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13 March 2008 Military News

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  • Pentagon Report Finds No Direct Saddam-al-Qaida Connection VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Defense Department has released a study of 600,000 documents from Saddam Hussein's archives concluding that while he supported many terrorist groups he did not have a "direct connection" with al-Qaida. But the department's spokesman says that is not a new conclusion
  • Bush, Democrats Clash Again Over Surveillance Law VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- Conflict continues between President Bush and Democrats in the House of Representatives over changes to U.S. foreign intelligence surveillance law
  • Pentagon Reviews Policy of Videotaping Interrogations VOA 13 Mar 2008 -- The Pentagon says it has so far found fewer than 50 videotapes of interrogations at its facilities worldwide, following a request for information that went out six weeks ago.
  • USS Columbus Departs for Western Pacific Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- USS Columbus (SSN 762) departed Pearl Harbor Naval Station for her first Western Pacific deployment in four years, March 11.
  • Navy Will Conduct USWEX; Asks Court to Clarify and Modify Preliminary Injunction Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- Navy officials said on March 11 they're pleased that Chief U.S. District Judge David Ezra recognizes the Navy's need for realistic antisubmarine warfare training and its contribution to national security.
  • Dutch air chief predicts continued cooperation AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- His air force has a history of training pilots in the United States that dates back to 1941. It's a long relationship Lt. Gen. Hans de Jong would like to continue.
  • Instinctive action by Bagram Airman prevents catastrophe AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- An Airman's quick action following an explosion of a jet fuel starter Feb. 26 that sent shrapnel across the Bagram Air Base flightline averted a possible explosion of an F-15E Strike Eagle.
  • AF leaders focus on the future during CORONA South AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- "Securing the Future" was the central theme of this year's CORONA South, held at Bolling Air Force Base here.
  • Airpower's advantages unlocked via sound strategy, paper says AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- American leaders should worry less about which armed service is preeminent and more about their severe strategy deficit, according to a new research paper written by Dr. Colin S. Gray.
  • Five years later, it's still known as 'Mother of all bombs' AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- What's worse than unleashing on society the wrath of the largest non-nuclear bomb yet to be made? Letting the world know it's out there and ready to be used at any moment.
  • Review Panel Recommends Military Pay Changes AFPS 13 Mar 2008 -- The 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation has suggested a new way of measuring military pay, proposed that more money be spent on special and incentive pays, and recommended restructuring the basic allowance for housing.
  • Standardization Program Presents Annual Achievement Awards 13 Mar 2008 -- Three individuals and five teams have won awards from the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) for outstanding contributions to the Department of Defense last fiscal year.
  • NMCB 133, 24 & 27 Conduct Super-Field Training Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133, 24 & 27 realized the value of training in bad weather during a super-field exercise near Camp Shelby, Miss. Feb. 22-March 6.
  • Pacific Northwest Sailor Provides Support to Exercise Foal Eagle Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- A USS San Francisco (SSN 711) Sailor returned March 8 from Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008 in the Republic of Korea, where he provided distinguished visitor (DV) support.
  • NAVFAC Southeast Awards $49.3 Million Contract Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $49.3 million contract to Ahtna Technical Service, Inc., a small business out of Anchorage, Alaska, on March 3 for Multifunction Facilities Support Services at the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort.
  • NMCB 133 Tackles Training Challenges Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- The recently completed Field Exercise (FEX) 2008 held many challenges for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 and Echo Company in particular.
  • NASA Visits USS Pearl Harbor Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) embarked members of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United Space Alliance, and the Human Space Flight Support Office (HSFS) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center for an informational tour, Feb. 27.
  • Disaster and Emergency Response Training Now Accredited Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- Marines and Sailors assigned to the Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), located at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, will now receive college credit for their extensive training in responding to emergencies and disasters.
  • USS Pinckney Hosts Leaders to Sea Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) hosted seven civilian guests March 11 for a day-long embark as part of the Leaders to Sea (LTS) program.
  • Sacramento Embraces Navy Week Navy NewsStand 13 Mar 2008 -- As the Navy's F-18 flight simulator eased into a parking lot at Sacramento's Arden Fair Mall on March 9, the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), the San Francisco Navy Recruiting District (NRD), and the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Sacramento officially launched Sacramento Navy Week.
  • Vandenberg Airmen launch Atlas V rocket AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- Vandenberg Air Force Base Airmen successfully launched a Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-3 at 3:01 a.m. Pacific Daily Time March 13 here.
  • RC-135 surpasses 50,000 flying-hour mark AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- A 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron RC-135 Rivet Joint surpassed the 50,000 flight-hour mark during a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom March 12.
  • Indian navy chief to visit Russia on Thursday IRNA 13 Mar 2008 -- Indian navy chief, Admiral Suresh Mehta, is to visit Russia on Thursday for a six-day tour to boost military ties between the two countries and help speed up the delivery of the Gorshkov aircraft carrier as well as the deployment of MiG-29KUB jets.
  • Indian Navy chief to inspect MiG-29K assembly in Russia RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2008 -- The Indian Navy's chief of staff will inspect on Friday the assembly of MiG-29K Fulcrum-D fighters at a plant near Moscow, a Russian military source said.
  • S-400 air defense systems to participate in live firing drills RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2008 -- Russia's new S-400 air defense missile systems may participate for the first time in live firing exercises at a test site in south Russia, an Air Force spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 13 Mar 2008
  • Press Briefing by Tony Fratto The White House 13 Mar 2008

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