01 March 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Mar 2007 [PDF]
- Troops attacked in Al-Anbar
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Ambassador Joseph Saloom and Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh 01 Mar 2007 -- Presenter: Director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office Ambassador Joseph Saloom and Commander of the Gulf Region Division , Army Corps of Engineers, and Director of the Baghdad Project Contracting Office Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh
- March 1 airpower: C-17s provide intra-theater airlift AFPN 01 Mar 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for March 1.
- Staging facility prepares injured warfighters for flight AFPN 01 Mar 2007 -- For warfighters who are injured in Iraq, the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility at Balad AB is where their road to recovery starts.
- Forces Kill 13 Insurgent, Detain 26, Discover Weapons Caches AFPS 01 Mar 2007 -- Coalition forces killed 13 insurgents, detained 26 suspects and found scores of weapons in operations around Iraq over the past three days.
- Proper Weapons Practices Key to Ending Negligent Discharge Incidents in Iraq Army News 01 Mar 2007 -- The recent death of a Soldier in Baquba from poor weapons handling has increased focus on the prevention and consequences of negligent discharges among Soldiers in Iraq.
- NMCB-28 Departs Port Hueneme for Six-Month Tour in Iraq Navy NewsStand 01 Mar 2007 -- About 500 Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 deployed March 1 for a mission to Iraq in support of the global war on terrorism.
- 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division begins mission in Iraq MNF-I 01 Mar 2007 -- Soldiers from the Fort Riley based 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division completed their movement into Iraq this week.
- Coalition Forces Kill 3 Suspected Terrorists, Detain 16 in Iraq Raids VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. military says coalition forces have killed three suspected terrorists and detained 16 suspects in operations in Iraq Thursday.
- Soldiers, Sailors Work Together Aboard Stennis Navy NewsStand 01 Mar 2007 -- Since USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 arrived and began carrying out their mission in the U.S. 5th Fleet's area of operation Feb. 20, a couple of crew members not usually found on aircraft carriers have been providing a critical link between naval air power and ground operations in theater.
- US Links Pakistan Agreement With Tribal Leaders to Upsurge in Afghan Attacks VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- Senior U.S. defense officials said Thursday Pakistan's agreement last year with tribal leaders along the Afghan border has led to an increase in cross-border attacks, and that Pakistan needs to do more to address the problem
- US Lawmakers Meet President to Discuss Afghanistan VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- A bipartisan group of congressional leaders has met with President Bush, Wednesday, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and the need for ongoing U.S. and international economic and military support for the government of President Hamid Karzai
- Afghanistan: UN Monitor Cites 'Rapid Deterioration' As Drugs Spread RFE/RL 01 Mar 2007 -- The international body that monitors the implementation of UN antidrug efforts has warned that Afghanistan is failing to make progress on drug control; on the contrary, things are getting worse.
Defense Policy / Programs
- MIlitary Commission Charges Referred 01 Mar 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today that charges were referred to a military commission in the case of David Matthew Hicks by the Convening Authority, Office of Military Commissions, Susan J. Crawford.
- Office of Military Commissions Refers Charge Against 'Australian Taliban' AFPS 01 Mar 2007 -- The Defense Department's Office of Military Commissions referred a charge today against David Matthew Hicks, an Australian captured in Afghanistan in December 2001.
- Detainee Transfer Announced 01 Mar 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred two detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Afghanistan and three detainees to Tajikistan
- Army Relieves Walter Reed Commanding General Army News Release 01 Mar 2007 -- At 10 a.m. March 1 Army Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman, commanding general of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, was relieved of command by Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey.
- Walter Reed Chief Relieved of Command AFPS 01 Mar 2007 -- Army Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman was relieved of command today as a result of failures in care for outpatient soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Army officials announced.
- Walter Reed Commanding General Relieved Army News 01 Mar 2007 -- Two weeks after Walter Reed Army Medical Center made national headlines for poor outpatient care, the center's top leader has been relieved of command.
- Secretary Gates On Walter Reed Leadership Change 01 Mar 2007
- Independent Medical Review Group Holds First Meeting 01 Mar 2007 -- The Independent Review Group (IRG) established by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to conduct an assessment of outpatient treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) held their first meeting at the Pentagon today.
- Transcript: Media Stakeout by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and General Peter Pace Following a Briefing of Senate Members on Iraq. Location: The Capitol, Washington, D.C. 01 Mar 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace
- Commission Reports on Strengthening America's Defenses AFPS 01 Mar 2007 -- Changes are needed to pull together the nation's security team and break down "institutional stove pipes" between agencies, the chairman of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves reported to Congress today.
- Success in Long War Requires Regional Cooperation AFPS 01 Mar 2007 -- The United States and the international community will need to support countries in the Middle East as they join together to defeat extremism during the long war on terror, a top U.S. Central Command officer said here yesterday.
- Defense Official Discusses International Partnership in War on Terror AFPS 01 Mar 2007 -- International partnership is vital in the war on terror, a senior defense official said yesterday at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here.
- Defense Leaders: Budget Requests to Support Current, Future Needs AFPS 01 Mar 2007 -- The defense budget request before Congress reflects what's required to ensure the United States can defend itself and its people against current and future threats, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told Congress today.
- Army Fields New Protective Neck Gear Army News 01 Mar 2007 -- The Army announced yesterday it is fielding 430,000 new helmet pads, officially referred to as Nape Pads, designed to better protect Soldiers' neck areas from ballistic fragmentation.
- DoN Budget Request for FY08 Addresses Near and Long-term Needs Navy NewsStand 01 Mar 2007 -- The nation's top Navy and Marine Corps leaders told members of Congress March 1 that the Department of the Navy's (DoN) proposed $139.8 billion budget request for fiscal year 2008 (FY08) fully supports near and long-term warfighting requirements and will help win the global war on terror (GWOT).
- Tortuga completes UNREP Navy NewsStand 01 Mar 2007 -- USS Tortuga (LSD 46) completed its first underway replenishment (UNREP) in nearly 18 months, Feb. 23, as the ship completed its semi-annual Blue-Green workups in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan.
- US TO SELL US$421 MILLION WORTH OF MISSILES TO TAIWAN CNA 01 Mar 2007 -- The United States will sell 218 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Misiles (AMRAAMs) and 135 Maverick missiles to Taiwan, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency under the Ministry of Defense.
- Georgia, Ukraine leaders eye joint peacekeeping force RIA Novosti 01 Mar 2007 -- The pro-western presidents of Georgia and Ukraine are considering the creation of a joint peacekeeping force, the Georgian foreign minister said Thursday.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 01 Mar 2007
- Press Gaggle by Dana Perino The White House 01 Mar 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for March 01, 2007
- Boeing Completes Successful FAB-T Critical Design Review Boeing 01 Mar 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed a Critical Design Review (CDR) of its Family of Advanced Beyond line-of-sight Terminals (FAB-T) program, helping to pave the way for deliveries to begin.
- Boeing Commercial 767 Ready for Modification into Fourth Italian KC-767 Tanker Boeing 01 Mar 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] Monday celebrated the delivery of the fourth commercial 767 that will be modified into a KC-767 Tanker for the Italian Air Force. In a brief ceremony at the company's Everett, Wash. facility, Boeing Commercial Airplanes delivered the aircraft to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, who will transform it into an aerial refueling tanker.
- Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman Initial E-8C Joint STARS Engine Replacement Contract Northrop Grumman 01 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) an initial $12.5 million contract to begin non-recurring engineering work required to replace engines on the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft
- ATK Receives Contract Valued At Nearly $5 Million For Oriole Rocket Motors ATK 01 Mar 2007 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) received a contract valued at nearly $5 million to manufacture fifteen Oriole solid propellant rocket motors for use in testing U.S. missile defense capabilities
- EADS and TDF selected by French Army to supply WiMAX solutions for deployment in theatres of operations EADS 01 Mar 2007 -- EADS Defence & Security Systems (DS) and TDF have signed a contract worth € 12.5 million with the French Army's central materiel directorate, DCMAT, to design and deliver a solution for a wireless local loop (WLL).
- Raytheon Awarded $18 Million Contract to Provide Patriot Support to Kuwait Raytheon 01 Mar 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received an $18 million operation and maintenance support contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to provide Kuwait with Patriot system technical assistance.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 01 Mar 2007
- Israel Orders Closure on West Bank, Gaza During Jewish Holiday VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- Israel's defense minister has ordered a closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip to guard against possible terrorist attacks during the Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins on Saturday.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR SOMALIA United Nations 01 Mar 2007
- UN official expresses optimism towards Somalia's journey to stabilization UN News Centre 01 Mar 2007 -- Somalia currently is at a "turning point," with the population buoyed by a new Government and hoping to take advantage of the opportunity to bring peace and stability to a country that has had no functioning government since the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre was toppled in 1991, a senior United Nations official said today.
- SOMALIA-UGANDA: AU mission will not impose peace - Museveni IRIN 01 Mar 2007 -- The African Union (AU) peace mission due to be deployed in Somalia will not try to disarm armed groups in that country, but will instead train a Somali national army, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday.
- First African Union Peacekeepers Arrive in Somalia VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- Officials in Somalia say the first members of an African Union peacekeeping force have arrived.
- Sudan: UN de-miners and partners destroy thousands of mines as more areas cleared UN News Centre 01 Mar 2007 -- United Nations de-miners and their aid agency partners in south Sudan have destroyed thousands of mines and other unexploded ordnance over the past few months, including clearing the customs market in Juba, the UN mission to the country said today, reporting also on more fighting and displacement in the conflict-wracked Darfur region.
- SUDAN: UN to boost emergency response in south IRIN 01 Mar 2007 -- The United Nations is seeking to strengthen emergency response capabilities in southern Sudan by training actors based in Unity and Lakes States, an official said.
- 18 Tamil rebels dead in Sri Lankan aerial raids IRNA 01 Mar 2007 -- Continuing its offensive against Tamil rebels, Sri Lankan jets today bombed suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) positions in the island's northeast, killing 18 people.
- Thousands more Timorese become displaced but security improves in capital: UN UN News Centre 01 Mar 2007 -- More than 5,000 additional Timorese have fled to internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps over the past month or so because of the recent violence in the capital Dili, although this is now under control as more United Nations police are patrolling the streets, top UN officials said today.
- Analysts Not Surprised by Chad's Refusal of UN Peacekeepers VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- African analysts say they are not surprised Chad is rejecting the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers along its tense border region with Sudan and the Central African Republic
- Villagers Flee Fighting in Senegal's Casamance Region VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- Villagers in Senegal's volatile Casamance region are fleeing renewed fighting between rebels and government forces
- NEPAL: Maoists and Madhesi activists clash in Terai IRIN 01 Mar 2007 -- At least two civilians were killed on Tuesday in street clashes between supporters of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPNM) and the Madhesi People's Rights Forum (MPRF) in the western part of the Terai region of Nepal.
- Putin nominates Kadyrov for Chechen presidency RIA Novosti 01 Mar 2007 -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he has nominated Ramzan Kadyrov to the Chechen presidency.
- Analysis: U.S. Pivots on the Axis cfr.org 01 Mar 2007 -- Back in 2002, shortly after George W. Bush coined the term "Axis of Evil" in his state of the union message, a hue and cry went up from some quarters about the wisdom of lighting so many new fires while the one being fought by U.S. troops in Afghanistan still burned so bright
- Landmine Treaty Has Made Significant Difference, Say Supporters VOA 01 Mar 2007 -- Eight years ago on March 1st, the international landmine treaty took effect.
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