13 December 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 13 Dec 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
- Dec. 12 airpower summary: A-10s flex muscles AFPN 13 Dec 2007
- Iraqi Air Force Training School graduates firefighters, officers AFPN 13 Dec 2007 -- American Airmen helped the first 10 Iraqi firefighters graduate Dec. 11 and 28 more Iraqi officer candidates receive their diplomas and commissions as second lieutenants Dec. 10 at the Iraqi Air Force Training School here.
- Baghdad-Area Surge Operations Garner More Success AFPS 13 Dec 2007 -- Ongoing U.S. military efforts to disrupt insurgent operations in and around Baghdad are garnering continued success, a senior military officer posted in Iraq said today.
- Guard Members Respond to Midwest Ice Storms AFPS 13 Dec 2007 -- More than 140 National Guard members in the Midwest responded to a band of deadly mid-December storms that stretched from eastern Texas to the Ohio Valley and into northern New York and New England.
Defense Policy / Programs
- The United States Extends Strategic Nonproliferation Partnership with Kazakhstan 13 Dec 2007 -- The United States of America and the Republic of Kazakhstan finalized an extension amendment to their bilateral Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Agreement today
- CSAF's Scope cites maintenance, logistics reorganization AFPN 13 Dec 2007 -- The Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Scope focuses on current topics the Air Force chief of staff feels are of special importance to today's Airmen.
- Army Announces Logistics Branch Army News Release 13 Dec 2007 -- The Department of the Army announced today, Dec. 13, the establishment of a new branch which will become effective Jan. 1, 2008
- Air Force graduates first network warfare class AFPN 13 Dec 2007 -- The first Undergraduate Network Warfare Training Class graduated Dec. 7 here representing the Air Force's expansion into the domain of cyberspace.
- USAFE hosts AFSO 21 process council AFPN 13 Dec 2007 -- The Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century process council was hosted by U.S. Air Forces in Europe officials Dec. 10 and 11 at Ramstein Air Base.
- Kadena F-15 pilots train to keep talons sharp AFPN 13 Dec 2007 -- Despite the Air Force-wide stand down of F-15 Eagles, Kadena Air Base pilots are maintaining their skills and capabilities through virtual means.
- Wounded Warrior Program Provides Enduring Support to Families AFPS 13 Dec 2007 -- There's no set limit on how long the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior program will provide one-on-one service to severely wounded soldiers and their families, a U.S. Army official said yesterday.
- Service Academies Make Progress in Preventing Sexual Assault, Harassment AFPS 13 Dec 2007 -- The Defense Department's Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the U.S. Service Academies, released late last week, concludes that the Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., all have made "great progress" in establishing prevention and response programs.
- Academy Officials: Sexual Assault Reporting Shows System is Working AFPS 13 Dec 2007 -- Rather than being alarmed by 40 reports of sexual assault at the U.S. service academies during the 2006-2007 school year, officials are calling them a sign that programs designed to encourage victims to report are working.
- Comparative Testing Office Announces Projects for Fiscal 2008 13 Dec 2007 -- The Department of Defense announces the selection of new start projects being funded in fiscal 2008 under the Comparative Testing Office's (CTO) Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC) and Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programs.
- CNO Testifies Before HASC on Global Maritime Strategy Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2007 -- During a two-hour session before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Dec. 13, the nation's top Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard leaders testified before members of Congress for the first time since releasing their unified maritime strategy, "The Cooperative Maritime Strategy for 21st Century Seapower."
- USS Port Royal Visits Timor-Leste Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2007 -- USS Port Royal (CG 73) departed Dili, Dec. 12, after anchoring off the coast for a scheduled port visit during their deployment to the Western Pacific.
- U.S., Ecuadorian Navies Meet to Discuss, Plan 2008 Naval Engagements Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2007 -- U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard leaders met with Armada de la Republica del Ecuador (Ecuadorian Navy) delegates for the Operational Naval Committee conference (ONC Ecuador) Dec. 11-12, to discuss and plan interactions between the two navies in 2008.
- Surgeon General Visits NSA Bahrain, Camps Arifjan and Buehring Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2007 -- Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson Jr., the U.S. Navy Surgeon General and Chief of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery visited the Branch Medical Clinic on board Naval Support Activity (NSA), Bahrain Dec. 6.
- APS Trains Cameroonian Sailors on VBSS Techniques Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2007 -- As part of the Navy's Global Maritime Strategy, Africa Partnership Station (APS) is training Cameroonian Sailors on visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) techniques in a two-week course as an international effort aiming to enhance regional maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa.
- Navy to Honor 100th Anniversary of Great White Fleet Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2007 -- Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead will host a ceremony to honor the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet deployment on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
- HSC 25 Det. 1 Returns Home Navy NewsStand 13 Dec 2007 -- Loud cheers from friends, warm hugs and kisses from family members, and words of admiration from shipmates filled the air as Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Det. 1 returned to Andersen Air Force Base after completing a 10-month deployment, Dec. 5.
- US, Russian Officials Discuss Controversial Missile Defense Plan VOA 13 Dec 2007 -- A U.S. arms control official says Washington's planned missile defense system for Europe remains necessary despite reports that Iran abandoned its nuclear arms program several years ago
- Daily Press Briefing US dept. of State 13 Dec 2007
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 13 Dec 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for December 13, 2007
- Boeing Continues E-4B Modification Work Boeing 13 Dec 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] continues to support the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command, modifying the third of four E-4B aircraft at its Wichita, Kan., Support Systems facility.
- DGA orders 5 Eurocopter EC145 helicopters for Sécurité Civile EADS 13 Dec 2007 -- Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (DGA) signed a contract with Eurocopter for 5 new EC145 (3 firm and 2 options) to be used by Sécurité Civile
- Raytheon's MK 57 Launcher Recognized as a Top 5 DoD Program Raytheon 13 Dec 2007 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) MK 57 Vertical Launching System (VLS) program for the Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000) has been recognized by the Department of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) as a 2006 Top 5 DoD program award winner for excellence in systems engineering.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 13 Dec 2007
- Sudan: Secretary-General welcomes agreement to resolve north-south issues UN News Centre 13 Dec 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the announcement by the two parties to the landmark 2005 peace accord which ended the long-running north-south civil war in Sudan that they have resolved many of their outstanding issues.
- Secretary-General urges world to step up support for Darfur peacekeeping force UN News Centre 13 Dec 2007 -- Noting that this is a "critical point" regarding the deployment of an African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan, Secretary-General appealed for the world to step up its support for the mission.
- Donors' Conference Can Reinforce Palestinian-Israeli Efforts Washington File 13 Dec 2007 -- The December 17 international, high-level donors' conference in Paris is an opportunity for the global community to reinforce its support for a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and an opportunity for the Palestinians to show their genuine desire for statehood, according to senior U.S. officials.
- ISRAEL-OPT: Symposium expresses concern for Gaza healthcare access IRIN 13 Dec 2007 -- The isolation of the Gaza Strip is "intolerable" said a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official on 10 December, urging better access for Gazans to medical care outside the boxed-off enclave.
- Report: North Korea May Have Aided Hezbollah and Tamil Tigers VOA 13 Dec 2007 -- A report prepared for U.S. lawmakers says North Korea may have provided arms and training to terrorist organizations in Lebanon and Sri Lanka.
- NIGERIA: At least six dead in sectarian violence IRIN 13 Dec 2007 -- At least six people have been killed and 30 critically injured since clashes between Muslim and Christian communities in the north-central Nigerian city of Bauchi broke out on 11 December, Red Cross workers and residents said.
- Rise in weapons-related crime worries UN panel investigating Liberia sanctions UN News Centre 13 Dec 2007 -- A group of United Nations experts said that while it has found no evidence of arms flows across Liberia's borders, the dramatic increase in armed robberies involving firearms is a cause for concern and merits the attention of the Security Council committee monitoring the arms embargo imposed on the West African nation.
- Rehn: EU to Postpone Decision on Kosovo Until Early 2008 VOA 13 Dec 2007 -- A top European Union official says a decision on the future status of Serbia's breakaway Kosovo province will come only in the first half of next year.
- DRC: Concern over conscription of children, human rights abuses in North Kivu IRIN 13 Dec 2007 -- Insurgents loyal to dissident general Laurent Nkunda, fighting government troops in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are still recruiting children into their ranks, even as serious human rights violations, including some committed by agents of the state, are rife in the region, according to the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC).
- U.S. rejects Russian proposal for more dialogue on Kosovo RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2007 -- Russia's proposal to continue talks over the future status of Serbia's province of Kosovo was rejected by the United States during a UN Security Council session Wednesday, the U.S. ambassador to the UN said.
- Islamic Insurgents Shell Mogadishu Market, At Least 13 Dead VOA 13 Dec 2007 -- Islamic insurgents in Somalia have shelled the main market in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least 13
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR ON CENTRAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND United Nations 13 Dec 2007
- After latest bombing, Lebanon seeks assistance of UN probe into Hariri killing UN News Centre 13 Dec 2007 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has received a letter from the Lebanese Government requesting help in the investigation of yesterday's bombing in eastern Beirut that killed a senior member of the country's armed forces and at least one of his bodyguards.
- DRC-UGANDA: Ebola outbreak leads to border closure IRIN 13 Dec 2007 -- Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have closed the lake and land border with Uganda and shut down two markets as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Ebola from its neighbour.
- Bazzi: Can the Latest Violence in Lebanon Accelerate a Political Deal? cfr.org 13 Dec 2007
- Debate: Private Security Contractors cfr.org 13 Dec 2007
- New Poll Finds Pakistanis Want President Musharraf to Quit VOA 13 Dec 2007 -- A new opinion poll indicates more than two-thirds of Pakistanis are angry at the current state of affairs and want President Pervez Musharraf to resign.
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