24 November 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 24 Nov 2010 [PDF]
- Iraq-Deployed Louisiana Guard Troops See Gains AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- Members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have at least two things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
- US Forces help get water flowing in Numaniyah Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- After seven years of sporadic operation, farmers in Numaniyah recently received new water pumps for a pumping station that helps irrigate 1,500 farms.
- Soldiers in Iraq design mud guards to protect MRAPs Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- On patrols lasting up to 10 hours, mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles can fall victim to damaged condensers, clogged air conditioners, and a loss of visibility through the windshields given the coarse dirt roads of southern Iraq.
- Army brigade creates leader development program in Iraq Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- An Army aviation brigade now deployed to Iraq has created a seven-day program designed to develop the full spectrum of leadership skills for future noncommissioned officers.
- Soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq to be in U.S. Soon Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- About 75 Soldiers who have lived and worked in Afghanistan and Iraq for nearly a year will be home within a couple of weeks, North Dakota National Guard leadership announced today.
- Officials Confirm Taliban Leaders’ Death AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan today confirmed the deaths of two Taliban leaders killed in recent Afghan and coalition force airstrikes, military officials reported.
- Afghan engineer soldiers build patrol base, relationships Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- The sun makes a subtle appearance over the hillside as the soldiers report to the build site of a new Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol base. The temperatures are getting increasingly colder, a fact not lost on the men as they huddle around in small groups talking about the plan for the day.
- Afghans Release Election Results For All But One Province RFE/RL 24 Nov 2010 -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission has announced final results from September's parliamentary elections in 34 of the 35 voting constituencies -- saying another three candidates announced as preliminary winners have been disqualified for fraud.
- Afghan Commission Releases Final Poll Results, Minus One Province VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- While announcing the long-delayed results of the September 18th polls at a crowded news conference in Kabul, the chairman of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission Fazil Ahmad Manwee said his staff has certified results in 33 out of the country's 34 provinces.
- Afghan Defense Ministry wants modern warplanes, tanks, missiles RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- Afghanistan needs advanced fighter jets, tanks, armored vehicles and missiles to ensure its independence, Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Zahir Azimi said on Wednesday.
- Westerwelle wants German troops out of Afghanistan by 2014 IRNA 24 Nov 2010 -- German soldiers should be pulled out of Afghanistan not later than 2014, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told Wednesday's edition of the Duesseldorf-based daily Rheinischen Post.
- 2nd MAW (Fwd.) activates for Afghanistan USMC News 24 Nov 2010 -- 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) activated in a ceremony aboard Cherry Point, Nov. 23.
- CLB-3 provides logistics support to coalition forces USMC News 24 Nov 2010 -- Marines and sailors from Motor Transport Company B (Reinforced), Combat Logistics Battalion 3, provided tactical logistics support to the Marines of 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force, during Operation Steel Dawn II Oct. 26 - Nov. 1.
- Top UN envoy welcomes certification of Afghan poll results UN News Centre 24 Nov 2010 -- The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today welcomed the certification of nearly all the final results for September’s legislative elections, adding that the formation of a new parliament will be a major step on the country’s path to building stability.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Mullen Cites North Korea’s Unpredictability AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- North Korea’s artillery assault on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island yesterday is an issue of concern in a region that wants stability, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said today on ABC’s “The View” television show.
- Four Dead in N. Korean Attack, U.S. Carrier Group Deploys AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- South Korean officials announced that two of the four dead in the unprovoked attack by North Korea yesterday were civilians.
- U.S. aircraft carrier to take part in joint drills with S. Korea RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- A U.S. naval task force led by the George Washington nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will join South Korean warships in naval exercises on November 28 - December 1, Yonhap news agency said Wednesday.
- Naval Readiness Exercise Announced Navy NewsStand 24 Nov 2010 -- The USS George Washington carrier strike group will join Republic of Korea (ROK) naval forces in the waters west of the Korean peninsula from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 to conduct the next exercise in the series announced at the 2+2 meetings in July.
- USS Maryland Gold Crew Changes Command Navy NewsStand 24 Nov 2010 -- USS Maryland (SSBN 738) (Gold) held a change of command ceremony in Kings Bay, Ga., Nov. 24.
- USS Roosevelt Dedicates Medical Space to Corpsman Navy NewsStand 24 Nov 2010 -- Sailors aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) dedicated the ship's medical space in the name of a fallen shipmate, Nov. 19.
- Future USS Arlington Launched Navy NewsStand 24 Nov 2010 -- The future USS Arlington (LPD 24) launched Nov. 23 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard, marking a key milestone in the ship's construction process.
- USTRANSCOM Commander Visits Abraham Lincoln At Sea Navy NewsStand 24 Nov 2010 -- The commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) at sea Nov. 23.
- USS Reuben James Hosts Tiger Cruise Navy NewsStand 24 Nov 2010 -- The crew of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57) invited their families aboard for a two-day long underway experience from Nov. 18-19.
- Army Guard Leader Stresses ‘New Norm’ AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- Army National Guard soldiers who faced mental health issues in the past may have been hesitant to ask for help, because of a fear of being stigmatized or not being promoted.
- New unit travels worldwide in support of warfighter AFNS 24 Nov 2010 -- It has a different name and fewer numbers, but the Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight here continues to fulfill a unique mission around the world.
- Director asks Air Guard leaders to look ahead AFNS 24 Nov 2010 -- Times are tough for the Air National Guard, but Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt III sees many "great" opportunities for his 106,700-member force to excel in the future.
- Exchange programs brings French cadets to Ramstein AFNS 24 Nov 2010 -- Eight cadets from Salon-de-Provence Air Base, France, visited Ramstein Air Base Nov. 14 to 20 with hopes of learning how the U.S. military operates on a day-to-day basis.
- Stavridis: NATO Summit Results ‘Excellent’ AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- The recent NATO summit enhanced the organization’s interaction with Russia and the strategic partnership with Afghanistan as well as furthering progress on European missile defense, the top U.S. military commander in Europe said here today.
- DPW equipment operators give 2ID engineers lift Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- Engineers from the 2nd Infantry Division received heavy construction equipment familiarization training that will expand their capabilities and improve survivability on the battlefield for Second to None Division Soldiers.
- Taxpayers benefit from Army's excess non-standard equipment Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- The Army has provided over $4 million in excess non-standard equipment to 11 U.S. state governments since March 2010 as part of the drawdown of U.S. equipment from Iraq. The equipment transferred to state governments is generally commercially available and not used for combat or force protection missions, such as commercial generators, forklifts, floodlights, and cement mixers.
- U.S. Army and Chilean Army Staff Talks Army News 24 Nov 2010
- Army leaders encourage small business to continue pursuing government contracts Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- Army leaders have encouraged small business owners to continue to innovate, lean forward, and work with large businesses to pursue the many contract opportunities available with the Army and federal government.
- Dwell time may increase for Army Guard in 2011 Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- Dwell time, the time spent at home between deployments, may increase in next year for members of the Army National Guard, the service's senior leader said in a recent interview.
- Joint exercise tests ability to handle active shooter incident Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- Every day we are faced with images and stories about violent crime. Victims are held hostage, shootings happen in supermarkets, schools and even on secure military installations.
- Soldiers give ARL scientists candid feedback during lab visit Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- The scientists and engineers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are constantly developing technology solutions for Soldiers involved in today's and for tomorrow's conflicts, but the distance from the battlefield to the lab can be far.
- Singaporeans get HIMARS qualified Army News 24 Nov 2010 -- Singaporean armed forces personnel returned to Fort Sill Oct. 6 for Exercise Daring Warrior to validate and qualify their first High Mobility Artillery Rocket System battery.
- Wyatt Asks Air Guard Leaders to Look Ahead AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- Times are tough for the Air National Guard, but Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry "Bud" Wyatt III sees many "great" opportunities for his 106,700-member force to excel in the future.
- Artillery relocation training begins USMC News 24 Nov 2010 -- The Marine Corps has returned to the Ojojihara training area on mainland Japan for artillery relocation training Nov. 18 - Dec. 9.
- FalconSAT-5 rockets into orbit AFNS 24 Nov 2010 -- A converted Minotaur-IV ICBM carried FalconSAT-5 into orbit from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska Nov. 19.
- Interview: Georgia 'On Its Way' To NATO, EU, Top Official Says RFE/RL 24 Nov 2010 -- Georgia is pushing ahead with reforms aimed at joining the European Union and NATO -- and ready to talk to Russia. That's the message from Giorgi Baramidze, Georgia's deputy prime minister and state minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, who spoke to RFE/RL correspondent Daisy Sindelar.
- Ukraine ready to participate in NATO's European missile defense RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- Ukraine is ready to take part in NATO's European missile defense project, Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Raisa Bogatyrova said on Wednesday.
- Ban urges greater focus on humanitarian impact of explosive devices UN News Centre 24 Nov 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on parties to a global pact banning the use of mines, booby-traps and other explosive devices against civilians to give greater attention to the humanitarian impact of these deadly weapons.
- November 24, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 24 Nov 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for November 24, 2010
- General Dynamics Awarded $95 Million by U.S. Army for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Reactive Armor General Dynamics 24 Nov 2010 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has been awarded a $94.6 million contract by the U.S. Army to produce reactive armor tiles for 440 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. Deliveries are expected to begin in early 2011 and be completed by summer 2012. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Northrop Grumman-Built Arlington (LPD 24) Launched at the Company's Pascagoula Facility; Ship Named to Honor Victims of 9/11 Attack Northrop Grumman 24 Nov 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Shipbuilding sector successfully launched the company's newest amphibious transport dock ship Arlington (LPD 24) on Tuesday morning, Nov. 23.
- 24 November 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 24 Nov 2010
- Statement Released by Spokesman of DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 24 Nov 2010 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Wednesday issued the following statement: "As already reported by the Supreme Command of the KPA, the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK on Nov. 23 took a decisive self-defensive measure to cope with the enemy's reckless military provocation of firing shells inside the territorial waters of the DPRK side around Yonphyong Islet in the West Sea of Korea. (...)"
- World Looks to China to Ease Korean Tensions VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- Countries around the world are voicing condemnation of North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island, and there is widespread concern about the latest news of Pyongyang's nuclear program. Analysts and officials say China, the North's main ally, needs to do more to pressure Pyongyang to change its behavior.
- U.S. Seeking Diplomatic Solution To Korean Clash RFE/RL 24 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has told his South Korean counterpart that the United States stands "shoulder to shoulder" with it following the North's shelling of a South Korean island with the loss of four lives.
- China urges both Koreas to talk RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- China on Wednesday expressed regret over the artillery exchange between North and South Korea and called on both countries to show restraint and start talks as soon as possible.
- South Koreans Uncertain on Response to North Korea's Attack on Yeonpyeong Island VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- Condemnations of North Korea's bombardment of a South Korean island have come in from around the world. But many South Koreans have mixed feelings over how their government should respond to the incident.
- Japan, S. Korea to strengthen ties following North's attack RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in the wake of a military skirmish between the two Koreas, Kyodo news agency said.
- All quiet on Russian-N. Korean border — borderguards RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- A recent military skirmish between South and North Koreas has not affected the situation on the Russian - North Korean border, a spokesperson for the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Wednesday.
- US Calls North Korean Artillery Strike Armistice Violation VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- The United States said Wednesday North Korea's lethal artillery strike on a South Korean island was premeditated and a violation of the 1953 Korean War armistice. But U.S. officials do not believe Pyongyang is preparing for an extended military campaign.
- US, S. Korea Reply to Pyongyang Attack with New Military Exercises VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- After an exchange of artillery fire between the two Koreas, Seoul and Washington have announced a new joint military drill. South Korea also warns North Korea that any further aggression will bring enormous retaliation. The bodies of two men were found Wednesday on Yeonpyeong island, bringing the death toll to four from Tuesday's attack.
- Letter from the President on the Strategy to Support the Disarmament of the Lord's Resistance Army The White House 24 Nov 2010
- Sudanese Commission Warns Attack Could Undermine Referendum VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- The spokesman for Sudan’s referendum commission has called on the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to keep their promise of maintaining peace and security during the voter registration exercise, as well as the 9th January referendum.
- A bombing Raid on Registration Center in South Sudan VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- The spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, Phillip Aguer, said a plane belonging to the Sudan Air Force bombed civilians at a voter registration center in Malual County in Northern Barh el Ghazal state. He claimed four soldiers and two civilians were wounded in the attack.
- UN beefs up monitoring of returnees in Southern Sudan UN News Centre 24 Nov 2010 -- As part of its efforts to assist in the return of refugees and displaced persons, the United Nations in Sudan has enhanced its monitoring of the number of people going back to their homes in the country’s south.
- Security Council authorizes extra UN troops for Ivorian run-off poll UN News Centre 24 Nov 2010 -- The Security Council today authorized the sending of extra United Nations peacekeepers to Côte d'Ivoire ahead of the presidential run-off election scheduled for Sunday and urged everyone in the West African nation to ensure a peaceful poll.
- Car Blast Kills 17 Shi'ite Rebels in Northern Yemen VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- A suicide carbomber blew himself up alongside a religious procession in northern Yemen. At least 17 were killed and 15 wounded in the blast which observers say could unravel a fragile truce between rebels and the Yemeni government signed in February.
- Future of Somali Government in Doubt as Cabinet Debate Stalls VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- Procedural bickering has once again thrown the Somali parliament into a deadlock. With less than one year left on its mandate, the approval of the proposed cabinet as well as the future of the transitional government is in doubt.
- PHILIPPINES: Government-MILF standoff threatens peace bid IRIN 24 Nov 2010 -- Negotiations between the Philippines government and the main Muslim separatist group appear in danger of collapsing barely five months after President Benigno Aquino vowed renewed peace efforts.
- Analysis: Burundi’s shrinking political space IRIN 24 Nov 2010 -- Burundi’s government is coming under increasing criticism for its alleged suppression of the opposition and for dismissing a recent spate of armed attacks as mere banditry.
- Envoy stresses peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities IRNA 24 Nov 2010 -- Iran’s permanent representative to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh, once again, stressed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities.
- Iran Dealt Losing Hand In Gambia Gambit RFE/RL 24 Nov 2010 -- As enemies go, it is hardly in the realm of the Great Satan. Yet the tiny West African republic of Gambia has just added its name to an exclusive club whose other members have more obvious reasons for enmity toward Tehran.
- IAEA report proves peaceful nature of Teheran's nuclear activities RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- A report released on Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency proves the peaceful nature of Teheran's nuclear activities, the IRNA news agency cited the country's permanent representative to the IAEA as saying.
- Haiti cholera outbreak needs stronger response, top UN relief official stresses UN News Centre 24 Nov 2010 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official has stressed the need for a much stronger international and national response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti during a visit to the Caribbean nation.
- UN Estimates Cholera Could Affect 400,000 Haitians VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- U.N. officials are calling for a much stronger international response to Haiti's cholera outbreak after new estimates show the epidemic could affect as many as 400,000 people.
- Egyptian Court Orders Halt to Parliamentary Vote in Alexandria VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- An Egyptian court has ordered parliamentary elections halted in most of Egypt's second-largest city after its directives to reinstate disqualified candidates, many from the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, were ignored.
- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Finds Going Hard in Race for Parliament VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- Days before Egyptians begin the first round of parliamentary voting, rights groups have expressed concern about an increase in security forces cracking down on members of the opposition. High on the list of those facing intimidation are members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The administrative court in Egypt's second largest city has ordered that most of the elections there be suspended after earlier orders to reinstate disqualified candidates were ignored.
- New ISS crew begins pre-flight exams RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- The main and the back-up crews of the next mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will begin two-day pre-flight exams on Wednesday, a Russian space official said.
- Counter terrorism cuts in UK 'not dangerous', MPs told IRNA 24 Nov 2010 -- The outgoing Permanent Secretary at the Home Office has defended the British government plans to cut the police’s counter terrorism budget, insisting that it was not dangerous.
- Iraq paves way for UN treaty on enforced disappearance to enter into force UN News Centre 24 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations human rights chief today welcomed the approaching entry into force of a landmark new treaty to deter enforced disappearance after Iraq became the 20th State to ratify the convention, paving the way for it to become effective in the next 30 days.
- Russian diplomat meets Russian 'spies' in Georgia RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- A Russian diplomat met on Wednesday with the four Russian nationals awaiting trial on espionage charges in Tbilisi, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said.
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