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03 June 2010 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 03 Jun 2010 [PDF]
  • Plans for joint US, ISF training continue at COB Adder Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- The commander of the Iraqi Air Force's 70th Squadron met with the commander of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and Task Force 12 at Contingency Operating Base Adder to plan the next steps for joint training under the United States Forces - Iraq partnership initiative.
  • Paratroopers teach Iraqis to call fire from sky Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- American paratroopers taught Iraqi soldiers how to call in fire from armed helicopters to neutralize targets in a live-fire exercise here, May 21.
  • U.S., Iraqi Army train in air-to-ground integration Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- Iraqi Army Soldiers recently got a lesson from their American counterparts on how to coordinate and control aerial firepower.
  • TF Wings' 'CAC Company' executes critical mission in northern Iraq Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- On a May afternoon at Contingency Operating Base Speicher in northern Iraq, visibility diminished from three miles to one in less than an hour, enough to cancel all but the most critical aviation missions for the most experienced combat aviators.
  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Scaparrotti at the Pentagon Briefing Room via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 03 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: U.S. Army, Commander, NATO-ISAF Regional Command East and Combined Joint Task Force-82 (CJTF-82) Maj. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti and Senior Civilian Representative, CJTF-82 Dawn Liberi
  • Afghan elders urge community to unite against Taliban for good of Marjah USMC News 03 Jun 2010 -- Speakers held the full attention of their audience for the entire afternoon as they passionately addressed a crowd of Afghan villagers during a shura at Forward Operating Base Sher Wali, Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan May 29.
  • Petroleum company heads for Afghanistan Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- One hundred, fifty-seven members of the 109th Quartermaster Company said goodbye to crowds of Family, friends and fellow Soldiers during a deployment ceremony Tuesday at the Post Field House.
  • Commander: Afghanistan/Eastern Command at ‘Critical Moment’ AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- As some 1,500 Afghan leaders participate in President Hamid Karzai’s peace council to discuss how to reconcile with insurgents, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command East said today he has seen increasing evidence that former fighters want to put down their arms and rejoin Afghan society.
  • Afghans, NATO Partners Build Trust in Uruzgan Province AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- Uruzgan province officials recently opened an Afghan National Police substation near Golkhaneh village to provide the population a tangible symbol of government near the Tangi valley, an area of insurgent activity.
  • Force Expansion Equals Seabees in Action Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- In the vicinity of Mazar-e-Sharif the Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4 have a challenging work, establishing Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi.
  • US: Insurgents 'Degraded' in Eastern Afghanistan, Not Defeated VOA 03 Jun 2010 -- The commander of coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan said Thursday that his troops have "degraded" the capabilities of insurgents in the region during the past year. But he added that they can still regenerate their forces and carry out attacks. U.S. Army Major General Curtis Scaparrotti said a joint military and civilian effort is beginning to move his region into a situation that could allow for more Afghan control and a smaller foreign presence next year.
  • Strict Security Marks Second Day of Afghan Peace Jirga VOA 03 Jun 2010 -- Despite earlier Taliban violence, delegates from all over Afghanistan are meeting for a second day at President Hamid Karzai's national peace assembly, known as a jirga. As participants discussed how to move Afghanistan toward peace, our correspondent gathered reaction to the jirga in Kabul.
  • Afghan Peace Conference Focuses on Reconciliation VOA 03 Jun 2010 -- Afghan tribal elders and other delegates at a peace conference in Kabul say the meeting is the country's last hope in ending nearly nine years of war with Taliban insurgents.
  • Cautious Optimism Greets Afghan Peace Council RFE/RL 03 Jun 2010 -- To some, the rumblings of reason have been echoing across the mountainous Afghanistan for weeks as delegates made their way to the Consultative Peace Jirga in Kabul.
  • Airmen complete projects for progress in Afghanistan AFNS 03 Jun 2010 -- Airmen assigned to the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team help Afghan government officials here with reconstruction, health and social projects to improve lives for Afghan citizens in the region.
  • PRT Zabul use Shuras to builds relationships, improve communities AFNS 03 Jun 2010 -- Airmen and Soldiers assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Zabul province use the Afghan tradition of the Shura to reach out to local villages as part of Operation Wroorwali, the Dari word for brotherhood.
  • Pakistani forces kill 10 militants after declaring victory IRNA 03 Jun 2010 -- Pakistani security forces Wednesday killed at least 10 militants in Orakzai tribal area a day after army declared victory in the same region, officials said.
  • National Guard Soldiers continue humanitarian help in Haiti Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- While U.S. Southern Command's earthquake disaster response in Haiti officially ended Tuesday, humanitarian and construction work augmented by about 500 National Guard Soldiers continue there.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Domestic inquiries into extrajudicial killings insufficient, UN expert stresses UN News Centre 03 Jun 2010 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Gaza Strip and Sri Lanka.
  • Gates: U.S.-China Military-to-Military Ties Need Work AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- The military-to-military aspect of U.S. relations with China has lagged behind progress in other areas and falls short of what the leaders of both countries have said they want, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
  • Gates Cites Importance of U.S.-Japanese Relationship AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- Citing North Korea’s March 26 sinking of the South Korean naval frigate, Cheonan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today underscored the need for continuing the strong security relationship between the United States and Japan to help the two nations and their Pacific partners meet the challenges they face.
  • Pentagon Denies Plan to Send Carrier to South Korean Exercise VOA 03 Jun 2010 -- The Pentagon is denying reports from Seoul there will be a joint U.S.-South Korean naval exercise as early as next week in response to the conclusion of an international investigation that North Korea sank a South Korean ship in March. Officials also deny that there is a plan for a U.S. aircraft carrier to be involved in any exercises off the Korean coast.
  • Obama Reaffirms Alliance With South Korea AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- South Korea has the full support of the United States as it confronts North Korea’s sinking of its naval ship Cheonan, and the 60-year U.S. alliance with the republic is as strong as ever, President Barack Obama said last night.
  • Transcript: Media Availability with Secretary Gates en route to Signapore DoD 03 Jun 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
  • DoD News: DOD Announces Ohio and Washington National Guard HRFs DoD 03 Jun 2010 -- The National Guard Bureau, on behalf of Department of Defense (DoD) and in collaboration with the states, has selected Ohio and Washington as the first two states to host a homeland response force (HRF), which will be comprised of National Guard soldiers and airmen and established no later than the end of fiscal 2011.
  • Ohio, Washington to Start Homeland Response Forces AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- Ohio and Washington have been chosen as the first states to host new National Guard homeland response forces for responding to chemical and biological attacks, Pentagon officials announced today.
  • New Cyber Chief: People Key in Meeting Cyberspace Challenge AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- Cyberspace will provide “tremendous opportunities for the future, but also tremendous vulnerabilities,” the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said today in his first public appearance since assuming his new post.
  • West Point explores science of camouflage Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- Over the years, West Point has served as a sort of proving ground for improved camouflage. In the Engineering Psychology program within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, faculty and cadets have done their part to advance the science of how not to be seen.
  • Ordnance School on way to completion Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- It's been a month since Ordnance Week was held here. The event, one that serves to strengthen bonds with its internal and external community, was the first that took place at Fort Lee, the new home of the Ordnance Corps and School.
  • 16th Sust. Bde. Soldiers conduct airdrop, slingload training Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- Sling load teams from the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted an airdrop and sling load exercise at Bunker drop zone in Grafenwoehr, Germany, May 27.
  • JLTV prototypes on display at pentagon Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- The Army and Marine Corps displayed three newly-built government prototypes of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, in the pentagon courtyard May 27 as part of an effort to demonstrate progress and pave the way toward additional testing of the vehicles, service officials said.
  • Block III Apache wins award Army News 03 Jun 2010 -- The Apache block III development team, consisting of the U.S. Army, Boeing and Northstar Aerospace Corporation, won the American Helicopter Society's Howard Hughes Award for 2009-2010 for their work on the improved drive system with split-torque face gear technology for the Apache Block III helicopter May 12.
  • The Army Modernization Strategy - First Line of Effort Army News 03 Jun 2010
  • Ronald Reagan Begins Flight Deck Certification Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 Sailors departed Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) in San Diego June 2 to get underway to conduct carrier flight deck certification.
  • VFA-115 Joins George Washington and CVW-5 Team Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- When Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 embarked aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) for the ship's carrier qualifications, they brought a new partner to the fight, the Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115.
  • Navy Training Helps Keep Ships, Equipment in Fighting Shape with A-Plus Training Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- The Center for Naval Engineering (CNE), has rapidly responded to the fleet's call for additional training and developed and delivered hands-on training to fleet concentration areas. They graduated a second A-Plus Pump Maintenance class in San Diego May 27.
  • USS Jacksonville Departs for Western Pacific Deployment Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- Los Angeles-class submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific region June 2.
  • CTF 70 Changes Command Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- Commander, USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group, Task Force 70, Task Force 75 and Carrier Strike Group 5 changed hands during a change of command ceremony aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) May 29.
  • SECNAV Engages 6th Fleet Sailors Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus visited civilian and military personnel at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/C6F) Headquarters at Naval Support Activity, Naples, June 1.
  • NUWC Newport Embarks on Major Energy Conservation Project Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- Naval Undersea Warfare (NUWC) Newport initiated a major energy conservation project in May to reduce total ownership costs (TOC).
  • Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Celebrates its Newest State-of-the-Art Facility Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 14 to celebrate the completion of Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 4 Special Boat Team (SBT) 12 Operational Storage Facility at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.
  • Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits Team SPAWAR Navy NewsStand 03 Jun 2010 -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen visited Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic June 3.
  • B-52s head to Guam for continuous bomber presence rotation AFNS 03 Jun 2010 -- Several B-52H Stratofortresses and nearly 350 Airmen here left June 1 for Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on a six-month rotation deployment.
  • 373 TRS readies international aircrew for flight AFNS 03 Jun 2010 -- Twelve Royal Australian Air Force aircraftsmen deployed to Joint Base Charleston to train with Airmen here for three months.
  • Military Stays Ready to Respond When Haiti Calls AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- Southern Command’s withdrawal of troops from the earthquake response mission in Haiti does not mark the end of U.S. military involvement there, Southcom’s deputy commander said today.
  • New Air Force Scramjet Makes Historic Flight AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- The Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-51A Waverider, a hypersonic flight test demonstrator, broke aviation records during its initial launch last week.
  • Exercise Dawn Blitz: Yuma Harriers rise early for future of naval operations USMC News 03 Jun 2010 -- A group of Marines returned to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., May 28, 2010, after participating in the Marine Corps’ first Exercise Dawn Blitz here.
  • DoD News: Navy to Christen Guided Missile Destroyer Spruance DoD 03 Jun 2010 -- The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, Spruance, Saturday, June 5, 2010, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine. The new destroyer honors legendary Adm. Raymond Spruance, whose calm and decisive leadership at the Battle of Midway contributed to a pivotal American victory during World War II.
  • New tech-advanced classroom awaits F-35 students AFNS 03 Jun 2010 -- A foundation for how the first generation of F-35 Lightning II pilots and maintainers trains for the next half century continues to evolve here as 33rd Fighter Wing officials add state-of-the-art technology to the classroom arsenal.
  • Ramstein Airmen perform in-depth inspection on C-130J AFNS 03 Jun 2010 -- The first isochronal inspection on Ramstein Air Base's earliest C-130J Super Hercules aircraft kicked off here May 26.
  • Naval Operations Concept Cites Ways to Meet Maritime Challenges AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- The newly released Naval Operations Concept 2010, a document that helps to ensure U.S. maritime assets line up with overall national defense strategy, takes a "whole-of-government" approach to partnership with other U.S. agencies.
  • Gates to Reassure South Korea at Security Summit AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’ll provide assurances during the “Shangri-La Dialogue” Asia security summit of the U.S. commitment to help South Korea and other Pacific nations deal with continued provocation from North Korea.
  • Collaboration Key in Creation of National Security Strategy AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- The 2010 National Security Strategy was presented to Congress last week, touted as a wide-spanning “whole-of-government” plan built on lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Quadrennial Defense Review.
  • Federal Employees’ Same-Sex Domestic Partners Gain New Benefits AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- President Barack Obama has extended new benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees, including those within the Defense Department.
  • Troops’ Opinions Matter in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Review AFPS 03 Jun 2010 -- Servicemembers’ opinions are “absolutely critical” in implementing policy for a repeal of the law that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military, the nation’s top military officer said here yesterday.
  • Corps testing new logistics software with III MEF USMC News 03 Jun 2010 -- Global Combat Support System Marine Corps speeds the time between placing an order and supply Marines receiving the order.
  • Unprecedented US, India Engagement Defines New Era of Cooperation VOA 03 Jun 2010 -- Senior U.S. and Indian officials have begun an unprecedented strategic dialogue aimed at increasing cooperation in combating terrorism, climate change and other global problems.
  • Russian defense spending to grow as proportion of GDP in 2011 RIA Novosti 03 Jun 2010 -- Russian defense spending will rise to 2.9% of GDP in 2011, up three tenths of a percent on the current year, a deputy finance minister said on Thursday.
  • Russian missile cruiser ready to visit San Francisco RIA Novosti 03 Jun 2010 -- A task force from the Russian Pacific Fleet led by the missile cruiser Varyag will set sail on June 4 on a friendly visit to the United States, the fleet's spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Russia-Vietnam submarine deal worth record $3.2 bln — magazine RIA Novosti 03 Jun 2010 -- Last year's contract on the delivery of six Kilo class diesel submarines to Vietnam, worth a total of $3.2 billion, is the largest deal in the history of Russian exports of naval equipment, a Russian magazine says.
  • Iran’s Air Force to stage war games IRNA 03 Jun 2010 -- Deputy Commander of Iran's Air Forces said here on Thursday that the air force will stage war games in late July.
  • Budget cuts could reduce UK army by a quarter, says report IRNA 03 Jun 2010 -- Britain is facing such a magnitude of budget cuts that the “pain” will have to be shared across the capabilities of all three of the country’s armed forces, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) warned Thursday.
  • Time not ripe for cross-strait military talks: former official CNA 03 Jun 2010 -- A Taiwanese ex-national security chief said here Thursday that the time for talks between Taiwan and China on the building of military mutual trust is not ripe at this time.
  • June 3, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 03 Jun 2010
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 6/3/2010 The White House 03 Jun 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for June 03, 2010
  • BAE Systems and DEW Engineering Team for Key Canadian Program BAE Systems 03 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems and DEW Engineering & Development of Ottawa have signed a teaming agreement to collaborate for the Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) program, which is one of Canada's highest priority programs.
  • Boeing, Royal Australian Air Force Graduate 1st Locally Trained C-17 Pilots Boeing 03 Jun 2010 -- Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today announced the graduation of the first RAAF C-17 Globemaster III pilots trained in Australia.
  • Boeing Delivers 1st Set of Phased Array Antennas to Raytheon Boeing 03 Jun 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has delivered the first production set of phased array antennas for the U.S. Navy's Next Generation Zumwalt-class destroyers. The set was delivered March 9 to Raytheon Corp. [NYSE: RTN], the prime contractor for the Zumwalt program.
  • Boeing Completes Delivery of Software to Support 2010 Brigade Combat Team Modernization Testing Boeing 03 Jun 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has delivered the final software package to support the 2010 testing cycle for the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) Increment 1 program.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $92 Million for Weapon Stations General Dynamics 03 Jun 2010 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded $92 million to supply high-performance Stabilized Commander’s Weapon Stations (SCWS) to the U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command of Warren, Mich.
  • GE LM2500 Gas Turbine-Powered USCG Waesche Commissioned by United States Coast Guard GE Marine 03 Jun 2010 -- GE Marine reports that USCGC Waesche National Security Cutter was commissioned by the United States Coast Guard on May 7, 2010 at its home port of Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California. The vessel is powered by one GE LM2500 gas turbine and two diesel engines in a Combined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) propulsion system.
  • Thales Canada and DEW Team to Provide Bushmaster for TAPV Thales 03 Jun 2010 -- Thales Canada is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive teaming agreement with DEW Engineering and Development ULC on the assembly of the Bushmaster for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) Program in Canada. This agreement forms a strategic alliance between two Canadian based companies for the provision of the best solution for the TAPV program, a program that will supply the Canadian Army with up to 600 armoured patrol vehicles.
  • General Dynamics Awarded U.S. Navy Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI) Contract General Dynamics 03 Jun 2010 -- General Dynamics has been selected by the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to compete for future orders under the Common Afloat Local Area Network Infrastructure (CALI) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contracts.
  • General Dynamics C4 Systems to Open Army Support Office at Aberdeen Proving Ground General Dynamics 03 Jun 2010 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today announced plans to open an office inside Aberdeen Proving Ground to support critical Aberdeen Proving Ground-based military technology programs that connect U.S. Army soldiers to one another and to the information they need to safely and effectively execute their missions. The company is relocating a core team from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to a new office building within The Government and Technology Enterprise (The GATE) project at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
  • Oshkosh Defense to Produce New M-ATV SOCOM Variant Oshkosh 03 Jun 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today that the company received an undefinitized award valued at more than $67 million to incorporate configuration changes to more than 420 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) variants for the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The SOCOM-specific vehicle configuration changes will be cut in on Oshkosh manufacturing lines in August 2010. M-ATV SOCOM variants with these configuration changes are scheduled to be delivered between September and November 2010.

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