13 April 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Apr 2006 [PDF]
- MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION-BAGHDAD SOLDIER KILLED
- MARINE DIES DUE TO ENEMY ACTION NEAR BAGHDAD
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Missing Marine and Sailor
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Weekly Press Briefing April 13, 2006 MNF-I 13 Apr 2006 -- IRAQ OPERATIONAL UPDATE BRIEFING BRIEFER: MAJOR GENERAL RICK LYNCH, SPOKESMAN, MULTINATIONAL FORCE IRAQ
- CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 13 Apr 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
- Coalition Forces Capture, Kill Terrorists; Find Weapons AFPS 13 Apr 2006 -- Coalition forces in Iraq killed two suspected terrorists and captured two others today, and found more weapons caches , U.S. military officials in Baghdad said.
- March Raid Killed bin Laden Associate, Officials Announce AFPS 13 Apr 2006 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces killed a wanted extremist with high-level terrorism ties during an early morning raid March 27 near Baghdad's Abu Ghraib district, Multinational Force Iraq officials here announced today.
- Insurgents Still Target Baghdad, Official Says AFPS 13 Apr 2006 -- Baghdad remains the center of gravity in the insurgency's drive to prevent a national unity government from forming in Iraq, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.
- Coalition Task Force Provides Security in Northern Persian Gulf AFPS 13 Apr 2006 -- A multinational task force is hard at work here, seeking to preserve the free and secure use of the northern Persian Gulf by legitimate mariners and to prevent terrorists from transporting personnel, weapons or other illicit material by sea.
- USS Toledo Departs Jebel Ali, Continues MSO Support Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- USS Toledo (SSN 769) departed the port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, April 8, after a brief visit, providing the crew an opportunity for liberty and the Groton, Conn.-based submarine an opportunity for routine upkeep.
- Pakistani Security Forces Attack Militant Hideout VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Pakistani security forces have launched another attack on a suspected militant hideout in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border
Defense Policy / Programs
- Carrier Strike Group 8 Begins COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- The officers and crew of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 (CCSG 8) departed Naval Station Norfolk April 12 and began their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), a major requirement for the Eisenhower Strike Group’s certification as ready for deployment.
- U.S. Marine Corps General Leads Coalition Task Force in North Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, who leads Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, now commands Combined Task Force (CTF) 58 after having relieved Royal Navy Commodore Bruce Williams April 10.
- USS Porter Works With Georgian, Turkish Navies Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- USS Porter (DDG 78) departed the Black Sea country of Georgia April 10, after being at anchor outside the city of Poti for four days.
- Stout Conducts COMREL in Curacao Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- USS Stout (DDG 55) Sailors participated in a community relations project (COMREL) in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, April 10.
- U.S., ROK Navies Conduct Combined Rapid Runway Repair Exercise Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- U.S. Navy Seabees and Republic of Korea (ROK) Sailors responsible for maintaining airfields during combat operations tested their ability to work together March 28-29, to rebuild simulated damage to a runway in a simulated bombing at the K-3 Airfield in the southeastern city of Pohang.
- USS Stout Holds Change of Command in Curacao Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- Cmdr. Thomas K. Kiss relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey T. Griffin as commanding officer of USS Stout (DDG 55) during a change of command ceremony in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, April 9.
- USS Monterey Arrives in Aruba Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), currently participating in “Partnership of the Americas,” arrived in Aruba April 12 for a scheduled goodwill port visit.
- Eielson units initiate total force integration AFPN 13 Apr 2006 -- Eielson units are combining efforts in the spirit of the total force vision by streamlining cooperative continuity and training.
- It's official: Andersen host unit now 36th Wing AFPN 13 Apr 2006 -- Formations and a ceremony April 12 marked the public designation of Andersen's host unit as the 36th Wing.
- Doctrine Center realigns with Air University AFPN 13 Apr 2006 -- Air Force officials announced today the realignment of the Air Force Doctrine Center to Air University effective April 6.
- 1st COSCOM conducts last airborne operation Army News 13 Apr 2006 -- More than 250 Soldiers of the 1st Corps Support Command took to the skies April 12 to conduct their last airborne operation as COSCOM members.
- Retired US Military Officer Joins Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- A retired U.S. Army general who commanded forces in Iraq is calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, echoing the recent criticisms of several other former high-ranking military officers.
- Georgia Lobbies NATO For Closer Links RFE/RL 13 Apr 2006 -- Georgia's ministers for defense, foreign affairs, and Euro-Atlantic integration visited NATO headquarters in Brussels today to ask for an "intensified dialogue" with the alliance, as Ukraine and NATO did last year.
- Tbilisi will confirm Gudauta base closure only after check RIA Novosti 13 Apr 2006 -- Georgia said Thursday it would confirm the withdrawal of a Russian military base in the country only after inspecting the site.
- Ukraine says referendum on NATO membership would be premature RIA Novosti 13 Apr 2006 -- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it was too early to talk of holding a referendum on joining NATO.
- State Department Briefing, April 13 Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- Iraq, China, Chad, Sudan, Algeria, North Korea, Iran, Libya, Pakistan
- White House Briefing, April 13 Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- Andy Card, Secretary Rumsfeld confidence, Iraq/war funding, Iran, Pakistan/Musharraf, immigration reform, intelligence reports
- DoD News: Contracts for April 13, 2006
- CORDA wins new maritime research programme BAE Systems 13 Apr 2006 -- CORDA (Centre for Operational Research & Defence Analysis), a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, has been awarded a new enabling contract by the UK MOD Research Acquisition Organisation to lead the delivery of the Maritime Surface Effects research programme for Defence Equipment Capability (Above Water Effects) (DEC(AWE)). The work involved could be instrumental in shaping military thinking over the next 20 years.
- Boeing Submits Proposal to Indian Navy for Long-Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft Boeing 13 Apr 2006 -- A team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] today submitted its proposal to develop and deliver eight long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the Indian navy. Boeing is offering a variant of its P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft, which is currently in development for the U.S. Navy. The proposed aircraft would provide India with a significantly improved maritime patrol and reconnaissance capability.
- Korean Government Gives Final « Go Ahead » for Korean Helicopter Program (KHP) EADS 13 Apr 2006 -- Eurocopter warmly welcomes the final decision made by Korea’s DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration) for the acquisition of 245 utility helicopters to be developed by Korea Aerospace Industries Limited in partnership with Eurocopter, and produced as from 2011 onwards
- U.S. Marine Corps Awards General Dynamics $44 Million Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Contract General Dynamics 13 Apr 2006 -- The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia., has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $44.4 million contract to complete the systems development and demonstration (SDD) phase of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program.
- Raytheon Awarded $47 Million Contract for Patriot Upgrades Raytheon 13 Apr 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a U.S. Army contract valued at more than $47 million to upgrade Patriot PAC-2 missiles to the latest GEM+ configuration.
- Northrop Grumman to Supply Radio Frequency Simulator for Turkish F-16 Electronic Warfare Upgrade Program Northrop Grumman 13 Apr 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to provide a radio frequency (RF) simulator system that will be used to test an improved version of a radar warning and jamming system to be deployed on Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft.
- Raytheon Breaks Ground for New Facility in Huntsville's Cummings Research Park Raytheon 13 Apr 2006 -- To meet its projected business growth in North Alabama, Raytheon Company today officially broke ground for its new 140,000 square-foot, three-story facility in Huntsville's Cummings Research Park.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 13 Apr 2006
- UN Condemns Rebel Attack in Chad VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan have condemned the rebel offensive in Chad.
- CHAD: UN agencies scaling back in east as insecurity grows IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- As the Chadian capital N'djamena braces itself for a possible second night of fighting on Thursday the lack of reliable information about security conditions in the east of the country has forced humanitarian operations to evacuate staff.
- Annan, Security Council condemn Chad attacks, call for negotiation UN News Centre 13 Apr 2006 -- As fighting that had flared on Chad's border with Sudan's Darfur region today exploded in its capital, N'Djamena, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council condemned any attempt to seize power by force as well as attacks on Darfur refugees.
- CHAD: All calm on the streets of the capital after dawn attack IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- As taxis and cars start circulating again in the capital N'djamena, two corpses outside the parliament building and a nearby burned out government army truck were evidence of fierce fighting between rebel and government forces that briefly reached the city centre early on Thursday morning.
- Chad Claims Victory Over Rebels in Capital VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Fears of a possible coup are mounting in Chad, where rebel forces are reported to be within one hundred kilometers of the country's capital, N'Djamena.
- State's Zoellick Calls on All Parties To End Violence in Chad Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick called for an immediate end to violence in Chad and for that country to adopt a "different political process" if it is to avoid further rebel unrest and attacks like the one launched April 13 against that country's capital, N'djamena.
- Rice Says World Can't Afford to Wait in Darfur Conflict VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday the world community cannot afford to wait in dealing with the violence in Sudan's western Darfur region, including proceeding with the planned upgrade on the international peacekeeping presence there.
- Improvement in Sudan Possible, State's Zoellick Says Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- Despite ongoing tragedies in Sudan, the possibility for improvement exists, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick said April 13, adding that this is a "very important moment" for Sudan and the surrounding region.
- SUDAN: Thirteen killed in cattle raids in Upper Nile IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- Heavily armed attackers have killed 13 herders in a series of four cattle raids near Akobo town in Upper Nile State of southern Sudan during the past one week, a source in the area said.
- Some 'encouraging' signs in Côte d'Ivoire but more troops still needed: Annan UN News Centre 13 Apr 2006 -- While noting "some encouraging signs" for advancing the peace process in divided Côte d'Ivoire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today the security situation remains fragile and repeated his appeal to the Security Council to reinforce the UN operation (UNOCI) to prevent trouble spreading to neighbouring Liberia.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Election deadline may slip, prime minister IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- Cote d'Ivoire's mediator prime minister Charles Konan Banny, brought in to invigorate a hobbling peace process, told reporters in France that an existing 31 October deadline for presidential elections may be delayed.
- Nepal's King Calls for General Elections VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Nepal's King Gyanendra has called for general elections, while thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday to protest his government.
- Georgian Parliament Ratifies Russian Withdrawal RFE/RL 13 Apr 2006 -- Georgia's lawmakers today ratified an agreement under which Russia will pull out of its two military bases in Georgia by the end of 2008.
- Security Council extends UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea for one month UN News Centre 13 Apr 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for another month, but warned that unless both sides fulfilled its earlier demands - including lifting restrictions on UN personnel and recognizing a boundary decision - it will review other options ranging from transforming the operation into an observer mission to withdrawing it altogether.
- LTTE request peace brokers to postpone ceasefire talks IRNA 13 Apr 2006 -- The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today requested Norway's peacebroker to postpone the ceasefire talks with the Sri Lankan government, scheduled for next week in Switzerland, amid a fresh war of words with the authorities following a wave of bombings in the island nation.
- Militants Storm Palestinian Government Headquarters VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Armed militants briefly occupied the West Bank headquarters of the Palestinian Cabinet Thursday, in a protest against the territory's new Hamas-led government.
- Calipso climatology satellite, integrated by Alcatel Alenia Space, ready for launch Thales 13 Apr 2006 -- The Calipso (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation) satellite, for which Alcatel Alenia Space handled the delivery of the satellite platform and the spacecraft-payload integration, will be launched on April 21 at 3:02 a.m. PDT. The Calipso mission is part of a joint program between French space agency CNES and NASA of the United States, and will be launched along with the Cloudsat satellite from the Vandenberg air force base in California, using a Delta 2 rocket.
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