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11 February 2011 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • National Space Security Strategy Outlines Rules of the Road AFPS 11 Feb 2011 -- Department of Defense's strategic approach to space must change. This is the message of the National Security Space Strategy recently approved by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
  • Navy Test Pilot Completes First F-35C Flight NNS 11 Feb 2011 -- The carrier variant of the F-35 (CF-1) Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time with a Navy test pilot at the controls Feb. 11.
  • USS Memphis to Decommission NNS 11 Feb 2011 -- The Navy will hold a decommissioning ceremony for Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) aboard Naval Submarine Base (NSB) New London, Conn., April 1.
  • GHW Bush Strike Group Completes COMPTUEX NNS 11 Feb 2011 -- George H.W. Bush Strike Group (GHWBSG) and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 completed a successful Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Atlantic Ocean Feb. 11, following three weeks of drills and exercises in preparation for their scheduled combat deployment later this year.
  • 6th Fleet Commander Visits Enterprise NNS 11 Feb 2011 -- Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, visited USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to meet with senior carrier strike group (CSG) leadership, and to thank the crew at the beginning of their deployment, Feb. 4.
  • USS Boise Presented Battle "E" Award NNS 11 Feb 2011 -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) was officially presented the 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award during a ceremony aboard Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Va., Feb. 11.
  • Lincoln Sails Through 45th Consecutive Day At Sea NNS 11 Feb 2011 -- Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) celebrated the ship's 45th consecutive day of high-tempo and arduous operations at sea with a morale day and steel beach picnic Feb. 10.
  • Navy Scientists Elevate Warfighter Readiness Against Invisible Threats NNS 11 Feb 2011 -- A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory research team overcame limitations of early detection and identification of trace level chemical and biological agents and explosive compounds, critical to rapid reaction, response, and survivability of the modern warfighter, Feb. 10.
  • Nuclear policy official visits Malmstrom AFNS 11 Feb 2011 -- The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs obtained a close-up view of the Air Force's nuclear deterrence mission while visiting with Airmen and local civic leaders Feb. 6 through 8 here.
  • Air Force undersecretary lauds deployed Airmen, addresses force management AFNS 11 Feb 2011 -- Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton discussed the importance of regional partners, professionalism of Airmen and the service officials' ongoing efforts to maintain manning within congressionally authorized limits during a visit Feb. 8 through 9.
  • Service Secretaries Receive 'Don't Ask' Repeal Plan AFPS 11 Feb 2011 -- Pentagon officials today sent the Defense Department’s implementation plan for repeal of the law commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to the service secretaries with a March 1 deadline for their first progress update.
  • 12th Chem. Co. trains for full spectrum operations Army News 11 Feb 2011 -- Even a blizzard of snow and blistering cold weather couldn't stop the Soldiers of the 12th Chemical Company from getting the most out of their field training exercise at Camp Robertson here Jan. 24-28.
  • Heavy Transporters train on new equipment Army News 11 Feb 2011 -- From Jan. 24 to Feb. 28, Sustainers from the 233rd Heavy Transportation Company will be conducting drivers training on their newly acquired equipment, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP) Caiman.
  • Fort Bragg Soldiers to receive multi-million dollar barracks remodel Army News 11 Feb 2011 -- A multi-million dollar remodel of the living quarters for Soldiers of the 4th Military Information Support Group is currently underway along Gruber Street here at Fort Bragg.
  • Simulation keeps Combat Center Marines in fight USMC News 11 Feb 2011 -- Marines training in Enhanced Mojave Viper, the installation’s premier combined arms pre-deployment training exercise, turn to the Battle Simulation Center in Camp Wilson to enhance their understanding of cultures they may encounter while they are deployed.
  • HQBN NCOs join 2/7 in mortars course USMC News 11 Feb 2011 -- Noncommissioned officers from Headquarters Battalion joined with 81mm mortar platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, training at the Combat Center’s Range 106 Feb. 3, 2011.
  • Mountain Leadership Course trains Marines to train Marines USMC News 11 Feb 2011 -- Marines from all over the Corps came to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center for six weeks, from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18, 2011, to complete the Winter Mountain Leadership Course.
  • Royal Thai, U.S. Marines conduct mechanized raid from the sea USMC News 11 Feb 2011 -- Throughout its history, the Marine Corps has been known for its ability to strike from the sea anywhere in the world in a moment’s notice. In order to uphold that expectation, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit trains for mechanized raids, amphibious landings and a variety of other missions throughout the world to ensure its readiness.
  • Navy-Marine Corps Unit Provides Numerous Capabilities AFPS 11 Feb 2011 -- A Navy-Marine Corps unit completed a wide range of missions across the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean in the past year, ranging from reclaiming a container ship that had been taken over by pirates to providing relief in the aftermath of flooding in Pakistan.
  • Program Collects Protective Equipment to Save Lives AFPS 11 Feb 2011 -- A joint program charged with collecting the personal protective equipment of soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines killed in action is working to save future warfighters’ lives.
  • Mortar system goes to war, fires first combat rounds USMC News 11 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Marines fired the first rounds using the Expeditionary Fire Support System during combat operations, Jan. 29. In support of the International Security Assistance Force, Marines with F Battery, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 2, fired the new 120mm mortar system from Combat Outpost Ouellette, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
  • Panetta: Intelligence Community Needs to Predict Uprisings AFPS 11 Feb 2011 -- The intelligence community has to do a better job collecting information that will predict uprisings like those going on in Egypt, while also treating cybersecurity as the next battlefield, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told a congressional committee yesterday.
  • Espionage case has no effect on Taiwan-U.S. communications: envoy CNA 11 Feb 2011 -- The case of a Taiwanese military officer spying for China is not likely to affect communications and dialogue between Taiwan and the United States, Taiwan's deputy representative in Washington, D.C. said Thursday.

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for February 11, 2011
  • Boeing Completes Industrial Participation Programs for 1st 5 UK C-17s Boeing 11 Feb 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has successfully completed -- ahead of schedule -- its industrial participation (IP) programs for the first five C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF). To date, Boeing has delivered benefits of more than $1 billion to United Kingdom industry for this aircraft program.
  • Navy Awards GE F414 PBL Contracts GE Aviation 11 Feb 2011 -- GE Aviation has been awarded a three-year (2011-2013), $576 million Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract from the U.S. Navy covering the repair, replacement and program support for F414 engine components for the F/A-18 E/F and EA-18G Growler aircraft.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $60 Million to Produce More Affordable Virginia-Class Submarines General Dynamics 11 Feb 2011 -- known as Block III – calls for the procurement of eight submarines through FY 13, and has a potential value of $14 billion. The last Block III ship is scheduled for delivery in 2019.
  • Oshkosh Defense to Deliver Additional M-ATV Protection Kits Oshkosh 11 Feb 2011 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), will deliver more than 2,000 MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) underbody improvement kits following an order from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
  • Russia-Ukraine aircraft building JV may open in March RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- A joint venture of the Ukrainian aircraft building concern Antonov and the Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) may begin operating already in March, UNIAN news agency quoted Antonov chairman Dmytro Kyva as saying on Friday.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • World Leaders React to Mubarak Resignation VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- With the resignation of Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt and the transition of presidential powers to the military, leaders across Europe have called for a quick transition from military to democratic rule. And in cities across the Middle East, celebrations erupted in support of Egypt's anti-government protests that brought down the man who had ruled Egypt for three decades.
  • Remarks by the President on Egypt The White House 11 Feb 2011
  • Mubarak Resigns Amid Mass Protests VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- President Mubark has resigned, The announcement came from Vice-President Omar Suleiman, who announced that military forces will now take over.
  • Mubarak Steps Down, Hands Authority To The Military RFE/RL 11 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned his office and asked the military to take over running the country's affairs. The announcement was made in a statement by Vice President Omar Suleiman on state TV at 6 p.m. local time.
  • Obama: Egypt Will Never Be The Same VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- President Barack Obama said the people of Egypt have inspired the American people through their peaceful 18-day campaign for democracy. Obama said Friday that "today" belongs to Egypt’s people, after the resignation of their longtime president, Hosni Mubarak.
  • Egyptian Military Takes Control VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- A body of Egyptian military leaders took control on Friday of the country following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
  • Hosni Mubarak Brought Stability to Egypt, At a Price VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- After a speech Thursday in which President Hosni Mubarak said he would stay as President, anti-government demonstrators ramped up their protests, surrounding government buildings in Cairo and elsewhere. On Friday, tension continued to mount. In the evening Cairo time, Vice President Omar Suleiman delivered the news the protesters had been waiting for. Suleiman announced President Mubarak had stepped down.
  • UK calls for restraint from Egypt army IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Friday it was “very important that the security authorities, the government respect the right to peaceful protest' in Egypt.
  • ‘Egypt uprising modeled on 1979 Islamic Revolution’: FM IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Friday that the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan have been influenced by Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
  • German chancellor hails Mubarak resignation labeling it 'historic' IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed here Friday the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, branding it 'historic.'
  • Mubarak leaving 'only first step,' says Cameron IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- Egypt has a “really precious moment of opportunity” to have a government that can bring the people together, Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday after the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
  • Egyptian military says not to hold legal power of country RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's Higher Military Council said in a statement received by RIA Novosti on Friday that it has no plans of assuming long-term power over the country after Hosni Mubarak resigned from his presidential post earlier in the day.
  • Mubarak's 30-year rule comes to end RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 82, who ruled the country for almost 30 years, stepped down on Friday after 18 days of heated protests demanding his resignation.
  • Russia hopes Egyptian authorities to function normally - Lavrov RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday he expects Egyptian authorities will ensure the normal functioning of governmental bodies.
  • Egypt's Mubarak steps down, hands power to military council RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Friday after 18 days of protests across the country, Vice President Omar Suleiman said on national TV.
  • Egyptian army backs Mubarak, guarantees free elections RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- The Supreme Council of the Egyptian armed forces on Friday declared its support for President Hosni Mubarak's transfer of power to his vice president, angering protesters demanding that the Egyptian leader step down immediately.
  • EU pushes Mubarak for 'faster and deeper reforms' RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- The European Union urged the Egyptian authorities to take more decisive steps to meet the protesters' demands after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak announced his intention to stay in power until September in his address to the nation late on Thursday.
  • Cairo protesters outraged as Mubarak dithers RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- Protesters on Cairo's Tahrir Square angered with President Hosni Mubarak's refusal to resign are calling for further demonstrations against the president, urging the Army to join the protests.
  • Mubarak hands power to Egyptian vice president, does not resign RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Egyptian TV late on Thursday night that he will hand power to Vice President Omar Suleiman as laid out in the constitution but did not say he was stepping down.
  • Egypt's empowered vice president calls on protesters to go home RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman called on protesters on Tahrir Square to go home after embattled President Hosni Mubarak delegated him powers late on Thursday in an attempt to ease tensions in the country.
  • Foreign minister congratulates Egyptians on Mubarak ouster IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- Foreign Ministr, in reaction to Mubarak resignation, congragulated Egyptian nation upon their victory to oust Hosni Mubarak.
  • Human rights must not be cast aside amid Middle East politics, UN official stresses UN News Centre 11 Feb 2011 -- International human rights and humanitarian law is constantly being cast aside amid Middle East politics, the United Nations human rights chief said today, speaking out on issues such as illegal settlement activity and the lack of accountability for rights violations committed by both Israelis and the Palestinians.
  • Mubarak Leaves Cairo, As Protests Continue RFE/RL 11 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family left Cairo today, arriving in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm El Sheik just before sundown.
  • Google Search For 'Ghonim' Yields New Leader RFE/RL 11 Feb 2011 -- It's hard to stump a major search engine like Google, but Egypt managed to do it. After an exhausting search for Wael Ghonim, Google finally located its charismatic, 30-year-old marketing executive.
  • UN chief reiterates call for calm, orderly transition in Egypt UN News Centre 11 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition in Egypt that includes free and fair elections, adding that it is for the people of that country to determine their future.
  • Obama Delivers Stronger Message on Egypt VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- President Obama is urging the Egyptian government to spell out in unambiguous terms the process it is pursuing leading to a credible and genuine democracy. The White House delivered a new and stronger message as Mr. Obama and his advisers cope with developments after President Hosni Mubarak declined to step down.
  • European Leaders Increase Pressure on Mubarak VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- European governments reacted with a mix of concern and impatience to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's refusal to immediately leave office.
  • Mubarak Credited for Egyptian Stability During 30-Year Rule VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's leader Hosni Mubarak, who resigned Friday after 30 years in power, was credited by some with keeping Egypt stable during his rule, but others say that stability came at too high a price.
  • Pakistan Rejects US Diplomat's Self-Defense Claim VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani police have rejected a detained U.S. diplomat's claim that he acted in self-defense when he shot dead two men last month in the eastern city of Lahore. Police are recommending the diplomat face murder charges.
  • White House Sends Strong Message to Iran VOA 11 Feb 2011 -- President Obama's remarks Friday about Egypt contained strong words in support of people seeking freedom and justice throughout history, and around the world. Mr. Obama's remarks were followed by some of the strongest language heard to date from the White House about Iran.
  • Iran Rallies Mark Revolution, Show Solidarity With Egypt's Protesters RFE/RL 11 Feb 2011 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says the Islamic Revolution that toppled the country's U.S.-backed monarch three decades ago has now spread to other Islamic countries
  • 'West should come to terms with Iran's progress': President IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that the West has to come to terms with the Iranian nation in the nuclear technology field because its previous attempts to prevent Iran from making scientific progress have failed.
  • ‘Islamic Revolution influenced Mideast uprising’: Moslehi IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- Information Minister Hojjatoleslam Heydar Moslehi said that the 1979 Islamic Revolution has influenced the vigilance of Muslims in the Middle East region.
  • Intelligence Chief Says al-Qaida Still Greatest Threat AFPS 11 Feb 2011 -- Terrorism –- specifically al-Qaida -– remains the greatest threat to the United States, the director of national intelligence said on Capitol Hill, yesterday.
  • Pakistani court sends US shooter to jail IRNA 11 Feb 2011 -- A court in Pakistan on Friday sent an American employee to jail, detained on double murder charges, court officials said.
  • Protesters In Iraqi Cities Demand Better Social Services, Corruption Probes RFE/RL 11 Feb 2011 -- A series of protests were held across Iraq on February 10 with demonstrators demanding better social services, stable food prices, and investigations into corruption cases, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.

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