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12 April 2010 Military News

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  • Transcript: Remarks by Secretary Gates and Brazilian Minister of Defense Jobim at the signing of the U.S.-Brazilian Defense Cooperation Agreement from the Pentagon DoD 12 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Brazilian Minister of Defense Nelson Jobim
  • RIA-JMTC signs agreement with Sivyer Steel Army News 12 Apr 2010 -- Sivyer Steel Corporation has signed an agreement effective today with Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center that will attract additional work to both facilities. The partnership is expected to strengthen and advance the foundry industry in the Quad City community.
  • Voluntary Enlisted Early Release Program announced for FY10 Marines USMC News 12 Apr 2010 -- Many Marines reaching the end of their tours let out a sigh of relief on March 26 as the Marine Corps released Marine Administrative Message 177/10.
  • 'First Team' Marines continue training for MEU mission USMC News 12 Apr 2010 -- Pilots and their crews undergo rigorous training to prepare themselves in the event of a crash in a combat zone, but they are not the only personnel who train to be ready. Marines and sailors on the ground and at sea also train to answer the call.
  • First responders come to rescue against hazardous material incidents USMC News 12 Apr 2010 -- The Bob Hope Theater aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar was the site of a simulated terrorist hazardous material attack, April 7.
  • Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group Returns from Deployment Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), amphibious transport dock USS Cleveland (LPD 7), and dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) return to San Diego April 14, after a six-month deployment to Middle East and Southeast Asia.
  • Carl Vinson Arrives at New Home Port Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- SAN DIEGO - USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and its 3,500 crew members arrived at their new homeport at Naval Air Station North Island April 12, completing a coast-to-coast transit following operations in the U.S. Navy's 4th Fleet area of operations.
  • Enterprise Crew Aboard, Preparing for Upcoming Deployment Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- For the first time in two years, the crew of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) was aboard the aircraft carrier as the ship began a six-day fast cruise in the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard April 11, marking the completion of an extended maintenance availability.
  • USS Klakring Begins Southern Seas 2010 Deployment Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- USS Klakring (FFG 42) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Detachment (Det) 10 departed Naval Station Mayport, Fla., April 5 to conduct Southern Seas 2010.
  • MCPON Highlights Contributions, Sacrifices of the Submarine Force Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) visited Naval Submarine Base New London and the World War II National Submarine Memorial in Groton, Conn., from April 8 to 10 to mark the Submarine Force's 110th birthday and commemorate the 47th anniversary of the loss of USS Thresher (SSN 593).
  • USS Independence Trains Crew to Handle Aircraft Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- Sailors aboard USS Independence (LCS 2), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, prepared to embark aircraft aboard the ship by conducting simulated training April 6 and 7 in a variety of situations involving aircraft operations, while in port at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
  • APS Fisheries Management Workshop Helps African Nations Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- Members of an Italian Navy Mobile Training Team (INMTT) conducted a fisheries management workshop for 15 sailors from Cape Verde, The Gambia, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone here April 10 aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) as part Africa Partnership Station (APS) West.
  • Navy T-39 Crashes Near Blue Ridge, Georgia Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- A T-39N Sabreliner crashed near Ellijay, Ga., at approximately 4 p.m. April 12. There were four personnel aboard the aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing Six based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
  • DESRON 24, U.S. Ships Arrive off the Coast of Scotland for Joint Warrior Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- U.S. Navy ships led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron 24 (DESRON 24) arrived in Faslane, Scotland, April 9 to participate in Joint Warrior 10-1, a multinational semi-annual exercise held off the coast of Scotland.
  • US Navy Drill Team Participates in Joint Service Drill Competition Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- In front of a crowd stretching from the historic Lincoln Memorial to the reflecting pool, the U.S. Navy Drill Team, based at the Anacostia Annex, participated in the 5th annual Joint Service Drill Competition April 11 in the nation's capitol.
  • CNO Extends Condolences to Poland Navy NewsStand 12 Apr 2010 -- On behalf of the men and women of the U.S. Navy, I extend our deepest condolences to our fellow Sailors in the Polish Navy for the loss of their Navy Commander-in-Chief Vice Admiral Andrzej Karweta as well as their president and other national leaders in the tragic plane crash April 10.
  • KC-135 testing aims at fueling efficiency, cost savings AFNS 12 Apr 2010 -- Engineers at the Air Force Flight Test Center here are testing a system known as the Automatic Receiver Aircraft Identification, or ARAI. Currently installed on a test aerial refueler, if the tests are successful, they say, the system will significantly improve air-to-air refueling.
  • Air Forces Africa officials take part in cultural training AFNS 12 Apr 2010 -- Air Forces Africa's personnel directorate staff has been working with Air Force Culture and Language Center members at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in recent months to tailor a training program for people charged with building and maintaining relationships in Africa.
  • Gates, Brazilian Defense Minister Sign Security Pact AFPS 12 Apr 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim signed a new defense cooperation agreement today that Gates said provides an example of partnership and “offers a transparent, positive model for engagement throughout the Americas.”
  • Global Hawk flies first operational mission over Canada AFNS 12 Apr 2010 -- For the first time, an RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted vehicle flew its first operational mission over Canadian airspace. The aircraft was flown April 8 by pilots and sensor operators from the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron here.
  • Field exercise readies II MHG for expeditionary environment USMC News 12 Apr 2010 -- The Marines of II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group know that unit readiness can only be analyzed by action, and they recently put themselves to the test to ensure they are ready to take to the field when the time comes.
  • Medvedev hopes no 'premature end' to new START treaty RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia could raise the issue of the scrapping of a new arms reduction treaty should the United States create an "imbalance," but hopes this will not happen.
  • Russia, U.S. seek 'general nuclear disarmament' RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2010 -- Russia and the United States have agreed that all nuclear powers should subsequently join the process of strategic arms reduction, a top Russian military official said on Monday.
  • Russia's Pyotr Veliky missile cruiser to make port call in Syria RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2010 -- Russia's nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky will make a port call in Syria's Mediterranean port of Tartus ahead of Russian Navy drills in the Indian Ocean, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
  • Russian destroyer escorts 12 civilian ships in Gulf of Aden RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2010 -- The Russian Pacific Fleet's Udaloy-class missile destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov began on Monday escorting 12 civilian vessels off the coast of Somalia, a Russian Navy spokesman said.
  • Ground forces commander warns enemies over possible mistake IRNA 12 Apr 2010 -- Commander of the Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pour-Dastan said on Monday that if the enemies dare to commit any mistake and launch military assault on Iran, they will be given a crushing and humiliating response.
  • Iran boosts air defenses with new missile system RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2010 -- Iran has developed and successfully tested its first domestically-built air defense system capable of destroying aircraft at low and medium altitudes, Press TV cited the country's defense minister as saying.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 Apr 2010
  • Press Briefing by Jeff Bader, NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs The White House 12 Apr 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 12, 2010
  • Russian firm joins world's Top 20 arms producers RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2010 -- Russia's Almaz-Antei company has moved to 18th place on the global list of Top 100 defense firms compiled by a respected Swedish think tank.
  • Boeing to Provide Next-Generation GPS Ground Systems Support to US Air Force Boeing 12 Apr 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that, as part of the Raytheon team awarded the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) advanced control segment program (OCX), it will develop portions of the U.S. Air Force's new ground control segment. GPS OCX will provide more secure, accurate, and precise navigation around the world for military, humanitarian and commercial applications.
  • ATK Acquires Blackhawk - Diversifying Further into the Growing Security Market ATK 12 Apr 2010 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has acquired Blackhawk Industries Products Group Unlimited, LLC, one of the most recognizable brands in the rapidly expanding security market. The acquisition of Blackhawk, combined with the recent acquisition of Eagle Industries, strengthens ATK's position in tactical accessories and equipment for domestic and international military, law enforcement, security, and sport enthusiast markets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
  • H-450 tops 30,000 flight hours in theatre Thales 12 Apr 2010 -- The UK Hermes 450 (H-450) fleet of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have now flown more than 30,000 operational hours - over 2,000 sorties – and is providing the lions’ share of airborne ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) supporting UK forces in current operations.
  • Boeing Completes Site Acceptance Testing of Australia's Network Centric Command and Control System Boeing 12 Apr 2010 -- Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], today announced that Project Vigilare, a Network Centric Command and Control System (NC3S) solution for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), has passed Site Acceptance Testing at the Northern Regional Operational Centre (NROC) located at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory.
  • Boeing, Air Force, Air National Guard Roll Out 1st Operational F-15C with Enhanced Radar Boeing 12 Apr 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] representatives joined the U.S. Air Force and Florida Air National Guard (ANG) in Jacksonville today to roll out the first operational ANG F-15C equipped with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Boeing is under contract to upgrade 14 ANG and 10 Air Force F-15C/D aircraft with AESA.
  • Thales signs contract to equip additional FREMM frigates Thales 12 Apr 2010 -- Thales has signed a contract to equip France’s additional three FREMM frigates with radar, infrared search and track, sonar and communications systems - bringing to 11 the number of French multi-mission frigates the company will supply.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers the 1,000TH Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Missile to the U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin 12 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) program team has delivered its 1,000th missile to the U.S. Air Force. The missile was completed as part of the seventh production lot at the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control facility in Troy, AL.
  • Lockheed Martin Completes First Live Tracking Exercise with New Multi-Mission, Open Architecture Aegis Signal Processor Lockheed Martin 12 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully identified and tracked numerous live targets for the first time using its new Multi-Mission Signal Processor (MMSP). The MMSP is intended to help combine next-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense and Anti-Air Warfare capabilities in an open combat system architecture for the U.S. Navy.
  • Lockheed Martin Submits Littoral Combat Ship Proposal to U.S. Navy Lockheed Martin 12 Apr 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team submitted its proposal for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fiscal year 2010-2014 contract to the U.S. Navy today.
  • Northrop Grumman Launches Next Generation of Wheelbarrow Bomb Disposal Vehicle Northrop Grumman 12 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has launched the latest enhanced version of its industry-leading Wheelbarrow unmanned ground vehicle for the remote handling and surveillance of hazardous threats. The Wheelbarrow Mk9 vehicle, designed, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman in the UK, includes significant advances in technology and performance and a range of new features that will improve its capabilities for both civil security and defence applications.
  • Northrop Grumman Navigation Capabilities Successfully Tested in Support of Automated Aerial Refueling Program Northrop Grumman 12 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) navigation products exceeded data collection and characterization test objectives and provided excellent robust performance during recent flight tests for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR) program in conjunction with the Air Force Flight Test Center's Test Operations Combined Test Force, the 190th Air Refueling Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard, and the Calspan Corporation.
  • SAIC Awarded Contract to Support Naval Air Systems Command SAIC 12 Apr 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a contract by the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to support the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Corporate Operations and Comptroller Offices with a full range of organizational and business services. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options and a ceiling value of $84 million for all awardees. Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Md. and at NAVAIR sites as required.

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