14 July 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Jul 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Col. MacFarland from Iraq 14 Jul 2006 -- Presenter: Colonel Sean B. MacFarland
- CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 14 Jul 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for July 14.
- Terrorists Killed, Captured; Helo Crash Response Draws Praise AFPS 14 Jul 2006 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces have killed or captured numerous terrorism suspects yesterday and today, and military officials praised the teamwork involved among responding forces after a coalition helicopter crashed yesterday.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Volume 5, Number 19 14 July 2006
- AFGHANISTAN: Civilian casualties from anti-insurgency conflict mount IRIN 14 Jul 2006 -- Local people and rights groups in southern Afghanistan are increasingly concerned about what they say is an escalation in civilian deaths and injuries resulting from the growing insurgency in the region.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Blum from the Pentagon 14 Jul 2006 -- Presenter: Chief, National Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum
- Guard Border Security Mission Progressing Well, On Schedule AFPS 14 Jul 2006 -- With about 3,600 troops reporting on or ahead of schedule so far for border security duty in the Southwest, the National Guard is solidly on track to meet the requirement of up to 6,000 troops by Aug. 1, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Pentagon reporters today.
- U.S. Dispatches 3,500 National Guardsmen to Southwest Border Washington File 14 Jul 2006 -- The United States has dispatched more than 3,500 National Guardsmen to its Southwestern border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas where they will support the work of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency, according to the chief of the National Guard Lieutenant General Steven Blum.
Defense Policy / Programs
- COMSUBSOUTH, CSG 8 Changes Command Navy NewsStand 14 Jul 2006 -- Rear Adm. Carl Van Mauney, commander, Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South (COMSUBSOUTH) and commander, Submarine Group (CSG) 8 turned over command to Rear Adm. Jeffrey Fowler in a ceremony on Nisida Island, just off the coast of Naples, July 14.
- USS Falcon, Oriole Decommissioned Navy NewsStand 14 Jul 2006 -- Two Osprey-class coastal mine hunters were decommissioned June 30 in formal ceremonies at Naval Station Ingleside.
- SECNAV Tours Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Navy NewsStand 14 Jul 2006 -- Navy Secretary Donald Winter took a tour of USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) July 13 to see firsthand the ship’s capabilities and meet the crew.
- BHR Says ‘Aloha’ to RIMPAC During Pearl Harbor Port Visit Navy NewsStand 14 Jul 2006 -- The San Diego-based multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) pulled into Pearl Harbor Naval Station in late June for a 10-day liberty port visit in support of the 2006 Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC), the largest biennial maritime exercise in the world.
- NSA Environmental Department Tests Oil Spill Recovery Concept Navy NewsStand 14 Jul 2006 -- The Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain Environmental Department tested an oil spill recovery concept at the Mina Salman pier fulfilling international environmental standards and complying with naval operational requirements, June 26..
- Blum: Army Guard Enjoying Big Recruiting Successes AFPS 14 Jul 2006 -- The Army National Guard is experiencing its biggest and longest-running recruiting success since the end of the draft, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Pentagon reporters today.
- Oregon-based KC-135 unit begins drawdown AFPN 14 Jul 2006 -- The first KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 939th Air Refueling Wing departs Portland International Airport today, marking the beginning of a change in mission for the Air Force Reserve unit.
- IA program provides political-military, cultural experts AFPN 14 Jul 2006 -- Air Force officers can expect to gain international insight, foreign language proficiency and cultural understanding by becoming international affairs specialists, said an Air Force executive here.
- RIMPAC 2006: Perfecting air operations AFPN 14 Jul 2006 -- Airmen and Sailors working in the Pacific Air Operations Center here are getting unique command and control training during the Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC 2006.
- U.S. signs $150 mln air base lease agreement with Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2006 -- The United States is going to pay Kyrgyzstan about $150 million for the continued use of an air base in the country in 2007, the Kyrgyz government said Friday.
- Press Gaggle by Tony Snow The White House 14 Jul 2006
- Daily Press Briefing US Department of State 14 Jul 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for July 14, 2006
- General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million Contract to Upgrade U.S. Army Communications Network at Ft. Hood General Dynamics 14 Jul 2006 -- General Dynamics Information Technology has been chosen by the U.S. Army to modernize communications and data network infrastructure at its base in Ft. Hood, Texas. The contract is valued at $23 million over two years, if all options are exercised. General Dynamics Information Technology, formerly General Dynamics Network Systems and Anteon Corp., is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection takes Delivery of its first EC120 EADS 14 Jul 2006 -- On July 14, the first of the EC120s ordered for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were delivered at American Eurocopter’s Columbus, Mississippi, plant. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has ordered ten EC120s. Six more are to be delivered this year, all of them completed, test flown and delivered by the Columbus facility. The CBP’s primary consideration in making the selection was to procure a helicopter that was technically compliant with its mission requirements: to provide low-level surveillance and security patrol of U.S. borders and to detect and apprehend persons either trying to illegally enter the United States or conduct illegal activity along U.S. borders.
- First EC120 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection delivered EADS 14 Jul 2006 -- The first of ten EC120s ordered for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was delivered at a ceremony at the American Eurocopter Columbus, Mississippi plant today. Local business leaders, government officials, representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and industry leaders gathered with American Eurocopter staff members, who hosted the event.
- Russia: Arms Industry Gathers Steam, But For How Long? RFE/RL 14 Jul 2006 -- Arms manufacturers from Russia and elsewhere in the CIS assembled in Nizhny Tagil this week to tout their products at one of Russia's largest arms expositions
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 14 Jul 2006
- Rice Calls for Release of Israeli Soldiers, Urges Restraint Washington File 14 Jul 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the abduction of Israeli soldiers is at the origin of the current crisis in the Middle East and called for their safe return in order to defuse the conflict.
- Hezbollah Vows to Wage Open War on Israel VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- The leader of the Lebanese-based militant group Hezbollah has vowed to wage open war on Israel after an apparently failed attempt on the group's leader.
- Egypt, Jordan Appeal for Calm VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- Egypt and Jordan condemn Israel's attacks in Lebanon Friday and appeal for calm in a day of diplomacy in Cairo.
- Secretary-General's team on the Middle East arrives in Cairo for first leg of peace talks UN News Centre 14 Jul 2006 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's high-level team to the Middle East, which includes his Special Political Adviser, arrived in Cairo today on the first leg of a diplomatic mission aimed at stemming the increasing violence between Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinians.
- Security Council calls on all sides in Middle East to cooperate with UN team UN News Centre 14 Jul 2006 -- Following a Security Council meeting today to discuss the escalating crisis in the Middle East, its President called on all "concerned sides and parties" to fully cooperate with a high-level United Nations team - which includes Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Political Adviser - that has been sent to the region.
- Middle East: UN officials urge end to 'disproportionate' attacks, release of seized soldiers UN News Centre 14 Jul 2006 -- United Nations humanitarian officials today urged Israel, the Palestinians and Lebanese Hizbollah militants to refrain from disproportionate responses in the current renewed fighting, avoid attacking civilians, end rocket attacks and release immediately all kidnapped people.
- Asefi denies Israeli claim IRNA 14 Jul 2006 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Thursday categorically denied the claim of the Zionist regime that the captured Israeli soldiers have been transferred to Iran.
- Lebanon, Israel Trade Accusations Following Military Offensive VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- Lebanon has accused Israel of 'barbaric aggression' in its current military offensive, and called on the U.N. Security Council to declare a cease-fire., Israel rejected the criticism, and charged Lebanon with harboring terrorists.
- UN Calls for Restraint by Israel, Extremist Groups VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- The U.N.'s top humanitarian official is calling on Israel and on extremist groups in Gaza and Lebanon to show restraint, and to refrain from attacking civilians and civilian installations
- Chirac: Israeli Strikes in Lebanon Disproportionate VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- French President Jacques Chirac says it appears Israel is trying to deliberately destroy Lebanon's infrastructure on the second day of strikes on the region
- Iranian Religious Leader Urges Support for Hezbollah VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- A senior Iranian religious leader Friday defended Hezbollah and called on Muslims and non-Muslims alike to rally to its support
- Bush Consults Mideast Leaders on Violence VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- President Bush is reaching out to Middle East leaders in hopes of ending the latest round of violence there.
- Middle East: Syria, Iran Loom Larger In Israel-Lebanon Crisis RFE/RL 14 Jul 2006 -- Israel is stepping up air attacks on Hizballah in a declared campaign to root it out of southern Lebanon
- Putin urges end to military action in Middle East RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2006 -- The Russian president urged Friday all sides involved in the Middle East conflict to end military operations and bloodshed.
- Russia's foreign ministry urges Israel, Hizbollah to end violence RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2006 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Israel to lift its blockade on Lebanon, and called on Hizbollah militants to end rocket strikes against Israeli targets in a statement Friday.
- Israel Strikes New Targets in Lebanon VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- Israeli warplanes attacked Beirut's international airport for a second day on Friday, also hitting gas depots, the main Beirut-Damascus highway and Hezbollah targets in Beirut's southern suburbs
- UN Security Council Debates Mideast Crisis VOA 14 Jul 2006 -- The United Nations Security Council is holding an urgent meeting at the request of Lebanon Friday on the escalating crisis in the Middle East.
- G8's Middle Eastern challenge RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2006 -- The events in southern Lebanon will have dramatic consequences for the region and the rest of the world, especially in terms of energy security, the war on terror, and the dialogue - or rather, the lack of it - of civilizations.
- DR Congo: UN agency reports mass displacement in militia-ridden northeast UN News Centre 14 Jul 2006 -- Major population displacements in the Ituri district in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have resulted from renewed fighting between the national army and rebel militias, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.
- India to send more peacekeeping troops to Congo IRNA 14 Jul 2006 -- Ahead of holding of first ever general elections in strife-torn Congo, India is rushing 700 additional troops to the country to provide security cover for the internationally- supervised polls scheduled for July 31.
- DRC: Kinshasa accepts militia leader's plea to join army IRIN 14 Jul 2006 -- The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has responded positively to a request by a militia leader in the northeastern district of Ituri to be integrated into the national army.
- UGANDA: LRA peace talks kick off IRIN 14 Jul 2006 -- Peace talks between the Ugandan government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) formally opened on Friday in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba, in a bid to end the brutal 20-year conflict ravaging northern Uganda.
- ANGOLA: Cabinda separatists divided over peace talks IRIN 14 Jul 2006 -- Talks on ending a 30-year separatist rebellion in Angola's Cabinda province have been underway this week in neighbouring Congo Brazzaville, but it is unclear whether rebel forces will endorse the negotiations.
- MOZAMBIQUE: South and centre still in danger of landmines IRIN 14 Jul 2006 -- Fourteen years after the end of Mozambique's civil war, landmines still threaten the lives of 500,000 rural people, denying them access to farms, trade routes and water supplies.
- 16 killed in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka IRNA 14 Jul 2006 -- Twelve soldiers and four Tamil rebels were killed in fresh violence in Sri Lanka's restive eastern province Friday as nationalists demanded the arrest of an ailing Tiger spokesman undergoing treatment in Colombo.
- Russia: Chechen Resistance Leadership Affirms Readiness For Peace Talks RFE/RL 14 Jul 2006 -- Diplomatic representatives abroad of the Chechen Republic Ichkeria (ChRI) have drafted a manifesto addressed to participants of the G8 summit in St. Petersburg
- SOMALIA: Gov't welcomes UN statement on revising arms embargo IRIN 14 Jul 2006 -- Somalia's transitional government on Friday welcomed a statement by the United Nations Security Council that the world body was ready to ease the arms embargo on the Horn of Africa country to pave the way for the deployment of an African peacekeeping force.
- LIBERIA: Debt waiver is key to recovery from war, govt tells donors IRIN 14 Jul 2006 -- With more than half of Liberia's children out of school and all but five percent of the country's health centres flattened by war, the government is calling for a waiver of the country's huge external debt to help it quickly recover from war.
- Russia returns to idea of global security RIA Novosti 14 Jul 2006 -- Outlining Russia's positions at the forthcoming G8 summit, President Vladimir Putin virtually returned to the idea of Mikhail Gorbachev - to look at global security from an entirely new angle and to approach it in a way which would be suitable for the majority of civilized nations, or, in other words, to establish firm guarantees of mankind's steady and predictable development.
- 15 Years ERS-1 – Environmental Research with EADS SPACE EADS 14 Jul 2006 -- Fifteen years ago, on 17 July 1991, Europe's first radar satellite set out on its scientific exploration of the Earth. ERS-1 (European Remote-Sensing Satellite) was designed for the European Space Agency, ESA, to have a service life of three years, however, it ultimately operated three times as long. It was not until March 2001, that the satellite was switched off on account of a technical failure. ERS-1 has paved the way for environmental research from space. Its successor, ERS-2, which was launched in 1995, has continued this role to date. EADS SPACE was the prime contractor for both missions and supplied both the platform and some key instruments.
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