15 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 15 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- Task Force Lightning Soldiers attacked, counter attack
- MNF-W forces attacked
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Feb. 15 airpower: F-16s provide convoy watch AFPN 15 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 15.
- Convoy reduction flights keep Airmen out of harm's way AFPN 15 Feb 2007 -- Convoys transporting Airmen and supplies on the highways of Iraq face a constant risk from terrorist attacks. In an effort to reduce the number of convoys going out, the 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron performs regular airlift convoy reduction missions out of Balad Air Base, Iraq.
- Security Crackdown Continues in Iraq AFPS 15 Feb 2007 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces are continuing their security crackdown in Iraq, taking suspected terrorists into custody, seizing illegal weapons and freeing a hostage in operations over the last two days.
- Iraqi Officials say al-Qaida Leader in Iraq Wounded in Clash VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- Iraq's Interior Ministry says troops have wounded the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri.
- Cargo Transfer Platoon 1 Returns from Mission in Iraq Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- Members of Cargo Transfer Platoon (CTP) 1 returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Feb. 12 after a seven-month deployment in Iraq.
- Iraqi, US Forces Step Up Baghdad Security Crackdown VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- Iraqi and U.S. forces are stepping up joint operations in Baghdad as part of a new security crackdown on sectarian and insurgent violence in the city.
- Bush Announces New Plan for Afghanistan Washington File 15 Feb 2007 -- President Bush announced a new six-point plan February 15 to help Afghanistan defeat Taliban forces and terrorists, and establish a stable, moderate, democratic state.
- Bush Calls for More NATO Troops in Afghanistan VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- President Bush says the United States and NATO will stage a spring offensive in Afghanistan against terrorists and Taleban fighters
- US Lawmakers Hear Assessments on Afghanistan VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- As President Bush ordered additional troops for Afghanistan, and appealed to Congress to approve billions of dollars for the war against the Taleban and insurgents, U.S. lawmakers heard pessimistic assessments from experts
- President Bush Outlines Strategy for Afghanistan AFPS 15 Feb 2007 -- Success against terrorism in Afghanistan is important to U.S. security, and the administration has key areas it will be working on to improve the situation there, President Bush said here today.
- Bush Announces More Troops For Afghanistan RFE/RL 15 Feb 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush said today more U.S. troops will go to Afghanistan to help counter an expected spring offensive by Taliban fighters.
- Afghanistan: Symposium Looks At Spring Security Challenges RFE/RL 15 Feb 2007 -- The Taliban say their spring offensive started in southern Afghanistan when they seized the town of Musa Qala in early February.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Defense Department Media Roundtable With Secretary Of Defense Robert Gates And Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff General Peter Pace 15 Feb 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Gates, Pace Give Update on Iraq, Afghanistan, Readiness AFPS 15 Feb 2007 -- Is the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Iran? Maybe, maybe not.
- Nominees for US Ambassadors to Iraq, Afghanistan Appear Before Congress VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- President Bush's nominees to be the next ambassadors to Iraq and Afghanistan assured a Senate panel Thursday that if confirmed, they would work to promote stability in both countries
- Pace Returns From Australia, Indonesia AFPS 15 Feb 2007 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff returned to Washington today following a week-long trip designed to cement ties in the Pacific region and put a face to events halfway around the world.
- New Horizons kicks off in Nicaragua AFPN 15 Feb 2007 -- More than 500 Nicaraguans along with deployed members of the United States military celebrated the official start of the New Horizons 2007 humanitarian exercise Feb. 15.
- F-22s make mark at Red Flag AFPN 15 Feb 2007 -- The F-22 Raptor flew in its first Red Flag exercise that started Feb. 3 here, showcasing its stealth, super cruise and other advantages absent in legacy fighters.
- Leaders focus on Air Force priorities at Corona South AFPN 15 Feb 2007 -- The secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force chief of staff and other key service leaders met for Corona South to discuss key strategic issues, priorities and initiatives of the Air Force Feb. 12 to 14 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
- 'The Smallest Enemy' Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- Despite the enormous evolution of warfare in the last century, one of the most harmful enemies of American fighting forces deployed around the world is not bullets or roadside explosives.
- Three CTF 76 Ships Make Simultaneous Port Visits in Japan Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- Three Sasebo-based ships of Task Force 76 made three different Japanese port visits simultaneously beginning Feb. 8, with the last ship departing from its visit Feb. 13.
- Marines, Djiboutians Train Side-by-Side During Image Nautilus Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- Marines and Sailors from Battalion Landing Team 2/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), wrapped up five days of bilateral, live-fire training with troops from the Djiboutian Army on Feb. 15 as Exercise Image Nautilus 2007 came to a close.
- USS Robert G. Bradley Conducts Replenishment at Sea Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) joined British Oiler RFA Wave Ruler in the Eastern Pacific Feb. 8 to conduct an underway replenishment (UNREP).
- Supplemental Budget Supports Navy GWOT efforts, CNO tells Congress Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen told lawmakers Feb. 13 that the Navy's proposed $8.9 billion Emergency Wartime Supplemental request for fiscal year 2007 (FY07) will help the service reset and equip the force while staying ahead of the demands of current combat operations.
- Lessons learned program to improve deployments AFPN 15 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have established a program to help solve problems and improve things for new people rotating into the area of responsibility.
- U.S., Peruvian Air Forces reach milestone AFPN 15 Feb 2007 -- With the final latch of the helicopter's door and a ride away from a deserted terrain of Peru, the U.S. and Peruvian Air Forces completed their first joint combat search and rescue exercise in South America.
- Navy Reaching for New Desired End Strength by 2008 Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- With the Navy's Fleet of the future established, and seeing cost-savings platforms being delivered to the Fleet, the Navy announced Feb. 5 the plan to reach an end strength number of 328,4000 for active duty and 67,800 for reserves in 2008, reaching a floor of approximately 322,000 for active duty and 68,000 for reserves in 2013.
- Safeguard Visits Kagoshima Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- USS Safeguard (ARS 50) wrapped up a four-day goodwill port visit in Kagoshima, Japan, on Feb. 13, a stopover marked by a number of community outreach activities.
- USS Ramage Conducts Change of Command in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- Cmdr. Randell W. Dykes relieved Cmdr. James H. Dick as commanding officer of USS Ramage (DDG 61) during a change of command ceremony at sea Feb. 12 in the Persian Gulf.
- FRC NW Brings Depot-Level Repairs to Whidbey Island to Boost Readiness Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2007 -- Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) Fleet Readiness Center's (FRC's) current integration of depot-level repair capabilities into its work centers has already saved the Navy $3.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2007.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 15 Feb 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 15 Feb 2007
- BAE SYSTEMS AWARDED $55.4 MILLION U.S. MARINE CORPS DELIVERY ORDER FOR 90 MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTED VEHICLES BAE Systems 15 Feb 2007 -- BAE Systems has received a $55.4 million delivery order for 90 advanced tactical wheeled vehicles that will offer enhanced protection to U.S. Marines and Soldiersunder the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program.
- Boeing Signs Contract for Dutch Chinooks Boeing 15 Feb 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today signed a direct commercial sales agreement with the Defence Materiel Organization of the Dutch Ministry of Defense for six new-build CH-47F (NL) Chinook helicopters.
- General Dynamics Awarded $32 Million for Joint Biological Point Detection Systems Production and Support General Dynamics 15 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Acquisition Center has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a $32 million contract option for production, testing and field support packages for Joint Biological Point Detection Systems (JBPDS).
- Northrop Grumman Wins Radar Contract for Portuguese Air Force C-295 Northrop Grumman 15 Feb 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to integrate its AN/APN-241 low-power color weather and navigation radar on the C-295 aircraft for the Portuguese Air Force (PAF).
- Raytheon Awarded $212 Million Contract for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Radar Raytheon 15 Feb 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $212 million contract by the Missile Defense Agency for the manufacture, delivery and integration support of one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense radar, also called the AN/TPY-2 radar.
- Raytheon to Deliver Navy Multiband Terminal Satellite Communication System for Testing Raytheon 15 Feb 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is ready to deliver the Navy Multiband Terminal satellite communication system to the U.S. Navy for formal tests to begin later this week.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 15 Feb 2007
- Analysis: Mideast Talks: Still Stillborn cfr.org 15 Feb 2007 -- After months of internal violence verging at times on civil war, news that Saudi mediation had brought Hamas and Fatah close to declaring a unity Palestinian government (BBC) might seem like progress
- Hamas Resignation Paves Way for Palestinian Unity Government VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- The Palestinian prime minister resigned late Thursday, paving the way for a Palestinian unity government
- ISRAEL-OPT: More Palestinians entering Israel on health grounds IRIN 15 Feb 2007 -- More and more Palestinians are gaining permission to enter Israel and East Jerusalem for medical reasons - one of the few ways they can still obtain a permit.
- Abbas Postpones Unity Government Speech to Palestinians VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has postponed Thursday's scheduled speech about a new unity government his Fatah faction is to form with rival Hamas.
- NATO Secretary-General Says Alliance Will Not Tolerate Violence in Kosovo VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- NATO's secretary-general warns that the alliance will not tolerate any violence in Kosovo, after clashes between the international police and ethnic Albanians in the province left two dead.
- Moscow warns against Kosovo independence RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2007 -- Moscow warns against independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo, and will only support a resolution that meets the interests of both Kosovo and Serbia, a Russian Balkans envoy said Thursday.
- Envoys to Darfur Still Optimistic Despite Latest Violence VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- Amid growing concern over continued violence in Sudan's Darfur region, top United Nations and African Union envoys to the region said Thursday they remain optimistic that a political solution to the crisis can be found
- France Urges Sudan to Accept More Peacekeepers VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- French President Jacques Chirac is urging Sudan to accept more peacekeepers in its troubled Darfur region, while also pushing for a meeting between Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and other African leaders at a France-Africa summit in Cannes, France
- UGANDA: Army kills 'warriors' in northeast IRIN 15 Feb 2007 -- Fifty-seven people, including four soldiers, have died since Monday in clashes pitting the army against warriors belonging to the Karamojong community in Uganda's northeastern district of Kotido, the military said.
- Kadyrov Named Chechen President RFE/RL 15 Feb 2007 -- Alu Alkhanov's tenure as Chechenya's president ended today, after he was removed from his post by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Back-up Plan Lacking in Somalia, Says Analyst VOA 15 Feb 2007 -- Many of the peace proposals for Somalia call for reconciliation between the transitional federal government, militia leaders and moderate members of the ousted Islamic Courts Union
- Common Declaration of Arianespace and Astrium Space Transportation on the Ariane 5 Production EADS 15 Feb 2007 -- The agreement signed between Arianespace and Astrium Space Transportation puts in place the investments needed to supply seven Ariane 5 ECA launchers per year, from February 2008, along with the possibility to yearly perform an additional launch in a specific version, for instance to launch the ATV.
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