16 February 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Feb 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- OPERATIONAL UPDATE BY ARMY MAJOR GENERAL RICK LYNCH, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, MULTINATIONAL FORCE IRAQ MNF-I 16 Feb 2006
- CENTAF releases daily airpower summary AFPN 16 Feb 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
- Iraqi Army, U.S. Forces Detain 106, Discover Weapons Caches AFPS 16 Feb 2006 -- Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted raids on two targets in Iraq's Diyala province and a raid west of Baghdad that netted a total of 106 individuals and a weapons cache, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.
- Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain 102 in raid Army News 16 Feb 2006 -- Assaults on two targets Feb. 12 in Diyala Province resulted in the discovery of a large weapons cache after two insurgents were killed and 102 suspects detained.
- At Least 9 Iraqis Killed in Attacks in Baghdad, Kirkuk VOA 16 Feb 2006 -- Authorities in Iraq say at least nine people were killed in insurgent attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq Thursday.
- Rumsfeld Says More Money Needed To Fund Afghan, Iraq Missions Washington File 16 Feb 2006 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told members of Congress February 16 that the administration would submit a same-day request for $65.3 billion dollars in supplemental funding to support the ongoing war against terrorism.
- New UN envoy to Afghanistan arrives in country; will play key development role UN News Centre 16 Feb 2006 -- The new head of the United Nations Mission Assistance in Afghanistan (UNAMA) arrived in the war-ravaged country today, with one of his main roles in the months ahead being to coordinate a multi-billion dollar development plan for the South Asian nation.
- Pakistan, Afghan presidents vow to fight terrorism IRNA 16 Feb 2006 -- Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday vowed to continue their joint fight against terrorism, saying the fight against Al-Qaeda and Taliban is in the interest of the two nations and the region.
- Taliban Raid Security Post In Southwest Afghanistan RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Taliban guerrillas raided a security post in Afghanistan's southwestern Nimroz Province, killing at least one local militiaman and wounding four others.
- U.S. Transfers Mobile Army Surgical Hospital to Pakistan Military Washington File 16 Feb 2006 -- The United States transferred its historic 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) on February 16 to Pakistani military personnel, who will continue using the tent facility to treat South Asia earthquake survivors.
- U.S. Donates Mobile Hospital to Pakistan for Earthquake Relief AFPS 16 Feb 2006 -- The United States today transferred the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the last unit of its kind in the U.S. Army, to the Pakistan government for continued use in earthquake relief efforts, a Defense Department spokesman said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERTS ISSUE JOINT REPORT ON SITUATION OF DETAINEES IN GUANTANAMO BAY United Nations 16 Feb 2006 -- Five independent investigators of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights are calling on the United States to close immediately the detention centre in Guantánamo Bay and bring all detainees before an independent and competent tribunal or release them.
- Ogden Deploys with ESG 3 Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2006 -- USS Ogden (LPD 5), part of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, departed Feb. 15 for a six-month western pacific deployment.
- GW Welcomes Back Old Friends With New Technology Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2006 -- As USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) Sailors ramped up operations with carrier qualifications and cyclic operations during their recent underway Jan. 31 - Feb. 16, crew members welcomed two squadrons back to GW.
- MCPON Outlines Legislative Priorities Before House Appropriations Subcommittee Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2006 -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/AW) Terry Scott spoke before the House Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Subcommitte, Feb. 15.
- Oscar Austin Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Stranded Italian Fishing Vessel Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2006 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) located and assisted a distressed fishing vessel Feb. 14 while operating 140 nautical miles off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.
- GW Returns to Norfolk Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2006 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) retuned to her homeport Feb. 16 following a two-and-a-half week underway.
- SECNAV Visits USS Iwo Jima Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2006 -- Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Feb. 15, to meet and speak with Sailors during his first visit to Norfolk since being sworn in as the 74th Secretary of the Navy.
- Going virtual: Flight training takes shape in cyberspace AFPN 16 Feb 2006 -- For the second time since its conception in September, aircrews from the 23rd Fighter Group stepped into a simulated exercise called Virtual Red Flag.
- Chief master sergeant of the Air Force testifies on quality of life issues AFPN 16 Feb 2006 -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray testified on Capitol Hill Feb. 15 about Air Force quality of life issues before the House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on military quality of life, veterans affairs and related agencies.
- Military Needs Flexibility to Fight Terror, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 16 Feb 2006 -- In the face of the dispersed, ever-changing threat posed by terrorists, the only way to protect the American people is to give the military a wide range of options and capabilities, top defense officials told a House of Representatives committee here today.
- Futures Center becomes ARCIC Army News 16 Feb 2006 -- The Futures Center under the Army Training and Doctrine Command is now developing into the Army Capabilities Integration Center or ARCIC.
- Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg AFPN 16 Feb 2006 -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, was launched from Launch Facility-10 on North Vandenberg at 12:01 a.m. today.
- India suspends USD 28 million excise duty refund to Nepal IRNA 16 Feb 2006 -- India has withheld payment of USD 28 million to Nepal in excise duty refund apparently because of its failure to pay USD 25 million to New Delhi for defence supplies.
- Troop Increase Not Discussed At Russian-Kyrgyz Meeting RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- A meeting between the commander of Russia's air force and Kyrgyzstan's president and defense minister has ended without no immediate indication that Russia will increase its military presence in the country.
- Banned from India, Defunct French Warship Returns Home VOA 16 Feb 2006 -- After a two-month voyage bound for India's shipwrecking yards, France's defunct aircraft carrier Clemenceau is returning home after experts concluded it carries far more asbestos than French authorities originally claimed
- U.S.: Senators Ask Rice Tough Questions On Iraq, Iran, Hamas RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been harshly questioned by some members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on American policy toward Iraq, Iran, and the Palestinians
- Rice Defends US Backing for Mideast Elections Despite Wins by Radicals VOA 16 Feb 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday defended the Bush administration's support for democratic reform and elections in the Middle East, even though recent voting has produced wins for radical groups, including Hamas in the Palestinian territories
- White House Briefing, February 16 Washington File 16 Feb 2006 -- Economy, Senate Patriot Act action, Cheney/hunting accident, Abu Ghraib/photos, Guantanamo/U.N. report, NSA surveillance program, FEMA, Iran/nuclear program, United Arab Emirates/oil ports, supplemental
- DoD News: Contracts for February 16, 2006
- SUperior training impressed Indian Air Force BAE Systems 16 Feb 2006 -- The Indian Air Force is so impressed with the quality of training its pilots are receiving on the BAE Systems Hawk at RAF Valley in Wales that it is allowing its pilots who complete the course to fly its most modern aircraft, the Russian Sukhoi SU30.
- New Hawk advanced jet trainer makes Far East debut BAE Systems 16 Feb 2006 -- The new BAE Systems Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer is making its Far East debut at Asian Aerospace 2006 in Singapore.
- F-15K Releases Multiple JDAMs for Integration Test Boeing 16 Feb 2006 -- An F-15K, built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), simultaneously dropped three Mk-82 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) during testing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., scoring three direct hits.
- Boeing, Fluid Mechanisms Team for Combat Search and Rescue Program Work Boeing 16 Feb 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has announced an agreement with Fluid Mechanisms, Long Island, N.Y, to support the proposed HH-47 Combat Search and Rescue helicopter program for the U.S. Air Force.
- Boeing Teams with Ehmke for Work on Combat Search and Rescue Program Boeing 16 Feb 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has announced an agreement with Ehmke Manufacturing, Philadelphia, Pa., supporting the proposed HH-47 Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) helicopter program for the U.S. Air Force.
- CACI Signs Amended Acquisition Agreement to Acquire Information Systems Support, Inc. CACI 16 Feb 2006 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has entered into an amended and restated asset purchase agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Information Systems Support, Inc. (ISS). On January 31, both companies announced a delay in the closing after ISS informed CACI of the loss of a significant recompetition contract, which required a revised valuation of ISS. The valuation process has now been completed and the parties have entered into a revised agreement.
- General Dynamics Awarded $18 Million Stryker Repair Contract General Dynamics 16 Feb 2006 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), an $18 million contract for the repair of battle-damaged Stryker vehicles.
- General Dynamics Delivers First Five Australian M1A1 Abrams Integrated Management Tanks General Dynamics 16 Feb 2006 -- During a ceremony at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center – Lima, General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today delivered the first five of 59 M1A1 Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) tanks to the Commonwealth of Australia. Awarded in November 2005, this foreign military sales contract is valued at $70 million. The M1A1 AIM tanks will replace the Australian Land Forces’ aging Leopard main battle tanks.
- Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce Sign Agreement for Continued Collaboration on Joint Strike Fighter Propulsion System Pratt & Whitney 16 Feb 2006 -- Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Rolls-Royce plc have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to define their future collaboration on the F135 propulsion system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The agreement, signed at Pratt & Whitney's headquarters in East Hartford, Conn., covers work on the Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of the F135 through the production and sustainment phase of the JSF program.
- Raytheon and CSC Form Alliance to Pursue U.S. Army Warfighter Training Support Program Raytheon 16 Feb 2006 -- Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, a subsidiary of Raytheon Company, and Computer Sciences Corporation have established the Warrior Training Alliance (WTA), whose member companies are dedicated to providing integrated training support to the U.S. Army warfighter. The WTA is bidding for the Army's upcoming Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support (FOCUS) program.
- Raytheon's SLAMRAAM Completes Two Successful System Reviews Raytheon 16 Feb 2006 -- Raytheon Company's Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) program received the go-ahead to proceed with manufacturing, assembly and test of the Integrated Fire Control Station (IFCS) after conducting a successful product baseline design review (PBDR) and a successful IFCS critical design review.
- French armed forces command selects Thales decision-management tool Thales 16 Feb 2006 -- The development of the Scapin system is part of moves to improve efficiency and optimise costs by modernising the management tools in service with the French armed forces. The new system will support France's results-based approach to budget management, as set out in the constitutional by law on budget acts (Loi organique relative aux lois de finances, LOLF) of 1 August 2001.
- BAE Systems Unmanned Aerial System Takes WolfPack Sensors to the Air BAE Systems 16 Feb 2006 -- BAE Systems recently demonstrated its vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial system (UAS) at Fort Benning, Ga., for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and U.S. Army representatives.
- Boeing and Israel Aircraft Industries Team to Capture Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense Contract Boeing 16 Feb 2006 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) agreed today to pursue the new Israeli Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense (SRBMD) Program.
- U.S. Army Awards Raytheon $65 Million Patriot Engineering Services Contract Raytheon 16 Feb 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $65 million contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to provide engineering services support to the Patriot Air and Missile Defense program.
- Northrop Grumman Increases Endurance of MQ-5B Hunter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Helping U.S. Army Watch Battlefields Longer Northrop Grumman 16 Feb 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) concluded a series of flights Jan. 5 that demonstrated the weapons-capable MQ-5B Hunter unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV) ability to fly more than 21 hours, which is almost a ten-hour increase over the original RQ-5A Hunter UAV.
- Lockheed Martin Bid For DHS EAGLE Includes Mentoring Small Businesses Lockheed Martin 16 Feb 2006 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] will expand its successful mentor-protégé program to include two small business teammates joining the company in pursuit of the $45 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) EAGLE (Enterprise Acquisition Gateway Leading Edge) Solutions contracting vehicle.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 16 Feb 2006
- Israel Proposes Sanctions Against Hamas Government VOA 16 Feb 2006 -- Israel is putting the economic squeeze on the Palestinians, after the election of the Islamic militant group Hamas last month.
- US House of Representatives Approves Resolution on Hamas VOA 16 Feb 2006 -- The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing any new U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas revokes its call for the destruction of Israel.
- OSCE Urges Peaceful Solution To South Ossetia Conflict RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Belgium, which chairs the rotating presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), today called for a peaceful solution to the Georgian-South Ossetian separatist conflict.
- Georgia: Tbilisi, Moscow Squabble Over South Ossetia Peacekeepers Resolution RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Georgian Minister for Conflict Resolution Giorgi Khaindrava is in Moscow today for talks with Russian diplomats and security officials
- Russia 'Alarmed' Over Georgian Vote On South Ossetia RFE/RL 16 Feb 2006 -- Russia says it is "alarmed" following a vote by Georgia's parliament demanding that Russian peacekeepers leave Georgia's separatist South Ossetia region.
- Lanka-LTTE trust at rockbottom, say Nordic monitors IRNA 16 Feb 2006 -- Nordic truce monitors, overseeing the shaky truce between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the past four years, said mutual trust between the two parties is at rockbottom and that confidence-building measures were needed to take the Norwegian-brokered peace process forward.
- Border zone between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains tense, UN says UN News Centre 16 Feb 2006 -- Over two months after Eritrea demanded the pullout of UN personnel of certain nationalities, the military situation in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between Ethiopia and Eritrea remains tense, the United Nations mission there reported today.
- DRC: Aid arrives for displaced thousands but fears over safety persist IRIN 16 Feb 2006 -- Despite relief aid having reached some 6,000 war-displaced people in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), humanitarian officials are worried that tentative calm in the area could deteriorate.
- PAKISTAN: Roots of the Balochistan conflict run deep IRIN 16 Feb 2006 -- The current clampdown in Balochistan was triggered by an attempt on President Pervez Musharraf's life in December 2005.
- Haiti: UN mission supports electoral council's declaration of presidential victor UN News Centre 16 Feb 2006 -- The head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today supported Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council's declaration that former President René Préval was the winner of last week's presidential elections and stressed that the Council's decision had not been influenced by the mission or by the regional inter-governmental organization.
- Rene Preval Wins Haiti's Presidential Election VOA 16 Feb 2006 -- After days of street protests and allegations of massive fraud, Haitian officials named Rene Preval the clear winner to last week's national elections
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