14 December 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Dec 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- MND-B Soldier attacked by small-arms fire
- MND-Center Soldier attacked by IED
- Dec. 13 airpower summary: KC-10's fuel OIF, OEF missions AFPN 14 Dec 2007
- Basic training instructors help mold Iraq's future leaders AFPN 14 Dec 2007 -- The bark of the military training instructor's command voice, when heard by many current and former Airmen, may bring back memories of one of the most stressful periods of their lives, basic training.
- MND-North Military Police battalions transfer authority (Tikrit) MNF-I 14 Dec 2007 -- In a ceremony held Dec. 10, the 97th Military Police Battalion cased their colors and transferred authority to the 728th Military Police Battalion.
- NATO Reps Meet in Scotland to Discuss Afghanistan VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- NATO defense ministers and diplomats have met in Edinburgh, Scotland to discuss the future of the alliance's mission in Afghanistan
- U.S. to Draft Integrated Plan for Afghan Help AFPS 14 Dec 2007 -- The United States will prepare an integrated plan to examine alliance goals in Afghanistan and set out a roadmap for allies to follow, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
- Troops Purge Taliban Fighters From Afghan District AFPS 14 Dec 2007 -- Afghan and coalition troops conducted follow-up operations yesterday in a district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, after week-long clashes with Taliban fighters largely cleared the area of insurgents.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Bush Reports to Congress on Scope of Force Deployments AFPS 14 Dec 2007 -- President Bush reported to Congress today on the scope of overseas deployments to support the war on terror, emphasizing that he'll direct additional measures as necessary to ensure the United States can protect its citizens and interests.
- U.S. military medical team treats 7,300 patients in El Salvador AFPN 14 Dec 2007 -- A U.S. Southern Command team, consisting of approximately 16 Air Force medical professionals, completed a medical readiness training exercise in La Union, El Salvador Dec. 13, where they provided general medical services to 7,300 patients from communities near the country's southeastern coast.
- Review provides update on Global Logistics Support Center AFPN 14 Dec 2007 -- More than 80 supply chain customers and practitioners from across the Department of Defense and the Air Force came together here recently to participate in the second program management review for the Global Logistics Support Center.
- Navy, Army Secretaries Warn of Possible Furloughs, Constraints AFPS 14 Dec 2007 -- Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter and Army Secretary Pete Geren sent letters to installation commanders Dec. 12 telling them to prepare for possible furloughs due to a lack of funding for the global war on terror.
- VP-40 Returns to Whidbey Island Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2007 -- Patrol Squadron (VP) 40 returned home Nov. 29 from a deployment to the Persian Gulf and the Horn of Africa.
- EOD Mobile Unit 5 Helps Increase Philippine Army EOD Capability Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2007 -- The U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 5, Detachment 7 delivered an SRS-5 light weight explosive protection suit and provided training on combating Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) EOD Dec. 10 at Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental Province, Philippines.
- CJTF-HOA Briefs Mission to African Military Leaders Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2007 -- Delegation chiefs participating in the Africa Endeavor (AE) 2008 Initial Planning Conference were briefed here by the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Systems deputy director on the roles and responsibilities of the task force Dec. 6.
- Rawhides Home in Time for Holidays Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2007 -- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 Detachment (Det.) 4 returned to Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 14 after a six-month deployment aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
- The U.S. Navy to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Great White Fleet Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2007 -- One hundred years ago on Dec. 16, 1907, the Great White Fleet departed Hampton Roads, Va., marking the first global naval voyage in America's young history.
- Military Sealift Command to Deliver Largest MRAP Shipment AFPS 14 Dec 2007 -- In the largest single shipment to date, more than 200 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles were loaded onto USNS Pililaau, a large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship operated by Military Sealift Command yesterday in Charleston, S.C.
- Army Creates New Branch for Logistics Officers Army News 14 Dec 2007 -- The Army plans to develop a new corps of multifunctional logisticians with creation of the new logistics branch.
- Army Will Form Logistics Branch Army News 14 Dec 2007 -- The Department of the Army announced the establishment of a new branch Thursday, which will become effective January 1, 2008.
- USS Hue City Rescues Crew of a Pakistani Dhow Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2007 -- U.S. Navy rescued six Pakistani crew members from a sinking dhow in the Gulf of Oman Dec. 13.
- Russia says no info exchange with NATO under arms treaty freeze RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2007 -- Russia will not provide data on its Armed Forces stipulated under the CFE treaty at an annual information exchange meeting on Friday, a Russian diplomatic source said.
- Press Briefing by Scott Stanzel The White House 14 Dec 2007
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 14 Dec 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for December 14, 2007
- 155MM Study Looks To Pack More Punch Into The Royal Navy's Fleet BAE Systems 14 Dec 2007 -- A team from across BAE Systems has been awarded the second phase of a UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) study programme to examine the possibility of increasing the firepower of the Royal Navy fleet by integrating a 155mm gun on future warships.
- NATION'S NEWEST USAF WEATHER SATELLITE DELIVERED TO LAUNCH SITE Lockheed Martin 14 Dec 2007 -- The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-18 Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for a July 2008 launch.
- Thales Australia launches local ISR capability Thales 14 Dec 2007 -- The business will bring together its search and detect sensor devices with information management, analysis and exploitation software. This new business unit aims to be customer-focused with an engineering system-definition process, used in conjunction with business analysis, to derive agreed capability requirements at the outset.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 14 Dec 2007
- Tensions Flare Between Palestinian Factions in Gaza VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- Violence has erupted between rival Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip
- Mideast quartet likely to meet Dec. 17 in Paris - Russian FM RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2007 -- The next meeting of the Middle East quartet of mediators could go ahead December 17 in Paris on the sidelines of a high-level donor meeting, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.
- Two Kosovo figures on trial temporarily released by UN war crimes tribunal UN News Centre 14 Dec 2007 -- A former prime minister of Kosovo and a senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the conflict in the province, each facing trial at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s, have been granted temporary release from jail during the court's annual winter recess.
- Kosovo: President Says 'We Won't Be Hostage To Any Country' RFE/RL 14 Dec 2007 -- In Kosovo, the question is no longer if the province will declare independence, but when
- Kosovo ready to proclaim independence RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2007 -- Kosovo is ready to declare unilateral independence, but will coordinate its moves with the U.S. and the EU, the leader of the province's Democratic Party said on Friday.
- EU Leaders Agree to Send Civilian Mission to Kosovo VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy says European Union leaders have agreed in principle to send a policing and security mission to Serbia's breakaway Kosovo province.
- DR Congo: UN mission says recruitment of child soldiers is surging UN News Centre 14 Dec 2007 -- Hundreds of under-age boys and girls are being forcibly recruited by rival armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and sent to the front lines of the escalating conflict in North Kivu province in the far east of the country, the UN mission reported today.
- In Eastern DRC, Rebels Take Advantage of Experience and Terrain VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- The fighting between government troops and rebels in the eastern DRC continues, as thousands of civilians flee the area looking for safe haven
- DRC Conflict Intensifies Forcing More Civilians to Flee VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is visiting eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) Friday
- More Fighting in Somali Capital; Burundi to Send Peacekeepers VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- Witnesses report more shelling and gunfire in Somalia's capital Friday as Islamist insurgents battle the government and Ethiopian troops.
- CHAD: Army forcibly recruiting youths, rights group says IRIN 14 Dec 2007 -- The Chadian military is reportedly recruiting young men by force, possibly including children, to help stem losses from recent fighting with rebels on several fronts in the east of the country.
- UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus extended until June 2008 UN News Centre 14 Dec 2007 -- Reaffirming that the status quo on the Mediterranean island is unacceptable, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until next June.
- Security Council extends UN force in Golan Heights for further six months UN News Centre 14 Dec 2007 -- The Security Council today extended for a further six months the United Nations force that has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for over 30 years.
- Russia continues rotation of peacekeepers in Abkhazia RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2007 -- Russia is sending 500 peacekeepers to the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone as part of a scheduled rotation of its peacekeeping contingent in the area, a Ground Forces spokesman said Friday.
- Libya Holds Talks With Muslim Rebels in the Philippines VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has discussed unifying the two main Muslim rebel groups in the Philippines to help achieve a comprehensive peace between the rebels and Manila
- U.S. Still Top Financial Contributor to Humanitarian Mine Action Washington File 14 Dec 2007 -- Casualties from land mines worldwide have dropped from around 26,000 a year four years ago to a little more than 3,000 a year today, counting both land mines and other target-activated explosives.
- Pakistan President Amends Constitution; Prepares To Lift Emergency Rule VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf made last-minute changes to the constitution on Friday, just a day before lifting the six-week-old state of emergency.
- Pakistan Opposition Leader Bhutto Leaves Door Open to Compromise VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto says she remains open to working with President Pervez Musharraf, but only if next month's parliamentary elections are free and fair
- Lebanon Buries Slain Army Commander VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- Lebanon's feuding political leaders joined in Friday's funeral of Brigadier General Francois al Hajj, honoring the late army officer who was killed in a car-bomb on the outskirts of Beirut Wednesday
- Argentina, Venezuela Criticize US Over 'Spy' Arrests VOA 14 Dec 2007 -- U.S. prosecutors have announced the arrests of four men linked to a scandal involving an alleged campaign payment from Venezuela to Argentina
- New success for Thales Alenia Space: RADARSAT2 Earth observation satellite launched Thales 14 Dec 2007 -- Thales Alenia Space, the provider of the RADARSAT2 platform and key elements of the active antenna for the prime contractor MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), applauds today's successful launch of the Earth Observation Satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) by a Soyuz Fregat rocket.
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