25 March 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 25 Mar 2008 [PDF]
- MND-B Soldier attacked by hostile fire (Baghdad)
- U.S. Air Strike Kills Five Would-Be Roadside Bombers in Iraq AFPS 25 Mar 2008 -- A U.S. air strike killed five terrorists and wounded several other insurgents from among a group that was attempting to emplace a roadside bomb in the Basra, Iraq, area yesterday, U.S. military officials said.
- Afghan Soldiers Train at US Army Base VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- US troops at Fort Riley, in the Midwestern state of Kansas, are training for deployment in Afghanistan along with 31 soldiers from Afghanistan's National Army
- Afghanistan: Report Says Foreign Aid Being Wasted, Billions Still Not Delivered RFE/RL 25 Mar 2008 -- Afghanistan is highly dependent on foreign aid, and a new study says that some $10 billion in international aid pledged to the country has not been delivered.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Taliban Facilitators AFPS 25 Mar 2008 -- Afghan National security forces assisted by coalition forces detained seven suspected Taliban facilitators March 23 in the Zhari district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing on Mistaken Shipment to Taiwan with Secretary of Air Force Wynne, Lt. Gen. Ham and Principal Deputy Undersecretary Henry 25 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne, Director for Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Lt. Gen. Carter Ham and Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Ryan Henry
- U.S. Regains Missile Parts; Gates Orders Investigation AFPS 25 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. military has regained control of four non-nuclear nose cone assemblies for a Minuteman missile mistakenly sent to Taiwan in 2006, Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said during a news conference here today.
- US Mistakenly Ships Missile Parts to Taiwan VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- The Pentagon announced Tuesday it mistakenly shipped part of the triggering mechanism for four nuclear warheads to Taiwan a year and a half ago, and only realized the mistake last week and recovered the material in recent days
- DOD officials identify error in shipment to Taiwan AFPN 25 Mar 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced today that four non-nuclear ballistic missile nose-cone assembly components were mistakenly shipped to Taiwan in August 2006.
- US Helps Investigate Shooting Incident in Suez Canal VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. military says it is cooperating with Egyptian authorities investigating an incident in which a U.S. Navy-chartered cargo ship opened fire on a small boat near the Suez Canal Monday.
- Warning Shots Fired in the Suez Canal Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- The Global Patriot, a ship on short term charter to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, fired warning shots at a small boat approaching the ship as it was preparing to transit the Suez Canal March 24.
- Aberdeen Breaks Ground for Commo-Electronics Complex Army News 25 Mar 2008 -- Army officials broke ground March 17 on a new $477-million complex at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., marking the start of construction of "Phase One" of the Team C4ISR campus for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
- Wilford Hall opens new Air Force hyperbaric therapy facility AFPN 25 Mar 2008 -- The primary hyperbaric capability in the Air Force was relocated March 21 from Brooks City-Base, Texas, to the Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
- Center Brings Lessons from Field to Soldiers Army News 25 Mar 2008 -- One Soldier's insight into how things can be done better in the combat zone today can save time or even the life of another Soldier in the combat zone tomorrow.
- Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement Award Winners Announced 25 Mar 2008 -- The winners of the fiscal 2007 Department of Defense Value Engineering Achievement awards have been announced by the Department of Defense. A ceremony will be held in June to recognize the recipients' outstanding achievements through the application of value engineering.
- ONR's Advanced Electric Ship Demonstrator Will Test Revolutionary Rimjet Propulsor Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has begun testing of a revolutionary Rimjet propulsion system on its technology demonstrator at a Navy testing facility in Idaho.
- Lake Erie Gets 'Top Gun' and Retention Excellence Awards Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- The Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and her crew were formally recognized for their retention excellence and successful accomplishment of Operation Burnt Frost during a ceremony March 24 while in port Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
- Wasp Earns Prestigious Battle "E" Award Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) earned the Battle Efficiency Battle "E" award Feb. 29, receiving distinction as the top large-deck amphibious assault ship on the East Coast.
- USNS Grasp Recovers Two U.S. Air Force Jets Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp completed recovery operations for two U.S. Air Force F-15C fighter jets in the Gulf of Mexico March 22.
- Africa Partnership Station Brings Veterinary Care to Liberia Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- Africa Partnership Station (APS) brought members of the 64th Medical Battalion and Project Hope to help control the rabies virus in the local pet population in Monrovia, March 24.
- APS Conducts West Africa Training Cruise '08 Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- Over a four-day period Sailors and Marines conducting the West Africa Training Cruise (WATC) 08, under the command of Africa Partnership Station (APS), successfully built and used the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS) for it's first sea trial.
- HT-18 Named Recipient of Two Training Awards Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 18, the "Vigilant Eagles," learned March 12 they will be the recipients of the Vice Admiral Robert Goldthwaite Award for Training Excellence.
- Russell Departs for Deployment with Abraham Lincoln CSG Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) departed their homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor March 24 to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG).
- NROTC Jacksonville University Finding Navigation Easy with Use of New Mariner Skills Simulators Navy NewsStand 25 Mar 2008 -- Jacksonville University's (JU) Department of naval science is the first Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program to participate in a new training opportunity for naval science students across the country.
- U.S.-Czech radar agreement may be signed on May 5 - paper RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- An agreement on the deployment of a U.S. missile defense radar in the Czech Republic may be signed in Prague on May 5, a Czech daily reported on Tuesday.
- Russia, U.S. to discuss missile shield in Washington on March 26 RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- Russian and U.S. officials will hold a new round of missile defense consultations in Washington on March 26, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State said on Tuesday.
- Kyrgyzstan says Russians will retain military presence RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- Kyrgyzstan has never questioned the presence of Russian troops and military facilities on its territory and has no plans for their withdrawal, the Kyrgyz defense minister said on Tuesday.
- Morocco starts building Mediterranean naval port RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- Morocco has started building its first Mediterranean naval base in the Strait of Gibraltar, news agency Maghreb Arabe Presse reported.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 25 Mar 2008
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 25 Mar 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for March 25, 2008
- Final Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon delivered to the Core Programme EADS 25 Mar 2008 -- With the handover of GT015, a German Twin-Seater aircraft, the final aircraft out of Tranche 1 destined for the four partner Air Forces of Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom in the core programme has been delivered on March 20, 2008.
- BAE SYSTEMS DEMONSTRATES SITUATIONAL AWARENESS CAPABILITIES FOR U.S. ARMY BAE Systems 25 Mar 2008 -- BAE Systems today showcased a vision system suite with content developed here for military ground vehicles that provides enhanced situational awareness for U.S. and coalition ground forces.
- Northrop Grumman to Supply the Platform Management System for U.K. Royal Navy's Next Astute-Class Submarine Northrop Grumman 25 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been chosen to provide the Platform Management System (PMS) for the next Royal Navy Astute-Class submarine, HMS Audacious.
- Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Sets 33-Hour Flight Endurance Record Northrop Grumman 25 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-4 Global Hawk set an endurance record for a full-scale, operational unmanned aircraft on Saturday, March 22, 2008, when it completed a flight of 33.1 hours at altitudes up to 60,000 feet over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- Boeing, US Army Transmit Sensor Data from JTRS Radios to FCS Vehicles for 1st Time Boeing 25 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army have demonstrated for the first time that the software-defined Joint Tactical Radio System Ground Mobile Radios (JTRS GMR) can receive data from unattended ground sensors and pass the data to nearby vehicles equipped with the Future Combat Systems (FCS) network integration system.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 25 Mar 2008
- Secretary-General urges continued talks despite recent bloodshed in Middle East UN News Centre 25 Mar 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Palestinian and Israeli leaders for their commitment to the Middle East political process despite the recent spike of violence, and urged that the targets for a settlement that were set in last year's talks be kept.
- UN Chief Committed to Israeli and Palestinian States VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has pledged his personal support to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is urging both parties not to let recent violence derail the peace process
- OPT: Gaza's sewage system in crisis IRIN 25 Mar 2008 -- Design errors, a fast growing population, the halting in recent years of development projects, and restrictions on imports have rendered the Gaza Strip's sewage system incapable of handling the enclave's waste, experts said.
- Israel to allow deployment of 600 Palestinian police in West Bank RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- Israeli authorities are expected to approve the deployment of 600 Palestinian police in the West Bank town of Jenin, national media reported on Tuesday.
- Comoros Government Says Forces Have Seized Rebel Island VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- The government of Comoros says its forces have captured most of the rebel-held island of Anjouan, following a pre-dawn invasion
- COMOROS: Union government takes control of rebel island IRIN 25 Mar 2008 -- Comoros took control of its rebel island of Anjouan on Tuesday in a military operation aimed at toppling renegade leader, Mohamed Bacar, a government official said.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Soldiers riot in western towns IRIN 25 Mar 2008 -- Two towns in western Cote d'Ivoire have been shut off by two days of riots by disgruntled Ivorian soldiers.
- UN agency deplores killing of three drivers of food supplies in Sudan UN News Centre 25 Mar 2008 -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has voiced its shock and sadness at learning of the murder of three drivers of trucks contracted by the United Nations agency in Sudan in two separate incidents over the past three days.
- Further progress needed for Liberia to consolidate hard-won peace - UN report UN News Centre 25 Mar 2008 -- The Liberian Government continues to make progress as it rebuilds after a devastating civil war, including the start of economic recovery and the restoration of basic services, but significant challenges such as poverty and high unemployment remain to be addressed, according to a United Nations report released today.
- GLOBAL: USAID reviewing food aid as costs soar IRIN 25 Mar 2008 -- After a recent announcement that it will cut the amount of food aid it gives poor countries, the United States is likely to shift most of its focus to emergency needs, the American government agency responsible for humanitarian aid has hinted.
- UN: World Food Program Launches Emergency Appeal For Funds RFE/RL 25 Mar 2008 -- With global food and fuel prices soaring, the United Nations agency charged with feeding the world's hungry has launched an "extraordinary emergency appeal" for extra funds.
- Kyrgyzstan: Rumors About President's Health Prompt Official Response RFE/RL 25 Mar 2008 -- People in Kyrgyzstan are wondering how their president is doing
- Russia: Moscow Eases Sanctions On Georgia, But Rattles Sabers Over NATO RFE/RL 25 Mar 2008 -- Speaking just days before a key NATO summit that may or may not bring Georgia and Ukraine a major step closer to entering the military alliance, Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev warned a British newspaper that such a move could undermine European security.
- Putin says no plans to strengthen PM's powers RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- Outgoing President Vladimir Putin, set to take on the role of prime minister in May, said Tuesday there were no plans to give extra powers to the premier.
- Medvedev Calls for Rule of Law in Russia VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- In a long interview with Britain's Financial Times newspaper, Russia's President-elect Dmitri Medvedev shares his views about the country's economy, foreign policy and civil society
- Analysis: Mugabe's Weakening Grip cfr.org 25 Mar 2008 -- Perhaps the only thing more unbelievable than the astronomical inflation rate in Zimbabwe-officially over 100,000 percent-is that President Robert Mugabe is still in power
- U.S. to cut diplomatic presence in Belarus amid growing tension RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- The United States will reduce the number of its embassy staff in Belarus in line with Minsk's demands as bilateral relations hit a new low, a top U.S. diplomat in the ex-Soviet state said on Tuesday.
- Pakistan new Prime Minister sworn in IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- Makhdoom Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani was sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister on Tuesday.
- Musharraf renews support to new Prime Minister IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- President Pervez Musharraf Tuesday renewed his support to the new government shortly after he administered oath to the new Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
- Pakistan to chalk out new anti-terror policy: spokesman IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- The Interior Ministry would spell out its action plan for maintaining law and order and to curb the menace of terrorism under the policy guidelines of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, the spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Bhutto's widower acquitted in murder case IRNA 25 Mar 2008 -- A court in the Pakistani southern port city of Karachi on Monday acquitted widower of slain leader Benazir Bhutto in a murder case of a judge and his son.
- Top American Envoys Meet Pakistani Officials as New Prime Minister is Installed VOA 25 Mar 2008 -- Pakistan's president has sworn in a political enemy as prime minister. Meanwhile, two top U.S. State Department officials arrived in the country and held talks with the embattled president and the new government leaders
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