06 March 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 06 Mar 2008 [PDF]
- Operation 'Marne Grand Slam' Produces Military, Civic Success AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- U.S. troops have killed or detained some 35 suspected terrorists in an ongoing operation launched last month to pursue insurgents southeast of Baghdad, a military official said.
- 'Surge' Brigade paratroopers redeploy (Baghdad) MNF-I 06 Mar 2008 -- Approximately 2,000 paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, are redeploying back to Fort Bragg, N.C., in the next several weeks.
- 400 Navy Reservists Train for Customs Inspection Mission Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- About 400 Navy reservists mobilized by the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) are now undergoing six weeks of intensive training in preparation for a customs inspection mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
- March 5 airpower summary: Predator destroys enemy target AFPN 06 Mar 2008
- Coalition Forces Continue to Disrupt Terrorist Activities in Iraq AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces killed four terrorists and detained 26 suspects during operations over the past two days to disrupt al Qaeda networks operating in northern and central Iraq.
- Iraqi Officials: Bombs Kill At Least 54 in Baghdad VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- Iraqi security officials say at least 54 people have been killed and more than 120 wounded in two roadside bombings in Baghdad.
- General Says Infiltration Down in Eastern Afghanistan AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- A number of factors have combined to decrease the level of Taliban infiltration into Afghanistan, the commander of NATO's Regional Command East said here March 4.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Times Square Recruiting Station Bombing Causes Minor Damage AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- No one was injured and only minor structural damage was reported after a bomb went off outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in New York City's Times Square early this morning.
- Small Explosion Rattles New York's Times Square VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- Authorities in New York City say a small explosive device detonated near a U.S. military recruiting station in the Times Square district of the city
- Teamwork puts F-15E back in the fight AFPN 06 Mar 2008 -- Airmen here worked together, and with outside agencies, to turn an unforeseen setback around and quickly bring a combat asset back to the fight.
- Selections to begin for new support squadron commanders AFPN 06 Mar 2008 -- Development Team members will meet at the Air Force Personnel Center here during various dates from May through August to select new support squadron commanders, officials said today.
- ESC officials make digital air support possible AFPN 06 Mar 2008 -- Electronic Systems Center officials here are giving Air Force tactical air control party Airmen on the ground and in the fight every available advantage to help win the war on terrorism.
- International War Game Explores Seabasing Concept AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- More than 200 representatives from militaries and other agencies from around the world came to Maryland this week to discuss the U.S. military's seabasing concept and how it can be developed as a joint, multinational means of rendering aid and military support.
- Army Announces Fifth Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT) Assessment Army News Release 06 Mar 2008 -- The Department of the Army announced March 6 the results of the Army's fifth Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT) report: MHAT V.
- Army announces next steps in U.S. Army Europe transformation Army News Release 06 Mar 2008 -- The Army announced today status changes for two Germany-based units as part of its ongoing stationing efforts announced Dec. 19, 2007.
- Sun Sets on Long Knife Brigade, Rises on Highlanders Army News 06 Mar 2008 -- Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division made history Tuesday as they reflagged to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division during a noon ceremony at Noel Field here.
- NMCB 7 Seabees Make a Difference for Disaster Recovery Volunteers Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 erected buildings for volunteers assisting with the continued Hurricane Katrina recovery operations during a week-long project Feb. 29 through March 6.
- Big "E" Nabs the Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), received the Battle Efficiency "E" award, Feb. 29, for carriers on the East Coast in calendar year 2007.
- First Sea Lord Tours Makin Island Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- Adm. Jonathon Band, First Sea Lord of the British Royal Navy, toured the Pre-Commissioning ship Makin Island (LHD 8) Feb. 26 in order to get an overview of specific and collaborative equipment programs and identify parallels between U.S. and Royal Navy capabilities.
- Congressional Delegation Visit El Salvador Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- Seven U.S. congressional representatives on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee visited El Salvador and Costa Rica on a fact-finding trip, Feb. 29.
- NMCB 11 Takes Khaki to the Field Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- The chiefs and officers of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 recently returned from their khaki field exercise, Feb. 4-15.
- US, UK Engage in Personnel Exchanges During MCM Exercise Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. and U.K. navies engaged in personnel exchanges during a coalition mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise in the Persian Gulf, Feb. 26 to March 6.
- Hydraulics Shop Provides a 'Lift' to TR Flight Operations Navy NewsStand 06 Mar 2008 -- Performing successful flight operations aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR) requires hard work and the coordination of many different departments like TR's Engineering Department's hydraulics shop, which provides the jets with the necessary lift to take to the skies.
- Mullen Talks Training, Supply With Senior Pakistani Leaders AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff continued U.S. engagement with Pakistan, a crucial ally in the war on terror, during March 4 meetings here with military leaders and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
- Military Contacts Focus on Pakistan Counterinsurgency Needs AFPS 06 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan is a key ally in the war on terror, and its cooperation with NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan is crucial to progress in that country, according to senior U.S. embassy officials here, speaking on background.
- Uzbekistan: NATO Hints At Deal On Renewed Operations RFE/RL 06 Mar 2008 -- Conflicting reports of a potential deal on a NATO troop presence in Uzbekistan have spawned talk of a delicate thaw that could raise Russia's hackles and prompt a backlash from rights groups angry over a deadly crisis in eastern Uzbekistan in 2005.
- Russia downplays Tu-142 flight over U.S. aircraft carrier RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2008 -- The Russian Navy is surprised by the commotion raised in Western media over the flight of a Russian military plane in the vicinity of a U.S. aircraft carrier, the Navy spokesman said on Thursday.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Mar 2008
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 06 Mar 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for March 06, 2008
- Boeing Welcomes Early Debrief of U.S. Air Force Tanker Contract Boeing 06 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] welcomes the decision by the U.S. Air Force to move up a debriefing to explain why they chose a team of Northrop Grumman and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) for a contract to provide a replacement aerial refueling tanker aircraft.
- Boeing Competing for U.S. Air Force F2AST Aircraft Sustainment Contract Boeing 06 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today submitted a proposal to participate as a prime contractor in the projected $5.4 billion Future Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Tool (F2AST) competition to support all U.S. Air Force-operated weapons systems, including Special Operations Forces systems.
- General Dynamics Awarded $66 Million to Continue Submarine Combat System Development General Dynamics 06 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a two-year, $66.2 million contract extension to continue engineering services work on the Submarine Tactical Control System (TCS) portion of the Submarine Combat System Modernization program.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $8.6 Million Contract to Demonstrate a C-RAM Interceptor System Lockheed Martin 06 Mar 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received an $8.6 million Science and Technology contract from the U.S. Army Research and Development Command (RDECOM) Missiles and Aviation Research and Development Center (AMRDEC) to demonstrate a Counter Rockets, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) interceptor system.
- Oshkosh Corporation To Manufacture Additional 1,084 HEMTT A4s For U.S. Army Oshkosh 06 Mar 2008 -- Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) received a contract modification from the U.S. Army to the current family of heavy tactical vehicles (FHTV) contract, ordering the manufacture of 1,084 heavy expanded mobility tactical trucks (HEMTT) in the A4 configuration. This contract modification raises the total of Oshkosh® HEMTT A4s currently under contract to 1,745, for a total contract modification of more than $321 million. The Oshkosh HEMTT A4 production will begin in July 2008.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 06 Mar 2008
- ISRAEL-OPT: UK aid agencies say Gaza humanitarian situation dire IRIN 06 Mar 2008 -- The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is "man-made" and worse than it has ever been since the Israeli occupation in 1967, a coalition of British organisations said in a new report released on 6 March, urging better regional cooperation and saying Hamas can no longer be ignored.
- Condemning Israeli actions in Gaza, UN rights council calls for end to all attacks UN News Centre 06 Mar 2008 -- The United Nations Human Rights Council today labelled Israel's response to recent rocket attacks from Gaza a war crime and "collective punishment against the civilian population" in a resolution that also called for an end to such military actions and to the "firing of crude rockets by Palestinian combatants."
- Terror Attack in Jerusalem Kills 8 in Rabbinical Seminary VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- A Palestinian gunman shot and killed eight people inside the library of a rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem late Thursday
- Israeli soldier killed in Palestinian militant attack in Gaza RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2008 -- One soldier was killed and three more wounded in a roadside bomb blast near the Gaza border on Thursday, the Israeli military said.
- New Report Finds Gaza Humanitarian Situation is Worst in 40 years VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- A new report by a consortium of British aid agencies says the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is the worst in forty years.
- Egypt starts building new wall on Gaza border RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2008 -- Egypt has begun the construction of a new wall along its border with the Gaza Strip, local media said on Thursday.
- US Pleased With OAS Resolution on Colombia-Ecuador Crisis VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- The United State Thursday welcomed the Organization of American States' resolution on the Colombia-Ecuador crisis, which calls for an OAS commission to investigate the matter
- Chavez Threatens to Cut Venezuela's Trade Ties With Colombia VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is threatening to end his country's trade ties with Colombia, in response to last week's Colombian military raid on a leftist rebel outpost in Ecuador.
- Russia lifts trade, economic, financial sanctions on Abkhazia RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2008 -- Russia has lifted trade, economic, financial and transport sanctions on Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia, and urged other CIS countries to follow suit, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
- Russia Lifts Trade Restrictions on Abkhazia VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- Russia has lifted trade and financial sanctions on the Georgian separatist region of Abkhazia, which is seeking recognition as an independent country.
- Ossetians ask Russian lawmakers to recognize South Ossetia RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2008 -- Parliaments in North and South Ossetia adopted at a joint session on Thursday an appeal to Russia's parliament to recognize South Ossetia's independence.
- KENYA: Call for lasting solution to insecurity in western region IRIN 06 Mar 2008 -- Weary of the violence that has plagued Kenya's western district of Mount Elgon, residents have urged authorities to step up efforts to restore security in an area where long-standing disputes over land ownership erupted into bloodletting in 2006.
- Kenyan President Urges Parliament to Back Power-Sharing Deal VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- Kenya's parliament has reopened, with President Mwai Kibaki urging lawmakers to enact power-sharing legislation agreed to with his challenger in December's election, Raila Odinga
- Darfur: Ban Ki-moon welcomes group backing UN-AU peacekeeping force UN News Centre 06 Mar 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the initiative to set up a group of "Friends of UNAMID," the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation deployed to Darfur to try to quell the violence and suffering in the war-wracked Sudanese region.
- Eritrean restrictions on UN mission 'unacceptable' - Ban Ki-moon UN News Centre 06 Mar 2008 -- Eritrea's restrictions on the activities of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) breach the fundamental principles of peacekeeping and raise serious implications for the safety and security of blue helmets deployed around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report made public today.
- LEBANON: ICRC completes primary water supply to ruined refugee camp IRIN 06 Mar 2008 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has completed rebuilding the primary water supply network in currently accessible areas of the ruined Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp, north Lebanon.
- UGANDA-SUDAN: More refugees to be repatriated IRIN 06 Mar 2008 -- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is to step up the repatriation of Southern Sudanese refugees from Uganda, despite logistical constraints that have slowed progress.
- DRC: Fears over increasing sect-related violence in southeast IRIN 06 Mar 2008 -- The violence that has claimed several lives in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after clashes between a religious sect and the national police, could spread further, local activists and officials warned.
- Politician Says Ugandan Rebel Leader Will Sign Peace Deal in Person VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- A Ugandan politician and peace negotiator says rebel leader Joseph Kony will emerge from hiding to sign a final peace deal with the government.
- Russia may request extradition of 'merchant of death' from Thailand RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2008 -- Moscow may request the extradition of Russian businessman Viktor Bout, arrested in Thailand at the request of U.S. authorities on charges of illegal arms trading, a Russian law enforcement source said on Thursday.
- Analysis: Uncertain Times for U.S.-Pakistan Military Ties cfr.org 06 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. military appears to be redoubling its efforts to cooperate with Pakistani troops and crack down on terrorist groups in the country's tribal areas
- Backgrounder: Pakistan's Constitution cfr.org 06 Mar 2008
- Buddhist Monk Calls for Arms Embargo Against Burma VOA 06 Mar 2008 -- A Buddhist monk involved in the September protests in Burma has called on the world community to stop supporting, recognizing and selling arms to the military-run Burmese government
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