Friday, June 25, 2010
DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated June 25, 2010 Source: U.S. DoD issued June 25, 2010 (NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - June 25, 2010: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued June 25, 2010 are undermentioned;<> CONTRACTS AIR FORCE ~BAE Systems, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $49,775,942 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to develop an infrared system that provides a real-time, high-resolution, wide area video persistent surveillance capability that allows joint forces to keep critical areas of interest under constant surveillance with high degree of target location accuracy. At this time, $6,358,566 has been obligated. AFRL/PKDB, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8650-10-C-7044). ~Armtec Countermeasures Co., Coachella, Calif., was awarded a $30,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for a multiple jettisoned unit 23A/B infrared countermeasure flare. Estimated quantity for each period is: 27,928 for year one; 9,326 for year two; 9,326 for year three; 1,114 for year four; 1,355 for year five. At this time, $16,673,016 has been obligated. OO-ALC/784 CBSG/PK, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8213-10-D-0009). ~Boeing Satellite Systems, Inc., El Segundo, Calif., was awarded a $6,776,720.84 contract modification of the Wideband Global Satellite Communication Block II contract in support of the Military Satellite Communications Program. This mission assurance task order will provide additional on-ground testing while the SV4 spacecraft is in thermal vacuum. At this time, the entire amount has been obligated. HQ SMC/MCSW/PK, El Segundo, Calif., is the contracting activity (FA8808-06-C-0001/P00090). DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY ~Bethel Industries, Inc., Jersey City, N.J.* is being awarded a maximum $14,998,200 firm-fixed-price, partial set-aside contract for men’s and women’s airmen battle uniforms. Other locations of performance are North Bergen, N.J.; Tennessee; and Mississippi. Using service is Air Force. The original proposal was Web solicited with 26 responses. This contract includes a base with four one-year option periods. This contract represents the third option year only. The date of performance completion is June 25, 2011. The Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa., is the contracting activity (SPM1C1-07-D-1502). *Small business
DTN News: Dmitri Medvedev In Washington "Hamburger Versus AK-47"
*Analysis: What a blissful and pleasant scenario to see the world's two most powerful leaders grabbing a burger and fries at the Arlington eatery Ray's Hell Burger? Should majority of the world leaders follow the path of Obama - Medvedev, needless to say AK-47 would remain sealed in it's original packing. By Roger Smith - DTN News Defense-Technology News.
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 25, 2010: Prior to the G20, the members of the G8 meetings in Canada., Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has toured the U.S. this week and his visit goes beyond the usual White House press conference. Medvedev grabbed a burger and fries with President Obama at the Arlington eatery Ray's Hell Burger, marveled at the new iPhone with Steve Jobs, and joined Twitter at the company's headquarters in Silicon Valley.
In a speech about relations with Russia, President Barack Obama joked that he could get rid of the "red phone" to Russia, now that both he and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev are on Twitter. Medvedev did a whirlwind tour of Silicon Valley yesterday, stopping by the headquarters of both Twitter and Apple. Medvedev also started up his official Twitter account, @KremlinRussia. Obama might not be up to using the service, though. In his speech, he referred to the company as 'Twitters'.
DTN News: G-20 Toronto Summit - Canada 2010 (Presentation # 2)
**Prior to the G20, the members of the G8 — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., the U.S. and Russia — are gathering in Huntsville, Ont.
**The City of Toronto is proud to be the host city for the G20 Summit and welcomes the world to our great city.
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 25, 2010: Our City of Toronto is proud to be the host city for the G20 Summit and welcomes the world to our great city. The theme for the G20 Toronto Summit is “Recovery and New Beginnings”The G20 was established in 1999 in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Leaders from the G20 countries meet regularly to discuss key issues in the global economy. DTN News reports Toronto's tourism, business and banking, culture, diversity and environmental leadership will be in the world spotlight and lasting international business relationships will be developed.
Prior to the G20, the members of the G8 — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., the U.S. and Russia — are gathering in Huntsville, Ont.
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DTN News: U.S. Marines With Indonesian Marines During Marine Exercise 2010
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - June 25, 2010: U.S. Marines from the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Division return to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque (LPD 8) in an amphibious assault vehicle after training with Indonesian marines during Marine Exercise 2010 on June 22, 2010.
Marine Exercise is designed to provide training to the Indonesian military and build relationships that help maintain regional stability.
DTN News: Is Israel Arming in Saudi Arabia?
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 25, 2010: Reports claim Israeli helicopters landed in Saudi Arabia to prep an attack on Iran; But is it true? Israeli Air Force aircraft dropped off large quantities of military gear at a Saudi Arabian military base last week in preparation for a potential attack on Iran, a number of Iranian and Israeli news outlets have reported.
The unconfirmed report, first published by the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars and the Islamic website Islam Times, claimed that on June 18 and 19, Israeli helicopters unloaded military equipment and built a base just over five miles outside the northwestern city of Tabuk, the closest Saudi city to Israel. All civilian flights into and out of the city were said to have been cancelled during the Israeli drop-off, and passengers were reportedly compensated by the Saudi authorities and accommodated in nearby hotels.
The claim follows a report two weeks ago in the London Times Magazine that Saudi Arabia had given Israel permission to fly through a narrow corridor of airspace in northern Saudi Arabia so as to shorten the flight time required for Israeli jets to reach Iran. The Times claimed that Saudi Arabia had adjusted its missile defense systems to ensure that Israeli jets are not shot down while passing through Saudi airspace on the way to an aerial attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Citing an anonymous American defense official, the report claimed that Meir Dagan, the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, had been in contact with Saudi officials and briefed Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the plans.
Saudi Arabia has adamantly denied it will allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran. Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf told the London-based Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that it would be “illogical to allow the Israeli occupying force, with whom Saudi Arabia has no relations whatsoever, to use its land and airspace.”
Earlier this week Arab media outlets reported that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had cancelled a series of military cooperation agreements with Israel after Israel’s assault on a flotilla of Gaza-bound Turkish ships, which ended in the death of nine Turkish activists. The military agreements would have allowed Israeli jets to fly through Turkish airspace to Georgia and on to Iran.
Also this week, Egyptian sources told Lond-based Al-Quds Al-‘Arabi that an American fleet consisting of 11 frigates and an aircraft carrier, believed to be the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman, passed through the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. Eyewitnesses told the paper that an Israeli frigate was among the passing ships and that Egyptian authorities had suspended all commercial boat traffic in the canal for several hours to enable the fleet to pass. Thousands of Egyptian soldiers and two helicopters were reportedly deployed to the area during the passage.
“Obviously there is much fear in the Arab world, and a clear understanding in Saudi Arabia as well as in Israel that a nuclear Iran is a great threat,” Dr. Ephraim Inbar, director of Israel’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies told The Media Line.
“This brings us together on a strategic level in that we have common interests. Since the Arab world and Saudi Arabia understand that President Obama is a weak person, maybe they decided to facilitate this happening.”
“That said, I don’t think the Saudis want to burden themselves with this type of cooperation with Israel,” he said. “They are afraid of Iran and if the Israeli action is not successful they would be vulnerable to Iranian retaliation.”
“It’s interesting that the news first came from Iran,” Dr. Inbar added. “Maybe it’s a warning [from Iran] to Saudi that we know what you are doing and we are not happy about it. It’s also possible that Saudi Arabia let the news out as a warning to America that if you don’t do something, we will.”
Dr. Eldad Pardo, an expert on Iran at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, argued that there was growing support in the Arab world for an Israeli attack on Iran.
“If there is military collaboration between the Israelis and countries that are officially in conflict with Israel, both sides would be sure to keep it secret,” he told The Media Line. “However, as the Iranian nuclear project becomes more dangerous and the regime becomes less tolerant, more and more people across the Middle East are ready to collaborate their efforts to block this project.”
“That makes Israel just one player in a much larger military, economic and political effort,” he continued. “There are clearly an intensifying set of signals towards Iran that it’s not just Israel that means business. We saw it in the sanctions, which the United Arab Emirates just joined, in the quick reaction to the Turkish offer to act as a go-between to resolve the nuclear dispute, in the Russian decision not to sell the S-300 missiles to Iran and the fact that Arab countries have not come out against reports of a new Israeli satellite and new Israeli military equipment.”
But while many regional military and geopolitical analysts believe the reports of secret Israeli-Saudi military cooperation, others view such claims with intense skepticism.
“Everything is a bluff,” Dr. Guy Bechor, head of the Middle East program at Herzliya’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy told The Media Line. “What war with Iran? Do you believe every little report you read? It’s all a bluff.”
“These reports are just pure fantasy and have no foundation,” Dr. Mustafa Alani, director of security and defense studies at the Gulf Research Center told The Media Line. “The Saudis will never be part of a military action against Iran, never mind an Israeli attack on Iran.”
“You have to remember that the Saudis made lots of protects when Israel used their airspace to attack the Iraqi reactor,” he said. “Since then the Saudis have enhanced their capabilities to defend their airspace.”
“Furthermore, the Saudis are not needed and there would be no technical military reason for such cooperation,” Dr. Alani claimed. “The Americans can attack Iran without embarrassing all these Gulf states, not just Saudi Arabia.”
Shafeeq Ghabra, an expert on Gulf geopolitics, a professor of political science at Kuwait University and the founding president of the American University of Kuwait, argued that an attack on Iran was not in Saudi interests.
“It would be impossible for the Saudis to allow an Israeli attack on Iran,” he told The Media Line. “For Saudi[s] to cooperate with a regime that is occupying Jerusalem, laying siege to Gaza and building settlements in the West Bank would undermine justice in the way the Saudis see it. It would also basically be allowing one nuclear power to attack another country that wants to be nuclear.”
“Saudi Arabia will not stand for a military showdown because more than anyone else they know that this will bring chaos to the region, increase radicalization and terrorist activity,” Ghabra said. “That is not in Saudi Arabia’s interest and quite frankly it’s not in Israel’s interest either.” Israel’s army and foreign ministry both declined to comment on the reports.
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