10 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Efforts of Anbar Coordination Cell support overall USD-C West mission Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- The primary mission of U.S. forces in Iraq during Operation New Dawn is to train, advise and assist Iraqi forces to help create a more stable, secure and sovereign Iraq. To accomplish this, the effective partnership between U.S. and Iraqi forces must be maintained-but that can't happen by itself.
- Advise and Assist Brigade trains on big guns while deployed Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- The 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 4th Infantry Division deployed to southern Iraq, is revisiting its old stomping grounds: the gunnery range near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
- 418th MEDLOG Soldiers return home from year-long deployment Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- Soldiers of the 418th Medical Logistics Company returned home to Fort Sam Houston Nov. 4 after a year-long deployment in Iraq.
- Security Council strongly condemns terror attacks in Iraq UN News Centre 10 Nov 2010 -- The Security Council has strongly condemned the recent series of terrorist attacks in Iraq, including today’s bomb blasts in the capital, Baghdad, which have claimed the lives of scores of people and wounded hundreds of others.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Col. Roy via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 10 Nov 2010 -- Presenter: Commander of Task Force Wolverine and 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Col. William Roy
- Mullen Appreciates Chance for Afghan Strategy Review AFPS 10 Nov 2010 -- The White House review of the strategy in Afghanistan will be tremendously useful as a report card, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- Afghans Protest Results Of Parliamentary Elections RFE/RL 10 Nov 2010 -- Hundreds of protesters poured into the streets of several Afghan cities to demand a recount of the September parliamentary elections, which they say were fraudulent, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
- TF Iron conducts air assault to stop insurgent attacks Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- Task Force Iron Rakkasans continue thwart insurgent activities as three platoons took part in an air assault operation into Shamshay Village, Andar District, here Oct. 29.
- TF Currahee conducts largest combined U.S., Afghan air assault so far Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- The autumn air was cold during the early morning hours as more than 250 U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers, each with more than 120 pounds of equipment on their backs, awaited the helicopters for their air assault into an area known for harbouring anti-coalition militants.
- US, Afghan air force partner for security drills AFNS 10 Nov 2010 -- Airmen partnered with their Afghan air force counterparts for the pinnacle of a month-long security training sessionNov. 6 through 7.
- Three Afghan Provinces ‘Prime for Transition,’ Colonel Says AFPS 10 Nov 2010 -- Three provinces in eastern Afghanistan are “prime for transition” in the near future for self-governance, a task force commander in the region said today.
- Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader in Ghazni AFPS 10 Nov 2010 -- An Afghan and coalition force killed a Taliban leader and facilitator during an intelligence-driven overnight operation in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, military officials reported.
- Gates Shows Optimism for Afghan Fight, U.S. Leadership AFPS 10 Nov 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates yesterday gave an optimistic view of the war in Afghanistan and of U.S. leadership overall during a television interview in which he reflected on his four decades of public service.
- Analysis: In pursuit of justice in Afghanistan IRIN 10 Nov 2010 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) should start investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by various warring groups in Afghanistan since 2002 to help end a culture of impunity, says Sima Samar, chairwoman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).
- Iran says negotiations with Taliban will not help Afghanistan IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ali Ahani said on Wednesday that talks with Taliban would not resolve the Afghan conflict.
- UK ‘misleadingly optimistic’ over Afghan war, says former envoy IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- Britain's former special envoy to Afghanistan has called for political leaders to challenge some of the “very optimistic military advice” they get on the situation in Afghanistan.
- Pakistani, U.S., WFP Officials Mark End of Marine Corps Flood Mission USMC News 10 Nov 2010 -- Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Nadeem Ahmed, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman, U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Mike LeFever, Defense Representative to Pakistan (ODR-P) Commander, Maj. Gen. Nasrullah Tahir Dogar, Pakistan Army's 16 Division Commander, along with Philippe Martou, Chief of Aviation for the World Food Program, and a number of U.S. and Pakistan servicemembers, marked the end of U.S. Marine Corps helicopter flood relief operations during a ceremony Nov. 10 at Pano Aqil Cantonment, Sindh Province, Pakistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Report outlines ways for Army to improve security response Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- The Army must establish a policy for contract security guards in an "active shooter scenario," to clearly define their authority and responsibilities in a scenario such as the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and 31 wounded.
- Fort Hood, Army review lessons learned from shooting Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- Just days after ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Army released an internal review citing 79 recommendations to improve security Army-wide.
- MSRON 5 Deploys to Central Command Area of Responsibility Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- Approximately 280 U.S. Sailors from Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 5, augmented by Sailors from MSRON-3 and reserve squadron MSRON-9, deployed Nov. 8 to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility.
- Vigilant Shield '11 Introduces Navy Expertise to Air-Centric Operation Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- Several federal, state and local agencies from across the United States and Canada participated in Vigilant Shield '11, Nov. 10.
- USS Olympia Visits Yokosuka Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, USS Olympia (SSN 717) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Nov. 5, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
- MCPON Sends 2010 Veterans Day Message Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West released the following Veterans Day message Nov. 11:
- Continuing Promise 2010, Iwo Jima Depart Haiti Post-Tomas Response Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- The Continuing Promise 2010 – Partnership of the Americas mission, on board USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was released from Hurricane Tomas relief efforts Nov. 9 by U.S. Southern Command after consultation with U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- Swift, Project Handclasp Deliver to Haiti Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) delivered a fully-equipped mobile medical clinic and 39 pallets of water filters to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Nov. 8, as the Project Handclasp portion of Southern Partnership Station 2011 kicked off.
- Naval Hospital Brenerton Unveils New Breast Health Center Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- Naval Hospital Bremerton celebrated the opening of its new Breast Health Center with a ribbon cutting Nov. 8.
- NAVSTA Guantanamo Supports Readiness of HSV-2 Swift Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift visited Naval Station (NAVSTA) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to take on stores and fuel Nov. 8-9.
- Targeted Clothing Allowance Closes Compensation Gap Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- The Navy is making good on its commitment to fully and equally compensate Sailors for the purchase of a full complement of Navy Working Uniforms (NWU).
- VR-56 Breaks Ground for New Hangar Navy NewsStand 10 Nov 2010 -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana took a major leap forward as ground was broken during a ceremony on Nov. 2, for a 61,000 square foot hangar to house Fleet Logistics Squadron (VR) 56.
- Air traffic controllers ensure safe flow of aircraft AFNS 10 Nov 2010 -- Poorly-planned transportation systems can cause significant delays, which is evident from the millions of Americans facing deadlocked traffic on daily commutes. But there is no room for traffic delays when the vehicles include several facets of American air power.
- Airmen assist with 18-ton humanitarian delivery AFNS 10 Nov 2010 -- Airmen from the 612th Air Base Squadron here and the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., worked together with the U.S. Agency for International Development to ship humanitarian aid here Oct. 21 and 25.
- Gates, Clinton Discuss Partnership, Afghanistan AFPS 10 Nov 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed their cooperation with each other and answered questions about countering global terrorism in an interview broadcast last night.
- Army, local first responders exercise terrorist drills Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- Two silhouetted figures stood perched atop the MBC television building here. Within seconds the Korean National Police Special Duty Team members swooped 10 floors to the ground and took positions giving them an unobstructed view of the terrorists and hostages inside.
- Depot slowly releasing orders in LMP Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- The release of production orders for the vehicle and small arms maintenance shops have been slow to go this fiscal year, but leaders in Anniston Army Depot's Nichols Industrial Complex said they expected this to occur with the recent deployment of the Army's Logistics Moderation Program.
- Bragg opens model Army Wellness Center Army News 10 Nov 2010 -- Chilly, misty weather didn't dampen the spirits of more than 150 people who attended the Nov. 5 opening of the Fort Bragg, N.C., Army Wellness Center.
- 26th MEU Marines observe Marine Corps birthday, end of mission USMC News 10 Nov 2010 -- Marines across the Corps observe Nov. 10 as their birthday, whether in garrison or deployed to the far reaches of the globe. Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit supporting flood relief operations in Pakistan had the rare opportunity to observe their birthday on the same day they observed a ceremony marking the end of their current mission.
- Obama: ‘Strengthen Bond Between Nation, Warriors’ AFPS 10 Nov 2010 -- In proclaiming tomorrow’s Veterans Day holiday, President Barack Obama expressed hope that the observance would strengthen the bond between the American people and the men and women who defend them.
- DoD News: Navy Commissions New Guided Missile Destroyer Jason Dunham DoD 10 Nov 2010-- The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Jason Dunham, during a 10 a.m. EST ceremony Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The new destroyer honors Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Amphibious forces learn lessons from Falkland Islands War USMC News 10 Nov 2010 -- The ability of Western powers to deploy forces rapidly has not come with out a price.
- MWSS-272 Marines prepare for Afghanistan USMC News 10 Nov 2010 -- “Every Marine is a rifleman.”
- NATO to systemize security threats of missile defense at NATO-Russia summit RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- NATO expects to systemize security threats of its missile defense during the NATO-Russia summit in Lisbon, NATO spokesman James Appathurai said on Wednesday.
- Number of traumatized German troops hits record high IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- The number of traumatized German soldiers returning from foreign military operations reached a record high, the daily Mitteldeutschen Zeitung reported in its Wednesday edition.
- Russia signs $54-mln arms contract with Indonesia RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- Russia started the first day at an arms show in Jakarta with a contract on the delivery of munitions for Sukhoi-family fighters to Indonesia, worth $54 million, a senior defense official said on Wednesday.
- U.S. govt. watchdog rejects appeal against Russian chopper deal RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rejected an appeal by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. demanding the suspension of a request for proposals (RFP) for Russian Mi-17 helicopters for Afghanistan.
- Iran to carry out hot-fire test soon for S-300 missile IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- Iran would soon carry out hot-fire test for its domestic-made long-range missiles including the S-300s, in a near future, said a senior military official on Wednesday.
- Iran says ready to test domestic air defense system similar to S-300 RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- Iran is set to test-fire a domestically-designed air defense system similar to the Russian S-300 after Russia refused to fulfill a delivery contract, the IRNA news agency said on Wednesday.
- MiG-27 aircraft of Indian Air Force crashes in Rajasthan IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- A MiG-27 fighter plane of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Wednesday crashed near Jodhpur in Rajasthan state shortly after it took off for a routine sortie.
- Pilot ejects as Indian MiG-27 crashes RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- An Indian air force MiG-27 ground attack aircraft crashed in Rajasthan, western India, on Wednesday according to the IANS news agency. The pilot ejected safely.
- Russia tests engine for Indian fighter jet RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- Russia has started in-flight tests of an Indian domestically-designed gas turbine engine for an indigenous light fighter, state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Wednesday.
- UK admirals call for rethink on navy cuts IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- A group of former British navy chiefs Wednesday urged the government to reverse its decision to scrap the aircraft carrier Ark Royal and the fleet of Harrier jets, saying they were 'the most dangerous of the defence cuts'.
- UK denies nuclear cooperation with France breaches NPT IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- The British government has denied that last-week’s 50-year nuclear deal with France breaches the Non-proliferation Treaty.
- President repeats call for fighter sale CNA 10 Nov 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou again urged Washington Wednesday to sell F-16 C/D fighters to Taiwan, calling the sale one of the most important issues in current Taiwan-U.S. ties.
- Taiwan 'will not play deaf' if national security threatened: minister CNA 10 Nov 2010 -- The government will lodge a stern protest if surveillance facilities on Japan's Yonaguni Island threaten Taiwan's national security, Minister of Foreign Affairs Timothy C.T. Yang stressed Wednesday.
- DoD News: Contracts for November 10, 2010
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $189.2 Million Contract to Continue the Design of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Northrop Grumman 10 Nov 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $189.2 million cost plus fixed-fee contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue the engineering and design effort for the nation's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).
- U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $7 Million for Nuclear-Submarine Materials General Dynamics 10 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $7.3 million order on a previously awarded contract for the procurement of long-lead-time materials for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Japanese Troops Successful in Patriot Test Firings Raytheon 10 Nov 2010 -- The Japanese Air Self Defense Forces (JASDF) successfully concluded its annual training exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas. The exercise included target engagement and successful test firings of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System in tactical mission configurations. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) provided operational support for JASDF's Annual Service Practice (ASP).
- Sagem delivers first detectors for Eclairs telescope, primary instrument on the SVOM space observation satellite Sagem (Safran group) 10 Nov 2010 -- Sagem (Safran group) has delivered the first prototype sensors to space research center CESR (1) for the Eclairs telescope, the main payload to be carried by the scientific satellite SVOM (Space-based multi-band Variable Object Monitor).
- L-3 Selected to Provide Intelligence Support Services to U.S. Forces-Afghanistan L-3 Communications 10 Nov 2010 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its STRATIS division has been selected as one of three prime contractors for the Intelligence Support Services-Afghanistan (ISS-A) contract. Under this contract, L-3 has already been awarded two firm fixed-price task orders valued at $36 million to provide intelligence support to the United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A).
- Russian arms exporter to take part in INDO Defence 2010 Expo&Forum RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- Russia will present a large number of military equipment and technologies during the INDO Defence 2010 Expo&Forum due in Indonesia on November 10-13, state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said.
- 10 November 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Nov 2010
- Obama Criticizes Israel's Decision to Build in Occupied East Jerusalem VOA 10 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama is promising America "will spare no effort" in its attempt to bring peace to the Middle East.
- US Announces Additional Palestinian Aid VOA 10 Nov 2010 -- The United States has announced it will give the Palestinian Authority an additional $150 million in aid this year, amid increasing tensions between the Palestinians and Israel over the stalled Middle East peace talks.
- SUDAN: Food the key to resettlement in South IRIN 10 Nov 2010 -- The influence of Northern Sudan on Aweil in Bahr el-Gazal state of Southern Sudan is everywhere - from food deliveries to the truck-loads of returnees.
- Britain to Assist Sudan with Border Demarcation VOA 10 Nov 2010 -- With just 60 days left until Southern Sudan's independence vote, one of the major remaining obstacles is border demarcation. Officials in Northern Sudan have repeatedly said that the work must be done before the vote. The British government says it will help with drawing the border in what may soon be a divided Sudan.
- UN relief official presses for probe into reported abuse of deportees from Angola UN News Centre 10 Nov 2010 -- The head of the United Nations humanitarian arm today called for an investigation into reports that hundreds of people expelled from Angola and forced to cross the border into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been subjected to sexual violence, including rape.
- Parties to UN-backed Western Sahara talks agree to meet again next month UN News Centre 10 Nov 2010 -- The third round of United Nations-backed informal talks on the dispute over Western Sahara has ended with Morocco and the Frente Polisario agreeing to continue their discussions next month and again early next year.
- Ivory Coast Sets Presidential Run-Off for 28 Nov VOA 10 Nov 2010 -- Ivory Coast has pushed back its presidential run-off election to Nov. 28, citing technical reasons.
- 2 Indian paramilitary men shot dead in Kashmir IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- Suspected Kashmiri militants shot dead two Indian paramilitary personnel, guarding a key highway, in a busy market in North Kashmir’s Baramulla District Wednesday afternoon.
- UGANDA: Former LRA combatants struggle for forgiveness IRIN 10 Nov 2010 -- When Richard Odong was 10 he was stopped at gunpoint on his way to school, tied up with ropes and marched into Southern Sudan, where the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) trained him to fight, kidnap and kill.
- SRI LANKA: Former child soldiers struggle for a normal life IRIN 10 Nov 2010 -- Cheran was 15 when he was abducted into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He ran away two years later in January 2009.
- Remarks by the President at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia The White House 10 Nov 2010
- British PM Urges More Political Freedom in China VOA 10 Nov 2010 -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged China to embrace political reforms as it evolves into a global economic power.
- Iranian MPs, nuclear experts highlight invalidity of Amano views IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- Iranian Members of Parliament and nuclear experts on Wednesday criticized IAEA Director General Yukiyo Amano for making politically motivated, repeated and invalid statements about Iranian nuclear program.
- Supreme Leader urges military to keep on making progress IRNA 10 Nov 2010 -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Wednesday called on military cadets to keep on making progress.
- Moscow, Seoul urge resumption of nuclear talks with Pyongyang RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- The Russian and South Korean presidents on Wednesday called for the resumption of six-party talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- Press Conference by Contact Group on Piracy Off Coast of Somalia United Nations 10 Nov 2010
- Obama Says U.S., Muslims Must Work Together Against Extremism RFE/RL 10 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has used the occasion of his presence in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, to address the issue of U.S. relations with the Islamic world.
- ODIHR On Azerbaijan Vote: 'It Is Not Part Of Our Mandate To Say There Is Fraud' RFE/RL 10 Nov 2010 -- In the aftermath of Azerbaijan's parliamentary elections on November 7, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said "the country needs to do much more to make progress in developing a truly pluralist democracy." Audrey Glover, head of the OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Election Observation Mission in Baku, took questions from Khadija Ismaiylova of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service and RFE/RL listeners.
- With Joomart Saparbaev, A New Generation Enters Kyrgyz Politics RFE/RL 10 Nov 2010 -- According to tradition, the first session of the new Kyrgyz parliament was chaired by its oldest member, 65-year-old Tashpolot Baltabaev of the Ata-Meken (Fatherland) Socialist Party.
- Commentary: Bush’s Memoir Doesn’t Tell The Whole Story RFE/RL 10 Nov 2010 -- The newly released autobiography of former U.S. President George W. Bush makes for an intriguing read -- not least because of what it leaves out.
- U.S. assessment of Azerbaijan parliamentary polls 'regrettable' - Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- Azerbaijan's foreign ministry has described as "surprising" and "regrettable" the U.S. Department of State's statement that its parliamentary elections do not meet "international standards."
- Opposition Lodges Complaints About Burma's Election VOA 10 Nov 2010 -- While opposition candidates have given up hope of having much voice in Burma's newly elected parliament, many are beginning to focus on the impending release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. There are indications she will be freed from house arrest in the coming days.
- Early Results Show Close Race for Guinea Presidency VOA 10 Nov 2010 -- The first results from Guinea's presidential election show a close race between the country's former prime minister and a long-time opposition leader.
- Venezuelan parliament ratifies nuclear plant construction deal with Russia RIA Novosti 10 Nov 2010 -- The Venezuelan parliament has ratified an agreement with Russia on nuclear cooperation, which includes the construction of a nuclear plant in Venezuela, local media reported.
- PAKISTAN: Trauma follows IDPs to camps IRIN 10 Nov 2010 -- Two teenage girls peek out from a tent at the Muhammad Khwaja camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the town of Hangu, northwestern Pakistan, before quickly ducking back inside. Like many girls and women based at camps, tradition means they must remain within the shelter much of the day.
- Nearly 10,000 cholera cases reported in Haiti as death toll rises – UN UN News Centre 10 Nov 2010 -- Some 9,971 cases of cholera, including 643 deaths, have been confirmed in Haiti, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, citing figures provide by the Government, which also said that cases of the disease have been identified in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
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