06 September 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 06 Sep 2011 [PDF]
- Press briefing on Libya by Oana Lungescu, the NATO Spokesperson and Colonel Roland Lavoie, Operation ‘’Unified Protector’’ military spokesperson NATO 06 Sep 2011
- MOD civilians help keep RAF flying over Libya UK MOD 06 Sep 2011 -- UK forces based in Italy working to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973 are being supported by a small team of dedicated MOD civilians.
- Combined Forces Kill, Detain Several Insurgents AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- Afghan and coalition forces killed four insurgents, detained six suspects and seized a weapons cache during separate operations in Regional Command East.
- American Engineer Found Killed in Kabul VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Afghan intelligence officials say an American civilian engineer has been found murdered in Kabul.
- Afghan lawyer accuses Germany of 'war crimes' in Afghanistan IRNA 06 Sep 2011 -- A German-based Afghan lawyer accused the German government of committing 'war crimes' in Afghanistan for its role in the deadly NATO bombing in Kunduz.
- Report: Norway Suspends Aid to Afghanistan Over Corruption VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Norway has frozen $55 million in aid to Afghanistan until the scandal surrounding the collapse of corruption-ridden Kabul Bank is resolved.
- Hundreds March For Losing Afghan Candidates RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Hundreds of people have marched in Afghanistan in support of losing candidates who are disputing the results of last year's parliamentary elections.
- Afghans to march to Kabul in election protest RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- Thousands of people are set to march some 150 km towards the Afghan capital of Kabul to protest against the results of last year's parliamentary elections.
- Panetta: al-Qaida Weakened, But Still Poses Threat AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- The terrorist attacks of a decade ago have in some ways strengthened the United States, and operations against al-Qaida have left it much less capable, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.
- Travel Ban Imposed on Pakistani Doctor Involved in bin Laden Raid VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- A Pakistani commission has imposed a travel ban on doctor who assisted the United States in raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
- US Casualties in Iraq Drop, But Iraqis Concerned About Withdrawal VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- U.S. forces are on track to pull out of Iraq at the end of the year.
- Airmen reopen base to support Iraq transition AFNS 06 Sep 2011 -- As U.S. Forces-Iraq members continue to return from Iraq, Airmen here have recently reopened an air base that was closed in 2004.
- Eight Iraqi Soldiers Reported Killed In Ambush RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Reports say gunmen killed eight Iraqi soldiers when they ambushed an army patrol in northern Iraq and then set the soldiers' vehicle on fire.
- Iraqi Army receives last shipment of Abrams tanks Army News 06 Sep 2011 -- The final shipment of M1A1 Abrams tanks, purchased by the Iraqi government, arrived at Besmaya Combat Training Center mid-August.
- Fires Ravage Baghdad Market Centers RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Major fires at separate markets in central Baghdad have destroyed many shops and warehouses and caused millions of dollars in damage.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Charlie Rose “PBS” Interview with Secretary Panetta DoD 06 Sep 2011
- NATO: U.S. Capabilities Vital for Allies AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- NATO-led operations in Libya demonstrate the need for critical capabilities such as the unmanned aircraft supplied by the United States.
- The Historic Transformation of America's Tank Division Army News 06 Sep 2011 -- The last division headquarters to hold a post outside of the United States is returning home.
- NSWC Panama City Opens LCAC Systems Integration Lab NNS 06 Sep 2011 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 2 in Panama City, Fla., to celebrate the newly-upgraded and renovated systems integration laboratory for LCAC craft test and development.
- USS Samuel B. Roberts Arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius NNS 06 Sep 2011 -- USS Samuel B. Roberts arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for an 8-day goodwill port visit as part of Africa Partnership Station East's hub, Sept. 5.
- USS Thach Departs El Salvador NNS 06 Sep 2011 -- The USS Thach departed Acajutla, El Salvador Sept. 3 after three days of community interaction and tours as part of Southern Seas 2011.
- 11th MEU Aircraft Embark USS New Orleans during COMPUTEX NNS 06 Sep 2011 -- Aircraft from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Aviation Combat Element embarked the USS New Orleans as part of the Composite Training Unit Exercise.
- Kunsan Airman wins Air Force IDEA cash AFNS 06 Sep 2011 -- An Airmen here was awarded an Air Force Innovative Development Through Employee Awareness Program cash award of $1,875 Aug. 30.
- USS New York to be in NYC to Commemorate 9/11 DoD 06 Sep 2011
- Panetta Visits 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today toured the National September 11 Memorial and Museum site here.
- Panetta to Visit 9/11 Attack Site AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will spend today honoring those killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, as he travels to New York.
- Air Force leaders issue Sept. 11 message AFNS 06 Sep 2011 -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force.
- National Guard helps Vermont recover after hurricane Army News 06 Sep 2011 -- The National Guard is among a team of neighbors and local, state and federal agencies who have brought relief.
- Vermont Official Praises National Guard for Storm Help AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- The National Guard is essential to Vermont’s recovery from Hurricane Irene, the director of the state’s crippled road system said here Sept. 4.
- Naval Academy Expands on Cyber Security NNS 06 Sep 2011 -- The new academic year marks new cyber security curriculum, in which midshipmen are required to take classes that will enhance their knowledge of cyber warfare and the threat it poses to national security.
- Last baby born at Wilford Hall, labor and delivery moves to BAMC AFNS 06 Sep 2011 -- The Hauth Birthing Center closed Aug. 29 and will re-open at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Sept. 6.
- Military Retiree Pay Dates to Change AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- Paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for the months of September and December.
- DOD Establishes School Attendance Policy AFPS 06 Sep 2011 -- A new Defense Department school policy underscores the importance of student attendance, while also considering military families’ unique needs.
- Tajikistan Under The Russian Security Umbrella RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Question is what Dushanbe can get for allowing Moscow to extend leases on its bases on Tajik soil.
- Belarusian servicemen to arrive in Russia for joint military drills RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- The first train carrying Belarusian servicemen will arrive in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod Region on the Volga for joint military drills.
- Russian fighter jet crashes in Urals RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- A Russian Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter jet crashed in the Urals on Tuesday, killing both pilots.
- Iran Criticizes Turkey Over Plans For NATO Radar Station RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Iran has criticized Turkey for planning to station a NATO early-warning radar system on its territory.
- Indian Air Force’s MiG-21 crashes IRNA 06 Sep 2011 -- A MiG-21 'Bison' fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed Tuesday near Shambu in Punjab's Patiala district even as the pilot bailed out safely.
- Kiev court rejects lawsuit on compensation for passenger plane shot down RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- A court in Kiev turned down a lawsuit initiated by a Russian air carrier against the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
- CPRK Secretariat on Jeju Naval Base Construction KCNA 06 Sep 2011 -- The Secretariat of the CPRK issued information bulletin No. 980 regards the Jeju naval base construction.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 9/6/2011 The White House 06 Sep 2011
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, September 6, 2011 US Dept. of State 06 Sep 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for September 06, 2011
- Boeing Receives US Air Force Contract for A-10 Avionics Modernization Boeing 06 Sep 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has been awarded a one-year, $2.9 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to develop and validate a modification of the A-10 aircraft's Digital Video Audio Data Recorder (DVADR). The modification will provide a near-term solution to supportability issues with a major subcomponent in the DVADR system.
- DENEL LAND SYSTEMS’ NEW M6 INTEGRATED LONG RANGE MORTAR SYSTEM ENTERS SERVICE Denel 06 Sep 2011-- Denel Land Systems has introduced a new, innovative and flexible 60mm Long Range Mortar System – the M6 - into the market.
- Lockheed Martin/KAMAN K-MAX Completes U.S. Navy Unmanned Cargo Assessment Lockheed Martin 06 Sep 2011 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led unmanned K-MAX® team successfully completed a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $100.5 Million Contract For Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb Kits Lockheed Martin 06 Sep 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $100.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for production of paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) GBU-12 guidance kits.
- Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer Demonstrates Capability to Protect Manned Aircraft Raytheon 06 Sep 2011 -- The U.S. Air Force demonstrated that Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer could protect aircraft when it completed the first test of the MALD-J in a simulated operational environment.
- SAIC Awarded Contract by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs SAIC 06 Sep 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] announced today it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide information technology (IT) services in support of the Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) program. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a five-year base period of performance and a ceiling value of $12 billion.
- Lockheed Martin Completes Environmental Testing of New Military Communications Satellite Lockheed Martin 06 Sep 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing of the U.S. Navy’s first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, a major program milestone that validates spacecraft performance in a simulated test-like-you-fly space environment.
- SAIC Awarded $46 Million Contract by U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation SAIC 06 Sep 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today it was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to build the Egyptian Armed Forces Combat Training Center (AFCTC) No. 3 for the Training Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces, Ministry of Defense, in Cairo, Egypt.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 6 September 2011 United Nations 06 Sep 2011
- German parliament to dwell on secret service coop with Libya IRNA 06 Sep 2011 -- A top-secret German parliamentary committee is to focus on the degree of cooperation between Germany's foreign intelligence agency and the Libyan secret service.
- New authorities outline priorities for UN support to post-conflict Libya UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- The new Libyan authorities have requested United Nations support for several post-conflict tasks.
- China to Review Arms Sale Policy After Libya Embarrassment VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- China officials will examine whether regulations were violated by arms manufacturers who met with envoys from Gadhafi's government.
- Anti-Qaddafi Forces Hold Suspected Mercenaries From Eastern Europe RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Ukrainian government looking into Ukrainian and other Eastern European nationals accused of fighting as mercenaries.
- Niger Denies Gadhafi and Sons Sought Refuge VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- A large convoy of Libyan soldiers accompanied by Tuareg tribal fighters are reported to have moved towards the capital of neighboring Niger.
- Libyan Convoy in Niger Where Gadhafi Has Tuareg Ties VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- A convoy of up to 200 vehicles carrying forces loyal to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi has crossed into Niger.
- Libyan Army Convoy Crosses Into Niger, Raising Speculation About Qaddafi RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- A convoy of Libyan Army vehicles has crossed the desert frontier into Niger.
- Gadhafi Loyalists Flee in Convoy to Niger VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Reports that a large convoy of Moammar Gadhafi's supporters have fled Libya for Niger has angered many in the Libyan capital.
- Al-Qaeda acquires weapons in Libya – EU official RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- Al-Qaeda's North African branch has acquired weapons in Libya, EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove said at a news conference.
- 4 Killed in Clashes Between Yemeni Soldiers, Militants VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- At least four Yemeni soldiers have been killed in clashes with suspected al-Qaida militants in the country's south.
- UN agencies dispatching aid as more Sudanese refugees flee to Ethiopia UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- UN agencies are mobilizing to assist at some 20,000 people who have fled the fighting in Sudan’s Blue Nile state.
- Report Says Donors Must Adopt Key Priorities in Building South Sudan VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Organizations working in the newly-formed country say a focus on key priorities is necessary to help it overcome chronic poverty and underdevelopment.
- SOMALIA: Insurgents divert famine IDPs from aid IRIN 06 Sep 2011 -- Al-Shabab insurgents have prevented thousands of people fleeing famine-struck parts of Somalia from reaching humanitarian assistance.
- Somalia: UN-backed meeting endorses roadmap to end transition, restore stability UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- Delegates attending a UN-backed meeting on ending Somalia’s transitional period today endorsed a roadmap that spells out priority measures.
- Somali Leaders Agree to End Transitional Gov't By August 2012 VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Somali leaders have adopted a plan to replace the country's fragile transitional government by next August.
- UN: Two Somali Regions Settle Dispute VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- The United Nations says two regions of Somalia have agreed to peacefully settle a dispute and take steps to prevent further hostilities.
- Somali Refugees Face Harsh, Uncertain Fate in Ethiopian Camps VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- The flow of refugees from famine-stricken Somalia into Ethiopia has slowed in recent weeks.
- Turkey Slaps More Sanctions on Israel After UN Report VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Turkey has escalated the diplomatic war with Israel by ending military trade with its former ally and threatening further sanctions.
- Turkey Suspends Trade, Defense Ties with Israel VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Turkey says it is "totally suspending" all trade and military ties with Israel as relations between the two countries continue to worsen.
- Turkish PM Freezes Trade, Military Ties With Israel RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a freeze in trade and defense ties with Israel amid a dispute with the Jewish state.
- Lebanon: UN officials discuss peacekeeping mission with Prime Minister UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- Top United Nations officials in Lebanon discussed with PM Mikati the activities of the UN peacekeeping force.
- IRGC calls for clarification of PJAK unilateral truce offer IRNA 06 Sep 2011 -- Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ground forces in a statement called on Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to clarify the unilateral truce offer by PJAK.
- Terms of PJAK ceasefire must be clarified: IRGC ISNA 06 Sep 2011 -- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in a statement called on the Iraqi Kurdish regional government to clarify the terms of the ceasefire presented by the PJAK terrorist group.
- DR Congo: UN condemns pre-election violence and urges dialogue UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC called on all parties in the upcoming elections to avoid actions that could jeopardize the smooth running of the polls.
- Darfur: UN steps up education after children are killed by unexploded ordnance UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- Peacekeepers serving with the joint UN-AU mission in Darfur will hold a public awareness campaign this week about the risks posed by unexploded ordnance.
- COTE D'IVOIRE-LIBERIA: Shoring up border security IRIN 06 Sep 2011 -- The Norwegian Refugee Council, which is managing refugee camps in Grand Gedeh County, is working to ensure refugee camps are apolitical and weapon-free.
- Cypriot leaders discuss property issues in UN-sponsored talks on reunification UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders held the first of two meetings this week devoted to property issues.
- PHILIPPINES: Concern over stalled Mindanao peace talks IRIN 06 Sep 2011 -- Aid workers and analysts have expressed concern after the Philippines' largest Muslim separatist group rejected a proposed peace deal relating to the island of Mindanao.
- Former Yugoslav army chief convicted by UN tribunal for war crimes UN News Centre 06 Sep 2011 -- The UN tribunal set up to prosecute the most serious offences committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s convicted Momčilo Perišić for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
- UN War Crimes Court Convicts Ex-Serbian Army General VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- The United Nations' war crimes tribunal has sentenced the former chief of staff of the Serbian army to 27 years in prison.
- UN Court Jails Former Yugoslav Army Chief Perisic For 27 Years RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- The UN war crimes tribunal has found the former chief of the Yugoslav army, Momcilo Perisic, guilty of murder, persecution, and attacks on civilians.
- ICRC Expects to Visit More Detainees in Syrian Jails VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- International Committee of the Red Cross: Syrian authorities have agreed to give Red Cross workers greater access to detainees.
- EU Considers Tighter Penalties on Syria VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- The European Union is moving to impose additional sanctions on Syria for the government's violent crackdown on dissent.
- Bahraini Court Hears Appeals of 21 Activists VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- An appeals court in Bahrain hearing the case of 21 activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the government says it will announce its verdict at the end of September.
- Mubarak's trial adjourned until September 7 - TV RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- The trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been adjourned until Wednesday, the Egyptian Nile TV channel reported.
- Pre-launch stage of Bushehr power plant on September 12 IRNA 06 Sep 2011 -- Iran’s first nuclear power plant in Bushehr will enter its pre-launch phase September 12.
- Bushehr to enter 'pre-launch phase' Sept. 12 - Iran RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- Iran's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr will enter its pre-launch phase on September 12.
- Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant connected to Iran Electricity Network IRNA 06 Sep 2011 -- Russian contractor of Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Reactor Atomstroyexport announced BNR is now connected to Iran’s Electricity Network.
- Iran offers IAEA "full supervision" of nuclear program RIA Novosti 06 Sep 2011 -- Iran is ready to allow the UN nuclear watchdog to fully supervise its nuclear activities for five years if sanctions against Tehran are lifted.
- Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA has exceeded the standards limit: Abbasi ISNA 06 Sep 2011 -- Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency Abbasi: Iran has fully cooperated with the IAEA so far and would accept no more obligations.
- Moslehi reports to Assembly of Experts on intel min performance IRNA 06 Sep 2011 -- Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said presented a report on performance of the Intelligence Ministry to the Assembly of Experts.
- Violence Reported in Harare as Mugabe Calls for Peace VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- President Robert Mugabe opened a new session of Zimbabwe’s parliament Tuesday saying there should be no more political violence.
- Burmese Government Establishes Human Rights Commission VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Burma's state media say the government has established a national human rights commission.
- Kyrgyz Politician Testifies That Bakiev Knew About Deadly Shootings RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- A Kyrgyz political leader said in court that former President Kurmanbek Bakiev was "aware" of the deadly shootings during clashes between protesters and security forces in 2010.
- Kyrgyz Presidential Candidates To Take Language Tests RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- The Kyrgyz Central Election Commission (BSK) says mandatory Kyrgyz-language tests for potential presidential candidates will begin on September 7.
- Haiti President Names Third Prime Minister Nominee VOA 06 Sep 2011 -- Haitian officials say President Michel Martelly has selected a recent top aide to former U.S. President Bill Clinton as his third nominee for prime minister.
- Armenian Officials Deny 2008 Election Rigged RFE/RL 06 Sep 2011 -- Armenian authorities has strongly denied a top U.S. diplomat's reported claims that the February 2008 presidential election was rigged in favor of Serzh Sarkisian, the ruling establishment's candidate.
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