13 March 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Mar 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Roadside bomb strikes MND-B patrol
- Insurgents target MND-B patrol with roadside bomb
- March 13 airpower: Tankers keep coalition fighters flying AFPN 13 Mar 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for March 13.
- Soldiers Uncover Four Caches, Detain 13 Suspects in Iraq AFPS 13 Mar 2007 -- Coalition soldiers uncovered four caches of ordnance and explosive materials and detained 13 suspected terrorists in Iraq on March 11, military officials reported.
- Iraqi Marines Participate in Boarding Exercise Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2007 -- USCGC Wrangell (WPB 1332) and Iraqi marines participated in Exercise Rapid Talon on March 8 in the Persian Gulf.
- Stryker Battalion arrives in Diyala province MNF-I 13 Mar 2007 -- A Stryker battalion arrived in Diyala province today, to capitalize on the recent successful operations by the Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces in Diyala and Baghdad.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army Neutralizes 1,623 Tons of Mustard Agent, Meets Requirements for Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Closure Army News 13 Mar 2007 -- The Army announced yesterday the completion of all requirements to close the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility.
- Defense Leaders Express Support for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy AFPS 13 Mar 2007 -- The top civilian and military leaders in the Defense Department today expressed support for the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring openly gay people from military service.
- A Statement From Gen. Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 13 Mar 2007
- Top US General Calls Homosexuality Immoral VOA 13 Mar 2007 -- The top U.S. military officer has said homosexuality is immoral, sparking renewed controversy about the status of homosexuals in the U.S. military
- BAMC Invites Improvements to Better Serve Wounded Warriors Army News 13 Mar 2007 -- The investigation of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. has broadened into an investigation of the military health care system, particularly where it pertains to the quality of wounded warriors' outpatient care.
- Air Guard crew flies mission to save Soldier's life AFPN 13 Mar 2007 -- They flew at night and into the next day from Iraq nonstop to the United States. Fifteen hours and 10 time zones later, they handed over their precious cargo in Maryland: a Soldier who had been wounded in combat.
- Data links give Airmen attack controllers 'big picture' AFPN 13 Mar 2007 -- A small group of Airmen are having a dramatic effect on the battlefield. They're in demand from everyone from Army squads and platoons to large defense contractors.
- Eielson powers its own mission AFPN 13 Mar 2007 -- Every morning, as Airmen here drive onto base, they are greeted by friendly waves -- waves of billowing steam stretching into the crisp morning sky.
- Aviano Airmen put operations support to test AFPN 13 Mar 2007 -- A recent inspection here is showing how Airmen are prepared to support operations during the war on terrorism.
- Dover Reserve squadron flies final C-5 flight AFPN 13 Mar 2007 -- The 326th Airlift Squadron, a unit in the Air Force Reserve Command's 512th Airlift Wing here, flew its final C-5 Galaxy flight March 10.
- Nellis F-16 crashes on approach to test range AFPN 13 Mar 2007 -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 16th Weapons Squadron from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School here crashed Feb. 12 at 8:50 p.m. near the end of the runway while on approach to the Tonopah Test Range Airfield, approximately 20 miles southeast of Tonopah, Nev.
- February a Good Recruiting Month for Active Services AFPS 13 Mar 2007 -- Active-duty recruiting is in good shape, with all services making or exceeding their goals in February, but four of the six reserve components did not make their numbers, Defense Department officials announced yesterday.
- Gates Reflects on Leadership, Troop Support AFPS 13 Mar 2007 -- Beyond making budget and administrative decisions, leadership is about setting a tone of integrity and caring, and working for lasting change, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
- CCSG 12 Visits FGS Sachsen Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2007 -- Commander Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 12, Rear Adm. Daniel Holloway, visited Federal German Ship (FGS) Sachsen (F 219), on March 8, to express appreciation to its crew.
- 26th MEU Begins Training in Kenya Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2007 -- More than 500 Marines and Sailors from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at Naval Station Manda Bay on March 3 to train with elements of the Kenyan Army and Navy in Exercise Edged Mallet '07.
- Adm. Fallon Relinquishes Helm at U.S. Pacific Command Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2007 -- Admiral William J. Fallon, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command relinquished command to Air Force Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Leaf, Deputy Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, during a ceremony at Camp H.M. Smith March 12.
- 'Dragon Eye' Flies High Over 26th MEU, Kenyan Army Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2007 -- Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's (MEU)Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/2 demonstrated one of their capabilities to personnel from the Kenyan Army on March 9 .
- United regional air defense system could expand within CSTO RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2007 -- A united regional air defense system could encompass almost all territory of the former Soviet Union within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a senior Russian military official said Tuesday.
- Australia, Japan Sign Historic Defense Accord VOA 13 Mar 2007 -- Australian Prime Minister John Howard has dismissed suggestions that a new security pact with Japan will harm his country's ties with China.
- Russian top brass hopes East Europe will deny U.S. air shield RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2007 -- A top Russian military official said Tuesday he hoped East European NATO countries would refuse to deploy U.S. air defense missiles on their territory.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 13 Mar 2007
- Press Briefing by Dan Bartlett, Counselor to the President The White House 13 Mar 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow and Dan Fisk The White House 13 MAr 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for March 13, 2007
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST C-130J FOR AIR MOBILITY COMMAND Lockheed Martin 13 Mar 2007 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today delivered the first C-130J Super Hercules to an Air Mobility Command active duty combat delivery unit
- Northrop Grumman Acts On Air Force Decision to End E-10A Program Northrop Grumman 13 Mar 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) received notice February 23, 2007 from the U.S. Air Force of a decision to end the E-10A Multi-Sensor Command and Control Aircraft Weapon System Integration (WSI) program.
- U.S. Army Awards Northrop Grumman $267 Million Defense Knowledge Online NETCENTS Task Order Northrop Grumman 13 Mar 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a task order with a $267 million ceiling by the U.S. Army to develop Defense Knowledge Online (DKO), the largest portal task order ever awarded in the federal government.
- Sea-Based X-Band Radar Completes Fine Calibration Testing Raytheon 13 Mar 2007 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has successfully completed fine calibration of the X-Band Radar portion of the Sea-Based X-Band Radar, or SBX, marking a major achievement in the development of a key component of the Missile Defense Agency's Ground- Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.
- Sagem Défense Sécurité’s biometric equipment certified by US government Sagem (Safran group) 13 Mar 2007 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) has just obtained from the US government’s General Service Administration (GSA) the FIPS 201(1) certification for its biometric (fingerprint) access control terminal, MorphoAccess 120W™ (MA 120W™).
- Boeing Prepares First U.S. Military ScanEagle Crews Boring 13 Mar 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has graduated its first U.S. military ScanEagle crews from its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Training Center in Clovis, N.M..
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 13 Mar 2007
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECRETARY-GENERAL’S SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOMALIA United Nations 13 Mar 2007
- Security Council stresses need for political dialogue in violence-wracked Somalia UN News Centre 13 Mar 2007 -- Deploring the recent wave of deadly violence in Somalia, especially in the capital, Mogadishu, Security Council members today underlined the need for the political process in the war-torn country to be as representative and inclusive as possible.
- SOMALIA: Government moves to Mogadishu IRIN 13 Mar 2007 -- Somalia's interim parliament has voted to move the interim government to Mogadishu, the capital, from its temporary seat in Baidoa, barely three months after Ethiopian-backed government forces ousted the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) from the city.
- Sudanese President Appears To Step Back from Peace Commitments Washignton File 13 Mar 2007 -- The Bush administration is "extremely troubled" by Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's recent letter to the United Nations, in which he appears to back away from prior commitments to the Darfur peace agreement, according to State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey.
- US Accuses Sudan of Backtracking on Darfur Commitments VOA 13 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. State Department Tuesday accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of backtracking from commitments he made on the introduction of new peacekeeping forces in violence-torn Darfur
- SUDAN: Inter-communal violence causing more suffering in Darfur IRIN 13 Mar 2007 -- In a trend that the African Union (AU) calls disturbing, ethnic communities in western Sudan are fighting each other, even as violence perpetrated by outsiders continues to displace civilians and hamper aid operations across Darfur.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF GEORGIA United Nations 13 Mar 2007
- Ban Ki-moon calls for 'timely conclusion' of Kosovo's future status talks UN News Centre 13 Mar 2007 -- As Kosovo's ethnic Albanian-led Government and Serbia remain at an impasse on the future of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, a "timely conclusion" to the process to determine its final status is necessary, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council released today.
- Israel Says Saudi Plan Could Revive Peace Process VOA 13 Mar 2007 -- Israel is signaling a new willingness to open peace talks on the basis of a Saudi Arabian initiative first proposed five years ago.
- UGANDA: Gov't, rebels to resume talks soon - minister IRIN 13 Mar 2007 -- The Ugandan government and Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have agreed to resume peace talks after two months of uncertainty following a rebel demand that the talks be moved from south Sudan, whose leadership was mediating.
- YEMEN: Thousands displaced by rebel fighting IRIN 13 Mar 2007 -- Thousands of residents of the northern province of Saada have been displaced from their homes following clashes between government troops and followers of the deceased Shia leader Hussein Badr Eddin al-Houthi.
- Kosovo: U.S. Diplomat Says Region's Serbs, Albanians Share Desire For Peace RFE/RL 13 Mar 2007 -- UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari told reporters at the end of the final round of talks on Kosovo's status on March 10 that there was no hope of reaching a compromise before he delivers his proposal to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sometime in the next few weeks.
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