25 October 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 25 Oct 2011 [PDF]
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 24 Oct 2011
- NATO may stay in Libya longer than planned - U.S. defense chief RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2011 -- NATO may not end its mission in Libya as early as planned, CNN quoted U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as saying on Tuesday.
- Combined Force Captures Insurgent Facilitator AFPS 25 Oct 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a facilitator for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist organization, along with two other suspected insurgents, in the Bangi district of Afghanistan's Takhar province yesterday, military officials reported.
- Germany to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014: minister IRNA 25 Oct 2011 -- Defense Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said here on Monday German soldiers would remain in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 date set by Berlin to transfer responsibility to Afghan forces.
- Opposition Grows To Next Stage Of U.S. Military Presence In Afghanistan RFE/RL 25 Oct 2011 -- The Afghan government is pushing for a draft agreement for a small, long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan - and one newly formed Afghan political group is pushing back.
- UAVs reaping benefits in Afghanistan UK MOD 25 Oct 2011 -- The RAF's Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the eyes in the sky keeping tabs on the insurgency in Afghanistan.
- Ex-president says no deal with US on drone strikes IRNA 25 Oct 2011 -- Former Pakistani president General (retd) Parvez Musharraf has said that he had never allowed US to strike into Pakistan with unmanned drones, a media report said on Tuesday.
- Chinook crews fly 'All Night Long' Army News 25 Oct 2011 -- Chinook helicopters with B Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, flew more than 1,100 hours moving personnel and cargo last month around Iraq.
- Official: Troops in Central Africa for Months, Not Years AFPS 25 Oct 2011 -- About a hundred U.S. troops being deployed to Central Africa will be there for months -- not years -- and only until the national armies of the region are capable of dismantling the terrorist group known as the Lord's Resistance Army, a senior Pentagon official told Congress members today.
- US Officials Expect Troops to Stay in Uganda for 'Months' VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- A U.S. House of Representatives panel heard testimony Tuesday on President Barack Obama's decision to deploy 100 troops to Central Africa to help the forces of Uganda and other countries fight the Lord Resistance Army, or LRA.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pentagon Monitors Thailand Flood Situation AFPS 25 Oct 2011 -- Defense officials are carefully monitoring the situation in Thailand as that nation faces the worst flooding it's had in more than 50 years.
- USS Wasp Concludes JSF Testing NNS 25 Oct 2011 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp returned to its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 21 after spending three weeks at sea hosting the initial sea trials of the F-35B Lightning II, Joint Strike Fighter.
- PCU Fort Worth Completes Sea Trials NNS 25 Oct 2011 -- Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Fort Worth (LCS 3) completed builder's sea trials on Lake Michigan, Oct. 24.
- Newest Navy Destroyer Arrives in San Diego NNS 25 Oct 2011 -- USS Spruance (DDG 111), the newest destroyer to join the Navy's Pacific Fleet, arrived in its homeport of San Diego for the first time Oct. 24.
- Recruiting Command accomplishes 2011 missions Army News 25 Oct 2011 -- The recruiters of Army Recruiting Command once again 'Provided the Strength' to America's Army. Maj. Gen. David L. Mann, commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, headquartered at Fort Knox, Ky., announced Oct. 21 that the command had accomplished its Fiscal Year 2011 missions with success.
- Army recruiters excel in medical, special missions in 2011 Army News 25 Oct 2011 -- When USAREC's Medical Recruiting Brigade was established in 2008, it achieved 43 of 72 medical specialty missions, called areas of concentration. In Fiscal Year 2011, the brigade closed 70 of 107 AOCs.
- THE LOST AND FOUND ART OF DECEPTION Army News 25 Oct 2011
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary Panetta and Japanese Minister of Defense Ichikawa in Tokyo, Japan DoD 25 Oct 2011 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Japanese Minister of Defense Yasuo Ichikawa
- Conference of American Armies kicks-off in Peru Army News 25 Oct 2011 -- The Conference of American Armies, comprised of armies from Caribbean, Central, North and South American countries, kicked off Monday in Lima, Peru.
- Force Recon builds trust, camaraderie during PHIBLEX USMC News 25 Oct 2011 -- Marines with Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, built trust between themselves and their Philippine Marine counterparts during the Amphibious Landing Exercise, Oct. 25.
- Nellis AFB F-15C crashes AFNS 25 Oct 2011 -- An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed at approximately 4:45 p.m. Oct. 24 on federal lands northwest of Alamo, Nev.
- Panetta Discusses Okinawa Issues During Japan Visit AFPS 25 Oct 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Japanese leaders discussed the relocation of U.S. forces on Okinawa and other security issues during a series of meetings here today.
- USS Philippine Sea Changes Command NNS 25 Oct 2011 -- USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) held a change of command ceremony on the flight deck in front of officers and crew, prior to pulling into port in Burgas, Bulgaria, Oct. 25.
- Billion-pound upgrade to armoured vehicles announced UK MOD 25 Oct 2011 -- The Prime Minister has today announced that the Army's Warrior infantry fighting vehicle will benefit from a £1bn upgrade.
- October 25, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 25 Oct 2011
- October 25, 2011 Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney en route San Francisco, California The White House 25 Oct 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for October 25, 2011
- Boeing Delivers US Navy's 12th C-40A Derivative Aircraft Boeing 25 Oct 2011 -- Boeing delivered the 12th C-40A aircraft to the U.S. Navy on Oct. 21. The Boeing 737-700 derivative was modified at the company's Wichita facility for troop and cargo transport missions.
- Boeing, Australian Army Graduate 100th Helicopter Pilot Boeing 25 Oct 2011 -- Boeing and the Australian Army today announced the graduation of the 100th helicopter pilot to earn their wings through the Helicopter Qualification Course delivered under the Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) program in Oakey.
- General Dynamics Awarded $367 Million to Produce Additional 177 Double-V-Hull Stryker Vehicles General Dynamics 25 Oct 2011 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, $367 million to produce and deliver an additional 177 Stryker combat vehicles equipped with double-V hulls (DVHs).
- General Dynamics Awarded $90 Million for Development of Advanced Submarine Technologies General Dynamics 25 Oct 2011 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $89.9 million U.S. Navy contract modification to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms.
- UK Ministry of Defence Selects Lockheed Martin UK for £642 Million ($1 Billion) Contract to Upgrade Warrior Vehicles Lockheed Martin 25 Oct 2011 -- The Ministry of Defence has selected Lockheed Martin UK to lead a £642 million ($1 billion) contract as part of the major £1 billion ($1.6 billion) upgrade of the British Army’s Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle.
- Northrop Grumman Demonstrates Advances in Ground Vehicle Protection Northrop Grumman 25 Oct 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully demonstrated advanced technologies for ground vehicle protection and situational awareness at the Camp Roberts range.
- US Marine Corps Orders Excalibur Rounds for Operational Use Raytheon 25 Oct 2011 -- The U.S. Marine Corps issued an urgent operational need for 1,037 Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) 155 mm Excalibur extended range, precision-guided artillery projectiles for use in Afghanistan.
- 25 October 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 25 Oct 2011
- UN panel urges Libya to probe detainee violations, commit to human rights UN News Centre 25 Oct 2011 -- The United Nations-ordered panel investigating human rights abuses in Libya today urged the country's interim authorities to undertake impartial investigations into allegations of violations of the rights of detainees in their custody, recommending they seek support from the international community.
- Gadhafi Buried in Secret Grave in Libyan Desert VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- Libya's ousted leader, Moammar Gadhafi, was buried before dawn Tuesday in a secret desert location five days after he was captured, killed and his slowly decomposing body put on public display in a meat locker in the city of Misrata.
- Iran congratulates Libyans on full liberation of their country IRNA 25 Oct 2011 -- IRI Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi in a message addressed to Head of Libyan Transitional Council Mustafa Abdul Jalil congratulated Libyan nation's victory and full liberation of Libya.
- Gaddafi killed similar to Osama bin Laden: Ahmadinejad ISNA 25 Oct 2011 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Gaddafi's killing was similar to the same story happened to Osama bin Laden.
- OPT: New projects to ease Gaza housing crisis IRIN 25 Oct 2011 -- In response to a growing housing crisis in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), several new building projects have been initiated by the Hamas-led government, and thousands of families have begun purchasing properties in new communities, officials say.
- In Brief: Burmese displacement continues unabated, report says IRIN 25 Oct 2011 -- More Burmese have been displaced over the past year than in any other since 2002, the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), an umbrella group of NGOs working along the border, said in its annual survey released on 25 October.
- Kenyan Lawmaker Defends Somalia Incursion VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- In an interview Tuesday with VOA's Somali Service, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Farah Moallim said the comments of Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed do not reflect the interest of the Somali people.
- Darfur: UN peacekeeping chief urges more efforts to include rebels in peace process UN News Centre 25 Oct 2011 -- While important progress has been made in the peace process in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region, more needs to be done to bring on board rebel groups who are still fighting the Government, the United Nations peacekeeping chief warned today.
- US, North Korea 'Narrow Differences' in Geneva Talks VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- The State Department said Tuesday U.S. and North Korean officials narrowed their differences on resuming Chinese-sponsored six-party negotiations on Pyongyang's nuclear program in a two-day set of talks in Geneva. But, U.S. officials say there were no breakthroughs and that the process will take some time.
- Uranium Program is Eyed as US-North Korea Talks Continue VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- The United States and North Korea sat down for a second day of nuclear talks in Geneva Tuesday, with attention focusing on Pyongyang's recently revealed uranium enrichment program.
- KCNA on U.S. Diplomatic Chief and DPRK's Human Rights Record KCNA 25 Oct 2011 -- The United States' accusations against the DPRK over its "human rights record" never cease.
- Li Keqiang Returns Home KCNA 25 Oct 2011 -- Li Keqiang, vice-premier of the State Council of China, flew back home after paying an official goodwill visit to the DPRK at the invitation of the C.C., Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government.
- Sino-DPRK Friendship, Treasure Common to Two Peoples: Li Keqiang KCNA 25 Oct 2011 -- I was pleased to pay an official goodwill visit to the DPRK, said Li Keqiang, vice-premier of the State Council of China.
- Rodong Sinmun on Steadily Developing DPRK-China Friendship KCNA 25 Oct 2011 -- The DPRK-China friendship, the history of which has steadily continued through generations century after century, will grow stronger by joint efforts of the parties, governments and peoples of the two countries.
- Syrian Government Accused of Targeting Protesters in Hospitals VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- The Syrian government has turned hospitals into instruments of repression in its efforts to crush opposition, according to a new report by the London-based human rights group Amnesty International. Amnesty says wounded patients in at least four government-run hospitals have been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including by medical workers.
- Security Forces, Deserters Clash in Syria VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- Syrian security forces have clashed with suspected army deserters on a road in northwestern Syria.
- Top U.S. Treasury Official In Europe For Talks On Sanctioning Iranian Central Bank RFE/RL 25 Oct 2011 -- 'Iran needs to be held accountable for this plot.' That is the message being delivered this week in Europe by David Cohen - the U.S. Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and the man responsible for overseeing sanctions against Iran - in the wake of an alleged plot by the Persian Gulf country to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador on U.S. soil.
- New UN report says criminals may have laundered $1.6 trillion in 2009 UN News Centre 25 Oct 2011 -- Criminals may have laundered around $1.6 trillion in 2009, one fifth of that coming from the illicit drug trade, according to a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- DPP unconvinced by Ma's '10 assurances' on peace pact idea CNA 25 Oct 2011 -- Opposition leaders said Tuesday they were not at all convinced by President Ma Ying-jeou's '10 assurances' for the signing a possible peace agreement with mainland China.
- Gunfire, Explosions Heard After Yemeni Troops, Rivals Declare Ceasefire VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- Yemen's government and forces loyal to a dissident general declared a ceasefire Tuesday, but residents in the capital said they later heard explosions and gunfire. Several previous truce accords have failed to hold.
- Islamic Party Claims Victory in Tunisia Election VOA 25 Oct 2011 -- Moderate Islamists claimed victory on Monday in Tunisia's first democratic election, sending a message to other states in the region that long-sidelined Islamists are challenging for power after the 'Arab Spring,' October 24, 2011.
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