19 December 2007 Military News
- Press Conference: Maj. Gen. Bergner, Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, Dec. 19, 2007 MNF-I 19 Dec 2007
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Press Secretary Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon 19 Dec 2007 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
- Dec. 18 airpower summary: Guided bomb units hit on target AFPN 19 Dec 2007
- 'Gunfighters' Keep Apache Helicopters Flying in Iraq AFPS 19 Dec 2008 -- In today's world of technologically advanced aviation, Army pilots alone cannot keep AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters operational without ground crews.
- Al Qaeda Feels Pressure From Operations, Citizens AFPS 19 Dec 2008 -- While al Qaeda in Iraq continues to be the main threat there, military officials are reporting that recent targeted operations by coalition and Iraqi forces, along with attitude shifts by local citizens against the group, are taking a toll on insurgent efforts.
- U.S. Airmen Help Open Hospital in Afghanistan AFPS 19 Dec 2008 -- Airmen in a medical mentoring team here have been working hard to ensure the successful opening of an Afghan National Army hospital for the past several months.
- AFGHANISTAN: Child soldiers operating on several fronts IRIN 19 Dec 2008 -- Children are being recruited and in some cases sexually abused by the Afghan police and/or various militias that support the police, as well as by private security companies and the Taliban, according to human rights and provincial officials.
- AFGHANISTAN: Aid being distributed to displaced families in Musa Qala IRIN 19 Dec 2008 -- Aid agencies, Afghan and international military forces and provincial authorities in southern Afghanistan are providing humanitarian relief to 1,500 battle-affected families in Musa Qala District, Helmand Province, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and provincial officials.
- Airmen help bring gift of freedom to Afghans AFPN 19 Dec 2007 -- Airmen of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing recently helped give the gift of freedom to the citizens of the Afghan village of Musa Qalah.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News Briefing wiith Secretary Geren and Gen. Cody from the Pentagon 19 Dec 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody
- AF officials set new course in future support operations AFPN 19 Dec 2007 -- When it comes to people programs, community support and quality of life, there will soon be one organization on base that will handle it all -- the Force Support Squadron.
- Assistant Air Force Surgeon General visits LRMC, Germany AFPN 19 Dec 2007 -- During a recent visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Dec. 12, Maj. Gen. Melissa A. Rank interacted with staff and patients and commented on how armed forces medical care in Germany has evolved throughout her career.
- Army Announces Stationing Decisions Army News Release 19 Dec 2008 -- The U.S. Army announced Dec. 19 unit stationing decisions to support the President's plan to grow the Army by 74,200 Soldiers across all three Army components
- Army Announces Plan to Station Soldiers, Boost Bases AFPS 19 Dec 2008 -- The Army's new plan for stationing its growing number of troops will affect 380,000 soldiers and family members and cost more than $66 billion in construction projects through 2013.
- MRAP Deliveries to Top Year-End Goal AFPS 19 Dec 2008 -- The Defense Department is expected to top its year-end goal of delivering 1,500 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Iraq as soon as tomorrow, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters today.
- Congressional Action Could Delay Furloughs, But Full War Funding Still Needed AFPS 19 Dec 2008 -- It's too soon to start celebrating the Senate's action yesterday to add $70 billion for Iraq war funding to the omnibus spending bill, the Pentagon press secretary told reporters today.
- Navy Invests in Protecting Marine Mammals/A> ATK 19 Dec 2008 -- No injuries to marine mammals have been attributed to sonar use since the Navy began taking additional steps to minimize harm to such animals, a Navy official said yesterday.
- ENTSG Returns from Deployment Navy NewsStand 19 Dec 2008 -- Enterprise Strike Group (ENTSG), led by the strike group commander, Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Dec. 19 after a five-month deployment in support of Maritime Security Operations, Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF), Iraqi oil platform protection, anti-piracy operations and the struggle against violent extremists.
- ONR's Infantry Immersion Trainer Prepares Marines in a Virtual Environment Navy NewsStand 19 Dec 2008 -- Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent, witnessed a demonstration of an infantry immersion trainer (IIT) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., hosted by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Tech Solutions, Dec. 14.
- Gunston Hall, 22nd MEU Complete Exercise with Djibouti Navy Navy NewsStand 19 Dec 2008 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and embarked elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) (Special Operations Capable [SOC]) completed bilateral exercise Image Nautilus 2007 with the Djibouti Navy, Dec. 18.
- Fleet Forces Commander Tours Makin Island Navy NewsStand 19 Dec 2008 -- Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, recently visited Sailors at Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island as part of a scheduled southern Mississippi visit.
- Russian military to adopt Topol-M MIRV missile soon RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2007 -- A new multiple-warhead missile system armed with Topol-M multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) will go into service in Russia's Armed Forces soon, a first deputy prime minister said.
- Latvia buys surveillance radars from U.S. Lockheed Martin RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2008 -- Latvia will buy two long-range air surveillance radars from the U.S. Lockheed Martin Corporation in a deal worth $44 million, the company's official website said.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 19 Dec 2007
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 20 Dec 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for December 19, 2007
- ATK Notified by the U.S. Army of Its Intent to Award the Company a Contract for Continued Operation of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant ATK 19 Dec 2008 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has been notified by the U.S. Army of its intent to award the company a contract to operate the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant for an additional four years
- BAE SYSTEMS RECEIVES FOLLOW-ON ORDERS WORTH $1.1 BILLION FROM U.S. MARINE CORPS FOR NEW MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTED VEHICLES BAE Systems 19 Dec 2008 -- BAE Systems has received two follow-on delivery orders worth a total of $1.1 billion under the U.S. Marine Corps' current Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) contract for 600 RG33 Category II vehicles and 668 Caiman Category I vehicles
- BAE SYSTEMS AGREES TO SELL SURVEILLANCE AND ATTACK BUSINESS BAE Systems 19 Dec 2008 -- BAE Systems has today signed a definitive agreement to sell its Surveillance and Attack business in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, to Sensor and Antenna Systems, Lansdale, Inc., a subsidiary of Cobham Defence Electronic Systems Corporation.
- General Dynamics Receives $11 Million Contract Modification for Nuclear Submarine Maintenance General Dynamics 19 Dec 2008 -- The U. S. Navy has awarded an $11.4 million contract modification to General Dynamics Electric Boat to manage and support nuclear-maintenance work for submarines home ported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton
- LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACECRAFT TO BE FLOWN FOR NASA'S GRAIL LUNAR MISSION Lockheed Martin 19 Dec 2008 -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) newest mission will analyze the internal structure and gravitational forces of the Earth's moon
- Northrop Grumman's Second E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Pilot Production Aircraft, Delta Two, Completes Successful First Flight Northrop Grumman 19 Dec 2008 -- The second E-2D Advanced Hawkeye development aircraft, known as Delta Two, built for the U.S. Navy by prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), completed its first flight in just over two hours from the company's Florida manufacturing and flight test center Nov. 29 followed by a second flight Dec. 4.
- Raytheon Awarded $2.9 Million to Develop a Stand-Off Radiation Detection System Raytheon 19 Dec 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $2.9 million contract to develop a Stand-Off Radiation Detection System (SORDS) for the Department of Homeland Security.
- IDEAL INNOVATIONS, INC., OSHKOSH TRUCK, AND CERADYNE, INC. AWARDED CONTRACT FOR BULL™ MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTED VEHICLES Oshkosh 19 Dec 2007 -- Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3), Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE:OSK), and Ceradyne, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRDN) announced today that they have been awarded a delivery order of $18.1 million by the government to produce and deliver Category 1 (6 man) variants and targets of The Bull™ Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to the U.S. Marine Corps Joint MRAP program office. The vehicles are to be delivered in the first quarter of calendar year 2008 and will be used for further government testing of their Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) resistant capabilities.
- Turkish Navy purchases Thales sensors Thales 19 Dec 2007 -- In December 2007 the Turkish company Aselsan signed a contract with Thales Nederland for the delivery of sensors for the first MILGEM class corvette that is being built for the Turkish Navy. The sensors are the SMART-S Mk2 surveillance radar and the STING EO Mk2 sensor system. The SCOUT Mk2 surface surveillance radar is an option that has not yet been decided on.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 19 Dec 2007
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 19 Dec 2007
- Analysis: Turkey's Iraq Surge cfr.org 19 Dec 2007 -- After weeks of air strikes and artillery attacks, Turkey has made good on threats to send ground troops into northern Iraq
- Turkish troops kill 35 Kurdish rebels in N. Iraq RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2007 -- The Turkish Army has conducted a major operation in northern Iraq, killing at least 35 Kurdish militants and wounding 20, national media reported on Wednesday.
- Turkey Gave 'Ample Notification' of PKK Strikes, Pentagon Spokesman Says AFPS 19 Dec 2007 -- The Turkish government provided "ample notification" of plans to conduct air strikes against Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq over the weekend, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters today.
- ISRAEL-OPT: Palestinian shepherds forced to move on IRIN 19 Dec 2008
- EU, NATO to decide Kosovo status after UN fails RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2008 -- The EU and NATO will decide on the status of Kosovo after the UN Security Council failed to reach a compromise between Belgrade and Pristina, EU and U.S. representatives said Wednesday.
- Security Council discusses Kosovo's future status UN News Centre 19 Dec 2007 -- The Security Council today held a private debate over the future status of Kosovo, a Serbian province where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one.
- UN Security Council Starts Discussions On Kosovo's Future RFE/RL 19 Dec 2007 -- The UN Security Council meets on December 19 in New York to discuss Kosovo's future, a week after the end of internationally mediated talks that failed to secure agreement on the status of the province.
- SRI LANKA: Frustration as tsunami reconstruction winds down IRIN 19 Dec 2008
- CHAD: Tales of the war wounded from an ICRC surgeon IRIN 19 Dec 2008 -- The number of casualties in the latest fighting between the government and rebels in eastern Chad has been so high that the International Csommittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) surgical team in the country was unable to cope, and a second team had to be sent out from Geneva.
- Bosnian Muslim army chief placed under house arrest by UN war crimes tribunal UN News Centre 19 Dec 2008 -- A judge at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s today ordered that the former head of the Bosnian Muslim forces be placed under house arrest after he violated the terms of his temporary release from jail by discussing his case with someone other than his lawyers.
- Portugal agrees to enforce sentences imposed by UN war crimes tribunal UN News Centre 19 Dec 2008 -- Portugal today became the thirteenth European country to agree to enforce a sentence imposed by the United Nations war crimes tribunal that was set up to deal with the worst crimes committed during the Balkan wars in the 1990s.
- Somalia: Security Council appeals for dialogue towards national reconciliation UN News Centre 19 Dec 2007 -- The Security Council today called on all sides in Somalia to use peaceful means to consolidate peace in the East African nation that has not had a functioning national government since 1991.
- Liberia: Security Council renews sanctions for another year UN News Centre 19 Dec 2007 -- Having assessed the progress made so far in meeting the conditions for lifting the sanctions, the Security Council today renewed the arms and travel embargoes imposed against Liberia for another 12 months.
- Plans for UN presence in Central African Republic, Chad on track - Ban Ki-moon UN News Centre 19 Dec 2007 -- Preparations for the United Nations-mandated, multidimensional presence in eastern Chad and north-eastern Central African Republic (CAR) - which will include European Union (EU) military forces - are on track, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN office in Burundi UN News Centre 19 Dec 2007 -- Commending Burundi's efforts to consolidate stability and achieve national reconciliation, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in that country, known as BINUB, until the end of next December.
- Secretary-General convenes meeting of 'Group of Friends' on Myanmar UN News Centre 19 Dec 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened the first meeting of a group of 14 nations to assist him in his efforts to spur change in the troubled South-East Asian nation.
- Democratic Reforms in Burma Sought by Congress, White House Washington File 19 Dec 2007 -- The U.S. House of Representatives values the efforts of Burmese democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi so highly that it votes to award her the United States' highest civilian honor.
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