13 June 2007 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Jun 2007 [PDF]
- Roadside bombs strike two MND-B patrols
- MNF-W forces attacked
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: DoD Press Briefing with Lt. Gen. Dempsey from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va 13 Jun 2007 -- Presenter: Lieutenant General Martin Dempsey, Former Commander, Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq
- June 12 airpower summary: Strike Eagles strike fear AFPN 13 Jun 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations June 12, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Civil engineer Airmen paving way for Iraqi Army AFPN 13 Jun 2007 -- Members of the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron are constructing a 44,000-square-foot concrete drill pad at Camp Mittica, Iraq
- Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists AFPS 13 Jun 2007 -- In operations throughout Iraq over the past three days, coalition and Iraqi forces killed nine terrorists and detained 76 suspected terrorists, military officials reported.
- Explosions Destroy Minarets at Golden Mosque; U.S. Officials Condemn Attack AFPS 13 Jun 2007 -- Two minarets at the Golden Mosque compound in Samarra, Iraq, were destroyed around 9 a.m. today, military officials reported.
- Iraq Insurgents Repeat Attack on Shi'ite Shrine VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has moved quickly to prevent any escalation of sectarian violence following the bombing of a Shi'ite shrine north of Baghdad
- Maintainers keep Balad radar running 'round the clock AFPN 13 Jun 2007 -- Located about 50 feet above the ground are Balad Air Base's surveillance radar systems. Kept running around the clock scanning the sky to help maintain air superiority, these systems require persistent, daily maintenance.
- Explosion Destroys Minarets At Iraqi Shi'ite Shrine RFE/RL 13 Jun 2007 -- Suspected Sunni insurgents blew up the minarets of a revered Shi'ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra today, raising fears the attack could provoke further sectarian bloodshed.
- Apparent Shift in Iran's Afghanistan Policy "Troubling" Washington File 13 Jun 2007 -- The Bush administration expressed concern that Iran's policy toward Afghanistan has changed in favor of promoting instability in the country, citing the transfer of weapons and explosives of Iranian origin to the Taliban rebels.
- Gates Says NATO Effective in Afghanistan, Even with Shortfalls VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the NATO alliance has demonstrated that it can be effective in Afghanistan in spite of continuing shortfalls in the number of troops member-nations are providing
- US Defense Secratary Says Iran Must Know its Weapons Go to Taleban VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he believes Iran's government is aware of the shipment of significant quantities of Iranian weapons and explosives to Taleban insurgents in Afghanistan
- Precision airdrops deliver on target, out of danger using JPADS AFPN 13 Jun 2007 -- C-17 Globemaster IIIs at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing are employing JPADS enabling them to drop cargo with pinpoint precision.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pilots get taste of combat during Red Flag-Alaska AFPN 13 Jun 2007 -- The exercise is Red Flag, but it is in Alaska this time, not Nevada.
- Gates Discusses Iran, Samarra Bombing, European Missile Defense AFPS 13 Jun 2007 -- The quantity of Iranian weapons being shipped to the Taliban in Afghanistan makes it unlikely that the Iranian government is not involved, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
- Special Ops Growth Can Be Managed, Nominees Say AFPS 13 Jun 2007 -- The growth of special operations forces poses difficulties for the Defense Department, but nominees for key special operations positions told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that the situation is manageable.
- Media Availability with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates from Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany 13 Jun 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- U.S.-Australian Expeditionary Staffs, Ships Begin 1st Phase of Talisman Saber Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2007 -- -- The U.S. Navy's Expeditionary Strike Group 7 ships left Brisbane, Australia, on June 10, while amphibious ships of Royal Australian Navy began the embarkation of Australian soldiers in northern neighbor Townsville, launching the force integration training (FIT) phase of Talisman Saber 2007 (TS07).
- MACC Focuses on Maritime Future Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2007 -- Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., hosted the 10th annual Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) on June 5-7.
- MDSU 2, DOD Divers Train to Improve Environment Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2007 -- avy divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 in Little Creek, Va., along with Army, Navy Reserve and Coast Guard divers began a monumental training exercise off the coast of Fort Lauderdale on June 3.
- Wasp Plays Host for Sail Virginia 2007 Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2007 -- Naval vessels, along with more than 50 national and international tall ships, character ships representing the 13 original colonies and military vessels, set sail June 8 to take part in Sail Virginia 2007 in a parade up the Elizabeth River in Hampton Roads to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown.
- Portland's 100th Annual Rose Festival, Fleet Week Concludes Navy NewsStand 13 Jun 2007 -- The 100th annual Portland Rose Festival's Fleet Week came to a close June 11, when four U.S. Navy ships sailed out of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park's seawall.
- NATO: U.S. Missile Shield, Afghanistan To Dominate Ministerial Meeting RFE/RL 13 Jun 2007 -- U.S. missile-defense plans for Central Europe and NATO's difficulties in Afghanistan will top the agenda at the alliance's annual meeting of defense ministers, which opens in Brussels on June 14.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 13 Jun 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 13 Jun 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for June 13, 2007
- C-27J TEAM TO BUILD JOINT CARGO AIRCRAFT FOR ARMY, AIR FORCE C-27J Spartan for the JCA Program 13 Jun 2007 -- The U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force have selected a team led by L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) to build the Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA).
- General Dynamics Receives Abrams, Stryker Contracts General Dynamics 13 Jun 2007 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded nearly $18 million for work on the U.S. Army's Abrams main battle tank and Stryker eight-wheeled combat vehicle.
- Boeing Begins Mission System Flight Testing of First Australian Wedgetail Aircraft Boeing 13 Jun 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has begun flight testing the mission system aboard the first 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Australia's Project Wedgetail.
- Boeing Selects Harris Corporation for Small Diameter Bomb II Data Link System Boeing 13 Jun 2007 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has awarded a contract to Harris Corporation [NYSE: HRS] to provide the data link system for the Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) precision-guided weapon
- Northrop Grumman Team Completes First In-Flight AESA Communications Northrop Grumman 13 Jun 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and its teammates L-3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LLL) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) have successfully conducted the first in-flight communication's link with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
- U.S. Air Force and Raytheon Demonstrate First Powered Flight of Miniature Air Launched Decoy Raytheon 13 Jun 2007 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) demonstrated successful powered flight performance when launched from an Air Force F-16 aircraft.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 13 Jun 2007
- OPT: UN agency scales back operations in Gaza after two workers killed IRIN 13 Jun 2007 -- The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has suspended much of its aid operation in the Gaza Strip after two of its workers were killed during gun battles between Palestinian armed factions.
- UN agencies voice concern over worsening violence in Gaza UN News Centre 13 Jun 2007 -- United Nations organizations said today that they are "gravely concerned" about the escalating violence in Gaza, where 59 people - including two UN workers - have been killed and 273 others injured since the weekend.
- White House Urges Restraint in Gaza Washington File 13 Jun 2007 -- Factional fighting in Gaza between Hamas and security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party shows the challenges in creating a Palestinian state, says White House spokesman Tony Snow.
- Israel urges West to consider peacekeeping operation for Gaza RIA Novosti 13 Jun 2007 -- Israel does not intend to interfere in the internal Palestinian conflict but is urging the West to think about deploying a multinational peacekeeping force in Gaza, the Israeli prime minister said Wednesday.
- Hamas, Fatah Fighting Spreads in Gaza Strip VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- Fighting between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah is spreading in the Gaza Strip
- Security Council calls for full implementation of Darfur hybrid force agreement UN News Centre 13 Jun 2007 -- On the eve of its mission to Africa, the Security Council today called for the full implementation of an agreement reached to deploy a hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force to the violence-stricken Darfur region of Sudan.
- SUDAN: Call for urgent deployment of hybrid Darfur force IRIN 13 Jun 2007 -- The UN Security Council should ensure that the Sudanese government's acceptance of a hybrid force consisting of UN and African Union (AU) troops for Darfur is matched by immediate action to protect civilians and end abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
- Sudan rejects Darfur conference initiative RIA Novosti 13 Jun 2007 -- Sudan rejected Wednesday the idea of holding an international conference on the situation surrounding the western province of Darfur, the SUNA national news agency said citing the Sudanese Foreign Ministry.
- Somali Peace Conference Delayed One Month VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- For the third time in three months, organizers of Somalia's national reconciliation conference, due to begin this week in the capital, have postponed the talks
- SOMALIA: Conference delay will affect reconciliation efforts - analyst IRIN 13 Jun 2007 -- The postponement - for the second time - of Somalia's national reconciliation conference that was due to start on 14 June is a setback for reconciliation efforts in the war-torn country, a regional analyst said.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF CENTRAL AMERICAN PEACE AGREEMENT United Nations 13 Jun 2007
- DRC: Conflict causes state of permanent displacement IRIN 13 Jun 2007 -- Intermittent clashes and frequent attacks on civilians by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have created a state of permanent displacement in the volatile central African country, an official of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.
- Secret UN report condemns US policy in Middle East IRNA 13 Jun 2007 -- The UN's Middle East envoy has issued a damning confidential report in which he warned that American pressure "pummelled into submission" the United Nations role as impartial negotiator, it was revealed Wednesday.
- US Underscores Backing for Beirut Government After Lawmaker's Assassination VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- The United States is reaffirming support for the Lebanese government of Prime Minister Fuad Siniora following Wednesday's car-bomb killing of Siniora parliamentary ally Walid Eido and others
- Milosevic's Fugitive Widow Denies Smuggling Charges RFE/RL 13 Jun 2007 -- Speaking one day after an international warrant was issued for her arrest, Mira Markovic, the widow of late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, has denied accusations that she once led a lucrative smuggling ring
- Shimon Peres elected Israeli president RIA Novosti 13 Jun 2007 -- Shimon Peres, a former prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was elected president of Israel Wednesday.
- Israel's Ehud Barak Stages Political Comeback VOA 13 Jun 2007 -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will take over as head of the Labor Party
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