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01 April 2010 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • Airpower Summary: March 28 AFNS 01 Apr 2010
  • Special Forces in Iraq to Remain through Drawdown AFPS 01 Apr 2010 -- U.S. special operations forces in Iraq will remain at current levels even as the number of American troops there is nearly halved over the next five months, the top special operations commander said today.
  • Soldiers work multi-billion-dollar mission in support of Iraq drawdown Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, someone is washing vehicles and equipment at the wash rack on Camp Arifjan.
  • Iraqis Arrest 4 Terrorism Suspects AFPS 01 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi security forces yesterday arrested four suspected terrorists during a combined operation in southwestern Baghdad designed to capture a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader.
  • Airmen sustain increased airlift flow to Afghanistan AFNS 01 Apr 2010 -- Airmen at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan increased airfield operations recently in direct support of Marines during the U.S. troop increase called for by President Barack Obama to target the insurgency and secure key population centers.
  • Afghan President Blames Foreigners for Vote Fraud VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is blaming foreigners for widespread fraud during last year's presidential election.
  • Afghan, International Forces Kill Roadside Bomber AFPS 01 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and international forces killed a roadside bomber in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province today, military officials reported.
  • Airmen medically treat, evacuate 46 Afghans in mass casualty incident AFNS 01 Apr 2010 -- Airmen here responded to a mass casualty incident in Helmand Province March 31 following an improvised explosive device explosion at a local market in Nahr-e Saraj.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Call for return to aid basics IRIN 01 Apr 2010 -- When Antonio Donini was head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Kabul in the late 1990s, large parts of the Afghanistan were controlled - as is the case now - by anti-government insurgents. But there was an important difference - humanitarian organizations had access to areas not under the government's authority.
  • US Navy Ship Captures Suspected Somali Pirates VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- U.S. naval forces say they have captured five suspected pirates after exchanging gunfire, sinking their boat and confiscating a suspected mother ship.
  • USS Nicholas Captures Suspected Pirates AFPS 01 Apr 2010 -- The crew of the USS Nicholas captured suspected pirates today after exchanging fire, sinking a skiff and confiscating a suspected mother ship.
  • Three Fort Hood Units Return from Haiti Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- The long bus ride from Fort Sill, Okla. to Fort Hood, Texas ended just past midnight, but their mission in Haiti ended days before that.
  • HAITI: A blueprint for redevelopment IRIN 01 Apr 2010 -- With US$5.3 billion pledged over the next two years to Haiti - far exceeding expectations - and a further $9 billion for longer-term needs, the means exist for what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes will be a “sweeping exercise in nation-building on a scale and scope not seen in generations”.
  • HAITI: Women demand role in reconstruction IRIN 01 Apr 2010 -- Women's civil society groups were noticeable by their absence from the landmark Haiti donor conference on 31 March, which secured pledges of US$5.3 billion over the next two years to support the country’s post-quake recovery.
  • North Dakota National Guard Flood Operations End Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- The North Dakota National Guard will end 2010 flood operations today, as the remaining members of a Cass County quick response force team complete their out-processing. Gov. John Hoeven activated the Guard on March 15 to respond to the flood threat, which was especially prevalent in southeastern North Dakota.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Washington summit to focus on vulnerability of nuclear materials RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- The nuclear security summit to be held in Washington in mid-April will focus mainly on the vulnerability of nuclear materials, the U.S. presidential representative on non-proliferation matters said.
  • DoD News: Department of Defense Announces Selected Acquisition Reports DoD 01 Apr 2010-- The Department of Defense (DoD) has released details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the September 2008 reporting period. This information is based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to the Congress for the December 2009 reporting period.
  • VA secretary releases draft Gulf War task force report AFNS 01 Apr 2010 -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced March 31 that the department's Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force has completed the final draft of a comprehensive report that will redefine how VA officials address the concerns of veterans who deployed during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991.
  • VA to Intensify Gulf War Illness Outreach, Care AFPS 01 Apr 2010 -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki yesterday announced promising news for veterans of the Persian Gulf War experiencing the broad range of symptoms referred to as Gulf War Illnesses.
  • DoD News: Statement by Army Secretary John McHugh DoD 01 Apr 2010 -- "“Yesterday, in response to a series of questions from reporters regarding “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, I made several statements that require further comment."
  • USS New Mexico Commissioned Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- USS New Mexico (SSN 779) became the newest ship in the U.S. Navy March 27, following its commissioning ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station.
  • USS Freedom to Enter 3rd Fleet Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- USS Freedom (LCS 1) will reach its latest significant milestone when she enters the 3rd Fleet Area of Responsibility April 4.
  • Engineers discuss lessons learned during Maneuver Support Conference Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- More than 300 Soldiers from across U.S. Army Europe and select individuals from the Army's engineer branch came together to participate in the Maneuver Support Conference March 24-26 at Patrick Henry Village here.
  • USAACE flight school leaders implement changes Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- Recent changes to Flight School XXI training condensed course material and expedited the production of pilots, according to officials.
  • 43rd Signal Battalion hits process improvement home runs with Lean Six Sigma Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- After people take their cars to a mechanic for a general maintenance check-up or an oil change, their drive is a little smoother, the gears feel tighter, and they have an overall sense that things are running better than before.
  • Casey rolls out plan for 21st century Army Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. asked the crowd of about 2,000 how they were doing and after a hearty "Hooha" response, he proceeded to tell them how they were doing.
  • Simulation training with Special Forces Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- The office would be the ultimate playground for video game enthusiasts. There are three, 42-inch flat screen televisions, multiple computer consoles, sound proof walls and top of the line gaming equipment.
  • USAMITC cuts ribbon for new IT support center Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Army Medical Information Technology Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 25 officially opening the Enterprise Service Desk support center in the newly renovated Building 2272 on post.
  • 3ID Language Training Facility prepares Soldiers for deployment Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- The 3rd Infantry Division Language Training Facility is housed in two trailers across from the Spartan Dining Facility. But despite their temporary dwellings, what goes on in these trailers is some very important training that Soldiers can get before deploying overseas. In the LTF, Soldiers learn the language and customs of the countries they are deploying to.
  • Vanguard Brigade prepares to roll out to NTC Army News 01 Apr 2010 -- Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, have been working long hours to prepare thousands of troops and equipment for the move cross-country, where the brigade is scheduled to conduct its pre-deployment mission rehearsal exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in the coming weeks.
  • ONR-Guided Technology Tracks Assets Inside of Ships Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is funding emerging technology that will allow wireless surveillance not only of ships and aircraft, but also the tracking of people and high value assets inside the ships.
  • BHR ARG, 11th MEU Leave 7th Fleet to End Deployment Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- Sailors and Marines of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) April 1 for the final leg of a seven-month deployment.
  • Navy Names New CYBERFOR/NETWARCOM Commanders Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- Prospective commanders for Navy Cyber Forces (CYBERFOR) and Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) were announced by the chief of naval operations March 31.
  • Henson Concludes Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station 2010 with Brazil Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- Military Sealift Command naval oceanographic survey ship USNS Henson (T-AGS 63) hosted a closing ceremony March 30 aboard the ship for Brazilian Navy oceanographers and hydrographers participating in the first Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station (O-SPS) engagement.
  • Navy's First Recovery Act Project in Hawaii Completed Early Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- The official turnover of repaired runways at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai, Hawaii, March 23 marks the completion of the first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded project awarded by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii.
  • Continuum of Service Initiatives Give Sailors More Options Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- The Navy announced measures to streamline the processes for Sailors transitioning from active duty to Navy Reserve in NAVADMIN 114/10 March 29.
  • CNIC Visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- The commander of Navy Installations Command toured Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) March 29-30,for the first time since Naval Station Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base combined to become JBPHH.
  • President Remarks on Navy's Biofuel Program Navy NewsStand 01 Apr 2010 -- President Barack Obama announced March 31 his administration's future plans on energy security to include the Department of Navy's (DoN) biofuel program inside Hangar 3 at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
  • Yokota officials host bilateral safety conference AFNS 01 Apr 2010 -- Forty-two Japanese civilian general aviation pilots landed here March 20 for the Kanto Plain Mid-Air Collision and Avoidance Conference conducted by the staff of the 374th Airlift Wing Safety Office.
  • General Schwartz releases 2010 CSAF Reading List AFNS 01 Apr 2010 -- The Air Force chief of staff announced his latest CSAF reading list April 1.
  • Distribution Center Meets Warfighters’ Needs AFPS 01 Apr 2010 -- Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are getting their work done more quickly and efficiently, thanks to the U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center.
  • Iron horses still support logistics operations USMC News 01 Apr 2010 -- While the amount of equipment moved by rail aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany has diminished, rail still plays an important role in supporting the warfighter around the world.
  • Combat engineers keep tactical movement skills sharp USMC News 01 Apr 2010 -- Marines with Company A, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted military occupational specialty training at Kin Blue training area recently.
  • Logistics Marines, ROK Marines train together side by side USMC News 01 Apr 2010 -- The sharp cracks of simunition rounds being sent downrange echoed throughout the military operations in urban terrain facility as Marines - Korean and American - flowed side by side like water through the town ridding it of mock insurgents.
  • United States presence in Japan explained USMC News 01 Apr 2010 -- Dr. Robert D. Eldridge, deputy assistant chief of staff G-5 Marine Corps Bases Japan, provided a lecture on the security treaty and alliance between the U.S. and Japan to staff noncommissioned officers and officers at the new Joint Control Facility here March 25.
  • CLOSE COMBAT United States Marines learn Israeli fighting techniques USMC News 01 Apr 2010 -- A total of 15 Marines aboard the station were afforded the opportunity to take part in a two-week -long Israeli Krav Maga course at the IronWorks Gym here March 22 to April 2.
  • N.Korea's nuclear arms main focus of U.S. marines in Pacific - media RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- A U.S. military commander was quoted as saying by the regional media on Thursday that North Korea's nuclear weapons have been the principal "operational target" for U.S. marines, stationed in Japan's Okinawa.
  • Global Hawk wet runway testing yields positive results AFNS 01 Apr 2010 -- Airmen, civilians and contractors of the 452nd Flight Test Squadron here conducted RQ-4 Global Hawk wet runway testing with positive results throughout March here.
  • Voluntary servicemen to be paid more: MND CNA 01 Apr 2010 -- The monthly base salary for servicemen will increase by nearly 11 percent when a completely voluntary military service is introduced, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Thursday.
  • New German spy drone wrecked in test run in Afghanistan IRNA 01 Apr 2010 -- A new German spy drone failed a test run after colliding with a Transall military aircraft at an air field in northern Afghanistan on March 17, the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel said on Thursday.
  • Why Russia needs new corvettes RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010
  • Russian military denies problems with conscription RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry does not expect any problems with the military draft due to a sharp drop in birth rates in Russia in the 1990s, a senior military official said on Thursday.
  • Russian military claims draft evasion on rise, blames court system RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- The number of Russian conscripts evading military service has significantly increased while the courts refuse to bring them to justice, a deputy chief of the General Staff said on Thursday.
  • Georgia Protests Russian Plans For Heliports In South Ossetia RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- Georgia has protested Russian plans to build heliports in its breakaway republic of South Ossetia, RFE/RL's Georgian and Echo of the Caucasus services report.
  • U.S. voices concern over Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. has reiterated its concerns over Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia, a U.S. State Department official has said.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 01 Apr 2010
  • Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton aboard Air Force One en route Portland, ME The White House 01 Apr 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 01, 2010
  • Boeing Statement on Potential Extension of Deadline for Submission of KC-X Tanker Proposals Boeing 01 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Defense on March 31 said it will extend the deadline to receive proposals in the U.S. Air Force KC-X Tanker competition from May 10 to July 9 if European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) makes a formal request for an extension. The Boeing Company today responded with the following statement:
  • General Dynamics Demonstrates Precision Strike Capability for Tactical UAVs with 81mm Air-Dropped Guided Mortar General Dynamics 01 Apr 2010 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has successfully guided an 81mm Air-Dropped Guided Mortar (ADM) to a stationary ground target. The guide-to-target flight demonstrations, conducted at Ft. Sill, Okla., confirmed the ability of the 81mm ADM using a novel guidance kit and fuze to provide a precision strike capability for Tactical-Class Unmanned Aircraft (TUAV). The ADM was released from a TUAV using the company’s newly developed “Smart Rack” carriage and release system that enables weaponization of any TUAV platform.
  • GE and Navy Commit to Reducing Super Hornet SFC GE Aviation 01 Apr 2010 -- GE Aviation is teaming with the U.S. Navy to develop and adopt technologies aimed at reducing the specific fuel consumption (SFC) for the Navy's twin-engine F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet. The F414-GE-400 engine powers the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G aircraft.
  • Thales awarded Watchkeeper support contract Thales 01 Apr 2010 -- The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Thales UK the initial three-year support contract for the Watchkeeper Unmanned Air System (UAS) programme, for which Thales UK is also prime systems integrator.
  • Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 Conducts First Captive-Flight Test Raytheon 01 Apr 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 achieved a major milestone when it completed its first captive-flight test on an F/A-18E/F fighter aircraft.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Iranian Nuclear Negotiator Visits China Amid New Sanctions Talks RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- A top Iranian nuclear official has arrived in Beijing only hours after China signaled its intention to join other world powers in considering new sanctions on Tehran over its refusal to cooperate on nuclear issues.
  • Iran Six to discuss sanctions in coming weeks - Clinton RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- The six nations, involved in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program "continue to be unified" and will start consultations on a new set of sanctions in the coming weeks, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.
  • Russia's Medvedev Calls For Tough Measures After Bombings RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for tougher and more severe measures to combat terrorism, after a series of suicide bombings killed more than 50 people this week.
  • Moscow metro suicide bomber identified RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- The female suicide bomber who set off a bomb at Park Kultury metro station on March 29 has been identified, a source of the Russian security service in the North Caucasus Federal District said.
  • Suspects held in Russian bombings, organizers identified - FSB RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained suspects in connection with recent bomb attacks and identified their organizers, the FSB director said on Thursday.
  • Medvedev outlines anti-terrorism strategy for North Caucasus RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday listed five main components of the fight against terrorism in Russia's North Caucasus region.
  • Russian President Confronts Islamic Fundamentalism in Caucasus VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- President Dmitri Medvedev is in Dagestan in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus region, where another bomb blast added to a streak of deadly explosions that began this week in the Moscow subway. Chechen rebel Doku Umarov has claimed credit for the Moscow attack in the name of Islam. Mr. Medvedev has countered the claim with a moral appeal to the Islamic faith and its spiritual leaders in the Caucasus.
  • Mexican Officials May Have Discovered Motive for Killing of US Citizens VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- In Juarez, Mexico, authorities say a suspect they detained last week in connection with the March 13 murder of two US citizens has told them the reason for the killing may have to do with treatment of jailed gang members across the border in El Paso, Texas. One of the victims worked as a jailer in El Paso.
  • Pakistan to curtail presidential powers IRNA 01 Apr 2010 -- In a rare show of unity the ruling coalition and all opposition parties agreed late Wednesday night to introduce wide-ranging amendments in the constitution and curtail presidential powers to dissolve the parliament.
  • Court insists on reopening of Zardari’s corruption cases IRNA 01 Apr 2010 -- The Supreme Court Thursday objected at measures by Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency to reopen cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland and asked the government to send another letter to Swiss officials with the Prime Minister’s approval.
  • Ban urges leaders in Guinea-Bissau to maintain rule of law UN News Centre 01 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the military and political leadership of Guinea-Bissau to resolve their differences peacefully and to maintain constitutional order and the rule of law, after military incidents in which the Prime Minister was briefly detained.
  • ECOWAS Official Calls for Urgent Military Reform in Guinea-Bissau VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- A top official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional bloc is concerned about the security situation in Guinea-Bissau after mutinous soldiers briefly arrested the prime minister Thursday.
  • India Begins Census of 1.2 Billion People VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- India is kicking off an unprecedented effort to enumerate 1.2 billion people. The count is also meant to gather data for an equally ambitious project to give every Indian a unique identification card.
  • IRAQ: State food aid package slashed IRIN 01 Apr 2010 -- The Iraqi government has decided to cut by half the number of items in state food aid parcels - something that could affect roughly half the population, according to the Trade Ministry.
  • Tatar Cleric Warns Religious Divisions Could Trigger 'Civil War' RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- A senior Muslim cleric has warned against the spread of Wahhabism in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
  • Armenian Government Defends Secret Order RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- The Armenian government has upheld the legality of a secret order paving the way for military involvement in the suppression of the 2008 opposition protests in Yerevan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
  • ICC Prosecutor welcomes decision to move forward with Kenya probe UN News Centre 01 Apr 2010 -- The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today welcomed the body’s decision to grant his request to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of disputed Kenyan elections two years ago, and said he expects at least two cases to result from the probe.
  • North Indian Ocean Facing Greater Piracy Risk VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- Calmer waters have allowed Somali-based pirates to attack and hijack numerous vessels in the Indian Ocean in recent weeks. This year, pirates have widened their range of operations as far down as Mozambique Channel and as far east as India.
  • Name Change Closer For Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan's parliament has taken a key step toward renaming the country's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.
  • US Envoy Meets Sudan Opposition for Talks After Election Pullout VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, is holding talks with political leaders in Khartoum in an effort to save the credibility of this month's elections.
  • Kenyans Welcome ICC Probe into Election Violence VOA 01 Apr 2010 -- Kenyans are applauding Wednesday's decision by the International Criminal Court in The Hague to allow prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to investigate alleged crimes against humanity committed in the wake of the country's disputed 2007 elections. There is hope that justice will finally be served but some fear that the investigation could precipitate more violence.
  • Iraq's Turkomans Feel New Political Strength RFE/RL 01 Apr 2010 -- The Turkomans themselves express it best. Outside of Iraq, they say, people know about Sunnis, Shi'a, and Kurds. But almost nothing is known about the ethnically Turkic minority known as the Turkomans.
  • SIRAL, a new-generation radar altimeter-interferometer for the CryoSat satellite Thales 01 Apr 2010 -- Scientists worldwide are impatiently awaiting critical data to be supplied by the Thales Alenia Space-designed SIRAL interferometric radar altimeter, which will help them assess the size and thickness of polar ice and how it changes over time. By more precisely measuring its surface and changes in elevation, scientists will be able to better understand the ice cycle and our changing climate.

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