17 May 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 17 May 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Gen. Conway from the Pentagon 17 May 2007 -- Presenter: Commandant USMC Gen. James Conway
- May 16 airpower summary: Fueling the mission AFPN 17 May 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan in the following operations May 16, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Marine Commandant Says Iraq's Anbar Province Less Violent VOA 17 May 2007 -- The commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, General James Conway, says his forces in volatile al Anbar province are continuing to see a significant reduction in violence
- Roadside Bombs Kill 7 Afghan Police in Kandahar VOA 17 May 2007 -- Afghan officials say two roadside bomb blasts in the southern city of Kandahar have killed at least seven policemen and wounded several others.
- Pakistan, Afghan Troops Again Clash Along Border VOA 17 May 2007 -- There has been another exchange of fire between soldiers of Pakistan and Afghanistan along the countries' border
- Afghan, Pakistani Troops Break Brief Border Silence RFE/RL 17 May 2007 -- A May 14 cease-fire between Afghan and Pakistani government troops was shattered this morning by the sound of mortars and machine-gun fire.
- PAKISTAN: UNHCR appeals for calm after refugee camp violence IRIN 17 May 2007 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has appealed for calm after an outbreak of violence at an Afghan refugee camp earmarked for closure in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province.
Defense Policy / Programs
- President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with United Kingdom Prime Minister Blair The White House 17 May 2007
- Bush, Britain's Blair Say U.S.-U.K. Ties Remain Strong Washington File 17 May 2007 -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised the strength of the U.S.-U.K. relationship and recapped shared national goals at a joint appearance during what likely is Blair's last official visit to Washington.
- Bush, Blair Call U.S.-U.K. Relationship Key to World Peace AFPS 17 May 2007 -- President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised each other's courage and stressed the continuing importance of the U.S.-British partnership at the White House today in what may be their last joint news conference.
- Blair Promises Britain Will Remain Staunch Ally of US VOA 17 May 2007 -- U.S. President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met for what will probably be the last time at the White House Thursday, weeks before the prime minister steps down
- US House of Representatives Approves Defense Authorization Measure VOA 17 May 2007 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved by a vote of 397 to 27 legislation authorizing about $644 billion for defense spending in 2008, including billions for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Navy to Christen New Guided Missile Destroyer Sterett 17 May 2007 -- The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, Sterett, will be christened Saturday, May 19, 2007, during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Rear Adm. Hight from the Pentagon 17 May 2007 -- Presenter: Vice Director, Defense Information Systems Agency Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight and Deputy Chief Information Officer U.S. Army Vernon Bettencourt
- Craddock: Security Cooperation Critical to Promoting Stability, Countering Terror AFPS 17 May 2007 -- Supporting the global war on terror remains U.S. European Command's top priority, but the command also is striving to strengthening partnerships within the region and in Africa, the command's leader said today.
- HSL 46 Trains During Neptune Warrior Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46 participated in Neptune Warrior, a coalition course between NATO allies from April 23 to May 3.
- Guardian and Royal Thai Navy Successful in Cobra Gold 07 MCM Operations Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- The Sasebo, Japan-based minesweeper USS Guardian (MCM 5) completed several days of at-sea mine countermeasure operations May 15 off the shores of Sattahip, Thailand, as part of Exercise Cobra Gold 07.
- Destroyer Squadron 22 Completes Neptune Warrior Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 in company with Norfolk-based USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS Normandy (CG 60) and Mayport-based USS Simpson (FFG 56) completed the Neptune Warrior course in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Scotland on May 3.
- NECC Holds Expeditionary Echelon Exercise Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- With the hurricane season approaching, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) conducted a three-day Expeditionary Echelon Exercise at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek on May 8-10.
- Navy's Newest Replenishment Ship Launched in San Diego Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- The U.S. Navy's newest underway replenishment vessel, USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4), was christened and launched from the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) shipyard in San Diego on May 15.
- U.S. Fleet Forces Conducts Change of Command Aboard "Big E" Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- Adm. Gary Roughead relieved Adm. John B. Nathman as Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command (FFC) during a change of command ceremony held aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) at Naval Station Norfolk on May 17.
- $20K Bonus, Other Incentives Available for Some Active-duty Captains Army News 17 May 2007 -- A new Critical Skills Retention Bonus of $20 thousand is available to more than 7,000 regular-Army captains who agree to remain on active duty beyond their initial active-duty service obligation.
- Eagle Flag prepares participants for real-world success AFPN 17 May 2007 -- Air Force Exercise Eagle Flag is designed to bring together expeditionary combat support skills a combatant commander needs to open an air base, provide command and control, and establish an air base in a realistic contingency environment.
- Northern Command exercise concludes AFPN 17 May 2007 -- After nearly 10 days of mock terrorist attacks, drug runners and train collisions, the Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2007 exercise came to a close May 15.
- New tactical vehicle rolls onto Moody AFPN 17 May 2007 -- Airmen of the 820th Security Forces Group here in May received two of the 18 new light medium tactical vehicles scheduled to replace the aging five-ton M923 and 2.5-ton "Deuce" M35 utility trucks.
- Defense Officials to Implement Guard, Reserve Changes AFPS 17 May 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has charged his staff to take action on 20 of 23 recommendations made by an independent commission for changes in the reserve components.
- PHIBRON 5 Assesses Comstock, Dubuque Training Teams Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- Several Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 5 staff members conducted an Immediate Superior in Command Training Visit (ITV) aboard USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and USS Comstock (LSD 45) from April 18-23 to assess each ship's ability to train its crew and to validate overall training plans.
- USS Anzio Visits Rhodes, Greece Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 -- Sailors from USS Anzio (CG 68) bid farewell to Rhodes, Greece, on May 11 after a five-day port visit.
- USS Carl Vinson Recognized for Outstanding COMREL Efforts Navy NewsStand 17 May 2007 --The Navy's chief of chaplains presented USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) with the 2006 Project Good Neighbor Flagship Award for large commands afloat May 16 at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 17 May 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for May 17, 2007
- L-3 Communications MPRI Awarded Global Peace Operations Initiative Contract L-3 Communications 17 May 2007 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its MPRI subsidiary, a global provider of vehicle and maritime simulation training, products and services, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) as one of three awardees for the DOS Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) contract
- Northrop Grumman Announces U.S. Army ITES-2S Award Northrop Grumman 17 May 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the U.S. Army that supports the Army's transformational efforts with their information technology infrastructure
- Raytheon Awarded $10 Million Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Contract Option Raytheon 17 May 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $10.1 million U.S. Army contract option to provide 16 Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment (RAID) Tower Systems with Base Defense Operation Centers to help protect U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- General Dynamics Awarded $18 Million Contract to Deliver VoIP to the Pentagon General Dynamics 17 May 2007 -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract modification by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) to design and install a Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) solution for the Pentagon, to upgrade audiovisual systems and to provide security equipment
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 17 May 2007
- US Urges Restraint as Mideast Violence Continues VOA 17 May 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas Thursday to discuss the latest outburst of violence in Gaza
- Israeli Air Force attacks central Gaza City RIA Novosti 17 May 2007 -- The Israeli Air Force has delivered an air strike on a building in central Gaza City, a local radio reported Thursday.
- Israel Strikes Hamas, Palestinian Leaders Postpone Peace Meeting VOA 17 May 2007 -- Israeli aircraft carried out air strikes against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and Israeli tanks moved to the Gaza border on Thursday
- Security Tightened in Mogadishu After Assassination Attempt VOA 17 May 2007 -- In the troubled Somali capital, Mogadishu, security has been tightened, following a bombing that targeted the country's interim Prime Minister, Ali Mohamed Gedi
- SOMALIA: Plea to help 12,000 displaced in Bardera IRIN 17 May 2007 -- Local authorities in Somalia's southwestern town of Bardera, Gedo region, have appealed to international aid agencies to help up to 12,000 displaced people who have sought refuge in the town.
- SUDAN: Daunting task of assisting returnees to south IRIN 17 May 2007 -- Mary Kwol, a 35-year-old single mother of six, has been living in a Khartoum camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) for nearly 30 years. She arrived in the Omdurman el-Salaam camp with her parents when she was six and has raised all her children there.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT OF FINLAND United Nations 17 May 2007
- World Bank President Resigns Amid Conflict of Interest Scandal VOA 17 May 2007 -- Paul Wolfowitz, the former number two man in the U.S. Defense Department, announced late Thursday that he is resigning as World Bank president
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