20 December 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Dec 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcrtip: DoD News Briefing with Secretary Gates from Iraq 20 Dec 2006 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace, Commander U.S. Central Command Gen. John Abizaid and Commander Multinational Force-Iraq Gen. George Casey
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for Dec. 20 AFPN 20 Dec 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Dec. 20.
- Forces Capture Suspects; Terrorist Detonate Car Bombs AFPS 20 Dec 2006 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces captured suspected terrorists and contraband during operations in Iraq over the past three days, and terrorists continued killing and wounding civilians with car bombs.
- Suspects Detained in Afghanistan; Police Center Opens AFPS 20 Dec 2006 -- Afghan and coalition forces captured 10 suspected terrorists, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai participated in the National Police Command Center's opening ceremony this week in Afghanistan.
- AFGHANISTAN: Kandahar residents support UN call for NATO to do more to avoid civilian casualties IRIN 20 Dec 2006 -- Kandahar residents have welcomed a United Nations (UN) report into the killing of civilians by British soldiers earlier this month and have called on NATO to treat the report seriously.
- Pakistani spy arrested in Afghanistan IRNA 20 Dec 2006 -- Afghan security forces have arrested a Pakistani intelligence officer in the east of the country, a presidential spokesman said a day after an army general was arrested for alleged espionage.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Press Conference by the President The White House 20 Dec 2006
- Bush Supports Bigger US Military for Long Ideological Struggle VOA 20 Dec 2006 -- President Bush says he wants to increase the size of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps because he believes the United States is at the beginning of a long struggle between competing ideologies
- Alaska Guard Troops Conduct Vital Missile Defense Mission AFPS 20 Dec 2006 -- Just a few years ago, this snow-swept central Alaskan post lay dormant, closed through the Base Realignment and Closure process
- USNS Shasta Visits NAVSTA Everett Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2006 -- The ammunition ship USNS Shasta (T-AE 33) departed from Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett Dec. 18 after enjoying a rare opportunity to pull pierside for a 16-day port visit.
- USNS Supply Returns Home in Time for the Holidays Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2006 -- The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) returned to Naval Weapons Station Earle Dec. 15 after a seven-month deployment.
- Harpers Ferry Completes INSURV Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2006 -- USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) successfully completed a material readiness inspection by the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Dec. 13.
- Boxer Celebrates Halfway Point of Deployment Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2006 -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) Sailors celebrated completing the first half of their deployment Dec. 13 with a steel beach picnic on the ship's flight deck.
- Makin Island Energize Combat Center Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2006 -- Sailors of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Makin Island (LHD 8) held their first Electronics Light Off (ELO) Dec. 7.
- Lewis and Clark Conducts First-Ever Underway Replenishment Navy NewsStand 20 Dec 2006 -- USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) conducted its first-ever underway replenishment (UNREP) Dec. 15-16 as part of Operation Evaluation Event No. 1 alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
- AMC releases KC-135 accident investigation results AFPN 20 Dec 2006 -- Air Mobility Command officials here Dec. 20 released the results of its investigation into the Sept. 26 KC-135 Stratotanker and TU-154 Kyrgyz passenger plane accident at Manas International Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
- CENTCOM's Abizaid Plans Spring Retirement AFPS 20 Dec 2006 -- Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, plans to retire from the Army in the spring, he said during a Baghdad press conference today.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN INSTRUMENT ON LATEST NASA SUN MISSION SEES FIRST LIGHT Lockheed Martin 20 Dec 2006 -- The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUVI) instrument - designed and built at the Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory of the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Palo Alto - has begun returning images of the Sun's corona as part of NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO).
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 20 Dec 2006
- DoD News: Contracts for December 20, 2006
- A400M first Horizontal Tail Plane to the Final Assembly Line EADS 20 Dec 2006 -- The reception of the first A400M Horizontal Tail Plane took place today at the EADS CASA final assembly line in San Pablo (Seville).
- General Dynamics Awarded Five-Year U.S. Air Force Air Logistics Center Contract General Dynamics 20 Dec 2006 -- The U.S. Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Center has awarded General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a prime contract under the Design Engineering Support Program II (DESP II).
- Northrop Grumman Lifts U.S. Navy to New Era for Unmanned Flight Northrop Grumman 20 Dec 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed the first series of flights of the enhanced, more capable version of the Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (VTUAV), the MQ-8B.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 20 Dec 2006
- UN envoy on Darfur crisis begins three-day visit to Sudanese capital UN News Centre 20 Dec 2006 -- A senior United Nations envoy today began his three-day diplomatic mission to Sudan to clarify details of recent agreements aimed at ending the spiralling violence and humanitarian suffering engulfing the war-torn Darfur region.
- US Wants Sudanese Action on Darfur Force by Year's End VOA 20 Dec 2006 -- The Bush administration served notice Wednesday it will take a "different approach" toward the Sudanese government if it does not take specific steps towards deploying a new international peacekeeping force in Darfur by the end of the year
- S. Ossetia should disband all its armed formations - minister RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2006 -- All armed formations in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia are illegal and Georgia insists on their disbandment, a Georgian minister said Wednesday.
- FM Lavrov accuses Tbilisi of provoking Russian peacekeepers RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2006 -- Russia's foreign minister voiced serious concern Wednesday over Georgia's ongoing provocations against peacekeepers in its breakaway regions and the continued presence of Georgian troops in the buffer zone in defiance of the UN.
- Russian FM: Iran, Syria must be involved in Mideast talks RIA Novosti 20 Dec 2006 -- All Middle East nations, including Iran and Syria, must be involved in regional peace talks rather than isolated from the process, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.
- Rival Palestinian Factions Enforce New Cease-fire in Gaza VOA 20 Dec 2006 -- Rival Palestinian factions are enforcing a new cease-fire in the Gaza Strip
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON BURUNDI United Nations 20 Dec 2006
- SOMALIA: Residents flee fighting near Baidoa IRIN 20 Dec 2006 -- Scores of people were fleeing their homes near the southern Somali town of Baidoa on Wednesday after fighting broke out between forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), officials from both sides said.
- LEBANON: Rate of cluster bomb casualties falling IRIN 20 Dec 2006 -- Despite one man being killed and two injured from an explosion on Tuesday in the southern Lebanese village of Marjayoun, mine clearance specialists say that the incidence of cluster bomb casualties in the country has fallen significantly over recent weeks.
- Security Council backs new stability pact for Africa's Great Lakes region UN News Centre 20 Dec 2006 -- The Security Council today backed the recently concluded Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes region of Africa, which a United Nations envoy said holds the potential to consolidate gains in a part of the world that has been the scene of numerous deadly conflicts.
- DR Congo: UN reports security improvement with many militia groups demobilizing UN News Centre 20 Dec 2006 -- Security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has improved, with numerous militia groups joining the United Nations-run disarmament programme, and calm returning in the east after fighting between the Congolese Army and partisans of a rogue general, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported today.
- EU Envoy: Somali Government, Islamists Agree to New Peace Talks VOA 20 Dec 2006 -- A European Union envoy says Somalia's interim government and the rival Islamist movement have agreed to a new round of peace talks.
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