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21 April 2010 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • Crackdown Continues on al-Qaida in Iraq AFPS 21 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors killed one senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader and captured two others in recent operations in Mosul, military officials reported.
  • Iraqis Make Security Progress as War Winds Down AFPS 21 Apr 2010 -- The past week was a very good one for security progress in Iraq, with two al-Qaida leaders being killed in an Iraqi-led operation, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today.
  • Q-West drawdown continues Army News 21 Apr 2010 -- 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Soldiers assisted a mobile redistribution property accountability team to collect an estimated $30 million in equipment no longer needed here April 12-17 as part of the Army's ongoing effort to reduce its forces in Iraq.
  • Anchors Aweigh: Army Reserve Boat Crew Leaves for Southwest Asia Army News 21 Apr 2010 -- Family, friends and fellow soldiers gathered at the U.S. Army Reserve Training Center here April 10 to say 'fair winds and following seas' to the 16 members of Detachment 3, 467th Transportation Company, as the unit was called to active duty for service overseas.
  • NMCB 133 Provides Clever Communication Navy NewsStand 21 Apr 2010 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 arrived at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan March 12 and the troops knew this deployment would be like no other.
  • Forces Detain Suspected Insurgents, Find Weapons AFPS 21 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and international forces detained numerous suspected insurgents and seized illegal weapons in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.
  • NATO Apologizes for Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan VOA 21 Apr 2010 -- NATO has apologized for the deaths of four Afghans shot by international troops, saying their report describing two of those killed as "known insurgents" was incorrect.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Drug addiction - a growing burden IRIN 21 Apr 2010 -- Afghanistan’s production of opiates and hashish is increasingly hurting its own people as well as damaging the health of millions across the world, officials and experts warn.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 21, 2010
  • Russia, Israel plan joint venture to produce drones RIA Novosti 21 Apr 2010 -- State Technology Corporation Rostekhnologii plans to establish a joint venture with Israel Airspace Industry for the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Russian corporation's head said on Wednesday.
  • Boeing Team Supports Upcoming Biofuel-powered Flight of US Navy F/A-18 Boeing 21 Apr 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] is supporting the U.S. Navy's biofuel-powered flight, scheduled to take place on Earth Day, April 22. An unmodified, Boeing-built F/A-18F Super Hornet will take off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., powered by a sustainable biofuel blend of 50 percent camelina and 50 percent JP-5 aviation fuel.
  • EADS Defence & Security and Thales selected by DGA to supply Deployable Geographic Modules for French Army EADS 21 Apr 2010 -- EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Thales have received a contract worth 26.1 million euros from the French defence procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) to produce and support two sets of MGPs (Modules Géographiques Projetables – deployable geographic modules) for the 28th Geographic Group of the French Army. The operation, for which DS has been designated prime contractor, aims to develop a system that is deployable and reactive in terms of production, maintenance and distribution of military geography information. The MGP modules will be used to supply geographic data updated in the field to operational land forces via a single cartographic access point.
  • Bath Iron Works Awarded $16 Million for DDG 1001 Advanced Material Procurement and Support General Dynamics 21 Apr 2010 -- The U. S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $15.9 million modification to a previously awarded contract for procurement of long-lead material and engineering, production and related support services associated with the construction of DDG 1001. The original contract was awarded in February 2008. Work encompassed by this modification is expected to be completed by July 2010.
  • DCNS and the Royal Malaysian Navy sign a contract for a simulator and its associated services DCNS 21 Apr 2010 -- DCNS signed yesterday a contract with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) for the supply of a simulator and services allowing extensive training around navigation safety, combat system, including sensors, and periscope operations for Scorpene submarines.
  • EADS Defence & Security and Thales selected by DGA to supply Deployable Geographic Modules for French Army Thales 21 Apr 2010 -- EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Thales have received a contract worth 26.1 million euros from the French defence procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) to produce and support two sets of MGPs (Modules Géographiques Projetables – deployable geographic modules) for the 28th Geographic Group of the French Army.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $24 Million Contract for 155mm M795 Metal Parts Ammunition Production General Dynamics 21 Apr 2010 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $23.9 million option on a previously awarded multi-year contract for production of M795 projectile metal parts. The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Joint Munitions & Lethality Life Cycle Management Command (JM&L LCMC) of Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. The multi-year contract has a total potential value of $166.7 million if all options are exercised. The work on this contract will be performed at the company’s Scranton Operations in Pennsylvania.
  • Oshkosh Defense Receives $44 Million Award for MTVR Upgrade Kits Oshkosh 21 Apr 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has received an award valued at more than $44 million, but not to exceed more than $89 million, from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) for more than 5,750 upgrade kits for the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR). Work is expected to be completed in September 2010.
  • Raytheon Awarded $19 Million U.S. Navy Missile Launcher Contract Raytheon 21 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) an $18.9 million firm-fixed-price contract to produce LAU-115D/A and LAU-116B/A missile launchers.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Ousted Kyrgyz Leader Says He is Still President VOA 21 Apr 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan's ousted leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev says he is still the rightful president of his country.
  • Deposed Kyrgyz President Bakiyev refutes resignation RIA Novosti 21 Apr 2010 -- Ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has denied claims made by the Central Asian Republic's interim government that he has resigned from his post as president and said was ready to answer to the law.
  • Bakiev Insists He's Still Kyrgyzstan's President RFE/RL 21 Apr 2010 -- In his first public comments from exile, Kyrgyzstan's ousted leader has said he remains the legitimate president of the country and called on the international community not to recognize the interim government in Bishkek.
  • UN To Work On Standards For Flights After Volcanic Eruptions RFE/RL 21 Apr 2010 -- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN agency responsible for aviation safety, says it will lead efforts to establish travel safety standards for flights in the aftermath of volcanic eruptions.
  • New UN envoy appointed to help resolve Guyana-Venezuela border controversy UN News Centre 21 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a respected diplomat, academic and economist from Jamaica to assist Guyana and Venezuela in resolving a long-standing border controversy.
  • Foreign Ministry Issues Memorandum on N-Issue KCNA 21 Apr 2010 -- The DPRK Foreign Ministry, in a memorandum issued on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday, underscored the need to get a correct understanding of how nuclearization started on the peninsula and what was the root cause of it if a solution to the denuclearization of the peninsula is to be found with proper understanding of its essence.
  • In Pakistan, Mystery Deepens Over Missing Former Spies RFE/RL 21 Apr 2010 -- Two former agents of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) -- high-profile figures who often publicly defended the Taliban -- are reportedly being held by an extremist group in the western tribal regions of Pakistan.
  • IAEO chief: Iran seeks objective, sufficient guarantee for fuel swap IRNA 21 Apr 2010 -- Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks objective guarantee for fuel swap.
  • Enemies feared of IRGC’s power to defuse plots IRNA 21 Apr 2010 -- Enemies are angry with the Islamic Revolution Guards' Corps as they saw it has been successful in defusing all plots against Iran, said a statement issued here Wednesday.
  • Ahmadinejad says Iran is ready for simultaneous fuel swap IRNA 21 Apr 2010 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told a German TV network that Iran is ready for simultaneous swap of 3.5% fuel with 20% one.
  • Iraq to Begin Election Recount VOA 21 Apr 2010 -- An Iraqi elections official says a manual recount of votes cast in Baghdad during the March 7 election will begin in a few days.
  • UN-backed agreement outlines main issues on global flu readiness UN News Centre 21 Apr 2010 -- With an estimated 75 per cent of new infectious diseases in humans coming from animals and two new animal-to-human diseases expected to emerge each year, a United Nations-backed health conference in Viet Nam today wrapped up with an agreement to keep a close eye on new diseases that can jump species and cross borders.
  • Sri Lanka Ruling Coalition Wins Huge Parliamentary Majority VOA 21 Apr 2010 -- In Sri Lanka, the final counting of votes in recent parliamentary elections has given President Mahinda Rajapaksa's coalition an overwhelming majority. It is the biggest victory won by a party in the past three decades.
  • Tensions Remain High in Bangkok VOA 21 Apr 2010 -- In Bangkok tensions remain high following a troop build up in the city as anti-government protesters set up barricades around their rally headquarters. The protesters are ruling out new direct talks with the government, but say they would consider talks with intermediaries.
  • Somali Pirates Seize Liberian-Owned Ship With 21 Crew VOA 21 Apr 2010 -- Suspected Somali pirates have seized a Liberian-owned bulk carrier with 21 crew members, all of them Filipino.

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