23 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary for November 21 AFNS 23 Nov 2010
- Airpower Summary for November 20 AFNS 23 Nov 2010
- Airpower Summary for November 19 AFNS 23 Nov 2010
- Airpower Summary for November 18 AFNS 23 Nov 2010
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Col. Burleson via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 23 Nov 2010 -- Presenter: Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Col. Willard "Bill" Burleson
- Transcript: DOD Background Briefing with Senior Officials at the Pentagon DoD 23 Nov 2010 -- Presenter: Senior Defense and State Officials
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Drugs AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents this morning and last night during operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.
- Afghanistan Report Shows Security, Governance Gains AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- Progress across Afghanistan remains uneven, with modest gains in security, governance and development in key areas, according to a Defense Department report sent to Congress today.
- Northern Afghanistan Sees Security, Governance Progress AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- Military operations in four northern Afghanistan provinces are yielding progress in security and training programs, and in the kind of development that links people and their government, the 1st Brigade Combat Team commander said today.
- Peace Talks a Function of Afghan Government AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- The Afghan people have the lead role in the reconciliation talks with the Taliban, and the United States serves only as a facilitator, specifically for the safe transportation of people to meet with the Afghan government, the Pentagon’s top spokesman said today on MSNBC.
- Top Taliban Leader Who Participated in Peace Talks May Be Impostor VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- Afghan and Western officials are reported as saying that a top Taliban leader involved in secret peace talks with the Afghan government was in fact an impostor. The New York Times says the fake negotiator also met with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. But the president has denied meeting the purported Taliban leader.
- British Public Growing Weary of Afghan War VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- Britain has just passed the grim milestone of 100 servicemen killed in Afghanistan this year alone. As NATO leaders meeting in Portugal over the weekend agreed to hand over security to Afghan forces by 2014, protesters back in Britain were calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops.
- Outrage Over A NATO Dismissal Of Kabul Children's Fears RFE/RL 23 Nov 2010
- Russian govt. approves new Afghan transit deal RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- The Russian government on Tuesday approved an agreement with NATO allowing the alliance to carry supplies to and from Afghanistan via Russian territory.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Obama Meets with Top Advisers on Korea Situation VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama met Tuesday with his top advisers about the situation on the Korean peninsula, in the wake of North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island. Obama is expected to telephone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to reiterate U.S. support for South Korea.
- Gates Condemns Attack on South Korea AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today condemned the attack by North Korea on the small South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell.
- US Promises 'Measured, Unified' Response to North Korean Attack VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- The United States on Tuesday called North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island earlier in the day "outrageous," but said there will be no precipitous response. U.S. envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth is returning to Washington from Beijing after consultations with South Korean, Japanese and Chinese officials.
- Pentagon Monitors Korean Situation With Concern AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- The Defense Department affirmed its alliance with South Korea and is closely monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula in the wake of today’s North Korean artillery attack on South Korea.
- Pentagon: No Plan for Military Response to North Korean Attack VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- A Pentagon spokesman said the U.S. military is not working on any specific response to North Korea's attack on a South Korean island Tuesday, but is consulting with South Korea's military about steps that could ease tensions rather than increase them. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was to speak to his South Korean counterpart to discuss the situation.
- Air control wings partner under active association construct AFNS 23 Nov 2010 -- The chief of staff of the Air Force recently designated the 116th Air Control Wing here as an active association wing.
- C2 Constellation still integrating, piece by piece AFNS 23 Nov 2010 -- A program initiated in 2000 as an attempt to integrate all command and control systems continues to contribute to that goal today, albeit in a different way.
- Air Force leaders release Diversity Strategic Roadmap AFNS 23 Nov 2010 -- Striving to remain a leading competitor in the search for talent to carry out the Air Force mission, the service's senior leaders released the Diversity Strategic Roadmap here Nov 17.
- New radar systems unveiled at Lakenheath AFNS 23 Nov 2010 -- The 48th Fighter Wing became the first U.S Air Forces in Europe unit to receive new radar systems for air traffic control.
- Schwartz Discusses Korea, Other Issues AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz today said it is “significant” that the South Korean air force, rather than the United States, is leading its country’s air defenses at a time when North Korea has become increasingly provocative.
- Donley Lauds Air Guard's Capability, Reach AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- The Air Force’s senior civilian said the Air National Guard leads the way in providing "maximum combat power when and where the nation needs it, with the absolute best value for each and every taxpayer dollar."
- Middle Pacific-based Koa Kai Exercise Saves Money, Time Navy NewsStand 23 Nov 2010 -- Training exercise Koa Kai 11-1 concluded Nov. 17, saving the Navy both time and money by keeping participating surface combatants in the middle Pacific area of responsibility instead of training off the coast of San Diego.
- HSV 2 Crew Supports Chile Residents During Southern Partnership Station 2011 Navy NewsStand 23 Nov 2010 -- Seventeen service members from High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift painted nine temporary homes in Concepcion Nov. 22 as part of a community relations project to assist those who lost their homes during a February earthquake.
- USS Enterprise Turns 49 Years Old Thanksgiving Day Navy NewsStand 23 Nov 2010 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is scheduled to celebrate its 49th birthday in its homeport of Norfolk, Va. Nov. 25.
- Republic of Korea's Naval Combat Systems School Visits US Navy Counterpart Navy NewsStand 23 Nov 2010 -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) hosted Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Naval Combat Systems School (NCSS) commanding officer Nov. 1 - 5 at several learning sites to see how American Sailors train.
- Naval Medical Center San Diego Patients Find Relief at OASIS Navy NewsStand 23 Nov 2010 -- Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) hosted the grand opening of the Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) residential program aboard Naval Base Point Loma Nov. 19.
- Battle Command Training Program helps Texas Division prepare for historic role in Iraq; exercise is longest in BCTP history Army News 23 Nov 2010 -- Operations Group Alpha assisted in training the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division for upcoming operations in southern Iraq. These citizen-soldiers, also known as the "Arrowhead" Division, will deploy to southern Iraq later this year. This is the last division headquarters scheduled to deploy to southern Iraq in Operation New Dawn.
- Soldiers provide fresh field knowledge for Strykers Army News 23 Nov 2010 -- U.S. Army I Corps Soldiers who recently returned from the theater of operations in Afghanistan provided system input from a warfighter's perspective to the project management office, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, at a meeting Nov. 9.
- Asia-Pacific Counter-IED Center Army News 23 Nov 2010
- Picatinny invention gives Soldiers 80 degrees of firepower Army News 23 Nov 2010 -- An invention developed by Team Picatinny was recently named a top 10 Army Greatest Invention of 2009. The Objective Weapon Elevation Kit, or OWEK, allows Soldiers to engage super-elevated targets, at up to 80 degrees, while remaining in a protective posture.
- Anniston Army Depot, BAE sign direct sales contract Army News 23 Nov 2010 -- The depot recently signed a new direct sales contract with BAE Systems to overhaul 20 6V53T Glow Plug Engines and X200-4A transmissions.
- 2nd Med. Bn. shares thanks before future deployments USMC News 23 Nov 2010 -- It’s safe to say that the Marine Corps and Navy family aboard Camp Lejeune is much larger than your average American family.
- Reservists clear path for Air Force largest rocket AFNS 23 Nov 2010 -- Air Force Reserve helicopter, maintenance and life support personnel from the 920th Rescue Wing Airmen at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., along with their mission partners from their host wing, the 45th Space Wing, supported the successful launch of a Delta IV-Heavy Launch Vehicle, the largest rocket in the Air Force's inventory, at approximately 6 p.m. (EDT) Nov. 21 here.
- South Korea has 'no plans' to redeploy U.S. tactical nuclear missiles RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korea will not seek the return of U.S. tactical nuclear missiles over fears that the move could scupper international efforts to persuade North Korea to halt its nuclear program, South Korean deputy defense minister Chang Kwang-il said on Tuesday.
- U.S. Ambassador To NATO Says Alliance Ready To Meet 'Global Threats and Challenges' RFE/RL 23 Nov 2010 -- On November 19 and 20, the heads of state of NATO member countries came together in Lisbon for their annual summit, at which they adopted a new strategic charter that will guide the alliance for the next decade. The charter repositions NATO to meet 21st-century threats like insurgencies, cyberattacks, and terrorism.
- Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton Aboard Air Force One en route Kokomo, Indiana The White House 23 Nov 2010
- November 23, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Nov 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for November 23, 2010
- Boeing Offers New Surveillance Detection System Boeing 23 Nov 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has begun offering a Surveillance Detection System (SDS) capable of near real-time, 360-degree detection of optical threats. The system identifies when friendly forces are being monitored or targeted by cameras, binoculars, sniper scopes or other optical means.
- Northrop Grumman to Provide Information Analysis Support to the Defense Manpower Data Center Northrop Grumman 23 Nov 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been chosen to partner with the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to provide project management, software development, data management support and research and analysis.
- Raytheon's Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 Completes Key Flight Test Raytheon 23 Nov 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 completed the fourth of four controlled test vehicle flights designed to demonstrate the system's upgraded kinematic performance and stable airframe control capability.
- Rheinmetall and Sikorsky present Cyclone naval helicopter Rheinmetall Defence 23 Nov 2010 -- Rheinmetall and Sikorsky recently presented the Cyclone Naval Helicopter at a joint press conference in Bonn. With a view to the German Navy's planned procurement of thirty multi-role naval helicopters to replace its current Sea King systems, the companies have joined forces with additional partners in a pioneering alliance.
- BAE Systems Delivers Hornets Ahead Of Schedule BAE Systems 23 Nov 2010 -- BAE Systems has underlined its commitment to total performance by delivering the two most recent F/A-18 Hornets under the RAAF’s Deeper Maintenance Support Contract ahead of schedule and under budget.
- Raytheon Joins 'STONESOUP' Team to Improve Software Security Raytheon 23 Nov 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been selected as a subcontractor on a program to foil attacks against software of uncertain origin.
- 23 November 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 23 Nov 2010
- KPA Supreme Command Issues Communique KCNA 23 Nov 2010 -- The Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army Tuesday released the following communique:
- South Korea vows 'enormous retaliation' against North's attack RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday ordered to punish North Korea's shelling of one of the South's border islands "through action," in a bid to prevent further provocation.
- North Korea attack may be response to drills - Seoul RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea’s artillery attack on a South Korean island earlier on Tuesday may have been triggered by military exercises being held in the area, a spokesman for the South Korean presidential administration said.
- White House Condemns North Korean Attack AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- The White House condemned today’s North Korean artillery attack against the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.
- Taiwan concerned about incident on Korean Peninsula CNA 23 Nov 2010 -- Taiwan is concerned about the situation on the Korean Peninsula after North and South Korean troops exchanged fire across the border earlier Tuesday.
- North, South Korea fire artillery shells across western sea borders IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea on Tuesday fired scores of rockets at South Korea’s big Yeonpyeong island, setting houses on fire and killing two Marines. South Korea returned fire, military officials said.
- North Korea Artillery Hits South Korean Island RFE/RL 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says he is trying to prevent a broader conflict breaking out following North Korea's artillery barrage on a populated island along the two states' disputed maritime border.
- World condemns North Korea's attack on South RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- World powers condemned North Korea's deadly attack on a South Korean island on Tuesday, whilst Pyongyang said it had been responding to Seoul's aggression.
- China urges resumption of talks on North Korean nuclear program RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- China wants to see a resumption of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program, a spokesman for Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Kim Jong-un - the mystery man set to rule North Korea RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- Kim Jong-un, son of and heir-apparent to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, is one of the world's least well known national political figures. Even his exact date of birth is not known for sure, with North Korea first saying 1983, then 1982.
- Condemning latest attack, UN chief urges calm on Korean peninsula UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint after today’s artillery attack by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Yeongpyeong Island, located near its coastline in the Yellow Sea and belonging to the Republic of Korea (ROK).
- N. Korea Shells South Korean Island, Killing Troops VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- In the one of the most serious flare ups since the Korean War of the early 1950s, North and South Korea have exchanged artillery fire. At least two South Korean marines were killed and several others, and some civilians, were injured after North Korea shelled a small South Korean island.
- Concern in Asia After North Korean Attack VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- Asian nations have called for calm after North Korea fired artillery shells on a South Korean island, causing the death of at least two marines and military retaliation from Seoul. Regional political analysts say the attack could be a strategic move by Pyongyang or possibly a sign of internal political wrangling.
- China Calls for Talks, Stability on Korean Peninsula VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- China is calling for all sides to work toward "peace and stability" after North Korea shelled the homes of South Korean civilians. The Chinese Foreign Ministry also calls for new six-nation talks with North Korea, even though the United States has ruled that out for now.
- US Envoy Bosworth Calls Nuclear Talks With China Useful, Complete VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- American envoy Stephen Bosworth says talks with Chinese officials about North Korea's nuclear program have determined that a multilateral approach to the issue remains essential.
- North Korea launches attack on South Korean island RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea opened artillery fire at a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing one soldier and provoking a retaliatory attack from the South, Seoul's YTN television reported.
- North, South Korea exchange artillery fire RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea launched artillery fire at a South Korean island on Tuesday, injuring four soldiers and provoking a retaliatory attack from the South, Seoul's YTN television reported.
- North Korea Artillery Hits Homes on South Korean Island VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korean officials say North Korea has fired dozens of artillery shells at a populated island near the two nations' border in the Yellow Sea.
- SUDAN: Countdown to the Southern referendum IRIN 23 Nov 2010 -- The people of Southern Sudan regard January’s referendum as their first genuine opportunity to exert their right to self-determination, as enshrined in the 1945 UN Charter and underlined in the 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between North and South.
- SUDAN: "Tone down the rhetoric" urges top UN official IRIN 23 Nov 2010 -- A senior UN official has called on leaders in Northern and semi-autonomous Southern Sudan not to incite tension as Southerners register for a January referendum that is likely to lead to secession.
- East African Leaders Discuss Sudan Referendum VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- East African leaders are meeting to discuss tensions in Sudan, where a referendum on independence for the country's south is now less than seven weeks away.
- Optimism, But No Deal, at Summit on Sudan Referendum VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- An East African regional summit on Sudan has ended with no deal between north and south on key disputes threatening a referendum on southern independence. But the two sides did agree to keep talking as time for a deal runs short.
- UN, US Effort to Restart Middle East Talks at Critical Phase VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- At a briefing for the United Nations Security Council, the U.N. Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe, said "we are in the midst of a delicate period which will determine whether a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is possible."
- UN political chief urges early resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations political chief today called for efforts to break the current impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, including a freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, and urged a return to direct negotiations by the parties.
- Palestinians Criticize Israeli Land Bill VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- Palestinians are criticizing a new bill passed by Israel's parliament that would make it difficult for Israel to withdraw from the captured territories of East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.
- DR Congo: UN force launches operation to protect civilians in South Kivu UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced the launch of a special operation aimed at protecting civilians and aid workers from armed groups that have stepped up activities in the country’s South Kivu province.
- Citing ongoing instability, Security Council renews UN office in Guinea-Bissau UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations office in Guinea-Bissau until 31 December 2011, while voicing deep concern at the continuing instability in the country.
- SRI LANKA: ICRC to close in north IRIN 23 Nov 2010 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) looks set to close its doors for good in northern Sri Lanka following a government statement that the organization's mandate in Sri Lanka had changed since the war ended.
- China appears to be changing its Jammu and Kashmir policy IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- China appears to be finally responding to India's concerns over the issuance of stapled visas to people of Jammu and Kashmir, a matter taken up recently by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao.
- Two Indian security personnel killed as Naxals blow up vehicle IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district Tuesday, hours after nine extremists were gunned down in an operation in Dantewada.
- UK delays changing law for Israeli war criminals IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- Controversial plans to make it more difficult to arrest alleged Israeli war criminals visiting the UK have been further delayed despite the suspension of the strategic dialogue between London and Tel Aviv.
- Saakashvili, At EU Parliament, Calls For Direct Dialogue With Kremlin RFE/RL 23 Nov 2010 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, in a impassioned speech at the European Parliament on November 23, proposed direct talks with the Kremlin.
- Renewed violence hampering returns to northern Yemen, reports UN agency UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at the escalation of violence in northern Yemen, which has led to a number of deaths and injuries in recent days and is marring prospects for the return of displaced people to their homes.
- Stanford Scientist Who Toured N. Korea's Nuclear Facilities Gives Details of Trip VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- Tensions are high on the Korean Peninsula following an artillery exchange Tuesday between the two sides that left two South Korean marines dead. It was one of the most dramatic confrontations between the two sides since the Korean War ended in 1953. And it comes on the heels of a trip to North Korea by a team of top nuclear scientists, including Siegfried Hecker, the former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hecker says North Korea is working on two new nuclear facilities, a water power reactor and a uranium enrichment plant. The latter is significant because it could produce enough highly enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon.
- AEOI head says talks with media after talks with G5+1 IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said here on Tuesday that he will hold a press briefing with media correspondents and reporters on the nuclear issues after talks with the Group 5+1 to be held in two weeks' time.
- Salehi rejects rumors of Iran halting uranium enrichment IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi rejected rumours that Iran has halted its uranium enrichment activities.
- Jalili: Acknowledging Iran’s nuclear rights prerequisite for talks IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- Secretary of IRI Supreme National Security Center said here Monday Iran’s national and regional capacities are undeniable and acknowledging Iranian nation’s rights is prerequisite for any talks on int’l issues.
- Iran to produce own nuclear fuel by 2011 - nuclear chief RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- Iran plans to produce nuclear reactor fuel for its research reactor in Tehran by September 2011, Iranian media quoted the country's nuclear chief as saying on Tuesday.
- Iran installs reactor cap at Bushehr NPP RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- The reactor cap has been placed on the core of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, the ISNA news agency said on Tuesday citing the country's atomic energy chief.
- UN human rights chief concerned at Iran’s 'crackdown' on activists UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the fate of human rights defenders in Iran, whose situation she says is becoming increasingly difficult.
- Press Conference by Senior United Nations Officials on Situation in Haiti United Nations 23 Nov 2010
- Belgium: 11 Detained in Three-Nation Terror Sweep VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- Police in three European countries have arrested 11 people suspected of planning a terrorist attack and recruiting jihadists.
- Security Council re-authorizes action against piracy off Somali coast UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- The Security Council today renewed for another 12 months the authorizations granted to States and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia’s transitional government to fight piracy off the country’s coast.
- Haiti’s cholera cases approach 50,000 as preparations for polls continue – UN UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- The number of reported cases of cholera in Haiti is now approaching 50,000, but health experts have cautioned that the figure could be higher because data on the epidemic has not been received from some rural communities, a United Nations relief official said today.
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