01 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- MNF-W PERSONNEL ATTACKED
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- CENTAF releases airpower summaries for Feb. 1 AFPN 01 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 1.
- Seven Terrorists Killed in Iraq, 10 Detained; Weapons Caches Found AFPS 01 Feb 2007 -- Coalition forces killed seven suspected terrorists and detained 10 more, and troops discovered six weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq.
- Bomb Blasts Kill Scores in Iraq VOA 01 Feb 2007 -- In Iraq, suicide bombers killed about 60 people in a town south of Baghdad Thursday
- John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Arrives in 7th Fleet Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2007 -- The USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet’s area of responsibility (AOR) Jan. 31, as part of a deployment to promote peace, regional cooperation and stability.
- U.S House Speaker Calls for More European Aid for Afghanistan Washington File 01 Feb 2007 -- A delegation of U.S. lawmakers is calling for more international help to rebuild Afghanistan and also is criticizing the Bush administration’s new strategy for Iraq.
- US Military Gives Afghan Army Weapons, Humvees, Britain to Send 800 More Troops VOA 01 Feb 2007 -- The United States has given thousands of weapons and hundreds of armored vehicles to Afghanistan's army as it braces for renewed fighting with Taleban insurgents in the spring.
- AFGHANISTAN: Rebuilding ‘not on track’ IRIN 01 Feb 2007 -- The international community pledged billions of dollars for the recovery of Afghanistan in 2006, and in return, the Afghan government promised to introduce policy reforms to improve its people’s lives. Out of this was born the Afghanistan Compact, which established targets and benchmarks to be met by the Afghan authorities over five years.
- Afghanistan: UN mission stresses need for victims’ rights to figure in impunity debate UN News Centre 01 Feb 2007 -- The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today stressed the need for the rights of victims of the country’s past 25 years of conflict to be at the heart of national reconciliation and any efforts to grant impunity.
- Afghan Parliament Grants Immunity To War Criminals RFE/RL 01 Feb 2007 -- Afghanistan's parliament has granted immunity to all Afghans involved in the country's conflicts during the last quarter century despite calls by human rights groups for war crimes trials, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Civil Support Teams Certified for Five States 01 Feb 2007 -- The Department of Defense notified Congress today that Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST) of the New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, North Dakota and Montana National Guard are now certified.
- Spooky gunship armed with new cannons AFPN 01 Feb 2007 -- Crews at Hurlburt Field have put the finishing touches on the first AC-130U Spooky gunship armed with the 30 mm Bushmaster cannon.
- C-21 fleet continues to dwindle AFPN 01 Feb 2007 -- Members of the 76th Airlift Squadron bid farewell to three of its 13 C-21 aircraft in January, as the Air Force retires the aircraft from the active-duty inventory.
- Competition challenges Airmen's warfighting abilities AFPN 01 Feb 2007 -- Twenty-one teams composed of 84 Andersen AFB Airmen competed Jan. 25 and 26 here in Warrior Day, a competition designed to simulate challenges Airmen may face in combat.
- Casey: Army is Not Broken AFPS 01 Feb 2007 -- The Army faces significant challenges in the years ahead, but it is still the world’s preeminent land power and has not been overly strained by the war on terror, Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, said here today.
- Army’s Equipment ‘Reset’ Program Ahead of 2006 Pace AFPS 01 Feb 2007 -- The combination of available money and around-the-clock work is enabling the Army to increase the pace of refurbishment of equipment that’s damaged or worn out from service in Afghanistan and Iraq, senior military leaders testified before a joint U.S. House committee on Capitol Hill yesterday.
- USCGC Midgett, Yemen Coast Guard Conduct Professional Exchange Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC 726) completed a two-day professional exchange with members of the Yemen Coast Guard on Jan. 17 while conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the Red Sea as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 150 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
- U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Join to Support European Command Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) provided Tyndall Air Force Base a C-5 Galaxy jet and a C-17 Globemaster III jet from Jan. 25-28 to load the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) and deliver the system to U.S. European Command (EUCOM).
- “Argonauts” Celebrate Forty Years Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2007 -- During a ceremony on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147) celebrated their 40th birthday.
- "Providers" Provide CSG Support Worldwide Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2007 -- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, “The Providers,” surge deployed Jan. 27 to the Western Pacific.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 01 Feb 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 01 Feb 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for February 01, 2007
- Go-ahead for the development of the Euro Hawk EADS 01 Feb 2007 -- The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a €430 million contract to EuroHawk GmbH, a joint venture company formed by EADS and Northrop Grumman Corporation, for the development, test and support of the Euro Hawk® unmanned signals intelligence (SIGINT) surveillance and reconnaissance system.
- General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded Maintenance and Repair Contract for Amphibious Assault Ships General Dynamics 01 Feb 2007 -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a seven-year contract for the maintenance and emergent repair of San Diego-based LHA and LHD class amphibious assault ships
- L-3 Integrated Systems and Tobyhanna Army Depot Sign Teaming Agreement L3 Communications 01 Feb 2007 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) subsidiary and Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania have signed a Teaming Agreement (TA).
- LOCKHEED MARTIN AND KONGSBERG DEFENCE & AEROSPACE TO JOINTLY MARKET JOINT STRIKE MISSILE Lockheed Martin 01 Feb 2007 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) [OSE: KOG] of Norway have entered into a Joint Marketing Agreement to market an air-launched version of the Naval Strike Missile.
- Northrop Grumman, EADS Joint Venture Awarded $559 Million to Develop German Euro Hawk Northrop Grumman 01 Feb 2007 -- The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a $559 million (Euro 430 million) contract to EuroHawk GmbH, a joint-venture company formed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and EADS, for the development, test and support of the Euro Hawk(r) unmanned signals intelligence (SIGINT) surveillance and reconnaissance system.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 01 Feb 2007
- Violence Between Hamas, Fatah Factions Threatens Gaza Truce VOA 01 Feb 2007 -- At least four Palestinians were killed Thursday in the Gaza Strip, as violent clashes erupted between the Hamas and Fatah factions
- Palestinian Truce Tested by Factional Fighting VOA 01 Feb 2007 -- There have been several outbreaks of fighting between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip, putting a three-day old truce to the test
- Analysis: UN Probes Kosovo Independence cfr.org 01 Feb 2007 -- UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which has governed the lives of Kosovo’s two million residents for nearly eight years, says residents of the Serbian province shall have “substantial autonomy and self-government” pending a final political settlement.
- Backgrounder: The Muslim Insurgency in Southern Thailand cfr.org 01 Feb 2007
- Western Sahara: Secretary-General chooses British official to head UN mission UN News Centre 01 Feb 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed an experienced United Nations official and former British diplomat as his new envoy to spearhead efforts to re-start the long-stalled peace process in Western Sahara.
- Burundi Proposes Offering Troops for Somalia, Uganda Parliament Stalls VOA 01 Feb 2007 -- Burundi has agreed to offer troops for the African Union peacekeeping initiative in Somalia
- Chadian Army, Rebels Clash Near Sudan Border VOA 01 Feb 2007 -- Chadian armed forces clashed with rebels Thursday in the eastern border town of Adre
- World: 'I'm A Frustrated Prosecutor' RFE/RL 01 Feb 2007 -- Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), announced this week that she will retire in September.
- Russia: Who Is Out To Discredit The Chechen Police, And Why? RFE/RL 01 Feb 2007 -- The Chechen police, until recently regarded as beyond criticism thanks to their links to Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, have recently been accused of incompetence and implicated in the October 2006 killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
- CONGO: Govt, agencies welcome decision to make rebel group political party IRIN 01 Feb 2007 -- The government and humanitarian agencies in the Republic of Congo have welcomed a decision by a former rebel leader to transform his armed group into a political party, saying they hoped it would help restore peace to the administrative department of the Pool, scene of several civil wars between 1998 and 2002.
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