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04 November 2010 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon DoD 04 Nov 2010 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
  • White House, DOD Urge Senate to Ratify START Treaty AFPS 04 Nov 2010 -- President Barack Obama today urged the Senate to ratify the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty before it goes out of session in December, and Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell echoed that call.
  • Navy Seeks To Build More Littoral Combat Ships Sooner Navy NewsStand 04 Nov 2010 -- Effective competition between industry bidders to build the littoral combat ship (LCS) led the Navy Nov. 4 to discuss with key Defense Committee members and their staff, as well as industry, the possibility of gaining congressional authorization to award each bidder a 10-ship block buy.
  • ONR Conference to Feature New Counter-IED Technologies Navy NewsStand 04 Nov 2010 -- As the use of improvised explosive devices (IED) continues to grow, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is exploring physical and social sciences to counter the threat. This research will be highlighted at the 2010 Science and Technology Partnership Conference scheduled Nov. 8-10.
  • Student Naval Aviators Takeoff for Carrier Qualifications Navy NewsStand 04 Nov 2010 -- Navy pilots from Training Air Wing One (TRAWING-1) and Training Air Wing Two (TRAWING-2) launched from Naval Base Coronado (NBC) Nov. 4 to conduct flight deck qualifications aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) off the coast of San Diego.
  • Office of the Defense Representative-Pakistan Commander Visits Peleliu Navy NewsStand 04 Nov 2010 -- The commander of the Office of the Defense Representative, Pakistan (ODR-P) visited amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Oct. 30 to thank the crew and embarked Marines for their support to the country of Pakistan during relief operations.
  • Solar Power Saves Money, Bolsters Security in Guam Navy NewsStand 04 Nov 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas culminated National Energy Awareness Month with a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 29 that marked the completion of a $5 million solar photovoltaic project on Naval Base Guam.
  • Not just an average flight simulator AFNS 04 Nov 2010 -- Officials from the 23rd Operations Support Squadron started their first HC-130 Hercules simulator course here recently.
  • Researchers begin Army-wide anthropometric survey Army News 04 Nov 2010 -- An Army-wide Anthropometric Survey, called ANSUR II, will update the Army's anthropometric database used for human engineering-related applications.
  • North Dakota National Guard Ready for Winter Emergencies Army News 04 Nov 2010 -- Although it was just last week that North Dakota got its first glimpse of what's to come this winter, the North Dakota National Guard has been planning for a month for what the season may bring. With a look toward long-term forecasts and a close eye on mission capabilities and equipment statuses, plans have been carefully refined to position the Guard for emergency response, should it be needed.
  • Cairns main gate gets new canopy Army News 04 Nov 2010 -- The main gate to Cairns Army Airfield will be closed Nov. 11-14 so the contractors can safely erect a new canopy.
  • Exercise pulls Air Cav unit together Army News 04 Nov 2010 -- Troopers from 1st Air Cav took training to a new level, Oct. 28, with a series of challenges designed to test their leadership, motivation and teamwork.
  • AMC headquarters completes staff redesign Army News 04 Nov 2010 -- The redesign of two Army Materiel Command headquarters staff sections reached full operational capability Oct. 1.
  • Non-deployable rate could reach 16 percent by 2012 Army News 04 Nov 2010 -- By the time the Army meets its goal to have Soldiers home for twice the time they're deployed, the service could face the problem of having nearly one in five Soldiers unable to deploy.
  • Engineers testing eight-blade prop for C-130 AFNS 04 Nov 2010 -- Engineers with the 418th Flight Test Squadron are currently testing a C-130H3 cargo plane equipped with Hamilton Sundstrand NP 2000 propellers.
  • Airmen support Antarctica mission AFNS 04 Nov 2010 -- Active-duty and Reserve Airmen from the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., spent a few days supporting Operation Deep Freeze at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and related their experiences to the Defense Department's "Armed with Science" blog recently.
  • AFRCC members assist in search for missing aircraft with four onboard AFNS 04 Nov 2010 -- Air Force Rescue Coordination Center officials here worked with Wyoming Department of Military Affairs and Fremont County Emergency Management officials to search for a small aircraft with a father and three of his sons on board that went missing Oct. 25.
  • Gates to Reinforce U.S. Relations With Australia, Malaysia AFPS 04 Nov 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will leave tomorrow night for a whirlwind trip to Australia and Malaysia, where he will reinforce the U.S. commitment to the region with a longstanding U.S. ally and an increasingly close partner, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters today.
  • 5 days, 89,000 gallons: Marines train for disaster USMC News 04 Nov 2010 -- Marines of Combat Logistics Company 36 and Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 maintenance and utilities sections participated in water purification training at Penny Lake here Oct. 25-29.
  • Mullen: Military Lags in Support of Women Warriors AFPS 04 Nov 2010 -- Resources for women in the military services are lagging those of men, and the military system does not yet understand the unique challenges of women in uniform, the top U.S. military officer said here today.
  • Chairman and Wife Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges AFPS 04 Nov 2010 -- With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans.
  • Convoy Op and IED prevention maintain Marines combat readiness USMC News 04 Nov 2010 -- Successfully completing convoy operations through terrain heavily saturated by improvised explosive devices, like Afghanistan, can be challenging and dangerous.
  • Nobel Prize winning graphene research highlights AFOSR-funded physicists AFNS 04 Nov 2010 -- Officials at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, announced recently the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to Professor Andre Geim and Dr. Konstantin Novoselov from the University of Manchester for their 2004 graphene research.
  • Guantanamo Task Force Stands Tall in Tough Mission AFPS 04 Nov 2010 -- Duty with Joint Task Force Guantanamo is one of the most demanding assignments in the military, but task force members recognize its importance and strategic implications for the United States and its troops in harm’s way, their commander said.
  • Russia, NATO to turn page at Lisbon summit - Rasmussen RIA Novosti 04 Nov 2010 -- The upcoming NATO Summit in Lisbon will allow NATO and Russia "to bury once and for all the ghosts of the past," alliance Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on his personal Facebook page.
  • Obama wants current Senate to ratify arms cuts deal with Russia RIA Novosti 04 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama expressed hope on Thursday that the Senate would ratify a new nuclear arms reduction agreement with Russia before the end of this year's congressional term.
  • Russia to rotate naval task force off Somalia coast in December RIA Novosti 04 Nov 2010 -- Russian warships will continue patrolling commercial shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden in 2011 to help thwart frequent pirate attacks on merchant ships, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.
  • Russia sends 3rd AWACS plane to India RIA Novosti 04 Nov 2010 -- Russia has completed its part of a contract on the delivery of A-50 Mainstay AWACS aircraft to India, a Russian aircraft industry official said.
  • November 4, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 04 Nov 2010
  • Press briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 11/04/2010 The White House 04 Nov 2010

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for November 04, 2010
  • Boeing, Netherlands Ministry of Defence Sign Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Agreement Boeing 04 Nov 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence Logistic Center Woensdrecht today entered a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) framework agreement to expand the center’s capabilities and develop opportunities for Dutch industry. The alliance is aimed at ensuring the readiness of CH-47 Chinook and AH-64D Apache helicopters operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, as well as broadening regional MRO activities through support of other military and civilian aircraft.
  • Upgraded Boeing F-15Cs Arrive at US Air Force’s Kadena Air Base Boeing 04 Nov 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and U.S. Air Force officials at Kadena Air Base celebrated the arrival of four F-15Cs upgraded with the APG-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar on Oct. 21. The newly arrived F-15Cs will join the APG-63(V)1 and (V)2 aircraft already in the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons to provide unmatched combat power for the defense of Japan. The upgrades were installed and tested at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
  • SYPRIS and CASSIDIAN form international strategic alliance EADS 04 Nov 2010 -- Sypris Electronics, LLC, a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions, Inc., announced today that it has signed a Technology Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with Cassidian, formerly known as EADS Defence & Security, the second largest division within the EADS Group.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $10 Million Contract by Raytheon for Production of Tomahawk CCLS Launch Tubes General Dynamics 04 Nov 2010 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $9.8 million contract by Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., for production of the composite capsule launch system (CCLS) for the Tomahawk missile. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Israel Aerospace Industries handed the converted B767 MMTT (Including Air Refueling Capabilities) to its Colombian Customer Israel Aerospace Industries 04 Nov 2010 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has delivered a converted B767-200ER (Extended Range) MMTT (which includes air refueling capabilities) to the Colombian Air Force (CAF).
  • Northrop Grumman to Start Production of Littoral Combat Ship Mission Packages Northrop Grumman 04 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $29 million contract to put Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Packages into production. The company will deliver three mission module packages – one for mine countermeasures and two for surface warfare missions – under this contract.
  • U.S. Air Force Transitions F-15C Raytheon AESA Radar-Equipped Aircraft to Japan Raytheon 04 Nov 2010 -- Installation and acceptance testing of Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) APG-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar on 10 U.S. Air Force F-15C aircraft is now complete. Four of these aircraft recently transitioned from Langley Air Force Base, Va. to Kadena Air Base, Japan.
  • Raytheon Expands Cybersecurity Portfolio with Acquisition of Trusted Computer Solutions Raytheon 04 Nov 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has acquired Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS), a privately held company that delivers a comprehensive portfolio of cross-domain, operating system and network security solutions. The acquisition is the seventh transaction related to the cybersecurity market for Raytheon since 2007, further advancing the company's ability to deliver the end-to-end cyber solutions required to combat the most sophisticated threats that customers face.
  • Russia to showcase advanced weaponry at arms show in Indonesia RIA Novosti 04 Nov 2010 -- Nine Russian defense companies will exhibit various types of sophisticated weaponry at an upcoming biennial arms exhibition in Indonesia, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said.
  • BAE Systems Helps Modernize National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Applications BAE Systems 04 Nov 2010 -- BAE Systems recently migrated a server-based mission application into a virtualized data-center environment to increase reliability and reduce operating costs, completing the first task order under the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) contract.
  • Northrop Grumman's LEMV Program Completes Three Major Milestones Northrop Grumman 04 Nov 2010 -- In just four months since signing a $517 million agreement with the United States Army to build three airships with 21-day persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, Northrop Grumman's (NYSE:NOC) Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) program team has completed three important program milestones. The team is headed toward its fourth, the Critical Design Review (CDR), by the end of first quarter FY11.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Big-Power Diplomats Confer on Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 04 Nov 2010 -- Senior diplomats of the five permanent U.N. Security Council member countries and Germany conferred by telephone Thursday on efforts to renew a nuclear dialogue with Iran later this month. Iran has been sending mixed signals about whether it will attend such a meeting.
  • Mottaki: Final negotiations over context of talks with 5+1 continue IRNA 04 Nov 2010 -- IRI Foreign Minister said here Wednesday final negotiations on context of talks with 5+1 Group still continue and the matter is more important for us than time of the talks.
  • Britain Accuses Iran of 'Slurs,' Following Kurd Arrests VOA 04 Nov 2010 -- Britain accused Iran of a "long line of slurs" Thursday after Tehran said four people arrested for alleged assassinations were part of a British-linked Kurdish group.
  • IRAQ: Christians consider their future after deadly attack IRIN 04 Nov 2010 -- The latest attack on 31 October on Iraq’s dwindling Christian community, which left 58 people dead, and warnings by al-Qaeda that more killings will follow, is raising questions about the future of one of the oldest Christian congregations in the Middle East.
  • More Iraqi Christians Consider Leaving Iraq After Attack on Baghdad Cathedral RFE/RL 04 Nov 2010 -- Iraqi Christians have faced the same pattern of beheadings, kidnappings, rapes, and extortion that plagued Iraq's Shi'ite and Sunni communities during the years of chaos after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and before the surge operations of 2007 brought relative stability
  • UN human rights chief urges better protection for Iraq’s religious communities UN News Centre 04 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, today strongly condemned this week’s attacks on religious communities in Iraq and urged the Iraqi Government to do more to protect civilians in an effort to prevent a “deadly” upsurge in sectarian violence.
  • EU holds major cyber-security exercise RIA Novosti 04 Nov 2010 -- The first pan-European cyber-security exercise Cyber Europe 2010 was held on Thursday as part of efforts to ensure that Europe can defend itself from attacks against its key IT systems, a European Commission spokesman said.
  • Al-Qaida in Arabian Peninsula Comes Into Its Own VOA 04 Nov 2010 -- The U.S.-bound parcel bombs that were recently intercepted in Europe and the Middle East were sent from Yemen. The working assumption of intelligence agencies is that the devices were manufactured and dispatched by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, an offshoot or franchise of the original al-Qaida.
  • France Arrests 2 Men in Terrorist Plot VOA 04 Nov 2010 -- French authorities are questioning two men suspected of plotting a serious terror attack in France. The incident comes after a series of heightened warnings including one by al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
  • Obama to Seek 'Deeper, Broader' Relations with India During Visit VOA 04 Nov 2010 -- Excitement is mounting in India over the upcoming visit of U.S. President Barack Obama as was evident this week during a press conference given by Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.
  • Liberian President Sirleaf Dissolves Her Cabinet VOA 04 Nov 2010 -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has dismissed her Cabinet to provide herself with a "clean slate" ahead of next year's presidential election.
  • All Systems Are Nominal Aboard Lockheed Martin Bsat-3b Satellite Following Oct. 28 Launch Lockheed Martin 04 Nov 2010 -- All systems are nominal aboard the BSAT-3b broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan. The satellite was launched Oct. 28 from Kourou, French Guiana at 5:51 p.m. EDT aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle provided by Arianespace of Evry, France. Initial contact with the satellite was confirmed shortly afterward at 6:52 p.m. EDT from Lockheed Martin's satellite tracking station in Uralla, Australia. Ground controllers continue to command the spacecraft, the propulsion system has been pressurized and all liquid apogee engine (LAE) burns have been successfully concluded.
  • Weather delays final launch of shuttle Discovery RIA Novosti 04 Nov 2010 -- The final launch of the space shuttle Discovery was delayed on Thursday for at least 24 hours due to weather conditions, NASA said on its website.
  • NASA Puts Shuttle Launch Off Until Friday VOA 04 Nov 2010 -- Rainstorms have prompted the U.S. space agency NASA to cancel Thursday's launch of the space shuttle Discovery, the latest in a string of delays plaguing the shuttle's final mission.

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