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14 April 2010 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • Airpower Summary: April 13 AFNS 14 Apr 2010
  • Airpower Summary: April 12 AFNS 14 Apr 2010
  • 28th CSH welcomes Iraqi doctors to military base Army News 14 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi medical professionals at Yarmouk Hospital had to cut short a tour for U.S. doctors and Soldiers when an Iraqi Army soldier suffering from a gunshot wound was suddenly brought into their ward.
  • NATO Troops Leave Eastern Afghanistan Valley VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- NATO troops have pulled out of the remote Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan, a strategic shift they say allows troops to focus their efforts on protecting higher population areas.
  • AED-N holds battle drill to test response readiness Army News 14 Apr 2010 -- The Afghanistan Engineer District - North held a Special Teams Battle Drill on the Qalaa House compound in Kabul March 24.
  • USACE in Afghanistan keeps up with troop surge demands Army News 14 Apr 2010 -- Bagram Army Air Field is the hub for U.S. Servicemembers who in-process for the Operation Enduring Freedom troop surge. The permanent population at this massive installation northwest of Kabul continues to rise, and the transient population hovers around 3,000.
  • Troops in Afghanistan Detain Militants, Find Weapons AFPS 14 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and international forces detained several suspected militants and seized weapons stockpiles in recent Afghanistan operations, military officials reported.
  • Georgian battalion deploys as first wave of GDP-ISAF USMC News 14 Apr 2010 -- Lt. Gen. Richard F. Natonski, Commander of Marine Forces Command; Brig. Gen. Paul W. Brier, Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Europe and U.S. Marine Forces Africa; and senior leadership from Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) recently traveled here to participate in a farewell ceremony for the Georgia’s 31st Infantry Battalion, which is deploying to Afghanistan to support the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and I Marine Expeditionary Force, Forward.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Justice action plan heading for oblivion IRIN 22 Apr 2010 -- President Hamid Karzai has refused to extend an action plan for transitional justice which expired in March 2009 but failed to achieve most of its targets, according to human rights groups.
  • Pakistani Officials: US Missiles Kill 4 in Pakistan VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at least four militants in the country's restive northwest tribal region.
  • Seabee Progress in Haiti Saving Lives Navy NewsStand 14 Apr 2010 -- Work performed by Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7's Air Detachment is having a significant and immediate impact saving Haitian lives at Camp Petionville in Port-au-Prince.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 14, 2010
  • UAS Dynamics Successfully Demonstrates STORM’s Data Link During Flight Test General Dynamics 14 Apr 2010 -- UAS Dynamics, LLC, validated the performance of the Ku-band Common Data Link (CDL) on its STORM unmanned aerial system (UAS) during flight testing conducted in late March at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz. The flight tests also validated features of STORM’s system architecture that enable data from the on-board payloads to be accessed by remote users in real-time over a secure Ethernet connection to the ground control station.
  • Lockheed Martin Completes Work On First U.S. Air Force Advanced EHF Satellite Lockheed Martin 14 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has completed all factory testing of the first satellite in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program and the spacecraft is ready for delivery to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a mid-2010 liftoff aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle.
  • BAE Systems To Support And Service Aircraft Countermeasures For UK Ministry Of Defence BAE Systems 14 Apr 2010 -- BAE Systems will support and service aircraft countermeasures systems under a £16 million urgent-needs contract with the UK Ministry of Defence. The AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System, or CMWS, integrates electronic warfare sensors to detect and defeat infrared-guided missiles. It has been credited with saving multiple aircraft from infrared-guided missiles.
  • IMI Delivers the last of 170 Upgraded M-60A1 to the Turkish Army Israeli Military Industries 14 Apr 2010 -- On April 7, 2010, the Turkish Army presented the last of 170 upgraded Turkish M-60A1 tanks at a ceremony held in the Kayseri depot - the location in which the tanks underwent upgrading work in recent years. IMI is the prime contractor for the $687.5 million project, considered to be one of the world's largest tank upgrade programs, bringing the M60A1 tank to level of the world's leading main battle tanks.
  • Aselsan selects cooperation with Thales for Turkey’s ATAK T129 helicopter programme Thales 14 Apr 2010 -- Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) selected Aselsan to develop and produce the Helmet Integrated Cueing System (HICS) for the Turkish T129 tactical reconnaissance and attack helicopter. Used for situational awareness and weapon cueing, the HICS system will incorporate latestgeneration image intensifier tubes for tactical night flight. The wide-field (40°) binocular cueing system will display flight and targeting data, as well as symbology, on the pilot’s visor, and will project images from other sensors, such as high-resolution FLIRs.
  • Boeing Awarded Additional Contract for F/A-18 Technical Publication Services Boeing 14 Apr 2010 -- Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has signed a three-year contract worth AU$4.5 million to provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with support for F/A-18 Hornet aircraft technical publications.
  • Navy Awards General Dynamics $10 Million For Submarine Maintenance and Modernization Work General Dynamics 14 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $10.2 million contract modification to perform maintenance and modernization work on the USS Miami (SSN-755), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Lockheed Martin Completes Design Review for Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment Enabled Radar Lockheed Martin 14 Apr 2010 -- A synthetic aperture radar system with the capability to operate in all types of weather, day or night, is one step closer to providing warfighters with high resolution reconnaissance imagery. A recent review has concluded that the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment Enabled Radar (TRACER) system is acceptable for integration onto manned and unmanned aerial platforms.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • US Attorney General: Unlikely that Bin Laden will be Captured Alive VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- Attorney General Eric Holder says that the United States still intends to capture al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden - alive, if possible. Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, defending President Barack Obama's detainee policies.
  • N.Korea blows off Russian-U.S. strategic arms reduction treaty RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2010 -- North Korea shrugged off the importance to the new U.S.-Russian arms reduction treaty signed in Prague in early April, the central North Korean Rodong Sinmun newspaper said on Wednesday.
  • North Korea sees U.S. trust as solution to nuclear issues RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2010 -- North Korea sees the building of trustful relations with the United States as an immediate solution to its nuclear concerns, North Korean state run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said.
  • UN Diplomats Hold 'Constructive' Talks on Iran Sanctions VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- Discussions among diplomats of the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany intensified Wednesday in New York, where one diplomat said that they are starting to negotiate on the substance of possible new sanctions against Iran for its suspected nuclear weapons program.
  • Gates Expresses Confidence in U.N Progress on Iran AFPS 14 Apr 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence today in progress being made toward passing a U.N. Security Council resolution that would ratchet up sanctions against Iran for refusing to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
  • Policy Chief Describes U.S. Approach on Iran AFPS 14 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. approach on Iran focuses on preventing that country from obtaining nuclear weapons and on countering its influence in the Middle East, the Pentagon’s policy chief said here today.
  • World Leaders Discuss Fresh Iran Sanctions RFE/RL 14 Apr 2010 -- World leaders have discussed the possibility of fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
  • Iran Opposition Leader Slams President's Obama Remarks RFE/RL 14 Apr 2010 -- Former Iranian presidential candidate and opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi has criticized Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's recent comments about U.S. President Barack Obama, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
  • Mottaki says Obama’s remarks means playing with fire IRNA 14 Apr 2010 -- Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the recent remarks of the US President Barack Obama which entailed atomic threats against Iran were totally false and immature and were in fact sort of playing with fire.
  • Iran condemns US groundless allegations against its nuclear program IRNA 14 Apr 2010 -- Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, in a letter to the UN Security Council, condemned the US groundless allegations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
  • Sanctions no threat to Iranian nuclear plant launch - Russian MP RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2010 -- Possible new sanctions against Iran should not affect the launch date for the country's first nuclear power plant, a senior Russian member of parliament said on Wednesday.
  • Russia discussing Iran sanctions with partners - Medvedev RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia is discussing sanctions against Iran with its partners.
  • UN Diplomats to Hold Talks on Iran Sanctions VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- Diplomats from six world powers are set to meet at the United Nations as the U.S. continues to push for another round of sanctions against Iran's nuclear program.
  • Iran to Host Own Nuclear Summit Saturday VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- The Iranian government is hosting a nuclear conference Saturday and Sunday in Tehran, in counterpoint to the Washington summit this week to which it was not invited. The meeting comes as the U.S. pushes for a fourth set of sanctions over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, a drive that appears to be gaining momentum.
  • Kyrgyz Interim Government Receives Offers Of Help, As Situation Still Tense RFE/RL 14 Apr 2010 -- Visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake has said Washington is prepared to help Kyrgyzstan's interim government formed in the aftermath of bloody antigovernment protests last week.
  • Russia to provide $50 mln in financial aid to Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2010 -- Russia will give Kyrgyzstan a $20 mln grant and a $30 mln concessional loan to help stabilize the economic situation in the ex-Soviet republic after recent riots, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Wednesday.
  • U.S. to help stabilize situation in Kyrgyzstan - U.S. envoy RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. is ready to help the Kyrgyz interim government to stabilize the political and economic situation in the country, US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said during his visit to Bishkek on Wednesday.
  • Kyrgyz interim government says talks with Bakiyev possible RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2010 -- Kyrgyz interim Prime Minister Roza Otunbayeva does not rule out the possibility of talks with the deposed Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who earlier said he would resign if the interim government guarantees his and his family's security and order in the country.
  • US, Kyrgyzstan Holding Talks Amid Political Crisis VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- An American envoy is holding talks in Bishkek with the leadership that replaced Kyrgyzstan's president last week and has now stripped him of his immunity. Forces loyal to President Kurmanbek Bakiev fired on anti-government demonstrators last Wednesday. Authorities say 84 deaths have been confirmed and hundreds more who were wounded are still hospitalized. That has emotions remaining high in one of the poorest countries of the former Soviet Union.
  • New UN study urges sustained momentum to tackle human, animal influenza threats UN News Centre 14 Apr 2010 -- While there has been substantial global progress towards pandemic preparedness in recent years, it is vital to maintain that momentum to respond effectively to existing and possible future threats, according to a new study by the United Nations and the World Bank.
  • Press Conference on Upcoming Ministerial Conference on Animal and Pandemic Influenza United Nations 14 Apr 2010
  • WHO Committee Investigates H1N1 Flu Response VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- The World Health Organization has wrapped up a three-day review process of the world's response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic. A committee of 29 independent experts has set the agenda for a forthcoming year-long probe into how well the first flu pandemic of the 21st century has been managed.
  • Thai Government Vows to Track Down Armed Protesters VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- The Thai government says its priority now is to arrest the men it says fired on police during recent clashes with anti-government protesters. The government remains under pressure to call elections to ease political tensions.
  • UN chief calls for keeping nuclear materials from terrorists IRNA 14 Apr 2010 -- Building on US President Barack Obama’s nuclear security summit in Washington, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday proposed a series of high-level conferences to flesh out efforts to prevent terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear materials.
  • On heels of nuclear security summit, UN atomic watchdog seeks more funding UN News Centre 14 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations agency that plays a leading role in trying to stop terrorists getting their hands on nuclear materials is seeking greater funding to carry out its task following this week’s Washington summit on nuclear security.
  • Russian President Warns Of Kyrgyz Civil War, Urges START Ratification RFE/RL 14 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Kyrgyzstan may be plunged into a civil war if the standoff between embattled President Kurmanbek Bakiev and the self-declared interim government is not resolved soon.
  • Russian President To Make First-Ever Visit To Argentina RFE/RL 14 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is set to make the first visit by a Russian president to Argentina, where he will be received by his Argentinian counterpart, Cristina Kirchner.
  • China Rushes Aid to Victims of Powerful Earthquake VOA 14 Apr 2010 -- Western China has been rocked by a powerful earthquake and strong aftershocks, which have claimed more than 400 lives. More than 10,000 people have been injured and many more people may be trapped in damaged buildings.

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