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September 11, 2013

News Briefs September 11, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,134

As of Sept. 10, 2013, at least 2,134 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

At least 1,771 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 128 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 11 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is three more than the department’s tally.
The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 19,250 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

U.S. warns of North Korean chemical weapons threat

A U.S. official says military action against Syria would deter North Korea from using chemical weapons.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Miller said Sept. 10 that a retaliatory strike against the Syrian government would uphold the international norm that chemical weapons must not be used. Miller said he emphasized to his Chinese counterpart that lowering the threshold for chemical weapons use could put U.S. troops at risk and threaten global security.

China opposes strikes on Syria by the U.S. or its allies in response to an Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that North Korea possesses a massive stockpile of chemical weapons that threatens South Korea and the 28,000 U.S. troops stationed there. AP

Man admits trying to smuggle military equipment

A man accused of trying to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of military computer equipment to China has pleaded guilty.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Philip Chaohui He, also known as Philip Hope, pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to violating the federal Arms Export Control Act and to smuggling charges.

Prosecutors say he bought almost $550,000 worth of memory circuits from the Colorado company Aeroflex and tried to ship them to China in baby formula containers. The circuits are used in satellite communications.
He, who was arrested in December 2011, was an engineer on the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tamie McGowen has said He’s work for the department was separate from the charges, and he never had access to information that wasn’t publicly available. AP

Lockheed Martin acquires Amor Group

Lockheed Martin has announced the acquisition of Amor Group, a United Kingdom-based company specializing in information technology solutions for the energy, transport and public services sectors. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The strategic acquisition of Amor Group is aligned with our strategy for Lockheed Martin International and expands our capabilities and expertise in international information technology, civil government services and the energy market,î said Lockheed Martin CEO and President Marillyn Hewson. Were pleased to welcome the talented Amor Group team to Lockheed Martin and look forward to offering these new technologies to our global customers.

Amor Group is a privately held company with more than 500 employees across seven facilities in the United Kingdom and a presence in 15 additional countries. The companys products help oil and gas operators protect production assets; its unique systems ensure the effective operation of airports; and its approach to information and communications technology delivers important services for U.K. citizens. It is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland.

Amor Group is focused on delivering business critical outcomes for global oil and gas operators, international airports and U.K. government departments and agencies,î said Amor Group CEO John Innes. Our success is a direct result of our talented and dedicated employees and were excited that this combination will enable us to continue to expand our reach and grow our business.î a year. This complements Lockheed Martins work with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and several global customers.




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