05 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Odierno, Crocker: Iraq’s Future Still Hinges on U.S. Support AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- Two former top U.S. leaders in Iraq said today that even if America’s war there is over, its work is not yet done.
- US Division-South trains Iraqis to target terrorists Army News 05 Nov 2010 -- "Intelligence changes every hour, every minute, every day," said Brig. Gen. Ricky Gibbs, United States Division-South deputy commanding general for maneuver. "For every target, there is a task, purpose, method and desired effect."
- General Describes Remaining Terror Threat in Iraq AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- Though American combat operations in Iraq have ceased, the fighting there is far from over, as terrorist groups remain a threat, a top U.S. officer there said yesterday.
- Iraqi al-Qaeda Group Claims Attack Responsibility VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks on Baghdad's Shi'ite districts this week that left at least 64 dead and 360 wounded.
- Kyrgyz Government Urges U.S. To Suspend Fuel Deal RFE/RL 05 Nov 2010 -- The Kyrgyz government has called on the United States to suspend cooperation with a company contracted to supply fuel to the U.S. transit center in the Central Asian country, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- Combined Force Captures Haqqani Shadow Governor AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- An Afghan and coalition security force captured the Haqqani terrorist network’s shadow governor for the Spera district of Afghanistan’s Khost province during an intelligence-driven overnight operation, military officials reported.
- Suicide Bomber Kills 9 in Afghanistan VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- Afghan officials say a teenage suicide bomber has killed at least nine people in a crowded bazaar in the remote northwestern province of Faryab.
- Afghan war set to cost Britain over £30 bn IRNA 05 Nov 2010 -- The war in Afghanistan is set to cost Britain over £30 billion ($48bn) from the government’s special reserves, more than three times more than the Iraq war, according to the latest estimates released by Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
- CLB-3 begins operations in Afghanistan USMC News 05 Nov 2010 -- Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 3 began conducting independent operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom after an official transfer of authority Oct. 18 on Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan.
- Iran envoy blames foreign presence for Afghan insecurity IRNA 05 Nov 2010 -- Mahmoud Barimani, head of international economic and specialized organizations at Iran's Foreign Ministry, says foreign troop presence in Afghanistan has heightened up insecurity there.
- Commentary: Expanded Multilateralism Could Be An Answer For Afghanistan RFE/RL 05 Nov 2010 -- The United States has historically had an uneasy relationship to international institutions and even alliances. George Washington famously declared in his 1796 farewell address that "it is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."
- USS Iwo Jima Stands Ready to Assist in Haiti AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- USS Iwo Jima, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, stands ready off the southern coast of Haiti to assist with disaster relief support, if requested, as a result of Hurricane Tomas.
Defense Policy / Programs
- White House Pushes START Ratification Before New Congress Arrives RFE/RL 05 Nov 2010 -- On November 3, the day after the balance of power in Congress swung toward the Republican Party, the U.S. State Department issued a fact sheet and statement on the virtues of the new START treaty with Russia and the many reasons the United States needs it.
- Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron FIVE to Deploy Navy NewsStand 05 Nov 2010 -- Approximately 280 Sailors from Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 5, augmented by Sailors from MSRON-3 and Reserve squadron MSRON-9 will deploy Monday, Nov. 8 to the Fifth Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport Commences Rennovation Navy NewsStand 05 Nov 2010 -- Renovations to an 18,000-square foot facility at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, R.I. for a new unmanned anti-submarine warfare (ASW) support facility began Oct. 28.
- Montpelier Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 05 Nov 2010 -- USS Montpelier (SSN 765) held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Station Norfolk Nov. 4.
- NMCB 7 Shifts from Southern Partnership Station Mission to Continuing Promise Navy NewsStand 05 Nov 2010 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 Seabees shifted from Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010 to Continuing Promise 2010 Nov. 5 to finish a project delayed by the movement of Hurricane Tomas in the Caribbean.
- Commander, Submarine Forces Changes Leadership Navy NewsStand 05 Nov 2010 -- Vice Adm. John M. Richardson relieved Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly as Commander, Submarine Forces/Submarine Force Atlantic/Allied Submarine Command during a change of command and retirement ceremony, November 5, 2010, held onboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) at Naval Station Norfolk.
- Ramstein Airmen demonstrate flexibility in humanitarian response AFNS 05 Nov 2010 -- The men and women of the 37th Airlift Squadron perform approximately 2,500 training and real-world missions annually in support of military operations all over the world.
- U.S. Must Stand Vigilant in Face of New Threats, Flournoy Says AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- Extremist networks are melding together, unsafe technologies are rapidly increasing, and the United States must stand vigilant in the face of these threats, the undersecretary of defense for policy said here yesterday.
- Military-connected Schools Benefit From Grants AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- The Department of Defense Education Activity awarded more than $38 million in grants this year to public schools serving military children across the nation.
- Chairman’s Corner: Too Many Doors Still Closed to Women AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- Yesterday I had the opportunity to address a conference on “Women and War,” hosted by the United States Institute of Peace. My main message was this: no matter how many doors we have opened for women in the military -- and there have been many -- there are still too many others yet closed.
- Army announces availability of Draft PEIS, requests comments on proposed aviation growth, realignment and stationing Army News 05 Nov 2010 -- The Army has prepared a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the proposed growth, realignment, and stationing of new and existing Army aviation assets. The proposed action includes the consolidation and reorganization of existing aviation units and the potential establishment of one or more Combat Aviation Brigades (CABs).
- New pivoting coupling brings continuous firepower, cost savings Army News 05 Nov 2010 -- Judging by its size alone, 40mm pivoting coupling may not seem significant. The thumbnail-sized link and accompanying metal ring can literally fit in the palm of a hand.
- Fort Bragg installs emergency call boxes around post Army News 05 Nov 2010 -- The Directorate of Emergency Services has installed a feature throughout Fort Bragg which will assist residents in the event of a life threatening emergency.
- Squadron tests newest F-22s, live-firing of missiles AFNS 05 Nov 2010 -- F-22s Raptor crews from the 90th Fighter Squadron here deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 30, to participate in exercise Combat Archer, the air-to-air evaluation portion of the Air Force's Weapons Systems Evaluation Program.
- Hill AFB energy project full steam ahead AFNS 05 Nov 2010 -- Officials are set to begin negotiations on a unique enhanced use lease project that could process recyclables and municipal solid waste at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and the surrounding community.
- Military Supports Science Foundation in Antarctica AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- Air Force Lt. Col. Ed “Hertz” Vaughan is spending 50 days in colder conditions than most will ever experience to promote scientific research.
- Fort Hood Lessons Promote Better Force Protection AFPS 05 Nov 2010 -- One year after a tragic shooting spree left 13 people dead and 32 more injured at Fort Hood, Texas, the military is working at every level to apply lessons learned to protect the force against an increasingly complex threat, an Army force-protection official told American Forces Press Service.
- Artillery Marines endure jungle warfare challenge USMC News 05 Nov 2010 -- More than 70 Marines from Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, took on the Jungle Warfare Training Center’s 3.8 mile Jungle Endurance Course Oct. 21 on Camp Gonsalves.
- 4th Marines train at base of Mount Fuji USMC News 05 Nov 2010 -- Marines and sailors from 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted training at the Combined Arms Training Center to hone warfighting skills and maintain unit readiness Oct. 7-Nov. 2.
- Video Reveals New Evidence of Torture by Indonesia Military VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- A new video of a torture victim's testimony adds to allegations of abuse by Indonesian troops in the restive region of Papua. Human rights activists say that President Obama, who visits next week, should press Indonesia to crack down on rights abuses.
- November 5, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Nov 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for November 05, 2010
- EADS and Airbus welcome A400M agreement with customer nations EADS 05 Nov 2010 -- EADS and Airbus welcome the conclusion of negotiations with OCCAR and the seven A400M launch customer nations. The agreement, finalised today in Toulouse in the presence of the French Defence Minister Hervé Morin, the national armament directors and other representatives from all customer nations, is the long awaited further detailing of the principle agreement reached in March 2010.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine Helps Boost 350th Launch of a Delta Vehicle Pratt & Whitney 05 Nov 2010 -- In conjunction with the 50th year of powering the Delta-family of rockets, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne celebrated the 350th launch of a Delta rocket today by successfully helping to boost the fourth COSMO-SkyMed Radar Earth-Imaging satellite for the Italian Space Agency and the Italian Ministry of Defence.
- Hamilton Sundstrand wins contract from General Dynamics for Army Strykey Modernization Program Hamilton Sundstrand 05 Nov 2010-- Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has been selected by General Dynamics Land Systems for the Stryker Modernization Generator Subsystem Engineering and Manufacturing Development verification and validation program.
- Northrop Grumman-led Team Wins U.S. Government Contract to Develop Rapid, Integrated Biodefense Response Capability Northrop Grumman 05 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to develop a new bio-defense system capable of rapidly determining if a person has been exposed to a biological threat. The award was made under BARDA's Innovative Platform Technologies program.
- 5 November 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 Nov 2010
- High-level meeting ends with pledges of $29 million to UN Peacebuilding Fund UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations efforts to augment peace and stability in countries emerging from conflict has received a boost, with Member States pledging $29 million for the business plan of the UN Peacebuilding Fund.
- UN: More than 13 Million Children Internally Displaced Worldwide VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations says more than 27 million people are displaced within more than 50 countries around the world as a result of armed conflicts. At least half this group - more than 13 million - are children. The world body is introducing guidelines to help governments and humanitarian agencies protect and provide for this group's special needs.
- Israeli Leader Tests New US Political Arena VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to the United States Saturday on a five-day visit aimed at shoring up U.S. support for Israel. The visit follows a congressional election victory for Republicans, a development that some in Israel believe may benefit the Jewish state's stance on negotiations with the Palestinians.
- Britain promises to change laws to protect Israelis RIA Novosti 05 Nov 2010 -- Britain has pledged to change its laws for Israelis to be able to visit the country without the risk of being legally pursued for their actions in the Middle East conflict areas.
- Peacekeeper attacked in Darfur UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- Unidentified assailants today shot and wounded a soldier serving in the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled region of Darfur, prompting the peacekeepers to return fire.
- Top UN humanitarian official deplores harassment of aid workers in south Sudan UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations top relief coordinator today urged the administration in southern Sudan to ensure the protection of aid workers, decrying cases of harassment and violence against humanitarian staff in the region.
- SUDAN: UN raises humanitarian concerns ahead of referendum IRIN 05 Nov 2010 -- The January referendum on the future of Southern Sudan could create new humanitarian needs if violence breaks out, worsening an already precarious situation, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, warned.
- SUDAN: Radio clampdown criticized IRIN 05 Nov 2010 -- A recent move by the Sudanese government to shut down Radio Dabanga, one of the few stations still reporting on the conflict in Darfur, comes at a critical point in Sudan's politics, human rights and media officials say, as the country prepares for a January referendum when the South could secede from the North.
- Nagorny Karabakh settlement resolution removed from NATO PA agenda RIA Novosti 05 Nov 2010 -- A draft resolution on the settlement of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been withdrawn from the agenda of NATO's Parliamentary Assembly, the head of the Armenian delegation said.
- UN refugee agency calls for protection of Somalis ordered to leave Kenya UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- With concern growing over the fate of more than 8,000 Somalis ordered out of northern Kenya, the UN refugee agency today reiterated its appeal for Somalis to receive international protection.
- France, China Say Launching 'Strategic' Nuclear Cooperation RFE/RL 05 Nov 2010 -- France and China have agreed to form what they are calling a "strategic" partnership in civilian nuclear power.
- Mottaki: No new offer from US for fuel swap IRNA 05 Nov 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Friday dismissed media claims that the US has given a new offer to Iran for fuel swap.
- Georgia Says 13 Alleged Russian Spies Arrested RFE/RL 05 Nov 2010 -- The former Soviet republic of Georgia says it has arrested 13 people accused of spying for Russia, including four Russian citizens, two years after Russia invaded Georgia over its pro-Moscow breakaway region South Ossetia.
- Four Russians detained in Georgia over accusations in spying RIA Novosti 05 Nov 2010 -- A total of 13 people, including four Russians, accused of spying, were arrested in Georgia, Georgian Interior Ministry said Friday.
- Russian Foreign Ministry called Georgian claims about Russian spies political 'farce' RIA Novosti 05 Nov 2010 -- Russian Foreign Ministry called Georgian claims about recently arrested Russian spies a political "farce", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said.
- Russian Foreign Ministry says Georgian claims about Russian spies are bogus RIA Novosti 05 Nov 2010 -- Russian Foreign Ministry called Georgian claims about the Russian spies arrested on the Georgian territory bogus.
- Russia will not leave in lurch alleged Russian spies in Georgia - lawmaker RIA Novosti 05 Nov 2010 -- Those members of the Georgian leadership who stand behind the arrests of Russians over bogus spy allegations should remember that Russia will always defend its citizens, a senior Russian lawmaker said on Friday.
- UN humanitarian agency: Pakistan flooding victims still in urgent need of support UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- One hundred days into Pakistan’s worst ever flooding crisis, United Nations humanitarian coordinators are drawing attention to the plight of the millions of Pakistanis who remain in urgent need of support, following the rains and floods which swept away entire communities.
- Pakistan Suicide Bombing in Mosque Kills at Least 71 VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suicide bomb has ripped through a mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 70 people and critically wounding more than 80 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
- MYANMAR: Burmese in Thailand hold little hope for elections IRIN 05 Nov 2010 -- On 7 November, Myanmar is holding an election for the first time in 20 years, but Burmese migrants and refugees in Thailand say the polls will not change anything back home and only strengthen the military government.
- Burma's Elections Undemocratic But May Offer Some Change VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- Critics dismiss Burma's first elections in two decades as a sham designed to keep a repressive military government in power. But some political analysts say, despite its limitations, the elections could allow dissenting voices in the government for the first time in decades. Because foreign journalists are not allowed into Burma to cover the election, our correspondent reports from Mae Sot, Thailand, on the border.
- Civilian, military leaders must do more to bring stability to Guinea-Bissau – Ban UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged both the civilian and military leadership in Guinea-Bissau to show commitment to achieving long-lasting stability in the West African country, and to restore the rule of law by fighting impunity and curbing organized crime.
- Guinea Prepares For Sunday Presidential Election VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- Voters in Guinea go to the polls Sunday for a much-delayed second-round of presidential voting that is meant to end nearly two years of military rule.
- Interview: Top U.S. Diplomat Discusses Regional Developments, Abuses, Stalemates, And Cooperation RFE/RL 05 Nov 2010 -- Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Gordon recently returned from a trip to Russia, Poland, and Germany, and later this month will be in Lisbon for the NATO summit and NATO-Russia Council meeting.
- U.S. Defends Record At UN Rights Council RFE/RL 05 Nov 2010 -- The United States has defended what officials described as its "proud" human rights record before a UN panel which included some of the country's harshest global critics.
- UN system prepares for landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haiti UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- While calling on the international community to provide urgently needed aid, various programmes and agencies of the United Nations system in Haiti are busily gearing up for the expected landfall of Hurricane Tomas on Haitian shores sometime today or this weekend.
- Tanzania's Kikwete Wins Second Presidential Term VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- The latest election results in Tanzania show President Jakaya Kikwete has extended his lead as he vies for another five-year term.
- EC warns over counterproductive checks on air cargo RIA Novosti 05 Nov 2010 -- European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas on Friday instructed security experts to work out tightened security checks on air cargo, but warned them against meaningless measures that hamper business.
- UN-backed meeting stresses capacity-building to fight terrorism in SE Asia UN News Centre 05 Nov 2010 -- Information exchange and building capacity in South-East Asia were central elements in a United Nations-backed workshop on counter-terrorism which concluded today in Bali, Indonesia.
- NASA Spacecraft Reveals Comet Close-Up VOA 05 Nov 2010 -- Scientists say a NASA spacecraft took photographs of a comet from a distance of only 700 kilometers Thursday, immediately yielding new details about that comet. Scientists say even the initial images sent back to Earth are full of great data, and now they must figure out what all the details and data mean.
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