06 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 06 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- MNF-W personnel attacked
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Feb. 6 airpower: Eagles shut down small-arms fire AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 6.
- Coalition Forces Kill Terrorist, Detain 17; Car Bombs Kill 10 Iraqi Civilians AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 17 in operations across Iraq this week. In addition, car bombs in Iraq have killed 10 locals and wounded 26 in the past three days.
- Gunmen in Iraqi Army Uniforms Kidnap Iranian Diplomat in Baghdad VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms have abducted an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad.
- U.S. Transfers Humvees, Weapons to Afghan National Army AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- The United States transferred 213 Humvees and more than 12,000 light weapons to the Afghan National Army during a ceremony Feb. 2 at a depot in Pol-e-charkhi, Afghanistan.
- Bush Seeks Aid Increases For Afghanistan, Pakistan RFE/RL 06 Feb 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has submitted his proposed budget for fiscal year 2008 to the U.S. Congress.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Establishing U.S. Africa Command AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. military will establish a separate U.S. Africa Command to oversee military operations on the African continent, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced during Congressional testimony today.
- Africa Command Will Consolidate U.S. Efforts on Continent AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- The new U.S. Africa Command, which President Bush announced today, will consolidate U.S. government efforts in Africa and the ability to work with partner nations, the officer in charge of the command's transition team said today.
- U.S. Creating New Africa Command To Coordinate Military Efforts Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- The Defense Department is creating a new U.S. Africa Command headquarters, to be known as AFRICOM, to coordinate all U.S. military and security interests throughout the continent, the Bush administration announced February 6.
- Bush Somalia Policy Questioned in Congress VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. State Department's top official on Africa went to Capitol Hill Tuesday to defend U.S. policy in Somalia
- Airborne Laser In-Flight Testing MDA 06 Feb 2007 -- Lt. General Henry "Trey" Obering III, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced that the Airborne Laser is currently undergoing flight testing of the beam control/fire control system, which includes both the Tracking Illuminator Laser and Beacon Illuminator Laser
- Pentagon Seeks Nearly $500 Billion for 2008 Defense Budget Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- The Defense Department has submitted a $481.4 billion request to Congress to support operations around the world and in cyberspace for the fiscal year beginning October 1 (FY08).
- Top DoD Budget Official Outlines War on Terror Costs AFPS 06 Feb 2007 -- The war on terrorism has cost $545 billion to date, the department's top budget official said today.
- Budget Request Highlights Army Equipment, Training, Quality of Life Army News 06 Feb 2007 -- A 3-percent pay raise for servicemembers, an increase in ground forces and continued funding of the war on terror are on the table now that President Bush delivered his fiscal 2008 defense budget request and 2007 emergency supplemental request to Congress yesterday.
- Bush's $17.3 Billion Budget Request Supports Space Leadership Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- President Bush's $17.3 billion budget request for NASA for the fiscal year beginning October 2007 (FY 2008) would provide needed funding for the space shuttle and International Space Station, but budget cuts over the past few years could jeopardize the schedule for replacing the space shuttle by 2014.
- Cope Tiger participants provide humanitarian assistance AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Servicemembers from the United States, Thailand and Republic of Singapore took part in a humanitarian mission during Cope Tiger 2007 Jan. 30 at a Thai school.
- American, Japanese airmen join forces in Keen Edge '07 AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Approximately 300 Airmen and six Japan Air Self Defense Force liaison officers are participating in the bilateral command post Exercise Keen Edge '07 here.
- Alamo Wing steps up schoolhouse operations AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- The Air Force Reserve's 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, gained two new squadrons Feb. 6. The wing is home to the Air Force's C-5 Galaxy schoolhouse.
- Military Sealift Command Ships Replenish U.S. Antarctic Research Station Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) dry cargo ship MV American Tern arrived at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica on Feb. 4 to deliver supplies and equipment as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the station's annual replenishment of supplies.
- USS Russell, USS Paul Hamilton Surge as Part of Fleet Response Plan Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) departed their homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Feb. 3 as part of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) surge deployment.
- Wren Assumes Command of Kitty Hawk Strike Group Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Rear Adm. Richard B. Wren assumed command of the USS Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group (CSG), Task Force 70, Task Force 75 and Carrier Strike Group 5 from Rear Adm. Douglas L. McClain during a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) on Feb. 2.
- MCPON visits "Big T" Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa, Jr. visited USS Tarawa (LHA 1) on Feb. 2 to meet the crew.
- Blue Ridge Visits Okinawa Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) and the embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff arrived Jan. 26 for a five-day port visit to Okinawa, Japan, participating in volunteer efforts and enjoying recreational activities.
- USS Curtis Wilbur Visits Hachinohe, Japan Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2007 -- USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) pulled into Hachinohe, Japan, on Jan. 25 for a four-day port visit.
- Barksdale B-52s arrive in Guam, complete bomber rotation AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Airmen from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La., and their B-52 Stratofortress bombers arrived in Guam recently to begin a four-month deployment here.
- Officials release C-32 accident report AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Air Mobility Command officials here Feb. 6 released the results of its investigation into the June 1 mishap involving an engine test on a C-32 aircraft at Andrews AFB, Md., during which asphalt from the shoulder pavement disintegrated and impacted the aircraft.
- Interim Polar System reaches full operational capability AFPN 06 Feb 2007 -- Air Force officials announced Feb. 6 the successful launch and delivery for operational service of the second Interim Polar System payload.
- Armenian lobbyists blast disparity in U.S. military aid RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2007 -- A prominent Armenian lobbyist organization sharply criticized Tuesday the disparity in U.S. military aid to Armenia and Azerbaijan proposed in a draft 2008 budget.
- U.S. Imperialists Massively Deploy Arms and Stage Aerial War Exercise KCNA 06 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. imperialists have swiftly deployed massive aggression forces in and around south Korea, getting more undisguised in their scheme to make a preemptive attack on the DPRK, according to military sources.
- Greek military delegation arrives in Moscow for talks RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2007 -- A military delegation from Greece will arrive Tuesday in Moscow for a round of talks focused on bilateral cooperation, a senior Russian defense official said.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Feb 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 06 Feb 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for February 06, 2007
- General: US Must Check Capability After Chinese Anti-Satellite Test VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- The top U.S. military officer says the United States needs to look at its own capabilities in the wake of China's anti-satellite weapon test last month, with a view toward closing any capability gap that now exists
- Boeing Demonstrates Increased Capabilities on B-1 Bomber Boeing 06 Feb 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated the use of an electro-optical/infrared targeting pod on a B-1 bomber, increasing the aircraft's ability to minimize ground threats and halt an enemy's advancement.
- Boeing and AgustaWestland Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Joint Rotorcraft Work Boeing 06 Feb 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for joint work on the next-generation Chinook helicopter for the Italian Army and other future rotorcraft opportunities.
- Boeing Delivers 500th Minuteman III Missile Guidance Set Boeing 06 Feb 2007 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered the 500th Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program (GRP) Missile Guidance Set (MGS) to the U.S. Air Force and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) prime contractor Northrop Grumman Mission Systems during a Dec. 15, 2006, ceremony at Boeing's Guidance Repair Center in Heath, Ohio.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Payload Module Ahead of Schedule For First Advanced EHF Military Communications Satellite Northrop Grumman 06 Feb 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered the payload module for the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite ahead of schedule to the Sunnyvale, Calif., facilities of Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), prime contractor for the Advanced EHF program.
- EADS delivers first digital map generator for the A400M transport aircraft EADS 06 Feb 2007 -- EADS Defence & Security Systems has handed over the first Digital Map Generator System (DMGS) for the A400M military transport aircraft to Airbus
- Northrop Grumman Awards Tusas Aerospace Industries $3 Billion F-35 Lightning II Work Northrop Grumman 06 Feb 2007 -- Northrop Grumman ISS International has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Tusas Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) to be a second source for the F-35 Lightning II center fuselage
- Raytheon Delivers Software Build for DDG 1000 and Navy's Family of Ships Raytheon 06 Feb 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has delivered the software build for the Total Ship Computing Environment Infrastructure Release 4.0, the new open architecture baseline software application for the DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer.
- U.S. Navy Buys Two Additional Northrop Grumman Fire Scouts to Help Refine Concept of Operations Northrop Grumman 06 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) $16 million for two more MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical takeoff and landing Tactical Unmanned Air Vehicles (VTUAV) and to assist the Navy in refining the Fire Scout concept of operations
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 06 Feb 2007
- Talks Among Israel, Palestinians, U.S. Set for February 19 Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- Talks involving Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are scheduled to take place February 19 and will be "an initial opportunity" for Olmert and Abbas "to start a discussion about those issues that would concern the framework of a possible Palestinian state," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says.
- Rice Sets February 19 for Three-Way Mideast Talks VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas February 19 for what U.S. officials say will be an informal discussion of what a final-status Middle East peace agreement would entail
- Palestinian Rivals Meet With Saudi King in Mecca VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- Leaders of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas are in Saudi Arabia for talks on ending a deadly power struggle and forming a power-sharing government.
- Pentagon: No US Military Action Planned for Darfur VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- Senior U.S. defense officials say they are not planning any military intervention to end the killing and suffering in Sudan's Darfur region
- UN Peacebuilding Commission can help States avoid renewed conflict - officials UN News Centre 06 Feb 2007 -- War-ravaged countries suffering from destabilizing factors such as poverty and lack of good governance can benefit from the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, officials told the General Assembly today.
- Sudan: UN and African Union envoys to visit Darfur to revive peace process UN News Centre 06 Feb 2007 -- The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Darfur and his African Union (AU) counterpart will conduct a joint mission to Sudan next week as part of their efforts to revive the stalled peace process in the war-torn region.
- U.S. Looks to Envoys' Visit To Help Break Darfur Stalemate Washington File 06 Feb 2007 -- Frustrated with the lack of progress in getting a U.N. peacekeeping mission into the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, Acting U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Alejandro Wolff says that the Security Council is looking to the upcoming visit of international envoys to break the stalemate with the Sudanese government.
- Uganda: LRA Says no to Juba VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- The second in command of Uganda's rebels Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Vincent Otti, says the LRA will not change its stance for a change in the venue of the stalled peace talks in juba
- COTE D IVOIRE: On the brink IRIN 06 Feb 2007 -- Cote d'Ivoire is on the "brink of disaster" and a lack of will among the country's political classes to end the crisis that has divided the country is to blame, according to Pierre Schori, the outgoing United Nations special representative for Cote d'Ivoire.
- Somali warring sides must engage in dialogue to avoid victimizing children - UN UN News Centre 06 Feb 2007 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on the warring sides in Somalia to engage in dialogue to avoid the deaths of children and innocent civilians as happened last week when three youngsters were killed in Mogadishu, the capital.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY PRESIDENT OF COLOMBIA United Nations 06 Feb 2007
- Kyrgyz Parliament Approves New Government Structure RFE/RL 06 Feb 2007 -- The Kyrgyz parliament today approved a new structure for the government, though not all of Prime Minister Azim Isabekov's proposals were accepted.
- China Defends Ship in Disputed Waters Near Japan VOA 06 Feb 2007 -- China has defended a survey ship's entry into disputed waters near Japan, saying the ship was carrying out a normal maritime survey
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