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10 February 2011 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • General Schwartz talks past, present of special ops AFNS 10 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. has the world's most competent and most capable special operations forces thanks to the selfless dedication of countless U.S. special operations professionals over the years, according to the Air Force Chief of Staff.
  • 'Prevent, Prepare' Key Special Ops Roles, Official Says AFPS 10 Feb 2011 -- The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review outlined strategic defense priorities: prevail in war, prevent and deter conflict, prepare for future conflicts and contingencies, and preserve and enhance the force.
  • Schwartz Discusses Past, Present of Special Ops AFPS 10 Feb 2011 -- The United States has the world's most competent and most capable special operations forces thanks to the selfless dedication of countless U.S. special operations professionals over the years, the Air Force chief of staff said here this week.
  • Special Operations Focuses on World's 'Unlit Spaces' AFPS 10 Feb 2011 -- A NASA composite image of the Earth at night, seen from space, offers an illuminating reference point for the shift in special operations forces’ missions since 2001, their senior officer said this week.
  • Airmen conduct coalition training with Slovenian soldiers AFNS 10 Feb 2011 -- Airmen from Aviano Air Base, Italy, partnered with members of the Slovenian army to conduct a NATO coalition combat-capability training exercise Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 at Pocek A-G Range here.
  • ANG director:Equal opportunity is critical downrange AFNS 10 Feb 2011 -- The importance of leadership in equal opportunity was highlighted in the Air National Guard director's message delivered to 87 National Guard and Reserve graduates of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute's Equal Opportunity Adviser Reserve Component Program Feb. 4.
  • Mullen: Army Looks to War College for Leaders AFPS 10 Feb 2011 -- If the military takes care of its people and their families, then the future will be assured no matter what it brings, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told students at the Army War College today.
  • 'Fighting Omars' Test USS GHW Bush Air Defenses NNS 10 Feb 2011 -- A detachment of F/A-18C Hornets from Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 12, operated from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jan. 26-Feb. 2, providing "adversary training" for the air wing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and its carrier strike group.
  • U.S. Marines Visit Colombian Weapons Range NNS 10 Feb 2011 -- The ground combat element (GCE) of the U.S. Marine Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) and Colombian marines conducted subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) consisting of familiarization, drills and handling of weapons at the Marine Infantry Training base in Covenas, Feb. 1.
  • Center for Information Dominance Receives Go-ahead for Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialty Pin NNS 10 Feb 2011 -- The Center for Information Dominance (CID) has become the first non-operational shore command to be approved for the Navy's newly created Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialty (EIDWS) pin, Jan. 6.
  • RIVRON 3 Sailors Test Combat Skills NNS 10 Feb 2011 -- Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 3, Det. 1, Sailors successfully completed a two-week final evaluation problem (FEP) on the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Va., Feb. 4.
  • Rota Kicks Off Energy Savings Project NNS 10 Feb 2011 -- Naval Station (NS) Rota, Spain is going greener with a $8.3 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC), signed Jan. 20, that will upgrade infrastructure around the installation and benefit the base community.
  • EODMU 12 Holds Change of Command NNS 10 Feb 2011 -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 12 held a change of command ceremony in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 10.
  • AFSO21 event helps plan fuel conservation initiatives AFNS 10 Feb 2011 -- Members from the 100th Operations Group, the 100th Maintenance Group and the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron recently used the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century process to help design fuel conservation initiatives here.
  • CSAF visits Yokota, discusses changes in 2011 AFNS 10 Feb 2011 -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz visited with more than 600 Airmen during an Airman's call Feb. 8 here.
  • Government Publishes Veterans Homelessness Report AFPS 10 Feb 2011 -- The Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments today published what officials say is the most authoritative analysis yet of the extent and nature of homelessness among military veterans.
  • DoD Combat Feeding Directorate takes part in JSORF Army News 10 Feb 2011 -- Scientists and engineers from the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate at Natick Soldier Systems Center participated in the 2011 Joint Services Operational Rations Forum that took place in early February near Fort Lee, Va.
  • Army deploys science, technology center to Afghanistan Army News 10 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is deploying engineers and scientists to Afghanistan to more expeditiously and efficiently solve Warfighters' technical problems.
  • Army Aviation leaders gather to chart Branch's future Army News 10 Feb 2011 -- More than 200 leaders in the Army Aviation Branch descended upon Fort Rucker Jan. 31 - Feb. 3 to guide the future of aviation for 2011 and beyond.
  • Army artillery, naval training Army News 10 Feb 2011 -- Today's military leaders are constantly seeking ways to improve training programs for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, utilizing the most current and emerging technology.
  • Arcadian forces attack, occupy Khuistan, Free Mojave USMC News 10 Feb 2011 -- Military planners from more than 24 nations are gathered together in Thailand making a plan to deal with aggressive Arcadian military forces that took over a portion of neighboring Khuistan and Free Mojave on the subcontinent of Pacifica.
  • Engineering, medical projects press forward in Thailand during Cobra Gold 2011 USMC News 10 Feb 2011 -- Maps line the walls here in a building recently converted into the Combined Joint Civil Military Operations Task Force combat operations center as Marines and sailors support the eight engineering and nine medical civic action projects being conducted throughout Thailand as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 2011.
  • Multinational force showcases skills by air, land, sea during Cobra Gold 2011 USMC News 10 Feb 2011 -- Parachute jumpers swiftly descended from 8,000 ft. high as the ocean below exploded with more than 150 pounds of explosives. AV-8B Harrier jets rained fire from the sky and amphibious assault vehicles plowed through the water to take the beach.
  • Yama Sakura proves value USMC News 10 Feb 2011 -- Marines from 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, worked with their counterparts from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force to conduct Exercise Yama Sakura 59, Jan. 11 to Feb. 3.
  • New green barracks nears completion USMC News 10 Feb 2011 -- Editor’s note: This is the fifth article of an eight-part series on Inside Installation and Environment Division.
  • General Lauds Guard, Northcom Partnership AFPS 10 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Northern Command depends heavily on the National Guard and is looking for more opportunities to expand that partnership, Northcom’s deputy commander said here recently.
  • Russia, NATO discuss anti-missile defense in Brussels RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2011 -- Russia and NATO began talks in Brussels on Thursday on the creation of European anti-missile defense.
  • Russian military justifies purchase of Mistral ships RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2011 -- Russia has decided to buy Mistral ships from France because it would have taken at least 10 years to develop a similar domestic model, Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov said Thursday.
  • Russia must be ready to host Mistral ships in Pacific - expert RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2011 -- Russia must start building infrastructure near the port of Vladivostok as soon as possible to accommodate two Mistral class amphibious assault ships to be built in France for the Russian Navy, a military analyst said Thursday.
  • Russian-Indian joint development of 5G fighter jet to cost $6 billion - HAL RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2011 -- The Russian-Indian joint development of a fifth generation fighter jet will cost some $6 billion, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) Financial director D. Shivamurti said
  • Pakistan tests cruise missile IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- The Pakistani army said Thursday that it has successfully tested a cruise missile, which carry nuclear warheads.
  • UK vetting nuclear weapons report IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- The British government is currently scrutinising the latest assurance report on the safety of its nuclear weapons programme to conceal any secret information, Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey has told MPs.
  • Russian-Kyrgyz joint venture to supply fuel for U.S. base RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2011 -- A Russian-Kyrgyz joint venture must start supplying the Pentagon's transit center in Bishkek with aviation fuel in March, Kyrgyz First Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov said Thursday.
  • Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs aboard Air Force One en route Marquette, Michigan The White House 10 Feb 2011

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for February 10, 2011
  • EADS North America responds to Air Force request for final proposal revisions in tanker competition EADS 10 Feb 2011 -- EADS North America today will submit its response to the U.S. Air Force’s request for final proposal revisions in the KC-X aerial refueling tanker competition. EADS North America is offering the KC-45, the only tanker in the competition that is flying now and certified. The KC-45 will be built in the United States by 48,000 American workers.
  • Eurofighter consortium seeks India as a new industrial partner for production and further developments EADS 10 Feb 2011 -- The Eurofighter Partner Companies are keen to win India as a new industrial partner for the production and further development of the world’s most advanced swing-role combat aircraft.
  • Boeing to Study Commercial Space Capabilities for Military Use Boeing 10 Feb 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a $900,000 study contract from the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Under the agreement, Boeing will explore ways to modify existing commercial satellite capabilities to meet MILSATCOM needs.
  • Norway Buys Rubber Tracks for CV90 Afghan Operations BAE Systems 10 Feb 2011 -- Two Norwegian Army CV9030 infantry fighting vehicles have been using rubber tracks in northern Afghanistan since December. The 28-tonne BAE Systems vehicles are the heaviest to have used them on operations.
  • Boeing Submits Final NewGen Tanker Proposal to US Air Force Boeing 10 Feb 2011 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today submitted its final proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker competition. The proposal offers a fleet of Boeing NewGen Tankers -- 767-based, multi-mission aircraft that deliver superior capabilities to U.S. warfighters and burn 24 percent less fuel than the competing European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) Company’s tanker. If selected, the Boeing tanker will save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars in fuel costs over the next 40 years and support 50,000 American jobs with more than 800 suppliers in more than 40 states.
  • Boeing Recognized by US Army for New Jersey Modification Center Work Boeing 10 Feb 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the company’s Millville, N.J., Aircraft Modification Center team and its site manager, Seb Arrigo, have received the Joseph P. Cribbins Aviation Product Symposium Project Manager/Center Award from the U.S. Army Cargo Helicopter Project Office. The award recognizes the team for playing a critical role in the success of Army aviation by modifying 31 CH-47F Chinook helicopters in 2010, enabling new equipment training for three combat aviation brigades.
  • Larsen & Toubro and CASSIDIAN join forces in India to forge a long term partnership EADS 10 Feb 2011 -- Cassidian and Indian engineering giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Mumbai, join forces in the field of defence electronics. The Indian authorities have now approved the formation of a joint venture company between L&T and Cassidian, the newly renamed defence and security division of Europe's leading aerospace and defence group - EADS.
  • Northrop Grumman Wins U.S. Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System Contract Northrop Grumman 10 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Marine Corps has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for a key phase of the Marine Corps Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) that will enable more effective command, control and coordination of air operations.
  • Raytheon Conducts Free-Flight Demonstration of JSOW-C From F-16IN Raytheon 10 Feb 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed a series of free-flight demonstrations of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) AGM-154-C from an F-16IN fighter aircraft. The tests were part of the Indian Air Force's Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition.
  • DSS Awards Raytheon Missile Systems' Tucson Site First Superior Security Rating Raytheon 10 Feb 2011 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Missile Systems' site in Tucson, Ariz., received a superior rating in an annual audit by the U.S. Defense Security Service. DSS completed a two-week review at RMS headquarters and rated the site's security practices.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Mubarak Says He's Staying, But Transferring Some Power To Suleiman, Infuriating Crowds RFE/RL 10 Feb 2011 -- Embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has defied overwhelming expectations by his countrymen that he would use an appearance tonight on state TV to step down, instead reaffirming his earlier pledge not to seek reelection when his term expires in September.
  • Mubarak Vows to Stay, Angering Protesters VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has delegated powers to his vice president but insists he will stay in office until a September election His announcement on state television late Thursday angered anti-government demonstrators who had hoped to hear the president announce his resignation.
  • Israel Says Mubarak's Decision to Stay is Internal Egyptian Issue VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s decision to remain in office is an internal Egyptian issue, which Egyptians will need to settle themselves. Barak called for renewed efforts in Israeli-Palestinian statehood negotiations, despite the turmoil in the Middle East.
  • Egypt's Mubarak Vows to Stay Until September VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak said in a national address Tuesday evening that he will not step down until a new president is selected in elections scheduled for September. He added that some powers are being transferred to Egypt's vice-president.
  • Obama: Unclear How Latest Egypt Government Moves Will Bring Change VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- President Barack Obama is calling on Egypt's leaders to explain the changes they plan, and how they will lead to democracy. Mr. Obama is making his strongest statement yet about the situation, but stops short of demanding that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down.
  • Egypt Military, Party: Mubarak to 'Meet Protesters' Demands' VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian military officials and members of the ruling party say that President Hosni Mubarak will "meet protesters' demands."
  • Military Coup Said To Be Under Way In Egypt As Reports Say Mubarak Will Step Down RFE/RL 10 Feb 2011 -- The Egyptian Army has announced that it is taking "necessary measures to protect the nation and support the legitimate demands of the people," a move that observers say signals the military is now in control of the country.
  • Egyptian Military Addresses Protesters Amid Reports Mubarak May Step Down RFE/RL 10 Feb 2011 -- Reports say Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak could step down as soon as tonight after the country's powerful army issued a televised statement saying it would "respond to the legitimate demands of the people.";
  • Egyptian City Of Alexandria Prepares For Fresh Protests RFE/RL 10 Feb 2011 -- Alexandria's picturesque harbor and long beaches have long made it the center of Egyptian domestic tourism. Now it is making its case as the center of the biggest antigovernment protests outside Cairo.
  • Egypt Charges Government Figures with Corruption VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's state prosecutor has launched a corruption investigation against three former government ministers and a member of parliament from Egypt's ruling National Democratic party, as protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square continued anti-government demonstrations for a 17th day.
  • Egyptian Protests Gain New Momentum VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of Egyptian doctors and medical students say they will join anti-government protests in Egypt Thursday, part a new momentum that has prompted the government to further step up security at key government buildings, including the presidential palace.
  • US Official Refutes Criticism of Intelligence Community on Mideast Turmoil VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper has refuted criticism that the intelligence community failed to adequately monitor or predict recent events in Egypt and the region.
  • Bomber kills 20 Pakistani soldiers IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- A bomber Thursday attacked troops at a highly secured parade ground in a northwestern Pakistani city and killed at least 20 soldiers, regional police chief said.
  • Pakistan PM dissolves cabinet, will form new IRNA 10 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday dissolved his cabinet shortly after all federal ministers submitted their resignations aimed at improving his government's image.
  • Ban ‘appalled’ by reported use of minor in Pakistan suicide bombing UN News Centre 10 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “appalled” by reports that a minor was used to carry out today’s suicide attack on an army recruitment centre in Mardan in north-west Pakistan that led to numerous deaths and injuries, his spokesperson said.
  • Suicide Blast Targets Pakistani Soldiers VOA 10 Feb 2011 -- A suicide bomber struck a military facility in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 31 soldiers and wounding more than 40 others.
  • Lockheed Martin Ships Out First Orion Spacecraft Lockheed Martin 10 Feb 2011 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] Orion team shipped out the first Orion crew module spacecraft structure today from NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La. The spacecraft is headed to Lockheed Martin’s Denver, Colo., facilities where it will undergo a series of rigorous tests to confirm Orion’s ability to safely fly astronauts through all the harsh environments of deep space exploration missions.

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