06 December 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 06 Dec 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Dec. 5 airpower summary: F-16s watch over coalition troops AFPN 06 Dec 2007
- Terrorist Networks Disrupted; Three Terrorists Killed, 19 Detained AFPS 06 Dec 2007 -- Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 19 suspects during operations today to disrupt al Qaeda activities along the Tigris River Valley in Iraq.
- Airmen help deliver helicopters to Afghan military AFPN 06 Dec 2007 -- Airmen from Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Combined Air Power Transition Force help deliver the first three of 12 refurbished Soviet helicopters Dec. 5 at Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Coalition force to launch major operation in S. Afghanistan RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- The joint command of the coalition force in Afghanistan has announced the start of a large-scale military operation against Taliban insurgents in the south of the country.
- Taliban claims responsibility for Kabul bombings RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- The Taliban movement has claimed responsibility for two recent suicide bomb attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, radio Azadi said on Thursday.
- AFGHANISTAN: Hundreds flee fighting in Helmand Province IRIN 06 Dec 2007 -- Hundreds of people have left their homes in Musa Qala District, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, after Afghan and international forces intensified their joint military operations to drive Taliban insurgents out of the district, according to local residents and provincial officials.
- Pakistani Army Claims Major Gains Against Pro-Taliban Militants in Swat Valley VOA 06 Dec 2007 -- The Pakistani army says its troops have recaptured two militant-held towns in northwestern Swat Valley and destroyed the headquarters of a radical pro-Taliban cleric.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Engineers Tap into Djibouti Water Solutions Navy NewsStand 06 Dec 2007 -- In a remote area, two hours away from Djibouti City, the Well Drillers of the 1132nd Engineering Detachment were visited by distinguished visitors who flew in on CH-53E Helicopters to see firsthand the work the well drillers are doing in Djibouti.
- Pinckney Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 06 Dec 2007 -- A change of command ceremony for the guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) command ceremony Nov. 9 at Naval Base, San Diego.
- Petraeus Has Rare Praise for Syria, Not Sure About Iran VOA 06 Dec 2007 -- The top coalition commander in Iraq had some positive things to say Thursday about Syria and other countries and factions that have contributed to instability in Iraq in the past
- First Air National Guard contingency response group trains AFPN 06 Dec 2007 -- Airmen assigned to the nation's first Air National Guard contingency response group unit attended 22 days of training at the Air Force Expeditionary Center's Mobility Operations School here.
- Department Works to Keep Homeland Secure AFPS 06 Dec 2007 -- The U.S. military is prepared to defend the United States and support civil authorities in ways not even thought of a decade ago, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense said to reporters at the Foreign Press Center here today.
- Foreign Area Officers Help Bridge Cultural Divides AFPS 06 Dec 2007 -- A cadre of military officers with special foreign language training and cultural expertise are helping the Defense Department and U.S. military bridge gaps between American allies and local foreign populations.
- NATO Ministers Prepare to Discuss Afghanistan, Kosovo VOA 06 Dec 2007 -- The NATO meeting is planned just three days before a December 10 deadline set by the United Nations to come up with some kind of resolution on Kosovo
- Russia refuses to share info under CFE after Dec. 12 moratorium RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- Russia will not share information with NATO under the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty after its unilateral moratorium comes into effect on December 12, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
- India tests hypersonic interceptor missile RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- India successfully tested on Thursday a hypersonic Advanced Air Defense (AAD-02) interceptor missile, part of the future multi-layer Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, national media reported.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Dec 2007
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 06 Dec 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for December 06, 2007
- BAE SYSTEMS AWARDED $709.4 MILLION CONTRACT TO RESET BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES BAE Systems 06 Dec 2007 -- BAE Systems has been awarded a contract modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command, totaling $709.4 million, for the reset of Bradley Fighting Vehicles and associated components.
- Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker Team Will Support 2,800 Jobs and Generate Economic Activity Approaching $225 Million Annually in Maryland Northrop Grumman 06 Dec 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) KC-30 Tanker team will generate economic activity exceeding $225 million annually and support more than 2,800 direct and indirect jobs in Maryland if the KC-30 Tanker aircraft is selected by the U.S. Air Force.
- BrahMos to increase production of Russian-Indian cruise missiles RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- The Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos will buy a manufacturing plant in southwestern India to increase production of its supersonic cruise missiles, an Indian military source said Thursday.
- Russia-Greece arms contract could be ready by yearend RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- A contract to sell around 415 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to Greece could be ready by the end of this year, a high-ranking Russian military source said on Thursday.
- Boeing Submits Proposal for KC-10 Contractor Logistics Support Work Boeing 06 Dec 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force to continue providing Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for the KC-10 Extender program.
- Northrop Grumman to Compete for U.S. Air Force's KC/KDC-10 Contractor Logistics Support Contract Northrop Grumman 06 Dec 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it will compete as the prime contractor for the U.S. Air Force's KC-10/KDC-10 aircraft program.
- Northrop Grumman Authorizes International Suppliers to Begin Work On First Phase of F-35 Low Rate Initial Production Northrop Grumman 06 Dec 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has authorized Terma, Lystrup, Denmark and Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), Ankara, Turkey to begin fabricating subassemblies for the first two F-35 Lightning II production aircraft.
- Successful firing of Oerlikon Millennium during trials of the Royal Danish Navy's first Absalon-class flexible combat support ship, HDMS Absalon Rheinmetall Defence 06 Dec 2007 -- Oerlikon Millennium 35 mm naval gun systems successfully engaged surface and air targets during live-fire trials aboard HDMS Absalon, the Royal Danish Navy's first Absalon-class flexible combat support ship. The trials took place during the first and third weeks of November.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 06 Dec 2007
- UN relief chief sounds alarm about crises in Ethiopia, Darfur and Somalia UN News Centre 06 Dec 2007 -- The grave humanitarian conditions in south-eastern Ethiopia, the Darfur region of Sudan and Somalia could substantially worsen in the months ahead, the top United Nations relief official told the Security Council today as he briefed members on his recent visit to Africa.
- Rice Consults with African Leaders on Regional Conflicts Washington File 06 Dec 2007 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said a comprehensive cease-fire agreement between Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and nonextremist political groups will help facilitate the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid in the country and urged the TFG to "renew and revitalize efforts towards a lasting political solution."
- ISRAEL-OPT: Fewer resources for a worsening situation - UNRWA IRIN 06 Dec 2007 -- The UN agency supplying basic services for Palestinian refugees is in a funding crisis, and is facing a difficult year as the political situation continues to hamper its work in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
- ISRAEL-OPT: Only 41 percent of Gaza's food import needs being met IRIN 06 Dec 2007 -- Food imports into the Gaza Strip are only enough to meet 41 percent of demand, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said, though critical UN humanitarian food supplies are being allowed in.
- UN delegation to focus on Darfur deployment at African-European summit UN News Centre 06 Dec 2007 -- Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro is heading a United Nations delegation to this weekend's African Union-European Union summit in Lisbon, where the ongoing struggle to deploy a hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force to the war-wracked Darfur region of Sudan will be high on the agenda.
- Annan: EU-African Summit Should Pressure Sudan on Darfur VOA 06 Dec 2007 -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says leaders attending the upcoming European Union-Africa summit must put pressure on the Sudanese government to accept non-African troops as part of a U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur
- SUDAN: National census to be postponed IRIN 06 Dec 2007 -- Sudan's fifth national population and housing census, which is key to the 2009 elections, will be delayed, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the principal organiser.
- SPLM says Comprehensive Peace Agreement Remains the Only Way to a New Sudan VOA 06 Dec 2007 -- Relations between former rebels in Southern Sudan and the Khartoum government continue to deteriorate, despite both parties rededicating themselves to peace
- EU wary of Russian response to Kosovo unilateral independence RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- A top EU official said Thursday she hopes that if Kosovo unilaterally declares independence, Russia will not respond by recognizing the independence of breakaway territories in the former Soviet Union.
- Kosovo troika set to report ahead of schedule RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2007 -- The UN secretary general said on Thursday that international mediators in talks on Kosovo would submit a report on talks on the province's status on Friday, three days ahead of schedule.
- Analysis: Lawlessness in Eastern Congo cfr.org 06 Dec 2007 -- Rampant sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo now ranks as the worst in the worl
- Timor-Leste faces serious challenges despite recent gains, Security Council told UN News Centre 06 Dec 2007 -- While Timor-Leste has recovered well from the violent crisis that engulfed it last year, it continues to grapple with a host of challenges including the fate of about 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and widespread poverty, the head of a recent United Nations Security Council mission to the tiny nation said today.
- UN Prosecutor Says Serbia Must Hand Over Mladic by Monday VOA 06 Dec 2007 -- A top U.N. war crimes prosecutor says Serbia must hand over former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic or face a major obstacle in its bid for closer ties with the European Union.
- KENYA: Thousands displaced in Molo need aid - officials IRIN 06 Dec 2007 -- Tensions are high in Kenya's New Molo District, Rift Valley province, where ethnic clashes have resulted in 15 deaths and 16,000 villagers displaced since October, an official of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said on 6 December.
- Sri Lankan army kill 24 LTTE militants IRIN 06 Dec 2007 -- At least 24 LTTE militants were killed in a spate of attacks by the Sri Lankan army in the island nation's embattled north, the army said today.
- Thales Alenia Space and NPO-PM to finalize an industrial cooperation agreement Thales 06 Dec 2007 -- Thales Alenia Space and NPO-PM strengthen their position by announcing today that they are about to finalize an industrial cooperation program concerning the development of a multi-mission satellite platform.
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