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09 February 2011 Military News

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  • Odierno Details Joint Forces Command Disestablishment Plans AFPS 09 Feb 2011 -- The commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command today outlined some of the changes that will take place over the next several months as he oversees the disestablishment of the southern Virginia-based organization responsible for the military’s joint training, doctrine and operations.
  • Socom Commander Outlines People, Mission, Equipment AFPS 09 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Special Operations Command has filled its barracks and motor pools over recent years to meet this decade’s demands for its forces, the command’s top officer said yesterday.
  • New training simulator debuts at Schriever AFNS 09 Feb 2011 -- At first glance the Standard Space Trainer Integrated Training Center here appears to look like a normal operational control center. Large, high-definition monitors dominate the walls, while multiple computer workstations provide telemetry and other important data to would-be users. The desks, chairs and even the carpet seem practical and functional. Fluorescent lighting and uncluttered workspaces present a minimalist style, free of chaos and distraction.
  • Airmen help transport clothes, shoes to Kyrgyzstan AFNS 09 Feb 2011 -- More than 6,500 pounds of humanitarian goods were loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III here Feb. 7.
  • Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 3 Deploys to Central Command NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 3 Sailors began a deployment to the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), Feb. 6.
  • Seabees Support Tradewinds Exercise NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 Det. Gold, based in Shreveport, La., are completing barracks renovations and constructing a Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) training facility in Antigua.
  • Commandant calls Marine Corps' future 'frugal' USMC News 09 Feb 2011 -- The Corps’ commandant gave a glimpse at the future of a frugal Marine Corps returning to an expeditionary mindset Feb. 9 during a speech in San Francisco’s Marine Memorial Club.
  • Miramar brig unveils expansion USMC News 09 Feb 2011 -- The Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar reopened its doors as Joint Regional Correctional Facility Southwest Feb. 4.
  • Congressmen Visit USS George H.W. Bush At Sea NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- Six Congressmen on the House Armed Services Committee visited USS George H.W. Bush(CVN 77) Feb. 6-7, as part of the Navy's Distinguished Visitor (DV) Embark program.
  • JS Uzushio Begins Training with U.S. Navy NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine, JS Uzushio (SS 592) arrived at Naval Station Pearl Harbor to begin annual training exercises with U.S. Navy submarine forces, Feb.7.
  • USS O'Kane Returns to Pearl Harbor NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- USS O'Kane (DDG 77) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Feb. 8, following a scheduled seven-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command and western Pacific regions.
  • Commander, Naval Air Forces Announces 2010 Battle 'E' Winners NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) announced the winners of the 2010 Squadron Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") competition awards, Feb. 2.
  • U.S., Colombian Marine EOD Teams Exchange Knowledge NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Marine Corps Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF), and Colombian Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams conducted a week-long subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) aboard the Colombian Marine Infantry Training Base in support of Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2011 (A-SPS 11), Feb. 3.
  • Chinhae Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Fleet and Family Town Center NNS 09 Feb 2011 -- Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Fleet and Family Town Center (FFTC) aboard the facility, Feb. 8.
  • DOD Must Train for ‘Degraded’ Environments, Official Says AFPS 09 Feb 2011 -- The military needs to do a better job of training to conduct operations in less-than-perfect conditions, the chairman of the Defense Science Board said here today.
  • Small care keeps busy Soldiers fed in Iraq Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- The Guardian Café isn't much, but for the hundreds of Soldiers who visit it daily, it's enough.
  • Greywolf PSD trains for Iraq mission Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- Troopers with the personal security detachment (PSD) for 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division conducted key training this week at Camp Buehring, Kuwait; focusing on their roles protecting the brigade's key leaders.
  • Army War College African Symposium sheds light on complex issues, challenges Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- The Army War College dedicated two days to bring together government, civilian and military experts to talk over the issues, challenges and potential success stories for the African continent during a regional symposium Feb. 1-2.
  • RDECOM coordinates local STEM efforts Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is poised to coordinate local efforts of educating area students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM.
  • Culligan water plant keeps Europe refreshed Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- An army of small blue plastic bottles stand at attention like tiny Soldiers, each perfectly erect and awaiting its turn to be washed and filled with one of the oldest substances known to man.
  • Military contracting specialists prepare for future deployments Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- More than 200 contingency contracting warfighters, coming from as far away as Japan, Alaska and Hawaii, descended onto Fort Campbell, Ky., January 24 through February 4, to participate in the 412th Contracting Support Brigade's Operation Joint Dawn, the largest joint contracting field training exercise of its type.
  • Benning upgrading range with tank trails Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- Several range access roads and dirt trails on Fort Benning are closed as engineers upgrade and convert them to gravel tank trails.
  • New Rifleman Radio tested at Fort Benning Army News 09 Feb 2011 -- The Maneuver Battle Lab and U.S. Army Operational Test Command are closing out a three-week test of the new Rifleman Radio, making sure previous design improvements took hold in advance of an acquisition decision expected this summer.
  • Russia plans to send first Mistral ships to protect Kurils RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2011 -- The two Mistral class amphibious assault ships built in France for the Russian Navy will be put in service with the Pacific Fleet, a Russian Defense Ministry source said Wednesday.
  • Defense Ministry confirms Mistral construction in Russia RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2011 -- Two Mistral class amphibious assault ships will be built in Russia in addition to the first two vessels purchased in France, a high-ranking source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
  • Russia to launch Glonass satellite on Feb. 24 RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2011 -- Russia will launch a new Glonass-K navigation satellite from the Plesetsk space center on February 24, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
  • Russia may deliver first upgraded MiG to India in 2011 RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2011 -- Russia could deliver the first modernized MiG-29 fighter jet to India as early as in 2011, the head of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said on Wednesday.
  • Medvedev ratifies Russia-Belarus military supply cooperation agreement RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ratified on Wednesday a Russian-Belarusian agreement on the mutual supply of military, civil and dual-purpose goods during periods of heightened aggression, the Kremlin said.
  • Military urged to take disciplinary action in espionage case CNA 09 Feb 2011 -- Lawmakers from across the political spectrum urged the Ministry of National Defense (MND) Wednesday to discipline all those found culpable in a case of an army general spying for China.
  • Military tries to downplay damage from espionage case CNA 09 Feb 2011 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) tried Wednesday to downplay the impact of intelligence allegedly leaked to China by a high-ranking military official, saying the officer had only limited access to highly classified information.
  • Alleged spy stationed in Thailand, not U.S. as reported: official CNA 09 Feb 2011 -- A Taiwanese army general who has been detained on espionage charges used to work in Thailand, not the United States as news reports have claimed, a senior official at Taiwan's representative office in Washington, D.C. said Tuesday.
  • Iran, Oman joint marine rescue and aid maneuver starts IRNA 09 Feb 2011 -- Iran and Oman joint marine rescue and aid maneuver started in Oman's territorial waters on Wednesday.
  • February 9, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 09 Feb 2011
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/9/2011 The White House 09 Feb 2011

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for February 09, 2011
  • EADS North America’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter program continues on-time and on-budget deliveries EADS 09 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Army has ordered a total of 32 UH-72A Lakotas from EADS North America in Fiscal Year 2011, which will sustain production for this highly successful program.
  • Northrop Grumman's Joint STARS Re-Engining Program Completes Preliminary Design Review for Updated Bleed Air System Northrop Grumman 09 Feb 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently completed the JT8D propulsion pod's bleed air system's preliminary design review (PDR) for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).
  • HAL and GE Aviation Sign Contract for Hawk Aircraft Components GE Aviation 09 Feb 2011 -- GE Aviation and India's premium public sector Aerospace Company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed 30-year contract that covers license to carry out repairs and overhaul of various avionics, instruments and hydraulic products for the Hawk Mk132 aircraft, an Advanced Jet Trainer operated by the Indian Air Force.
  • Raytheon Completes First Series of Laser-Guided Maverick Captive Flight Testing Raytheon 09 Feb 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed a series of initial captive carry flight tests of the AGM-65E2/L, the newest variant of the laser-guided Maverick missile.
  • Raytheon's JLENS Program Achieves Critical Milestone Raytheon 09 Feb 2011 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System) program has successfully demonstrated the ability to transmit from an elevated aerostat.
  • Samtel Thales Avionics JV is officially incorporated Thales 09 Feb 2011 -- India’s largest integrated manufacturer of a wide range of displays for television, avionics, industrial and professional applications, glass, components for displays, machinery and engineering services. The group employs 6000 people in nine world-class factories and has an annual turnover of Rs 12 billion (USD 260M).
  • Thales TopOwl deployed with French and US Forces in Afghanistan Thales 09 Feb 2011 -- Thales TopOwl deployed with French and US Forces in Afghanistan Helicopters pilots equipped with the combat-proven Thales TopOwl Helmet Mounted Sight and Display system are now benefiting from high levels of night vision performance and targeting capabilities
  • Thales delivers SSARF to UK MoD ahead of schedule Thales 09 Feb 2011 -- Thales UK has delivered the final batch of SSARF (Surveillance System and Range Finder) units to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) two months ahead of programme schedule. The final units were officially handed over on 12 January to the MoD, represented by Col Bill Pointing, Dismounted Soldier Systems (DSS) Integrated Project Team (IPT) leader.
  • Thales AESA RBE2 radar validated on Rafale Thales 09 Feb 2011 -- Thales has announced that the production model AESA RBE2 radar with active electronically scanned array antenna has been validated on the Rafale omnirole combat aircraft. Following a comprehensive programme of flight tests conducted between September and December 2010 with the AESA RBE2 on the Rafale, Dassault Aviation confirmed that all aspects of the radar’s performance comply with the technical specifications of the ‘Roadmap’ contract, awarded by the French defence procurement agency (DGA).
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Unmanned Aircraft System Common Architecture Working Group Contract Northrop Grumman 09 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $3.3 million contract to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Control Segment (UCS) Architecture Working Group (UCSWG). Sponsored by the Unmanned Warfare Office of the Office Secretary of Defense (OSD), the UCSWG will provide increased UAS command and control capability to the warfighter at lower cost by using an open system architecture approach across the UAS enterprise.

Other Conflicts

  • 9 February 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Feb 2011
  • Korean Military Talks Break Down VOA 09 Feb 2011 -- South Korea says two days of military talks with North have broken off with no agreement, setting back hopes for a thaw in tense relations between the two countries.
  • Russia moves to defend Kuril Islands claim RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2011 -- Russia will increase its military presence on the disputed South Kuril Islands, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, a day after Japan's premier demanded their return at a rally.
  • ECOWAS: S. Africa Undermining Ivory Coast Mediation VOA 09 Feb 2011 -- The president of West Africa's regional alliance says South Africa is undermining efforts to resolve the political crisis in Ivory Coast. South Africa is part of an African Union mediation team that is trying to end the standoff between Ivory Coast's rival presidents by the end of the month.
  • ECOWAS berates South Africa for sending warship to Ivory Coast IRNA 09 Feb 2011 -- The Economic Community of West African States on Wedensday criticized South Africa for sending a 'warship' to Ivory Coast.
  • Thailand, Cambodia Step Up Diplomatic Efforts VOA 09 Feb 2011 -- Thailand and Cambodia are stepping up diplomatic efforts to prevent more fighting along their border. But the two countries accuse each other of using banned weapons in their battles in the past few days near a 900-year-old Hindu temple.
  • CAMBODIA/THAILAND: Border dispute displaces up to 30,000 IRIN 09 Feb 2011 -- NGOs working along the Thai-Cambodian border are monitoring clashes between the two countries near a disputed temple and are extremely concerned about the reported displacement of up to 30,000 people.
  • North and South Sudan make 'significant' progress on steps for separation - UN UN News Centre 09 Feb 2011 -- North and South Sudan have made “significant” progress on a wide range of follow-up arrangements between the two States following the southern region’s vote for independence, the top United Nations envoy in the country said today.
  • UN envoy convenes talks on former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name issue UN News Centre 09 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations envoy tasked with mediating talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the dispute over the latter’s name today wrapped up two days of discussions in New York with representatives from both sides.
  • Charles Taylor Boycotts Trial for Second Day VOA 09 Feb 2011 -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has boycotted his Hague-based trial for the second day in a row, forcing judges to adjourn the proceedings until Friday. Taylor is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for arming rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone who waged a brutal civil war.
  • Discovery of Kurdish Mass Graves Leads Turkey to Face Past VOA 09 Feb 2011 -- Excavations are continuing at two mass graves which have been discovered in the southeast of Turkey, a predominantly Kurdish southeast Turkey. The bodies are believed to be victims of Turkey's war against the Kurdish rebel group the PKK, which for decades has been fighting for greater Kurdish rights. At the height of the conflict in the 1990's, thousands of people disappeared. Their families have met a wall of silence in their struggle to find out what happened to loved ones.
  • OPT: Gaza vulnerable despite resumption of Egyptian petrol deliveries IRIN 09 Feb 2011 -- Despite ongoing protests calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s immediate resignation, petrol is once again flowing through the tunnels from Egypt into Gaza after supplies were cut for a week due to the unrest, according to the Palestinian General Petroleum Corporation.

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