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DTN News: Aerospace/Defense Headlines - News Dated May 26, 2011

DTN News: Aerospace/Defense Headlines - News Dated May 26, 2011
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DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 26, 2011

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated May 26, 2011
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - May 26, 2011: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued May 26, 2011 are undermentioned;



Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a cost-plus-award-fee modification under contract HQ0276-10-C-0005, P00011. The total award value of this action is $110,678,886, resulting in a new cumulative contract value of $275,967,245. The modification will extend contract line item number 0001 period of performance to continue engineering and development for Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles. The work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz. The period of performance is May 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2011. Fiscal 2011 research, development, test and evaluation funds will be used for this effort with $20,000,000 provided at time of award. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.


The Cessna Aircraft Co., Wichita, Kan., is being awarded an $88,499,909 firm-fixed price, single award contract for items being procured for the Afghanistan Basic Trainer/Light Lift Family of Systems: six Cessna T-182T aircraft; 26 Cessna 208B aircraft; six aircrew training devices; and interim contractor support for the aircraft and training devices in Afghanistan and advisor training. This effort supports foreign military sales to Afghanistan. 877 AESG/SYI, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8617-11-C-6209).

EDO Corp., North Amityville, N.Y., is being awarded a $20,180,992 contract modification for the repair of AN/ALG-161A Radio Frequency Surveillance/Electronic Countermeasures System components; 225 repair contract line items; one contract line item for material; and one contract line item for travel. Work will be performed at North Amityville, N.Y. 638 SCMG/PKBB, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is the contracting activity (FA8522-09-D-0006, PO0007, exercise option two).

Cobham Defense Electronic Systems, Lowell, Mass., is being awarded a $13,263,252 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Advanced Wireless Networks for the soldier radio platform. Work will be performed at Lowell, Mass. The Air Force Research Laboratory/RIKD, Rome N.Y., is the contracting activity (FA8750-11-C-0200).

Textron Systems Corp., Wilmington, Mass., is being awarded a $9,890,927 contract modification for the Sensor Fuzed Weapon India Foreign Military Sales case integration phase one eight-month effort. This effort supports foreign military sales to India. AAC/EBJI, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity (FA8682-11-C-0044 PO0001).


Insitu, Inc., Bingen, Wash., is being awarded an $83,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity contract for operations and maintenance services in support government-owned ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including: multiple training courses ranging from system pilot training, maintenance and operations, mission coordinator and payload operator; multiple kits for sustainment, payload and engine module kits; and multiple spare parts for ScanEagle UAS. Work will be performed in Bingen, Wash., and is expected to be completed in May 2012. Contract funds in the amount of $62,700,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to FAR 6.302-2. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-11-C-0012).

BAE Systems U.S. Combat Systems, Minneapolis, Minn., is being awarded a $26,599,904 modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4137) for manufacture and delivery of propulsor systems in support of the Virginia-class submarine propulsor system requirements, long lead time material, and the purchase of required spare parts in support of the propulsor program. Work will be performed in Louisville, Ky., and is expected to be completed by March 2014. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

D&S Consultants, Inc., Eatontown, N.J., is being awarded a $7,314,236 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for perceptual training systems and tools. D&S Consultants, Inc., will conduct applied research and advanced technology development based on requirements and design recommendations for adapting or developing technologies to create a prototype for users that can improve the training of combat hunter-like knowledge, skills and abilities. Specifically these tools will be evaluated for use as performance assessment and training tools to support enhanced observation, combat trafficking (i.e., observing the physical terrain), and tactical profiling (i.e., observing the human terrain). The result will enhance the warfighter’s ability to perceive, observe, collect, and share critical information on people, places and insurgent activity to improve situational awareness, and to facilitate collaboration and information analysis among quad level trains. Work will be performed in Eatontown, N.J., and is expected to be completed in December 2015. The action will be incrementally funded with an initial obligation of $350,030. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the internet under an Office of Naval Research Broad Agency Announcement (10-001), with one award made. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity (N00014-11-C-0193).


L-3 Communications Westwood Corp., Tulsa, Okla., was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract with a maximum $45,120,000 for generator cylinder engines. There are no other locations of performance. Using service is Army. The date of performance completion is May 31, 2017. The Defense Logistics Agency Land, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (SPRBL1-11-D-0014).

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DTN News - SERBIA NEWS: Serbia Arrests Ratko Mladic On War Crimes Charges

DTN News - SERBIA NEWS: Serbia Arrests Ratko Mladic On War Crimes Charges
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada / NEW YORK, U.S. - May 26, 2011: Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general charged with orchestrating the largest mass killing of civilians in Europe since World War II, was arrested Thursday in Serbia, ending a nearly 16-year manhunt that stood as a test of the West’s commitment to hold accused war criminals accountable.
Mladic, 69, was indicted twice, first in 1995 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, on more than a dozen counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. He was charged with commanding troops responsible for enforcing the 46-month siege of Sarajevo and for slaughtering about 8,000 Bosnian Muslims near the town of Srebrenica in July 1995.
After Thursday’s arrest, Serbian President Boris Tadic told reporters in Belgrade that Mladic was picked up by the Serbian Security Intelligence Agency and will be extradited to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
“On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, we announce that Ratko Mladic has been arrested,” Tadic said, according to the Associated Press. “We ended a difficult period of our history and removed the stain from the face of the members of our nation wherever they live.”
President Obama congratulated Serbia on the arrest and said he looks forward to the “expeditious transfer” of Mladic to The Hague.
“Today is an important day for the families of Mladic’s many victims, for Serbia, for Bosnia, for the United States, and for international justice,” Obama said in a statement issued from Deauville, France, where he is attending a Group of Eight summit. “While we will never be able to bring back those who were murdered, Mladic will now have to answer to his victims, and the world, in a court of law. ... Those who have committed crimes against humanity and genocide will not escape judgment.”
Serge Brammertz, prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), welcomed the arrest and said Mladic would stand trial before the tribunal. In a statement, he said the arrest “can have a positive impact on reconciliation in the region,” while also serving the cause of justice for war crimes victims.
“These victims have endured unimaginable horrors — including the genocide in Srebrenica — and redress for their suffering is long overdue,” Brammertz said. He said the arrest “clearly signals that the commitment to international criminal justice is entrenched” and shows that “people responsible for grave violations of international humanitarian law can no longer count on impunity.”
The arrest was also hailed by other Western governments and human rights activists as a landmark in international justice. They said it would send an unmistakable message to other leaders — including Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Libya’s Moammar Gaddafi, two leaders charged with mass atrocities by the International Criminal Court — that they will ultimately be held accountable.
“The long arm of the law has just gotten a good deal longer,” said Richard Dicker, an expert on international justice at Human Rights Watch. “Coming more than 15 years after the first indictment, the message is that justice never forgets. It’s a clear signal to those leaders who so confidently bank on impunity that they need to be looking over their shoulder.”
Mladic’s arrest by Serbian authorities might mark a turning point in the effort of Serbia, once considered a pariah state by the West, to become integrated into Europe and ultimately to become a member of the European Union. European governments have long believed that the Serbian military establishment protected Mladic and prevented his arrest.
The development also provided a major boost to the Hague-based tribunal, which has indicted more than 150 Bosnians, Croatians and Serbians on war crimes charges, including the late Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.
After the announcment, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Mladic’s arrest marks a “historic day for international justice.” He also called the arrest “an important step in our collective fight against impunity as well as for the work of the ICTY.”
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The Seattle Times - George Jahn - ‎17 minutes ago‎
The shadow Ratko Mladic cast over Bosnia persists nearly 20 years after he led Serb military forces in Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II. Bosnia's Serbs revere him for his devotion to their failed cause, its Muslims are repulsed by his ...

Rewind | Chat about the arrest of Ratko Mladic

The Seattle Times - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military leader charged with orchestrating Europe's worst massacre of civilians since World War II, was arrested at a relative's home in a Serbian village on Thursday after a 16-year hunt for the architect of what a ...

Mladic's arrest draws divided reaction in Bosnia

The Seattle Times - Aida Cerkez, Irena Knezevic - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Former comrades and supporters of Ratko Mladic were shocked by the arrest of the Bosnian Serb general, but those who survived mass killings by his forces welcomed his capture and said it should have happened sooner. By AIDA CERKEZ The Associated Press ...

VIDEO: Timing of Mladic arrest 'coincidence'

BBC News - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Fugitive Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been arrested in Serbia after 16 years on the run. Gen Mladic, 69, was found in a village in northern Serbia where he had been living under an assumed name. Serbia had been under intense ...

The Deed Is Done

Huffington Post - ‎28 minutes ago‎
It is perhaps fitting that I had breakfast this morning with a friend I met while working in Sarajevo during the war that ravaged Bosnia more than 15 years ago. The first thing she told me was that Ratko Mladic, one of the engineers of the Serb ...

Mladic appears before Serbian war crimes court

Mail & Guardian Online - ‎43 minutes ago‎
Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic's first appearance before the Serbian war crimes court has been halted so that doctors may assess his mental and physical fitness. Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic's first appearance before the ...

Mladic appears before Serbian court - ‎1 hour ago‎
RATKO Mladic's first appearance before the Serbian war crimes court was halted today as his lawyer said the former Bosnian Serb army chief was unable to communicate, and doctors were due to assess his fitness to appear in court. ...

Victims' relatives react - ‎1 hour ago‎
Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general wanted for alleged war crimes, including genocide committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian conflict, has been arrested, Serbia has announced. He was first indicted in 1995 over the Srebrenica massacre of 8000 ...

Mladic arrested: Serbian war criminal led into court - ‎1 hour ago‎
Wearing a baseball cap and looking frail, alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic is led into court in Belgrade as moves to extradite him to The Hague begin. The former Bosnian Serb army chief appeared in the Serbian court within hours of his arrest in the ...

Raw Video: Mladic Court Appearance

The Associated Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
War-crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic appears in court looking frail, walking slowly. (May 26)

Ratko Mladic arrested: Serb general called to account after 16 years on the run - Gordon Rayner - ‎1 hour ago‎
Ratko Mladic once went by the self-anointed title of "God", but to thousands of Muslims in the Balkans, the man arrested by Serbian special forces on Thursday was the devil himself. By Gordon Rayner 8:13PM BST 26 May 2011 Ratko Mladic, ...

Ratko Mladic arrest: the Balkan beasts are no more - Philip Sherwell - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Serbian army officer took a pre-breakfast swig of slivovitz plum brandy, stared at me coldly, and drew his finger sharply across his neck. We were on the outskirts of the eastern Bosnian town of Visegrad on ...

AUDIO: Srebrenica survivor saw mass shootings

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
In 1995 at least 7500 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed at Srebrenica. One of the few survivors was Mevludin Oric. Fugitive Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic has been arrested on charges over the massacre after 16 years on the run. ...

AUDIO: Mladic arrest 'an injustice'

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
The arrest of Ratko Mladic will be viewed as "an injustice" in Serbia according to Nenad Vukicevic, owner of the website Serbian Nationalists. The fugitive Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect has been caught in Serbia after 16 years on the run. ...

Europe's triumph in the arrest of Ratko Mladic

Christian Science Monitor (blog) - Clayton Jones - ‎1 hour ago‎
Serbia's desire to join the European Union was probably a big reason for the capture of Ratko Mladic, the most-wanted man for the Srebrenica massacre. The EU's values triumphed over extreme nationalism. Bosnian Muslim women, survivors of Srebrenica ...

Mladic arrest revives pain of Srebrenica killings

Reuters - Damir Sagolj, Maja Zuvela - ‎1 hour ago‎
Portraits of Bosnian Muslims, victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, are pasted on the wall in a room where survivors gathered in the Bosnian town of Tuzla in a July 7, 2005 file photo. By Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Mothers and relatives ...

War crimes fugitive Mladic arrested in Serbia

Houston Chronicle - Dusan Stojanovic - ‎1 hour ago‎
By DUSAN STOJANOVIC AP © 2011 The Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia — Ratko Mladic's lawyer says a judge has cut short questioning the war-crimes suspect because of his "poor physical state." Attorney Milos Saljic also says Mladic asserts that he does ...

Yugoslav war crimes tribunal prosecutor hails Ratko Mladic arrest as key day ...

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
By AP, THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has hailed the arrest of fugitive genocide suspect Gen. Ratko Mladic as an important day for victims of atrocities in Bosnia and for international justice. ...

Mladic: Legend, Monster And Coward

Sky News - ‎2 hours ago‎
He slept on a cot in bunkers alongside his men. He shared their hardships, their tinned food, their thick black coffee and slugged back slibovitz until he alone was still standing. He was a legend, a monster, and a coward. To view this content you need ...

Life and reputation of Ratko Mladic

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Ratko Mladic was indicted for war crimes back in 1995 but he continued to live openly in Belgrade until he went into hiding in 2002. Since then he has been protected by Serb nationalists who still see him as a hero. For the rest of the world he is a ...

Ratko Mladic arrest ends one of world's longest manhunts

Christian Science Monitor - Andrew MacDowall, Michael Steininger - ‎2 hours ago‎
Ratko Mladic's arrest, which has been hailed as a major step for Serbia toward EU membership, comes nearly 16 years after he was charged with war crimes. General Ratko Mladic (c.) arrives at Special Court in Belgrad, on May 26. ...

Why did Ratko Mladić's arrest take so long?

The Guardian - ‎2 hours ago‎
I will never forget the horror in the eyes of Srebrenica refugees. Sixteen years on, my faith in international justice has waned Refugees from Srebrenica looking through the razor-wire in a UN base 12km south of Tuzla, in July 1995. ...

WITNESS: An evening with Ratko Mladic

Reuters Blogs (blog) - Paul Holmes - ‎2 hours ago‎
More than 18 years have passed since my first encounter with Ratko Mladic but I still see him standing there, an intense, angry look in his eyes. He clasped his hands together and squeezed them more and more tightly until his fingers ...

After 16 Years On The Run, Gen. Mladic Captured

NPR - ‎2 hours ago‎
Audio for this story from Talk of the Nation will be available at approx. 6:00 pm ET Amb. Vladimir Petrovic, Serbian ambassador to the US.

Martin Bell: Ratko Mladic was 'fiesty'

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Ratko Mladic, wanted by UN prosecutors for war crimes during the Bosnian civil war in the 1990s, has been arrested in Serbia. Serbian President Boris Tadic confirmed the arrest of the former Bosnian Serb army chief at a news conference. ...

Ratko Mladic's arrest 'important step' in fight against impunity: UN -

Associated Press of Pakistan - ‎2 hours ago‎
UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (APP) - UN officials Thursday hailed as an “important step” in the fight against impunity the arrest of Ratko Mladic, the brutal Bosnian Serb general accused of leading the bloody massacre of 8000 Muslim men and boys in the ...

How we dined with Mladic and failed our duty

Financial Times - Adam LeBor - ‎2 hours ago‎
General Ratko Mladic, like Muammer Gaddafi, was once our friend, to be courted and flattered. During the Bosnian war in the early 1990s a stream of mediators, UN officials and western interlocutors made the trek through the hills...

Opinion: Mladic arrest opens new chapter for the Balkans

Deutsche Welle - ‎2 hours ago‎
Suspected war criminal Ratko Mladic has been arrested in Serbia. Verica Spasovska, head of Deutsche Welle's Central and South-eastern Europe Department, says this could either help or hurt President Boric Tadic. It is a good day for justice and the ...

Arrest brings Serbia into the EU's embrace

Forbes - Raf Casert - ‎2 hours ago‎
BRUSSELS -- The arrest of fugitive Ratko Mladic has removed the largest obstacle that Serbia faced in achieving one of its top postwar goals: entry into the European Union. For 16 years, every time an EU official ...

Will effect of Ratko Mladic arrest be all good?

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
The arrest of General Ratko Mladic coming soon after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, underlines that Western democracies will usually catch up with their enemies, even if it takes many years to do so. That makes it harder for those fighting such ...