31 August 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 31 Aug 2006 [PDF]
- 1/34 BCT SOLDIER WAS KILLED BY AN IED
- TWO SERVICEMEMBERS DIE IN AL ANBAR AUG. 30
- Coalition Forces in Iraq Free Kidnap Victim AFPS 31 Aug 2006 -- Bastogne soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, freed a kidnap victim and captured three of the terrorists who had taken him hostage just outside Kirkuk, Iraq, yesterday, military officials reported.
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for Aug. 31 AFPN 31 Aug 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Aug. 31.
- Series of Attacks Kill 43 in Baghdad VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- A series of near simultaneous rocket and bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital have killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 100.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Active Army Achieves Re-enlistment Goal One Month Early Army News Release 31 Aug 2006 -- The Active Army made its fiscal year 2006 retention goal with one month left in the year when the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army re-enlisted a Fort Campbell, Ky., Soldier today.
- USS Abraham Lincoln Arrives at NBK for Overhaul Navy NewsStand 31 Aug 2006 -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) in Bremerton from Naval Station Everett for a scheduled six-month maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Aug. 29.
- NAVMAG Changes Command Navy NewsStand 31 Aug 2006 -- Cmdr. George Whitbred relieved Cmdr. Jonathan Kurtz as commanding officer of Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island Aug. 25, in a change of command ceremony held at NAVMAG.
- Gulf Coast Seabees Remain Strong Community Partners One Year After Katrina Navy NewsStand 31 Aug 2006 -- One year after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Aug. 29, Seabee units assigned here continue to contribute to ongoing recovery and restoration efforts in the region.
- Navy, Air Force Weather Forecasters Form One Front in Central Europe Navy NewsStand 31 Aug 2006 -- Air Force weather forecasters from the 20th Operational Weather Squadron (OWS) are welcoming Navy weather forecasters into their unit at Sembach Air Base, Germany, Aug. 31.
- MARMC Changes Hands Navy NewsStand 31 Aug 2006 -- Capt. Kevin B. Taylor relinquished command of Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) to Rear Adm. J. Clark Orzalli on Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 29.
- Bush: Anti-Terror War Represents Epic Struggle of Ideas AFPS 31 Aug 2006 -- The war against terrorism is an epic struggle of ideas as much as an armed conflict, President Bush told members of the American Legion in Salt Lake City today.
- Reservists ready to fight wildfires in Pacific Northwest AFPN 31 Aug 2006 -- Air Force Reserve Command's only airborne fire fighting unit is back on the road and ready to fight fires again.
- India unveils arms procurement policy IRNA 31 Aug 2006 -- The Indian government on Wednesday unveiled new weapons procurement procedures reintroducing a modified fast-track process and making field trials of weapons systems more transparent.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 31 Aug 2006
- Press Gaggle by Dana Perino The White House 31 Aug 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for August 31, 2006
- BAE Systems Receives Integrated Countermine Contract Modification BAE Systems 31 Aug 2006 -- The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems a $34 million modification to its Ground Standoff Mine Detection System-Future Combat Systems (GSTAMIDS FCS) System Development and Demonstration contract, bringing the total value to $94 million. The company was selected in 2004 to develop the integrated system for mine detection, marking, reporting, and neutralization to be fielded on an Army robotic countermine vehicle.
- Boeing Completes First Phase of CF-18 Aircraft Modernization Project Boeing 31 Aug 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered the 80th modernized CF-18 aircraft to the Canadian Department of National Defence during a ceremony at L-3 Communications MAS in Mirabel, Quebec. The delivery marks the completion of Phase I of the CF-18 Modernization Project.
- General Dynamics Celebrates U.S. Navy’s AN/AYK-14 Airborne Computer System 30th Anniversary General Dynamics 31 Aug 2006 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and the U.S. Navy celebrated the 30th anniversary of the AN/AYK-14 Navy Standard Airborne Computer today during a ceremony at the computer’s manufacturing and support center. Members of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Air Combat Electronic program office (PMA-209), including Capt. Gregory Silvernagel, PMA-209 program manager, and Rex Coombs, AYK-14 lead engineer and integrated program team lead, joined executives and hundreds of employees from General Dynamics to recognize the team’s accomplishments.
- General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Work General Dynamics 31 Aug 2006 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $13.7 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- CALIFORNIA AIR NATIONAL GUARD AIRLIFT WING RECEIVES LATEST LOCKHEED MARTIN C-130J SUPER HERCULES Lockheed Martin 31 Aug 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered its sixth C-130J Super Hercules to the 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard unit yesterday at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Calif. The aircraft was flown from the Lockheed Martin Ga. production facility in Marietta to its new home by Maj. Gen. Charles Ickes II, Deputy Director of the Air National Guard and Col. Steven Friedricks, Commander of the 146th AW.
- Lockheed Martin Develops Supervised Autonomy for Unmanned Ground Vehicles Lockheed Martin 31 Aug 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today introduced its new Squad Mission Support System (SMSS), leveraging robotic technologies for future robotic weapons systems.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $95.8 Million U.S. Navy Contract for Detail Design of DDG 1000 Northrop Grumman 31 Aug 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $95.8 million contract for the detail design of the U.S. Navy's 21st century DDG 1000 destroyer. The contract, to be performed by the company's Ship Systems sector, includes the detail design and the procurement of any vendor-furnished information that will be used in support of the design. The contract runs through September 2007; when fully funded, the contract will total more than $300 million through 2013.
- DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer Program Logs Successful Third Quarterly Technical Assessment and Integrated Baseline Raytheon 31 Aug 2006 -- Raytheon reports the successful completion of two significant events for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer Program: the third Quarterly Technical Assessment (QTA) and the Detail Design and Integration (DDI) Integrated Baseline Review (IBR), both conducted at the DDG 1000 Collaboration Center in Washington, D.C.
- BAE Systems to Develop Net-Centric Targeting System BAE Systems 31 Aug 2006 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agencys (NGA) InnoVision Directorate has selected BAE Systems to develop a web-based surveillance and targeting system. The system will rapidly identify battlefield targets and other possible threats and greatly speed decision-making by intelligence analysts and military personnel.
- Russia may buy minority interest in defense chipmaker RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2006 -- A Russian economics official confirmed media reports Thursday that the government may buy a minority stake in the Mikron plant, which produces chips for the defense industry.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 31 Aug 2006
- United States Urges Sudan To Accept New U.N. Peacekeepers Washington File 31 Aug 2006 -- The United States has called on Sudan to accept the newly passed Security Council resolution that authorizes the United Nations to take over peacekeeping operations in Darfur.
- SUDAN: Security Council approves UN force for Darfur IRIN 31 Aug 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council on Thursday voted to create a UN peacekeeping force for Sudan's western Darfur region, but the troops would be deployed only with the approval of the Sudanese government.
- Security Council votes to set up UN peacekeeping force in Darfur UN News Centre 31 Aug 2006 -- The Security Council agreed today to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping force of more than 17,000 troops in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region by the end of the year to try to end the spiralling violence and displacement there that has led senior UN officials to warn of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe.
- Security Council Gives UN Control Over Darfur Peacekeepers VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council has expanded the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in Sudan to include Darfur
- UN Approves Deployment of Troops to Darfur VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution calling for the deployment of an international peacekeeping force to Darfur.
- U.S. Foreign Assistance Director Outlines Aid to Lebanon Washington File 31 Aug 2006 -- Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Randall Tobias elaborated August 31 on the U.S. commitment of $230 million in emergency reconstruction assistance to Lebanon
- Lebanese army deploys in more areas of the south; UN helps clear deadly ordnance UN News Centre 31 Aug 2006 -- Lebanese troops today moved into more areas of the south of the country after Israeli forces withdrew, the United Nations said, as it continued to coordinate the deployment and stepped up its work to clear the masses of deadly unexploded ordnance that litter the countryside.
- Annan says Israeli blockade of Lebanon must not be a 'collective punishment' UN News Centre 31 Aug 2006 -- Warning that Israel's continued blockade of Lebanon risks being seen as "collective punishment" of the Lebanese people, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today renewed calls for it to be lifted as he met with officials in Jordan on the latest leg of his regional tour of the Middle East.
- International community must act quickly to help Lebanon rebuild, Annan's deputy says UN News Centre 31 Aug 2006 -- Warning of a "race against time" to rebuild Lebanon after the recent devastating month of conflict, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General today urged donors to provide funds for the task, as he repeated calls for Israel to lift its air and sea blockade, saying it severely hinders relief efforts.
- Sweden: Donors Pledge Over $900 Million for Lebanon VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- Swedish officials say donor countries meeting in Stockholm have pledged more than $900 million in emergency aid to begin rebuilding war-shattered Lebanon.
- Lebanon: Donors Meeting Expected To Net $500 Million RFE/RL 31 Aug 2006 -- An international donors meeting for Lebanon in Stockholm today is expected to raise at least $500 million to put the country on the path to recovery from war damage.
- Lebanon: UN Condemns Israeli Cluster Bombs RFE/RL 31 Aug 2006 -- Two weeks after a UN-brokered cease-fire silenced the guns in southern Lebanon, people's lives are still in danger there -- largely because of cluster bombs from Israeli war planes or artillery.
- Siniora: War Damage Will Cost Billions to Repair VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora has appealed to international donors in Stockholm for urgent financial aid to help his country recover from the devastating conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.
- Israeli Army says Troops Withdrawing from Gaza City Neighborhood VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- The Israeli army says its soldiers are withdrawing from the outskirts of Gaza City, where they have been operating for the past six days.
- India foils Nepal's bid to get missiles IRNA 31 Aug 2006 -- Less than four months after Nepal's new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala pledged to put an end to violence and killings and make the restoration of peace his government's top priority, Nepal tried to obtain anti-aircraft missiles, if not other sophisticated weaponry like rifles and ammunition, from foreign makers but was foiled by India, which refused to allow the carrier aircraft passage through its air space.
- No Georgian inspections of former Russian base in Abkhazia RIA Novosti 31 Aug 2006 -- Abkhazian authorities will not allow the Georgian Defense Ministry to inspect the former Russian base in the self-proclaimed republic, the Abkhazian leader said Thursday.
- CONGO: 30,000 ex-fighters ready to disarm, reintegrate IRIN 31 Aug 2006 -- Civil-war veteran Olivier Ngouebo, 39, has had enough of war after the bitter experiences of fighting in his home region of Niari between 1998 and 1999 and again in 2002.
- UGANDA: Daunting post-conflict challenges in the north IRIN 31 Aug 2006 -- Resettling internally displaced persons (IDPs) and re-establishing civil services in war-ravaged northern Uganda will be a daunting task for the government, the country's minister for disaster preparedness has said.
- International Security Forces, East Timor Police Search for Prison Escapees VOA 31 Aug 2006 -- International security forces and East Timorese police are searching for at least 56 inmates, including a rebel leader, who have escaped from prison.
- Lockheed Martin Selected By NASA For Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Lockheed Martin 31 Aug 2006 -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced today that it has selected the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team to design and build the agency’s next-generation human space flight crew transportation system known as Orion, with an initial contract value of approximately $4 billion.
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