18 July 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 18 Jul 2011 [PDF]
- NATO Secretary General on the ISAF Command handover NATO 18 Jul 2011
- Allen Praises Troops’ Courage, Sets ISAF Priorities AFPS 18 Jul 2011 -- Much work remains to secure Afghanistan’s future and eliminate violent extremists, the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan said.
- Allen Takes Reins as ISAF Commander AFPS 18 Jul 2011 -- Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen assumed command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
- Petraeus Departs Amid Afghan Violence, Transition VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- General David Petraeus has handed over command of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan to U.S. General John Allen, and will soon take the helm at the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Petraeus Hands Over Afghan Command VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- U.S. General David Petraeus has handed over command of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan to U.S. General John Allen.
- Petraeus Hands Over Afghanistan Command Amid Rising Violence RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- U.S. General David Petraeus has stepped down as commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan amid rising violence in the country.
- Afghan-led Force Finds Enemy Mortars in Kandahar AFPS 18 Jul 2011 -- An Afghan-led combined security force in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province today found and destroyed a cache of 103 mortar rounds.
- Engaging women on the frontline NATO 18 Jul 2011-- The FETs are an initiative implemented in 2010 by the United States Marine Core under the US-led counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Marine attack helicopters move north to aid air ambulances USMC News 18 Jul 2011 -- 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) moved a detachment of helicopters from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 to Forward Operating Base Edinburgh
- Pakistani Taliban Release Video of Police Execution VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- The Pakistani Taliban has released a graphic video purportedly showing militants executing 16 Pakistani police officers.
- Taliban Video Shows Police Being Executed In Pakistan RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- The Taliban has released a video that appears to show militants executing 16 Pakistani tribal policemen.
- Pakistan says Israeli weapons being used in Karachi IRNA 18 Jul 2011 -- Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that Israeli-made weapons were being used by miscreants to foment unrest in Karachi.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 17 Jul 2011
- NATO conducts coordinated strikes in Tripoli NATO 18 Jul 2011 -- NATO continues to engage key military targets associated with coordinating attacks against civilians by pro-Qadhafi forces across the country.
- RAF tanker aircraft keep missions flying over Libya UK MOD 18 Jul 2011 -- RAF VC10 refuelling aircraft from 101 Squadron are providing an essential service to operations over Libya.
- IRGC Says Iran Controls Kurdish Rebel Camps In Iraq RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- A commander for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps: Iranian forces have taken "full control" of three PJAK camps inside Iraq.
- Iran Guard Claims Control of Opposition Bases on Border VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Iranian Revolutionary Guards are in control of three bases of an Iranian Kurdish opposition group along the border of neighboring Iraq.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Clinton Travels to India for Economic, Security Talks VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in India for two days of talks aimed at strengthening political and economic relations with the South Asian country.
- U.S. reaffirms no change to Taiwan Relations Act CNA 18 Jul 2011 -- United States Congressmen have reaffirmed that there will be no changes to the Taiwan Relations Act.
- Army develops new ways to test, identify biological agents Army News 18 Jul 2011 -- Scientists at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center developed a ground-breaking method for identification of biological agents.
- SeaPerch Demo at Detroit Navy Week Highlights STEM NNS 18 Jul 2011 -- The Office of Naval Research will highlight the importance of science, technology and mathematics education at the Detroit Science Center during Detroit Navy Week July 18-24.
- US, S. Koreans Plan to Stage Joint Maneuvers KCNA 18 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. and the south Koreans are planning to stage Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises from August 16 to 26.
- Air Guard partners exercise in Ukraine AFNS 18 Jul 2011 -- More than 140 members of the Air National Guard landed aircraft in Ukraine, preparing for a U.S. European Command-sponsored aerial military-to-military exchange event titled SAFE SKIES 2011.
- Africa Endeavor Links AU, ECOWAS, The Gambia AFRICOM 18 Jul 2011 -- One of the biggest technical hurdles facing the Africa Endeavor 2011 exercise participants has been to establish connectivity from the main exercise site in Banjul, The Gambia, with participants at two remote sites
- USNS Comfort Brings Continuing Promise to El Salvador NNS 18 Jul 2011 -- Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Acajutla, El Salvador, for its seventh mission stop of Continuing Promise 201, July 14.
- Quantico Achieves First LEED Certification NNS 18 Jul 2011 -- The Warfare Support Center was recognized as the first building aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., to earn the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification.
- Air Force releases updated dress and appearance instructions AFNS 18 Jul 2011 -- The Air Force's instruction on dress and personal appearance recently received an appearance upgrade with the release of the updated instruction July 18.
- Navy to Disestablish 29 NJROTC Units NNS 18 Jul 2011 -- The Navy announced that it will disestablish 29 Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps units, effective June 30, 2012.
- Tajikistan repeats call for Russia to pay for military base RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- Dushanbe reiterated that Russia should pay rent for its military base in Tajikistan, a request that has been rejected by Moscow.
- Irkut to supply 40 Su-30 fighters to Russian Air Force RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- Russia's Irkut aircraft holding in talks on the delivery of up to 40 Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighters to the Russian Air Force.
- Russian Navy to receive new air defense system RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- The Russian Navy will soon receive a new ship-based gun/missile air defense system, KBP Instrument Design Bureau.
- Russian police arrest businessman in nuclear cruiser scam RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- Police in northern Russia have detained a businessman suspected of swindling the Defense Ministry through an illegal contract on repairs of the Pyotr Veliky cruiser.
- UK army to be cut by 20 percent IRNA 18 Jul 2011 -- Britain's regular army is to be cut to its smallest size for a century in a move to follow the model used in the US and Australia to increase reservists.
- Ukraine sold $1 billion worth of weaponry in 2010 RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- Ukraine's arms exports in 2010 reached almost a billion dollars with the bulk of weaponry sold to African countries.
- S. Korean Army Tank Overturned in Rehearsal KCNA 18 Jul 2011 -- A tank of the south Korean army was overturned in Popwon-ri, Phaju City, Kyonggi Province during exercises.
- Soldiers' Video Puts Azerbaijani Military Corruption In The Spotlight RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry has said it is investigating corruption allegations made in a recent YouTube appeal by three army officers to President Ilham Aliyev.
- Missile Warheads Stolen From Romanian Train VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Romanian military authorities are investigating the theft of missile warheads from a train carrying military equipment from Romania to Bulgaria.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/18/2011 The White House 18 Jul 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for July 18, 2011
- Construction begins in Brazil on first DCNS designed Scorpene class submarine at ceremony attended by Brazil President, Dilma Rousseff DCNS 18 Jul 2011
- General Dynamics Acquires Network Connectivity Solutions, Corp. General Dynamics 18 Jul 2011 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that it has acquired Network Connectivity Solutions, Corp. (NETCONN), a provider of enterprise services and cloud computing to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The value of the cash transaction, which is expected to be accretive to General Dynamics' earnings beginning in 2012, has not been disclosed.
- Lockheed Martin Delivers Five Millionth Part as U.S. Military Global Automotive Supply Chain Manager Lockheed Martin 18 Jul 2011 -- Two years into its role as the U.S. military's global automotive parts supply-chain manager, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered its five millionth part, helping to keep all U.S. military land-based vehicles operating worldwide.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded $85 Million Contract To Support U.S. Navy Antisubmarine Warfare Mission Lockheed Martin 18 Jul 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received an $85 million contract to continue its operations and maintenance support to five U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ships as part of the service's antisubmarine warfare mission. The competitive one-year contract includes four additional one-year options.
- Northrop Grumman, U.S. Army Complete First Open Architecture Review for Major Army Program Acquisition Northrop Grumman 18 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) have successfully completed an architecture review of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). IBCS is the first major Army acquisition to proactively incorporate the evaluation as part of the procurement. The review assesses the impact of software architecture decisions on program requirements and business goals.
- Boeing FAB-T Satellite Communications Program Making Progress Boeing 18 Jul 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the hardware and software development of its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) program is nearly complete. Boeing is working closely with the U.S. Air Force to ensure that the FAB-T program can provide protected wideband satellite communications in support of command and control of U.S. nuclear forces.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 18 July 2011 United Nations 18 Jul 2011
- Libyan Rebels Capture Part of Eastern Oil Port VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Libyan rebels say they have captured part of the eastern oil port of Brega after days of fighting with loyalists of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
- US Officials Meet Gadhafi Envoys, Urge His Departure VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Libyan and U.S. officials say representatives from the two governments held direct talks recently.
- Zuma, Cameron Differ on Timing of Gadhafi Departure VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- South African President Jacob Zuma and British Prime Minister David Cameron agree that the people of Libya must be central in deciding their own future.
- Russia Criticizes West's Recognition Of Libyan Rebels RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- Russia has criticized Western governments for recognizing the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council as a legitimate government.
- No asylum for Gaddafi in Russia RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- Russia will not host Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should he choose to step down, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
- Yemeni Army, Tribes Launch Southern Offensive VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Yemeni forces backed by hundreds of armed tribesmen have launched an offensive to retake the southern town of Zinjibar, after months of fighting with Islamist fighters.
- More Yemenis dependent on aid because of ongoing conflict – UN UN News Centre 18 Jul 2011 -- The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in southern Yemen is on the rise as a result of the continuing conflict.
- South China Sea Dispute High Priority for ASEAN VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Foreign ministers and other officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting this week in Bali where they are expected to focus on the dispute in the South China sea.
- EU reaffirms concern over stalled Mideast peace talks IRNA 18 Jul 2011 -- The European Union on Monday reaffirmed concern over the stalled Middle East peace talks.
- Over 800 Palestinian ‘stone-throwing’ teens held from 2005-2010 RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- At least 835 Palestinian teens were arrested from 2005 to 2010 for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.
- Jerusalem Part 2 - Why It Matters to Muslims VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Where barbed wire once separated Jordanian East Jerusalem and Israeli West Jerusalem, there are now rails.
- UN court orders Cambodia and Thailand to remove troops from around temple site UN News Centre 18 Jul 2011 -- A UN court ordered Cambodia and Thailand to withdraw their military personnel from around a disputed temple site.
- International Court Rules on Cambodia-Thailand Border Dispute VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- The International Court of Justice has ordered Thailand and Cambodia to immediately withdraw soldiers from a disputed border area.
- Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Proposes Leap-Frogging Current Stage Of Karabakh Peace Talks RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on July 13 floated a new approach to expediting the Karabakh peace process.
- Russia, Azerbaijan to discuss breakaway Karabakh settlement RIA Novosti 18 Jul 2011 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the Nagorny Karabakh settlement with his Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mamedyarov in Moscow on Monday.
- Balkan Leaders Pledge Reconciliation RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- The heads of state of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia have pledged to "continue with the politics of reconciliation and resolving numerous remaining open issues."
- U.S. Innovation Adviser: 'Internet Freedom Is Not A Regime-Change Agenda' RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- Alec Ross is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior adviser for innovation.
- Sectarian Violence in Syria Kills at Least 30 VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Syrian activists say an outbreak of sectarian fighting between supporters and opponents of President al-Assad has killed about 30 people in Homs.
- Egypt Postpones Swearing-In of New Cabinet VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Egypt postponed the swearing-in of a new Cabinet for at least a day as protesters vowed to continue a sit-in at Cairo's main square, saying government reforms do not go far enough.
- Egypt Cabinet Swearing-In Delayed RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- Egypt's state media say the swearing-in ceremony of a new cabinet appointed after a reshuffle has been delayed for a day.
- Young Teen Confirmed Killed In Tunisia Crackdown RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- Tunisian authorities have confirmed that a civilian was killed on July 17 when soldiers broke up a demonstration amid a fresh wave of violent protests in Tunis and other Tunisian cities
- Several Die in Clash in China's Xinjiang Region VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- At least four people killed when an unknown number attackers took hostages and set a police station on fire in China's western Xinjiang region.
- Four Dead In Police Station Clash In China's Xinjiang RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- At least four people were killed when a crowd attacked a police station in China's restive Xinjiang region.
- S. Korea's "White Paper on Human Rights of North" KCNA 18 Jul 2011 -- The "2011 white paper on human rights of the north" recently released is an anti-DPRK document.
- Sudan Rejects Dual Citizenship for South Sudanese VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Sudan's ruling party has affirmed the government will not grant dual citizenship to people of South Sudan, after the new country said it will allow dual nationality.
- Analysis: Understanding Nigeria’s Boko Haram radicals IRIN 18 Jul 2011 -- A spate of bomb attacks and a heavy-handed crackdown by the military, have prompted thousands of people to flee their homes.
- Restoring law and order remains priority for Côte d’Ivoire, says UN envoy UN News Centre 18 Jul 2011 -- Côte d’Ivoire faces multiple challenges after emerging from its recent post-electoral crisis.
- UN Urges Rapid Restoration of Order in Ivory Coast VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- The chief U.N. envoy for Ivory Coast said there is a window of opportunity for the country's new government.
- Ethnic Standoff Defused In Southern Kyrgyzstan RFE/RL 18 Jul 2011 -- Dozens of ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz confronted each other in the southern Kyrgyz town of Aravan before dispersing.
- Cameroon Diaspora Member: Voting Rights Law Falls Short VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- A leading member of Cameroon’s Diaspora says recent changes in the West African country’s electoral law fall short of their demands.
- Venezuela's Chavez in Cuba to Begin Cancer Treatment VOA 18 Jul 2011 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Cuba late Saturday to begin chemotherapy, after undergoing surgery last month to remove a cancerous tumor.
- Orbital-Built SES-3 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched Orbital Sciences Corp. 18 Jul 2011 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world's leading space technology companies, announced today that the SES-3 satellite, built by the company for SES, was successfully launched into orbit aboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- Thales Alenia Space Italia awarded lead mandate for MUSIS-CIL Program Thales 18 Jul 2011 -- Thales Alenia Space Italia announces the signature of a contract with OCCAR-EA (Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation) for the study phase for the definition and feasibility of the Multinational Space-based Imaging System (MUSIS) () Federated Activities program. OCCAR-EA acted on behalf of the French and Italian Ministries of Defense, and awarded the contract to a Temporary Grouping of Companies made up of Astrium France and Thales Alenia Space France, led by Thales Alenia Space Italia.
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