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24 February 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 24 Feb 2010 [PDF]
  • Kirkuk Airmen train Iraqi medics AFNS 24 Feb 2010 -- Members of the 506th Expeditionary Medical Squadron here are helping train Iraqi medics at the K-1 Iraqi medical clinic on basic emergency procedures.
  • Expeditionary Strike Group 5 Participates in Multinational Maritime Defense Exercise Navy NewsStand 24 Feb 2010 -- USS Cleveland (LPD 7) participated in a joint, combined maritime defense exercise Feb. 16, with Commander, Task Force Iraqi Maritime (CTF IM), a coalition-led task force responsible for providing maritime security, infrastructure protection, and training to the Iraqi Navy.
  • U.S., Iraqi forces secure election sites Army News 24 Feb 2010 -- Soldiers of the 69th Armor Regiment and Iraqi Security Forces in Babil Province have joined forces to ensure the safety of Iraqi citizens during the upcoming March 7 national elections, only the second such elections since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
  • Signal Soldiers work with Iraqi counterparts Army News 24 Feb 2010 -- Addressing the Iraqi Army communications troops gathered before him, the instructor hammered home how key their role is to operations.
  • U.S.-Iraqi partnership halts smuggling across Syrian border Army News 24 Feb 2010 -- Since U.S. advise-and-assist forces began partnering with Iraqi border patrols along the Syrian border in mid-November 2009, the instances of smugglers circumventing port-of-entry stations have all but ceased, according to several sources within the Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement.
  • UN studying proposed Afghan electoral decree UN News Centre 24 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations is currently studying a legislative decree that would give Afghan President Hamid Karzai the power to appoint all five members of the country’s Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC), which is supposed to be an independent body.
  • NATO Reports Fewer Clashes in Southern Offensive VOA 24 Feb 2010 -- NATO is reporting that the alliance's offensive against a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan has slowed during the last 24 hours and some residents are beginning to return to cleared areas.
  • Forces in Afghanistan Arrest Bomb Maker AFPS 24 Feb 2010 -- A combined Afghan and international security force arrested a suspected bomb maker after discovering an explosives cache in Afghanistan’s Helmand province yesterday as part of Operation Moshtarak.
  • Nine Nations Support Afghan Training Effort AFPS 24 Feb 2010 -- Expanding the Afghan army and teaching it to become a force capable of defending Afghanistan in the air and on the ground is no small undertaking, and that’s why nine nations are working together in that mission, a top officer in the effort said yesterday.
  • UN Chief Details Recruiting Problems In Afghanistan RFE/RL 24 Feb 2010 -- A memo from the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to his staff describes the poor recruitment rate months after a deadly attack on the UN compound in Kabul, RFE/RL reports.
  • Rights Groups Renew Condemnation Of Afghan Amnesty Bill RFE/RL 24 Feb 2010 -- Rights groups have condemned an Afghan amnesty bill that would allow suspected war criminals who pledge to work with the government to avoid prosecution.
  • Afghanistan: UN official urges steps to prevent child deaths in conflict UN News Centre 24 Feb 2010 -- A senior United Nations human rights official today called on international troops fighting militants in Afghanistan to follow directives designed to guard against civilian deaths, drawing particular attention to the plight of children caught up in the conflict.
  • US, Pakistani Fight Against Taliban Merge, Analysts Say VOA 24 Feb 2010 -- As the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan increases its military pressure against insurgents, the fight against the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan has also been intensifying. Top U.S. military commanders are describing the recent arrests of fugitive Afghan Taliban leaders as important breakthroughs in the fight against terrorism.
  • US Missile Strike Kills 6 in Pakistan VOA 24 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone missile strike killed at least six militants Wednesday in a tribal district near the Afghan border.
  • Deployed Air Commando coordinates air support for missions in Haiti Army News 24 Feb 2010 -- As part of Operation Unified Response, the U.S. military has moved food, water, medical supplies, and medically evacuated injured citizens and transported military personnel throughout Haiti to meet the humanitarian needs in cities all around the country.
  • Satellite technology plays key role in Haiti relief effort Army News 24 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Army is leveraging state-of-the-art satellite technology to assist in the delivery of much needed supplies to earthquake-damaged Haiti -- bringing food, water, clothing and medical equipment to Haitians in crisis, service officials said.
  • MDSU-2 Sailors Return from Humanitarian Efforts Navy NewsStand 24 Feb 2010 -- Navy divers and support staff from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 returned to Hampton Roads Feb. 5, after deploying to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to offer their expeditionary diving skills to the recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake.
  • Haiti: senior UN official stresses need for realistic goals before rainy season starts UN News Centre 24 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations remains strongly committed to doing everything possible to help the people of Haiti but is realistic about what it can accomplish before the rainy season begins in earnest on 1 May, said a senior official with the world body.

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  • DoD News: Contracts for February 24, 2010
  • Northrop Grumman Brings Internet to the Skies of Army Exercises Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2010 -- Soldiers participating in the U.S. Army's recent Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE), Ft. Benning, Ga., were able to acquire unprecedented levels of knowledge about their surroundings thanks to the battlefield imaging and communications relay capabilities of Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Fire Scout vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS).
  • BAE Systems Secures More Than US$140 Million Contract for 250 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles BAE Systems 24 Feb 2010 -- BAE Systems Land Systems OMC, through its partnership with General Dynamics Land Systems Canada (GDLS-C), was awarded a follow-on order for the supply of 250 RG31 Mk5E vehicles in support of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle programme for U.S. forces.
  • Boeing Statement on Release of US Air Force KC-X Tanker Final Request for Proposal Boeing 24 Feb 2010 -- The Boeing Company today received the final Request for Proposal (RFP) document for the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker competition, and released the following statement from Jean Chamberlin, vice president and general manager, Boeing USAF Tanker Program:
  • DCNS completes Perle refit and trials ahead of schedule DCNS 24 Feb 2010 -- Prime contractor DCNS completed the refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of nuclear-powered attack submarine Perle in late 2009 – three weeks ahead of schedule. This week, the Group signed off on the boat’s post-RCOH sea trials.
  • General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS Matthew Perry General Dynamics 24 Feb 2010 -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today delivered USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) to the U.S. Navy. The ship is named in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), the U.S. Navy officer who established American trade with Japan in the mid-19th century.
  • L-3 Awarded Maritime Security Work in Equatorial Guinea L-3 Communications 24 Feb 2010 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its MPRI division has been awarded a $58 million firm-fixed-price task order with the government of Equatorial Guinea to establish a Maritime Security Enhancement Program (MSEP). This task order is the first part of a multi-year contract, with a potential value of approximately $250 million.
  • L-3 Wins Contract to Upgrade Machinery Control Systems for Military Sealift Command's T-AOE Fast Combat Support Ships L-3 Communications 24 Feb 2010 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to replace the Machinery Control System (MCS) on Military Sealift Command's (MSC) T-AOE Fast Combat Support Ships. The total contract, valued at more than $40 million, includes design, manufacturing and testing of the new equipment for one ship, with options for the remaining ships of the class.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Apache M-TADS/PNVS Performance Based Logistics Follow-On Contract Lockheed Martin 24 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a follow-on Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract to support the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (TADS/PNVS) and Modernized TADS/PNVS (M-TADS/PNVS) systems on the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The contract has a potential value of $90 million for 2010.
  • Northrop Grumman Doubles Production Capacity for Key Components of In-demand U.S. Army Infrared Countermeasures Systems Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced the company has more than doubled the production capacity for its Viper™ laser and pointer/tracker assembly, integral components for several different infrared countermeasures (IRCM) systems designed and produced for the U.S. and allied nations to protect aircraft from MANPADS (man portable air defense system) threats.
  • Statement From Northrop Grumman on Receipt of Tanker Final RFP Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2010 -- The following is a statement from Randy Belote, vice president of strategic communications for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), concerning today's release of the final Request For Proposals (RFP) for the U.S. Air Force aerial refueling tanker modernization program.

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