19 September 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 19 Sep 2011 [PDF]
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 18 Sep 2011
- RAF aircraft engage pro-Gaddafi troops in Libya UK MOD 19 Sep 2011 -- RAF aircraft have, over the weekend, successfully engaged pro-Gaddafi forces and military targets in Libya as part of NATO's efforts to enforce UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.
- Troops Kill, Detain Insurgents, Seize Cache AFPS 19 Sep 2011 -- Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent, detained one suspect and seized a weapons cache during separate operations across Regional Command East in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.
- Lifeline: Marine KC-130Js resupply the fight in Afghanistan USMC News 19 Sep 2011 -- When supplies run thin at forward operating bases peppering the Helmand River valley, reassurance often comes with the strong hum of a Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules.
- Operation Ammunition Clean Sweep clears away hazardous munitions Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- Afghanistan] enabler that not only facilitates the warfighters' freedom to act, but enhances their force protection as well,' said Col. Michel M. Russell, 401st AFSB commander.
- EODGRU 1 Completes Eight-Month JTF Troy Mission in Baghdad NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 returned to Naval Air Station, North Island, Calif., Sept. 18.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Senior leaders: B-2 has a bright future ahead AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Senior leaders from across the Air Force visited here last week to discuss the future of the B-2 Spirit bomber.
- AF officials announce civilian early retirement, separation incentive options AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The Air Force is implementing civilian Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay programs, Air Force officials announced today.
- F-22 fleet to resume flight operations AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz have recently approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that will allow the F-22 Raptor to resume flight operations after a four-month stand down.
- SECAF addresses state of the Air Force AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley addressed hundreds of Airmen, sister service members and industry leaders during the Air Force Association's 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here, Sept. 19.
- DOD Set for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal AFPS 19 Sep 2011 -- The repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law is slated to take effect tomorrow, a senior Defense Department official told reporters.
- Obama Proposes TRICARE Changes AFPS 19 Sep 2011 -- Military retirees would pay an annual fee for TRICARE-for-Life health insurance and TRICARE pharmacy co-payments would be restructured under the deficit reduction plan President Barack Obama released.
- George Washington Returns to Sea NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS George Washington returned to sea Sept. 19 to continue her 2011 patrol after three weeks at her forward operating port of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.
- Ordnance School ceremony signals end of BRAC Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- As the construction equipment has all but disappeared from the Fort Lee landscape, it signifies that the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiatives have come to an end. For the Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee, the past few years marked the single largest period of expansion since World War II.
- Army receives 76 acquisition review panel recommendations Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- The much-anticipated Army Acquisition Review hones in on the current processes for determining requirements, resourcing, and acquisition -- 'Big A' acquisition -- and provides what the Army has said will be a blueprint for improvements over the next two years.
- Shower Water Reuse System to be force multiplier at FOBs Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- With budgets falling and thousands of troops scheduled to redeploy back home, commanders in the field are striving to become more efficient with resource-saving measures such as the Shower Water Reuse System.
- Rehearsing for war: Marines of 'America's Battalion' train for Afghan battlefield USMC News 19 Sep 2011 -- Storming through the desert on helicopters and tracked vehicles, the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, practiced counterinsurgency operations during Exercise Clear, Hold, Build 2 at Range 210 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., from Aug. 14 to 19.
- MUSIC integrates unmanned, manned aircraft Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- The Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter conducted an exercise showcasing advancements made in aircraft interoperability, referred to as the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability, or MUSIC, Exercise at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, today.
- Rescue squadron returns home from concurrent deployments AFNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Approximately 60 members of the 56th Rescue Squadron returned here Sept. 15, after back-to-back deployments in support of two different operations that had them away from home for more than nine months.
- USS Carr Completes 6th Fleet Deployment NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS Carr concluded a three-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet, Sept. 19, returning to her homeport of Norfolk, Va.
- USS Boone Returns from Twilight Deployment NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS Boone returned to homeport at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Sept. 18 following a six-month deployment in support of Southern Seas 2011 and counter illicit trafficking operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
- Gettysburg Departs Bahrain NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- The USS Gettysburg departed Bahrain Sept. 6 after a six-day port visit.
- Frank Cable Divers Receive New Support Vessel NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Divers assigned to submarine tender USS Frank Cable became some of the first in the Navy to receive one of two new 50-foot Armstrong Marine custom dive support vessels Sept. 19.
- Welcoming ceremony greets Army Reserve crew and vessel Army News 19 Sep 2011 -- U.S. Army Reservists from the 9th Mission Support Command sailed into port, here, Aug 19, after a lengthy journey from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
- Destroyer Squadron 26 Departs for Joint Warrior 11-2 NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Commander, Destroyer Squadron 26, embarked aboard the USS Arleigh Burke, departed Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Sept. 16 to participate in the multinational exercise Joint Warrior 11-2 off the coast of Scotland.
- Gulfport Seabees End First Construction Phase on Inert Ordnance Storage Facility NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 completed Phase I of a construction project Sept. 18, during their 10-month homeport, for the Navy Munitions Command at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla.
- NAVFAC Southwest Awards $40 Million Contract for Training Facility NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest awarded a contract for the design of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Sept. 12 to Harper Construction Company Inc. of San Diego.
- Navy Awards Contract to Replace Fuel Pier at Craney Island NNS 19 Sep 2011 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic awarded a $28.8 million contract Sept. 12 to McLean Contracting Company of Glen Burnie, Md., to replace Fuel Pier D at Craney Island, Va.
- Taiwan eying acquisition of F-35 fighters: deputy defense minister CNA 19 Sep 2011 -- Taiwan would be pleased if the United States has indeed agreed to help upgrade its fleet of F-16 A/B jet fighters, and plans to move toward procuring the even more sophisticated F-35 model in the future, Taiwan's Deputy Defense Minister Andrew Yang said in Richmond Sunday.
- U.S. arms sale decision not yet a done deal: defense minister CNA 19 Sep 2011 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu on Monday denied reports that the United States will not offer Taiwan F-16 C/D jet fighters as part of a new arms package, saying he had not received any official information to that effect.
- Center 2011 military exercises to kick off in CSTO member states RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2011 -- The Center 2011 strategic military exercises of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are starting on Monday in Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
- Sri Lanka-India joint Naval exercise begins IRNA 19 Sep 2011 -- A joint exercise of Sri Lankan and Indian naval forces started Monday in the eastern seas off Trincomalee to enhance interoperability of the two navies.
- Azerbaijan to build 60 pilotless spy planes for its army RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2011 -- Azerbaijan's armed forces will take delivery of 60 Orbiter and Aerostar unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) by the end of this year, the Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA) said on Monday quoting military sources.
- Minister urges implementation of S-300 systems deal IRNA 19 Sep 2011 -- Defense minister Brigadier Ahmad Vahidi said Monday that Russia should fulfil its previously made commitments on delivering the S-300 missiles to Iran.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and OMB Director Jack Lew The White House 19 Sep 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for September 19, 2011
- BAE Systems to Provide Critical Mine Protection for Soldiers BAE Systems 19 Sep 2011 -- BAE Systems recently received a $9 million contract from U.S. Army TACOM to produce and deliver nine 2nd generation International Light Armored Vehicles (ILAV). The ILAV is a 4x4 v-shaped hull, mine protected vehicle used in several countries to fulfill a variety of roles.
- BAE Systems, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Partner to Pursue U.S. Air Force T-X Contract BAE Systems 19 Sep 2011 -- BAE Systems, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation today announced an exclusive strategic partnership to compete in the U.S. Air Force's 'T-X' program for the replacement of the aging T-38 trainer with BAE Systems' Hawk Advanced Jet Training System (AJTS). BAE Systems, Inc. will prime this pursuit and Northrop Grumman will serve as the manufacturing partner for the new Hawk aircraft.
- Boeing, AAR Aircraft Component Services to Collaborate on Royal Netherlands Air Force Rotorcraft Support Boeing 19 Sep 2011 -- The Boeing Company and AAR Aircraft Component Services -- Amsterdam have signed a letter of intent to cooperate on component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities to support Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) rotorcraft operations.
- CACI Awarded $33.6 Million Task Order to Provide Irregular Warfare Technologies Support for U.S. Navy CACI 19 Sep 2011 -- CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded a $33.6 million task order to provide information operations as well as engineering, technical, and programmatic support services for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division's (NSWC Crane) Irregular Warfare Technologies Division.
- F-35 Program Completes Static Structural Testing Lockheed Martin 19 Sep 2011 -- Lockheed Martin's F-35 program has successfully completed static structural testing, achieving one of five milestones established by the Joint Program Office for 2011.
- Northrop Grumman Launches Army's Tactical Logistics Enterprise Resource Planning at Fort Bliss Northrop Grumman 19 Sep 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's support to the Global Combat Support System-Army (GCSS-Army) has allowed the system to enter the production phase of the program with the successful deployment at Fort Bliss, Texas.
- ATK Delivers First Satellite Structures and Tanks for Air Force GPS III Satellites ATK 19 Sep 2011 -- ATK delivered the first two A2100 composite satellite structures and the first ship set of propellant tanks for the GPS III satellites Lockheed Martin is building for the U.S. Air Force.
- Raytheon's Air and Missile Defense Radar Modules Excel During Testing Raytheon 19 Sep 2011 -- Raytheon Company's transmit/receive (T/R) modules for the U.S. Navy's Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program have passed a significant developmental testing milestone. Raytheon's Gallium Nitride modules exceeded Navy-specified requirements for extended, measured performance, demonstrating no degradation after more than 1,000 hours of testing.
- Raytheon Fields First AEHF Satellite Communications Terminals to Tactical Units Raytheon 19 Sep 2011 -- Raytheon Company fielded the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Secure Mobile Anti-jam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T) satellite communications solution to the U.S. armed services.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President, 19 September 2011 United Nations 19 Sep 2011
- Libyan Forces Capture Parts of Key Gadhafi Stronghold VOA 19 Sep 2011 -- Libya's interim government says its forces have captured the airport and other locations in the southern desert city of Sabha, one of ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi's last remaining strongholds.
- Libya's NTC Fighters Beaten Back by Gadhafi Loyalists VOA 19 Sep 2011 -- Libya's provisional authority fighters are facing continued resistance in Moammar Gadhafi's remaining strongholds, a day after National Transitional Council leaders delayed announcing a new government.
- Abbas: Palestinians Submitting Statehood Bid Friday VOA 19 Sep 2011 -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Monday he will formally submit an application for Palestinian membership in the United Nations on Friday. Mr. Abbas met U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as U.S. and European diplomats continued efforts to re-start direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and prevent a political clash at the U.N.
- France offers compromise over Palestine's UN bid RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2011 -- Paris is to offer Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas a compromise plan for the Palestinian Authority to gain non-full UN member status, in a bid to avert a showdown that could kill off the faltering Middle East peace process, the London-based Arabic-language paper al-Hayat said on Monday.
- Israeli, Palestinian Officials Meet VOA 19 Sep 2011 -- Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials have held talks ahead of a planned Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, as top diplomats from the United States and Europe push to avert a showdown that could crush already dim Mideast peace prospects.
- Syrian Activists Say 5 Killed in Homs Province VOA 19 Sep 2011 -- Syrian rights activists say security forces have killed five people during raids on anti-government protesters in the central Homs province.
- Ban opens UN forum with call for enhanced global cooperation against terrorism UN News Centre 19 Sep 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off a counter-terrorism forum with a call for strengthening the collective resolve to defeat a menace that affects all nations and to build a safer world for all.
- India develops spent fuel automation system for nuclear plants IRNA 19 Sep 2011 -- India's primary nuclear research facility has designed and developed the first advanced automation system to transfer the spent fuel bundles of Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) for nuclear reprocessing plants.
- Anti-nuclear Protesters March In Japan VOA 19 Sep 2011 -- Anti-nuclear activists marched in Japan Monday to build momentum for their movement.
- Iran urges IAEA to restore past credit, avoid selective measures IRNA 19 Sep 2011 -- Iran has called on members of the International Atomic Energy Agency to try to restore the body's past credit as an independent and indiscriminatory referrence and avoid making selective measures.
- Iran calls for cooperation with Russia in energy RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2011 -- Iranian-Russian energy relations should be cooperative, not competitive, Iran's Supreme National Council head said on Monday.
- Yemen: Ban condemns excessive force against unarmed protesters UN News Centre 19 Sep 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the 'excessive use of force' by Yemeni Government security forces against unarmed protesters, resulting in scores of people killed and many more injured in the past few days.
- Yemen Clashes Intensify as Political Mediation Teeters VOA 19 Sep 2011 -- Fighting engulfed parts of Yemen's capital Sana'a Monday as forces loyal to embattled President Ali Abdallah Saleh clashed with military units who have joined the opposition. Mediation efforts by the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations appear to be meeting resistance.
- Yemen: 20 People Reported Killed By Pro-Government Snipers RFE/RL 19 Sep 2011 -- Medical and security officials in Yemen say pro-regime forces - including snipers firing from rooftops - have killed at least 20 more protesters in the capital.
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