08 May 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 08 May 2007 [PDF]
- PATROL STRUCK BY IED SOUTHEAST OF BAGHDAD
- Teleconference between Gen. David Petraeus, MNF-I commander, and Associated Press reporters, May 8, 2007 MNF-I 08 May 2007
- Defense Department Announces Next Iraq Troop Rotation AFPS 08 May 2007 -- Defense Department officials today announced the next 10 Army brigade combat teams to deploy to Iraq to replace units currently operating there.
- DoD Announces Force Adjustments 08 May 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today additional major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- JTACs call in 'guardian angels' AFPN 08 May 2007 -- From forward positions, JTACs employ highly-detailed communication channels and a well-coordinated process to execute the CAS mission
- RED HORSE helps build combat brigade base in 45 days AFPN 08 May 2007 -- Two months ago, Forward Operating Base Shawshook, near Besmaya Range, was nothing more than dirt and tumbleweeds.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Col. Nicholson from Afghanistan 08 May 2007 -- Presenter: Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Col. John Nicholson
- U.S. Commander Expresses Remorse over Accidental Deaths AFPS 08 May 2007 -- A troop commander in Afghanistan delivered an apology today to family members of innocent Afghans who were killed following an attack on a Marine unit in the country March 4.
- Afghan Military Officials: More than 60 Insurgents Killed in Military Operation VOA 08 May 2007 -- Afghan military officials say more than 60 insurgents have been killed in a joint Afghan and NATO operation in southern Helmand province.
- US Commander Apologizes for Killings of Innocent Afghans VOA 08 May 2007 -- A U.S. military commander in Afghanistan has apologized for American Marines that killed and wounded innocent Afghan civilians following a suicide bombing earlier this year
- UN panel proposes measures to strengthen sanctions on Taliban, Al-Qaida UN News Centre 08 May 2007 -- United Nations Member States are asked to share information more widely, run Interpol fingerprints through their own police databases, and pursue other measures to strengthen strictures on the Taliban and Al-Qaida in a report released today by the Security Council Committee in charge of those sanctions.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Department of Defense Announces the ROTC Language and Culture Project 08 May 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today the award of four grants totaling $2 million to Indiana University, San Diego State University, the University of Mississippi and the University of Texas at Austin as part of the new Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Language and Culture Project.
- DoD Announces Pilot Language Corps 08 May 2007 -- The Department of Defense announces the implementation of a pilot "The Language Corps" over the next three years.
- Military Sealift Command Ships Deliver to Cobra Gold Navy NewsStand 08 May 2007 -- Two Military Sealift Command (MSC)-chartered ships delivered thousands of square feet of cargo and hundreds of U.S. Marines to Thailand over the past two weeks in preparation for Exercise Cobra Gold 2007, which begins May 8 and continues through May 18.
- Shreveport Participates in Exercise Arabian Gauntlet '07 Navy NewsStand 08 May 2007 -- USS Shreveport (LPD 12) served as the flagship for the commander of Mine Countermeasures Squadron (MCMRON) 3 during Exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2007 from April 24 to 29 in the Persian Gulf.
- USS John S. McCain Arrives in Vladivostok Navy NewsStand 08 May 2007 -- USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived in Vladivostok, Russia May 7 for a scheduled port visit and to participate in Victory Day celebrations.
- Interagency exercise kicks off AFPN 08 May 2007 -- The annual exercise Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2007 got under way May 7 and runs through May 18
- National Guard Has Manpower, Assets Needed for Kansas Relief Effort AFPS 08 May 2007 -- National Guard troops responding to a tornado that devastated Greensburg, Kan., have the manpower and resources they need and can tap into additional support if they need it, defense officials said today.
- Navy Helicopter Crashes Near Austin, Nevada Navy NewsStand 08 May 2007 -- All five crew members of a Navy SH-60F helicopter were killed May 7, in a crash approximately 10 miles west of Austin, Nev.
- VQ-4 Holds Change of Command Ceremony Navy NewsStand 08 May 2007 -- Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 welcomed a new commanding officer May 4 when Cmdr. Daniel Rivera relieved Cmdr. Scott C. Kraverath during a change of command ceremony in the squadron's hangar bay.
- USS Higgins Commanding Officer Relieved Navy NewsStand 08 May 2007 -- Capt. Adam Levitt, Commodore, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 23, relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey P. Menne, commanding officer, USS Higgins (DDG 76), due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command May 8.
- NATO Secretary-General Meets With Pakistan President Over Regional Security VOA 08 May 2007 -- NATO's secretary-general says there are no plans for NATO troops to pull out of Afghanistan
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 May 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow 08 May 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for May 08, 2007
- General Dynamics Robotic Systems Achieves AS9100 Certification General Dynamics 08 May 2007 -- General Dynamics Robotic Systems has achieved the SAE Aerospace AS9100 Quality Management System certification. General Dynamics Robotic Systems is a part of General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Mich.), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- U.S. Army Awards General Dynamics $101 Million for Additional Stryker Vehicles and Maintenance Support General Dynamics 08 May 2007 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), $101 million in two separate contracts for additional Stryker vehicles and support.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract for Global Training of Peacekeeping Forces Northrop Grumman 08 May 2007 -- The U.S. Department of State has selected Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) as one of three lead contractors for the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 08 May 2007
- DRC: Displaced mistreated in North Kivu IRIN 08 May 2007 -- Fighting between forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo government and Rwandan rebels has displaced tens of thousands of villagers in the eastern DRC's North Kivu province since February, who were now being victimised by the military and other civilians, humanitarian sources said.
- DRC-ZAMBIA: Congolese refugees return home IRIN 08 May 2007 -- The first group of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who fled to neighbouring Zambia to escape the civil war in the 1990s arrived back home last week under a voluntary repatriation organised by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
- African Union, UN name joint envoy to spearhead peacekeeping force in Darfur UN News Centre 08 May 2007 -- The United Nations and the African Union (AU) announced today that the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo will be their new joint envoy for Darfur and will also head up the proposed hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping mission to the war-torn Sudanese region.
- Russia, China deny arms supplies to Sudan in breach of UN ban RIA Novosti 08 May 2007 -- The foreign ministries of Russia and China denied Tuesday a report by a human rights group that they supplied arms to the government-backed militia in Darfur in west Sudan in breach of a UN embargo.
- South Ossetian president threatens to withdraw from talks RIA Novosti 08 May 2007 -- South Ossetia will consider withdrawing from negotiations with Georgia, unless Tbilisi conducts a "civilized dialogue," South Ossetia's president said Tuesday.
- Military observers attacked in Georgian-Ossetian conflict area RIA Novosti 08 May 2007 -- A group of military observers and OSCE Mission officials came under attack in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict area, a spokesman for the joint peacekeeping forces said Tuesday.
- Sri Lankan jets bomb Tamil Tiger positions in Island's north IRNA 08 May 2007 -- Sri Lankan jets bombed Tamil Tiger positions in the island's north today where heavy fighting raged for the third straight day.
- Concerned at growing Ethiopia-Eritrea tensions, Security Council urges restraint UN News Centre 08 May 2007 -- Voicing concern over increased friction between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which have hit a stalemate in efforts to resolve their border dispute, the United Nations Security Council today called on both Horn of Africa countries to refrain from violence.
- UN Security Council Considers Rival Proposals for Kosovo VOA 08 May 2007 -- The U.N. Security Council is considering two separate proposals for a resolution on the future of Kosovo
- Israeli PM said to be in secret talks with PNA head - paper RIA Novosti 08 May 2007 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is conducting secret negotiations with PNA President Mahmoud Abbas and expects to achieve tangible progress in the summer, the Haaretz newspaper said Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.
- Convening of Northern Ireland Assembly an "Important Moment" Washignton File 08 May 2007 -- The Bush administration welcomes the convening of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, which marks the end of direct rule from London and raises hopes for a permanent, peaceful coexistence between Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant communities.
- New Power-Sharing Government Takes Over in Northern Ireland VOA 08 May 2007 -- A new power-sharing government has taken over administration of Northern Ireland, bringing together long-time Catholic and Protestant enemies
- Northern Ireland Inaugurates New Power-Sharing Government VOA 08 May 2007 -- Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland are resuming their power-sharing government for the first time in five years.
- GUINEA: Army agitation shows the government is fragile IRIN 08 May 2007 -- Rioting last week by soldiers in two towns and in the capital Conakry, suggests that the government's grip on the country remains fragile.
- Orbital Wins Major Commercial Satellite Contract With SES AMERICOM Orbital Sciences Corp. 08 May 2007 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) continues to lead the global market for smaller-sized geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellites with an announcement today that it has received an order from SES AMERICOM for as many as five new satellites over a multi-year period.
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