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28 April 2010 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Military Pay Competitive With Private Sector AFPS 28 Apr 2010 -- Military compensation is competing well against the private sector, as evidenced by the high rate of recruitment and retention, a Defense Department official told a Senate subcommittee today.
  • DoD News: Army Releases 2010 Modernization Strategy DoD 28 Apr 2010 -- The Department of the Army released today the 2010 Army Modernization Strategy (AMS).
  • Navy Policy Will Allow Women To Serve Aboard Submarines Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- The Department of the Navy has announced a policy change that will allow women to serve on submarines. The change was considered by Congress after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates formally presented a letter to congressional leaders Feb. 19, 2010 notifying them of the Department of Navy's desire to reverse current policy of prohibiting submarine service to women.
  • Pentagon Dedicates NORAD Corridor AFPS 28 Apr 2010 -- The Defense Department today unveiled a corridor in the Pentagon bedecked with photos, quotes and historical passages centering on the foundation of the U.S.-Canadian defense relationship: the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD.
  • FASTEUR MarinesTrain With Moroccan, Senegalese MIO Teams in Preparation for Phoenix Express Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- In preparation for Exercise Phoenix Express 2010, North African Maritime Interdiction Operations teams are training with Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company, Europe, April 19 to May 7 at Naval Station Rota, Spain.
  • Fleet Surgical Team 6 Feels at Home on Board Kearsarge Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- The Medical Department on board the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) received a significant upgrade when Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 6 out of Norfolk, Va., embarked April 22.
  • NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Holds Change of Command Ceremony Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic hosted a ceremony at building LP-20 on board Naval Station Norfolk April 26.
  • Kearsarge Completes 3M Certification Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed their Maintenance and Material Management (3M) certification April 16.
  • USS Klakring Conducts Military-to-Military COMREL Project in Fortaleza, Brazil Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- Sailors from USS Klakring (FFG 42) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42, Det. 10 had the opportunity to work side-by-side with the Brazilian Navy, performing maintenance at a nearby school while in Fortaleza, Brazil on April 22.
  • NAVFAC Southwest Completes IED Training Facility Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 25 celebrating the completion of a counter improvised explosive device (IED) training facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
  • Ground Breaking of Public Private Venture Marine Palms Family Housing Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 2 for the Public Private Venture Marine Palms Family Housing at Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MAGTFTC/MCAGCC) Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • TACRON 21 Helps Kearsarge Maintain Safety Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, from Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Va., embarked amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to help maintian safe flight operations during the work-up cycle and preparation for an upcoming deployment.
  • Camp Lemonnier Welcomes New CO, XO Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) hosted a change of command ceremony April 28.
  • VT-3 Prepares for 50th Anniversary Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2010 -- The Red Knights of Training Squadron (VT) 3 will be golden May 1 when they reach their 50th anniversary. The unit will celebrate the milestone April 28 and 29, and are looking for former squadron members to help mark the occasion.
  • Puerto Rico hosts first IRR muster outside CONUS Army News 28 Apr 2010 -- After completing a 16-month mobilization and one-year tour to Iraq in 2007, Spc. Juan J. Perez figured he should say goodbye to his wife and three kids again when he was invited to attend an Individual Ready Reserve muster.
  • Army, Air Force, Marine combat training leaders share insights, ideas Army News 28 Apr 2010 -- Nearly 100 leaders from U.S. and international training groups met 13-14 April at Fort Leavenworth for the Combat Training Center (CTC) Conference. Hosted by Combined Arms Center-Training's Combat Training Center Directorate, the twice-yearly event focused on combat training center priorities, opportunities and challenges for the coming year.
  • FASTEUR Marines, Moroccans Conduct HRST, CQB Training USMC News 28 Apr 2010 -- A Maritime Interdiction Operations team from Morocco, along with U.S. Marines from Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company, Europe and Spanish Marines conducted Helicopter Rope Suspension Training from a Spanish navy helicopter in preparation for Exercise Phoenix Express 2010 at Naval Station Rota, Spain April 27.
  • Russian warship to escort 12 merchant vessels in Gulf of Aden RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- A Russian warship will escort 12 commercial vessels through the Somali pirate-infested waters of the Gulf of Aden, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.
  • Russian missile cruiser to make port call in India RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- Russia's Moskva missile cruiser will make a port call in the southwestern Indian city of Kochi on Friday, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said on Wednesday.
  • Russian senators ratify Navy base deal with Ukraine RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- The upper chamber of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, ratified on Wednesday a deal with Ukraine to extend the lease on a Russian naval base.
  • Interview: Crimean Tatar Leader Attacks Ukraine's Black Sea Fleet Deal RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- On April 27, the Russian and Ukrainian parliaments ratified an agreement to extend Russia's lease of the Crimean port of Sevastopol for its Black Sea Fleet until 2042.
  • Ukraine says Russian naval base deal will not affect EU ties RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- The extension of Russia's use of a naval base in Crimea will have no influence on Ukraine's prospects for European integration, the Ukrainian foreign minister said on Wednesday.
  • Russian base deal ends 5 years of pointless feud - Ukrainian PM RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- The deal to extend Russia's use of a naval base in Crimea opens a new page in mutually beneficial cooperation between Kiev and Moscow and leaves behind an era of hostility, Ukraine's prime minister said on Wednesday.
  • Ban outlines hopes for disarmament ahead of global review meeting at UN UN News Centre 28 Apr 2010 -- The Earth’s very future leaves no alternative but to pursue nuclear disarmament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he emphasized that the United Nations is destined to lead global efforts on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Apr 2010
  • Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, 4/28/2010 The White House 28 Apr 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for April 28, 2010
  • Russian defense industry falls behind rivals - experts RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- Russian weapons are falling behind rival products, experts told the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily on Wednesday.
  • Northrop Grumman and USJFCOM Agree to Extend Research Agreement for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Architecture Concepts Northrop Grumman 28 Apr 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will extend its research agreement with U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) through 2012, continuing to work together to improve how military forces conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The research effort brings together warfighters and virtual simulation to conduct analysis and evaluate how to effectively execute command and control of ISR operations in support of asymmetric warfare. Concepts of operation and tactics, techniques, and procedures demonstrated through this research effort will directly translate into improving current day International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan.
  • Boeing NewGen Tanker Win Would Bring Around 690 Jobs, $33 Million to Ohio Boeing 28 Apr 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Ohio will benefit from approximately 690 total jobs and an estimated $33 million in annual economic impact if the Boeing NewGen Tanker is selected as the U.S. Air Force's next aerial refueling aircraft.
  • EADS Defence & Security’s obstacle warning system to protect Royal Thai Air Force helicopters EADS 28 Apr 2010 -- EADS Defence & Security (DS) has been ordered to equip three additional helicopters of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) with its obstacle warning system. This device, which is known as “HELLAS” (Helicopter Laser Radar), ensures the detection of obstacles that are virtually invisible for pilots, such as high-voltage power lines, thus enabling missions to be carried out even under difficult visibility conditions.
  • GTV Delivers JLTV Technology Development Vehicles Ahead of Schedule General Dynamics 28 Apr 2010 -- The General Tactical Vehicles (GTV) team of General Dynamics Land Systems and AM General delivered today seven Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs), four trailers and supporting equipment ahead of schedule to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps for Technology Development (TD) phase testing. The TD phase includes a 12-month test and evaluation process at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, in Aberdeen, Md., and at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz. This follows GTV’s previous ahead-of-schedule deliveries of armor samples, ballistic hulls and spare parts.
  • Lockheed Martin Developing System Requirements for F-15C IRST Program Lockheed Martin 28 Apr 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a contract from the Boeing Company to continue developing system requirements for the U.S. Air Force’s F-15C IRST™ sensor system program. The IRST sensor system augments the aircrews’ critical ability to track and engage targets in dense threat environments. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
  • Pratt & Whitney's Enhanced F100-PW-229 Engines Power First Flight of Korean F-15K Fleet Pratt & Whitney 28 Apr 2010 -- Last week, two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 Engine Enhancement Package (EEP) engines powered the first flight of a F-15K aircraft planned for delivery to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) later this year. This flight was also the first to be powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 EEP engine, the latest evolution of the F100 engine family. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
  • Raytheon Partners with NAMMO for Second Source of AMRAAM Motors Raytheon 28 Apr 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the Norwegian defense company NAMMO have begun qualifying an alternative rocket motor for the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. The new motor will be interchangeable with the AMRAAM propulsion system and will maintain the same performance as the current rocket engine.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Russian FM reaffirms "no proof" of Iranian nuclear arms program IRNA 28 Apr 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated that contrary to western claims there was "no proof" that Iran is having a nuclear weapons program.
  • Supreme Leader calls for enforcement of Article 44 of Constitution IRNA 28 Apr 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the general principles of the Article 44 of the Iranian Constitution should be fully implemented.
  • Ahmadinejad Applies to Visit US for UN Nuclear Meeting VOA 28 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. State Department says Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has applied to visit the United States as part of an Iranian delegation to a U.N. nuclear conference in New York.
  • Egypt Convicts 26 Men on Terror Charges VOA 28 Apr 2010 -- An Egyptian court has sentenced 26 men to prison terms ranging from six months to life on charges of plotting attacks on tourist and commercial sites. The men were accused of belonging to a cell of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
  • Pakistani-born New Yorker Pleads Guilty to Single Terrorism Charge VOA 28 Apr 2010 -- On the eve of his trial, American citizen Syed "Fahad" Hashmi has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. In exchange for his guilty plea, U.S. federal prosecutors will not prosecute him on three other counts of conspiracy and material support to terrorism. Hashmi had faced up to 70 years in prison if convicted on all four counts.
  • Russia Opens Some Katyn Documents To Public RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- Russia has made available to the public for the first time some files on the World War II-era Katyn massacre, when thousands of Polish officers and others were killed on the orders of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
  • Russia to continue publishing archive documents on mass repressions RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday archive material related to mass repressions will be made more accessible to the public.
  • Russia to reveal Katyn documents to end speculation RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- Russia's federal archive agency will provide access to digital copies of documents on the Katyn massacre to end speculations about their authenticity, the agency's chief said on Wednesday.
  • Is Kyrgyzstan's Revolution Ready For Export? RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- Could the recent political upheaval that brought down Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev have a domino effect on other countries in Central Asia?
  • EU Focusing On Kyrgyzstan's Future As It Meets With Central Asian Ministers RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- The European Union is turning its yearly meeting with the five Central Asian countries into a regional forum on the future of Kyrgyzstan.
  • CDs, Leaflets Call For Kyrgyzstan's Split Into Two Countries RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- Leaflets and compact discs are being circulated in southern Kyrgyzstan calling on citizens to create a "South Kyrgyzstan Democratic Republic" with ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev as its leader, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
  • Kyrgyz Interim Government To Allow Exiled First President To Return RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan's interim government said today it will allow Askar Akaev, the country's first president, to return to the country from Russia, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
  • Thai Protests About More Than Thaksin VOA 28 Apr 2010 -- For Thais, there may be no more divisive figure than Thaksin Shinawatra. To many of the thousands of anti-government protesters besieging Bangkok, he is their patron. To many others, he is a corrupt politician. But political analysts say the protests have expanded beyond the controversial former prime minister to issues of democratic participation.
  • Thai Soldiers Clash With Protesters VOA 28 Apr 2010 -- At least one soldier is dead and at least 18 protestors wounded after a confrontation outside of Bangkok. Thai military and anti-government protestors clashed when protestors attempted to breach military barricades. The violence has triggered fears the armed forces may be preparing a crackdown on the protestors.
  • Chechen Leader Linked To Vienna Murder, But Unlikely To Be Indicted RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- The office of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has dismissed as a "provocation" media reports that the Austrian authorities may be preparing an indictment against him.
  • Austrian Police Link Chechen President Kadyrov To Murder Case RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- Austrian investigators say that counterterrorism authorities have concluded that Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov ordered an abduction that led to the murder of a Chechen refugee in Austria last year.
  • Zimbabwe's Controversial Diamonds Not for Sale VOA 28 Apr 2010 -- A Zimbabwe judge has denied an urgent appeal by the diamond mining company African Consolidated Resources to block a controversial sale of diamonds. Despite initial reports by state-controlled media in Harare that the ruling lifted a two-month ban on the sale of Zimbabwe's diamonds, a higher court's original order remains in effect.
  • Global Stocks Slump As Greek Financial Crisis Worsens RFE/RL 28 Apr 2010 -- Stock prices around the world have fallen following a decision by Standard & Poor's, one of the world's leading credit-rating agencies, to cut the status of Greece's government bonds to the level of "junk."
  • Russia launches freighter with candies, books to ISS RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2010 -- Russia has launched a cargo module to the International Space Station (ISS), mission control said on Wednesday.

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