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25 February 2010 Military News

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  • Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon DoD 25 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
  • DoD News: Navy to Christen USNS Charles Drew DoD 25 Feb 2010 -- The Navy will christen and launch the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, during a 7 a.m. PST ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.
  • USS Tortuga Gets Underway Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- USS Tortuga (LSD 46) began its scheduled underway period in support of several high profile mission exercises Feb. 22.
  • Mount Whitney Completes ATFP Certification Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- Sailors aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) completed the ships Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Certification Feb. 15-17.
  • NAVSUP/Chief of Supply Corps visits Naval Forces Southern Command, 4th Fleet Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- The commander of Navy Supply System Command (NAVSUP) and chief of Supply Corps spoke with U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) representatives Feb. 2 about C4F supply and logistics departmental participation in Operation Unified Response.
  • SOUTHCOM Donates "Green" Lighting Materials to Joint El Salvadoran Air Force Base Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) donated $100,000 worth of lighting materials to the El Salvadoran Air Force 2nd Brigade Jan. 4. The Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa delivered the materials for SOUTHCOM to promote the U.S. military's "green" energy initiative.
  • USNS Matthew Perry Delivers Early Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- The Navy officially accepted USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) Feb. 24 during a ceremony at the General Dynamics-NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.
  • USS Reuben James Brings Good Will to East Timor Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- USS Reuben James (FFG 57) presented 28 boxes of clothing and toys to the Alola Foundation during a ceremony in East Timor on Feb 22.
  • Denver Earns Fifth Battle Efficiency Award Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces awarded forward-deployed amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) the Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award for superior performance and mission readiness throughout 2009.
  • Families Help Patriot Win Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- Commander Naval Surface Forces announced the mine counter-measures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7) the winner of the 2009 Battle Efficiency award for Commander Mine Counter-Measures Squadron 1 Feb. 11.
  • Peleliu Earns Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 25 Feb 2010 -- USS Peleliu (LHA 5) won the Battle Efficiency award for 2009, her second Battle "E" in three years.
  • DoD News: DOD Announces Fubini Award Recipient DoD 25 Feb 2010 -- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates presented today the Eugene G. Fubini Award for 2009 to James R. Schlesinger in the ceremony at the Pentagon.
  • Gates Calls for Better US Military Aid Program VOA 25 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States must do a better and more consistent job of helping other countries provide for their own defenses. That was the theme of a speech he gave on Wednesday when he accepted an award for distinguished public service from the Nixon Center, a Washington research organization.
  • Bilateral training strengthens American, Japanese ties AFNS 25 Feb 2010 -- A group of Japan Air Self Defense Force enlisted members recently experienced the on- and off-duty life of an American Airman during a bilateral exchange program held at Kadena Air Base Feb. 12 to 18.
  • Air Forces Africa officials test high-stress evacuation, operational abilities AFNS 25 Feb 2010 -- Members of 17th Air Force (Air Forces Africa) participated in their first in-house exercise since the unit stood up Oct. 1, 2008.
  • Controlling deployment stress is mission critical AFNS 25 Feb 2010 -- Members of the 732nd Combat Stress Control Det. at Ali Base suffer from a misnomer. The name implies they only treat mental health issues relating to combat.
  • Tempo Takes Toll on Navy, Marine Equipment AFPS 25 Feb 2010 -- The Navy and Marine Corps are performing at top level and maintaining high morale, but the high operational tempo is seriously overtaxing equipment and vehicles, service leaders told Congress this week.
  • Gates, Israeli Counterpart Discuss Security Issues AFPS 25 Feb 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was slated to host Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack at the Pentagon today to continue their ongoing discussions about a broad range of security issues, including Iran, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.
  • Military Must Better Prepare Against Internal Threats, General Says AFPS 25 Feb 2010 -- The Defense Department must “plan more diligently” and “seek to envision” internal threats to prevent tragedies like the mass shooting at Fort Hood last year from happening again, an independent military panel told Congress members today.
  • Army's budget request prioritizes BCT Modernization Army News 25 Feb 2010 -- The new Brigade Combat Team Modernization plan and the Army’s goal to "achieve balance" by 2011 are among top priorities in the service’s budget request for next year.
  • $1.9 billion in research to focus on protecting Soldiers Army News 25 Feb 2010 -- The Army's fiscal 2011 science and technology budget that recently went forward for approval tops out at $1.9 billion dollars and includes funding for advanced medical and force-protection research efforts.
  • Holbrook renovations complete at Fort Stewart Army News 25 Feb 2010 -- Extensive renovation work at Holbrook Pond Recreation Area and the Outdoor Recreation Center at Fort Stewart is complete, and the facility stands willing and able to serve Soldiers, their Families and others who like the idea of "getting away from it all and enjoying the great outdoors."
  • Barksdale undergoes renovation, construction projects AFNS 25 Feb 2010 -- Barksdale Air Force Base members have seen 42 renovation and construction projects completed here with more than 130 on the way as Air Force Global Strike Command integrates with the 2nd Bomb Wing here.
  • Regenerative Medicine Shows Promise for Wounded Warriors AFPS 25 Feb 2010 -- Movie-goers have seen the concept play out time and time again on the big screen. Sinister Borg drones reconstitute missing digits and limbs before their eyes in the “Star Wars” series. Alien Jack Jeebs in “Men in Black” regrows his head after it’s damaged or blown off.
  • Marine Corps clarifies updated tattoo policy USMC News 25 Feb 2010 -- The Marine Corps released a message providing clarity and additional guidance for its recent tattoo policy, Jan. 15.
  • Iskander plans in NW Russia not linked to U.S. deployment in Europe RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Russia's newly appointed chief of Ground Forces denied on Thursday the country's plans to equip units in the northwestern military district with Iskander missiles later this year have anything to do with U.S. missile deployment in Europe.
  • Russia's new Ground Forces chief urges drastic cuts in tanks RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Russia's newly appointed chief of Ground Forces said on Thursday Russia would do well with half the number of tanks it has today.
  • Moscow pushes for link between new arms deal with U.S. and missile defense RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Moscow expects a new nuclear arms reduction treaty between Russia and the United States to be linked to Washington's plans to deploy missile shield elements in Europe, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
  • Medvedev says no return to Cold War tensions over NATO expansion RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed speculation that Moscow's new military doctrine would see a return of Cold War tensions in an interview published on Thursday.
  • Yanukovych pledges to keep Ukraine out of military alliances RIA Novosti 25 Feb 2010 -- New Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said on Thursday that Kiev will build relations with both Europe and former Soviet republics, but will not form any military alliances either with NATO or Russia.
  • New top security adviser vows to protect national dignity CNA 25 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou's new top national security adviser said Thursday that his priority is safeguarding the country and its people and protecting national dignity.

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for February 25, 2010
  • Construction Begins at New Carriers' Base Port BAE Systems 25 Feb 2010 -- The programme to build the nation's new aircraft carriers gained further momentum today, as BAE Systems began construction at Portsmouth Naval Base - the future home of the Queen Elizabeth Class ships.
  • Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout Deploys Unmanned Ground Vehicles Northrop Grumman 25 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Fire Scout Vertical Unmanned Aircraft System (VUAS) demonstrated how the U.S. Army and other land forces could rely on its ability to ferry unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) and other logistics items into combat zones during the Army's recent Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) at Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Northrop Grumman's Bat(TM) Unmanned Aircraft System Successfully Completes First Flight Northrop Grumman 25 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has flown the first in a new series of Bat™ unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in January. Configured with a 12-foot wingspan, the Bat™-12 incorporates a highly-reliable Hirth engine as well as a low acoustic signature five-blade propeller. The new configuration increases the mission portfolio of Northrop Grumman's scalable Bat™ UAS product line. Northrop Grumman has been engaged in the development of unmanned systems for more than sixty years, delivering more than 100,000 unmanned solutions to military customers across the world.
  • Boeing Conducts Formal Qualification Testing of Joint Tactical Radio System Software Boeing 25 Feb 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has conducted formal qualification testing of five Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) waveforms on Ground Mobile Radios (GMR) Engineering Development Model hardware. The waveforms, which are similar to computer software applications, allow soldiers to share text, data and video; to communicate with current-force radios; and to employ high-frequency and satellite communications.
  • Boeing Receives US Army Production Contract for Brigade Combat Team Modernization Increment 1 Boeing 25 Feb 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it received a contract from the U.S. Army on Feb. 24 for low-rate initial production of the initial brigade set of Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) Increment 1 capabilities. Under the $138 million, fixed-price contract, a team led by Boeing with support from Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] will equip the first Infantry Brigade Combat Team with these networked capabilities, along with associated system engineering and program management support.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives Contract Option to Increase Number of AMF JTRS Engineering Development Models Lockheed Martin 25 Feb 2010 -- Additional equipment is being developed to support early integration and testing of a revolutionary tactical network that will provide warfighters in the air, on land and at sea with secure, interoperable communications. The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the Airborne, Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) has received a contract option to increase the number of engineering development models (EDM) by 60 percent.
  • U.S. Army Completes Field Testing of Northrop Grumman-Developed Next-Generation FBCB2 Software Northrop Grumman 25 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Army has completed formal evaluation of the next-generation software version of the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2), developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC). Field testing of the new software, called Joint Capabilities Release (JCR), was conducted at Fort Hood, Texas, from Sept. 28 to Nov. 20, 2009.
  • Raytheon Delivers 2,000th Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missile to U.S. Navy Raytheon 25 Feb 2010 -- In a significant production milestone, Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) delivered the 2,000th Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to the U.S. Navy.

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