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03 November 2010 Military News

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  • Sessions comments today regarding the Navy's proposal to purchase additional Littoral Combat Ship Office of Senator Jeff Sessions 03 Nov 2010 -- US Senator Jeff Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made comments regarding the Navy's proposal to purchase additional Littoral Combat Ships.
  • DoD News: Navy to Christen Submarine California DoD 03 Nov 2010 -- The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine California, Saturday, Nov. 6, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News, in Newport News, Va.
  • Space Requires New Thinking, Practices, Lynn Says AFPS 03 Nov 2010 -- Once the private preserve of the United States and the Soviet Union, space has become “congested, contested and competitive,” requiring a shift in the military space community’s thinking and practices, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said today.
  • Sailors and Marines Train-Up for Amphibious Operations Navy NewsStand 03 Nov 2010 -- More than 200 active and Reserve component Sailors and Marines stormed Anzio Beach aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS), Va., Oct. 29, as part of Exercise Sandcrab 2010.
  • Frank Cable Receives 2010 SECNAV Safety Excellence Award Navy NewsStand 03 Nov 2010 -- USS Frank Cable (AS 40) was honored as one of the recipients for the 2010 Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Award Oct. 5 in Washington D.C.
  • Vice Adm. Curtis Speaks to Surface Warfare Community Aboard NSA Bahrain Navy NewsStand 03 Nov 2010 -- Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke with members of the Surface Navy Association and surface warfare community during a "brief and discussion" session aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Oct 28.
  • Lisa Azul Exercise Builds On U.S., Spanish Partnership Navy NewsStand 03 Nov 2010 -- Marines attached to 2nd Platoon Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST), Company Europe, began conducting a bilateral training exercise, Lisa Azul, with Spanish marines aboard Naval Station (NS) Rota Oct. 25.
  • USS Antietam Holds Change of Command Ceremony Navy NewsStand 03 Nov 2010 -- USS Antietam (CG 54) held a change of command ceremony pier-side at Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 22.
  • 21st TSC program makes property accountability, equipment turn-in easier Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- The 21st Theater Sustainment Command has been conducting a campaign for property accountability and turn-in of excess military equipment called Task Force Harvest.
  • TRADOC launches Profession of Arms study Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- Leaders from across the Army discussed the Profession of Arms in an Institute of Land Warfare forum at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting. This forum followed Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey’s announcement of a year-long campaign to study the Profession of Arms.
  • Resolute Warriors welcome new command team Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- The 7th Sustainment Brigade conducted a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony Tuesday morning at 3rd Port, welcoming on board Col. Lawrence A. Kominiak as the new brigade commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Tony Escalona as the new brigade command sergeant major.
  • Combatives tournament reinforces law enforcement training Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- The 230th Military Police Company "Warmasters" held a combatives tournament Oct. 25 on Sembach Kaserne here to find the best hand-to-hand fighter in the company.
  • IMCOM begins second phase of guard conversion Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- Nearly 1,400 jobs at 16 installations will transition from contract security firms to federal civil service beginning in January 2011 as the conversion of access-control-point security guards enters its second phase.
  • MRTs bring resilience to 21st TSC Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- Between multiple deployments, intense training schedules and family life, Soldiers today can find themselves in many different stressful situations.
  • Raider Battalion provides OPFOR for 116th Cavalry mobilization Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- As the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team prepares for deployment in support of Operation New Dawn, Task Force - Opposing Force sets the stage for realistic training to ensure the deploying unit is prepared to successfully execute its combat tasks.
  • Vanguard Soldiers hone map, land navigation skills Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team rear detachment conducted a series of classes in map reading and land navigation training to update their basic Soldiering skills and re-familiarize themselves on their perishable skills, Oct. 27-28.
  • Indian, U.S. Soldiers share airborne techniques Army News 03 Nov 2010 -- Soldiers of U.S. Army Alaska and the Indian Army combined a diversity of procedures, techniques and cultures to conduct basic airborne refresher training Nov. 2-3.
  • Obama: Congress, Not Courts, Should Resolve ‘Don’t Ask’ Law AFPS 03 Nov 2010 -- President Barack Obama said today he hopes the current Congress will resolve the uncertainty about whether gay men and lesbians can serve openly in the military.
  • Eyes in the sky at Kandahar save lives AFNS 03 Nov 2010 -- Providing command and control over Afghanistan, all 250,000-plus square miles of it, might sound like a large task, but it's nothing the Airmen of the 73rd Expeditionary Air Control Squadron here can't handle.
  • 37th Bomb Squadron Airmen, Canadian forces train AFNS 03 Nov 2010 -- Airmen from the 37th Bomb Squadron hosted five joint terminal attack controllers from the 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in a training exercise Oct. 28 in Alzada, Mont.
  • Airmen help Soldiers meet airborne school requirements AFNS 03 Nov 2010 -- Paratroopers sat side-by-side both crushed and cozy from the weight of the massive parachute packs on their laps. Each jumper's eyes squinted from a combination of fatigue and flying dust kicked up by the ferocious winds whirling in from the C-17 Globemaster III's side doors.
  • CLB-22 increases unit capabilities through Fort Bragg-based training USMC News 03 Nov 2010 -- Nearly three hundred Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, participated in a pre-deployment field training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C. from Oct. 20-27.
  • Officials stand up enlisted cyberspace defense operations career field AFNS 03 Nov 2010 -- Air Force officials added a new enlisted career field for cyberspace defense operators Nov. 1.
  • Cyber Command Achieves Full Operational Capability DoD 03 Nov 2010 -- Department of Defense announced today that U.S. Cyber Command has achieved full operational capability (FOC).
  • NATO open to Ukrainian role in missile defense - Rasmussen RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2010 -- Ukraine may also take part in NATO's missile-defense program, as the invitation to join should not be limited to Russia, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Moscow on Wednesday.
  • Academy officials break ground on solar array AFNS 03 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force Academy broke ground on their latest and most ambitious solar energy project 1 Nov.
  • NATO will not change Georgia policy at Lisbon summit - Rasmussen RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2010 -- The upcoming NATO summit in Lisbon will not see any change in the alliance's stance on Georgian membership, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Moscow on Wednesday.
  • Russian assistance in Afghanistan: A price to pay RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2010 -- NATO and Russia are clearly ready for improved relations, as demonstrated by the flurry of diplomatic activity ahead of the NATO summit in Lisbon on November 19-20. Compared to the period of friction following the August 2008 war over South Ossetia, this diplomatic surge looks very much like - if not better than - the U.S.-Russian reset.
  • Russian weapons shifting balance of forces in Middle East – Israel's MI chief RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2010 -- Military cooperation between Moscow and Damascus is shifting the balance of forces in the Middle East "back to the '70's," when Israel was close to being defeated by Syria, outgoing chief of Israel's military intelligence said.

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for November 03, 2010
  • CACI Awarded $45 Million Contract to Continue Support for Common Ground Systems in U.S. Army Operations CACI 02 Nov 2010 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a $45 million task order contract to provide program management and technical engineering services to upgrade Common Ground Systems (CGS) with subsystems from the U.S. Army's Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Ground Mobile system. With the support of key teammate General Dynamics C4 Systems, CACI received the one base-year (six-month option) award under its Strategic Services Sourcing (S3) contract with the Army.
  • General Dynamics Awarded Four-year Ammunition Contract by Spanish Army General Dynamics 03 Nov 2010 -- The Ministry of Defense of Spain has awarded General Dynamics European Land Systems, through its Spanish subsidiary Santa Bárbara Sistemas S.A., a four-year contract for the supply of 5,56x45 mm NATO ammunition for the Spanish Army, Air Force and Navy. The contract has a maximum potential value of approximately €20 million ($27.9 million) if all options are exercised.
  • SAIC Completes Integrated Testing of Commercially-Hosted Infrared Payload for U.S. Air Force SAIC 03 Nov 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), SES WORLD SKIES U.S. Government Solutions, Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital), and SAIC team recently completed the Commercially-Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) Integrated Sensor Functional Test.
  • Thales awarded Instrument Landing Systems Contract for Canadian Air Force Bases Thales 03 Nov 2010 -- Thales has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Department of National Defence to supply and install four Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) at Canadian Air Force bases in Trenton, Bagotville and Comox. The contract also has options to replace legacy Instrument Landing Systems at other Canadian Air Force bases across the country.
  • ATK Awarded Five-Year FBI Ammunition Contract Valued at $95 Million ATK 03 Nov 2010 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced today that it has received a contract from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 5.56 caliber duty and training ammunition. The contract is a five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement with a maximum value of $95 million. ATK will produce the mission-specific ammunition at its facility in Anoka, Minnesota.
  • Putin pushes for more Russian arms sales RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2010 -- Russia should increase its share of the world's arms market, especially with high-tech products, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
  • Russia's arms exports: Farewell to arms, hello to profits RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2010 -- Russia's state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport accounts for 85% of the country's arms sales worldwide, with the remainder coming from several companies authorized to deal in arms on the global market.
  • International Debut for Rafael's Imilite ISR Exploitation System Rafael 03 Nov 2010 -- ImiLite is a cost-effective, ISR Command and Control Exploitation System, designed to receive, process and exploit multiple standalone imagery video and other intelligence data in a centralized and unified way.

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