19 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Final Push Needed for Iraq Success, DOD Official Says AFPS 19 Nov 2010 -- A final investment in the transition to a civilian-led U.S. presence in Iraq will produce enduring results and create a stabilizing force in the region.
- Iraqi Air Force launches Hellfire missile with precision Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- The Iraqi Air Force successfully conducted its second-ever Hellfire rocket launch from a AC-208 Cessna Caravan.
- DOD Announces Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation DoD 19 Nov 2010
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Several Weapons Caches AFPS 19 Nov 2010 -- Afghan and coalition forces uncovered several weapons caches today during operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand, Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces.
- U.S. Tanks En Route to Southwestern Afghanistan AFPS 19 Nov 2010 -- Servicemembers in Afghanistan’s Regional Command–Southwest will receive 14 M1A1 Abrams tanks to aid in the fight against the Taliban.
- Biden: Afghans May Control Some Provinces as Early as January AFPS 19 Nov 2010 -- NATO’s International Security Assistance Force may be able to start transitioning security of some Afghan provinces to Afghan control as early as January.
- Obama Calls On NATO To Reaffirm Afghan Commitment RFE/RL 19 Nov 2010 -- US President Barack Obama has said this weekend's NATO summit in Lisbon will be an important opportunity to align the allies' approach to the transition in Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan war cannot be won: German government IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- The West cannot win the war in Afghanistan, Germany's special envoy on Afghanistan, Michael Steiner said.
- First female Marine advisor heads to Afghanistan USMC News 19 Nov 2010
- AFGHANISTAN: NGOs call on NATO, Afghan government to stop using local militias IRIN 19 Nov 2010 -- NATO and the Afghan government must stop using local militias against the Taliban; the poorly trained forces are doing more harm than good.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NATO adopts new Strategic Concept NATO 19 Nov 2010 -- At their Summit meeting in Lisbon, NATO leaders adopted a new Strategic Concept that will serve as the Alliance's roadmap for the next ten years and that reconfirms the commitment to defend one another against attack as the bedrock of Euro-Atlantic security.
- Remarks by the President on the NATO Summit and the New START Treaty The White House 19 Nov 2010
- Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO Secretary General Rasmussen on New START The White House 19 Nov 2010
- Russia to wait on arms deal if Congress delays ratification RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Russia will not hurry to ratify a key nuclear arms reduction deal with the U.S. if Congress delays its approval of the treaty.
- NATO Approves Europe Missile Defense Plan VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- NATO leaders have approved U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal for missile defense system for Europe.
- NATO summit to produce missile defense decision satisfactory to all RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- The decision taken at forthcoming NATO summit in Lisbon on the launch of European missile defense will satisfy all allies.
- Russia-NATO missile shield possible "in mid-term perspective" RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Kremlin aide Sergei Prikhodko: A joint Russia-NATO missile shield may be created in mid-term perspective.
- Combined Russia-NATO missile defense could emerge from new relationship RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Missile defense could be the focus for new cooperation between the two sides after the NATO summit in Lisbon.
- Army Service Uniform: Out with the old, in with the blue Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- The fielding of the new Army Service Uniform has reached Fort Benning. In September, the 30th Adjutant General's Battalion (Reception) began issuing the blue dress uniform in place of the traditional "Army greens" to graduates of basic training and One Station Unit Training, said officials at the battalion.
- Army testing new FMTVs Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. Army is vigorously conducting reliability, durability and performance testing of its new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., as part of an effort to add thousands of new trucks to the fleet, service officials said.
- Depot Delivers 400th Honeywell T-55 Engine Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- Corpus Christ Army Depot with partner, Honeywell International, celebrated completion of the 400th T55-GA-714A engine overhaul with a small cake-cutting ceremony here Nov. 17, 2010. The first engine overhaul was completed in May 2006.
- Picatinny obtains sophisticated vehicle to counter a variety of threats Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- The Picatinny Arsenal Fire Department has obtained a sophisticated, highly specialized vehicle designed to provide command and control during incidents involving hazardous materials as well as other potentially lethal threats.
- Army aims to better track injured Soldiers Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- The Army is using a new computer-based tracking system in order to provide more consistent care for injured Soldiers.
- Two Army labs agree to combine brainpower Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- Two Army labs agreed at a ceremony here Nov. 9 to channel brainpower from both organizations into a joint initiative to benefit warfighters.
- Senator Brown visits Natick Soldier Systems Center Army News 19 Nov 2010 -- United States Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts received a series of briefings and demonstrations before joining military and civilian employees in a Thanksgiving luncheon Nov. 19 at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center.
- CLB-6 gets back to the basics with first post-deployment exercise USMC News 19 Nov 2010 -- In these times of cell phones, computers and other technological advances, the old way of doing things can become archaic, often foreign to new generations.
- Canadian, US Ship Have Minor Collision at Sea Navy NewsStand 19 Nov 2010 -- While preparing to conduct a routine replenishment at sea (RAS), the Canadian Patrol Frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) had a minor collision on Nov. 18 during the early evening off the east coast of Florida.
- NSWC Carderock Division Begins Second Century of Supporting the Fleet Navy NewsStand 19 Nov 2010 -- Engineers, scientists and Philadelphia community leaders celebrated 100 years of research and development in naval machinery and shipboard environmental quality, Nov. 18, at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES), Philadelphia, Pa.
- USS Chicago Undocks Six Weeks Early Navy NewsStand 19 Nov 2010 -- Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard successfully undocked USS Chicago (SSN 721) from its scheduled engineered refueling overhaul Oct. 27, six weeks ahead of schedule.
- USS Memphis Commanding Officer Relieved of Duty Navy NewsStand 19 Nov 2010 -- Commander, Submarine Development Squadron (DEVRON) 12 relieved the commanding officer of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) Nov. 18.
- USS Henry M. Jackson Completes 75th Deterrent Patrol Navy NewsStand 19 Nov 2010 -- USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) became the first Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine to complete 75 Trident strategic deterrent patrols when its Gold Crew returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Nov. 4.
- Career Development Board Compliance Rate Improves Navy NewsStand 19 Nov 2010 -- According to Navy leaders, more commands conducted career development boards (CDB) in fiscal year 2010 than in previous years.
- Eurasia Partnership Capstone Participates in Hazardous Material Response Training Navy NewsStand 19 Nov 2010 -- Multinational military and civilian personnel participating in Eurasia Partnership Capstone 2010 (EPC10) received hands-on hazardous material response training Nov. 18 at the Civil Protection's Marine Unit Premises in Marsa, Malta.
- Nuclear assignments, manning focus of briefings AFNS 19 Nov 2010 -- Officers and enlisted members assigned to nuclear enterprise and other related career fields will be visited by one of five Air Force Personnel Center teams.
- Undersecretary praises Global Strike Command at symposium AFNS 19 Nov 2010 -- Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin C. Conaton told a packed convention hall that the nuclear and global strike mission is critical to the United States.
- Gates Visit Underscores Strong Relationship With Chile AFPS 19 Nov 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today for a visit meant to reinforce what officials said already is a strong military relationship between the two countries.
- Major AWACS upgrade begins AFNS 19 Nov 2010 -- The next step in the largest block upgrade in the history of the E-3 Sentry, or Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft occurred Nov. 18 at Tinker Air Force Base.
- Kadena Airmen wrap up largest avionics training relocation AFNS 19 Nov 2010 -- Twelve F-15 Eagles and about 180 from here are wrapping up two weeks of bilateral training with Japan Air Self Defense Force members at Chitose Air Base in northern Japan.
- Alaska joint force officials continue search for F-22 Raptor pilot AFNS 19 Nov 2010 -- Operations continue in the effort to find a missing F-22 Raptor pilot Nov. 18, approximately 100 miles north of Anchorage.
- Army Releases October Suicide Data DoD 19 Nov 2010
- DOD Establishes Wounded Warrior Task Force DoD 19 Nov 2010
- New Congress Expected to Review Foreign Aid, International Programs VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- A number of political analysts are looking at what to expect when Republicans assume committee chairmanships.
- Russian state arms exporter's monopoly upheld RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport must retain its monopoly status.
- Russia's leading shipbuilder seeks arms exporter status RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation is seeking to become an independent exporter of vessels, naval arms and equipment.
- Russian MiG-31 fighter crashes in Urals, pilots eject RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- A Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor/fighter crashed in the Perm region of the Urals, but the pilots ejected safely.
- Press Briefing by U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes The White House 19 Nov 2010
- Obama Praises Acceptance of NATO's New Strategic Concept AFPS 19 Nov 2010 -- President Obama said decisions NATO heads of state made in Lisbon have fully aligned the alliance’s vision and approach to collective security for the 21st century.
- NATO states in new concept alliance is no threat to Russia RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- NATO does not represent any threat for Russia, according to the alliance's new strategic concept accepted in Lisbon on Friday by the 28 NATO members.
- NATO Hoping to Press Reset And START With Russia VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- US President Barack Obama has arrived in Lisbon, for a two-day summit meeting with partners in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and leaders of the European Union.
- Afghanistan, Missile Defense On NATO Summit Agenda RFE/RL 19 Nov 2010 -- Missile defense, Afghanistan, and NATO's new strategic concept will top the agenda as leaders from the Euro-Atlantic alliance gather in Lisbon.
- Rasmussen optimistic about Russia-NATO ties RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Russian President Medvedev is attending the summit of the Russia-NATO Council on November 20 for the first time since the August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.
- Armenian president to skip NATO summit RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan decided not to attend because a draft summit declaration has retained previous position on South Caucasus.
- Armenian President Skips NATO Summit In Protest RFE/RL 19 Nov 2010 -- President Serzh Sarkisian will boycott the NATO summit in Lisbon because of the alliance's plans to uphold the principle of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.
- 12 Indian defence personnel killed in a helicopter crash IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- Twelve Indian defence personnel were killed in a helicopter crash close to the Chinese border in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh.
- Iran Claims System to Defend Against Missile Attack VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- A top Iranian military official says the country is now one of the few places in the world to be equipped with an anti-cruise missile defense system.
- Mock enemy's 10 aircraft successfully targeted IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- Iranian anti-cruise networks on Friday successfully targeted and demolished more than 10 unmanned aircraft of hypothetical enemy.
- Rapier, FM80 missiles successfully fired IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- Iran successfully fired Rapier and FM80 missiles on Friday, said spokesman of the massive nationwide air drill of 'Modafean Aseman Velayat 3', [Defenders of the Sky of Velayat 3].
- Caspian Summit Fails To Clarify Status, Resource Issues RFE/RL 19 Nov 2010 -- The leaders of the five Caspian littoral states have once again failed in a bid to determine the sea's legal status.
- November 19, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Nov 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for November 19, 2010
- $3.5 Billion Full-Funding Contract Awarded For Fourth Lot Of Lockheed Martin F-35s Lockheed Martin 19 Nov 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $3.5 billion contract modification from the U.S. Department of Defense to manufacture 31 F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in the fourth lot of low-rate initial production (LRIP). The contract also funds manufacturing-support equipment, flight test instrumentation and ancillary mission equipment. Including the long-lead funding previously received, the total contract value for LRIP 4 is $3.9 billion.
- Boeing Delivers US Navy's 10th C-40A Derivative Aircraft Boeing 19 Nov 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered the 10th C-40A transport/cargo aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The Boeing 737-700 commercial derivative was modified at the company’s Wichita facility for its Navy mission.
- EADS North America and Airbus Americas seek stronger ties with U.S. Aerospace Suppliers EADS 19 Nov 2010 -- To further enhance the group’s procurement activities in the U.S. and strengthen their relationships with U.S. suppliers, EADS North America and Airbus Americas are setting up a joint U.S. Sourcing Office, based at Airbus Americas’ headquarters in Herndon, Virginia.
- 19 November 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly United Nations 19 Nov 2010
- US Prepared to Put Security Offer to Israel in Writing VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- The Obama administration is prepared to offer Israel written security guarantees to help re-start direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
- Israel Strikes Gaza After Rocket Fire VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- Israeli military planes struck three sites Friday in Gaza after rockets were fired from the seaside strip at communities in southern Israel.
- Presidential Memorandum - Sudan The White House 19 Nov 2010
- Sudan: UN panel monitoring referenda visits Abyei UN News Centre 19 Nov 2010 -- Members of the UN panel tasked with monitoring the referenda on self-determination in Sudan visited central area of Abyei.
- SUDAN: Excitement, frustration as referendum registration gets under way IRIN 19 Nov 2010 -- Officials in Southern Sudan have expressed satisfaction four days into registration for a landmark referendum due in January.
- Australia Urged to Open More Centers for Expatriate Sudanese Voters VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- Australia is being asked to open more locations for Sudanese expatriates to register and vote in an independence referendum.
- Nigerian Militant Group Threatens More Kidnappings in Niger Delta VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- Nigerian militants have threatened to carry out more kidnappings in the country's oil-rich Niger Delta region, despite an ongoing military crackdown.
- South African Judge Denies Bail to Nigerian Accused of Terrorism VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- A court in South Africa has denied bail to a Nigerian businessman who is facing terrorism charges in connection with bombings in Nigeria that killed a dozen people.
- North Caucasus remains unstable - Medvedev RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- The North Caucasus Federal District remains unstable in terms of security and the situation in the region continues to be complicated.
- DRC-CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bemba finally in the ICC dock IRIN 19 Nov 2010 -- The victims of alleged war crimes in the Central African Republic will get their day in court on 22 November when the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba opens in The Hague.
- UN experts urge South Africa to strengthen control over private security firms UN News Centre 19 Nov 2010 -- A group of independent UN experts urged South Africa to strengthen oversight and control over private military and security companies.
- Moscow hopes Iran Six resume talks in December RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- Moscow hopes the Iran Six group of mediators will resume talks in early December.
- Europe's rational approach can end nuclear stalemate IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- The Chairman National Security Committee of Majlis Boroujerdi urged Europe to have a rational approach over Iran's nuclear policy.
- Ahani: Using nuclear arms is sign of weakness, arrogance IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- Iran’s Deputy FM for Europe Affairs Ali Ahani says using nuclear arms or threatening to use them is sign of arrogance and weakness.
- Human rights dominate Ban's talks with Iranian official UN News Centre 19 Nov 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban discussed a range of human rights issues with the head of Iran's High Council for Human Rights.
- Mehmanparast: US is major violator of religious rights IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Friday denounced the US abusing religion, calling the country as major violator of religious rights.
- UN Committee Accuses Iran On Rights Violations RFE/RL 19 Nov 2010 -- A committee of the United Nations General Assembly has accused Iran of serious human rights violations.
- Thai government ordered Bout's extradition in advance RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2010 -- The Thai government issued final approval for extradition of Russian national Viktor Bout at least a day before it took place.
- UN Facilities, Peacekeepers in Haiti Test Negative for Cholera VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- The UN says continued testing of all of its bases and facilities in Haiti for cholera, continues to be negative.
- Haiti: UN sounds alarm as violence impedes cholera response UN News Centre 19 Nov 2010 -- The top UN envoy in Haiti has called on demonstrators to stop blocking roads, bridges and airports.
- UN Says Violence Jeopardizing Cholera Assistance in Haiti VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- UN aid agencies say access to health facilities and rapid treatment are key to preventing the spread and escalation of deaths from cholera in Haiti.
- Unrest Reaches Haitian Capital VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- Violent unrest has spread to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, where angry Haitians clashed with U.N. peacekeepers, whom they blame for the nation's cholera epidemic.
- Security Forces in Guinea Accused of Excessive Force VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is accusing the security forces in Guinea of excessive force.
- UN rights office concerned at reported abuses in post-electoral Guinea UN News Centre 19 Nov 2010 -- The UN rights office voiced deep concern at reported abuses committed during the violence that erupted in Guinea.
- GUINEA: The waiting game - state of emergency IRIN 19 Nov 2010 -- Guineans face an anxious waiting period before confirmation of final results from the 7 November presidential elections by the Supreme Court.
- More Talks Between Government, Rebel Soldiers in Madagascar VOA 19 Nov 2010 -- Madagascar's army chief has met with rebel soldiers who threatened to topple the government earlier this week.
- Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's President for six-year second term IRNA 19 Nov 2010 -- Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka's President for an unprecedented six-year second term.
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