05 December 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Dec 2006 [PDF]
- Soldier killed in vehicle accident
- DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Announces Change in Status of an Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Press Briefing, Dec. 5, 2006 MNF-I 05 Dec 2006 -- BRIEFER: MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM CALDWELL, USA, SPOKESMAN, MULTINATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for Dec. 5 AFPN 05 Dec 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Dec. 5.
- Iraqi Troops Respond to Explosion Near Baghdad, Capture Insurgents AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- Iraqi soldiers responded to a vehicle bomb explosion near Baghdad earlier today, and Iraqi and coalition troops have detained several suspects and found numerous weapons caches over the past few days.
- Car Bombs, Attacks in Baghdad Kill 30 Iraqis VOA 05 Dec 2006 -- Iraqi security officials say about 30 people have been killed and many others wounded in car bomb blasts and an attack on a bus in Baghdad.
- Reconstruction team holds first vendor fair AFPN 05 Dec 2006 -- More than 40 contractors from the Zabul Province attended the first vendor fair Nov. 26 held by the Qalat Provincial Reconstruction Team here in an effort to promote the availability of services and opportunities to both new and established contractors in the region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Senate Armed Services Committee Approves Gates AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- The Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously recommended Robert M. Gates to be the next U.S. defense secretary.
- US Senate Panel Approves Gates Nomination VOA 05 Dec 2006 -- A Senate committee Tuesday unanimously approved Robert Gates to be the next U.S. defense secretary and sent the nomination to the Senate floor for confirmation, expected as early as Wednesday.
- Gates Vows to Focus on Iraq, Troop Welfare if Confirmed AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- Defense secretary nominee Robert M. Gates told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing today that if he's confirmed to the top Pentagon post, his highest calling will be to ensure success in Iraq and look out for the men and women in uniform.
- Gates Open to Increasing End-strength if Forces Deployed Correctly AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- Robert M. Gates vowed today to be an independent voice if he is confirmed as defense secretary.
- War in Iraq 'Personal' to Gates, Nominee Tells Senators AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- Defense secretary nominee Robert M. Gates spoke today on how the war in Iraq has touched him personally -- 12 graduates of Texas A&M University, which he has led as president for the last four years, have been killed in Iraq.
- Gates Discusses Effect of Iraq Failure, Calls for Bipartisan Policy AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- If the situation in Iraq is mishandled, regional powers may be tempted to become involved in the country -- causing greater problems for the future, defense secretary nominee Robert M. Gates said today.
- Gates: Search for bin Laden Must Continue, Though Power Diminished AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- While defense secretary nominee Robert M. Gates considers it important to continue searching for Osama bin Laden, he told senators today the al Qaeda leader "has become more of a symbol for jihadist terrorists than an active planner and organizer of terrorist attacks."
- Bush Urges Senate to Confirm Gates as Defense Secretary VOA 05 Dec 2006 -- President Bush is urging the U.S. Senate to move quickly to confirm Robert Gates as his new defense secretary
- Fairchild, Grand Forks crews support NATO summit AFPN 05 Dec 2006 -- KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft along with aircrews, crew chiefs and maintainers from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., and Grand Forks AFB, N.D., are augmenting the refueling mission here in support of a NATO Summit mission.
- Improved Supply, Transportation Processes to Better Serve Troops AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- It's a typical scenario: A sergeant working on a tank in Baghdad needs a part. He goes to his handy-dandy computer and orders it.
- Federal Agencies Collaborating on Security Clearance Process AFPS 05 Dec 2006 -- The State Department and the Office of Personnel Management have combined resources to process security clearances for overseas Defense Department installations.
- Kearsarge Conducts Ammo Transfer with Iwo Jima, Bataan Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2006 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed an ammunition transfer with the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a scheduled underway off the coast of Virginia Dec. 2.
- Navy Conducts First Escape Exercise From Nuclear Sub Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2006 -- Seven personnel practiced locking out from the attack submarine USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) and ascending to the surface wearing special suits that are designed to enable a free ascent from a stricken submarine Dec. 2 during ESCAPEX at the Navy's Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility in Ketchikan, Alaska.
- VP-46 Returns to Whidbey Island Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2006 -- The Patrol Squadron (VP) 46 "Grey Knights" returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Dec. 4 after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations.
- Firehawks of HCS-5 Disestablish at NAS North Island Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2006 -- More than 500 Sailors, former unit members, and family attended the disestablishment ceremony Dec. 3 for Helicopter Combat Support Special Squadron (HCS) 5 aboard Naval Air Station North Island.
- World: NATO Prepares For Energy Wars RFE/RL 05 Dec 2006 -- During the recent NATO summit in Riga, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar urged the alliance to declare that an energy boycott of any member be seen as an act of coercion against all members of the alliance and one that requires a collective response.
- UK defends use of cluster bombs IRNA 05 Dec 2006 -- The British government has defended its decision not to support a ban on cluster bombs at the recent review conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva.
- Russia, Norway to continue cooperation in scrapping nuclear subs RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia's atomic energy agency, Rosatom, said Tuesday that a new five-year agreement it has signed with Norway's Foreign Ministry will further cooperation in dismantling Russian nuclear-powered submarines.
- Indian defence scientists plan low atmospheric missile interceptors IRNA 04 Dec 2006 -- Buoyed by a successful missile interception in higher atmospheric zones, defence scientists are now planning to shoot down incoming warheads much closer to ground with a new missile named PAD.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Dec 2006
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 05 Dec 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for December 05, 2006
- CACI Awarded Prime Contract on Multiple-Award Logistics Program for U.S. Army With Ceiling Value of $36 Billion CACI 11 Dec 2006 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a prime contract by the Department of the Army, Southern Region Contracting Command to support the multiple-award Field and Installation Readiness Support Team (FIRST) program.
- EADS mobile digital radio system for out-of-area operations handed over to the Bundeswehr EADS 05 Dec 2006 -- Within the framework of the TETRAPOL Bw procurement project, the first mobile digital radio system for out-of-area operations was handed over to the German Armed Forces on 4 December
- U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics $305 Million for Abrams Improved SEP Reset General Dynamics 05 Dec 2006 -- The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $305 million contract to reset and upgrade 312 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom under a new program called Improved Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) Reset.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN-BUILT AMC-18 SATELLITE READY FOR LAUNCH Lockheed Martin 05 Dec 2006 -- The AMC-18 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for SES GLOBAL (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges SESG) is ready for launch Friday aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle provided by Arianespace.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM FIRST TO FLY HIGH-RESOLUTION SYNTHETIC APERTURE SURVEILLANCE RADAR Lockheed Martin 05 Dec 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently accomplished a first for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), demonstrating that high-resolution, broad-area imaging from a Miniaturized Synthetic Aperture Radar (MiniSAR) could effectively be delivered by a UAS into the hands of tactical unit commanders, regardless of smoke, dust, heavy rain or nighttime conditions
- SAIC Awarded Contract for 23 Military Mobile VACIS(R) Inspection Systems SAIC 05 Dec 2006 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) announced today the receipt of an order from the U.S. Army through the Army Research Lab for 23 ruggedized mobile VACIS(R) inspection systems.
- Russia in talks with other countries on joint Glonass use RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia is negotiating with other countries on the possible joint use of Russia's global positioning satellite system Glonass, the head of the Russian Space Agency said Tuesday.
- Russia conducts test of missile defense system RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- A spokesman for Russia's Space Forces said Tuesday an anti-missile of the country's missile defense system was launched from a testing range in Kazakhstan.
- Russia set to crack down on unlicensed arms production abroad RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2006 -- Russia intends to step up its efforts to prevent illegal production and sales of Russian arms abroad, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 05 Dec 2006
- Pakistan to give up claims on Kashmir on conditions IRNA 05 Dec 2006 -- Pakistan President General Parvez Musharraf, has for the first time said that Pakistan is prepared to give up its claim on Kashmir, which could be a major breakthrough between India and Pakistan if implemented in reality.
- India committed to peace but does not favor redrawing boundaries IRNA 05 Dec 2006 -- Responding to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's suggestions to resolve the Kashmir issue, India Tuesday said it was committed to peace and removal of distrust but not in favor of redrawing of boundaries.
- Musharraf Pushes Shared Kashmir Sovereignty Proposal VOA 05 Dec 2006 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says Pakistan will give up its claim to Kashmir if India agrees to give the disputed territory autonomy under the joint supervision of both countries.
- Sudan: Clashes in North Darfur prompt humanitarian warning from UN mission UN News Centre 05 Dec 2006 -- The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) warned today that humanitarian agencies may have to scale back their operations in North Darfur amid growing concerns following several days of clashes in the provincial capital of El Fasher.
- SUDAN: Tension mounts after attack on North Darfur town IRIN 05 Dec 2006 -- Tension has mounted in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur State in western Sudan, amid fears that rebels may launch an offensive on government forces being reinforced to defend the town, humanitarian sources said on Tuesday.
- DRC: More fighting breaks out in the east IRIN 05 Dec 2006 -- Renewed fighting broke out on Tuesday between dissident soldiers allied to a former army chief and the regular army in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- SENEGAL: Attacks in Casamance despite peace move IRIN 05 Dec 2006 -- One person was dead on Tuesday following an armed attack on vehicles in the southern Casamance region just over two weeks after President Abdoulaye Wade asked local elders to help end the rebellion.
- UGANDA: Museveni optimistic peace will prevail IRIN 05 Dec 2006 -- Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday expressed optimism that lasting peace would prevail in the north, despite a decision by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to pull out of peace talks.
- Lebanese Army Patrols Fault Lines Amid Rising Tensions VOA 05 Dec 2006 -- The capital of Lebanon is on edge after the angry funeral of a Shi'ite opposition member who was killed during a clash with Sunni pro-government supporters Sunday night
- US Condemns Fiji Coup, Suspends Military Aid VOA 05 Dec 2006 -- The United States has joined several other countries and the United Nations in condemning the military coup in Fiji.
- Military Stages Coup in Fiji VOA 05 Dec 2006 -- Fiji's military has taken control of the country from the democratically elected government
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