Friday, July 31, 2009

Sea Power


US Navy yet to decide on new SSBN design

The US Navy (USN) will start concept and system-definition studies in Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) for a new ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) to replace the current Ohio class, Rear Admiral Stephen E Johnson, director of the USN's Strategic Systems Program Office, told a recent National Defense University Foundation forum in Washington. The studies will enable construction to start in FY19 and replacement of current SSBNs to start in FY25-28. Rear Admiral Johnson said the initial design work will be on the missile compartment and that there has been no decision on fundamental issues regarding the new SSBN design

[first posted to - 30 July 2009]

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody


FEMA advisory for Nebraska

Nebraska Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:08:49 -0500

Major Disaster Declaration number 1853 declared on Jul 31, 2009

Federal Aid Programs for Nebraska Disaster Recovery
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:16:51 -0500

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for Nebraska.

Today's Top News - 07.31

The man accused of killing a soldier outside an Army recruiting station may face the death penalty. Also, first lady Michelle Obama welcomes home sailors at Naval Station Norfolk.

FLOTUS at Norfolk

First lady Michelle Obama visited Naval Station Norfolk Friday to welcome home sailors from the USS Eisenhower carrier strike group and USNS Comfort.

GEN Petraeus Honors Marines II

General David Petraeus paid tribute to the Marine Corps in a speech Thursday in Arlington, Virgnia.

GI Bill Questions - 07.31

The Post 9/11 GI Bill will take effect Saturday and with it comes many questions.

GEN Casey at Fort Jackson

Army Chief of Staff General George Casey was on hand Thursday to watch graduating Soldiers at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

GEN Petraeus Honors Marines

Commander of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, honored Marines Thursday at the 3rd Annual Marine Corps Association Foundation dinner.

Yokosuka Education Benefits

DNU Flash - Yokosuka Sailors receive education benefits training by a Department of Veterans Affairs representative.

Naples Public Health Evaluation


Environmental Management System

DNU Flash - Naval Medical Center San Diego goes green by implementing Environmental Management System.

Combat Training Pool Dedication

DNU Flash - Naval Station Newport, R.I., holds dedication ceremony for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Combat Training Pool.

Gen. Petraeus USS Bainbridge Visit

DNU Flash - Gen. David Petraeus praises USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) Sailors for their heroism in rescuing Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips.

Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: Navy releases new information on Department of Defense Blue to Green Program; Marine Corps reaches first term enlistment quotas for fiscal year 2009.

Artificial Eye

The visible wounds of war often remain painful even after they've healed.

ADM Stavridis in Kosovo

Admiral James Stavridis' new position as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander is keeping him busy on the road.

Pacific Missile Intercept

The U.S. Navy successfully shot down a ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean.

GEN McChystal Meets German Troops

The Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan traveled to the northern province of Kunduz Thursday to meet with German troops and local Afghan officials.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

CJCS Podcast 29 JUL 09

ADM Michael Mullen talks about his recent visits downrange and the focus on reducing and eliminating civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Grandola, Vila Morena

Five for Fighting: Superman (It'S Not Easy)


Today's Top News - 07.30

Fort Belvoir, VA, will be the home of the military's first joint hospital stateside. The President signs Korean War Veterans Act. Also, a new web site helps troops and families.

FEMA advisory for Maine

President Declares Major Disaster For Maine
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:04:53 -0500

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for Maine to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of June 18 to July 8, 2009.

Federal Aid Programs For Maine Disaster Recovery
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:17:42 -0500

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's major disaster declaration issued for Maine.

Maine Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:28:38 -0500

Major Disaster Declaration number 1852 declared on Jul 30, 2009

New Fort Belvoir Hospital

Construction is ongoing at Fort Belvoir for what will be the first joint military hospital located stateside.

Taliban Code of Conduct

A NATO spokesman says the Taliban's recently issued "Code of Conduct," aimed at projecting a more positive image, directly contradicts its actions.

Social Networking in Afghanistan

The Defense Department is using the popularity of social neworking sites Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to connect with the world's virtual communities.

FEMA advisory 07.30

FEMA Urges Caution For Those Returning Home After Wildfires
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:32:18 -0500

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges residents and business owners to take extra precautions when returning after wildfire-caused evacuations. Dennis Hunsinger, FEMA Acting Regional Administrator for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington warns that unseen dangers may linger long after the flames die down.

More Than $8.6 Million In Federal Disaster Aid Flows To Volusia County
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:08:02 -0500

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Although the deadline for individuals and business owners in Volusia County to register for disaster assistance has passed, the federal government continues allocating funds to help survivors recover from the severe late-May storms, flooding, tornadoes and straight line winds.

FEMA Staffers In Jackson Helping Area Food Banks
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 12:10:22 -0500

BILOXI, Miss. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency employees at its Area Field Office in Jackson are pitching in to help two food banks replenish their shelves.

Army Secretary Hearings

The Senate Armed Services Committee met on Thursday to hear from Congressman John McHugh, President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Army.

Souda Bay Suicide Intervention Training

DNU Flash - Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, Crete, holds suicide intervention training.

Individual Augmentees Contribution Awareness

DNU Flash - Fleet Activities, Sasebo, stresses the importance of individual augmentee Sailors.

USS Gettysburg Returns To Mayport

DNU Flash - USS Gettysburg (CG 64) returns to its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

Pacific Partnership 2009

DNU Flash - USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) crewmembers take time to regroup in between missions for Pacific Partnership 2009.

FEMA advisory for Texas City, Texas

Bridge City Isd Awarded $4 Million FEMA Grant To Replace Hatton Elementary School
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 08:28:27 -0500

TEXAS CITY, Texas - Hurricane Ike's estimated 13.5-foot storm surge in Orange County, Texas, caused extensive damage throughout the county, including the Bridge City area. Now, a nearly $4.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will help the Bridge City Independent School District replace the severely damaged Hatton Elementary School.

FEMA Obligates $27 Million In Grants For Hurricane Ike Debris Cleanup And Protective Measures
Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:03:43 -0500

TEXAS CITY, Texas -- The state of Texas and the city of Houston will receive more than $10.7 million in federal grants to recoup their costs for measures to protect lives and property during Hurricane Ike, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Monday. Hardin and Galveston counties also were awarded FEMA grants totaling more than $16.7 million for debris cleanup.

Ex-Salem Museum Ship Inspection

DNU Flash - Naval Sea Services Command conducts an annual inspection aboard the museum ship USS Salem (CA 139).

Headlines For Thursday, July 30, 2009

DNU Flash - Headlines from around the fleet: The Navy will christen Pre-Commissioning Unit Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in Bath, Maine, August 1; Lockheed Martin unveils the Navy's first stealth fighter.

Haitian Shipwreck

The U.S. Coast Guard has reportedly called off its search for as many as 79 Haitians missing after a boat capsized near the Turks and Caicos Islands.

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) Will Be Christened on August , 1st

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109) will be christened on August, 1st, 2009. The Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is named after the corporal Jason L. Dunham.


Thought his short life he received the following medals and commendations: Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

His Medal of Honor citation:

"The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to CORPORAL


For service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service".

F35-C, Carrier Variant (CV)

F35-C Unveiled

Lockheed Martin rolled out the first of the Navy's new Joint Strike Fighters during a ceremony Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Aviators Fly Home

Friends and family members were on hand Wednesday as aviators returned to Naval Air Station Oceana.

Gates Meets with Kurds

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrapped up his trip to Iraq Wednesday with a vist to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Brazil releases more details of SMK bomb kit

More details have appeared in the Brazilian press on the indigenous Acauan (Falcon) SMK (Smart Kit) bomb guidance kit first exhibited at the Latin American Aerospace and Defense (LAAD 09) exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in April. An article in the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper on 19 June described the SMK as the result of research by the Brazilian Ministry of Aeronautics' Aerospace Technical Command (CTA) in Sao Jose dos Campos (Sao Paulo State).

[first posted to - 28 July 2009]

Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat: Lucky


Today's Top News - 07.29

The House Armed Services Committee heard testimony Wednesday concerning psychological stress in the military. Also, rising unemployment is helping the military find more quality recruits.

FEMA advisory 07.29

FEMA Authorizes Funds To Help WA State Fight Union Valley Fire
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:07:55 -0500

SEATTLE, Wash. --The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today authorized the use of federal funds to help Washington State fight the Union Valley Fire burning in Chelan County.

When Wildfires Rage: Prepare, Stay Informed And Evacuate If Directed
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:00:03 -0500

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Sustained record-breaking temperatures have raised wildfire hazards throughout the Pacific Northwest. With wildfires burning in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state, FEMA Acting Regional Administrator Dennis Hunsinger encourages at-risk residents to prepare for the worst, stay informed on local conditions and evacuate if instructed to by fire or emergency management officials.

Troop Stress

The House Armed Services' Military Personnel Subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday concerning psychological stress in the military.

Quality Recruits

Bill Carr, the Undersecretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, says rising unemployment rates are helping the military find more quality recruits.

Official Underscores Commitment to Close Detention Center

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2009 - The Defense Department remains committed to meeting President Barack Obama's one-year timeline to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Pentagon's top lawyer said yesterday.

"A bipartisan cross section of distinguished Americans has called for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and has done so for a period of years," Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department's general counsel, said before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The president imposed a deadline on us for closing Guantanamo Bay, and we remain committed to meeting that deadline, and we're confident we'll get the job done."

Two interagency task forces made up of personnel from the Defense, State, Justice and Homeland Security departments have been reviewing dispositions of detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay and the general detention policy there to determine the best practices for prosecuting the detainees in civilian court.

For the past six months, "these task forces have worked diligently" to collect the necessary information for a comprehensive review of the U.S. detention policy and the status of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Johnson said. The interagency group assigned to reviewing the cases has made recommendations to approve the transfer of more than 50 detainees to other countries.

Reform also has taken place to amend policies within the Military Commissions Act of 2006, Johnson said. Johnson said Obama's administration feels the Senate has identified the issues needed for reform, and that officials are working side by side with Congress to make further changes.

"The Department of Justice and Defense Department were happy that the language was amended to more closely reflect the Classified Information Procedures Act, so that classified information in military commissions prosecution is treated in a manner [and] in a way in which it's treated in federal civilian courts," Johnson said.

The new policy under the National Defense Authorization Act proposes changes that ban in-court use of statements obtained by cruel interrogation methods, which Johnson said will go a long way to enhance the nation's national security and the credibility of military commissions.

Johnson added that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently announced five changes to the rules for military commissions that will also go a long way toward improving the process. The rule changes follow the Defense Authorization Act and provide detainees greater latitude in choice of counsel, afford basic protection for defendants who refuse to testify, reform the use of hearsay by putting the burden on the party trying to use the statement, and make clear that military judges may determine their own jurisdiction.

Johnson said he and his colleagues are more than pleased with the amendments made by Congress.

"It is our basic view that the [National Defense Authorization Act] identifies virtually all of the elements we believe are important to further improve the military commissions process," he said in his written testimony. "We are confident that through close cooperation between the administration and the Congress, reformed military commissions can emerge from this effort as a fully legitimate forum -- one that allows for the safety and security of participants [and] for the presentation of evidence gathered from the battlefield that cannot always be effectively presented [in civilian courts]."

Johnson also addressed the issue of Guantanamo detainees who cannot be prosecuted in civilian courts but still pose a threat to U.S. national security. Detention of enemy forces captured on the battlefield during war is "an accepted practice under the law of war, to ensure that they not return to the fight," he said.

For this category of people, a thorough process of periodic review must be carefully evaluated and justified, he said, echoing Obama's May 21 address at the National Archives here.

"This president believes that, if any detention of this sort proves necessary, the authority to detain must be rooted firmly in authorization granted by Congress," he said.

Biographies: Jeh C. Johnson

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