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15 April 2011 Military News

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  • Gates: US Help for Mideast Activists Tempered by Security Interests VOA 15 Apr 2011 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has sounded a cautious tone on the United States' ability to help democracy advocates in the Middle East. Gates used what was expected to be a routine speech at a library opening Thursday to send a message about the difference between moral support for the activists and what the United States can and should do based on its national security interests.
  • DOD Announces Selected Acquisition Reports DoD 15 Apr 2011 -- The Department of Defense has released details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the September 2010 reporting period.
  • Navy to Christen USNS William McLean DoD 15 Apr 2011 -- The Navy will christen and launch the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS William McLean, Saturday, April 16, 2011, during an 8 p.m. PDT ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.
  • DOD Launches New Helpline to Support Victims of Sexual Assault DoD 15 Apr 2011 -- The Department of Defense today launched its newest initiative to support victims of sexual assault. Using DoD Safe Helpline, service members can 'click, call or text' for victim support services for themselves or others.
  • Army Released March Suicide Data DoD 15 Apr 2011 -- The Army released suicide data today for the month of March. Among active-duty soldiers, there were seven potential suicides: none have been confirmed as suicide, and seven remain under investigation.
  • USS Hopper Heads West for Deployment NNS 15 Apr 2011 -- More than 275 Sailors aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled independent deployment on April 15.
  • USS Maine Returns from Patrol NNS 15 Apr 2011 -- USS Maine (SSBN 741) (Gold) crew members returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor March 30, ending its 71-day strategic deterrent patrol.
  • African NWC Alumni Gather for Regional Symposium NNS 15 Apr 2011 -- The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) hosted an alumni regional symposium for African NWC graduates in Stuttgart, Germany, April 12-14.
  • USS North Carolina Holds Change of Command NNS 15 Apr 2011 -- Cmdr. Richard Rhinehart relieved Cmdr. Wes Schlauder as commanding officer of the Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) in a time honored change of command ceremony at the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 14.
  • Navy, Air Force Sign Logistics Support Agreement NNS 15 Apr 2011 -- Naval Supply Systems Command's Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella and Detachment 4, 9th Operations Group assigned to the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC) signed a master memorandum of agreement April 11 for logistics support and services for Global Hawk operations in Sigonella, Italy.
  • Total force 'calico' wing supports world-wide operations AFNS 15 Apr 2011 -- Airmen serving in the 313th Air Expeditionary Wing at an air base here are from myriad places, but they are "one team."
  • DOD Launches Sexual Assault Response Helpline AFPS 15 Apr 2011 -- Defense Department officials today launched the Pentagon’s newest initiative to support victims of sexual assault.
  • Department Ends Voluntary Departure Authorization From Japan AFPS 15 Apr 2011 -- The Defense Department’s voluntary authorized departures for service members’ eligible family members to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake effectively ended today.
  • TF Warrior transitions Tangi to Afghan forces Army News 15 Apr 2011 -- Soldiers of Task Force Warrior made final preparations to transition Combat Outpost Tangi to Afghan National Security Forces April 8.
  • TF Storm locks out insurgents during Operation Charkh Resolution Army News 15 Apr 2011 -- Under cover of darkness, alert mountain warriors silently glide through a village toward the most hostile region of their assigned area. Each Soldier continually pivots his head as he passes small alleyways jutting out from the main streets. Insurgents use these spokes like avenues during the day to make quick getaways after they throw grenades at Afghan and U.S. Soldiers in the civilian-packed market.
  • Fort Bragg unit set to deploy with furry companions Army News 15 Apr 2011 -- Preparing for deployment is always a task in itself. Soldiers must be physically, mentally and emotionally fit to be considered mission ready.
  • Redstone Reaches Out To Detect Radiation Army News 15 Apr 2011 -- A bit of Redstone Arsenal technology is now on the ground in Japan, helping to ensure the safety of Soldiers and other U.S. government personnel entering radiation contaminated areas of the country - known as the Warm Zone and the Hot Zone - to conduct search and rescue, and health and safety missions.
  • Army harvests technology from canceled programs Army News 15 Apr 2011 -- Senior Army leaders told lawmakers the service is "harvesting" technologies from canceled acquisition programs and putting them to use in much-needed current platforms.
  • 'Green' buildings at Fort Bragg contribute to Army triple bottom line Army News 15 Apr 2011 -- In a time of declining defense budgets, "going green" makes economic sense, the U.S. Army Reserve Command's top civilian told business leaders March 30.
  • Sea-based Missile Defense Flight Test Results in Successful Intercept MDA 15 Apr 2011 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA), U.S. Navy sailors aboard the Aegis destroyer USS O'KANE (DDG 77), and Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command operating from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System, resulting in the intercept of a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean
  • USTRANSCOM members move DOD personnel from Japan AFNS 15 Apr 2011 -- More than 7,500 Department of Defense personnel and family members, and 400 of their pets, were evacuated from Japan following natural disasters in March.
  • Teamwork essential to safely recovering aircraft AFNS 15 Apr 2011 -- Their job is to get planes in the air as quickly as possible, but once a plane is gone, they wait for it to come back.
  • JGSDF praises US support as Marines reposition USMC News 15 Apr 2011 -- The leadership of the Joint Force Land Component Command transferred from the Marine Corps to U.S. Army Japan in a ceremony here April 7.
  • Exercise Balikatan 2011 commences USMC News 15 Apr 2011 -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. service members kicked off Exercise Balikatan 2011, an annual joint exercise between the U.S. and the Republic of the Philippines, with an opening ceremony here April 5.
  • Russia floats out 3rd stealth corvette RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2011 -- St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard floated out a new corvette for the Russian Navy featuring stealth technology on Friday.
  • Russian military to wear berets RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2011 -- Russian troops will be wearing berets for the first time next month as they march in the annual parade to mark victory in World War II.
  • Britain to end up with less than half of the 232 Typhoons ordered IRNA 15 Apr 2011 -- Britain's most advanced fighter jet has been subjected to years of delays and soaring costs and is now suffering from planes being grounded after being cannibalised due to a shortage of spare part and trained pilots, according to a parliamentary report.
  • China Calls for New Security Concept in Asia VOA 15 Apr 2011 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao is calling for a new Asia security formula that sidesteps disagreements in a region increasingly beset by rival territorial claims. His comments came at a regional gathering on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.
  • NATO Foreign Ministers Examine Relations With Georgia, Ukraine, Russia RFE/RL 15 Apr 2011 -- The foreign ministers of NATO's 28 member states have held a second day of talks in Berlin, with discussions focusing on the alliance's relationship with Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine.
  • Lavrov calls for talks on conventional arms control RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2011 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on foreign leaders on Friday to begin negotiations on conventional arms control to overcome a stalemate in the sphere.
  • Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney Aboard Air Force One en route Joint Base Andrews The White House 15 Apr 2011

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  • Unrest Engulfs Parts of Middle East After Friday Prayers VOA 15 Apr 2011 -- Large demonstrations were reported in over half a dozen Syrian cities Friday, as opponents of the government demanded more freedom and called on the government to release political prisoners. Large protests also swept at least a dozen cities in Yemen, as President Ali Abdullah Saleh addressed supporters in the capital Sana'a.
  • Bahrain Backs Away From Opposition Party Ban VOA 15 Apr 2011 -- Facing an international backlash, Bahrain's Sunni rulers on Friday backed away from a plan to dissolve the country's largest Shi'ite opposition group.
  • UN human rights experts urge Syria to end crackdown and carry out reforms UN News Centre 15 Apr 2011 -- A group of United Nations human rights experts today denounced the rising death toll and brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters, journalists and human rights defenders in Syria, and called on authorities to immediately halt the repression and engage in a meaningful dialogue on reforms.
  • In Wake Of Minsk Bombing, Authorities Threaten Crackdown On 'Rumormongers' RFE/RL 15 Apr 2011 -- Just 24 hours after the April 11 terrorist bombing in a Minsk subway station, the case had been solved and the perpetrators of the crime had confessed.
  • Minsk blast case may be consolidated with two other investigations RIA Novosti 15 Apr 2011 -- Belarusian investigators may consolidate the Minsk metro blast case file with inquiries into the 2005 and 2008 blasts in Belarus, a high-ranking investigator said.
  • Iraq Upset By Gulf States Call To Cancel Arab League Summit RFE/RL 15 Apr 2011 -- Iraqi politicians say they regret the Persian Gulf states' request that the Arab League cancel its May summit in Iraq, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
  • Denouncing Iraqi operation, UN rights chief calls for inquiry into camp deaths UN News Centre 15 Apr 2011 -- The United Nations human rights chief today condemned a recent Iraqi military operation in a camp north of Baghdad that left 34 people dead and dozens injured, and called for an independent inquiry into the incident.
  • Pakistan arrests two French 'terror suspects' IRNA 15 Apr 2011 -- Pakistan arrested two French terror suspects in connection with the deadly 2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia, television channels reported.
  • Lockheed Martin Commends Congressional Action On NASA Spacecraft Lockheed Martin 15 Apr 2011 -- Following months of short-term, stop-gap funding for NASA, Lockheed Martin welcomes final passage of the FY 2011 budget by the Congress, which has been sent forward for President Obama's signature. As stated by Congressional committee members, continuing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) along with the heavy lift launch vehicle ensures that the United States will continue to be the world's leader in human space flight.
  • First Full Set of James Webb Space Telescope Flight Mirrors Begin Final Tests Northrop Grumman 15 Apr 2011 -- Today marks a significant milestone for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope mirror test program as the first six of the 18 flight mirror segments that have fully completed the mirror manufacturing process are readied for final cryogenic tests. The mirrors will once again experience the harsh temperatures of space in the X-ray & Cryogenic Facility at Marshall Space Flight in Huntsville, Ala., to verify they meet test program requirements.
  • First Flight Primary Mirror Segment of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Passes Stringent Vibroacoustic Tests at Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 15 Apr 2011 -- The first primary mirror flight segment of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope passed a vibroacoustic test March 9 that simulated the ear-ringing noise and vibration the mirror will experience at launch. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is leading the design and development of the Webb Telescope for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • NIGERIA: Blemishes and blessings in the elections IRIN 15 Apr 2011 -- Analysts say the initial round of parliamentary elections, which began on 9 April, have been more transparent than the country's past three elections, which were marred by violence and irregularities, but nonetheless, evidence of candidates in some towns employing desperate measures, including vote-buying, has emerged.



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