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05 December 2006 Military News

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  • 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

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