27 March 2007 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Mar 2007 [PDF]
- MNF-W Forces attacked
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- March 27 airpower: Fighters provide overwatch AFPN 27 Mar 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for March 27.
- Troops Capture Seven Suspects, Find Weapons AFPS 27 Mar 2007 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces captured seven terrorism suspects and destroyed illegal weapons today, military officials reported.
- Bomb Attacks Kill 60 in Iraq VOA 27 Mar 2007 -- Iraqi officials say bombing attacks have killed nearly 60 people, Tuesday.
- USS John C. Stennis Now Operating in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2007 -- The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) entered the Persian Gulf on March 27, escorted by the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54).
- US Navy Conducts War Games in Persian Gulf VOA 27 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. Navy is conducting its largest war games in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq at a time of increasing tensions with Iran.
- UK sailors' issue to be settled by 'self-restraint, respect' IRNA 27 Mar 2007 -- The issue of violation of Iranian territories in the Persian Gulf by British marines will be settled through respect to the rules and self-restraint, Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Issue of UK marines will be resolved in light of law, Hosseini IRNA 27 Mar 2007 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Tuesday that the issue of the UK marines will be resolved in light of law calling for self-restraint.
- Britain Calls On Iran To Release Sailors RFE/RL 27 Mar 2007 -- Britain has again called on Iran to quickly release the 15 British sailors and marines it has been holding since March 23.
- Coalition, Afghan Forces Make Arrests, Find Weapons AFPS 27 Mar 2007 -- Afghan and coalition troops arrested five suspected terrorists and seized illegal weapons in two operations today, military officials reported.
- Bagram PRT rebuilds Afghanistan one school at a time AFPN 27 Mar 2007 -- The Air Force-led Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team attended a ceremony March 26 marking the first day of class at a high school in Kapisa Province.
- TAJIKISTAN: Demining on Tajik-Afghan border underway IRIN 27 Mar 2007 -- Deminers recently resumed clearing parts of the Tajik-Afghan border of mines in an effort to reduce the risk posed to the local residents, a senior demining official said on Tuesday.
- Afghanistan: NATO Pleased With Offensive, But Goals Still Unmet RFE/RL 27 Mar 2007 -- NATO commanders say they are pleased with the initial results of their spring offensive in southern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Senate Debates Bill to Fund Military Missions in Iraq, Afghanistan VOA 27 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. Senate continues debate Tuesday on President Bush's request for additional funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
- Army to Further Question Notification Officers for Tillman Death Army News 28 Mar 2007 -- A Department of Defense Inspector General report and findings of an Army investigation into the circumstances following the friendly-fire death of Cpl. Patrick Tillman were released yesterday.
- U.S.-Turkey Relationship Vital to National Security, Gates Says AFPS 27 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. relationship with Turkey is "under valued and under appreciated" and the country's geographical position is vitally important to security challenges facing the U.S., Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today told the American-Turkish Council.
- Ronald Reagan Strike Group Participates in RSOI/Foal Eagle 2007 Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2007 -- The Ronald Reagan Strike Group (RRSG) kicked off its participation in Exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration/Foal Eagle (RSOI/FE) 2007 on March 25, following a four-day port visit to Busan, Republic of Korea.
- Essex ESG Forms with ROK Ships for Joint ATF Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2007 -- Essex Expeditionary Strike Group (ESXESG) combined forces with amphibious and destroyer ships from the Republic of Korea (ROK) to create a Combined Amphibious Task Force (CATF) and complete a sea transit as a convoy in the waters off the Republic of Korea on March 26-27, as part of Foal Eagle (FE) 2007.
- Van Buskirk Assumes Command of Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2007 -- Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk relieved Rear Adm. John W. Goodwin as Commander Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 in a change of command ceremony held March 26 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) moored at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton.
- Defense Chief: US Open to Higher-Level Talks With Iran VOA 27 Mar 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States is open to higher-level talks with Iran, but is warning against having any illusions about Tehran's intentions in the Persian Gulf region
- Air Force plans to develop revolutionary engine AFPN 27 Mar 2007 -- Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have outlined a five-year timeline for a new, adaptive engine that will enable pilots to switch from high speed combat maneuvers to long-range persistence mode as effortlessly as a bird in flight.
- AFSO 21 money-saving initiative increases capabilities AFPN 27 Mar 2007 -- A cross-squadron team of Airmen from the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing have succeeded in another Air Force Smart Operations 21 initiative that will continue to increase combat capability for the wing, and save money which can be diverted into Air Force recapitalization priorities.
- USS Bataan Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2007 -- Capt. Rick Snyder relieved Capt. David Hulse as commanding officer, USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a change of command ceremony March 22, while the ship was in port in the United Arab Emirates.
- Australia Welcomes Hicks Guilty Plea to Terrorism Charges at Guantanamo VOA 27 Mar 2007 -- The Australian government says it expects Australian Taleban fighter David Hicks to return "fairly soon" to serve a prison sentence at home, after his guilty plea at Guantanamo Bay to a terrorism charge
- NATO, EU Welcome Latvia-Russia Border Treaty RFE/RL 27 Mar 2007 -- The European Union and NATO have welcomed the signing today of a long-awaited border treaty between Latvian and Russia.
- Ukraine as yet unprepared to join NATO - PM RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2007 -- Ukraine is not yet ready to join NATO, the prime minister said Tuesday.
- Russian ministry urges strategic security, air defense agreements with U.S. RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2007 -- Russia is seeking to secure agreements with the United States on controversial issues of strategic security, including plans to deploy air defense missiles in Central Europe, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- PRESIDENT CALLS FOR INDEPENDENCE IN ARMS PRODUCTION ABILITY CNA 27 Mar 2007 -- President Chen Shui-bian said Tuesday that the results of the indigenous defense fighter (IDF) upgrade program operated by the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) has proved that Taiwan is capable of developing and making weapons on its own.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 27 Mar 2007
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 27 mar 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for March 27, 2007
- BAE Systems Unveils Latest Innovative Unmanned Underwater System BAE Systems 27 Mar 2007 -- BAE Systems has today unveiled a revolutionary unmanned autonomous underwater system, Talisman M.
- Boeing Helps U.S. Air Force B-1 Fleet Reach 500,000 Flight Hours Boeing 27 Mar 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], which performs development, production and sustainment work on the B-1 bomber, has helped the U.S. Air Force B-1 fleet surpass 500,000 flight hours. The aircraft reached the milestone during a March 1 flight.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN A-10 PROGRAM RECEIVES $40 MILLION CONTRACT MODIFICATION FROM U.S. AIR FORCE Lockheed Martin 27 Mar 2007 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led A-10 Prime Team has received a $40.4 million contract modification to complete the A-10C Precision Engagement program's engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase. Work will continue through May 2008 to conclude development of the Precision Engagement software suite and to support flight testing conducted by U.S. Air Force.
- Industrial policy for FREMM programme DCN 27 Mar 2007 -- Today, DCN held a central works committee* meeting chaired by Chairman and CEO Jean-Marie Poimbœuf. After summarising the general principles governing the group's industrial policy, the management team described the principles' application to the FREMM multimission frigate programme.
- Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur II Target Vehicle In Support Of Missile Defense Sensor Test Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Mar 2007 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that its Minotaur II rocket was successfully launched for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in support of advanced sensor testing by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 27 Mar 2007
- Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Commit to Biweekly Meetings Washington File 27 Mar 2007 -- Following discussions with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to meet on a regular biweekly basis to discuss immediate concerns and a long-term political horizon that would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
- Israelis, Palestinians Agree to Bi-Weekly Meetings VOA 27 Mar 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrapped up a three-day trip to the Middle East with an agreement from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to hold meetings every two weeks
- Security Council hails removal of buffer wall in Cypriot capital UN News Centre 27 Mar 2007 -- The Security Council today welcomed the removal by Greek Cypriots of a wall in the long-running buffer zone dividing the island into northern and southern segments, voicing hope that similar confidence-building measures will lead to the resumption of talks aimed at reaching a durable peace deal on the Mediterranean island.
- Sri Lanka: Ban Ki-moon says parties must end escalating cycle of violence UN News Centre 27 Mar 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today spoke out against escalating violations of the 2002 ceasefire between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and called for them to return to the negotiating table.
- Government, opposition in DR Congo must shoulder their democratic duty - UN UN News Centre 27 Mar 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both the Government and opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to shoulder their responsibilities to democracy to ensure a full transition to peace after last year's historic elections intended to set the seal on decades of civil war and factional fighting.
- Rebel Chief Named Ivory Coast Prime Minister VOA 27 Mar 2007 -- In Ivory Coast, government officials and rebels have agreed to name New Forces rebel leader Guillaume Soro as prime minister
- Kosovo: Independence Looms, But Pitfalls Remain RFE/RL 27 Mar 2007 -- The emergence of an independent Kosovo appears to be only a matter of time. UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari has drawn up a clear road map for "supervised independence," including guarantees for minorities, as his plan for ensuring lasting peace and political and economic stability in the region.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN commission probing Hariri murder UN News Centre 27 Mar 2007 -- The United Nations Security Council today extended for one year the mandate of the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) probing the 2005 terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others.
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