04 March 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Mar 2008 [PDF]
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Odierno from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va. 04 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: III (US) Corps Commander Lt . Gen. Ray Odierno
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Dubik from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va. 04 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Commander, Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik
- March 3 airpower summary: A-10s deter enemy activities AFPN 04 Mar 2008
- Coalition Takes New Approach to Detainees in Iraq AFPS 04 Mar 2008 -- Much has changed in the approach coalition forces take to detainees in Iraq over the past year, a senior military officer said today.
- Coalition Focuses on Clearing Mosul Terrorist Networks AFPS 04 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces are targeting a foreign-terrorist-facilitator network in Mosul, Iraq, a senior military official said yesterday.
- Troops in Iraq Kill Suspected Terrorists, Seize Weapons AFPS 04 Mar 2008 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three suspected terrorists, captured one other and found a weapons cache in Iraq yesterday, military officials said.
- AFGHANISTAN-IRAN: Iran says it will deport over one million Afghans IRIN 04 Mar 2008 -- All Afghan citizens in Iran without valid refugee documents will be deported, Seyyed Taghi Ghaemi, director of the Iranian bureau for aliens and foreign immigrants, told reporters at the end of a two-day meeting with Afghan and UN officials in Kabul on 3 March.
Defense Policy / Programs
- PEO Soldier: Modernization at Good Value Army News 04 Mar 2008 -- The Army is now modernizing what Soldiers wear, carry and fight with at a rate faster than at any time in history.
- Pilots Safe After Training Aircraft Mishap Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- At approximately 8:45 a.m. today a T-45C Goshawk from Training Squadron Nine on board NAS Meridian, crashed near the runway.
- Maintainers in Pacific gain top-down view of transformation AFPN 04 Mar 2008 -- One of the top Air Force leaders involved in engineering a broad transformation in aircraft maintenance processes and organizational structures talked with senior leaders, wing commanders and maintainers throughout Pacific Air Forces March 3 here.
- Joint Chiefs chairman visits servicemembers in Kirkuk AFPN 04 Mar 2008 -- The highest ranking U.S. military officer made a brief visit to meet American servicemembers at several deployed units March 2 at Kirkuk Air Base.
- Exercise Balikatan '08 tests ability to deliver AFPN 04 Mar 2008 -- Moving large amounts of equipment, personnel or humanitarian relief supplies can be a daunting task
- Peacekeeping mission continues for Airmen in Kosovo AFPN 04 Mar 2008 -- More than a dozen Airmen currently deployed here are helping 1,400 American Soldiers maintain stability here despite the riots and assault on the U.S. embassy in protest to Kosovo's declaration of independence Feb. 17 in Belgrade, Serbia.
- GPS helps troops locate targets, one another AFPN 04 Mar 2008 -- Members of the Joint Service System Management Office here provide global positioning systems-enabled technology in direct support of warfighters worldwide.
- Construction Battalions Participate in "Super" Field Exercise Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Active-duty and reserve Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalions (NMCB) 133, 27 and 24 are currently in the field participating in their annual Field Training Exercise (commonly known as FTX), only this one's a little different.
- Joint U.S., Nigerian Exercise Maritime Safari 2008 Concludes Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Personnel from Commander Task Force 67, Patrol Squadron Detachment Sigonella (PATRON SIGONELLA), and Fleet Maritime Patrol Mobile Operations Command Center Mediterranean concluded a seven-day deployment to Ikeja Air Force Base Feb. 28.
- Air Force JTACs train on leading edge technology AFPN 04 Mar 2008 -- Approximately 20 Air Force joint terminal attack controllers from 16 different locations throughout the U.S. and other countries arrived here Feb. 23 to perform training with the mobile Air Support Operations Center Gateway in preparation for deployment.
- Soldiers Injured as Severe Weather Strikes Mississippi Base AFPS 04 Mar 2008 -- Fourteen soldiers with the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were injured last night when severe weather passed through Camp Shelby.
- USS Ingraham Honors Visitors Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43, Det. 7, the "Battle Cats", bid farewell to their commanding officer, Cmdr. Matthew Coughlin, Feb. 19, as he departed USS Ingraham (FFG 61) concluding a five-day visit.
- Bahrain Assumes Command of CTF 152 Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Royal Bahrain Navy Brig. Gen. Abdulla Saeed Al Mansoori relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Bill Gortney as commander, Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 in a ceremony held at the Bahraini Naval Headquarters March 4, marking the first time coalition forces have been commanded by a Gulf nation.
- Africa Partnership Station Returns to Gabon Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Africa Partnership Station (APS) arrived in Port Gentile, for a return visit, aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) March 3.
- TTGP Prepares Fleet One Scenario at a Time Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Tactical Training Group Pacific (TTGP) led international military forces positioned around the world through a Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) exercise headquartered in San Diego, Feb. 25-29.
- Mobile Utilities Experts Complete Expeditionary Power Plant Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Five mobile utilities support equipment (MUSE) technicians returned to Port Hueneme Feb. 24, after making final adjustments to the prime power plant they installed at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, to meet the camp's increasing energy demands.
- COMNAVSURFOR Announces Winners of Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) announced the 2007 Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") winners Feb. 28.
- Canada, Argentina, and U.S. Partner for Maritime Security Training Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- Four Canadian ships completed training with the George Washington Carrier Strike (GW CSG) Group Feb. 29 following the completion of their Task Group Exercise 02-08 while at sea off the coast of Florida.
- HS-6 Achieves 19 Years Mishap-Free Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- The "Indians" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 6 reached a new milestone Feb. 8 by achieving 19 years of flight operations without a class "A" mishap.
- Navy Ship Christened 'New York' Symbolizes U.S. Resiliency Navy NewsStand 04 Mar 2008 -- On what was described as a "fine Navy, Marine Corps day," in New Orleans, Defense Department officials, service members and distinguished guests gathered March 1 to christen a tangible symbol of America's mettle.
- US Politicians Call for Investigation of Airborne Tanker Contract VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has promised an investigation of a contract to build new airborne tanker planes won by a partnership that includes the European parent of Airbus.
- Russia to revamp military transport aircraft fleet RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2008 -- The Russian Air Force has outlined plans to modernize the country's ageing fleet of military transport aircraft, the Air Force's commander said on Tuesday.
- Russian Air Force to purchase first Yak-130 trainers in 2009 RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2008 -- Russia's Air Force will start procuring its first batch of new Yak-130 trainers in 2009, the Air Force's commander said on Tuesday.
- China set to raise defense budget as Taiwan prepares for polls RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2008 -- China may raise its defense spending by almost 20% to $58.7 billion in 2008, a National People's Congress (NPC) spokesman said on Tuesday as Taiwan prepared for a crucial vote on its future.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 04 Mar 2008
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 04 Mar 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for March 04, 2008
- General Dynamics Invests in Maine Gun Production Facility General Dynamics 04 Mar 2008 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is investing in production equipment and accelerating its enterprise-wide focus on Lean/Six Sigma-based process improvements at its Saco, Maine, gun manufacturing facility to increase the plant's capacity.
- BAE Systems Awarded $185 Million Contract for M88A2 HERCULES Recovery Vehicles BAE Systems 04 Mar 2008 -- BAE Systems was awarded a $185 million contract modification from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command to manufacture 90 Army-configured M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles, four Marine Corps-configured M88A2 HERCULES recovery vehicles and authorized spares list parts.
- Boeing Requests Immediate KC-X Tanker Briefing Boeing 04 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today made public a request for an immediate debriefing from U.S. Air Force officials on the KC-X tanker competition.
- Military Transport Aircraft EADS MTA successfully performs the first in-flight wet contact of its Air Refuelling Boom System. EADS 04 Mar 2008 -- The first in-flight wet contact of the EADS MTA Air Refuelling Boom System (ARBS) has successfully been performed using an F-16 aircraft.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN COMBAT SYSTEM INTEGRATION TEAM ALIGNS WITH CANADIAN NAVY'S HALIFAX CLASS FRIGATE MODERIZATION PRIORITIES Lockheed Martin 04 Mar 2008 -- The Lockheed Martin [LMT: NYSE]-led industry team competing for the Canadian Navy's Halifax Class Modernization program's Combat System Integration contract today expressed confidence in the maturity of its technical solution, its ability to meet the defined requirements in the request for proposals and deliver this critical program to the Navy on time and on budget.
- SAIC Delivers State-of-the-Art Test Facility to NATO SAIC 04 Mar 2008 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it has initiated operations of a state-of-the-art integration and test facility for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a key milestone in the organization's effort to help create a ballistic missile defense capability.
- Boeing Among Industry Teams Selected to Design New DARPA Space System Boeing 04 Mar 2008 -- A team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to demonstrate initial technologies for a new spacecraft system architecture concept.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Payload Module Ahead of Schedule for Second Advanced EHF Military Communications Satellite Northrop Grumman 04 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today delivered the payload module for the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite ahead of schedule to the Sunnyvale, Calif., facilities of Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), prime contractor for the Advanced EHF program
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 04 Mar 2008
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT United Nations 04 Mar 2008
- Fuel shortages continue to hamper basic functions in Gaza - UN aid agency UN News Centre 04 Mar 2008 -- The Gaza Strip continues to be plagued by fuel shortages, leaving many ambulances unable to function and ensuring most residents have only an intermittent water supply, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported today.
- US Denies Plotting Hamas Overthrow VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- The Bush administration Tuesday denied a published report that it covertly sought to oust Hamas from power after the radical group won Palestinian elections in 2006, triggering a Palestinian civil conflict a year later
- Israeli Troops Re-enter Gaza, as Rice Urges New Talks VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, trying to get the moderate Palestinian leader to return to peace talks with Israel
- Rice urges resumption of Mideast peace talks as fighting continues RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks on Tuesday and said that the radical Hamas movement was hampering peace efforts in the region.
- Two militants killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2008 -- At least two Palestinian militants were killed on Tuesday as Israel launched three air strikes on the Gaza Strip, spokesmen for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
- Rice Urges Palestinians to Return to Peace Talks VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, trying to get the moderate Palestinian leader to return to peace talks with Israel
- Rice Urges Israelis and Palestinians To Resume Peace Talks VOA 03 Mar 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling on Israeli and Palestinian leaders re-start peace talks immediately.
- US Urges Peaceful End to Colombia-Ecuador Dispute VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- The United States Tuesday urged a diplomatic resolution of the dispute between Colombia and Ecuador through the Organization of American States (OAS).
- Ecuador Cuts Ties With Colombia After Rebel Attack VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- Ecuador's government has cut all diplomatic ties with Colombia after a military attack on Colombian rebels inside Ecuador, which killed 21 people
- Colombia Accuses Chavez of Supporting Genocide VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe says his government will ask the International Criminal Court to charge Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with sponsoring and financing genocide.
- SUDAN-CHAD: EU soldier missing in Sudan IRIN 04 Mar 2008 -- One soldier is missing after a vehicle of the European Union's military force in Chad (EUFOR) strayed across the border into Sudan and was fired on just days after the long-awaited peacekeeping force was deployed.
- U.S. Ambassador Says Balkans 'Not Returning To The 1990s' RFE/RL 04 Mar 2008 -- In the wake of Kosovo's declaration of independence and Serbia's harsh reaction, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia Robert Bradtke spoke to RFE/RL's South Slavic and Albanian Languages Service correspondent Enis Zebic about the wider impact the situation will have in the Balkans.
- Secretary-General hails his predecessor's mediation efforts in Kenya UN News Centre 04 Mar 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the leadership of his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in the mediation efforts to bring an end to two months of post-election violence in Kenya.
- UN mission reasserts its control over stretch of rail line in northern Kosovo UN News Centre 04 Mar 2008 -- The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today reasserted control of a rail line in northern Kosovo, a day after Serbian Railways had challenged its authority over the stretch.
- UN-African Union police begin patrols in North Darfur UN News Centre 04 Mar 2008 -- Police units of the new United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) conducted their first "confidence-building" patrols in areas controlled by the Minni Minawi-led rebel group in the violence-torn region of Sudan, the mission said today.
- Bosnian Serb politician convicted by UN tribunal to serve jail term in Denmark UN News Centre 04 Mar 2008 -- A prominent former Bosnian Serb political figure convicted by a United Nations war crimes tribunal for his role in the ethnic cleansing that took place during the Balkan wars of the 1990s will serve the remainder of his 30-year jail term in Denmark.
- First group of UN peacekeepers temporarily relocate out of Eritrea UN News Centre 04 Mar 2008 -- The first group of United Nations peacekeepers left Eritrea today, travelling by plane out of the capital, Asmara, as part of the temporary relocation of the mission personnel after the force's operations were paralyzed when the Horn of Africa country cut off fuel supplies.
- Deadly Fighting Erupts In Nagorno-Karabakh RFE/RL 04 Mar 2008 -- Officials in Armenia and Azerbaijan have confirmed an outbreak of military clashes in two regions of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
- War Crimes Prosecutor Refuses to Meet With Ugandan Rebels VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court says he will not meet with Ugandan rebels who want war crimes charges against their leaders to be dropped before signing a peace deal.
- Suicide Bomber Attacks Pakistan's Naval War College VOA 04 Mar 2008 -- A suicide bomb attack on one of Pakistan's premier military academies has killed at least five people and wounded 19 others
- Final vote count gives Medvedev over 70% in presidential polls RIA Novosti 04 Mar 2008 -- Kremlin-backed Dmitry Medvedev received more than 70% of the vote in Russia's recent presidential elections, the Central Election Commission said on Tuesday.
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