Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 26, 2011

26 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • CIA Operating In Tripoli
  • Barely Independent: U.S. AFRICOM Commander In South Sudan
  • NATO Conducts Integrated Interceptor Missile Test In Europe
  • Lockheed Opens New Testing Ground For Advanced Interceptor Missile
  • Northrop Produces Viper Strike Missiles For U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Drone Crashes At Pakistani Military Facility
  • U.S.-India Military Partnership Priority For Pentagon, Obama Administration

CIA Operating In Tripoli

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/08/26/55186178.html

Voice of Russia
August 25, 2011

CIA joins search for Gaddafi

US intelligence has joined in the search for Muammar Gaddafi, a White House spokesman said in Washington on Thursday.

He said CIA operatives, reconnaissance planes and drones were all being used in the operation. The CIA believes the embattled Libyan leader may be hiding in one of an estimated 40 shelters in the capital Tripoli and elsewhere in the country.

The Americans share the obtained information with the opposition Transitional National Council.

Meanwhile, in a radio address on Thursday Gaddafi urged his supporters to take up arms and crush the rebels.

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Barely Independent: U.S. AFRICOM Commander In South Sudan

http://www.sudantribune.com/U-S-Africom-commander-starts-a,39944

Sudan Tribune
August 25, 2011

U.S. Africom commander starts a visit to South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan: The Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), General Carter F. Ham arrived in South Sudan capital of Juba for talks on the government’s strategy to boost internal security in the newly established state.

South Sudan officially seceded from the rest of Sudan last month and countries around the world were quick to recognize the new nation.

North and South Sudan fought more than two decades of civil war that ultimately ended through a U.S. brokered peace deal which gave Southerners the right of self determination.

But daunting challenges are facing South Sudan, particularly the outbreak of several rebellions as well as tribal clashes.

Last week around 600 people were killed and hundreds other wounded in fighting that erupted between Murle tribe and the Lou-Nuer tribe.

In his meeting with Africom commander, President Salva Kiir commended the role being played by the US in facilitating peace and security to the people of South Sudan, according to a statement on the government’s website.

Kiir called for Washington’s help in building the military capacity of South Sudan.

Gen. Ham said in a press statement that the meeting discussed principle topics on military partnership between the two countries.

He added the partnership would provide the armies in both states a framework for close collaboration in addressing security concerns in the future.

The Africom chief also presented to Kiir a symbol of military partnership between the in form of a silver jar.

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NATO Conducts Integrated Interceptor Missile Test In Europe

http://www.mmdnewswire.com/nato-missile-defences-63696.html

Mass Media Distribution
August 25, 2011

NATO missile defences pass first field test

-’This is a very significant event for NATO. It has, for the first time, demonstrated that NATO ballistic missile defence capabilities from a number of Alliance members, including the US, can operate in a seamless manner under a unified command structure to accomplish this new NATO mission.’
-In line with the Lisbon Summit decision of November 2010, the ALTBMD capability will also be expanded to protect NATO European territory and populations as well as deployed NATO forces.

NATO has taken a significant step forward in providing its commanders the capability to defend deployed forces against attacks from ballistic missiles. The NATO Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) Interim Capability, which was made available to the NATO operational community at the end of last year, has been successfully tested in a realistic operational environment.

The test was the first of two field tests scheduled by NATO’s commanders prior to the missile defence capability being declared as having reached military initial operating capability.

Challenging scenario

The test took place between 22 and 24 August and was conducted in conjunction with a previously-planned test of the command and control network of the United States Ballistic Missile Defence System’s European Components. The test involved operational units from Germany, the Netherlands, United States systems and the NATO command and control headquarters in Uedem and Ramstein, Germany. The units involved include Patriot missile battalions from Germany and the Netherlands, US Aegis systems, as well as the command and control headquarters for the US and NATO forces.

The units involved in the test responded to a simulated attack. They received information from space- and land-based sensors about a simulated ballistic missile attack, and executed simulated interception missions against that attack, based on tactical information shared between all of the participating units under the direction of the NATO commander.

‘This is a very significant event for NATO. It has, for the first time, demonstrated that NATO ballistic missile defence capabilities from a number of Alliance members, including the US, can operate in a seamless manner under a unified command structure to accomplish this new NATO mission,’ said General Alessandro Pera, Programme Manager of NATO ALTBMD. ‘It is an excellent beginning for NATO’s growing capability in this new mission area.’

Under the ALTBMD Programme, NATO provides a command and control system that links sensors and interceptors from nations into a capability that can protect deployed forces from ballistic missile attacks.

The ALTBMD Programme Office will continue to upgrade the NATO Command and Control System for Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence in incremental steps from 2013 to 2018, to field a more robust operational capability. In line with the Lisbon Summit decision of November 2010, the ALTBMD capability will also be expanded to protect NATO European territory and populations as well as deployed NATO forces.

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Lockheed Opens New Testing Ground For Advanced Interceptor Missile

http://lawrencecounty.waff.com/news/news/59045-lockheed-martin-announces-new-location-missile-testing

WAFF
August 22, 2011

Lockheed Martin announces new location for missile testing
By Kym Graves

Lockheed Martin announced they will be expanding local manufacturing to include testing on a new missile in Lawrence County.

Officials with the company said their Courtland facility will start testing the standard missile-3 Block IIB (SM-3 IIB).

It’s a 660-acre development facility that’s already up and running, It’s located 45 minutes outside of Huntsville.

The facility is now used to assemble, integrate and test ballistic missiles. Officials at Lockheed Martin said keeping more of these projects local is key.

Lockheed Martin is a ***global security*** company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide.

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Northrop Produces Viper Strike Missiles For U.S. Marine Corps

http://blog.al.com/huntsville-times-business/2011/08/northrop_grumman_to_produce_vi.html

Huntsville Times
August 25, 2011

Northrop Grumman to produce Viper Strike missiles for Marines

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama: Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to produce additional Viper Strike missiles for the Marines’ Harvest Hawk aircraft as well as the KC-130J refueling and cargo aircraft.

Under the terms of the contract, Northrop will deliver the missiles this year to the Joint Attack Munition Systems Project Office within the Program Executive Office Missiles and Space at Redstone Arsenal. The Viper Strikes are produced at Northrop’s facility in Huntsville. The company did not release the value of the contract nor the number of missiles it will deliver.

The Viper Strikes on Harvest Hawk have updated software to enhance their effectiveness against moving targets. During flight testing at China Lake, Calif., the missiles scored multiple hits against moving vehicles in a variety of scenarios.

The Viper Strike is a 3-foot long, unpowered glider. It can be launched from long distances using GPS-aided navigation and a laser seeker.

Its size, precision and high agility [make it] suitable for urban warfare.

The laser guidance also enables the missile to hit vehicles – moving or stationary – and small targets, Northrop said.

‘In today’s irregular warfare environment, Viper Strike provides the right characteristics needed to support our warfighters in the current fight – high precision and agility to hit moving and stationary targets in complex terrain..,’ said Steve Considine, programs director, Aviation and Weapons for Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division. ‘The KC-103J represents the latest military airborne asset to be equipped with Viper Strike’s formidable capabilities.’

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U.S. Drone Crashes At Pakistani Military Facility

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=8419&Cat=13

News International
August 26, 2011

US drone crashes in Chaman
By Muhammad Ejaz Khan

QUETTA: An unmanned US spy plane crashed on the premises of the Frontier Corps (FC) Fort near the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman, some 120 kilometers from here, on Thursday evening.

Reports reaching here said that the drone crashed while flying over the FC Cantonment in Chaman and was completely destroyed. FC officials said that the cause of the crash might be some technical faults developed in the plane. Sources said the plane entered Pakistani territory near 5:30 pm and crashed around Iftar time. The Frontier Corps had taken away the debris of the plane and an investigation is under way. The sources said that the US or Nato officials have not yet contacted the Pakistani authorities concerning the crash.

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U.S.-India Military Partnership Priority For Pentagon, Obama Administration

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65131

U.S. Department of Defense
American Forces Press Service
August 25, 2011

Routine Interactions Build U.S-India Defense Relations
By Cheryl Pellerin

-All three of the Indian military’s current service chiefs went to school in the United States during their careers, Scher noted.
‘Air Marshal [Norman Anil Kumar] Browne graduated from the Air Command and Staff College, he said. ‘General [Vijay Kumar] Singh is a graduate of both the U.S. Army Ranger School and the U.S. Army War College. And Adm. [Nirmal Kumar] Verma is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.’
-India routinely has more exercises with the United States than with any other country, Scher noted. ‘Over the last six years, we’ve done nearly 50 major exercises with India…and our exercises are evolving in complexity,’ he said.
-Defense sales to India increased from virtually no defense trade relationship in the 1990s to nearly $6 billion today in foreign military sales alone, Scher said.

WASHINGTON: The U.S.-India defense relationship is a natural partnership created by shared interests and values and driven by increasingly routine day-to-day interactions, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

Robert Scher, deputy assistant secretary of defense for South and Southeast Asia, spoke to an audience at the New America Foundation.

Day-to-day successes that lay the groundwork for the U.S.-India defense relationship are rarely in the spotlight, Scher said, ‘but they are an important factor in driving our relationship forward and helping us understand each other.’

The U.S.-India relationship is a priority for the Obama administration and the Defense Department, Scher said, one that President Barack Obama has called a defining partnership of the 21st century. In recent years, he added, high-level visits have cemented the commitment of both nations to the bilateral relationship.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited the United States in 2009, and Obama traveled to India in 2010. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s July attendance at the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue was her second trip there as secretary of state.

‘India is a major regional and global power,’ Scher said. ‘We view our relationship with India as a partnership…with a commonality of security interests in the Indian Ocean region and beyond.’

Three key areas in the U.S.-India defense relationship are people-to-people ties, military engagement and defense sales, the deputy assistant secretary of defense said.

Examples of people-to-people ties include attendance by service members from both nations at U.S. and Indian military educational institutions, Scher said.

‘In 2010, we had nearly 100 members of the Indian armed services at military schools or courses in the United States,’ he said…

All three of the Indian military’s current service chiefs went to school in the United States during their careers, Scher noted.

‘Air Marshal [Norman Anil Kumar] Browne graduated from the Air Command and Staff College, he said. ‘General [Vijay Kumar] Singh is a graduate of both the U.S. Army Ranger School and the U.S. Army War College. And Adm. [Nirmal Kumar] Verma is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.’

In the United States, Scher added, retired Navy Adm. Walter L. Doran attended the Indian Defense Service Staff College in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, India, in 1979. There, he formed a close relationship with Indian colleagues who included former Indian Chief of Naval Staff Adm. Arun Prakash and Adm. Sureesh Mehta.

The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School recently formalized a memorandum of understanding with India’s Defense Institute of Advanced Technology, he added.

‘This September,’ Scher told the group, ‘they will jointly conduct a defeating-terrorism workshop that will bring together senior leaders from both sides, including the director general of India’s Defense Research Development Organization and the [U.S.] chief of naval research to discuss ways to leverage research capabilities to contribute to the defeat of terrorism.’

A similar workshop on cybersecurity is planned for the near future, he said.

Military-to-military engagements are another element of the U.S.-India defense partnership, Scher said.

India routinely has more exercises with the United States than with any other country, Scher noted. ‘Over the last six years, we’ve done nearly 50 major exercises with India…and our exercises are evolving in complexity,’ he said.

Over a decade, Malabar, a regularly scheduled bilateral naval field training exercise with India, has advanced from little more than a passing exercise to a full engagement that exercises all functional warfare areas, Scher said.

‘Malabar allows our navies to work cooperatively in integrated air and missile defense, antisubmarine and naval special warfare scenarios, for example,’ he said.

The major U.S. exercise with the Indian army, Yudh Abyhas, started in 2004 as the first conventional army-to-army training with India since 1962, Scher said.

‘The exercise, in addition to sharing training and capabilities, promotes cooperation between our armies on partner readiness,’ he said. ‘The first deployment of Stryker vehicles outside the United States other than to a war zone was to India [to support their participation] in Yudh Abyhas.’

Together, the United States and India have an important role in fostering multilateral cooperation in Asia and supporting the emerging regional security architectures, Scher said.

Defense sales to India increased from virtually no defense trade relationship in the 1990s to nearly $6 billion today in foreign military sales alone, Scher said.

‘It is clear that the Indian military in the future will routinely use U.S. equipment and all services across a full range of mission areas,’ he added.

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