30 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 June 2010 [PDF]
- Senate Unanimously Confirms Petraeus AFPS 30 Jun 2010 -- The Senate today unanimously confirmed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to be commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan.
- Truman Strike Group Begins Operations in Support of OEF Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) launched its first combat sorties in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) June 29, while conducting turnover with Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
- US Senate Confirms Petraeus to Lead Afghan War VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed General David Petraeus as the next commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
- UN: Afghan Election Preparations Proceeding VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- The United Nation's top diplomat in Afghanistan says the unstable security environment has not stopped work to prepare for September's legislative elections and next month's Kabul conference.
- Security major challenge for Afghanistan in the coming months, says UN envoy UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- Security will be a major challenge in what is gearing up as a critical period for Afghanistan, which will be hosting a major international conference in the capital next month and holding parliamentary elections in September, the top United Nations envoy there said today.
- US Attorney General in Afghanistan for Corruption Talks VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Afghan leaders must do more to improve governance and enforce the rule of law in Afghanistan as its government tries to curtail corruption.
- NATO Forces Repel Taliban Attack on Airbase VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- Militants set off a car bomb and used rocket-propelled grenades to storm the entrance of an airbase outside Jalalabad, near the Pakistani border Wednesday.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Repel Airport Attack AFPS 30 Jun 2010 -- Afghan and International Security Assistance Force forces repelled a number of insurgents who attacked the airfield in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, this morning using a vehicle-borne bomb, rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
- Shura brings Afghans, Marines together to discuss future improvements throughout Garmsir USMC News 30 Jun 2010 -- The local village elders and the Afghan National Army met with the Marines of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, held a shura recently to discuss future civil affairs projects.
- Pakistan to support Afghan peace process, says FM IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday his country would extend full support to Afghan-led initiatives to restore peace in the war-torn Afghanistan.
- US drone kills 10 in Pakistan's tribal region IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- A US drone aircraft struck Tuesday a house in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region and killed at least 10 people, a correspondent in the region said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Chief of Naval Personnel Visits 6th Fleet Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, chief of naval personnel, visited civilian and military personnel at Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet (CNE-CNA/C6F) headquarters at Naval Support Activity, Capodichino, June 29.
- USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Hawaii for RIMPAC 2010 Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) arrived in Pearl Harbor June 28 to participate in the 22nd Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise with allied navies.
- Personnel Manual Changes Put Focus on Performance Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- The Navy has changed its Military Personnel Manual regarding enlisted performance, conduct, Detachment for Cause (DFC) and separations June 25.
- Nimitz Air Department Hits the Deck Running Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Air Department Sailors conducted flight deck drills during a scheduled fast cruise June 28.
- Hamramba School Opens in Moroni, Comoros Islands Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- Seabees assigned to Detail Comoros completed construction of the Hamramba School in Moroni, Comoros, June 24, the first major Seabee construction project in the Comoros Islands.
- First MUOS Satellite Successfully Completes Key Test Milestone Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), directed by Team Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command's (SPAWAR's) Communications Satellite Program Office (PMW 146), completed a significant test milestone for the program's first satellite June 29.
- Joint and Coalition Warfighters Test Technological Solutions at CWID 2010 Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- More than 320 visitors observed 77 U.S. and coalition warfighters test new and emerging technologies on simulated military missions and national emergency scenarios during Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) 2010 at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren June 16-24.
- USS Constitution Participates in Boston Navy Week Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution kicked off their participation in Boston Navy Week June 30-July 5.
- Quarry Enables Seabees to Support Navy on Guam Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2010 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 and 30th Naval Construction Regiment (NCR) conducted an explosives blast at the Mineral Products Rock Quarry on U.S. Naval Base Guam June 25.
- Air Force trauma care center consolidates with Army AFNS 30 Jun 2010 -- As part of the move to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, Wilford Hall Medical Center, the Air Force's only level 1 trauma center, will discontinue trauma care beginning July 1.
- Tinker reservists to participate in Navy fleet exercise AFNS 30 Jun 2010 -- More than 180 reservists from the 507th Air Refueling Wing along with four KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft will join forces with the U.S. Navy during July to support a U.S. Pacific Fleet exercise.
- "Gladiators" hone marksmanship skills Army News 30 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers from 3rd Battalion Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division conducted night and day basic marksmanship training, June 23-24, in order to improve their basic Soldier skills and become re-familiar with their weapons.
- 53rd Signal Battalion Conducts Change of Command Army News 30 Jun 2010 -- The color of Army signal orange highlighted the parade grounds of Patriot Park on Peterson as Army Space Soldiers from the 53rd Signal Battalion, 1st Space Brigade, conducted a change of command ceremony on the morning of June 23.
- AMC Champion Of Army's Civilian Force Army News 30 Jun 2010 -- Of the 250,000 civilians working for today's Army, more than 67,000 represent the Army Materiel Command, making AMC the Army's largest civilian organization.
- Army assesses "self-healing" waveform for platoon-level communications Army News 30 Jun 2010 -- U.S. Army began an assessment of a waveform that could help separated squads maintain communications in spite of rugged terrain and obstructions, during an annual integrated capabilities event at Fort Dix June 25.
- 1st Armored Division Soldiers give local media in-dephth view of Soldiers training Army News 30 Jun 2010 -- There comes a time when an opportunity arises that allows a select group of individuals a chance to experience something completely different and extraordinary. For five local media outlets, an opportunity was extended to them to become a Bulldog and embed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division during a field training exercise and tell their select audiences what it is like to be in the military if only for a few days.
- The Army Modernization Strategy - Third Line of Effort Army News 30 Jun 2010
- Air Force officials implement government travel card controlled spend accounts AFNS 30 Jun 2010 -- In an effort to curtail government travel card abuse and delinquency, Air Force officials are piloting an unprecedented controlled spend account concept through Sept. 3 with an expected service-wide rollout of fall 2010.
- Robots bring Ramstein warehouse into 21st century AFNS 30 Jun 2010 -- Air Force officials have replaced a conveyor belt system in the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron warehouse with the United States Air Forces in Europe Command first laser automated guided vehicle system, saving time and money.
- Aerial porters continue to support worldwide air mobility operations AFNS 30 Jun 2010 -- Throughout the air mobility world aerial porters continue to play a vital role in operations.
- Army Works to Right Wrongs at Arlington, Secretary Says AFPS 30 Jun 2010 -- The Army is taking every measure possible to fix the problems at Arlington National Cemetery, and it should continue to manage the nation’s “most hallowed ground,” Army Secretary John M. McHugh told a congressional committee today.
- Labor Department Awards $5 Million to Aid Homeless Veterans AFPS 30 Jun 2010 -- The Labor Department is awarding more than $5 million in grants to help homeless female veterans and veterans with families find jobs and work toward a “bright future,” the secretary of labor announced today.
- Pacific Fleet ships join military drills in Russia's Far East RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- Combat ships from the Russian Pacific Fleet started on Wednesday a series of drills in the Sea of Japan as part of the Vostok-2010 strategic exercises in Russia's Far East.
- Russian military set to continue Bulava missile tests RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- A state investigation commission has recommended the continuation of tests on the troubled Bulava ballistic missile following a probe into the most recent test failure, a first deputy defense minister said on Wednesday.
- Russia to hold talks with France on purchasing artillery navigation system RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry will hold talks during an international engineering forum near Moscow with France's Sagem Defense Securite on the possible purchase of a Sigma 30 inertial navigation system.
- Russia may lose billions for breaching missile contract with Iran RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- Russia's refusal to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran means Tehran could turn to China as its main arms supplier, depriving Moscow of a serious source of revenue, a Russian daily suggested on Wednesday.
- Minister urges Russians to deliver S300s to Iran IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi here on Wednesday urged Russians to fulfill their commitments regarding delivery of S300 air defense missiles to Iran.
- June 30, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 30 Jun 2010
- Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton Aboard Air Force One en route Wisconsin, 6/30/2010 The White House 30 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 30, 2010
- Russia exports $5.3 billion in arms in first six months of 2010 - official RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- Russia has exported $5.3 billion worth of weapons-related production in the first six months of 2010, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said on Wednesday.
- Northrop Grumman Unveils Fully Accredited Infrared Countermeasures System Effectiveness Models for U.S. Army CIRCM Aircraft Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the development of a unique capability to assess the performance and effectiveness of its offering for the U.S. Army's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) program, based on an Infrared Countermeasures (IRCM) system effectiveness tool created by the company and validated by the U.S. government.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers First F-35 Training Systems Courseware Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has added momentum to the planned summer 2010 opening of Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT) F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin AFB, Fla. by delivering, on schedule and on budget, the first set of instructional materials needed to train pilots and aircraft maintainers.
- Northrop Grumman Mine Detection System Flying Towards Operational Evaluation Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy have begun the next phase of the flight test program leading to the "final exam" Operational Evaluation and potential approval next year for full-rate production of the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The Navy is conducting the Developmental Flight Test-IIE (DT-IIE) program from its Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division site in Florida. The first flight occurred on June 8.
- Northrop Grumman Announces $175 Million Advance Procurement Contract for Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 7 Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Navy awarded a $175 million cost-plus-fixed fee contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for advance procurement of long-lead materials and performance of engineering/planning efforts for LHA 7, the second in the Navy's newest class of large-deck amphibious assault ships. The first ship, America (LHA 6) is currently 25 percent complete.
- Oshkosh Defense Announces New Delivery Orders For Heavy-Duty Army Vehicles Oshkosh 30 Jun 2010 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) announced today its Defense division has received two delivery orders from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC) for the U.S. Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV). The two delivery orders are valued at roughly $600 million, and extend production for nearly 1,900 new and recapitalized severe-duty Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT A4) vehicles, the backbone of the Army’s logistics and resupply fleet, and more than 530 Palletized Load System (PLS) trailers.
- Boeing Announces Agreement to Acquire Argon ST Boeing 30 Jun 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Argon ST [NASDAQ: STST] today announced that they have entered into an agreement for Boeing's acquisition of Argon ST in an all cash tender offer and merger for $34.50 per share, or approximately $775 million, net of cash acquired.
- Northrop Grumman and EADS Defence & Security's Euro Hawk(R) Unmanned Aircraft Completes Successful First Flight Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2010 -- The Euro Hawk® unmanned aircraft system (UAS), built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and EADS Defence & Security, successfully completed its first flight June 29. The high-flying aircraft took off at approximately 10:32 a.m. PDT from Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif., manufacturing facility and climbed to 32,000 feet over Palmdale's desert skies before landing nearly two hours later at 12:24 p.m. PDT at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- 30 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 30 Jun 2010
- GLOBAL: The blood diamond is making a comeback IRIN 30 Jun 2010 -- Reform of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is becoming more urgent as controversy over Zimbabwe's diamond sales pushes the international initiative designed to stem the flow of conflict diamonds towards paralysis.
- UN releases practical toolkit on how to deter sexual violence in war UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- From peacekeepers in Darfur escorting women and girls to prevent “firewood rapes” to blue helmets in Kosovo setting up an emergency hotline for at-risk communities and lone women, the United Nations launched today its first compilation of the best practices of its staff to prevent, deter and respond to the use of rape as a war tactic.
- US Envoy Launches New Mideast Peace Mission VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama's point man in the Middle East is on a new peace mission.
- Israel Announces Meeting with Palestinian PM VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has announced he will hold a rare meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to discuss issues including security and the economy.
- OPT: Obstacles on road to Gaza rebuilding IRIN 30 Jun 2010 -- Eighteen months after Israel’s 23-day offensive in the Gaza Strip, three-quarters of damaged homes, buildings and infrastructure remain unrepaired, according to a reconstruction needs assessment published by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Jerusalem.
- Russia backs UN chief's initiative for international probe into Gaza flotilla raid RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- Russia backs the initiative of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to launch an international probe into the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- UN refugee chief urges sustained support for Kyrgyzstan’s displaced UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- The top United Nations refugee official today urged the international community not to forget the plight of the thousands of civilians uprooted by the recent violence in Kyrgyzstan, as he continued his visit to the Central Asian nation.
- UN training builds up professionalism of police officers in southern Sudan UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- Freshly graduated from a United Nations training programme, 100 police officers are ready to protect the people of Warrap state in southern Sudan from insecurity, mainly in the form of cattle raiding and looting.
- Security Council renews mandate of UN force in Golan Heights UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- The Security Council today agreed to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), its peacekeeping operation in the Golan Heights, for another six months.
- UN’s focus in DR Congo remains civilian protection, Ban says on eve of mission change UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- As the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) transforms into a stabilization force, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the world body’s main priority of protecting civilians will continue.
- Maoist Rebels in India Attack Security Forces VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- In India, Maoist rebels have inflicted another deadly blow on Indian security forces, killing 26 paramilitary soldiers in an attack. It is the latest in a series of daring attacks by the rebels ,who appear undeterred by a government operation to flush them out.
- Kashmir situation grim as 3 more shot dead IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- As demonstrations demanding Indian troop withdrawal from Kashmir spread to more areas three more people were killed when government forces opened fire to break one such protest in south Kashmir city of Anantnag.
- Uganda on Heightened Alert After Deadly Rebel Attack in Congo VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- The Ugandan military has been put on heightened alert following an attack by a Ugandan rebel group in nearby eastern Congo that left 16 people dead. Ugandan officials put the blame on fighters from the Allied Democratic Forces.
- PHILIPPINES: Aquino pledges renewed peace efforts IRIN 30 Jun 2010 -- Benigno Aquino was sworn in as the country's 15th president on 30 June, vowing a raft of anti-corruption reforms and a more inclusive peace agenda to prevent further violence between government forces and Islamic military groups that has left hundreds of thousands homeless in the strife-torn southern region.
- Security Council expands mandate of UN force in Côte d’Ivoire UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- The Security Council today expanded the mandate of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), and the French forces supporting it, in an effort to strengthen its capacity to consolidate stability in the West African country, and extended the term of the mission until the end of this year.
- UN war crimes tribunal ends case involving late Bosnian Muslim army chief UN News Centre 30 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia terminated appellate proceedings today against the former head of Bosnian Muslim forces during the Balkan wars of the 1990s, who had died in April.
- Trial of Pakistani militants begin IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- Trial of Pakistani militants began on Tuesday in the insurgency-hit Swat valley in the country’s northwest, officials said.
- Senior Ex-KGB Man Claims 400 Russian Spies In U.S. RFE/RL 30 Jun 2010 -- A former senior agent with the Soviet KGB has suggested that the recent arrests of alleged Russian spies in the United States is just the tip of the espionage iceberg.
- Spy scandal will not affect Russia-U.S. ties - White House RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- The latest Russia-U.S. spy scandal will not affect bilateral ties, the White House said on Tuesday.
- Foreign Ministry Totally Refutes G-8 Declaration KCNA 29 Jun 2010 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Tuesday as regards the G-8 summit declaration criticizing the DPRK over the "Cheonan" case:
- Obama to Sign New US Iran Sanctions Bill Thursday VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama will sign into law Thursday a package of tough, new energy and financial sanctions against Iran because of its nuclear program.
- FM: Special body formed to encounter sanctions IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- A special body in Iran has taken necessary measures against negative effects of anti-Iran sanctions during past five years, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told IRNA.
- Iran's conditions for resumption of nuclear talks, "logical": MP IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- A senior parliamentarian said here on Wednesday that Iran’s conditions for resumption of talks on its peaceful nuclear program is "logical".
- Larijani: US pressures on Iran useless IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- Parliament ( Majlis ) Speaker Ali Larijani said that the US pressures against Iran has always existed but had no results and would be useless.
- Door still open for Iran to resume talks on nuclear program - Russia's foreign minister RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- The international community has left open the possibility for Iran to resume diplomatic talks on its nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- Iraq war needed new UN resolution, says UK’s former top diplomat IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- Britain’s top diplomat during the 2003 invasion of Iraq admitted Wednesday that he was opposed to the UK government’s decision to join the US-led war.
- Washington welcomes cross-strait dialogue CNA 30 Jun 2010 -- The United States Department of State said Tuesday it welcomes boosted dialogue and exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, adding that it hopes the links will continue expanding.
- AIT welcomes ECFA signing, denies arm sales notification suspensions CNA 30 Jun 2010 -- The United States welcomes the signing of a historical cross-Taiwan Strait trade agreement and its policy on arm sales to Taiwan remains unchanged, the top U.S. diplomat in Taiwan said Wednesday.
- French Prosecutors Seek 10-Year Sentence for Noriega VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- French prosecutors have called for the maximum 10-year jail sentence for former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, on trial in Paris on charges of laundering millions of dollars in drug money.
- Concerns Raised About Irregularities In Guinea's Presidential Poll VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- Candidates, civil society leaders and some observers in Guinea have voiced concern about irregularities in Sunday's presidential poll. A spokesman for the electoral commission reassured Guineans Tuesday of the commission's commitment to transparency and said "no results would be manipulated."
- Nepal Prime Minister resigns IRNA 30 Jun 2010 -- Nepal's embattled Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Wednesday announced his resignation in a TV address to the nation to seek an end to the political impasse.
- Nepal's Prime Minister Steps Down VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- Nepal's prime minister has resigned, in a move aimed at ending the country's political deadlock.
- Benigno Aquino Inaugurated Philippines President VOA 30 Jun 2010 -- Benigno Aquino III was sworn in Wednesday as the Philippines' 15th president, leading a Southeast Asian nation his late parents helped liberate from dictatorship and which he promises to deliver from poverty and pervasive corruption.
- Russian space freighter blasts off to ISS RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2010 -- A Russian cargo spacecraft, Progress M-06M, lifted off toward the International Space Station at 19:35 Moscow time [15:35 GMT] on Wednesday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
- Two Thales Alenia Space communications satellites arrive at launch site Thales 30 Jun 2010 -- The Nilesat-201 and RASCOM-QAF1R satellites, built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for Nilesat and RascomStar-QAF, respectively, have arrived at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, for final preparations leading up to an Ariane 5 launch this summer.
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