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26 December 2011 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

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Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • Raytheon Awarded $122 Million for Standard Missile-3 Raytheon 26 Dec 2011 -- Raytheon Company received a $122.5 million contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for continued development of Standard Missile-3 Block IA and IB programs. Under this modification, Raytheon will provide SM-3 design and engineering, in service engineering support, production engineering, surveillance and flight test support, and transition to production.

Other Conflicts

  • Fresh Syria Violence With Arab Observers On Way RFE/RL 26 Dec 2011 -- Activists say at least 20 people were killed when Syrian security forces shelled residential areas of the flashpoint city of Homs in the hours ahead of the reported arrival of dozens of Arab League monitors hopeful of the end of the violence.
  • UN urges South Sudan to act now to avert large-scale violence in Jonglei UN News Centre 26 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations today urged South Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Jonglei state after reports identified thousands of armed youth preparing to attack a rival community.

News Reports

  • New North Korean Leader Meets Key South Korean Delegation VOA 26 Dec 2011 -- Newly-anointed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Monday in Pyongyang with a private delegation of prominent South Koreans, in his first public encounter with foreign visitors since the death of his father was announced last week.
  • New North Korean Leader Assumes Another Top Post VOA 26 Dec 2011 -- North Korea's leading state-run newspaper indicated Monday that Kim Jong Il's heir has assumed another top post.
  • China, Japan Urge Stability on Korean Peninsula VOA 26 Dec 2011 -- The leaders of China and Japan have reaffirmed their commitment to stability on the Korean peninsula, as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda Monday ended a two-day visit to Beijing.
  • South Korean Civilian Delegations Head North for Kim Funeral VOA 26 Dec 2011 -- Two small South Korean civilian delegations have crossed the border on their way to Pyongyang to pay condolences after the death of long-time leader Kim Jong Il. With the state funeral just days away, North Korean state television has been in overdrive to promote Kim Jong Il's younger son and successor, Kim Jong Un, as a great military leader - despite his lack of experience.
  • President: Big powers intriguing regional states to suppress people IRNA 26 Dec 2011 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the bullying powers are intriguing some regional countries to suppress their nations.
  • Iran vows to counter 'US covert war' RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2011 -- Iran has capability to disrupt any military plots the U.S. may seek to implement against it, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Monday.
  • UN, Iraq Agree Camp Ashraf Plan RFE/RL 26 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations has signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to move a group of Iranian exiles who have been living for years in a camp in northeastern Iraq.
  • U.S. Welcomes UN, Iraqi Deal On Ashraf's Iran Exiles RFE/RL 26 Dec 2011 -- The United States has welcomed a freshly inked agreement between the United Nations and Iraq on the fate of a group of Iranian exiles who have been living for years in northeastern Iraq.
  • UN and Iraq sign agreement to relocate thousands of Iranian exiles UN News Centre 26 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations and the Government of Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding to relocate thousands of Iranian exiles living in a camp in the north-eastern part of the country.
  • Troops Fire Weapons in Guinea Bissau Capital VOA 26 Dec 2011 -- There is a heavy military presence in Guinea Bissau's capital after reports that factions within the military opened fire, prompting the prime minister to seek refuge in a foreign embassy.
  • Pakistan government criticizes spy chief in memo case IRNA 26 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan Government on Monday criticized country's spy chief in a case related to a memo allegedly written to former US army chief seeking US support to avert a military takeover, a media report said here Monday.
  • Launch of Russian Proton-M carrier rocket postponed RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2011 -- The launch of a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with a Dutch telecommunications satellite SES-4 (NSS-14) onboard was called off on Monday due to 'technical problems', a spokesman for the Khrunichev State Research and Production Center said.
  • Russia's lost Phobos-Grunt to fall in Afghanistan – U.S. military RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2011 -- Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft bound for Mars and stuck in an orbit around Earth will fall in southwestern Afghanistan on January 14, the U.S. Strategic Command said on Monday.

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