03 October 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 02 Oct 2011
- RFA Fort Rosalie finishes her Libya mission UK MOD 03 Oct 2011 -- The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel Fort Rosalie has completed her tasking under Operation ELLAMY, the UK's contribution to international efforts to protect Libyan civilians from attack by the former Gaddafi regime.
- California Guardsmen train Iraqis on HEMTT fuel trucks Army News 03 Oct 2011 -- American Soldiers here recently conducted a week-long class to train fellow Iraqi Army personnel how to operate heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks in preparation for the upcoming assumption of operations by Iraqi Security Forces at the Camp Taji airfield.
- Aviation battalion successfully transitions Diamondback Army News 03 Oct 2011 -- More than 400 installations in Iraq have already been transitioned from American to Iraqi control -- but until the transfer of forward Operating Base Diamondback, none of those handovers had been completed by an aviation unit.
- DOD Identifies Unit for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation DoD 03 Oct 2011-- The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, as part of an upcoming rotation of forces to Afghanistan.
- NATO Uses 'Four Pillar' Approach to Field Afghan Police AFPS 03 Oct 2011 -- For NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, success in fielding Afghanistan's national police force stands on four pillars, the general in charge of the effort said last week.
- 82nd Airborne begins mission in Southern Afghanistan Army News 03 Oct 2011 -- Maj. Gen. James L. Terry, outgoing commander of Regional Command South, cased the 10th Mountain Division colors and officially handed over command to Maj. Gen. James L. Huggins Jr., 82nd Airborne Division and new RC(S) commander, during a transition of authority ceremony Saturday on Kandahar Airfield.
- Game of Chicken: US, Afghan troops take back road held by Taliban Army News 03 Oct 2011 -- U.S. Soldiers took part in Operation Fairbanks, a route clearing and base building mission, in collaboration with Afghan National Security Forces in Zabul province Sept. 17-21 to reclaim a road between Qalat, the provincial capital, and Mizan, the Mizan district capital, held by the Taliban for the past year.
- ISAF bridges new road toward change for Faryab citizens Army News 03 Oct 2011 -- Motorcyclists, compact cars full of passengers, and trucks loaded with produce detoured around U.S. Army construction vehicles - a temporary delay for a faster commute in the future.
- Fighting Still Rages in Afghanistan 10 Years After US-Led Invasion VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- The U.S. and other NATO forces on October 7, 2001 attacked al-Qaida extremists and their Taliban allies in Afghanistan, less than a month after the September 11 terrorist attacks. That military operation drove the Taliban from power. But the conflict that began so promisingly 10 years ago is still going on - the longest war in U.S. history.
- Key Haqqani Leader: US Asked Us to Quit Violence, Join Afghan Govt VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- A key Afghan insurgent leader says the United States has contacted his militant group to encourage it to abandon violence and join the Afghan government.
- Force Captures Senior Haqqani Leader in Afghanistan AFPS 03 Oct 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured the Haqqani network's senior leader in Afghanistan during a security operation in the Jani Khel district of Afghanistan's Paktia province, military officials reported.
- Germany's Afghan mission could cost up to 22b euros: study IRNA 03 Oct 2011 -- Germany's military operation in Afghanistan could cost up to 22 billion euros by the time it ends in late 2014, according to a study released Moday by the Berlin-based German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).
- Oxfam: Rights Of Women At Risk in Afghanistan RFE/RL 03 Oct 2011 -- Oxfam says the rights of women in Afghanistan could be at risk as international troops get set to withdraw and the government looks to secure a peace deal with the Taliban.
- Pakistan denies involvement in envoy Rabbani assassination RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan has rejected as 'baseless' allegations from Afghan officials that its intelligence agency ISI was behind the assassination of Kabul's chief peace negotiator with the Taliban.
- Pakistan Rebukes Afghan Accusation on Peace Envoy Killing VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- Pakistan is strongly denying Afghan accusations of involvement in the killing of Afghanistan's former president and senior peace envoy. Meanwhile, Pakistan's government is offering to open talks with militant groups that renounce violence.
Defense Policy / Programs
- F-35B Completes Successful Initial Shipboard Vertical Landing Aboard USS WASP USMC News 03 Oct 2011 -- The Navy and Marine Corps Team made more remarkable naval aviation history today as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp's (LHD-1) flight deck, the first at sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps' F-35 JSF version.
- Ohio Visits Subic Bay during Western Pacific Deployment NNS 03 Oct 2011 -- The Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrived in Subic Bay Oct. 1 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
- SPAWAR Establishes Fleet Readiness Directorate NNS 03 Oct 2011 -- With a renewed focus on command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) installations and fleet maintenance support, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) established the fleet readiness directorate (FRD) Oct. 1.
- USS Cheyenne Returns from Western Pacific Deployment NNS 03 Oct 2011 -- Los Angeles-class submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Sept. 30 from a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.
- NMCB 3 Takes Lead on Building West Coast Seabee Technical Trainer NNS 03 Oct 2011 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 began construction on a training complex Sept. 27 that will enable Seabee battalions to conduct training specific to their deployment missions' demands.
- Bataan ARG Holds Safety Pause After Six Months of Deployment NNS 03 Oct 2011 -- Sailors aboard the three ships assigned to the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) held a safety pause to reflect on ways to maintain a high standard of readiness and safety throughout the remainder of deployment, Sept. 26.
- Germantown Prepares for Amphibious Training Exercises NNS 03 Oct 2011 -- Forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) departed Okinawa, Japan Oct. 1, to commence a patrol of the Western Pacific region after embarking elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
- Surface Ship Community Pilots Integrated Project Teams on all Waterfronts NNS 03 Oct 2011 -- The commander of Navy Regional Maintenance Center (CNRMC) kicked off the initial Integrated Project Team Development (IPTD) event for USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Va. Sept. 13-16.
- AFCENT officials increase energy efficiency in deployed locations AFNS 03 Oct 2011 -- Initiatives to save energy are not just limited to bases in the United States. In deployed locations, saving energy is a top priority, as well.
- Prime BEEF squadron combines Air Force, Army engineers AFNS 03 Oct 2011 -- In today's joint operating environment, service members from different military branches are routinely unified to complete a mission.
- Air Force Targets Heat Plants for Energy Savings AFNS 03 Oct 2011 -- Engineers at the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., are on a mission to help save facility energy across the Air Force. One target is central heat plants, which have miles of distribution lines and are known to be inefficient according to Tom Adams, an AFCESA mechanical engineer. He has evaluated heat plants across the Air Force and says some of the 50-year-old structures are only 50 percent efficient.
- Panetta: Political Shifts Offer Challenges, Opportunities AFPS 03 Oct 2011 -- The people of Israel can be confident in America's enduring commitment to their freedom and security, especially during this time of dramatic change in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said today.
- Officials Aim to Manage TRICARE Costs, Preserve Future Benefits AFPS 03 Oct 2011 -- Modest increases to certain aspects of military health care will help to responsibly manage costs and ensure benefits for future service members, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today.
- Dempsey Settles in as Chairman Behind MacArthur's Desk AFPS 03 Oct 2011 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took some time today, his first Monday on the job, to speak with Pentagon reporters.
- Marine Corps installations fall under a new command USMC News 03 Oct 2011 -- The Marine Corps has a new centralized command system for its regional commands according to Marine Administration Message 575/11. The new command, Marine Corps Installations Command, went into effect Oct. 1 and will be activated during the General Officer Symposium Oct. 12.
- A Commander's vision - 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade trains for the fight Army News 03 Oct 2011 -- Given the Army's high operational pace, combat security, the collection of intelligence and long range surveillance (LRS) communications must be integrated to provide commanders on the battlefield with real time information regarding current situations and educated assessments of what lies ahead.
- Secretary General Sets Stage for NATO Defense Ministers Meeting AFPS 03 Oct 2011 -- NATO defense ministers will discuss operations in Libya, Afghanistan and Kosovo, as well as the need for the alliance to increase its capabilities, when they meet in Brussels later this week, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today.
- NATO optimistic over European missile shield RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- NATO's missile shield for Europe is gradually becoming a reality, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.
- Russia, U.S. will agree on missile defense data exchange system - U.S. envoy RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- Russia and the United States will sign an agreement on the information exchange system of the European missile defense shield during the NATO-Russia Council summit in Chicago in May 2012, Ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle said in an interview with Russian business daily Kommersant.
- Russia vows maximum efforts to scrap chemical weapons RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- Russia will do everything possible to destroy as soon as possible its remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
- Russia's Glonass Satellite Navigation System Hits Major Milestone RFE/RL 03 Oct 2011 -- A Soyuz booster rocket has successfully lifted a satellite for Moscow's prestige Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) into orbit, marking an important success for a project the Kremlin hopes will rival the United States' GPS and Europe's Galileo systems.
- October 3, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 03 Oct 2011
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney The White House 03 Oct 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for October 03, 2011
- Boeing FAB-T Demonstrates High-Data-Rate Communications with AEHF Satellite Test Terminal Boeing 03 Oct 2011 -- Boeing today announced that it has successfully demonstrated high-data-rate transmissions between a Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) system and a test terminal for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite.
- Raytheon Enhances Dimensional Aspect of the "See and Avoid" Picture for UAS Operators and Controllers Raytheon 03 Oct 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has developed and patented a low-cost radar technology that will, for the first time, provide both military and civil air traffic controllers with the capability to avoid airborne hazards around unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which costs the Pentagon millions in damaged aircraft.
- U.S. Army to procure 56 Sentinel Battlefield Radars from ThalesRaytheonSystems Thales 03 Oct 2011 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems today announced that the U.S. Army will procure 56 Improved Sentinel Battlefield Air Defense AN/MPQ-64 Radars. ThalesRaytheonSystems has already delivered more than 220 radars to customers worldwide. The company is working with several allied nations to leverage the current production to meet their sensing requirements.
- 3 October 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 03 Oct 2011
- Thousands of Residents Flee Sirte As Anti-Qaddafi Forces Prepare Offensive RFE/RL 03 Oct 2011 -- Thousands of people are fleeing the hometown of ousted Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi as anti-Qaddafi forces prepare a major offensive against the besieged city of 70,000.
- Libya's Interim Prime Minister Sets Plans to Step Down VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- Libya's interim prime minister said he would leave his post once Moammar Gadhafi's hometown is captured as the National Transitional Council Monday re-appointed most of its top figures. Meanwhile, fighters loyal to the TNC prepared to launch a final assault on the former leader's enclave of Sirte.
- Israel Offers Panetta No New Commitments on Peace VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta received no new promises from Israeli leaders after he urged them to do more to make peace with the Palestinians and improve relations with other nations in the region.
- US Defense Chief Warns Israel Against Isolation VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East amid the ongoing upheaval that has swept across the region this year.
- UN official highlights impact of democracy and rule of law on advancing disarmament UN News Centre 03 Oct 2011 -- The twin forces of democracy and the rule of law can help advance progress on disarmament and positively impact the work of the United Nations committee that deals with the issue, a top United Nations official said today.
- Fate of disappeared still an issue in Republic of the Congo – UN UN News Centre 03 Oct 2011 -- The legacy of internal fighting in the Republic of the Congo over a decade ago still lingers on, with the fate of those who disappeared remaining a mystery, a United Nations human rights panel said today.
- Rwanda: UN war crimes tribunal convicts two former government ministers UN News Centre 03 Oct 2011 -- Two former government ministers in Rwanda have been convicted by a United Nations war crimes tribunal and each sentenced to 30 years in prison for their roles in the genocide that engulfed the small African nation in 1994.
- ICC to Investigate Alleged Crimes in Ivory Coast's Conflict VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- A spokesman for the International Criminal Court (ICC) says the court's chief prosecutor will soon begin an investigation into alleged human rights abuses committed during the conflict in Ivory Coast.
- SUDAN-SOUTH SUDAN: What the analysts are saying post-secession IRIN 03 Oct 2011 -- It is two months since the euphoria surrounding South Sudan's peaceful secession from the north after decades of civil war, but violence in the border regions has flared since May. In a split still lacking clarity over border demarcations and the division of resources, several reports have outlined escalating tensions that have killed scores of people and pushed tens of thousands to leave their homes.
- Tbilisi wants Russia to sign non-use of force agreement RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- Georgia will urge Russia to sign an agreement that it will not use force against it and ask the international community to place observers in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Dzhaglania said on Monday.
- Syrian Authorities Seize Smuggled Weapons VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- Syria says authorities have seized a cache of weapons smuggled into the country from neighboring Turkey.
- US Tries Women Accused of Funding Somali Terror Group VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- The trial has begun for two American women charged with raising money and recruiting fighters for the Somali militant group al-Shabab.
- Nigeria Pursuing Link Between Al-Qaida, Boko Haram VOA 03 Oct 2011 -- Nigeria's government says Islamic militants in northern states are linked to al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists in the Sahel and in Somalia.
- SOMALIA: Somaliland in first humanitarian mission to Mogadishu IRIN 03 Oct 2011 -- A humanitarian delegation from the Republic of Somaliland donated relief aid for 9,000 drought-displaced families in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, during a visit on 30 September, the first such visit since the region declared unilateral independence from the rest of the country in 1991.
- France calls for Security Council to monitor Yemen crisis RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- France called on the UN United Nations Security Council to closely monitor the situation in Yemen and make a strong statement on any outbreak of violence in the country, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said on Monday.
- UN refugee chief calls for greater efforts to avert humanitarian crises UN News Centre 03 Oct 2011 -- The head of the United Nations refugee agency today called on the international community to ramp up its efforts to pre-empt humanitarian crises, citing the current deadly famine in Somalia as an example of a lack of both foresight and of means to take preventive action.
- ICC authorizes probe into post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 03 Oct 2011 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) today authorized its prosecutor to probe alleged abuses committed during the recent post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire – the seventh investigation in Africa and the first in a State that is not party to the treaty that set up the Court.
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