22 December 2006 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Dec 2006 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- Four Servicemembers killed in Anbar Province
- MND-B patrol targeted
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Secretary Gates from Iraq 22 Dec 2006 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace and Commander Multinational Force-Iraq Gen. George Casey
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for Dec. 22 AFPN 22 Dec 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Dec. 22.
- NMCB 18 Builds Better Conditions for Marines in Iraq Navy NewsStand 22 Dec 2006 -- Navy Reservists with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 18, Delta Company, Fort Lewis, Wash., arrived in Iraq in September to improve the quality of life for Marines there. And that is exactly what they contine to do three months later.
- Afghanistan: Former NATO Commander Urges Political Focus RFE/RL 22 Dec 2006 -- A former supreme commander of NATO said today that pacifying Afghanistan can best be done by shifting the focus away from a military solution and toward a political one.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rice Plans Regular Regional Briefings with New Pentagon Chief Washington File 22 Dec 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she plans a series of in-depth briefings with the new secretary of defense, beginning in January 2007, to enhance diplomatic and military collaboration in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere.
- Vinson's RCOH Team Clearing the Air Navy NewsStand 22 Dec 2006 -- USS Carl Vinson's (CVN 70) Ventilation Team marked completion of more than 50 percent of their work Dec. 9 as the refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) continues for the carrier at the Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard.
- FRC-SE Logo Unveiled During Ceremony Navy NewsStand 22 Dec 2006 -- The new command logo for Fleet Readiness Center, Southeast (FRC-SE), formerly Naval Air Depot (NADEP) Jacksonville, was unveiled during a ceremony Dec. 14 in front of Building 101 here.
- USS Robert G. Bradley Supports Community in Panama Navy NewsStand 22 Dec 2006 -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) Sailors helped refurbish homes for cancer patients and needy children during separate community relations projects in Panama during port visits in November and December.
- McInerney Improves Community Relations in San Salvador Navy NewsStand 22 Dec 2006 -- USS McInerney (FFG 8) Sailors helped the town's social workers improve the area around the local soccer fields and community center during a port visit Nov. 24 to San Salvador, El Salvador.
- Air Force officials take 'strategic communication to next level' AFPN 22 Dec 2006 -- Top Air Force leaders attending a strategic communication summit here Dec. 19 outlined an ambitious blueprint for Airmen to tell the nation about their service's contributions to the war on terrorism.
- 10 Globemaster IIIs fly in formation over Washington state AFPN 22 Dec 2006 -- Like an iron alligator in the sky, a band of 10 C-17 Globemaster IIIs flew in formation Dec. 21 from Puget Sound to eastern Washington .
- Russia against U.S. missile defense plans for Europe - DM Ivanov RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2006 -- Russia is opposed to the United States' plans to deploy an anti-missile shield in Central Europe, the defense minister said Friday.
- DoD News: Contracts for December 22, 2006
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS KEY HARDWARE FOR THIRD ADVANCED EHF MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 22 Dec 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced that it has delivered ahead of schedule the flight structure for the third space vehicle in the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program to the company's Mississippi facility for integration with its propulsion subsystem. AEHF satellites will provide global, highly secure, protected, survivable communications for warfighters in all services within the Department of Defense.
- Spanish government authorizes the signature of a contract with Eurocopter for the acquisition of 45 NH90 helicopters for its Armed Forces EADS 22 Dec 2006 -- After the decision adopted by the Spanish Government last May 2005 relating to the acquisition of NH90 helicopters, the Council of Ministers has approved today the signature of a contract to supply the Spanish Armed Forces with an initial order of 45 helicopters for its fleet modernization.
- Force Protection, Inc. and General Dynamics Announce Joint Venture Company General Dynamics 22 Dec 2006 -- Force Protection, Inc. (OTCBB:FRPT) and General Dynamics Land Systems today announced they will form a joint venture to compete for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program, a U.S. joint services program being managed by the U.S. Marine Corps.
- General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Hawaii To U.S. Navy Ahead of Schedule General Dynamics 22 Dec 2006 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the Hawaii (SSN-776), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, to the U.S. Navy ahead of schedule. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Northrop Grumman Continues to Show Progress on Gulf Coast as Shipyards Deliver Kidd (DDG 100) and New Orleans (LPD 18) in Same Week Northrop Grumman 22 Dec 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) demonstrated steps taken toward recovery at its hurricane-damaged Gulf Coast facilities by delivering two ships to the U.S. Navy this week.
- Sikorsky Aircraft Selects CH-53K Main Engines Sikorsky 22 Dec 2006 -- Sikorsky Aircraft has selected General Electric Aviation to provide the new CH-53K heavy lift helicopter's main engines. Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), is developing the CH-53K for the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 22 Dec 2006
- SOMALIA: Dozens killed as fighting continues in the south IRIN 22 Dec 2006 -- Dozens of civilians have been killed, at least 200 wounded, and many more have been driven from their homes as fighting continues around the southern Somali town of Baidoa, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday.
- Upsurge in Somali fighting prompts concern from Security Council and Annan UN News Centre 22 Dec 2006 -- The Security Council and Secretary-General Kofi Annan today each voiced grave concern at the recent intensified fighting in Somalia between the strife-torn country's Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) and the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC).
- Somali Troops, Islamist Fighters Continue to Clash VOA 22 Dec 2006 -- In Somalia, Islamist fighters and government troops continue to battle each other near the government stronghold of Baidoa, with each side claiming to have killed hundreds of troops of the other side's
- Situation in Burundi 'fragile,' Annan warns as UN troops prepare to leave UN News Centre 22 Dec 2006 -- As the United Nations prepares to wind down its peacekeeping operation in Burundi and replace it with an integrated office, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is warning that human rights abuses, political tensions and other "troubling developments" could cause the hard-won peace process there to unravel.
- Annan Encouraged by Darfur Peace Prospects VOA 22 Dec 2006 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is optimistic that Sudan's government will soon allow a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission to enforce a ceasefire in Darfur
- Concerns Mount Over Kosovo's Status VOA 22 Dec 2006 -- Reaching a decision on the final status of the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo is becoming more difficult, because of Russian objections and a lack of consensus within the 25-nation European Union
- Clashes Between Rival Palestinian Factions Test Ceasefire VOA 22 Dec 2006 -- Rival Palestinian factions have clashed again in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. At least one person was killed and six wounded
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