28 March 2007 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Mar 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Press Briefing, March 28, 2007 MNF-I 28 Mar 2007 -- Multi-National Force - Iraq operational update briefing by Rear Admiral Mark I. Fox, Communications Division Chief for Strategic Effects, MNF-I; James L. Santelle, Justice Attache, U.S. Embassy-Baghdad
- March 28 airpower: Bomber scores direct hits AFPN 28 Mar 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for March 28.
- Security Crackdown in Baghdad Shows Progress, But Challenges Continue AFPS 28 Mar 2007 -- The crackdown on insurgents in Baghdad is showing progress, but a senior military official there warned that it's likely to drive the enemy to strike out dramatically before succeeding.
- Coalition Forces Capture 19 Terrorists; Attacks on Iraqi Civilians Continue AFPS 28 Mar 2007 -- Coalition forces in Iraq this morning captured 19 suspected terrorists in various operations, Iraqi forces repelled an attack in Fallujah, and attacks on civilians continue across the country, military officials reported.
- U.S. Opens Military Exercises In Persian Gulf RFE/RL 28 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. Navy has begun its most extensive maneuvers in the Persian Gulf region since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- Fallujah Government Center attacked by chlorine truck bombs MNF-I 28 Mar 2007 -- Iraqi Army soldiers and police repelled a complex attack at the Fallujah Government Center, including two suicide truck bombs containing chlorine, on the morning of March 28.
- Iran Should Release British Sailors Unconditionally, U.S. Says Washington File 28 Mar 2007 -- The Bush administration is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the 15 British sailors captured by Iran March 23 and says the sailors had been engaged in lawful activities in Iraqi territorial waters at the time they were seized.
- British marine apologizes for entry into Iranian waters IRNA 28 Mar 2007 -- British marine Mrs. Faye Turney from F99 Royal Navy on Wednesday admitted entry into Iranian territorial waters and apologized for doing so.
- US Calls for British Sailors' Release VOA 28 Mar 2007 -- The United States is calling on Iran to immediately release the 15 sailors and marines seized in the waters of the Persian Gulf Friday
- Iran TV Shows British Sailors as Britain Freezes Bilateral Ties with Iran VOA 28 Mar 2007 -- Iran has shown television footage of some of the 15 British sailors detained by Iranian forces last Friday and hints they could be released soonn
- Britain Freezes Talks With Iran RFE/RL 28 Mar 2007 -- British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett announced today that London is freezing all other bilateral talks with Iran until Iran releases 15 British sailors and marines.
- Britain freezes contacts with Iran until sailors release RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2007 -- Britain has frozen all official bilateral contacts with Iran until all of its 15 detained sailors have been released, the British foreign secretary said Wednesday.
- Tehran says UK Navy servicewoman to be released within two days RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2007 -- Iranian authorities are ready to release the only female among the UK sailors seized in the Persian Gulf last Friday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Arrest Six; Rocket Hits U.S. Base AFPS 28 Mar 2007 -- Afghan and coalition forces arrested six suspected militants near Khowst, in eastern Afghanistan, early today. Elsewhere, a rocket hit Bagram Air Base, but no one was killed or injured.
- Pakistan: Crackdown Could Pose Threat To Central Asia RFE/RL 28 Mar 2007 -- While reports say that more than 150 people have been killed this month in Waziristan in fighting between Uzbek militants and local tribesmen, it is difficult to obtain precise information on events in an area where the Pakistani government has almost no presence and exerts little influence.
- Pakistani Militants Overwhelm Village Near Volatile Afghan Border VOA 28 Mar 2007 -- A large force of well-armed militants has overwhelmed a Pakistani village near the country's volatile border with Afghanistan
- Italy: Prodi Wins Afghanistan Vote, But Questions Remain RFE/RL 28 Mar 2007 -- The government of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has narrowly won a Senate vote to continue Rome's military mission in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Bush Vows Veto if Funding Bill Includes Troop Withdrawal Language AFPS 28 Mar 2007 -- President Bush said today he will veto any bill that reaches his desk containing a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.
- Putin, Bush discuss missile shield, Kosovo, Iran on the phone RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2007 -- U.S. and Russian Presidents George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin discussed on the phone Wednesday key international issues, the Kremlin press service said.
- Australian Detainee Heads Toward Sentencing in Guantanamo AFPS 28 Mar 2007 -- Australian detainee David Hicks, who entered a guilty plea March 26 to a charge of material support for terrorism, is expected to be sentenced by the end of the week, military officials said.
- Army Announces Human Intelligence Special Recruiting Program Army News Release 28 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. Army announced the implementation of the Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Non-Commissioned Officer Special Recruiting Program March 28 to bring at least 100 experienced NCOs into the 97-Echo career field.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Deputy Under Secretary Brinkley from the Pentagon 28 Mar 2007 -- Presenter: Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Business Transformatiion, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Paul Brinkley
- Air Force officials seek UAV enterprise interdependence AFPN 28 Mar 2007 -- Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, director of Army aviation in the office of the deputy chief of staff for operations, recently disparaged the Air Force chief of staff's efforts to optimize our nations intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and enhance the joint, effective and efficient use of DOD's medium and high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle enterprise.
- Missile Defense System Protects United States, Allies AFPS 28 Mar 2007 -- The United States has been fielding a missile defense system aimed toward defending itself, its deployed forces and its allies against emerging threats, a top military official said today.
- First Ship Completes Second ULTRA-S Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2007 -- Sailors aboard USS Milius (DDG 69) completed their second Unit Level Training Assessment-Sustainment (ULTRA-S) on March 14.
- "Underway" Training Prepares Crew For Sea Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2007 -- Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are participating in shipwide exercises beginning March 20, which are aimed at returning the ship and its crew to operational status following an extended stay at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
- Juneau Performs ISIC Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Assessment Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2007 -- USS Juneau (LPD 10) with embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed their Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Assessment on March 23.
- DoD Intelligence Nominee Envisions Role in Policy, Not Analysis AFPS 28 Mar 2007 -- Intelligence analysis is best left to the organizations set up for that purpose, President Bush's nominee to be the next undersecretary of defense for intelligence told the Senate Armed Services Committee at his confirmation hearing here yesterday.
- B-52s participate in Green Lightning, Australian air show AFPN 28 Mar 2007 -- Andersen Airmen flew to the land 'down under' this week to demonstrate the capability and flexibility of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber to their Australian partners.
- Blue Ridge Gets New Commanding Officer Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) welcomed a new commanding officer March 27, when Capt. David Lausman relieved Capt. Jeff Bartkoski.
- U.S. missile defense chief argues for missile shield in space RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2007 -- A senior U.S. official in charge of America's missile defense program told a congressional committee Tuesday that some elements should be deployed in space, including a "space-based layer" in near-Earth orbit.
- Russia to respond to U.S. missile shield plans in Europe RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2007 -- Russia will be guided by a principle of "reasonable sufficiency" in its response to U.S. missile shield plans in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper Wednesday.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Mar 2007
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 28 Mar 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for March 28, 2007
- Next Major Milestone Achieved on Third Type 45 Destroyer BAE Systems 28 Mar 2007 -- The first two blocks of the third Type 45 Destroyer, Diamond, have been moved into the BAE Systems yard at Govan, Scotland.
- Northrop Grumman Forms World-Class KC-30 Tanker Industry Team to Compete for U.S. Air Force Tanker Replacement Program Lockheed Martin 28 Mar 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has assembled a powerful industrial team to produce the KC-30 Tanker air refueling aircraft for the U.S. Air Force.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED $260 MILLION FOR AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEMS FOR AUSTRALIAN AND SPANISH SHIP PROGRAMS Lockheed Martin 28 Mar 2007 -- The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] $260 million for Aegis Weapon Systems to equip three Australian Air Warfare Destroyers (AWD) and one Spanish F-100-class frigate.
- Boeing Logs Five Years of On-Time Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program Deliveries Boeing 28 Mar 2007 -- Boeing's [NYSE: BA] delivery of the 513th Minuteman III Guidance Replacement Program (GRP) Missile Guidance Set (MGS) last month to the U.S. Air Force marks five years of consecutive on-time deliveries.
- CF6 Engines Selected by Northrop Grumman for U.S. Air Force Tanker Replacement Program GE Aviation 28 Mar 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected GE CF6-80E1 engines to power KC-30 aircraft that will compete for the U.S. Air Force Tanker Replacement Program, the KC-X.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 28 Mar 2007
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON SIERRA LEONE BY PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION United Nations 28 Mar 2007
- Sierra Leone: UN Peacebuilding Commission ends maiden field trip with new insights UN News Centre 28 Mar 2007 -- The first-ever field mission from the new United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, set up to prevent countries emerging from civil war and other conflicts from slipping back into bloodshed, has returned from Sierra Leone with a clearer idea of the challenges now facing the once strife-torn state, the delegation leader said today.
- DR Congo: UN agencies step up aid after violence subsides in Kinshasa UN News Centre 28 Mar 2007 -- Following several days of violence in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between Government forces and guards of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, United Nations agencies are providing assistance to people in Kinshasa as well as assessing the protection needs of vulnerable groups.
- Ban Ki-moon calls on Arab leaders to renew backing for Middle East peace plan UN News Centre 28 Mar 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders meeting at the Summit of the League of Arab States to re-affirm their commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative, which he called one of the pillars of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, while stressing that the world must build on the "new stirrings of potential" to resolve the long-running conflict in the Middle East.
- Arab Leaders Discuss Regional Peace VOA 28 Mar 2007 -- Arab leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia in a bid to revive their 2002 Middle East peace plan
- Analyst says Somalia a Handicap for Ethiopia VOA 28 Mar 2007 -- The al-Qaida terrorist organization has issued a call for Islamic extremists around the world to come to the aid of Somalis fighting the country's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and its chief backer in the region, Ethiopia
- NEPAL: Continuing violence in south threatens peace process IRIN 28 Mar 2007 -- Violence and political unrest in Nepal's southern Terai region is threatening the country's peace process and could bring the Himalayan nation to a state of anarchy, analysts say.
- SOMALIA: Ensure safe movement for aid workers, gov't urged IRIN 28 Mar 2007 -- Somali civil society organisations have urged the government to help aid workers reach thousands of desperate civilians displaced by recent violence in the capital, Mogadishu.
- Russia Wants Fact-Finding Mission Sent To Kosovo RFE/RL 28 Mar 2007 -- Russia has proposed sending a United Nations fact-finding mission to Kosovo before debating a UN plan for the province's future.
- Israeli Police Remove Settlers From West Bank Outpost VOA 28 Mar 2007 -- Israeli police have removed about 400 Jewish settlers from a former West Bank settlement
- ZIMBABWE: New crackdown on Zimbabwe opposition IRIN 28 Mar 2007 -- Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and several other members of his party were detained in a police raid in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday, said party officials and lawyers.
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