12 July 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Jul 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 12 Jul 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for July 12.
- Iraqi Police Free Kidnap Victim; Large Bomb-Making Cache Found AFPS 12 Jul 2006 -- Iraqi police freed a kidnap victim in Baghdad, and coalition forces uncovered a large cache of bomb-making material near Mahmudiyah, Iraq, July 10, U.S. military officials reported.
- AFGHANISTAN-IRAN-PAKISTAN: Refugee returns down, but many with skills go home IRIN 12 Jul 2006 -- The voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan this year has surpassed the 100,000 mark
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Announces Next Phase of NSPS Implementation 12 Jul 2006 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today that it will implement Spiral 1.2 of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a new civilian human resources system, to over 66,000 employees between October 2006 and January 2007.
- Second Phase of Civilian Personnel System Roll-In Begins in October AFPS 12 Jul 2006 -- The Defense Department announced plans today to transfer more than 66,000 additional DoD civilian employees into the new National Security Personnel System beginning in October.
- Media Availability with Secretary Rumsfeld En Route to Iraq 12 Jul 2006 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
- Civilian personnel system integrates under one umbrella AFPN 12 Jul 2006 -- A symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Air Force Personnel Center here to mark the Directorate of Civilian Force Integration's initial operating capability.
- Cooperative Cope Thunder brings international participants AFPN 12 Jul 2006 -- Forces from the United States, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Mongolia, NATO, South Korea, Germany, Slovak Republic and Australia will arrive in Alaska July 15 to participate in exercise Cooperative Cope Thunder 06-3.
- Recruit Quality Remains High, Defense Personnel Official Says AFPS 12 Jul 2006 -- The military has been able to fill its ranks without sacrificing quality, DoD's top personnel official told reporters yesterday.
- Army Civilian Corps established Army News 12 Jul 2006 -- Top Army leaders announced the establishment of the Army Civilian Corps last month.
- Experts Confirm Sunken Sub is USS Lagarto Navy NewsStand 12 Jul 2006 -- Experts at the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C., have confirmed that a World War II submarine wreck found in the Gulf of Thailand last year is USS Lagarto (SS 371).
- USS Alaska Receives Omaha Trophy Navy NewsStand 12 Jul 2006 -- The officers and crew of USS Alaska (SSBN 732) were selected as one of four recipients of the 2005 Omaha Trophy award June 27.
- SWFPAC Receives Raborn Award Navy NewsStand 12 Jul 2006 -- Sailors and Marines of Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) received the Raborn Award July 6 from Rear Adm. Stephen Johnson, director, Strategic Systems Command.
- Burian Relieves Stanley As Commanding Officer Of Los Angeles Navy NewsStand 12 Jul 2006 -- Cmdr. Erik Burian relieved Cmdr. Thomas Stanley as commanding officer of the submarine USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) in a ceremony July 10 on the pier at Pearl Harbor Naval Station.
- Mercy Arrives at Indonesia’s Simeulue Island Navy NewsStand 12 Jul 2006 -- The U.S. Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived off the coast here July 12 to provide humanitarian and civic assistance to the people in the area.
- Chief of Navy Reserve Visits CJTF-HOA Navy NewsStand 13 Jul 2006 -- Vice Adm. John G. Cotton, Chief of Navy Reserve, visited Sailors assigned to Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, (CJTF-HOA), aboard Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, July 11 and 12.
- Defense Official Supports Tribunals for Detainees AFPS 12 Jul 2006 -- Military tribunals -- not courts-martial or civilian court procedures -- are the best way to try enemy combatants for war crimes, a senior defense official told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday.
- US Officials Argue for Flexibility in Detention Policies VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- U.S. officials appearing before Congress have argued that U.S. policies regarding terrorist suspects held in detention must remain flexible, despite Bush administration recognition of a Supreme Court ruling regarding military tribunals
- Pakistan decides to ground Fokker planes after crash IRNA 12 Jul 2006 -- Pakistani cabinet has decided to immediately ground all Fokker planes after a recent plane crash, killing all 45 people on board, information minister said on Wednesday.
- Press Gaggle by Tony Snow The White House 12 Jul 2006
- Daily Press Briefing US Department of State 12 Jul 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for July 12, 2006
- General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million Contract for MK47 'STRIKER40' Weapon Systems General Dynamics 12 Jul 2006 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), on June 7 was awarded a $23.5 million contract from the U.S. government for production of the MK47 MOD 0 Weapon System, a lightweight 40mm grenade launcher. The award is part of a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with a total potential value of $82 million.
- Raytheon Awarded $72 Million Radar Equipment Contract for Australia's Air Warfare Destroyer Raytheon 12 Jul 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $72.8 million U.S. Navy contract for the advanced procurement of radar equipment for the Royal Australian Navy's Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD). Under the contract, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) will provide system transmitters, associated hardware and spares for AN/SPY-1D(V) radar for the first three Australian ships.
- Lockheed Martin's THAAD Weapon System Successfully Intercepts Live Target Lockheed Martin 12 Jul 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) today successfully conducted a seeker characterization test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM. The THAAD Weapon System successfully met all test objectives for the flight test. The system exceeded its objectives on the test by intercepting the Hera unitary target.
- Northrop Grumman Develops Skyguard Laser Defense System For U.S., Allies to Defend Against Rocket, Missile, Mortar Attacks Northrop Grumman 12 Jul 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has developed the Skyguard laser-based air defense system for U.S. government agencies and allies that require near-term defense against short-range ballistic missiles, short- and long-range rockets, artillery shells, mortars, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.
- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Radar Successful In Third Fully Integrated Flight Test Raytheon 12 Jul 2006 -- The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar built by Raytheon Company performed successfully in a flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at the White Sands Missile Range today.
- Rheinmetall Schweiz AG incorporated Rheinmetall Defence 12 Jul 2006 -- In setting up Rheinmetall Schweiz AG in Zurich, Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall AG is buttressing its Defence sector operations in Switzerland. As a result, this leading European military systems supplier is converging under a common roof its market presence and the marketing efforts of its four defence divisions in Switzerland.
- Boeing Unmanned Little Bird Demonstrator Helicopter Flies Unmanned for First Time Boeing 12 Jul 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has achieved a major milestone in the development of its Unmanned Little Bird (ULB) technology demonstrator by flying the versatile aircraft unmanned for the first time.
- Global Hawk Assembly Begins at New Production Facility Northrop Grumman 12 Jul 2006 -- Employees at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) newest production facility in Moss Point, Miss., are adding RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle fuselage subassemblies to their manufacturing portfolio.
- Russia to display new MiG-29M fighter at Farnborough airshow RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2006 -- Russia will present the latest MiG fighter at the 2006 Farnborough International Airshow, a defense-industry official said Wednesday.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Jul 2006
- U.S. Condemns Hizballah Kidnappings, Calls for Restraint Washington File 12 Jul 2006 -- The White House July 12 condemned the Lebanese militant group Hizballah's kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers as "an unprovoked act of terrorism, which was timed to exacerbate already high tensions in the region."
- Annan condemns Hizbollah attack, calls for immediate release of Israeli soldiers UN News Centre 12 Jul 2006 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for the immediate release of two Israeli soldiers seized by Hizbollah militants from Lebanon and conferred with key leaders on the attack, which he condemned as a "blatant breach" of Security Council resolutions and of the line separating the two countries.
- Hezbollah Leader Demands Prisoner Exchange for Captured Israeli Troops VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- The leader of the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah says Israel will not be able to free two captured Israeli soldiers through military action, only through a prisoner exchange
- US Blames Iran, Syria for Hezbollah Attack on Israel VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- The United States Wednesday demanded the immediate release of two Israeli soldiers captured by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, and said it holds Iran and Syria responsible for the new outburst of Middle East violence
- Israeli Cabinet Approves Military Action Against Lebanon VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- Israel's Cabinet has approved military action in Lebanon in response to an attack by Islamic Hezbollah guerillas in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped
- Analysis: Mideast Conflict Spreads to Lebanon cfr.org 12 Jul 2006 -- The ongoing Mideast military conflict, initially between Israel and Palestinian militants, is escalating alarmingly
- Hezbollah Captures Two Israeli Soldiers VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- Israel has launched a major military incursion into southern Lebanon to search for two Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah guerrillas, early Wednesday
- Israeli Jet Destroys Hamas Leader's House in Gaza VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- Palestinian officials say an Israeli airstrike on a Gaza house where Hamas militants were meeting killed nine members of one family, including seven children.
- Further engagement with Sudan needed on UN Darfur force, peacekeeping chief says UN News Centre 12 Jul 2006 -- Misunderstandings between the Government of Sudan and the international community concerning a proposed United Nations mission in Darfur must be cleared up if the peace agreement it is meant to support is to be successful, the world organization's top peacekeeping official said today.
- SUDAN: Uganda government, LRA peace talks delayed IRIN 12 Jul 2006 -- Peace talks between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), scheduled to start in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba on Wednesday, have been delayed, a Sudanese official said.
- SOMALIA: Egeland remains cautiously optimistic on Somalia IRIN 12 Jul 2006 -- Top United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Jan Egeland remained cautiously optimistic regarding the humanitarian situation in war-torn Somalia after a U.N. team visited the Islamic Courts Militia in the capital on Sunday.
- UN Considering End to Arms Embargo, Peacekeepers for Somalia VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council is considering requests to lift an arms embargo on Somalia, and allow African peacekeepers into the country.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY GEORGIA SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE United Nations 12 Jul 2006
- UN envoy says dialogue possible over Georgia-Abkhazia conflict; stresses police role UN News Centre 12 Jul 2006 -- The outgoing United Nations envoy for Georgia said today that there now exists a "possibility for a political dialogue" between Georgian authorities and Abkhaz separatists over a dispute that flared into open warfare 14 years ago, while stressing the important role being played by UN police in the region and the need for them to be allowed onto both sides of the conflict zone.
- Georgia Requests UN Force For Abkhazia VOA 12 Jul 2006 -- Georgia has accused Russia of arming separatists in its breakaway Abkhazia province, and asked the United Nations to take over peacekeeping duties in the region
- Identification of Basayev remains unnecessary - Ivanov RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2006 -- Russia's defense minister suggested Wednesday there was no need to hold DNA tests on the remains of Russia's most wanted man, Shamil Basayev.
- Lockheed Martin Solar X-Ray Imager on NOAA GOES-13(N) spacecraft sees first light Lockheed Martin 12 Jul 2006 -- The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] at its Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has produced its first image. The remarkable view of the Sun, as seen in soft x-rays, is available online at: http://www.sec.noaa.gov/sxi/index.html.
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