis by an order of hundreds of millions of euros, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
  • Clinton Urges Closer Cooperation Between NATO And Russia RFE/RL 23 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Russia and NATO should cooperate more closely to combat growing transnational threats like nuclear proliferation, terrorism, piracy, and cyber security.
  • NATO not a threat to Russia — U.S. State Secretary Clinton RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2010 -- NATO's expansion does not threaten Russia, the U.S. state secretary said in a speech on the alliance's mission on Monday.
  • NATO has not given up plans to accept Ukraine, Georgia — Rasmussen RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2010 -- NATO has not given up plans to accept Georgia and Ukraine but believes the countries should more actively conduct reforms to fall in line with the criteria required for membership, the alliance's secretary general said Monday.
  • Taiwan still wants F-16 C/D fighter jets, submarines: premier CNA 23 Feb 2010 -- Premier Wu Den-yih said Tuesday that Taiwan will not forsake plans to purchase the more advanced F-16 C/D fighter jets as well as diesel-electric submarines from the United States, amid a U.S. government report which suggested the island's current fleet was too old and weak.
  • Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/23/10 The White House 23 Feb 2010
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Feb 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for February 23, 2010
  • BAE Systems Awarded $74 Million Contract to Buy Parts in Preparation for Bradley Reset BAE Systems 23 Feb 2010 -- BAE Systems was awarded a contract for $74 million by the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, Life Cycle Management Command to purchase long-lead items in preparation for the reset of 101 Bradley Operation Desert Storm Situational Awareness (ODS SA) vehicles.
  • BAE Systems Receives $90.6 Million Order for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Special Operations Vehicles BAE Systems 23 Feb 2010 -- BAE Systems has received a delivery order from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command worth up to $90.6 million to provide 58 U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The U.S. SOCOM vehicle is one of several MRAP variants based on the RG33 family of vehicles.
  • Revolutionary CTAI Weapon System to start qualification BAE Systems 23 Feb 2010 -- A revolutionary new weapon system for the British and French armies has been given a major boost with the signing on the 8th of February of an £11m contract with the French and UK ministries of defence.
  • Oshkosh Corporation Receives $640 Million Award to Supply 1,460 Additional M-ATVs Oshkosh 23 Feb 2010 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today it has received an additional $640 million award from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to deliver 1,460 MRAP All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV). To date, Oshkosh has received awards valued at more than $4.74 billion for 8,079 M-ATVs, as well as spare parts kits and aftermarket in-theater support.
  • SAIC Awarded $37 Million Task Order by Naval Surface Warfare Center - Crane Division SAIC 23 Feb 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a task order by the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) - Crane Division to provide technical and training support to the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare's Special Operating Forces (SOF), and other DoD Agencies. The follow-on task order has a two year base period of performance, three one-year options, and a total value of more than $37 million, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed at the NSWC in Crane, Ind., and at other customer locations as required. The task order was awarded under the U.S. Navy's SeaPort-e contract.

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