Habia Announces New SeaGuard Naval Cable Range

Monday, Dec 07, 2009
Habia Cable SeaGuard – Cables and Coaxial Cables for Naval Defence applications
Lightweight and small size, the SeaGuard range of wires and cables from Habia Cable have been designed and approved for use in naval defence cable applications. SeaGuard and SeaGuard DS cables include low smoke, zero halogen (LSOH) and flame retardant wires and cables that enhance performance and are oil and water resistant. Limited fire hazard materials meet a wide range of international fire tests and as such SeaGuard is approved by many Naval Authorities around the world.
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PMC realigns unit with RSCC

PMC Wire & Cable announced its New Hampshire airframe and specialty-wire unit will be combined with U.S. company RSCC Military-Shipboard. PMC announced the combination with Rockbestos-Surprenant Cable Corp. Military-Shipboard is part of an effort to realign its Manchester, N.H., unit with a stronger focus on the aerospace-and-defense market.
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Northrop Grumman tanker to boost military airlift capacity

The recent decision by ATA Airlines to file bankruptcy and cease operations — including the charter service it provided to the U.S. military — makes more apparent the wisdom of the U.S. Air Force decision to select the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) KC-45 as America’s new tanker. In evaluating the competing proposals, the Air Force considered the ability to carry passengers a Key Performance Parameter (KPP). KPPs are what the combatant commanders have deemed essential features of any new system such as the new tanker. In this case, the KC-45 was clearly the better choice.

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US offers $63 billion arms package for Middle East

 Today in defence news we feature a story from the Middle East and how the US is about to supply $63 billion in arms package to Eygpt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries in an attempt bolster their Arab allies against Iran.  For full article please read on:

US offers $63 billion arms package for Middle East

 

The United States on Monday announced military aid packages worth more than $63 billion for Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in an effort to bolster Arab allies against Iran and others.

The United States plans to offer a $13 billion package for Egypt over 10 years and a $30 billion package for Israel over the same period, increases over previous military funding, as well as unspecified defense aid to Saudi Arabia and Gulf states, said US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

 

The package for Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries could reach $20 billion over 10 years, another official said.

The proposed aid packages still have to be approved by Congress and there is expected to be opposition by some lawmakers, particularly over assistance to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of not being helpful in Iraq.

 

Rice made the announcement hours before leaving with Defense Secretary Robert Gates for a rare joint trip to Egypt and Saudi Arabia where they are seeking more Arab help in stabilizing Iraq.

 

’This effort will help bolster forces of moderation and support a broader strategy to counter the negative influences of al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran,’ said Rice in a statement announcing the defense agreements.

 

Washington is striving to assure Gulf allies, worried by the growing strength of Iran and war in Iraq, that the United States is committed to the region and will stand by them, with arms sales part of that process, US officials say.

 

But Iran accused the United States on Monday of seeking to create fear and cause divisions in the Middle East by announcing the major package of arms deals.

 

’America has always considered one policy in this region and that is creating fear and concerns in the countries of the region and trying to harm the good relations between these countries,’ Iran foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini told a regular press briefing.

Rice said the Bush administration was starting discussions with Egypt for the $13 billion military assistance deal which would strengthen Egypt’s ability to ’address shared strategic goals.’

 

’Further modernizing the Egyptian and Saudi Armed Forces and increasing interoperability will bolster our partners’ resolve in confronting the threat of radicalism and cement their respective roles as regional leaders in the quest for Middle East peace and in ensuring Lebanon’s freedom and independence,’ Rice said.

The increased aid package to Israel is a significant rise over a previous 10-year plan negotiated by the Clinton administration in 1998, said US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns.

 

Burns said under that deal Israel got about $2.4 billion in military aid each year which would now rise to about $3 billion annually. Burns planned to travel to Israel next week to conclude the formal agreement for the $30 billion.

 

’We will have to do a lot of quick follow-up,’ said Burns in a conference call with reporters.

 

The Saudi package is expected to upgrade the country’s missile defenses and air force and increase its naval capabilities, a defense official told Reuters on Saturday.

 

Burns said the final amount for the Saudi and Gulf states arms package was still being negotiated although he expected it to be in the billions.

 

Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are also expected to benefit but no details have been given

US is building more bases in Iraq

The US are currently building more bases in Iraq, therefore it makes you think when will they leave or if they will leave?  For the full article please read on:

US is building more bases in Iraq

Last week, almost unnoticed, the war in Iraq entered a new phase. Laconic statements from the White House and the Pentagon confirmed what had long been suspected – namely that the US is planning a long-term military presence in Iraq. This is a geopolitical development of the first importance. It is a clear statement that, in spite of its current difficulties in Iraq – May was the most lethal month since 2004 for the US, with 119 soldiers killed – the US firmly intends to maintain control of Iraq and its vast oil reserves. Iraq’s neighbours and energy-hungry states and oil companies will take note. On a visit to the US Pacific Command in Honolulu last Thursday, Robert Gates, the US Defence Secretary, said that the US was looking for a “long and enduring presence” in Iraq under a mutually agreed arrangement with the Iraq government. “The Korea model is one, the security relationship we have with Japan is another,” he said. US troops have been in South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War and in Japan since the end of the Second World War. Last week, the White House spokesman, Tony Snow, confirmed that President George W. Bush wanted to see a lengthy US troop presence in Iraq at the invitation of the host government. “The situation in Iraq, and indeed, the larger war on terror, are things that are going to take a long time,” he said. Such statements, and the military planning which goes with them, clearly pre-empt and make nonsense of the current US debate – in Congress, the press and the public – about whether or not the US should announce a date for its withdrawal from Iraq, and whether or not the current “surge” in troop numbers is producing positive results. The Bush Administration is looking way beyond that. What are the motives driving such long term ambitions? The wish to retain control of important energy resources in the face of potential rivals such as China is clearly one of them. If there were no oil in Iraq, the US would not be there. Another motive is the ability to project US power over the whole of the oil-rich Gulf and, beyond, to a vast area from Central Asia to East Africa. Other motives include confronting hostile Iran and Syria, making up in Iraq for the loss of bases in Saudi Arabia and, not the least motive, being at hand to protect Israel in case of need. These were indeed the main reasons the US invaded Iraq over four years ago and smashed the Iraqi state. Seen in this light, for all the talk of promoting stability and democracy, the US enterprise is an unmistakable neo-colonial or imperial project such as the region suffered at the hands of Britain and France in an earlier age Former US president Jimmy Carter -a stern critic of the Bush Administration – was prescient when he declared on February 3, 2006: “There are people in Washington … who never intend to withdraw military forces from Iraq and they’re looking for ten, 20, 50 years into the future … the reason that we went into Iraq was to establish a permanent military base in the Gulf region, and I have never heard any of our leaders say that they would commit themselves to the Iraqi people that ten years from now there will be no military bases of the United States in Iraq.” Are these US ambitions realistic? Or will they simply pile up problems for the United States, exacerbating its already deplorable relations with much of the Arab and Muslim world? A former Centcom commander, General Anthony Zinni has described the establishment of permanent bases in Iraq as “a stupid idea and clearly politically unacceptable. It would damage our image in the region where people would decide that this was our original intent”. As early as 2004, Jessica Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, denounced permanent bases as a “disastrously bad idea” which reinforces Iraqi suspicions that the US launched the war to get a hand on Iraqi oil, control the region, and maintain a puppet government in Baghdad. Mammoth Yet, military base building by the US in Iraq continues apace at a cost of over $1 billion a year. In the years since the invasion, there have been numerous journalistic accounts of the mammoth bases the US has built, and continues to expand, in Iraq. There is the giant Al Balad base covering 14 square miles, some 40 miles north of Baghdad, formerly the Iraqi Air Force Academy. There is the even bigger Al Assad base covering 19 square miles; the Al Tallil base; the Al Sarq base; the Al Qayyarah base in the north and many others. Shortly after its invasion, the US established 110 bases in Iraq. The present plan seems to be to consolidate these into 14 “enduring bases” in Iraqi Kurdistan, at Baghdad airport, in Anbar province and in the southern approaches to Baghdad. The construction of a US embassy able to house 1,000 staff on a 100 acre site on the banks of the Tigris – the biggest US embassy in the world – does not point to an early US disengagement from Iraq.

Defence News – UK Navy warship shows off new refit

After the last two weeks of embarrisment for the British Royal Navy about the Iran-gate affair, it is good to get back to normal.  Today’s article is about the multi million pound refit for a Royal Navy Destroyer which will be docked at Liverpool Harbour on Sunday for the general public to come down and view.  The only problem is it is twinned with Manchester City Football Club, so lets hope its not firing blanks just like Stuart Pearce’s football team.  For the full article please read on:

A 5,200-tonne, 141m (463 ft) long, Type 42 Royal Navy destroyer is to spend the weekend on the River Mersey. The nearest that HMS Manchester can dock to her affiliated city to show off her multi-million pound improvements is Liverpool’s Huskisson Dock. The warship is twinned with a number of Manchester organisations, including Manchester City Football Club. Launched in 1980, she is the third ship to bear the name. Her crest features a bee from the city’s coat of arms. Other organisations twinned with the ship include Sale Sharks RFC, Manchester and Salford University Royal Naval Unit and The King’s and Cheshire Regiment. Commander and captain of HMS Manchester, David Dominy, said: “Unfortunately, this is as close as we can bring Manchester to our hometown. “But we would love to see as many people as possible join the ship’s 250 crew members from 1330 to 1600 BST on Sunday. “This will give everyone the opportunity to discover more about life at sea onboard an operational warship.” During her three-day visit the ship will welcome patients from the Moss Lea Day Centre in Ormskirk, the Whiteledge Day Centre in Skelmersdale and visitors from the Mersey Naval and Maritime Society. On Sunday sea cadets from Altrincham and Trafalgar units are to tour the ship, and later that day cadets from the Stretford and Urmston units will help the crew when the ship opens her gangway to the public. HMS Manchester returned to sea last October following a multi-million pound refit.

Defence News – 600 contractors have been killed in Iraq says retired US army general

Today we features a very interesting Defence News article about Retired US Army General talking about how Iraq is ripped in two because of civil war.  He believes that the US and UK need to provide the Iraqi governemnt with more tanks and helicopters in attempt in to increase the force of the army and curb the violence.  He goes onto say that already 600 contractors have been killed in Iraq and a further 4000 have been injured.  We always hear about the soldiers getting killed, we just dont hear about the poor (soon to be rich if they live) contractors getting killed.  For the full article please read on:

600 contractors have been killed in Iraq says retired US army general

 

Calling the situation in Iraq a “national emergency,” retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey said April 16 that the country is ripped by a catastrophic low-grade civil war. Returning from a March visit to Iraq and Kuwait, the retired Gulf War veteran issued a March 26 report detailing problems in the war-torn country and calling for stronger political and economic efforts to defuse the violence.

 

“There is no reason Iraq can’t be a successful nation-state, except that it is in a civil war. The place is too dangerous to work. I don’t see a good outcome until we have more security,” said McCaffrey.

There are roughly 130,000 contractors in Iraq, said McCaffrey; about 4,000 of them have been wounded and 600 have been killed, he said.

 

McCaffrey spent roughly a week touring Iraq, meeting U.S. military personnel, U.S. and Iraqi political leaders, and Iraqi regional leaders. “If they [the U.S. coalition] go after 100 Shia and Sunni leaders with logic, they will moderate their behavior. We must stay engaged with serious levels of economic involvement,” McCaffrey said in an April 16 speech about his report to the Atlantic Council, Washington.

 

McCaffrey said as many as 3,000 Iraqi citizens are murdered per month.

“The population is in despair. Life in many of the urban areas is now desperate. The population is terrorized by rampant criminal gangs involved in kidnapping, extortion, robbery, rape and massive stealing of public property,” McCaffrey writes. U.S. military forces are targeted by as many as 2,900 improvised-explosive-device attacks per month. Tracer fire from insurgent guns can be seen at night while flying above Iraq in helicopters.

 

“No Iraqi government official, coalition soldier, diplomat, reporter, foreign non-government organization nor contractor can walk the streets of Baghdad, nor Mosul, or Kirkuk, nor Basra, nor Tikrit, nor Najaf, nor Ramadi — without heavily armed protection,” McCaffrey writes.

 

McCaffrey said the Bush administration’s temporary tactical increase of 20,000 troops, referred to as the “surge,” is not likely to halt a bitter civil war.

“Reconciliation is the way out. There will be no imposed military solution with the current non-sustainable U.S. force levels. Military power alone cannot defeat insurgency — the political and economic struggle for power is the actual field of battle,” McCaffrey wrote in his report.

 

McCaffrey predicted that National Guard brigades will likely be called for an involuntary second combat tour, and said the U.S. Army and Marine Corps cannot sustain the current levels of deployment.

McCaffrey did say some of the tactics employed by Gen. David Petraeus, Multi-National Force-Iraq commander, were making a difference. For instance, going back into cities with platoon-size forces is helping U.S. soldiers find insurgents and stabilize certain communities, McCaffrey said.

“Some things have changed for the better in Baghdad,” McCaffrey said.

 

Also, there are indications that some of the millions of Iraqi refugees who fled to Syria and Jordan are starting to come back to their houses. McCaffrey also calls for more money and equipment to stand up the Iraqi Security Forces who, he said, have taken horrendous casualties. They need 150 U.S. helicopters, 24 C-130 airlifters and 5,000 light armored vehicles, he said.

 

“We must give them the leverage to replace us as our combat formations withdraw in the coming 36 months,” said McCaffrey.

The report credits Petraeus with making progress in this area, indicating that 3,500 armored Humvees, 3,500 rocket-propelled grenades 1,400 heavy machine guns, 900 mortars and more than 80 helicopters are now arriving for the Iraqi Security Forces.

 

Additionally, McCaffrey’s report says there is a groundswell of Sunni opposition to al-Qaida in Iraq. The opposition is in the Anbar province, the report says, and was fostered by the U.S. Marines. “There is now active combat between Sunni tribal leadership and al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists,” the report says.

 

Dean Popps, Director of the U.S. Army’s Iraq Reconstruction and Program Management, said more than $35 billion has been spent on 14,275 reconstruction projects in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. “It is the equivalent of the Marshall Plan without a name, with projects including water, power, public works, security, education, and oil,” said Popps. So far, $10 billion has been spent on the Iraqi Security Forces.

Crediting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division, Popps said in many areas “pipelines have been restored, ports are open, there is lots of commerce and goods on the street”