Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DTN News: Happy Chinese New Year 2015 - Gong Xi Fa Cai / Kung Hei Fat Choi ~ Year Of The Goat

DTN News: Happy Chinese New Year 2015 - Gong Xi Fa Cai / Kung Hei Fat Choi ~ Year Of The Goat
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - February 17, 2015:  This year’s Chinese New Year celebration on February 19, 2015 will usher in the Year of the Goat. Gong Xi Fa Cai.


May the year Goat, shower you and your family with Good Luck, Fortune, Health and full of Joy.

Wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year 2015. Gong Xi Fa Cai / Kung Hei Fat Choi ~ Year Of The Goat

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Friday, February 13, 2015

DTN News - KOREAN PENINSULA DEFENSE NEWS: North Korean Fighter Jets Get A Makeover

Asian Defense News: DTN News - KOREAN PENINSULA DEFENSE NEWS: North Korean Fighter Jets Get A Makeover
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources Korea Joongang Daily
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - February 13, 2015North Korea recently changed the color scheme on its fighter jets, military sources told the JoongAng Ilbo, in an apparent attempt to improve performance during midair combat.

“We have obtained intelligence that the North has been redesigning its fighter jets since October,” a senior military official said. “We compared old photos of their jets with newly released photos and confirmed that the colors and designs were entirely different.”

In the past, the North colored its advanced fighter jets of MiG-29s with two tones. The top was painted in a dark green, while the bottom was a sky blue. The two-tone jet was featured in a photograph taken when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the air force’s 1017 unit at the end of January 2012. 

MiG-29s are known for their stability and maneuverability in low altitudes, and military sources said North Korea strategically selected both colors. When observed from the sky, the dark green would ideally serve as camouflage against the ground floor, while looking up, the bottom color would blend with the sky. 

However, the North was confirmed after October to have changed the colors on the MiG-29s to a general light gray, with the addition of dark gray patterns, which was likely done to mimic cloud patterns. The bottom of the fuselage is painted a light sky blue. 

“The change appeared to be intended to better prepare for midair combat, so that enemy pilots will have more difficulty visually detecting the MiGs,” an Air Force official said. 

South Korean intelligence authorities said the North is also changing the colors of its low-altitude infiltration aircraft, AN-2s, and its silver-colored MiG-23s. 

“The drones discovered last year in Paju were sky blue in color with some lighter patches, so that they could not be visually detected from the ground,” another military official said. “The North probably is changing the colors of its fighter jets for a new purpose.” 

The South Korean military said they had also received intelligence that North Korea had developed stealth paint in late 2000. 

In its brochures for arms exports, Pyongyang also claimed their weapons have stealth functions and that its guided-missile vessel, which was used Friday in its fire drill in the East Sea, also has a stealth function. 

But even if the North’s air and naval fleets are covered with stealth paint, they probably don’t have the capability to avoid radar detection, military officials said. 

“Just because you cover it with stealth paint, that doesn’t mean the weapons system will have stealth function,” a senior military official said. “Design and material are key in minimizing the radar cross-section of an aircraft or a vessel to be stealth.

“We no longer fight in combat with visual confirmation, like in World War II,” he said. “Today, it is long-distance combat, using radars to fire at targets from dozens of kilometers away. Just because North Korea changed its color scheme, it won’t bring about a significant improvement.” 

The military added that it is equipped with radar systems that cover the entire Korean Peninsula. Additionally, the Airborne Early Warning and Control System, known as Peace-Eye, can detect when North Korean fighter jets take off, even when they are only 10 meters (32 feet) above ground.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated February 12, 2015

Asian Defense News: DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated February 12, 2015
Source: K. V. Seth - DTN News + U.S. DoD issued No. CR-029-15 February 12, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - February 12, 2015U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued February 12, 2015 are undermentioned;

CONTRACTS
 
ARMY
 
ABM Government Services, Hopkinsville, Kentucky (W912DY-15-D-0029); ACEPEX Management Corp.,* Montclair, California (W912DY-15-D-0030); EMCOR Government Services, Arlington, Virginia (W912DY-15-D-0031); Electronic Metrology Laboratory,* Franklin, Tennessee (W912DY-15-D-0032); Facility Services Management,* Clarksville, Tennessee (W912DY-15-D-0033); J&J Maintenance Inc., Austin , Texas (W912DY-15-D-0034); Johnson Controls Building Automation Systems, Huntsville, Alabama (W912DY-15-D-0035); Quality Services International, San Antonio, Texas (W912DY-15-D-0036); SODEXO Management Gaithersburg, Maryland (W912DY-15-D-0037); and VW International, Alexandria, Virginia (W912DY-15-D-0038), were awarded a $990,000,000 firm-fixed-price shared contract amount for operations and maintenance services at government medical and related non-medical facilities including hospitals, clinics, administrative, pharmacies, veterinarian, dental, training, research, utility and energy plants, labs and storage facilities, as well as some nonmedical facilities associated with these medical facilities.. Funding and work location will be determined with each order with an estimated completion date of Feb. 11, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 22 received. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Support Center, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
 
ABM Government Services, Hopkinsville, Kentucky (W91278-15-D-0020); EMCOR Government Services Inc., Arlington, Virginia (W91278-15-D-0021); Facilities Services Management Inc., Clarksville, Tennessee (W91278-15-D-0022); J&J Worldwide Services, Austin, Texas (W91278-15-D-0023); and Jones Lang LaSalle, Washington, District of Columbia (W91278-15-D-0024), were awarded a $248,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, task order contract with options for the operation, maintenance and minor construction for Army Medical Command facilities in CONUS, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 8, 2020. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $220,564,993 modification (P00882) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure forty-one 72A Lakota Helicopters to include forty-one Airborne Radio Communications 231 Radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement funds in the amount of $220,564,993 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is July 31, 2017. Work will be performed Columbus, Mississippi. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Robertson Fuel Systems, Tempe, Arizona, was awarded a $45,352,938 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Korea, Turkey, UAE) to supply Extended Range Fuel Systems and associated support equipment for the CH-47 helicopter. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 3019. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-15-D-0025).

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin J/V was awarded a $25,368,524 modification (P00013) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-14-C-0127 (Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Lithuania, Jordan, Norway, Taiwan) for life cycle contractor support and repairs for U.S. Army, Marines, Army National Guard and FMS customers. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of $25,368,524 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Feb. 28, 2016. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $13,185,756 modification (P00013) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0164 (Indonesia) for 300 Apache Aviator Integrated Helmets. Fiscal 2010/2013/2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $13,185,756 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is April 30, 2017. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Wolverine Services LLC,* Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded an $11,371,140 firm-fixed-price contract for base operations services. Work will be performed at the following Alaskan locations: Fort Wainwright, Donnelly, Yukon and Black Rapids training areas with an estimated completion date of April 11, 2021. Bids were solicited via the Internet with six received. Funding will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, is the contracting activity (W912D0-15-D-0004).

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
 
Beacon Point Associates, LLC,** Pembroke Pines, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $45,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for hospital equipment/supplies, optical/laboratory equipment/supplies, components and systems accessories. This contract was a competitive acquisition, and fifty-five offers were received. This is a five-year base contract with no option year periods. Location of performance is Florida with a Feb. 11, 2020 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal year 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2DE-15-D-0012).
 
AIR FORCE
 
COLSA Corp., Huntsville, Alabama, has been awarded a $23,748,310 modification (P00023) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA9200-10-D-0166. Contractor will provide additional diverse non-engineering, technical and acquisition management support services already being provided under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2015. This contract involves foreign military sales. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
 
OASIS System LLC, Lexington, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $23,748,310 indefinite-delivery/ indefinite quantity modification (P00025) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA9200-10-D-0173. Contractor will provide additional diverse non-engineering, technical and acquisition management support services already being provided under the basic contract. Work will be performed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is expected to be complete by July 31, 2015. This contract involves foreign military sales. Air Force Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the contracting activity.
 
NAVY
 
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $16,492,000 undefinitized delivery order against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the procurement and installation of vehicle management computer retrofit modification kits into designated aircraft that are critical to meeting F-35 Lightning II requirements. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (45 percent); Ogden, Utah (20 percent); Cherry Point, North Carolina (20 percent); Yuma, Arizona (5 percent); Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (5 percent); and Edwards Air Force Base, California (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2016. Fiscal 2013 and 2015 aircraft procurement (Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force), fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds (Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force) and International Partner funds in the amount of $8,246,000 are being obligated on this award, $4,051,934 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
 
General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, is being awarded a one-year $13,939,606 modification to a previously awarded multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-reimbursement-type contract (N66001-12-D-0060) for support of technology insertion, software and systems engineering, modeling and simulation, systems integration testing, integrated logistics in support of information technology and other Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) efforts. This is one of two contracts awarded; each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This contract includes one remaining one-year option which, if exercised, would bring the potential, cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $68,088,407. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and work is expected to be completed by Feb. 11, 2016. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued using research, development, test and evaluation; other procurement (Navy); operations & maintenance (Navy); Navy working capital fund; and Defense working capital funds. This contract was competitively procured via Request for Proposal N66001-11-R-0026 published on the Federal Business Opportunities website, and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website. Two proposals were received and two were selected. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-12-D-0060).

Science Applications International Corp. Inc., McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a one-year $12,236,396 modification to a previously awarded multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-reimbursement-type contract (N66001-12-D-0061) for support of technology insertion, software and systems engineering, modeling and simulation, systems integration testing integrated logistics in support of information technology and other Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) efforts. This is one of two contracts awarded; each awardee will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This contract includes one remaining one-year option which, if exercised, would bring the potential, cumulative value of this contract to an estimated $59,770,490. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and work is expected to be completed Feb. 11, 2016. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued using research, development, test and evaluation; other procurement (Navy); operations and maintenance (Navy); Navy working capital fund; and Defense working capital funds. This contract was competitively procured via Request for Proposal N66001-11-R-0026 published on the Federal Business Opportunities website, and the SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, with two proposals received and two were selected. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.


Systems Engineering Support Co. Inc.,* San Diego, California, is being awarded a $7,566,497 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-reimbursement-type contract for design, engineering, integration, fabrication and testing support of the Data Multiplex Systems (DMS), the Fiber Optic Data Multiplex System, and the Gigabit Ethernet Data Multiplex System, collectively referred to as xDMS. This is a three-year contract which includes two one-year options, which if exercised, would bring the contact value to $12,975,000. Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and work is expected to be completed Feb. 11, 2018. No contract funds will be obligated at the time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued using ship construction (Navy), other procurement (Navy) and foreign military sales funds. This contract was competitively procured via solicitation N66001-14-R-0013 and publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website and SPAWAR e-Commerce Central website, with two offers received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-15-D-0058).

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**Service disabled veteran owned small business

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DTN News - JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE: U.S., NATO Troops Train in Latvia

Asian Defense News: DTN News - JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE:  U.S., NATO Troops Train in Latvia
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 17, 2014 In light of the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, the United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO Allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. 

As a first response to demonstrate our commitment to the defense of our Allies, the U.S. augmented its participation in Baltic Air Policing by sending an additional six F-15s to the NATO mission.  Under operation ATLANTIC RESOLVE, U.S. Army Europe forces have deployed to Latvia, along with other Allies in the region, to conduct land forces training.  

U.S. and Latvian troops participate in a range of other joint and multilateral exercises, including SABER STRIKE, BALTOPS, and STEADFAST JAZZ.  Latvian soldiers and defense personnel also receive technical training and strategic education in the United States.

As NATO allies, the United States and Latvia are committed to each other’s defense and partner in critical areas around the world.  Latvia contributes important capabilities to the Alliance’s collective security, including the training of U.S.-certified joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) who coordinate air support for ground units during operations.

 The government of Latvia has recognized the danger of increased cyber threats and is working together with NATO, the European Union, the Baltic states, Nordic states, and the United States to strengthen its cybersecurity.  The United States supports Latvia’s efforts through visits by U.S. experts and Latvian participation in EUCOM- and NATO-sponsored events and U.S.-based training.  The government of Latvia is also a partner in the Freedom Online Coalition, a group of governments collaborating to advance Internet freedom. 

Italian paratroopers listen during rehearsals for an air assault with U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawks, a CH-47 Chinook and AH-64 Apache helicopters during NATO exercise Steadfast Javelin II on Lielvarde Airbase, Latvia, Sept. 7, 2014. 

The helicopter crews are assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, and the Italian paratroopers are assigned to the Italian Folgore Parachute Brigade. 

The exercise, which involves more than 2,000 troops from nine nations, takes place across Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

A U.S. soldier, second from left, briefs Italian paratroopers during rehearsals for an air assault during NATO exercise Steadfast Javelin II on Lielvarde Airbase, Latvia, Sept. 7, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DTN News - IRAQ UNREST: Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Are on Red Alert Against Islamic State (IS) Militants

Asian Defense News: DTN News - IRAQ UNREST: Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Are on Red Alert Against Islamic State (IS) Militants
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 16, 2014:  Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter are silhoutted against the sky on the front line in Khazer near the Kurdish checkpoint of Aski kalak, 40 km West of Erbil, Iraq, 16 September 2014. 



Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga forces retook Qarag town from the militant Islamic State organization, while the Kurdish forces have continued fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants, backed by US airstrikes and retaking a number of areas near the militant-held city of Mosul. 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT: Egyptian Mediated Ceasefire Being Observed Between Israel and Hamas-Led Gaza Militants

Asian Defense News: DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT:  Egyptian Mediated Ceasefire Being Observed Between Israel and Hamas-Led Gaza Militants
*Israel, Palestinians Agree on Long-Term Gaza Ceasefire
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 14, 2014Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday agreed on a long-term Egyptian-brokered ceasefire to end the devastating 50-day war in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip that has killed over 2,200 people. 

"An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine the zero hour for implementation," said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri.
Zuhri said Egypt was expected to make an official announcement on the deal.

Cairo's initiative, Palestinians officials said, called for an indefinite halt to seven weeks of hostilities, the immediate opening of Gaza's blockaded crossings with Israel and Egypt and a widening of the enclave's fishing zone in the Mediterranean, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Under a second stage that would begin a month later, Israel and the Palestinians would discuss the construction of a Gaza sea port and an Israeli release of Hamas prisoners in the West Bank, the officials said.

A senior Palestinian official also confirmed that the Palestinians have reached an agreement with Israel on a "permanent" truce in Gaza.

There was no immediate comment from Israel on the claimed deal to end the deadly conflict in and around the enclave.

The Palestinian official gave no time for when a ceasefire would take effect but said President Mahmud Abbas would give further details in a speech from his West Bank headquarters at 1600 GMT (2130 IST). "The contacts that have been going on have led to a permanent ceasefire, a (deal to) end the blockade and a guarantee that Gaza's demands and needs will be met," the official said speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Islamist Hamas movement, de facto ruler of Gaza and party to the Abbas-led efforts to agree a truce, also said a deal had been struck with Israel. "The negotiations ended with an agreement which embodies the resistance of our people and a victory for the resistance," its exiled deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk wrote on his Facebook page.

The Palestinian official said the truce deal had been finalised after 48 hours of intensive shuttle diplomacy by Azzam al-Ahmed, head of the Palestinian delegation to the protracted, on-off truce talks in Cairo. "Over the past 48 hours, he has been shuttling between the leadership of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, all the factions, and Egyptian leaders, travelling between Ramallah, Gaza, Doha and overseas," the official said.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Is China Ready To Use Military Might in Southeast Asia

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Is China Ready To Use Military Might in Southeast Asia 
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 11, 2014China's Harbin (112) guided missile destroyer takes part in a week-long China-Russia "Joint Sea-2014" navy exercise at the East China Sea off Shanghai, China. 

In an annual report to Congress, the Pentagon said China is developing and testing new types of missiles, expanding the reach of its navy and upgrading its air force. China is also investing in military capabilities in cyberspace, space and electronic warfare.

The report said China’s military modernization was driven primarily by potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait, but also by its expanding interests and influence abroad, and increased tensions in the East China and South China seas. In November, China conducted its largest naval exercise to date in the Philippine Sea.

China has been engaged in territorial disputes with several of its neighbors, including U.S. allies Japan and the Philippines. China is currently locked in a tense, offshore standoff with the Vietnam.

In a long-standing U.S. criticism of China’s military expansion over the past two decades, the Pentagon criticized China’s lack of openness about its strategy, which it said has caused concerns in Asia.

“Absent greater transparency from China and a change in its behavior, these concerns will likely intensify as the PLA’s military modernization program progresses,” the report said, referring to China’s People’s Liberation Army.


China’s government in March announced a 12.2 percent increase in military spending to $132 billion. That followed last year’s 10.7 percent increase to $114 billion, giving China the second-highest defense budget for any nation behind the U.S., which spent $600.4 billion on its military last year.

Several Asian nations are arming up, their wary eyes fixed squarely on one country: a resurgent China that’s boldly asserting its territorial claims all along the East Asian coast. 

The scramble to spend more defense dollars comes amid spats with China over contested reefs and waters. 

Other Asian countries such as India and South Korea are quickly modernizing their forces, although their disputes with China have stayed largely at the diplomatic level. 

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