16 January 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Jan 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Four Task Force Lightning Soldiers killed
- USS John C. Stennis Deploys with Carrier Strike Group 3 Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2007 -- Stennis (CVN 74) Sailors said goodbye to their family members and friends Jan. 16, as the ship departed Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton for San Diego to onload Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9.
- Iraqi Cell Leader Killed, Another Captured; 13 Detained AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- Coalition forces killed the leader of an improvised-explosive-device cell and captured another in Iraq over the past three days, and coalition forces have detained 13 suspected insurgents this week, U.S. military officials said.
- Bomb Attack Near Baghdad University Kills 65 VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- A double bomb attack near a university in Baghdad has killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 100 others - on one of the bloodiest days in Iraq in weeks.
- Sailors Deploy to Iraq to Coordinate Air Cargo Navy NewsStand 16 Jan 2007 -- The second rotation of Sailors from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 1 (NCHB-1) at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Cheatham Annex departed for a six month deployment to Iraq Jan. 16.
- CENTAF Airpower Summary for Jan. 16 AFPN 16 Jan 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Jan. 16.
- Transcript: Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates Following Meeting with President Karzai 16 Jan 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- US Defense Secretary Says Afghan Border Attacks Increasing VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States would like to see Pakistan do more to stem the increased number of attacks on Afghanistan from its territory.
- Afghan Citizens Prevent Terrorist Attack on U.S. Base AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- Two Afghan citizens prevented a terrorist attack this morning when a vehicle loaded with explosives attempted to crash through the front gate of Camp Phoenix, a U.S. base here.
- Afghan Army Making Tremendous Progress; Police Trail AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- The Afghan National Army is making tremendous progress and is a factor on the battlefield, officials here said today. Progress has been slower for the country's national police, however.
- Afghanistan Solution Requires International Commitment, General Says AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- The solution in Afghanistan will not be military in nature, but will be possible with the cooperation and work of the international community, the former commander of U.S. European Command said here today.
- US Defense Secretary Says Afghan Border Attacks Increasing VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- The U.S. defense secretary says an increase in cross-border attacks on Afghanistan by militants from Pakistan is a "problem" that the United States will have to pursue with the Pakistani government.
- NATO, U.S., Afghan Forces Battling Taliban in Afghanistan AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- NATO, U.S. and Afghan forces are preparing to counter an expected Taliban spring offensive, the commander of combined forces here said today.
- Gates Calls Cross-Border Attacks In Afghanistan A 'Problem' RFE/RL 16 Jan 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today that a surge in cross-border insurgent activity from Pakistan is a "problem" that will have to be pursued with the Pakistani government.
- Pakistani forces attack militants' compounds IRNA 16 Jan 2007 -- Pakistani forces used helicopter gunships to bomb suspected militant hideouts in the tribal region near the rugged Afghan border early Tuesday, the military said.
- U.S. Defense Secretary Meets Karzai In Kabul RFe/RL 16 Jan 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul today to address the security situation in Afghanistan and the threat posed by the resurgence of Taliban militants.
- US Defense Secretary Visits Afghanistan VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is making his first visit to Afghanistan since taking the job last month
- Pakistan Army Strikes Al-Qaida Camps Near Afghan Border VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- Pakistan forces launched a powerful air strike against a series of suspected al-Qaida military camps in the country's tribal region near the Afghan border Tuesday
- National Guard Rolls Out for Yet Another Midwest Storm AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- More than 600 citizen-soldiers and airmen in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas have been called out in response to the latest in a series of severe winter storms to blanket the Midwest with snow and ice.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy Names New Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald R. Ford 16 Jan 2007 -- Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced today the selection of USS Gerald R. Ford as the name of the first aircraft carrier in what will be the Gerald R. Ford class of carriers.
- Safety Officer's Invention Saves Humvee-Trapped Soldiers Army News 16 Jan 2007 -- One of the top killers of Soldiers in Iraq isn't necessarily combat related. Since operations began there in 2003, many Soldiers have died trying to escape Humvees that have rolled into Iraq's numerous irrigation canals.
- Hall: New Policies to Relieve Stress, Promote Unit Cohesion AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- The new Defense Department policy limiting the duration of call-ups to 12 months is already in effect for National Guard and reserve members being ordered to active duty, the senior DoD reserve affairs official reported.
- Continued Engagement Will Prevent Future Conflicts, General Says AFPS 16 Jan 2007 -- One of the most important missions the U.S. military has is forming relationships with allies and building the foundations for peace in regions around the world, the former commander of U.S. European Command said here today.
- Keesler's Flying Jennies receive final C-130J-30 AFPN 16 Jan 2007 -- A crew from Air Force Reserve Command's 815th Airlift Squadron recently delivered the unit's final C-130J-30 aircraft here after accepting it from the manufacturer at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 16 Jan 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 16 Jan 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for January 16, 2007
- Boeing Delivers Wing Set for 100th F-22 Raptor Ahead of Schedule Boeing 16 Jan 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] delivered the wings for the U.S. Air Force's 100th F-22 Raptor to teammate Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Marietta, Ga., facility in late December, two weeks ahead of schedule.
- Boeing, U.S. Air Force Demonstrate Advanced Airborne Networking First Boeing 16 Jan 2007 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have demonstrated for the first time how -- with advanced airborne networking and information management technology -- a near-space vehicle can be used as a flexible, low-cost, theater-wide information broker that provides real-time tactical information to ground forces to enhance their effectiveness and survivability.
- U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics $13 Million for Abrams Tank System Technical Support Geneeral Dynamics 16 Jan 2007 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command recently awarded a $12.6 million contract for M1A1 Abrams tank systems technical support (STS) to General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Provide Ongoing Launcher Support for TRIDENT II (D5) Missile Weapon System Northrop Grumman 16 Jan 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was awarded a $40.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) to provide ongoing technical support for the TRIDENT II (D5) missile weapon system.
- DARPA AWARDS NOVEL SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS CONTRACT TO BAE SYSTEMS BAE Systems 16 Jan 2007 -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to lead a team of 10 companies in the next development phases of the Novel Satellite Communications (NSC) program.
- Northrop Grumman Begins Operational Test and Evaluation of its Guardian Commercial Airline Anti-Missile System Northrop Grumman 16 Jan 2007 -- An MD-10 aircraft in commercial revenue service with the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Guardian(tm) system installation departed Los Angeles International Airport today, marking the beginning of the operational test and evaluation portion of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Counter-Man Portable Air Defense Systems (C-MANPADS) program.
- BAE SYSTEMS TO SUPPLY FLIGHT CONTROLS FOR KOREAN T/A-50 GOLDEN EAGLE BAE Systems 16 Jan 2007 -- NEX1 Future Co. Ltd. has selected BAE Systems to supply flight control computer kits for the Republic of Korea's T/A-50 aircraft.
- Boeing Begins Delivery of New AH-64DHA Apache Longbows for Greece Boeing 16 Jan 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has begun the delivery process for 12 new AH-64DHA Apache Longbow helicopters being produced for the Hellenic Army in Greece.
- Northrop Grumman Opens First of Its Kind Facility in U.S. For High-Energy Laser Production and System Integration Northrop Grumman 16 Jan 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today opened a specialized facility exclusively for system integration and production of high-energy laser systems for military uses - the first of its kind by private industry in the United States.
- Northrop Grumman Announces Source Selection Results for the Air Force E-8C Joint STARS Painting Competition Northrop Grumman 16 Jan 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed a source selection competition to identify a painting contractor for the Air Force's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft fleet. Aviation Exteriors (AvEx) of New Iberia, La., was selected based on a best value analysis.
- Northrop Grumman Earns Highest CMMI Maturity Level for Systems, Software and Hardware Northrop Grumman 16 Jan 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced that four business segments of its Electronic Systems sector have been appraised at Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI(r)) Maturity Level 5-the highest rating possible-for a broad range of operations.
- GE Completes Major Marine Certification Testing Milestone on LM2500+G4 Gas Turbine GE Marine 16 Jan 2007 -- GE - Marine reports that it has completed a major milestone in the three-year marine development and type-testing program on its LM2500+G4 aeroderivative gas turbine. The engine performed flawlessly during high-power demonstration testing recently completed in late 2006.
- The U.S. Coast Guard’s first EADS HC-144A multi-mission aircraft arrives in United States EADS 16 Jan 2007 -- The United States is one step closer to introducing an important new tool for the protection of its borders and the monitoring of international waters with the arrival of the first EADS CASA HC-144A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft at the U.S. Coast Guard aviation facility in North Carolina.
- Sagem Défense Sécurité awarded contract for self-protection system for French Navy FREMM frigates Sagem (Safran group) 16 Jan 2007 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) signed a contract last December 14 with Armaris for the development, production and logistic support of the self-protection NGDS (New Generation Dagaie System) for the French Navy’s first eight FREMMs (Multi-mission European frigates). This electronic warfare system will provide FREMMs with all-round self-protection upon deployment in 2011 against current and future anti-ship missiles.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 16 Jan 2007
- Rice Says New Mideast Talks Transcend Sequence of Road Map Washington File 16 Jan 2007 -- Informal talks involving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will offer a chance to "break through" logistical and security obligations under the first phase of the road map plan for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to include broader discussions on a future political settlement, Rice said January 16.
- Rice Optimistic About Three-Way Middle East Talks VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says her pending meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders could produce a break-out in a dialogue between the parties that has stalled over local issues
- Rice Announces Israeli, Palestinian Talks on Mideast Road Map Washington File 16 Jan 2007 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will hold "an informal set of discussions" on broad issues concerning the plan aimed at establishing a Palestinian state that lives at peace with Israel.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC United Nations 16 Jan 2007
- Security Council calls for quick action on possible UN force in Central African Republic UN News Centre 16 Jan 2007 -- The Security Council today asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to submit his recommendations by the middle of next month on the possibility and scope of a formal United Nations presence in eastern Chad and the northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR) - where UN humanitarian officials are alarmed about the impact of increasingly frequent rebel attacks.
- Bush, Ban Discuss Sudan VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- U.S. President George Bush and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met at the White House to discuss efforts to reform the world body
- NEPAL: Humanitarian challenges remain despite Maoists entering parliament IRIN 16 Jan 2007 -- As Maoist leaders join the Nepalese parliament after their decade-long armed rebellion, the numbers of internally displaced people remains one of the biggest humanitarian concerns, said aid workers.
- Sri Lankan military steps up offensive against Tigers IRNA 16 Jan 2007 -- Heavy casualties were reported in fresh fighting as Sri Lankan armed forces launched a three pronged ground offensive towards Panichchankerni, south of Vaharai, towards Eachilampattu and Uppooral in the north of Sri Lanka.
- Preparations step up for next phase of added UN support to African force in Darfur UN News Centre 16 Jan 2007 -- The United Nations and the African Union (AU) have intensified their preparations for the second phase of the process leading to the eventual deployment of a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur.
- UN envoy to northern Ugandan conflict holds talks to try to energize peace process UN News Centre 16 Jan 2007 -- The United Nations envoy for the conflict in northern Uganda has arrived in southern Sudan for talks on how to achieve a political settlement and end the brutal 20-year rebellion of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
- Somali Government Reverses Ban on Media Closures VOA 16 Jan 2007 -- The Somali government appears to have reversed a ban on four media outlets it imposed Monday
- GUINEA: Conte mulling union ultimatum as security forces crack down IRIN 16 Jan 2007 -- After a day of violence during which security forces clashed with protestors in several Conakry suburbs, union leaders on Monday evening presented Guinean President Lansana Conte with an ultimatum to either reform his government or face mass nationwide demonstrations.
- Ban Ki-moon and US President stress joint partnership during talks UN News Centre 16 Jan 2007 -- In his first meeting with United States President George W. Bush since assuming office as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said the two leaders mutually pledged to work together to try to achieve the goals of peace and increased global prosperity.
- Flight Model of the SMOS payload, built by EADS Astrium in Spain, ready for final testing at ESA EADS 16 Jan 2007 -- The EADS Astrium built payload for SMOS, The MIRAS (Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis) instrument is set to leave Spain following final integration and handover to ESA. The payload will undergo exhaustive testing at ESTEC, the ESA test centre, expected last for most of 2007 before launch due early in 2008.
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