05 April 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Apr 2010 [PDF]
- Forces Detain Insurgent Leaders in Iraq AFPS 05 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested eight alleged members of al-Qaida in Iraq in recent combined operations with American military advisors throughout central and northern Iraq, military officials reported.
- Soldiers learn to teach anti-explosive techniques Army News 05 Apr 2010 -- Improvised explosive devices are the main threat throughout the Iraq Joint Operations Area, and Soldiers were trained to locate them at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, March 31.
- 49th Transportation Battalion celebrates with replacement unit Army News 05 Apr 2010 -- The 49th Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) out of Fort Hood, Texas, spent some time getting to know its replacement unit at a battalion social March 28 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
- Mobile Redistribution Team cleans up Mosul Army News 05 Apr 2010 -- Members of the Mobile Redistribution Team at Contingency Operating Base Marez, Iraq, work around the clock to clean up unit's supply inventory, save taxpayer's money and prepare the base for the responsible drawdown of troops and equipment from Iraq.
- More than third of equipment now out of Iraq Army News 05 Apr 2010 -- The Army is now 35 percent complete in its effort to move equipment and materiel out of Iraq as part of the withdrawal from that country.
- Task Force Diamond Head thwarts indirect attacks in Iraq Army News 05 Apr 2010 -- "Indirect fire" refers to the firing of a weapon without a direct line-of-sight between the weapon and its target; it's indiscriminate and it's deadly.
- EODOSU 10 Deploys to Middle East Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2010 -- Fifteen Sailors with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU) 10 deployed April 1 for six month deployments to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations.
- Manas Airmen move troops into Afghanistan AFNS 05 Apr 2010 -- Airmen from the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron here moved approximately 50,000 multinational, U.S. and coalition troops, and the petroleum, oil and lubricants flight Airmen issued 12,500,102 gallons of jet fuel in March.
- Afghan President Karzai Stands by Fraud Comments VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he stands by his remarks last week accusing the West of carrying out election fraud in Afghanistan.
- US Remains Concerned About Afghan President Karzai VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- The Obama administration has again voiced concern about statements from Afghan President Hamid Karzai blaming the West for election fraud in his country.
- Afghan, International Forces Capture, Kill Militants AFPS 05 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and international forces killed 10 militants and detained several others in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, and coalition forces found and destroyed several stockpiles of weapons, military officials reported.
- NMCB 7 Air Detachment Seabees Improve Conditions in Petionville for Displaced Haitians Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2010 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7's Air Detachment are improving roads and installing engineering controls to improve living conditions for the more than 40,000 residents of Camp Petionville, an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Port-au-Prince.
- Transcom Shows ‘Can-Do’ Spirit Supporting Haiti AFPS 05 Apr 2010 -- Discussing the spirit of U.S. Transportation Command’s support for earthquake relief and rebuilding in Haiti, Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb said nothing sums it up quite as poignantly as the story of Army Lt. Col. Ralph Riddle.
- Multiple Drug Seizures Highlight Freedom's 4th Fleet Deployment Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2010 -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Freedom (LCS 1), completed its operational deployment April 4 for U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO)/U.S. 4th Fleet (C4F) in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Defense Policy / Programs
- 24th MEU Marines and Sailors lend Navy a hand for DIMDEX USMC News 05 Apr 2010 -- USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) joined 12 other warships from around the world at the Doha international port to participate in the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference March 29-31.
- Air Force, Army officials partner to improve interoperability AFNS 05 Apr 2010 -- Officials from the Army's I-Corps Air and Missile Defense Detachment moved into 5th Air Support Operations Squadron facilities here in late March and now Soldiers and Airmen will work side-by-side strengthening the joint teamwork that will be critical in combat.
- Marine squadron stands up at Eglin AFNS 05 Apr 2010 -- The first-ever Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter training squadron, the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, stood up April 2 here.
- 26th MEU rolls through Fort Pickett, prepares for next step in pre-deployment training USMC News 05 Apr 2010 -- Marines and sailors with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Fort Pickett, Va., April 5, after 14 days of pre-deployment training. The training aboard Fort Pickett was the first unit-wide field exercise.
- Gunston Hall Completes First Phase of APS Mission Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2010 -- Africa Partnership Station (APS) West platform USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) completed the first APS phase of its mission in Ghana March 30.
- Airmen support space shuttle launch AFNS 05 Apr 2010 -- Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Air Forces Northern officials provided airspace control and manning support to the successful launch of Space Shuttle Discovery April 5 h
- Navy Career Tools Upgrade Enhances Privacy Individual Readiness Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2010 -- The Sea Warrior Program (Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems PMW 240) implemented Navy Career Tool enhancements that strengthen privacy and support individual readiness requirements April 5.
- On Short Notice, Shoup Fires for Effect Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2010 -- USS Shoup (DDG 86) completed a Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) exercise while conducting operations off the coast of Southern California March 30.
- Air Combat Command officials to host multinational personnel recovery exercise AFNS 05 Apr 2010 -- Air Combat Command officials will host the world's largest personnel recovery exercise, Angel Thunder 2010, April 12 through 23 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
- Medical exchange helps Third Army stay ready for no-notice deployment Army News 05 Apr 2010 -- Third Army and the Uzbekistan military came together March 22-26 for an information exchange on biomedical equipment repair.
- Department Employs Cameras in Counterinsurgency Fight AFPS 05 Apr 2010 -- In the lead-up to the summer fighting season in Afghanistan, the Defense Department is focused on helping troops counter the threat of makeshift bombs, employing among other things, cameras to catch insurgents in the act of planting explosives, a senior department official said last week.
- Gates Urges Air Force Cadets to Demonstrate Leadership AFPS 05 Apr 2010 -- As the United States and Russia prepare to sign a historic nuclear arms reduction treaty, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates related to Air Force cadets some lessons he has learned from a government career that has taken him from the shadows of the Cold War into a much-altered security landscape as the Pentagon’s chief.
- U.S.-Russia arms deal ratification may face problems - paper RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- The new Russian-U.S. arms reduction pact, to be signed on April 8 in Prague, will face problems on its way to ratification, Russian daily Kommersant said on Monday.
- Moscow dispels doubts over Russia-U.S. arms deal ratification RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Moscow is convinced that the new Russia-U.S. strategic arms reduction deal to be signed in Prague on April 8 will be ratified by both countries, a Russian presidential aide said on Monday.
- US Warns Venezuela on Weapons Purchase VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. State Department is questioning Venezuela's need to buy billions of dollars in weapons from Russia, voicing concern the arms may end up elsewhere in Latin America.
- Over $5 bln arms contracts with Venezuela in the works - Putin RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Venezuela could sign over $5 billion worth of contracts for Russian arms and military equipment, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday.
- Russian Arms Sales to Venezuela Could Total $5 Billion VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Russia could sell as much as $5 billion worth of weapons to Venezuela.
- Russia signs $1.2 bln contract for jet fighter delivery to Algeria, Uganda RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport has signed two contracts worth $1.2 billion on the deliveries of 16 jet fighters to Algeria and another six fighters to Uganda, the Russian Vedomosti daily reported on Monday.
- Russia ratifies deals on border protection with S.Ossetia, Abkhazia RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a law on ratifying treaties with the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on joint border protection, the Kremlin press office said on Monday.
- Russian destroyer protects ships from pirates RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- The Russian Pacific Fleet's Udaloy class missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov started escorting 15 civilian vessels through the Gulf of Aden near the Somali coast on Monday to protect the ships from pirates, a Russian Navy spokesman said.
- Russian North Fleet destroyer to rejoin fleet after 18 years RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- The Vice-Admiral Kulakov destroyer will rejoin Russia's Northern Fleet after an 18-year overhaul, a spokesman for the Severnaya Verf shipyard said on Monday.
- Russia's Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered cruiser plies English Channel RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- The Russian nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky, deployed to participate in the largest Russian Navy drills in the Indian Ocean, has crossed the English Channel for the first time in her history.
- South Korea Sends Warship After Hijacked Oil Tanker VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- South Korea has sent a warship to intercept an oil tanker it believes was hijacked by Somali pirates.
- Military denies report about 10% pay raise for military officers CNA 05 Apr 2010 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) denied a media report Monday that each military officer could get a 10 percent pay raise after the preferential tax treatment given to military personnel is eliminated, as early as next year.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Apr 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for April 05, 2010
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Base Contracts in All Categories of TASER; Responding to NGA's Most Pressing Geospatial Intelligence Systems Requirements Northrop Grumman 05 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been named one of four recipients to receive contracts in all areas of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) program, providing timely and innovation solutions to critical geospatial intelligence requirements.
- Lockheed Martin Team Receives Recognition from Missile Defense Agency for Satellite Shoot-Down Lockheed Martin 05 Apr 2010 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) recognized the team of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] engineers who played a significant role in the successful destruction of an errant United States satellite in 2008, preventing it from an uncontrolled and unpredictable reentry and potential crash to Earth.
- Northrop Grumman Announces Next Test Phase for U.S. Marine Corps G/ATOR System Northrop Grumman 05 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the next system test phase for the Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) system. G/ATOR will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with a highly-mobile multi-mission radar with enhanced capabilities which replaces five legacy Marine Corps ground-based radars.
- SAIC Wins $108 Million Contract to Support Navy Tactical Mobile Program SAIC 05 Apr 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a prime contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to provide systems engineering and technical support services to the Navy Tactical Mobile (TacMobile) Program. The single-award contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options and a total contract value of more than $108 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed in Charleston, S.C., and Patuxent River, Md.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 Apr 2010
- Press Conference by Security Council President United Nations 05 Apr 2010
- UN peacekeeper, contractors killed by insurgents in north-western DR Congo UN News Centre 05 Apr 2010 -- A United Nations peacekeeper and two contractors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were shot dead by insurgents who attacked the capital of Equateur province, Mbandaka, yesterday, first striking at the governor’s mansion and national assembly before temporarily occupying the airport.
- Ban proposes drawdown of 2,000 UN peacekeepers from DR Congo by end of June UN News Centre 05 Apr 2010 -- Despite continued violence and human rights abuses by both rebels and the army, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has made sufficient progress over much of its vast territory for the 20,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force to withdraw up to 2,000 troops by June.
- US Signals Support for 'Brief' Sudan Election Delay VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- The Obama administration indicated Monday that the United States would support a "brief" delay in Sudan's elections set for next week, if it would help resolve complaints about the electoral process. The U.S. envoy to Sudan Scott Gration is in Khartoum working with government and opposition party officials on election procedures.
- DRC Troops Retake Airport After Rebel Attack VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Government forces have regained control of an airport in the northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, a day after it was seized by rebels.
- Confusion, Division Plague Sudan's Opposition Ahead of Polls VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Confusion reigns in north and south Sudan following a series of mixed declarations about boycotting an election just one week away. Opposition parties claim the April vote is already rigged in favor of the Sudanese president and his ruling party, but the national elections commission says the vote will take place as scheduled.
- U.S. Group Calls on International Community not to Legitimize Sudan Elections VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- The U.S.-based Save Darfur Coalition – an alliance of more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations – said the decision by some opposition parties to boycott this month’s election in Sudan underscores the lack of legitimacy in the process.
- PHILIPPINES: Risk of fresh violence puts IDPs in danger IRIN 05 Apr 2010 -- Muslim separatists waging a bloody insurgency to carve out an independent Muslim state in the southern Philippines are warning of fresh violence after rejecting an offer for limited autonomy from the government.
- Obama Reported Pressing to Slow Congressional Push for Iran Sanctions VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- The Obama administration is reported to be pressing key members of the U.S. Congress to allow more time before taking final action on legislation that would impose tough, unilateral sanctions on Iran. The president says he believes there can be success within weeks, rather than months, in building a tough sanctions resolution in the U.N. Security Council.
- Sanctions 'will only boost Iran's nuclear ambitions' RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Any sanctions imposed against Iran over its nuclear program will only increase the Islamic Republic's desire to move forward with uranium enrichment, a Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
- Three bomb blasts rock Pakistan's Peshawar IRNA 05 Apr 2010 -- A series of three bomb blasts rocked the highly security zone in Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar in rush hour on Monday, causing casualties, witnesses said.
- Two guards die as bombers target American consulate in Pakistan IRNA 05 Apr 2010 -- A group of suicide bombers attacked the American consulate in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least two Pakistani security guards, police said.
- Taliban claim responsibility for American consulate attack IRNA 05 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for suicide attacks on American consulate in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, which killed at least two security guards, police said.
- U.S. Consulate In Peshawar Attacked, Taliban Claim Responsibility RFE/RL 05 Apr 2010 -- At least eight people were killed today and several injured when Taliban militants launched an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan.
- Suicide Attacks Kill 45 in Pakistan VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Authorities in northwestern Pakistan say a coordinated gun-and-bomb attack targeting a U.S. Consulate and a suicide-bomb explosion have killed at least 45 people. Pakistani leaders have condemned the attack, saying the country is determined to tackle militancy.
- Russian deputies cautiously back anti-terrorism media proposal RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Russian pro-Kremlin United Russia party deputies have cautiously backed a proposal to forbid media outlets from broadcasting statements by terrorists.
- Globalization of terror outpacing international response RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- While western countries have expressed their condolences over the terrorist attack on the Moscow Metro, many foreign analysts explain it as a consequence of Russia’s failure to deal with the situation in the North Caucasus.
- New Suicide Bomb Attacks Hit Russia's North Caucasus VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- A suicide bomber has killed at least two police officers and wounded three others in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, a week after 50 people were killed in terrorist attacks across Russia.
- SUDAN: Saving animals to save lives IRIN 05 Apr 2010 -- As a region still recovering from years of brutal civil war and battling inter-ethnic clashes and food insecurity, Southern Sudan would appear to have bigger worries than animal welfare.
- UN’s Ban Calls On Uzbekistan To Improve Rights Record RFE/RL 05 Apr 2010 -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in Uzbekistan on the third stop on his five-nation Central Asian tour, today told Uzbek authorities it is "time to deliver" on pledges to respect human rights.
- UN chief calls on Uzbekistan to deliver on human rights pledges UN News Centre 05 Apr 2010 -- Respect for human rights is key to ensuring a modern and prosperous Uzbekistan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging the Government to fully implement the numerous global agreements it has committed itself to.
- UN appeals for more funds to assist people facing food crisis in Niger UN News Centre 05 Apr 2010 -- United Nations aid agencies and their partners in Niger today appealed for an additional $132.9 million to fund humanitarian programmes in the West African country, which is facing a severe food crisis following poor harvests caused by inadequate rainfall last year.
- Tensions High in Bangkok After Protesters Invade Election Offices VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- A standoff in Thailand between protesters and the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva continues. Fears of possible violence are rising after scores of protesters stormed electoral commission offices.
- Brazil to develop carrier rocket by 2014 RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Brazil plans to develop its own carrier rocket for conveying small satellites into orbit by 2014, the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) said on Monday.
- Discovery shuttle sets off for one of final missions RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Discovery space shuttle blasted off on Monday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on one of NASA's final stockpiling missions to the International Space Station.
- Russia to launch Cryosat-2 satellite on April 8 RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- The launch of the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 Earth Explorer satellite on a Russian Rokot carrier rocket is scheduled for April 8, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Monday.
- Russia delivers first stage for South Korea's new space rocket RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2010 -- Russia has delivered the first stage for the South Korea's new-generation space launch vehicle, the Russian space producer said on Monday.
- Mekong Leaders Agree to Improve Cooperation on River VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Leaders of Mekong River nations meeting in Thailand have agreed to improve cooperation on using river resources. The agreement comes after a severe drought dropped the Southeast Asian river's levels to a 50-year low, raising pressure on China to provide regular information on its upstream dams.
- ASIA: People’s voice absent in Mekong river talks - activists IRIN 05 Apr 2010 -- Millions of people living in and around Southeast Asia’s largest river, the Mekong, need a greater voice in determining its future, say activists.
- Shuttle Discovery Launches Mission to Space Station VOA 05 Apr 2010 -- Space shuttle Discovery has launched on a mission to deliver new science equipment to the International Space Station.
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