07 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 07 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- MNF-W personnel attacked
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- Helicopter down in Anbar
- Press Briefing, Feb. 7, 2007 MNF-I 07 Feb 2007 -- BRIEFERS: MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM CALDWELL, USA, SPOKESMAN, MULTINATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ; MAJOR GENERAL KENNETH W. HUNZEKER, COMMANDER, CIVIL POLICE ASSISTANCE TRAINING TEAM
- Feb. 7 airpower: B-1s providing close-air support AFPN 07 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 7.
- US General Says Baghdad Security Operation Underway VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad says the city's new security crackdown has started and the operation will continue to grow as more forces arrive
- US Helicopter Down in Iraq VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- Another U.S. helicopter has gone down in Iraq.
- Diyala Government, Coalition Forces Focus on Reconstruction Army News 08 Feb 2007 -- Iraq's provincial government and coalition forces are working earnestly to improve the way of life for the people of Diyala through reconstruction efforts focused on the their needs throughout the the province.
- Suspected Bombers Captured; Insurgent Attack Kills 3 Iraqi Children AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- Coalition forces nabbed two suspected al Qaeda-affiliated bombers during a morning raid in west Taji, Iraq, today, military officials reported, while three Iraqi children were killed and a dozen other residents were wounded today as the result of a insurgent mortar attack on a village north of Baghdad.
- Troops Nab Two in Afghan Raid; Terrorists Killed in Convoy Attack AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- Coalition troops based in Afghanistan captured two suspected al Qaeda operatives during a morning raid in Nangarhar province today, military officials reported, while elsewhere in Afghanistan today a coalition convey blunted an insurgent attack, killing two terrorists.
- U.S. Committed to NATO Efforts in Afghanistan AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. military is committed to supporting Afghanistan and the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission there, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said after a visit to Afghanistan on Feb. 4 and 5.
- Afghanistan: NATO Struggles With Security, Rebuilding In Helmand RFE/RL 07 Feb 2007 -- Once referred to as Afghanistan's "breadbasket," this is among Afghanistan's the most developed regions.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Mr. Henry and Lt. Gen. Sharp from the Pentagon 07 Feb 2007 -- Presenter: Ryan Henry, Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and Army Lt. Gen. Walter L. Sharp, Director, Joint Staff
- Africa Command Geared Toward Stability AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- The main goal of the new U.S. command in Africa will be to develop a stable environment on the continent to promote civil society and improved quality of life for the people there, a top Defense Department official said here today.
- No More US Combat Troops to Be Based in Africa VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- U.S. officials say they have no plans to base additional combat forces in Africa as part of the creation of a separate U.S. military command for the continent, announced on Tuesday
- US, African Militaries Meet to Discuss Cooperation in Sahara VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- Defense chiefs of the United States and nine African countries are wrapping up a two-day meeting in Dakar, Senegal on increasing military cooperation around the Sahara
- Defense Department And Italy Sign Joint Strike Fighter Agreement 07 Feb 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Italy has signed the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) production, sustainment, and follow-on development (PSFD) memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will govern the cooperative program arrangements for the next phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program.
- Seasoned Judge Tapped to Head Detainee Trials 07 Feb 2007 -- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has designated an experienced former U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Judge, Susan J. Crawford, to the position of convening authority for military commissions
- New Sea-Based Missile Defense Radar Completes Successful Journey to Alaska MDA 07 Feb 2007 -- Lt. General Henry "Trey" Obering, Missile Defense Agency director, announced today that the Sea-based Xband Radar (SBX) has successfully traveled from Hawaii to the waters of the Aleutian Island chain of Alaska.
- Minot Airmen return home from Andersen deployment AFPN 07 Feb 2007 -- Five months, more than 6,000 nautical miles and a 100-degree difference in temperature later, 110 Minot AFB Airmen returned home amid "welcome home" signs, balloons and excited children Jan. 30 from a deployment to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
- Reserve to form Distributed Ground System associate unit AFPN 07 Feb 2007 -- As part of the Air Force total force integration initiatives, Air Force Reserve Command is teaming up with Air Combat Command to form an associate unit with the 548th Intelligence Group in fiscal 2008 at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.
- Air Force Reserve expands KC-135 force at March ARB AFPN 07 Feb 2007 -- Air Force Reserve Command officials have expanded the size of its KC-135 Stratotanker force at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., as part of the Air Force total force integration initiatives.
- Thinking of tankers tactically AFPN 07 Feb 2007 -- Somewhere over Iraq, a tanker flies through the shimmering heat of the desert sun. The crew successfully off-loaded fuel to a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons, performing their part of the close-air-support mission, before heading back to base.
- Risks Increasing as Full Range of Operations Confronts U.S. Troops AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- Military personnel going to Iraq or Afghanistan are trained, equipped and ready to do their jobs, but there is more to defending the United States and its interests than counterinsurgency operations, the nation's top military officer said today.
- Gates Says Cost of Defending Nation High, but Worth It AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- The president's fiscal 2008 defense budget request may be high, but the expenditure is necessary, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the House Armed Services Committee today.
- Gates: Historical Context Important When Considering Budget Requests AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- Considering budget requests in their historical contexts is important when experiencing "sticker shock at their combined price tags," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee during testimony yesterday.
- IKE and Carrier Air Wing 7 Return to OEF Missions Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), returned to providing close air support and reconnaissance missions for International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops on the ground in Afghanistan, starting Feb. 4, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- New Core Staff Deploys to the Horn of Africa Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- A team of 85 Navy members will leave Naval Station Norfolk on Feb. 8 to begin a yearlong deployment to fill vital staff billets for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and to serve a crucial role in a region of strategic importance in the global war on terrorism.
- 1,000-Ship Navy Discussed at West 2007 Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- While meeting at the Western Conference Exposition (West 2007) here Jan. 31 to discuss future shipbuilding options, senior Department of the Navy officials also took the opportunity to expound on Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen's 1000-ship Navy concept.
- FISC Singapore Detachment Supports Airliner Recovery Mission Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- Postal Clerk 1st Class Mark Bettencourt of U.S. Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Yokosuka's Singapore Detachment (FISC Det. Singapore) played a crucial role Jan. 20 in the location of a missing Indonesian Airliner, Adam Air Flight KI 574, which crashed into waters off of Makassar, Indonesia, on New Year's Day.
- Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Visits Guardian Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- The 45th commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Doug Crowder visited USS Guardian (MCM 5) Jan. 29 to get a first-hand look at one of only two U.S. Navy minesweepers forward-deployed to the Western Pacific.
- USS Gary Enjoys Visit To Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- From whitewater rafting to visiting with the children at a special needs home, Sailors on the guided-missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) enjoyed the city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, during a four-day port visit Feb. 2-5.
- Tortuga Conducts LCAC Operations Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- Sailors aboard USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) successfully conducted landing craft air cushion (LCAC) operations Feb. 4, in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan, as part of a series of amphibious operations held in conjunction with Blue-Green Workups.
- Military Sealift Command Transports Experimental Navy Ship Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- Military Sealift Command large, medium-speed, roll/on, roll/off (LMSR) ship USNS Shughart (T-AKR 295) departed San Diego Feb. 5 carrying the experimental Navy ship Stiletto.
- USS O'Kane Maneuvers for PHOTOEX Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2007 -- While conducting flight and integrated strike group (ISG) exercises off the coast of Guam on Feb. 6, Sailors aboard USS O'Kane (DDG 77) performed ship maneuvering evolutions with the rest of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) as part of a group Photo Exercise (PHOTOEX).
- Maintainers keep planes flying at Cope Tiger AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- Maintenance personnel are in Thailand as part of Exercise Cope Tiger '07.
- Gates to Attend NATO Meetings, Munich Security Conference AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will head to Europe tonight to attend NATO meetings in Seville, Spain, and to address the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy, in Munich, Germany.
- Vice Chairman: Pakistan Strong, Dedicated Ally in War on Terror AFPS 07 Feb 2007 -- Pakistan has proven to be a dedicated ally of the United States since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview.
- Vandenberg team launches Minuteman III AFPN 07 Feb 2007 -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from North Vandenberg Feb. 7 at 12:14 a.m.
- Indian Air Force soon to acquire 126 jets IRNA 07 Feb 2007 -- India's Defense Minister A K Antony Wednesday said the procedure for purchasing 126 multi-role combat jets for the Indian Air Force is at the final stage and will be completed shortly.
- Russia unveils MiG-35 at Aero India 2007 IRNA 07 Feb 2007 -- Russian Aircraft Corporation-MiG Wednesday unveiled its newest MiG-35 fighter jet to the world at the Aero India show here with an eye on New Delhi's plans to purchase 126 multi-role combat aircraft.
- Daily Press Briefing US Detp. of State 07 Feb 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 07 Feb 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for February 07, 2007
- Raytheon Completes Patriot Live-Fire Test with 3-for-3 Successes Raytheon 07 Feb 2007 -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Configuration 3 Patriot system, composed of a Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-T (GEM-T), a Patriot launcher, engagement control station and Patriot radar, destroyed a surrogate cruise missile target to complete a perfect three-for-three mission set as part of a two-month evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN WINS BELGIUM DEFENSE CONTRACT FOR SNIPER ADVANCED TARGETING POD Lockheed Martin 07 Feb 2007 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a firm fixed-price foreign military sales contract from the Belgium Defense (BE DEF) for eight Sniper« Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP), making the BE DEF the fifth international customer to join the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard flying with the Sniper ATP. Terms of the contract were not released.
- Israel Aerospace Industries' Elta Systems Group Receives $40 million Contract to Supply Advanced COMINT System Israel Aerospace Industries 07 Feb 2007 -- Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Elta Systems Group received a $40 million contract to supply and install a ground based Communication Intelligence (COMINT) EL/K-7036 system to an undisclosed customer.
- Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta Systems Group Awarded Contracts for SAR/GMTI UAV Payloads Worth $40 Million Israel Aerospace Industries 07 Feb 2007 -- Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Elta Systems Group received two contracts for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) / Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) payloads from two undisclosed customers following successful demonstrations on various UAV platforms. The total value of the contracts is $40 million.
- Israel Aerospace Industries' Malat Division in Final Negotiations for Sale of I-View Mk-50 and BirdEye 400 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Israel Aerospace Industries 07 Feb 2007 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)'s Malat Division is in final stage of negotiations for the sale of the I-View 50 and BirdEye 400 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to an undisclosed customer. The new contracts will total approximately $25 million.
- Northrop Grumman's LITENING Precision Targeting System Achieves 600,000 Operational Hours Milestone Northrop Grumman 07 Feb 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced the achievement of over 600,000 operational hours for the company's LITENING precision targeting and sensor systems currently deployed with U.S. and allied forces.
- Northrop Grumman Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Bharat Electronics Limited On Co-Production Work Northrop Grumman 07 Feb 2007 -- Officials of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) Bangalore, today signed a memorandum of understanding to explore business opportunities on potential co-production opportunities in support of the Indian government's current and future aerospace and defense electronics requirements as well as Northrop Grumman's international market requirements.
- ATK Receives $37 Million in Orders for Tank Training Ammunition ATK 07 Feb 2007 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received orders worth $37 million from the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island, Ill. to continue production of 120mm training ammunition used by the Army's M1A1/A2 Abrams main battle tank and to continue to provide logistics support for the ammunition.
- Boeing ScanEagle Team Achieves Compliance with NATO UAV Interoperability Standard Boeing 07 Feb 2007 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Insitu, Inc., ScanEagle team has gained compliance with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) interoperability standard.
- F404-GE-IN20 Engines Ordered for India Light Combat Aircraft GE Aviation 07 Feb 2007 -- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has ordered an additional 24 F404-GE-IN20 afterburning engines to power the first operational squadron of Tejas fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force. Value of the order is in excess of $100 million and follows an initial 2004 purchase of 17 F404-GE-IN20 engines to power a limited series of operational production aircraft and naval prototypes.
- Israel Aerospace Industries' Elta Systems Group Awarded $15 Million Contract to Install Coastal Surveillance Radar System Israel Aerospace Industries 07 Feb 2007 -- Elta Systems Ltd, a group and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). was awarded a new contract worth $15 million to supply and install coastal surveillance radar systems to an undisclosed customer. The coastal surveillance systems will be used to protect the borders and to control unauthorized infiltration.
- Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta Systems Group Receives $55M in New Orders for its EL/M-2032 Multimode Airborne Fire Control Radar Israel Aerospace Industries 07 Feb 2007 -- Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Elta Systems Group received new orders worth $55 million for its EL/M-2032 Multimode Airborne Fire Control Radar (FCR).
- Israel Aerospace Industries’ Elta Systems Group Awarded a $20 Contract for Fighter Aircraft Self-Protection Systems Israel Aerospace Industries 07 Feb 2007 -- Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI), Elta Systems Group (Elta) received a $20 million contract to supply fighter aircraft self-protection systems to an undisclosed customer, for upgrading its fighter aircraft fleet. The contract was received after a successful demonstration.
- New success for Thales space laser Thales 07 Feb 2007 -- Thales's space laser programme has achieved a new milestone with the successful completion of shock-resistance tests at over 2,000 g in all three axes.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 07 Feb 2007
- US Plans Sanctions if Sudan Refuses Darfur Force VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- Bush administration officials say the United States is prepared to impose sanctions against Sudan if it does not follow through on a stated commitment to allow an expanded peacekeeping force in the troubled Darfur region
- Lack of Troop Contributions to Darfur Creates "Bottleneck" Washington File 07 Feb 2007 -- The three-phase deployment of an African Union-United Nations force in Darfur, Sudan, is facing "bottlenecks" because U.N. member states have not made firm commitments to contribute troops, and both international organizations need to work out the command structure of the force, the Bush administration says.
- Palestinian Factions Begin Talks in Mecca VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- Leaders of the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, are meeting in the Muslim holy city of Mecca to try to form a unity government and end the intra-Palestinian violence that has rocked Gaza
- Israel: New Palestinian Government Must Recognize Israel, Renounce Violence VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- Israeli officials say any new Palestinian unity government must recognize Israel and renounce violence if it is to gain international acceptance
- AFRICA: Fighting for children IRIN 07 Feb 2007 -- African nations participating in an international conference on child soldiers have pledged to do their utmost to prevent children from being used as fighters, although the commitment is not legally binding.
- Kosovo: Ban Ki-moon to meet with top UN officials on province's future status UN News Centre 07 Feb 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with his top lieutenants for Kosovo tomorrow for talks on the future status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the UN has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid brutal ethnic fighting.
- U.S. Official Pledges Immediate Help for Somalia Stabilization Washington File 07 Feb 2007 -- The United States is prepared to provide immediate support for the deployment of an African stabilization force in Somalia following the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops who helped Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) wrest control of the country from radical Islamists, says U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer.
- DRC: Thousands displaced by fighting return home IRIN 07 Feb 2007 -- Thousands of people displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern province of North Kivu have started returning home, humanitarian officials said.
- Outgoing Head of UN Mission in Ivory Coast Sounds Pessimistic VOA 07 Feb 2007 -- The outgoing head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast is making dire predictions about the future of the divided west-African country
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