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08 February 2011 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Feb 2011 [PDF]
  • Team 15 builds partnership with Iraqi counterparts Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- Five days-a-week, Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, work with 15th Brigade, 12th Iraqi Army Division.
  • 299th Eng. Company dismantles improvised bridge Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- Soldiers of 299th Engineer Company, 724th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade dismantled an Improvised Rafting Bridge on Tigris River near Sharqat, Iraq, Jan. 23.
  • DOD News Briefing with Col. Burleson and Col. Williams via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 08 Feb 2011 -- Presenter: Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Col. Willard Burleson, and Commander of Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Col. Daniel Williams
  • Brigade Commanders Provide North Afghanistan Update AFPS 08 Feb 2011 -- The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force’s “combined team north” has in the last 11 months transformed conditions for the Afghan people living in the northern part of the country along the Uzbekistan and Tajikistan borders, two U.S. brigade commanders said today.
  • Afghan President: Reconstruction Teams Have to Go VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says foreign reconstruction teams will have to leave the country as the government takes charge of security.
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Enemy Fighter in Ghazni AFPS 08 Feb 2011 -- Afghan and coalition forces killed an enemy fighter and detained several other suspected insurgents yesterday in the Muqer district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, military officials reported.
  • Study Says Window For Afghan Peace Is Closing Quickly RFE/RL 08 Feb 2011 -- A new study by two European researchers argues that reaching a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war is becoming increasingly difficult, a problem it argues is partly due to the mistaken assumption that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are a united terrorist syndicate.
  • PAKISTAN: Militant threat feeds fear IRIN 08 Feb 2011 -- A room stands empty in the house of Gulzar Ahmed in Lahore - unusual given that the three-bedroom house accommodates seven people, and that Gulzar’s four daughters share a single room with their grandmother.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S., French Defense Leaders Sign Space Agreement AFPS 08 Feb 2011 -- U.S. and French defense leaders consulted on a wide range of mutual interests and signed an agreement on space situational awareness at the Pentagon today.
  • Transcript: Media Availability with Secretary Gates and Minister Jupp from the Pentagon DoD 08 Feb 2011 -- Presenter: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and French Defense Minister Alain Jupp
  • Depot reaches halfway point in HD mustard disposal campaign Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- The Umatilla Chemical Depot (UMCD) reached the halfway point in its last disposal campaign on Feb. 5, 2011, when the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF) destroyed the 1,318th ton container (TC) from the depot stockpile.
  • 2nd MAW (Fwd) ensures operational readiness USMC News 08 Feb 2011 -- Elements of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) at Cherry Point participated in the II Marine Expeditionary Force’s mission rehearsal exercise Jan. 24 through Feb. 4. 2nd MAW (Fwd.) will serve as the air combat element for II MEF operations in Afghanistan.
  • Ceremony marks beginning of Exercise Iron Fist USMC News 08 Feb 2011 -- The First Marine Expeditionary Force and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit welcomed the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force’s Western Infantry Regiment to the start of exercise Iron Fist here Feb. 8. The bilateral training planned during the next month will showcase each component of the Marine Air Ground Task Force, from small boat operations and aerial inserts to company sized live-fire events.
  • USS Mitscher Conducts Underway Weapons Qualifications NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) participated in a handgun practical weapons course while at sea Feb. 1.
  • In-port security a top priority when Enterprise visits foreign ports NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Security is an important part of everyday life in the Navy, especially on a forward-deployed aircraft carrier like USS Enterprise (CVN 65), which arrived in Marmaris, Turkey, Feb. 8.
  • Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 Receives Battle "E" Award NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 received the Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award, Feb. 4., for outstanding operational performance.
  • AFRICOM Commander Visits Sailors, African Partners NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Commander, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spoke to African partners and U.S. Sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) Feb. 7, during the first of many port visits of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West.
  • Marines Practice Jungle Survival with Colombian Forces NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- The Ground Combat Element (GCE) of a Marine Corps Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) experienced first-hand, the Colombian marines' style of jungle survival during a survival training course conducted aboard the Marine Infantry Training Base in Covenas, Feb. 2.
  • NEXCOM Provides Internet Service to Military Members at Camp Lemonnier NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) began offering new Internet service plans Feb. 4 to service members stationed at Camp Lemonnier in the Horn of Africa.
  • Gunston Hall Sailors Exchange VBSS Skills with Colombian Coast Guard NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) Sailors conducted visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) information exchanges with Colombian coast guardsmen while operating off the coast of Colombia in support of Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2011 (A-SPS 11), Feb. 2.
  • Tactical Jungle Warfare Exchange With Colombian Marine Counterparts NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Marines with the Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) and Colombian marines with the Colombian Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, participated in a tactical jungle warfare subject matter expert exchange at the Colombian Marine Infantry Training Base, Feb. 3.
  • Essex Amphibious Ready Group Begins Cobra Gold 2011 NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) began its part in the U.S-Thai sponsored joint, multinational exercise Cobra Gold 2011 (CG 11) in the Gulf of Thailand, Feb. 7.
  • Navy Adjusts Selective Reenlistment Program (SRB) Levels NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- In response to retention requirements for critical skills, the Navy has made adjustments to the fiscal year 2011 Selective Reenlistment Program (SRB) in NAVADMIN 048/11.
  • Timely Perform to Serve Applications Critical to Staying NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Navy Personnel Command (NPC) is reminding commands and Sailors that submitting Perform to Serve (PTS) applications is the key to being able to stay Navy.
  • Great Lakes Overcomes Blizzard NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL), Ill., endured a winter storm Feb. 1-2, which was deemed the third highest accumulation of snow on record for the Chicago area by meteorologists.
  • Decreased Funding Reduces Orders Timeline NNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Citing the impact of reduced funding, Navy announced Feb. 8 that Sailors should expect to receive orders with shorter lead times and based on operational priority.
  • Security forces Airmen use AFSO21 to stand up security alarm focal point AFNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Members of the 99th Security Forces Squadron alarm shop recently used the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century process to help design operations for their new customer-based central focal point, with a goal of enhanced customer service.
  • ISOC class helps turn Airmen into air commandos AFNS 08 Feb 2011 -- They all come from different careers fields, but have one thing in common -- they work in, or with, special operations. More than 1,200 students fill the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School auditoriums annually to participate in the Introduction to Special Operations course.
  • Dyess cantonment honors Airman AFNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Airmen and family members of Staff Sgt. Ray Rangel, a 7th Civil Engineer Squadron fire protection craftsman, gathered at the cantonment area here, for the unveiling of a sign renaming a piece of Dyess Air Force Base after the fallen hero Dec. 14.
  • Hornets nest in 'Draggins'' lair AFNS 08 Feb 2011 -- Members of the 25th Fighter Squadron, known as the "Assam Draggins", hosted members of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 225 from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
  • New Strategy Calls for Redefined Leadership AFPS 08 Feb 2011 -- The first revision in seven years of the National Military Strategy calls for redefining leadership in a changing world.
  • Chairman’s Corner: 2011 National Military Strategy AFPS 08 Feb 2011 -- Today, I released the 2011 National Military Strategy, which provides a vision for how our Joint Force will provide the military capability to protect the American People, defend our Nation and allies, and contribute to our broader peace, security and prosperity.
  • Special Operations Faces Soaring Demands, Commander Says AFPS 08 Feb 2011 -- Demand in Afghanistan for special operations forces is “insatiable,” even as U.S. Special Operations Command increases its troop strength by a battalion a year, Socom’s commander said today.
  • Top Doctor Cites Importance of Psychological Health AFPS 08 Feb 2011 -- Psychological health is among the military’s most critical and most promising areas of medical treatment, the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for health affairs said today.
  • 409th CSB talks mission support at AFRICOM Conference Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- At the semi-annual U.S. Africa Command's Contracting Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, representatives from the Kaiserslautern-based 409th Contacting Support Brigade briefed on current events, initiatives and issues relevant to contracting activities in support of AFRICOM.
  • Army wants 36 more 'Punisher' weapons in 2012 Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- Only five XM25 weapons exist today, but Soldiers lucky enough to have used them in Afghanistan are saying more are needed.
  • President's new initiative mirrors Army Reserve's commitment to military Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- When President Barack Obama announced a new plan this Jan. 24 to increase support to service members and their families, he echoed the covenant that has existed for years between the Army Reserve and its Citizen-Soldiers.
  • Greywolf rolls into Kuwait training Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- Soldiers with 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division conducted their final training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait last week before they transition into Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.
  • Black Jack troopers overcome obstacles at JRTC Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- As the war on terror continues to evolve, so to must the training of those who fight it.
  • Marines deploy out of Cherry Point USMC News 08 Feb 2011 -- More than 250 personnel departed Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in support of operations in southern Afghanistan Feb. 1.
  • Tip of the spear in Thailand: 31st MEU arrives for Cobra Gold 2011 USMC News 08 Feb 2011 -- Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in the Kingdom of Thailand Feb. 7 in preparation for the MEU’s participation in exercise Cobra Gold 2011, Feb. 7-18.
  • Gun team exhibits M777 howitzer capabilities USMC News 08 Feb 2011 -- The Marines of Gun Team 2, Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, exhibited the capabilities of the M777 howitzer to more than 50 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force service members here Feb. 3.
  • Russia's USC dismisses rumors of exit from warship talks with France RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2011 -- Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation dismissed on Tuesday media reports that it had left talks with France on the purchase of four Mistral class amphibious assault ships.
  • Russian shipbuilders, military in conflict over Mistral deal RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2011 -- Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) has been taken out of the contractual talks with France on the purchase of Mistral class amphibious assault ships, a Russian business daily said Tuesday.
  • Russia against militarized Arctic RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2011 -- Russia is opposed to the militarization of the Arctic, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
  • Army general detained for allegedly spying for China CNA 08 Feb 2011 -- A one-star army general has been detained on espionage charges, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday. He is believed to be one of Taiwan's highest-ranking military officials to have allegedly spied for China in more than two decades.
  • Iraqi soldiers test mortar skills with live-fire exercise Army News 08 Feb 2011 -- Iraqi mortar platoons assigned to 1st Battalion, 11th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, conducted a live-fire exercise using 60mm and 81mm mortar systems to test their weapons proficiency at Destiny Range in Ninewa province, Iraq, Jan. 26.
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/8/2011 The White House 08 Feb 2011

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • House Fails to Extend Parts of Patriot Act in Surprise Vote VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to approve an extension of expiring parts of the USA Patriot Act late Tuesday. In a vote that surprised analysts, a number of Republicans supported by the Tea Party voted with a number of Democrats to block the two-thirds majority needed for extension.
  • Egypt's 'key role' in Middle East peace must be preserved in any transition – Ban UN News Centre 08 Feb 2011 -- Egypt under President Hosni Mubarak has played a key role in seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians and this role must be preserved in any transition stemming from the current mass protests, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
  • US: Egypt Must End Emergency Law, Broaden Talks VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- The United States says the Egyptian government must do more to address the demands of opposition groups. It is calling for Cairo to immediately repeal an emergency law allowing detention without charge, and to allow greater participation in transition talks.
  • Analyst: Egyptian Protesters Angered Over Economic 'Bribe' VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- An Egyptian scholar told VOA protesters are expressing anger at what he described as the government’s ploy to economically bribe them with a 15 percent pay hike to, in his words, undermine the “revolution,” which demands President Hosni Mubarak immediately step down.
  • Egypt Protests Swell Despite Government Steps on Reform VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- The government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has announced new reforms as thousands of protesters continue to camp out in Cairo's Tahrir Square, demanding Mubarak's ouster. The protests are in their 3rd week.
  • Egypt Protesters In New Battle to Stay Relevant VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- The stalemate in Egypt continues, with anti-government protesters camping out at Cairo's Tahrir Square as the city around them returns to normal.
  • Egypt's Central Bank Intervenes to Support Currency VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's central bank has intervened to support the country's currency, buying pounds after their value fell to a six-year low against the U.S. dollar.
  • Egypt Protesters Call For More Demonstrations To Oust Mubarak RFE/RL 08 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of protesters in Cairo have returned to Tahrir Square for a third week of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's regime, despite a government pledge on February 7 to raise public-sector wages and pensions by 15 percent.
  • Mubarak orders probe into Cairo clashes RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has ordered the setting up of an independent commission to investigate clashes between his supporters and protesters in Cairo last Tuesday that killed at least 11 people.
  • Gates Calls Egypt Protests Signal to Other Mid-East Leaders VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt and Tunisia should inspire other governments in the Middle East to enact reforms he says the United States has been advocating for years. In his first public comments since the Egyptian protests began two weeks ago, Gates also said the Egyptian military has done everything U.S. officials have asked, and made a contribution to what he called “the evolution of democracy” in the country.
  • Jordan Tribesmen Warn King to Reform or Risk Revolt VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- Members of Jordan's major Bedouin tribes have added their voices to opposition demands for urgent political reforms, warning King Abdullah that he risks a popular revolt unless such reforms are carried out.
  • Amnesty Accuses Iraq of Operating Secret Prisons to Torture Detainees VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- Human rights group Amnesty International is accusing the Iraqi government of operating secret prisons in which detainees are "systematically tortured" to extract confessions that are used to convict them.
  • Iran ready to have nuclear cooperation with regional states IRNA 08 Feb 2011 -- Iran is ready to cooperate with regional states in the field of peaceful nuclear activities, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday.
  • European foreign policy chief reaffirms commitment to strong UN UN News Centre 08 Feb 2011 -- The European Union (EU) today reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to effective multilateralism with a strong United Nations at the core.
  • Islamist Rebel Says He Ordered Russian Bombing RFE/RL 08 Feb 2011 -- Islamist rebel leader Doku Umarov has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo airport last month.
  • Two Russian intelligence chiefs sacked over Domodedovo blast RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2011 -- Two senior Russian anti-terrorism officials have been sacked for failing to prevent a deadly terrorist attack on Moscow's busiest airport last month.
  • Russia ready for anti-terrorism cooperation, Medvedev tells foreign ambassadors RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2011 -- Russia will always be an ally of counties fighting against terrorism, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.
  • Russian Security Officials Dismissed Over Airport Bombing VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fired several federal security officers in connection with last month's deadly suicide bombing at Moscow's busy Domodedovo airport.
  • Rumsfeld Dishes, But Harbors Few Second Thoughts, In His New Memoir RFE/RL 08 Feb 2011 -- Ex-President George W. Bush published his own political memoir just a few weeks ago. Now Bush’s former secretary of defense is getting into the act with "Known And Unknown: A Memoir" his new book that recounts a rich political life ranging from his Washington beginnings as a junior congressman all the way up to his role as the guiding hand behind America’s post-9/11 wars in the Middle East.
  • Prosecution Makes Closing Arguments in Taylor Trial VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was back in court in The Hague to hear the prosecution's closing arguments in his three-year old war crimes case. But his defense lawyer was not. He walked out of the trial, calling it a farce.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s Group Calls for Talks to Review Burma Sanctions VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy has called for talks with Western nations about possible changes to sanctions against the country. Sanctions have been in place since the 1990s to penalize Burma’s military government for its human rights record.
  • Pakistan’s Musharraf named accused in Benazir’s murder case IRNA 08 Feb 2011 -- Investigators Monday requested an Anti-Terrorism Court Monday to declare former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf absconder in assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, prosecutors said.
  • Negotiations Continue in Pakistan on Detained US Diplomat VOA 08 Feb 2011 -- The United Sates has stepped up pressure on Pakistan to secure the release of a diplomat involved in a shooting incident that led to the deaths of three Pakistanis. Washington is demanding the immediate release of its official, calling his detention unlawful. But American officials have denied reports that Washington has suspended all high-level dialogue with Islamabad, because of the issue.
  • ATK and Astrium Unveil the Liberty Launch Vehicle Initiative for NASA's CCDev-2 Competition ATK 08 Feb 2011 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) and Astrium (an EADS Company) are working together in response to NASA's Commercial Crew Development-2 (CCDev-2) procurement. The team is offering NASA launch services with the Liberty™ rocket. This new launch vehicle combines two of the world's most reliable propulsion systems, with a collective heritage of nearly 150 successful flights.
  • Medvedev calls for Russian space exploration program RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia should develop its own space exploration program.

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