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By Kirsten Ashbaugh

F-16 Block 52 (Credit Photo: DoD via defense-aerospace.com)

Deepening Relations with Pakistan through Renewal of F-16 Deliveries

“Three F-16 Fighting Falcons are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan June 26 with 15 more to be delivered later this year and next, said Maj. Todd Robbins, the Pakistan country director in the office of the undersecretary of the Air Force for international affairs.

“‘This is the most visible part of a strong and growing relationship between the two air forces that will benefit us both near-term and long-term,’ he said….” Read more.

C-130 (Credit Photo: The Shepard Group)

Boeing C-130 Avionics Modernization Program to Begin

“The Boeing Company has announced that the US Air Force has granted the C-130 Avionics Modernisation Program (AMP) approval to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) following a successful Defense Acquisition Board Milestone C production review….The first two LRIP aircraft are scheduled for induction in August and October at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Ga., where the Air Force will perform the Lot 1 installations….” Read more.

General David Petraeus (Credit Photo: DoD Buzz)

Obama Reins in Afghan Team after Relieving McChrystal

“Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Adm. Mike Mullen, and Gen. David Petraeus in the Rose Garden, a somber American president announced the resignation of his top commander in Afghanistan and made clear he will tolerate no more dissension among his national security team.

“President Barack Obama declared that Gen. Stanley McChrystal had conducted himself in an “unacceptable” manner and that it had undermined “civilian control of military that is at the core of our democratic system….” Read more.

See Also: McChrystal Firing Suggests Concerns over Afghan Strategy

“President Obama fired his commander in Afghanistan after the general and his staff made intemperate comments about administration officials that appeared in a magazine article. But what was behind the disparaging comments? They may be symptomatic of a deeper frustration with the conduct of the U.S. effort in Afghanistan….” Read more.

President of South Korea Lee Myung Bak (Credit Photo: CNBC)

U.S., South Korea Change Timeline for Command Transfer

“The United States and South Korea have agreed to postpone until 2015 Washington’s transfer of wartime command of allied South Korean forces to Seoul, President Obama said June 26.

“Currently, if war were to break out on the Korean peninsula the United States would assume operational command of South Korean forces. Under a 2007 agreement with Seoul, that plan was due to come to an end in April 2012….” Read more.

Niitek's Husky Mounted Detection System (Credit Photo: Niitek)

U.S. Army Orders More IED Detection Systems

“IEDs remain the primary threat to soldiers in Afghanistan and are responsible for roughly 57 percent of coalition combat deaths in Afghanistan this year, according to iCasualties.org.

“To counter the threat, the Army is nearly doubling the number of NIITEK-produced Husky Mounted Detection Systems in theater….” Read more.

Credit Photo: EADS

EADS, Atlas Elektronik Announce Maritime Merger of Subsidiaries

“An announced merger of the maritime security units of EADS and Atlas Elektronik develops the business model of a small, agile company working as a standalone unit backed up by a large group, said Hervé Guillou, chief executive of EADS Defense and Communications…. EADS D&S and German company Atlas Elektronik said June 22 they were merging their respective subsidiaries Sofrelog and Atlas Maritime Security to form the joint venture company Sofrelog Atlas (SA) Maritime Security….” Read more.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (Credit Photo: Nato.int)

Rasmussen: Use Budget Cuts to Encourage NATO-EU Cooperation

“With defense budgets coming under increasing pressure, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the budget crunch is ‘an opportunity to make NATO more efficient and more effective and to bring NATO and the European Union closer together….'” Read more.


***Posted on June 29th, 2010

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