15 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 15 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Interview: Douglas Feith Defends Bush Policies RFE/RL 15 Nov 2010 -- Douglas Feith was central to planning for the U.S. war in Iraq.
- Aerial porters in constant motion AFNS 15 Nov 2010 -- Airmen within the U.S. Central Command support more than 150,000 coalition forces in two theaters of operations: Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Car Bombs Kill 2 in North Iraq, 1 in Baghdad VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Iraqi officials say twin car bombs exploded outside the northern city of Mosul Monday, killing a prison official and one civilian.
- Garry Owen trains IA, Kurdish security forces Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- 2-7th Cavalry soldiers have been training both the Iraqi Army Soldiers and Kurdish Security Forces to collectively secure the population in Northern Iraq.
- NTC prepares brigade for New Dawn Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- Soldiers of 3/1st Cavalry Division completed training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif.; part of preparation for their upcoming deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.
- Coalition, Afghan Forces Detain Numerous Insurgent Leaders AFPS 15 Nov 2010 -- Coalition and Afghan forces detained numerous insurgent fighters in at least a dozen operations conducted throughout Afghanistan.
- US, French pilots swap, meet up on first deployment AFNS 15 Nov 2010 -- An Air Force pilot traded places with a French air force pilot and now both are serving here on their first deployments with their new units.
- More Afghans, International Troops Killed In Clashes RFE/RL 15 Nov 2010 -- Nine security guards and seven Taliban fighters were reported killed in a gunfight in northern Afghanistan.
- Petraeus-Karzai Dispute Reflects Varied Perspectives VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Pentagon: Differences between Hamid Karzai and General David Petraeus comes from their different roles and perspectives on the conflict.
- Kabul Downplays Apparent Karzai-Petraeus Dispute VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- The Afghan government is playing down an apparent dispute between President Karzai and NATO's commander in Afghanistan about strategy for fighting Taliban militants.
- Clinton Defends Afghan Operations After Karzai Criticism RFE/RL 15 Nov 2010 -- Secretary of State Clinton has defended US military operations in Afghanistan as having "a significant impact," following criticism from Afghan President Karzai.
- U.S. Dismay At Karzai's Call To Reduce Military Operations RFE/RL 15 Nov 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned that the U.S. military must reduce "intrusiveness" into Afghan life or risk fueling the Taliban insurgency.
- UN reaffirms commitment to supporting Afghan-led transition to greater stability UN News Centre 15 Nov 2010 -- The UN envoy mission in Afghanistan reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the country in delivering governance, security and development.
- NATO summit urged to agree inclusive peace talks on Afghanistan IRNA 15 Nov 2010 -- NATO must agree formal peace talks with all parties in Afghanistan conflict, including the Taliban and neighbouring countries.
- Afghan governor brands Pakistani secret service a 'headache' IRNA 15 Nov 2010 -- Pakistan's ISI secret service is a 'headache' for Afghanistan in its bid to restore peace and stability in the country.
- Russia, US to pursue anti-drug effort in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- Russia and the US will continue their joint operations to destroy drug laboratories in Afghanistan.
- 408th CSB supports Pakistan humanitarian assistance relief efforts Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- The Expeditionary Contracting Command exercises its expeditionary capabilities in support of humanitarian relief efforts.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Congress to Address Nuclear Treaty During New Session VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Lawmakers are to consider several important items in the weeks ahead, including ratification of a new nuclear arms deal with Russia.
- Why the Senate Should Ratify New START US Dept. of State 15 Nov 2010
- Gates, Clinton Press for New START Ratification AFPS 15 Nov 2010 -- Secretary of State Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Gates have reiterated their call to the Senate to ratify the New START treaty.
- Obama optimistic about ratification of arms treaty with Russia RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- US President Barack Obama was optimistic about the ratification of a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.
- Obama: U.S-Russia Dialogue Productive, Will Continue AFPS 15 Nov 2010 -- President Obama: He and Russian President Medvedev shared a productive discussion touching on security and economic issues.
- NATO wants to revive CFE Treaty RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- Secretary General Fogh Rasmussen: NATO hopes the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe will be revived in the near future.
- Department of Defense Announces Selected Acquisition Reports DoD 15 Nov 2010
- Reluctant hero becomes first living MOH recipient since Vietnam Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- Salvatore Giunta went above the call of duty when he single-handedly stopped two terrorists from kidnapping his wounded buddy during a ferocious firefight in Afghanistan in 2007.
- Safer explosive tested and qualified at Picatinny Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- A safer, more stable explosive that was tested and qualified by engineers at Picatinny Arsenal as a replacement for TNT.
- Wireless Network After Next leader drives promising technology forward Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- The Wireless Network After Next (WNaN) is known for high performance in ever-changing circumstances.
- Army to upgrade force-tracking system Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- The Army is in the midst of several high-tech upgrades to its force tracking system to include new, next-generation software and a new, faster satellite network.
- Tactical trainer helps teams relay better aerial directions Army News 15 Nov 2010 -- The Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer is the ticket for no-cost CAA training.
- Enterprise Strike Group, Coalition Forces Complete FST-J Exercise Navy NewsStand 15 Nov 2010 -- USS Enterprise Strike Group remained pier-side as it completed a two-week Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint Exercise with coalition forces.
- USS Ronald Reagan Completes COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 15 Nov 2010 -- USS Ronald Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing 14 completed a successful Composite Training Unit Exercise in the Pacific Ocean Nov. 14.
- Eurasia Partnership Capstone 2010 Kicks Off in Malta Navy NewsStand 15 Nov 2010 -- Eurasia Partnership Capstone 2010 kicked off with a reception attended by the U.S. ambassador to Malta, the commander of U.S. 6th Fleet and Malta's chief of defense Nov. 14.
- Airmen share ideas, best practices in multi-national exercise AFNS 15 Nov 2010 -- More than 145 Colorado Air National Guard Airmen are taking part in the fifth annual Brazilian-led exercise CRUZEX, in Natal, Brazil, Nov. 8 through Nov. 18.
- Joint forces unite for high-altitude training AFNS 15 Nov 2010 -- Scenario was part of a class for high-altitude freefall parachutists, covering high-altitude physiology and human performance related issues.
- From Russia Without Much Love RFE/RL 15 Nov 2010 -- The country President Ahmadinejad was excoriating as Satan's sidekick was none other than Russia, long seen as the Islamic republic's staunch champion.
- Lebanon, Russia may sign military cooperation deal in Moscow RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- Lebanon and Russia will sign a number of cooperation agreements during Prime Minister Saad Hariri's visit to Moscow.
- Russia delivers third Mi-26 helicopter to China RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- China has taken delivery of a third Mi-26TS heavy-lift utility helicopter from Russia, the helicopter manufacturer said.
- Iran says arms scandal with Nigeria resolved RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- Iranian FM Mottaki said that no evidence had been found linking Tehran to a shipment of smuggled weapons recently seized in Nigeria.
- FM: Misunderstandings with Nigeria resolved IRNA 15 Nov 2010 -- Misunderstandings between Iran and Nigeria over the smuggled weapons were solved, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.
- Major anti-aircraft maneuver begins across Iran tomorrow IRNA 15 Nov 2010 -- Major aerial protection and anti-aircraft maneuver will begin across the country as of November 16 for five days.
- World War II bomb found at site of new NATO HQ RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- A 200 kg World War II bomb was discovered on Monday at the construction site of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, 11/15/10 US Dept. of State 15 Nov 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for November 15, 2010
- BAE Systems Signs Exclusive Memorandums of Agreement for UK Fixed Wing Aircraft Service Provision BAE Systems 15 Nov 2010 -- BAE Systems has agreed a set of exclusive agreements to lead a team comprising Gama Group Limited, Babcock Aerospace Limited and Pilatus Aircraft Limited to offer a training aircraft availability service solution for the UK armed forces.
- BAE Systems Receives $16 Million Contract for Additional HIMARS Vehicles BAE Systems 15 Nov 2010 -- BAE Systems today announced it will manufacture an additional 44 vehicles for the U.S. Army that incorporate technologies to increase protection for soldiers from artillery attack under a $16.3 million contract award from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). BAE Systems will produce appliqué kits and provide program support for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) under the contract that follows a June 2010 award of $24 million for 63 HIMARS vehicles and appliqué kits. The vehicles will be equipped with BAE Systems' Increased Crew Protection (ICP) cab, derived from a BAE Systems' patented design, which provides reliable protection for crews.
- CACI Awarded $75 Million Contract to Support Military Entrance Processing Command CACI 15 Nov 2010 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a $75 million contract by the Department of Defense Business Transformation Agency to support the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command's (USMEPCOM) Virtual Interactive Processing System (VIPS). The standalone contract was awarded for a base period and option periods totaling 3.5 years. This is new work for CACI and will support USMEPCOM's efforts to streamline its accession process for military applicants.
- Lockheed Martin Announces Industry Team for U.S. Army CIRCM Program Lockheed Martin 15 Nov 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Missiles and Fire Control, DRS Technologies and Daylight Solutions announced today that they are partnering to address the U.S. Army’s Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) Technical Development requirement. The CIRCM program will provide laser defeat capability to rotary-wing aircraft operating in close terrain flying missions where man portable air defense systems represent a significant threat.
- Pratt & Whitney's F100-229 Engine Enhancement Package Completes Record-Breaking Accelerated Mission Test Pratt & Whitney 15 Nov 2010 -- Pratt & Whitney’s newest member of the F100 engine family, the F100-PW-229 Engine Enhancement Package (EEP), has successfully completed more than 6,000 total accumulated cycles (TACs) in an accelerated mission test (AMT) at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engine Development Center in Tennessee. This year’s long test was specifically designed to demonstrate the new engine’s capabilities to provide dependable operation and significantly reduce life-cycle-costs for our customers. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- UK Selects Raytheon BBN Technologies' Wearable Shooter-Detection System for Field Trials Raytheon 15 Nov 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) BBN Technologies' Boomerang Warrior-X wearable shooter-detection system has been selected by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) for field trials related to urgent operational requirements.
- S-70i BLACK HAWK Helicopter Takes Historic First Flight in Poland Sikorsky 15 Nov 2010 -- An S-70i™ BLACK HAWK helicopter has flown in Poland for the first time, marking an historic milestone for the helicopter line being produced by Sikorsky Aircraft’s company in Poland, PZL Mielec. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
- SAIC Awarded $14 Million in Task Orders to Support the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade SAIC 15 Nov 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today it was awarded two task orders by the General Services Administration on the behalf of the U.S. Army 513th Military Intelligence Brigade to provide Information Technology (IT) services to the brigade at Fort Gordon, Ga., and the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR). The task orders have a one year base period of performance, two one-year options, and a combined value of $14 million, if all options are exercised. The task orders were awarded under the General Services Administration's (GSA) Alliant contract.
- Lockheed Martin F-35 Begins Flying Block 1 Software Lockheed Martin 15 Nov 2010 -- The fundamental building block for all future avionics software on the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has entered flight testing on an F-35 test jet.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 15 November 2010 United Nations 15 Nov 2010
- Press Conference on Sudan by Emergency Relief Coordinator, 15 November 2010 United Nations 15 Nov 2010
- Press Conference by Deputy Special Representative on Situation in Haiti, 15 November 2010 United Nations 15 Nov 2010
- DPRK Statement on Cheonan Distributed KCNA 15 Nov 2010 -- The first installment of the statement issued by the inspection group of the DPRK National Defence Commission to disclose the truth behind the case was distributed as an official document of the UN Security Council.
- KCNA and International Sanctions KCNA 15 Nov 2010 -- Sanctions and blockade are the methods of aggression persistently employed.
- Russia, U.S. discuss new Mideast Quartet meeting RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- Russia's presidential representative in the Middle East and the U.S. envoy to Moscow have discussed the possibility of a Middle East Quartet meeting.
- With Time Running Out, New Somali Cabinet Brings Hope of Progress VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Somali PM Abdullahi Mohamed's newly unveiled cabinet is being praised as a lean and potentially effective group to help him rebuild Somalia.
- Pirates Hijack Ship Off Coast of Oman VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- The European Union's anti-piracy force says a vessel with 29 Chinese crew members has been hijacked off the coast of Oman.
- Darfur Rebel Group Preparing to Resume Peace Talks VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Senior official of the Justice and Equality Movement: Group will continue holding consultations with mediators with the aim of "re-engaging" the government in Khartoum.
- Voter Registration Begins for Sudan Referendum VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Voter registration has begun in Sudan ahead of a January referendum to decide if the nation's south will become an independent country.
- Contingency aid delivery under way in south Sudan ahead of referenda - UN official UN News Centre 15 Nov 2010 -- Relief agencies are stockpiling supplies in areas of Southern Sudan where there might be possible mass movement of people as a result of the referenda on the self-determination of the region.
- Russia starts pulling air group out of Chad RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- Russia started withdrawing personnel and equipment from its aviation group in Chad, which operates as part of a UN operation in the region.
- Armenia ready to solve Karabakh conflict 'once and for all' - president RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- President Serzh Sargsyan: Armenia will never attack first, but is ready to solve the Nagorny Karabakh conflict "once and for all."
- Bosnia Arrests Srebrenica Massacre Suspect VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Bosnian police have arrested a former Bosnian Serb police officer suspected of genocide in the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
- LIBERIA: Searching for solutions to land disputes IRIN 15 Nov 2010 -- With close to 25 years surveying land and helping resolve land disputes, J. Patrick Vanie has unrivalled expertise on the nuances of land ownership in Nimba County.
- UN Human Rights Chief Welcomes Release of Aung San Suu Kyi VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is welcoming the release Aung San Suu Kyi, but says it does not go far enough.
- Q&A: Burma's New Political Landscape VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- The release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest Sunday spurred supporters inside the country to say that hope had returned.
- North Korean Defections Continue Amid Food Shortage VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- The South Korean government says that more than 10,000 North Koreans reached the South during the past three years.
- Resumption of Tourism Urged KCNA 15 Nov 2010 -- The resumption of tourism is an urgent task which brooks no further delay as it is one of the important ways for improving the abnormal inter-Korean relations at present.
- Alleged arms dealer Bout's remand period expires on Friday RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2010 -- Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout will be released from Thai custody on November 19.
- Will Egypt Elections Move the Arab World? VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- As Egypt gears up for its parliamentary elections this month and scheduled presidential elections next year, potential repercussions in the rest of the Arab world remain unclear.
- With Long Political Winter Ahead, Kyrgyz Parliamentarism Waits To Take Root RFE/RL 15 Nov 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan has done a political 180, abandoning presidential rule and its vulnerability to nepotism and clan loyalties.
- Former Kyrgyz President's Trial Postponed RFE/RL 15 Nov 2010 -- The trial in absentia of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been postponed to November 17.
- ECOWAS Warns Guinea's Presidential Rivals Against Instability VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Top ECOWAS official has warned Guinea's rival presidential candidates the international community will hold them responsible if their actions or rhetoric lead to chaos and instability.
- Ban urges people of Guinea to accept presidential poll results UN News Centre 15 Nov 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the people of Guinea to accept the results of the presidential run-off election held eight days ago and to resolve any differences through legal means.
- Conde Wins Guinea Presidential Runoff VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Opposition leader Alpha Conde has been declared the winner of Guinea's presidential runoff election.
- Violence in Guinea as Opposition Leader Looks Set to Win Presidency VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Riot police fought stone-throwing demonstrators in Guinea's capital, as it appears a long-time opposition leader has won last week's presidential election.
- Guinean Police Clash With Diallo Supporters VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Security forces in Guinea's capital, Conakry, have clashed with protesters, as officials get set to release the results of a close presidential runoff election.
- Meles Clashes with EU about Elections Report VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has blasted the recent European Union report on last May's elections, calling it "trash".
- Amid Voter Apathy, Burkina Faso Enters Last Week of Presidential Election Campaign VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- Presidential hopefuls in Burkina Faso are entering their last week of campaigning before Sunday's vote.
- US to Give One-Half Billion Dollars for Pakistan Flood Assistance VOA 15 Nov 2010 -- The US has announced it will provide $500-million in additional financial aid to Pakistan to help rebuild after devastating floods.
- KCNA on US-S. Korea FTA Renegotiations KCNA 15 Nov 2010 -- The south Korea-U.S. renegotiations for settling problems concerning FTA had been under way since Nov. 4.
- Britain still a world force, Cameron insists IRNA 15 Nov 2010 -- PM Cameron denied that Britain is in 'decline' internationally despite facing a record deficit, severe defence cuts and the rapid growth of economies such as China.
- Nuclear power investigations for LNG carriersNews Release - 14 September 2010 - Babcock International Group Marine Division
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