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21 March 2011 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Mar 2011 [PDF]
  • Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Gen. Ham via Teleconference from Germany DoD 21 Mar 2011-- Presenter: Commander, U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Carter Ham
  • Updated: Second UK strike against Libyan defence assets UK MOD 21 Mar 2011 -- British Armed Forces participated in another co-ordinated strike against Libyan air defence systems last night, Sunday 20 March 2011.
  • Coalition operations in Libya to continue UK MOD 21 Mar 2011 -- Colonel Gaddafi is still in breach of the UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya so the coalition will continue operations, Major General John Lorimer, the Chief of the Defence Staff's Strategic Communications Officer said today, Monday 21 March 2011.
  • Commander in Chief Says U.S. Part of Broad Coalition in Libya AFPS 21 Mar 2011 -- U.S. military actions in Libya are being conducted as part of a broad multinational coalition and in direct support of a United Nations mandate designed to set conditions for other coalition partners to play larger roles enforcing the no-fly zone there, President Barack Obama said today.
  • Gadhafi's Troops Retreat From Benghazi AFPS 21 Mar 2011 -- Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi are retreating from the opposition stronghold of Benghazi following coalition attacks to protect Libyan civilians over the weekend, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham said today.
  • Coalition Fires More Missiles at Libyan Targets, Expands No-Fly Zone VOA 21 Mar 2011 -- A top U.S. military official said the multinational coalition enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya has fired 12 Tomahawk missiles and flew nearly 80 sorties on Monday.
  • Coalition Carries Out Second Wave Of Libya Strikes RFE/RL 21 Mar 2011 -- Western powers have launched a second wave of air strikes on Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's armed forces and air-defense systems since the UN Security Council authorized ';all necessary measures' to establish a no-fly zone and protect civilians there.
  • AFGSC Airmen support Operation Odyssey Dawn AFNS 21 Mar 2011 -- Airmen piloting three B-2 Spirits returned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., after striking targets in Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.
  • 26th MEU aims to safeguard Libyans, key city USMC News 21 Mar 2011 -- In an effort to safeguard the Libyan populace and infrastructure in and around the city of Ajdabiyah from further attacks by regime forces, 26th MEU, as part of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, launched a second round of strikes by AV-8B Harrier jump jets, March 20.
  • Norway sends F-16 fighter jets to join strikes against Libya RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2011 -- Norway sent six F-16 Falcon fighters to join the UN-authorized military operation against Muammar Gaddafi's regime in Libya, the Norwegian NRK television and radio broadcasting station said on its website on Monday.
  • Spanish fighter jets join Libya mission RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2011 -- Three Spanish warplanes on Monday took part in the Western-led Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya, Italian media reported citing undisclosed military sources.
  • UK defends military action against Libya IRNA 21 Mar 2011 -- The British government has responded to criticism of the scale of military attacks launched in Libya by insisting that it is in line with the UN mandate provided by last week's Security Council resolution.
  • Forces Kill Insurgent in Baghlan Province AFPS 21 Mar 2011 -- Afghan and coalition forces today killed an insurgent and detained several others in the Burkah district of Afghanistan’s Baghlan province, military officials reported.
  • Nangarhar team reviews province development projects Army News 21 Mar 2011 -- The Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team completed a two-month assessment March 14, of previously constructed facilities in the province.
  • 3rd LAR Bn. interdictions aim to squeeze insurgent supply lines USMC News 21 Mar 2011 -- The rocky, rolling desert landscape of southern Helmand province sees little traffic other than the occasional farmer with a tractor load of firewood, late model pickups ferrying fuel to isolated villages, and shepherds with small flocks of sheep and goats, but through this austere environment trickles the lifeblood of the area’s insurgency – narcotics, weapons and bomb-making materials.
  • Georgian soldiers hone casualty evacuation skills prior to joining Marines in Afghanistan USMC News 21 Mar 2011 -- This week’s “shurah” meeting with the village of Bakwa elders was no cup of tea for the leaders of Georgian Army’s Alpha Company, 33rd Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) when actors playing counterinsurgents brewed up a surprise mortar attack on the company’s combat out post (COP) that wounded several Georgian soldiers and put the company’s casualty evacuation proficiency to the test during a mission rehearsal exercise (MRE) at Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 24.
  • Marines step onto Afghan soil with eyes on skies USMC News 21 Mar 2011 -- Marine Air Control Group 28 has arrived in Afghanistan and is ready to provide command and control for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) and its coalition partners.
  • Essex ARG, 31st MEU Support Relief Efforts Off the Coast of Hachinohe NNS 21 Mar 2011 -- Ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived off the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan, to provide humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HADR) in support of Operation Tomodachi, March 20.
  • Crew conducts refueling in support of Operation Tomodachi AFNS 21 Mar 2011 -- An MC-130P Combat Shadow crew from the 17th Special Operations Squadron here successfully refueled four HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters conducting search and rescue operations March 18 off the shores of Northeastern Japan.
  • 31ST MEU moves to the east coast of Japan, delivers aid via helo USMC News 21 Mar 2011 -- The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11, with a combined total of more than 4,000 Marines and Sailors, transited to the east coast of mainland Japan March 20.
  • First C-17 touches down in Sendai AFNS 21 Mar 2011 -- A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, landed in Sendai March 20 to part in the relief support mission here.

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  • DoD News: Contracts for March 21, 2011
  • Russia to invest $100 bln in defense industry until 2020 RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2011 -- Russia will invest 3 trillion rubles ($100 bln) in the development of the country's defense industry in the next decade, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Monday.
  • BAE Systems To Deliver £22.5M Contract For Royal Navy Warfare Training Systems Support BAE Systems 21 Mar 2011 -- BAE Systems has been awarded a £22.5m Training Systems support contract by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that will provide a cost effective solution for the Royal Navy’s overall Submarine and Mine Warfare Command Team training whilst ensuring the operational readiness and effectiveness of its operational training systems.
  • Raytheon BBN Technologies to Protect Internet Communications for Military Abroad Raytheon 21 Mar 2011 -- Raytheon BBN Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), has been awarded $1.9 million in defense research funding to develop safeguards for military Internet communications abroad.
  • SAIC Awarded Contract by the U.S. Navy, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic SAIC 21 Mar 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Navy, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic to provide audiovisual (AV) equipment. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a one year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total ceiling value of $500 million for all awardees, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Abingdon, Md. and Charleston, S.C.
  • Northrop Grumman Wins Task Order for U.S. Department of Homeland Security Classified Networks Project With Potential Value of $1.1 Billion Northrop Grumman 21 Mar 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a follow-on task order with a total potential value of $1.1 billion by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to operate, maintain and enhance the classified networks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • MEADS System Integration Begins at Italian Test Site Lockheed Martin 21 Mar 2011 -- A Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) launcher and BMC4I Tactical Operations Center (TOC) have entered system test and integration at Pratica di Mare (PdM) Air Force Base in Italy. This milestone marks the first integration tests involving two completed MEADS system elements.
  • Lockheed Martin Makes Strides in Human Space Exploration Lockheed Martin 21 Mar 2011 -- Forging a new path forward to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable human exploration beyond low Earth orbit, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today unveiled the first Orion spacecraft and a spacious state-of-the-art Space Operations Simulation Center (SOSC). These two major projects, located at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Facility near Denver, Colo., showcase the NASA-industry teams’ progress for human space flight, the Orion Project and NASA’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

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