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13 April 2006 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Carrier Strike Group 8 Begins COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- The officers and crew of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 and Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 (CCSG 8) departed Naval Station Norfolk April 12 and began their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), a major requirement for the Eisenhower Strike Group’s certification as ready for deployment.
  • U.S. Marine Corps General Leads Coalition Task Force in North Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, who leads Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, now commands Combined Task Force (CTF) 58 after having relieved Royal Navy Commodore Bruce Williams April 10.
  • USS Porter Works With Georgian, Turkish Navies Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- USS Porter (DDG 78) departed the Black Sea country of Georgia April 10, after being at anchor outside the city of Poti for four days.
  • Stout Conducts COMREL in Curacao Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- USS Stout (DDG 55) Sailors participated in a community relations project (COMREL) in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, April 10.
  • U.S., ROK Navies Conduct Combined Rapid Runway Repair Exercise Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- U.S. Navy Seabees and Republic of Korea (ROK) Sailors responsible for maintaining airfields during combat operations tested their ability to work together March 28-29, to rebuild simulated damage to a runway in a simulated bombing at the K-3 Airfield in the southeastern city of Pohang.
  • USS Stout Holds Change of Command in Curacao Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- Cmdr. Thomas K. Kiss relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey T. Griffin as commanding officer of USS Stout (DDG 55) during a change of command ceremony in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, April 9.
  • USS Monterey Arrives in Aruba Navy NewsStand 13 Apr 2006 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), currently participating in “Partnership of the Americas,” arrived in Aruba April 12 for a scheduled goodwill port visit.
  • Eielson units initiate total force integration AFPN 13 Apr 2006 -- Eielson units are combining efforts in the spirit of the total force vision by streamlining cooperative continuity and training.
  • It's official: Andersen host unit now 36th Wing AFPN 13 Apr 2006 -- Formations and a ceremony April 12 marked the public designation of Andersen's host unit as the 36th Wing.
  • Doctrine Center realigns with Air University AFPN 13 Apr 2006 -- Air Force officials announced today the realignment of the Air Force Doctrine Center to Air University effective April 6.
  • 1st COSCOM conducts last airborne operation Army News 13 Apr 2006 -- More than 250 Soldiers of the 1st Corps Support Command took to the skies April 12 to conduct their last airborne operation as COSCOM members.
  • Retired US Military Officer Joins Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- A retired U.S. Army general who commanded forces in Iraq is calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, echoing the recent criticisms of several other former high-ranking military officers.
  • Georgia Lobbies NATO For Closer Links RFE/RL 13 Apr 2006 -- Georgia's ministers for defense, foreign affairs, and Euro-Atlantic integration visited NATO headquarters in Brussels today to ask for an "intensified dialogue" with the alliance, as Ukraine and NATO did last year.
  • Tbilisi will confirm Gudauta base closure only after check RIA Novosti 13 Apr 2006 -- Georgia said Thursday it would confirm the withdrawal of a Russian military base in the country only after inspecting the site.
  • Ukraine says referendum on NATO membership would be premature RIA Novosti 13 Apr 2006 -- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it was too early to talk of holding a referendum on joining NATO.
  • State Department Briefing, April 13 Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- Iraq, China, Chad, Sudan, Algeria, North Korea, Iran, Libya, Pakistan
  • White House Briefing, April 13 Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- Andy Card, Secretary Rumsfeld confidence, Iraq/war funding, Iran, Pakistan/Musharraf, immigration reform, intelligence reports

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • UN Condemns Rebel Attack in Chad VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- The U.N. Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan have condemned the rebel offensive in Chad.
  • CHAD: UN agencies scaling back in east as insecurity grows IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- As the Chadian capital N'djamena braces itself for a possible second night of fighting on Thursday the lack of reliable information about security conditions in the east of the country has forced humanitarian operations to evacuate staff.
  • Annan, Security Council condemn Chad attacks, call for negotiation UN News Centre 13 Apr 2006 -- As fighting that had flared on Chad's border with Sudan's Darfur region today exploded in its capital, N'Djamena, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council condemned any attempt to seize power by force as well as attacks on Darfur refugees.
  • CHAD: All calm on the streets of the capital after dawn attack IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- As taxis and cars start circulating again in the capital N'djamena, two corpses outside the parliament building and a nearby burned out government army truck were evidence of fierce fighting between rebel and government forces that briefly reached the city centre early on Thursday morning.
  • Chad Claims Victory Over Rebels in Capital VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Fears of a possible coup are mounting in Chad, where rebel forces are reported to be within one hundred kilometers of the country's capital, N'Djamena.
  • State's Zoellick Calls on All Parties To End Violence in Chad Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick called for an immediate end to violence in Chad and for that country to adopt a "different political process" if it is to avoid further rebel unrest and attacks like the one launched April 13 against that country's capital, N'djamena.
  • Rice Says World Can't Afford to Wait in Darfur Conflict VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday the world community cannot afford to wait in dealing with the violence in Sudan's western Darfur region, including proceeding with the planned upgrade on the international peacekeeping presence there.
  • Improvement in Sudan Possible, State's Zoellick Says Washington File 13 Apr 2006 -- Despite ongoing tragedies in Sudan, the possibility for improvement exists, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick said April 13, adding that this is a "very important moment" for Sudan and the surrounding region.
  • SUDAN: Thirteen killed in cattle raids in Upper Nile IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- Heavily armed attackers have killed 13 herders in a series of four cattle raids near Akobo town in Upper Nile State of southern Sudan during the past one week, a source in the area said.
  • Some 'encouraging' signs in Cte d'Ivoire but more troops still needed: Annan UN News Centre 13 Apr 2006 -- While noting "some encouraging signs" for advancing the peace process in divided Cte d'Ivoire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today the security situation remains fragile and repeated his appeal to the Security Council to reinforce the UN operation (UNOCI) to prevent trouble spreading to neighbouring Liberia.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Election deadline may slip, prime minister IRIN 13 Apr 2006 -- Cote d'Ivoire's mediator prime minister Charles Konan Banny, brought in to invigorate a hobbling peace process, told reporters in France that an existing 31 October deadline for presidential elections may be delayed.
  • Nepal's King Calls for General Elections VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Nepal's King Gyanendra has called for general elections, while thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday to protest his government.
  • Georgian Parliament Ratifies Russian Withdrawal RFE/RL 13 Apr 2006 -- Georgia's lawmakers today ratified an agreement under which Russia will pull out of its two military bases in Georgia by the end of 2008.
  • Security Council extends UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea for one month UN News Centre 13 Apr 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for another month, but warned that unless both sides fulfilled its earlier demands - including lifting restrictions on UN personnel and recognizing a boundary decision - it will review other options ranging from transforming the operation into an observer mission to withdrawing it altogether.
  • LTTE request peace brokers to postpone ceasefire talks IRNA 13 Apr 2006 -- The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today requested Norway's peacebroker to postpone the ceasefire talks with the Sri Lankan government, scheduled for next week in Switzerland, amid a fresh war of words with the authorities following a wave of bombings in the island nation.
  • Militants Storm Palestinian Government Headquarters VOA 13 Apr 2006 -- Armed militants briefly occupied the West Bank headquarters of the Palestinian Cabinet Thursday, in a protest against the territory's new Hamas-led government.

News Reports

  • Calipso climatology satellite, integrated by Alcatel Alenia Space, ready for launch Thales 13 Apr 2006 -- The Calipso (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation) satellite, for which Alcatel Alenia Space handled the delivery of the satellite platform and the spacecraft-payload integration, will be launched on April 21 at 3:02 a.m. PDT. The Calipso mission is part of a joint program between French space agency CNES and NASA of the United States, and will be launched along with the Cloudsat satellite from the Vandenberg air force base in California, using a Delta 2 rocket.

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