13 February 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Feb 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- CENTAF releases combined airpower summary AFPN 13 Feb 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released the airpower summary for Feb. 11 to 12.
- Forces Work Together to Eliminate Terrorist Inflow AFPS 13 Feb 2006 -- Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, joined Iraqi troops here recently in a project designed to stop the flow of insurgents and to help prevent the emplacement of improvised explosive devices.
- Iraqi, U.S. Security Forces Capture, Kill Insurgents AFPS 13 Feb 2006 -- Iraqi and U.S. soldiers killed two terrorists and captured 16 in the Tikrit area, and Iraqi police and American troops captured eight suspected terrorists and destroyed two weapons caches in the Baghdad area, officials reported today.
- Sporadic Violence Reported Across Iraq RFE/RL 13 Feb 2006 -- Six Iraqis were killed around the country, and at least five more died in a suicide attack in the capital Baghdad today.
- IED Strike Kills Four U.S. Servicemembers in Afghanistan AFPS 13 Feb 2006 -- Four U.S. servicemembers were killed today when a suspected improvised explosive device struck their up-armored Humvee north of Deh Rahwod in Uruzgan province, officials here reported today.
- Afghanistan: ISAF Expands Into South, Prepares For Long-Term Stay RFE/RL 13 Feb 2006 -- The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) will begins the next stage of its expansion into southern Afghanistan in March
- Afghanistan: The End Of NATO's Honeymoon? RFE/RL 13 Feb 2006 -- Ongoing violent protests in Afghanistan against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that first appeared in a Danish newspaper culminated on 7 February with an attack targeting a NATO-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Maymana, the capital of the northern Faryab Province.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Volume 5, Number 4 13 February 2006 -- IS THE CARTOON RAGE BEING MANIPULATED? / NATO COMMANDER SAYS DRUGS BIGGEST THREAT IN AFGHANISTAN / RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE LEADS TO DEATHS IN HERAT / NATO EXPECTS VIOLENCE OVER CARTOONS TO SUBSIDE IN NORTH
- U.S. Military Relief Effort in Pakistan to End This Spring AFPS 13 Feb 2006 -- The U.S. military's earthquake relief mission in Pakistan is slated to conclude this spring, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- COMUSNAV South Ship Hosts Guatemalan President Navy NewsStand 13 Feb 2006 -- USS FORD (FFG 54) pulled into Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, Jan. 21 to load stores and fuel and ended up enhancing U.S. relations with the Government and Military of Guatemala.
- Manpower agency activates four new squadrons AFPN 13 Feb 2006 -- The Air Force Manpower Agency activated four new manpower squadrons to more effectively meet the needs of today's expeditionary Air Force and to better position itself to support future capabilities.
- DoD's 2007 Budget Reflects Hard Choices, Official Says AFPS 13 Feb 2006 -- The Defense Department's proposed fiscal 2007 budget reflects difficult decisions made by senior leaders as they seek to balance today's military needs with those anticipated for tomorrow, a senior official said here Feb. 10.
- Multinational Experiment Will Yield Real Change, Officials Say AFPS 13 Feb 2006 -- The latest in a series of multinational experiments will use hypothetical events to help U.S. government and coalition agencies coordinate planning and will translate to real-world change, two U.S. officials working with the program said here today.
- US Navy training Pak military engineers IRNA 13 Feb 2006 -- Personnel of the United States Navy are training Pakistani military engineers from the 457th engineering battalion to operate the American construction equipment that are to be transferred to them.
- Rumsfeld Says Terrorists Unlikely to Gain Foothold in North Africa VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- After meeting with the top officials of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco in recent days, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says he does not see much likelihood of international terrorist organizations gaining a foothold in any of those countries.
- US Dismisses UN Guantanamo Report as Hearsay VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- The Bush administration said Monday a draft United Nations report critical of U.S. policies at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center for terrorism suspects is based on hearsay and assertion
- Ukraine Urges 'Market' Solution For Black Sea Fleet RFE/RL 13 Feb 2006 -- Ukrainian officials are calling for market-based relations with Russia on the eve of consultations over the status of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine.
- Hazing Harming Russian Military's Reputation VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- Each year, dozens of young men die in the Russian military, not in combat, but by the hands of their own colleagues.
- White House Briefing, February 13 Washington File 13 Feb 2006 -- Economy, Cheney's hunting accident, Brazil/nuclear power, Iran, cartoon/riots, Hurricane Katrina, United Nations, Russia
- State Department Briefing, February 13 Washington File 13 Feb 2006 -- Iran, Department, Sudan, Haiti, Venezuela, Guantanamo Bay/human rights, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq
- DoD News: Contracts for February 13, 2006
- Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk UAV Achieves Military Airworthiness Certification: A First for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Northrop Grumman 13 Feb 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-4A Global Hawk reconnaissance system is the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to achieve a military airworthiness certification. This certification, along with the Certificate of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, recognizes Global Hawk's ability to routinely fly within national airspace.
- Sikorsky Selects BAE Systems to Develop Active Inceptor System for UH-60M Black Hawk BAE Systems 13 Feb 2006 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has selected BAE Systems to develop the active pilot inceptor system for the U.S. Armys UH-60M Black Hawk program. The system will replace the mechanical pilot controls on the current UH-60 with active technology that saves weight and provides pilots with intuitive tactile cues for easier handling and reduced workload.
- U.S. Navy Signals LHA 6 Commitment With $93.8 Million Modification Award to Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 13 Feb 2006 -- The U.S. Navy today exercised a $93.8 million contract modification option to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for detail design and the procurement of long-lead-time material on the LHA 6 amphibious assault ship program.
- Orbital Receives 19-Vehicle Production Contract From U.S. Navy For "Coyote" Sea-Skimming Target Missiles Orbital Sciences Corp. 13 Feb 2006 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has received the first full production order from the U.S. Navy for 19 GQM-163A "Coyote" Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target (SSST) missiles. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), based at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, awarded Orbital the program's first full-rate production contract following a highly successful two-year development and flight test program.
- Raytheon Demonstrates New Mobile Networking Capabilities Raytheon 13 Feb 2006 -- During recent field exercises at Ft. Benning, Ga., Raytheon Company successfully demonstrated critical new mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) capabilities -- improvements in a network's ability to establish itself, in its ability to heal itself through data rate adaptation, and in its ability to fully integrate operations with legacy communications equipment via the network. All three improvements support network-centric operations by assuring that soldiers have seamless communications.
- SAIC Awarded Army Simulation Contract SAIC 13 Feb 2006 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced today that it has been awarded a four-year cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide product improvement for the One Semi-Automated Forces (OneSAF) Object System (OOS) program, a simulation application for semi-automated forces. The base-year value of the award is $5,789,744, with option years valued at $3,979,837, $4,383,422, and $4,785,138 for a total of $18, 938,141.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 13 Feb 2006
- Bush, Secretary-General Annan Discuss Sudan, U.N. Reform Washington File 13 Feb 2006 -- President Bush and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed Sudan, the Middle East, and reform efforts at the United Nations in a White House meeting February 13.
- DRC: Humanitarian action plan launched IRIN 13 Feb 2006 -- The United Nations and the European Commission are seeking US $681 million to meet the needs of 30 million vulnerable people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.
- DRC: Interview with army Col Louis Ngizo Siatilo in Katanga IRIN 13 Feb 2006 -- In November 2005, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) army launched an operation to capture or kill Mayi-Mayi groups in northern Katanga led by a man called Kyungu Mutanga, alias Gedeon.
- DRC: The peculiar terror that is northern Katanga IRIN 13 Feb 2006 -- Two explosions from heavy weapons echoed from the eastern shore of Lake Upemba across the glassy waters to a tiny island formed from dead reeds.
- Somalia's New Security Threat: Improvised Explosive Devices VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- Since the fall of Somalia's last functioning government in 1991, Somalis have become used to the warring factions fighting each other with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.
- Burma's Karen Face Hard Times as Insurgency Begins Sixth Decade VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- Burma's ethnic Karen, who have been fighting the central government for nearly six decades, remain defiant despite set backs and few resources.
- Annan and President Bush agree to 'work together' on Darfur UN News Centre 13 Feb 2006 -- After meeting today with United States President George W. Bush and other senior US officials, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the President had agreed to work together with him and other world governments to help alleviate the suffering in Sudan's strife-torn region of Darfur.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Relief operation begins in Markounda - UN official IRIN 13 Feb 2006 -- UN agencies and NGOs in Central African Republic have decided to begin relief aid operations to the country's northwest by first helping civilians in and around the border town of Markounda, a UN official said on Monday.
- Israel Continues to Deride Russian Invitation to Hamas VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- Israel continues to criticize Russia's invitation to Hamas leaders to visit Moscow in the wake of the militant group's victory in last month's Palestinian elections.
- Nepal's Maoists Mark 10th Anniversary VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- Nepal's Maoist insurgency is marking its 10th anniversary, Monday, with a threat to force the country's King Gyanendra into exile or put him on trial.
- Gunmen Attack Convoy of Ugandan President VOA 13 Feb 2006 -- Ugandan authorities say gunmen fired at President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade during a campaign visit in the volatile northeast on Saturday.
- Middle East: Iran Central To UN, U.S. Meeting RFE/RL 13 Feb 2006 -- Iran, Iraq, and Western relations with the Muslim world are on the agenda as U.S. President George Bush prepares to meet UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
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