08 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- MNF-W personnel attacked
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- Feb. 8 airpower: F-16s provide key airpower support AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 8.
- Senior Official at Iraq Ministry of Health Detained; 13 Terrorists Killed AFPS 08 Feb 2007 -- Coalition forces captured a Ministry of Health senior official, killed 20 terrorists and detained five others in operations around Iraq over the past two days.
- American, Iraqi Soldiers Reestablish Presence in Az-Zaidon Area Army News 08 Feb 2007 -- The "Golden Dragons" of 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) joined by troops from 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, surrounded the village of Ibrahim Sallal, southwest of Az-Zaidon, Iraq, in the pre-dawn darkness of Feb. 3.
- Soldiers Work to Make Baghdad's Adhamiyah District Safer for Residents Army News 08 Feb 2007 -- Troops from the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment were a part of an operation aimed at disrupting insurgent activity in the Shaab and Ur areas of Baghdad's Adhamiyah district Feb. 6
- U.S. Military Says Baghdad Security Operation Begins RFE/RL 08 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. military says the much-awaited security "surge" operation in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has begun.
- U.S. Military Says Iraqi Troops Seize Health Ministry Official RFE/RL 08 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. military says Iraqi forces have detained a senior Health Ministry official over allegations he is assisting Shi'ite militiamen to infiltrate the ministry.
- Gates: NATO-led Forces Can Counter Taliban's Spring Offensive if Allies Prepare AFPS 08 Feb 2007 -- NATO-led forces can counter the traditional Taliban-led spring offensive in Afghanistan if the allies prepare now, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today at a press conference following a day of informal NATO meetings.
- NATO Defense Ministers Resist US Pressure to Send More Troops to Afghanistan VOA 08 Feb 2007 -- NATO defense ministers have come under increased U.S. pressure to provide more troops for the NATO mission in Afghanistan in preparation for the Taleban offensive in the coming months.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Casey Confirmed to Lead Army AFPS 08 Feb 2007 -- The Senate today confirmed Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. to be the next Army chief of staff.
- US Senate Confirms Casey as Army Chief of Staff VOA 08 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. Senate has confirmed General George Casey, who had been the top American general in Iraq, as Army chief of staff.
- Missile Defense Elements Participate in Air Force Operational Missile Test MDA 08 Feb 2007 -- Lt. General Henry "Trey" Obering, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, announced today the successful completion of an exercise held Feb. 7 involving Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) elements while participating in a routine operational test of a U.S. Air Force strategic missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. as a "target of opportunity."
- F-22 begins first overseas deployment AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- The first overseas operational deployment of the Air Force's newest fighter is underway as 12 F-22 Raptors landed here Feb. 7 en route to Kadena Air Base, Japan.
- Fighter training in Turkey helps more than just pilots AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- Fighting Falcons are flying over Turkey as Airmen of the 22nd and 23rd Fighter Squadrons from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, conducting rotational deployment training.
- Dover reorganizes for C-17 mission AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- A ceremony here Feb. 4 marked the end of a 30-year run of Dover AFB's sole C-5 Galaxy mission and the beginning of a new era as the base prepares for the first of 13 C-17 Globemaster IIIs scheduled to arrive this summer.
- PACAF commander: Unity is key in war on terrorism AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- Taking care of Airmen and their families, the war on terrorism, modernizing the aging fleet, and the recent stand-up of the 13th Air Force Detachment at Yokota AB, Japan, were topics of interest for the commander of Pacific Air Forces during a visit to Kadena AB Feb. 1 to 3.
- New trailer equipped for rapid response to biological agents AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- A ceremony Feb. 6 here marked the first delivery in the Air Force of a laboratory response team trailer.
- Future Combat Systems Restructuring a 'Balancing Act' AFPS 08 Feb 2007 -- The Army's Future Combat System program has been restructured as part of a "balancing act" between equipping the current force and modernizing the future force, a top Army acquisition official said yesterday.
- John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Conducts Approach Exercises Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2007 -- Sailors from the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) conducted approach operation exercises Feb. 7 off the coast of Guam as part of greater integrated strike group exercises.
- Boxer Visits Jebel Ali Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2007 -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) visited the port of Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates from Jan. 28 through Feb. 2.
- Budgeting Today's Readiness, Tomorrow's Fleet Navy NewsStand 08 Feb 2007 -- The Department of the Navy (DON) submitted to the president its recommendation of $139.8 billion for fiscal year 2008, which became part of his budget request to Congress.
- Schriever Airmen assist during satellite program move AFPN 08 Feb 2007 -- The 6th Space Operations Squadron Airmen here are assisting with satellite control authority of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, augmenting National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration specialists who deployed to Schriever Jan. 29 from their facilities in Suitland, Md.
- World: U.S. Military Creates Separate 'Africa Command' RFE/RL 08 Feb 2007 -- The United States is establishing a new foreign military command to focus on Africa.
- Gates Attends His First NATO Meetings AFPS 08 Feb 2007 -- After an overnight flight from Washington aboard an Air Force Air Combat Command E-4B aircraft, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here to attend informal NATO meetings today and tomorrow.
- Russia's Defense Minister Unveils Plans to Overhaul Military VOA 08 Feb 2007 -- Russia has unveiled plans to replace nearly half the army's hardware by 2015.
- Daily Press Briefing US Detp. of State 08 Feb 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 08 Feb 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for February 08, 2007
- LOCKHEED MARTIN PROVIDES AIR FORCE WITH INSTANT INTELLIGENCE SHARING CAPABILITY Lockheed Martin 08 Feb 2007 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that Air Force commanders at different locations now have immediate access to each other's intelligence imagery and services, attributable to the early fielding of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) Integration Backbone (DIB).
- EADS and L&T ink pact for opportunities in aerospace and defence EADS 09 Feb 2007 -- Larsen and Toubro Ltd. (L&T) and European aerospace and defence group EADS took the first step towards joint exploration of business opportunities in defence and aerospace
- LOCKHEED MARTIN C-130JS DEMONSTRATE OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE DURING DESERT DEPLOYMENT Lockheed Martin 08 Feb 2007 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130Js operated by the U.S. Air Force have just completed a 20-month deployment to southwest Asia where they soundly demonstrated the ability to maintain a high operational tempo under demanding desert conditions
- Northrop Grumman Successfully Checks Out Sensors On New Air Force Weather Satellite Northrop Grumman 08 Feb 2007 -- Five weather and space environmental sensors onboard the recently launched Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite, F-17, have been switched on and are operating successfully, according to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), the Air Force's DMSP sensor management contractor.
- Northrop Grumman to Bid on KC-135 Tanker Replacement Program Northrop Grumman 08 Feb 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today it will submit a bid for the U.S. Air Force's KC-135 Tanker Replacement Program, KC-X.
- Northrop Grumman, Dynamatic Technologies Limited to Team on Potential Defense Electronics Opportunities in India Northrop Grumman 08 Feb 2007 -- Officials of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Dynamatic Technologies Limited, Bangalore, today signed a memorandum of understanding, establishing a collaborative relationship for exploring joint new business opportunities related to India's national defense requirements.
- Raytheon and Tata of India to Collaborate on Technology Opportunities Raytheon 08 Feb 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has signed a memorandum of intent with Tata Power Strategic Electronics Division (Tata Power SED).
- General Dynamics Awarded $78 Million U.S. Army Contract for Small-Caliber Ammunition General Dyamics 08 Feb 2007 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $77.7 million contract for production of small-caliber ammunition by the U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill. Work will be performed in St. Petersburg, Fla.
- SAIC to Work With Michelin to Supply Ground Tires to the U.S. Military SAIC 08 Feb 2007 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced it won a single award, firm-fixed-price contract from Michelin North America to help supply ground tires to the U.S. military through the Defense Supply Center -- Columbus, Ohio (DSCC).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 08 Feb 2007
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT United Nations 08 Feb 2007
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON KOSOVO STATUS PROPOSAL United Nations 08 Feb 2007
- Kosovo: UN envoy to present 'very clear statement' on future status by end of March UN News Centre 08 Feb 2007 -- The United Nations envoy for the future status of Kosovo said today that any suggestion implying that the provisional plan he presented last week meant independence for the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the UN has run since 1999, came from the parties, and he hoped to make his own view "very clear" by the end of March.
- Ban Ki-moon calls for restraint from Israel and Lebanon after exchange of fire UN News Centre 08 Feb 2007 -- Expressing deep concern after Lebanon's armed forces and Israeli troops exchanged fire across the Blue Line that separates the two countries, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for maximum restraint, warning that such actions violate last year's Security Council resolution that ended the month of fighting in the region.
- In Gaza, UN resumes full aid operations interrupted by factional fighting UN News Centre 08 Feb 2007 -- The United Nations agency that tends to Palestinian refugees has resumed full operation of its humanitarian activities in Gaza after they had been interrupted by recent inter-factional fighting.
- Palestinian Factions Announce Unity Government VOA 08 Feb 2007 -- The Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to form a unity government and end fighting that has claimed the lives of more than 100 people since December
- Palestinian leaders agree on new Cabinet structure RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2007 -- Warring Palestinian factions reached an agreement in principle on the structure of a new power-sharing Cabinet at Saudi-sponsored negotiations in Mecca on Thursday, in an effort to avert civil war.
- Diplomacy Still Offers Best Hope for Solution to Darfur Crisis Washington File 08 Feb 2007 -- Even though policymakers in both the Bush administration and Congress increasingly are frustrated by the Sudanese government's reluctance to end the violence in Darfur, analysts agree diplomacy still offers the best solution to the crisis that began in early 2003.
- Fresh round of attacks on civilians hits South Darfur - UN mission UN News Centre 08 Feb 2007 -- Armed men assaulted and attempted to abduct a group of female internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had been on their way to collect firewood in Darfur, the latest violent incident to plague the war-torn region, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported today.
- SUDAN: Violence continues to limit Darfur aid operations IRIN 08 Feb 2007 -- Humanitarian operations in the western Sudanese region of Darfur have resumed in some areas but security concerns are still restricting activities in others, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said.
- LIBERIA: Refugee returns creating ethnic "time bomb" IRIN 08 Feb 2007 -- Mounting ethnic tension in Liberia's eastern Nimba County could spark a new round of fighting as members of the minority Mandingo ethnic group claim to be struggling to recover their lands and properties upon return from refugee camps in Guinea, Liberian analysts warn.
- DR Congo: UN mission steps up probe in wake of recent deadly violence UN News Centre 08 Feb 2007 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is stepping up its investigation of the situation in the country's far west, where violent clashes last week led to the deaths of more than 130 people.
- CAR: Rebel activity fuels insecurity in the northeast IRIN 08 Feb 2007 -- People in the town of Kaga-Bandoro in northeastern Central African Republic (CAR) continue to live in fear as the region remains volatile.
- LEBANON: Long-term environmental challenges ahead IRIN 08 Feb 2007 -- Seven months after Israel bombed the coastal Jiyyeh power plant in the south of Beirut, the Mediterranean Sea still spews oil onto Lebanon's shores, and beach sand shifts to reveal oil slicks that could not be detected before, fishermen say.
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