02 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 02 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Head Hunter troopers train Iraqi Army, improve mortar skills Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- Soldiers assigned to the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, spent the day training with the Soldiers of the 6th Brigade, 3rd Division, Iraqi Army to improve mortar skills Oct. 26.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents in Nangarhar AFPS 02 Nov 2010 -- Afghan and coalition forces targeting a Taliban leader who operates in Nangarhar province’s Sherzad district killed several insurgents during an intelligence-driven overnight operation.
- Russia starts delivery of small arms to Afghanistan RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Russia has started deliveries of small arms and ammunition to Afghanistan under a military assistance program.
- Afghans Protest Parliamentary Vote VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Dozens of people took to the streets of the Afghan capital on Tuesday to protest the country's recent parliamentary elections, which have been marred by allegations of fraud.
- USS Peleliu, 15th MEU Conclude Pakistan Relief Operations Navy NewsStand 02 Nov 2010 -- The last two CH-46E "Sea Knight" helicopters of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (Reinforced) (HMM-165) landed, shut-down, and were chained to the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) on Oct. 31, after ten weeks of flying missions over the flood-stricken country of Pakistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- ‘Don’t Ask’ to Stay in Place Through Appeal AFPS 02 Nov 2010 -- The so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy will stay in place while the Justice Department appeals a federal judge’s ruling last month that the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly is unconstitutional.
- DoD News: Senior Executive Service Announcements DoD 02 Nov 2010 -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointments and reassignments.
- Holloman centrifuge takes last spin AFNS 02 Nov 2010 -- Members of the Physiological Training Center concluded 22 years of centrifuge training here with its final spin Oct. 27.
- Open season set for three civilian benefit programs AFNS 02 Nov 2010 -- Office of Personnel Management officials have announced open season for three civilian benefit programs beginning Nov. 8 and lasting through Dec. 13.
- Ramstein Airmen host German counterparts AFNS 02 Nov 2010 -- In the spirit of partnership, members of the 37th Airlift Squadron hosted 11of their counterparts from the German Luftwaffe Oct. 25 through 29 here.
- Occupational analysts influence Air Force decision makers AFNS 02 Nov 2010 -- The Air Force's flying community logs thousands upon thousands of miles-per year fulfilling their mission, but 37 civilians based at Randolph AFB also are racking up the miles in their quest to assist the service's brain trust.
- DARPA Effort Speeds Biothreat Response AFPS 02 Nov 2010 -- Spurred by the 21st century’s first flu pandemic, the Defense Department has developed new, faster ways to make vaccines that could save lives around the world.
- USNS Henson Visits Casablanca Navy NewsStand 02 Nov 2010 -- USNS Henson (T-AGS 63) hosted hydrographers from the Kingdom of Morocco Oct. 19, as the ship visited the port of Casablanca on the way to a new assignment.
- Continuing Promise Wraps Up Work In Guyana Navy NewsStand 02 Nov 2010 -- The Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) team, comprised of service members and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), provided the people of Guyana assistance Oct. 18-26.
- Navy Certifies First Master Military Working Dog Trainer Navy NewsStand 02 Nov 2010 -- The Navy certified the first master military working dog (MWD) trainer (MMWDT) at Naval Technical Training Center Lackland in San Antonio Oct. 22.
- Tropical Storm Tomas Expected to Increase Mosquito Population Aboard GTMO Navy NewsStand 02 Nov 2010 -- The mosquito population aboard Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) is expected to rise as a result of heavy rains produced by the passing of Tropical Storm Tomas Nov. 5 or 6.
- Army researchers develop futuristic helmet Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- Imagine a future when a Soldier's helmet is an integrated communications center with a heads-up computer display, night vision, thermal sensors and enhanced hearing. That future is nearer than many think.
- Japan and U.S. work to build stronger team Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- Since World War II concluded, the United States has worked to build a better relationship with Japan. In 1960, the U.S. and Japan signed the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, a binding agreement for both countries to support each other from enemy attack. United States Army Japan facilitates a two-week Orient Shield exercise in Japan each fall consisting of approximately 400 National Guard members from six states, working with approximately 200 Soldiers from the Japanese military.
- Indian Army Soldiers qualify at range, exchange tactics with U.S. Army Alaska Soldiers Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- Weapon proficiency is an important principle for Soldiers, but it's not often that one gets the opportunity to train with weapons used by a foreign army.
- Corps of Engineers, Commissary agency build sustainable facilities in Europe Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- The construction of the Grafenwoehr Post Exchange-Commissary facility in September 2007, which boasted a gold rating for its environmental friendliness and energy efficiency, set the standard for Defense Commissary Agency facilities.
- Army increases support for suicide prevention Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- According to Department of Defense (DoD) statistics, there has been a substantial rise in the number of suicides for Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers this year.
- Wolfpack hoses off during chem training Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- The Soldiers from Battery A, 26th Field Artillery Regiment (Target Acquisition Battery), 41st Fires Brigade learned how to properly decontaminate a humvee and larger trucks using a high powered M26 generator during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training held the 41st Fires Bde. motor pool, Oct. 26-27.
- Shotgun range hones skills Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- A Joint Service Combat Shotgun Program report on the effectiveness of shotguns in a combat environment states, "The probablility of hitting a man-sized target with a shotgun was superior to that of all other weapons."
- New equipment helps troops locate insurgents Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- Troopers from 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division participated in a search and tactical site exploitation (TSE) class, here, at the National Training Center.
- Cav scouts prep core skills Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- Whether conducting a cordon and search of a village looking for high-value targets or conducting route reconnaissance and engaging in a moving firefight from their vehicles, a scout squadron must be able to perform at a high-level regardless of their mission.
- Army Reserve Leadership Breaks Ground on New Facility Army News 02 Nov 2010 -- Construction of the new $19.6 million Office, Chief of the Army Reserve (OCAR) headquarters officially began here Monday with a ceremonial groundbreaking on the future site of the 88,000 square foot facility.
- Whiteman Airmen support developing nations AFNS 02 Nov 2010 -- Members of the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron, along with members of the 729th Airlift Squadron, completed a humanitarian mission to Honduras, recently.
- DOD Takes Steps to Stop Bullying AFPS 02 Nov 2010 -- It can begin with a single, seemingly harmless act: a taunt at recess, a snub in the lunch room or a juicy piece of gossip posted to Facebook or Twitter.
- Navy Works to Create Greener Footprint AFPS 02 Nov 2010 -- The Navy’s recent test of a riverine command boat is one step the service is taking to create a greener footprint.
- Chairman: Veterans Deserve Nation’s Best Now, in Future AFPS 02 Nov 2010 -- The nation has not begun to comprehend the long-term consequences of protracted war, the military’s top officer said yesterday.
- Turkey Facing East-West Dilemma Over NATO Missile-Shield Plan RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- Turkey's 60-year membership in NATO will undergo its toughest test this month when the country decides whether to allow a NATO antimissile shield to be based on its territory. Analysts are casting the decision as a key moment in Ankara's foreign policy that could potentially determine whether Turkey remains within the Western orbit or decisively turns its gaze eastward, as some Western officials fear.
- Analysts Say Time is Right for New Russia-NATO Relationship VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Increasing military dialogue and cooperation in Afghanistan are two signs Russia may be poised to find a new relationship with NATO. A new report says, with a NATO summit later this month in Lisbon, the time is ripe for such a change.
- Russia, NATO to discuss Euro missile-defense plans Wednesday RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will discuss the Euro missile-defense project and Moscow's possible participation in it during the NATO chief's visit to Moscow on Wednesday, the Kremlin said.
- Russia seeks more information on Euro missile-defense program RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Russia would like to get more information about the proposed Euro missile-defense system, Moscow's envoy to NATO said on Tuesday.
- UK-France Defence Co-operation Treaty announced UK MoD 02 Nov 2010 -- A new programme of defence co-operation between the UK and France has been announced by British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy today, Tuesday 2 November 2010. The programme is to be delivered through an overarching Defence Co-operation Treaty, a subordinate treaty relating to a joint nuclear facility, a letter of intent signed by Defence Ministers and a package of joint defence initiatives.
- Britain, France Sign Historic Defense Pacts VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- France and Britain have signed treaties that will see the two nuclear-armed powers cooperate on defense, including a joint rapid deployment force and shared use of aircraft carriers.
- Controversial nuclear element in new Anglo-French defence deal IRNA 02 Nov 2010 -- Defence Secretary Liam Fox said that it makes “perfect sense” to develop common practices in a world of tight resources ahead of Britain signing a far-reaching defence agreement with France Tuesday.
- Britain, France Sign Landmark Defense Deal RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- The leaders of Britain and France have sealed agreements on a defense partnership between their two nations which is unparalleled in scope.
- U.S. yet to decide on F-16 fighter sale to Taiwan: defense minister CNA 02 Nov 2010 -- Despite Taiwan's high hopes to get advanced weapons to boost its defense capabilities, the United States remains undecided over whether or not to sell F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu said Monday.
- Intelligence officer detained for leaking national secrets CNA 02 Nov 2010 -- A senior Taiwanese military officer was taken into custody Monday on charges of leaking confidential intelligence to China, according to the Defense Ministry.
- Leaked intelligence files pose little risk: Defense Ministry CNA 02 Nov 2010 -- The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that relevant damage control measures had been initiated following the leaking of intelligence files to China by a senior Taiwanese military officer, adding that the leak will have limited influence on the operations of the Military Intelligence Bureau (MIB).
- Ukraine's only sub to reenter service in spring RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Ukraine's only submarine will become operational again in the spring of 2011, after almost 10 years under repairs, Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Yuriy Ilyin said on Tuesday.
- November 2, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 02 Nov 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for November 02, 2010
- ATK's Eagle Industries Unlimited Awarded $18.5 Million Contract From U.S. Marine Corps for Scalable Plate Carrier Components and Spare Parts ATK 02 Nov 2010 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today that its Eagle operation has received an $18.5 million sole-source, follow-on contract from Marine Corps Systems Command to produce Scalable Plate Carrier (SPC) components and spare parts with soft armor ballistic protection to help Marines lighten their load. The company received its first contract for SPCs in 2007, following an Urgent Universal Needs Statement from the USMC to deliver plate carriers. The SPC system spare parts and components will be manufactured at the company's Lares, Puerto Rico and Fenton, Missouri facilities.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded High-Power Microwave Energy Weapon Contract Lockheed Martin 02 Nov 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $230,000 U.S. Air Force contract to define requirements for a weapon that uses high-power microwave energy beams instead of explosives to take out enemy electronic systems. The Non-Kinetic Counter Electronics Capability (NKCE) contract will lead to a new type of weapon that will destroy electronic equipment without endangering personnel.
- General Dynamics Awarded $36 Million for Development of Advanced Submarine Technologies General Dynamics 02 Nov 2010 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $35.9 million U.S. Navy contract to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Raytheon's Space Fence Program Completes Critical Milestone Raytheon 02 Nov 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed a successful system design review (SDR) for the Space Fence program. Space Fence will provide the U.S. Air Force enhanced space surveillance capability to track and detect space objects.
- Raytheon Completes Software Specification Review for GPS OCX Raytheon 02 Nov 2010 -- The Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) team has successfully completed a key design review of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Advanced Control Segment (OCX), signaling the team's readiness to proceed with the next development phase of the program.
- Sagem and Kazakhstan Engineering sign an agreement to create joint venture for drones Sagem (Safran group) 02 Nov 2010 -- Sagem (Safran group) and Kazakhstan Engineering, a Kazakh state-owned company, have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation concerning tactical drone systems.
- Sagem and Ukrainian state-owned company CharZ team up on drones Sagem (Safran group) 02 Nov 2010 -- Sagem (Safran group) and the Chuguev Aircraft Repair Plant (CharZ), a Ukrainian state-owned company, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) concerning tactical drone systems.
- 2 November 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Nov 2010
- Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for November United Nations 02 Nov 2010
- Japan To Withdraw Ambassador From Moscow Over Island Dispute RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- Japan said today that it is temporarily recalling its ambassador to Moscow a day after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited a disputed group of islands that are claimed by both countries.
- Medvedev's trip to disputed Kuril Islands sparks Russian-Japanese diplomatic row RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sparked a high-profile Russian-Japanese diplomatic row after visiting the disputed Kunashir Island on Monday.
- Japan to recall ambassador to Russia over island row RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Japan will temporarily recall its ambassador to Russia in connection with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to a disputed Kuril island, Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted the country's foreign minister as saying.
- U.S. says backs Japan in dispute with Russia over Kuril Islands RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- The United States backs Japan in its dispute with Russia over the Kuril Islands and keeps on calling on both countries to reach a compromise, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State said.
- China Rejects US Mediation in Territorial Dispute With Japan VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- China has rejected a United States proposal to mediate in Beijing's territorial dispute with Tokyo, which has raised security concerns in East Asia in recent weeks. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu says the United States has no place in the dispute between Beijing and Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea.
- Palestinian PM Stakes Claim for East Jerusalem During Infrastructure Ceremony VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says part of Israeli-controlled East Jerusalem will be the cornerstone of a future Palestinian state.
- No Clear Leader in First Results from Ivory Coast Presidential Vote VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Ivory Coast's electoral commission is releasing provisional results from Sunday's presidential vote.
- YEMEN: Very high rates of child malnutrition in conflict zone IRIN 02 Nov 2010 -- A new survey reports very high levels of child malnutrition in Yemen's conflict-hit northern governorate of Saada, particularly in districts that have seen the worst of the fighting. The rate of malnutrition equals that of a survey in Southern Sudan earlier this year which attracted media attention as discovering “the hungriest place on Earth”.
- US Opposes United Nations as Venue for Mideast Diplomacy VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- The Obama administration Monday said it opposes shifting the venue of Israel-Palestinian peacemaking to the United Nations. U.S. officials say only direct dialogue and agreement between the parties can produce a two-state settlement of the conflict.
- Ivory Coast Voters Await Presidential Election Outcome VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Voters in Ivory Coast are waiting to find out who won Sunday's presidential election. The vote is meant to reunite the country eight years after the start of civil war.
- Commentary: What Is Georgia’s Strategy In The North Caucasus? RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- On October 11, the Georgian government announced the introduction of a visa-free travel regime for residents of the republics of Russia’s North Caucasus region. Shortly before that, on September 23, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili described his vision of “a unified Caucasus” at the United Nation's General Assembly.
- U.S. Embassy In Armenia Clarifies Biden's Genocide Comment RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Embassy in Armenia has issued a statement about an online video in which U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian told him not to "force" the issue of the Armenian genocide during Turkish-Armenian reconciliation negotiations, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- "Cheonan" Case Termed Most Hideous Conspiratorial Farce in History KCNA 02 Nov 2010 -- The inspection group of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Tuesday released the following first installment of a statement disclosing the truth behind the "Cheonan case":
- In Unusual Move, Iran's Revolutionary Guards Slam Ahmadinejad Over Comments RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- In an unprecedented move, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has directly blasted President Mahmud Ahmadinejad over controversial comments he made recently, including saying that parliament is not on top of the country's affairs.
- Soltaniyeh: Iran as mighty as nuclear powers, needless of nuclear weapons IRNA 02 Nov 2010 -- IRI ambassador and permanent representative at Vienna international organizations said here Monday Iran’s power equals that of powers that have nuclear arms, needless of possessing such weapons.
- Europeans, North Americans Boost Air Security Over Reported Al-Qaeda Plot RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- A former Al-Qaeda fighter who recently surrendered to Saudi authorities allegedly provided the crucial tip used to intercept two explosive packages that were mailed from Yemen to the United States last week.
- Bomb explodes at Russian Embassy in Athens - media RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Greek media reported on Monday that a bomb had exploded at the Russian Embassy in Athens, although the embassy has not yet confirmed the incident.
- Greek Police Intercept Parcel Bombs VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Police on Tuesday said five letter bombs had been sent to Western Embassies in the Greek capital of Athens. A total of nine small bombs have been found in two days.
- Yemen Puts US-Born Terrorist Suspect on Trial in Absentia VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Yemeni prosecutors have charged U.S.-born hardline Islamic militant Anwar al-Awlaki with plotting to kill foreigners and with belonging to al-Qaida.
- Officials: Terrorists Simulated Bomb Delivery Plot in September VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- U.S. intelligence officials say the shipment of three suspicious packages from Yemen to the U.S. in September was probably a test run for last week's terrorist plot of parcel bombs.
- Yemen Takes First Legal Action Against Radical Cleric VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Prosecutors on Tuesday announced the charges against Anwar al-Awlaki in a Sana'a courtroom, where he is being tried in absentia. It is the country's first formal legal action against Awlaki, who is believed to be hiding in Yemen.
- EU Countries Introduce New Aviation Security VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- European countries including Britain and Germany have tightened air security measures amid fears about the safety of cargo.
- Khodorkovsky Says Russia's Fate Hangs On Verdict RFE/RL 02 Nov 2010 -- In an impassioned speech, jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky told a packed Moscow courtroom that Russia's fate depends on the verdict in his trial.
- Third set of charges against Khodorkovsky possible - lawyers RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- New charges could be filed against former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev, their lawyers said on Tuesday.
- Verdict on Khodorkovsky case to be announced in December RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- The verdict in the new trial of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev is due on December 15, Judge Viktor Danilkin said on Tuesday.
- Heavy Casualty Toll Follows Series of Baghdad Explosions VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Iraq's Interior Ministry is reporting that at least 60 people were killed and hundreds wounded in a series of at least 12 explosions across the capital Baghdad.
- Russia, Qatar sign memorandum of cooperation on peaceful nuclear use RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- Russia and Qatar signed on Tuesday a memorandum of cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
- Aziz' death penalty attempt to cover U.S. failure in Iraq - Russian lawmaker RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2010 -- The death penalty of former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz is an attempt by the United States to distract the world from failure under the flag of democracy, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Tuesday.
- Baghdad Commander Detained, Church Attack Victims Mourned VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- Iraqi officials announced the detention of a Baghdad police commander Tuesday as hundreds of mourners gathered to pay respects to the victims of an attack Sunday in a Catholic church in the capital.
- Electrical Problem Delays Shuttle Launch VOA 02 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. space agency has again delayed the launch of the final mission of the space shuttle Discovery.
- As hurricane blows toward Haiti, UN pre-positions humanitarian supplies UN News Centre 02 Nov 2010 -- Facing the possibility of landslides, flooding and washed-out roads and bridges if Haiti is hit by the full force of Hurricane Tomas, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners continue to dispatch urgent supplies to key areas on the island nation, a UN spokesman said today.
- Myanmar: humanitarian assistance needed to respond to Cyclone Giri UN News Centre 02 Nov 2010 -- United Nations relief agencies and humanitarian partners in Myanmar are appealing for increased support from donors to provide urgent assistance to more than 200,000 people affected by Cyclone Giri, which struck Myanmar’s Rakhine State late last month.
- Benin: as waters continue to rise, UN and partners get aid to neediest UN News Centre 02 Nov 2010 -- United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations are providing critical humanitarian aid to people affected by floods in Benin over the last month, as rainfall continues to swell the Niger River in the north of the West African country.
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