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30 December 2011 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Saudi Arabia to purchase 84 F-15SA, upgrade current F-15 fleet AFNS 30 Dec 2011 -- Air Force officials announced the next chapter in a partnership with the Royal Saudi Air Force as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently signed a $29.4 billion Foreign Military Sales Letter of Offer and Acceptance solidifying their plans to purchase 84 F-15SA fighter aircraft and upgrade their current fleet of 70 F-15S aircraft to the SA configuration.
  • Panetta, South Korean Counterpart Pledge Close Cooperation AFPS 30 Dec 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his South Korean counterpart, Minister of Defense Kim Kwan-jin, discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula during a telephone conversation yesterday evening.
  • Team Concludes Agent Orange Investigation in South Korea AFPS 30 Dec 2011 -- A joint U.S.-South Korean investigation team announced that it discovered no evidence of Agent Orange during its probe into claims that the toxic defoliant was buried on Camp Carroll.
  • Locklear Nominated as Next Pacom Commander AFPS 30 Dec 2011 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama has nominated Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III for reappointment to the rank of admiral and for assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Pilots train on new AH-64D Apache Army News 30 Dec 2011 -- A new helicopter is coming to the Block. The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, is the first unit in the Army to have their entire fleet of Apache helicopters replaced with the comprehensively upgraded Apache (AH-64D) Block III beginning in February.
  • New home for the Armor School at Fort Benning Army News 30 Dec 2011 -- Soldiers of the U.S. Army Armor School arrived at their new home, Ft. Benning, Ga., to state-of-the-art barracks, dining facilities, headquarters, instructional and maintenance facilities customized especially for them. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, completed a $1.5 billion construction program, mostly in the Harmony Church training area, in preparation for the Soldiers' arrival.
  • USS Carl Vinson Departs Hong Kong NNS 30 Dec 2011 -- Sailors assigned to Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 departed Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor Dec. 30 after a three-day port visit.
  • Republic of Korea Consulate General Visits USS Essex NNS 30 Dec 2011 -- The Republic of Korea consulate general and the principal officer U.S. Consulate Fukuoka visited forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Dec. 29.
  • Russian nuclear sub fire put out RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2011 -- A fire that broke out on a Russian nuclear submarine in dry dock on Thursday has been put out, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.
  • Medvedev orders repair of fire-damaged sub RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the repar of a Russian submarine damaged by fire while in dry dock near Murmansk, the Kremlin said in a press release.
  • Massive Fire on Russian Nuclear Submarine Extinguished VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- A massive fire that engulfed Russia's largest nuclear subarmine while it was undergoing repairs in the northern Murmansk region has been put out.
  • Males born after 1994 to be exempt from military service (update) CNA 30 Dec 2011 -- Taiwanese males born after Jan. 1, 1994 are to be exempted from the current one-year compulsory military service, but should undergo a mandatory four-month military training period upon reaching conscription age, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Friday.
  • Iran to Test Long-Range Missiles in Weekend Drill VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- Iran says it will fire long-range missiles on Saturday as part of military exercises in the Gulf.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Sudanese Chief of Arab Observers in Syria Slammed by Rights Groups VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- Human rights groups and Syrian opposition activists are outraged that a Sudanese general from a nation with a checkered human rights record is heading an Arab league mission to measure Syria's crackdown on dissent.
  • Syrian opposition urges resignation of Arab League's monitoring mission head RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2011 -- The Syrian opposition is pushing for the resignation of a Sudanese general heading the Arab League's monitoring mission in Syria, al Arabiya reported on Friday.
  • Mass Anti-Government Rallies Spike Across Syria VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- Large crowds of anti-government protesters poured into the streets of many Syrian towns and cities Friday, heeding calls by opposition leaders to make a show of strength, as Arab League observers pursue their mission. Government forces fired on protesters causing a number of casualties.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Former pro-Ouattara rebels still need reining in IRIN 30 Dec 2011 -- Eight months after President Allassane Ouattara assumed office at the end of a prolonged civil conflict, peace remains fragile amid abuses and killings by former rebel fighters who once provided him support.
  • ANGOLA: AU considers looking at Cabinda claims IRIN 30 Dec 2011 -- More than five years after the Front for the Liberation of Cabinda (FLEC) filed a complaint with the African Union (AU) against the Angolan government for alleged human rights abuses, the AU says it is willing to hear the 'merits' of appointing a special rapporteur to investigate the claims.
  • India rejects Pak proposal to move heavy artillery from LoC IRNA 30 Dec 2011 -- India has rejected Pakistan's proposal to move heavy artillery and mortars away from the Line of Control citing frequent ceasefire violations and asked Islamabad to come clear on its nuclear policy, including command and control over nuclear assets.
  • DR Congo: UN experts outline sources of funding for armed rebels UN News Centre 30 Dec 2011 -- Armed rebel groups active in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) derive their funds from several sources, notably trade in natural resources, but also ordinary commerce and illegal taxation, according to a report by a United Nations group of experts unveiled today.
  • South Sudan: UN blue helmets deploy to deter ethnic violence in key town UN News Centre 30 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has deployed a battalion of troops in the town of Pibor in Jonglei state, which is under imminent attack by an estimated 6,000 armed men from one of two feuding communities in the area, a UN official said today.

News Reports

  • North Korea Warns No Policy Changes Under New Leader VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- For the first time, North Korea is referring to the late Kim Jong Il's son as its 'Great Leader.' Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20's, is assuming leadership of the impoverished and reclusive country following his father's death, said to have occurred on December 17. The North is also sending a clear message, especially to the South, that it will be business as usual in Pyongyang.
  • Ahmadinejad: Public presence on scene to foil enemy plots IRNA 30 Dec 2011 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Ilam that past experiences have proven that presence of people on the scene would foil the plots of enemies and ill-wishers.
  • Iraq Mulls Ways To Resolve Government Standoff RFE/RL 30 Dec 2011 -- Iraqi political factions are considering several proposals to resolve the government crisis that erupted after an arrest warrant was issued for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi on terrorism charges, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
  • Pakistan: Relations with US remained tense in 2011 IRNA 30 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan has admitted that its relations with the United States remained tense and experienced ups and down during the current year (2011) due to some incidents, including the US raid to kill Osama bin Laden and US-led NATO attack on border posts.
  • Pakistan Court Approves Coup Memo Investigation VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has approved an investigation into a controversial memo seeking Washington's support to prevent a possible military coup in Pakistan after the U.S raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The court on Friday set up a three-member judicial commission to probe the memo and collect evidence within and outside Pakistan in connection with the scandal.
  • UN agency warns of danger of bird flu research and urges safety measures UN News Centre 30 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations health agency has voiced deep concern that scientific research undertaken on a strain of highly pathogenic influenza could have negative consequences but also acknowledged that tightly-controlled studies needed to continue to limit the possibility of future risks to the global population.
  • WHO: Balanced Approach for New Bird Flu Virus Strain VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- In 2011, scientists discovered they had created a highly contagious and deadly form of H5N1 – commonly called avian or bird flu. When the discovery was announced, debate erupted over whether the research was ethical and fears the new strain could be used as a bioterrorism weapon. Now, the World Health Organization has weighed in on the issue.
  • Ukraine's ex-PM Tymoshenko to serve sentence in Kharkov penal colony RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2011 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, convicted on charges of abuse of office, will be serving her sentence in the Kachanovskaya Penal Colony in the country's Kharkov region, the penitentiary service said on Friday.
  • Chinese Plan Reveals Space Ambitions RFE/RL 30 Dec 2011 -- China is shooting for the moon in an effort to become a major player in the long-dormant space race.
  • Burma Sets By-Election for April 1 VOA 30 Dec 2011 -- Burma is set to hold a by-election April 1 in a vote in that will test democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party.

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