27 March 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Mar 2008 [PDF]
- MND-B Soldier attacked by IED (Baghdad)
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Operational Update: Maj. Gen. Abed Al-Aziz, March 27, 2008 MNF-I 27 Mar 2008 -- Maj. Gen. Abed Al-Aziz, spokesman, Iraqi Security Forces, provides an update on current operations
- Terrorists Launch Indirect-Fire Attacks in Baghdad AFPS 27 Mar 2008 -- Terrorists launched 11 indirect-fire attacks against civilians, Iraqi security forces and coalition forces in Baghdad today.
- $14.7 million of equipment is received by the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (Baghdad) MNF-I 27 Mar 2008 -- The Ministry of Defence is continuing to receive logistical support vehicles it has procured through the Foreign Military Sales program and the Iraqi Security Forces Fund.
- Marines, Sailors Help Iraqi Refinery Workers AFPS 27 Mar 2008 -- Marines and sailors delivered the first batch of personal protection equipment, valued at $118,000, to employees of the Northern Petroleum Co. at the K3 Oil refinery here March 25.
- Airmen destroy UXOs risen from the desert depths AFPN 27 Mar 2008 -- Plums of smoke rose in the sky as Airman from the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron used C4 to detonate 13 piles of ordnance here March 26.
- Combat truckers haul cargo through dangerous roads AFPN 27 Mar 2008 -- After driving 10.9 million miles while coming under attack by the enemy 268 times during 909 convoy missions, Airmen from the 586th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron have earned 10 Purple Hearts, 110 Bronze Stars, and a host of other medals.
- Sather medics prepare for worst, provide their best AFPN 27 Mar 2008
- US Investigating Old Ammunition Sent to Afghan Army VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. Army has suspended a contract with an ammunition supplier, which, according to The New York Times, provided 40-year-old bullets for delivery to the Afghan army
- Army Suspends Ammo Contract for Afghan Security Forces AFPS 27 Mar 2008 -- Army officials announced today that the service has suspended its contract with a company that delivered ammunition from China for use by Afghan army and police forces in a way that violated the contract terms.
- Afghan Air Corps Development Kicks Into High Gear AFPS 27 Mar 2008 -- With progress made in developing Afghanistan's army and police forces, the coalition focus there has expanded to include building an Afghan air corps, the U.S. general leading the effort told military analysts today.
- Engineers Focus on Nation Building in Afghanistan AFPS 27 Mar 2008 -- Task Force Pacemaker's engineers have conducted construction workshops throughout eastern Afghanistan to promote positive relationships with Afghans while providing them with skills critical to rebuilding their nation and economy.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Vandenberg lieutenant has special tie to Endeavour mission AFPN 27 Mar 2008 -- The crew of the recent Space Shuttle Endeavour traveled with a unique payload designed in part by a lieutenant assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
- Airmen augment Romanian security for NATO summit AFPN 27 Mar 2008 -- Airmen from across U.S. Air Forces in Europe converged on locations throughout the continent this week to support Operation Noble Endeavor, a Romanian-led effort to police the sky above the upcoming NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania.
- Air Force Web site can prevent air mishaps for civilian pilots AFPN 27 Mar 2008 -- Air Combat Command officials here currently are reaching out to private civilian pilots by publicizing a Web site designed to prevent mid-air collisions with military aircraft.
- Female U-2 pilots say gender isn't a factor AFPN 27 Mar 2008 -- In its 50 years of flight, only six women pilots have been at the controls of the U-2 Dragon Lady.
- Changes in Military Health System Promote Confidence AFPS 27 Mar 2008 -- Both public and patient confidence in the military health system are growing, and that system is leading the nation in developing new patient technologies, a senior Tricare official said.
- Jackson Testing New Weapons Qualification Method Army News 27 Mar 2008 -- "One shot, one kill" may be the motto of the Army sniper, but for Soldiers qualifying in Basic Rifle Marksmanship, the traditional one shot per target on the range could soon come to an end.
- New Policy Taking Effect for Evaluations Army News 27 Mar 2008 -- Beginning April 1, the U.S.Army's Human Resources Command will require that all Officer Evaluation Reports and Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Reports be electronically submitted using "My Forms" on Army Knowledge Online.
- Senior Executive Service Appointments 27 Mar 2008 -- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointments:
- $49.3 Million Awarded to Universities for Research Equipment 27 Mar 2008 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award $49.3 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation
- NMCB 3 Earns Battle "E" Award Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2008 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 were recognized as the best Seabee battalion in the Navy during a presentation ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, March 21.
- Royal Thai Navy Visits Sasebo Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2008 -- Royal Thai Navy (RTN) frigates H.T.M.S. Naresuan (FF-421) and H.T.M.S. Saiburi (FF-458) arrived at Fleet Activities Sasebo March 25, as part of a cadet overseas training tour for the Royal Thai Naval Academy.
- Ashland Sailors Participate in Israel Community Relations Project Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2008 -- Sailors from the amphibious dock landing ship, USS Ashland (LSD 48) participated in a community relations day, March 21, during a port visit to Haifa.
- USS Georgia Ready for Return Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2008 -- USS Georgia (SSGN 729) held a return-to-service ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, March 28.
- Seabees Begin Construction in Trinidad & Tobago Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2008 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 began construction in Trinidad and Tobago, March 25, on a community clinic, the first of several engineering assistance projects planned for New Horizons/Beyond the Horizons (NH/BTH) 2008.
- Africa Partnership Station and Project Hope Team Up in Liberia Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2008 -- Project Hope teamed up with Africa Partnership Station (APS) to deliver medical supplies, humanitarian and postal equipment, and much needed medical and technical skills to the people of Liberia.
- Maritime Strategy Port Call at University of Denver Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2008 -- The diplomats of tomorrow met with Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Vice Adm. John Morgan and naval strategist Capt. Dan Cloyd at the University of Denver, March 26 to discuss the new joint-service Maritime Strategy and what it means to the nation's future.
- UK urged to review military equipment purchases IRNA 27 Mar 2008 -- The British government was urged Thursday to review its military equipment purchases in the light of continuing delays with key programs.
- NATO: Georgian, Ukrainian MAP Bids Likely To Go The Wire At Summit RFE/RL 27 Mar 2008 -- One week before NATO leaders convene in Bucharest, Georgian officials have traveled to the alliance's headquarters in Brussels for a last-gasp bid to secure their country a Membership Action Plan (MAP), seen as a virtual guarantee of future membership.
- Lavrov: Russia Still Opposes NATO Expansion, US Missile Defense Plans VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- Russia's foreign minister again has expressed opposition to NATO expansion and U.S. plans for a missile defense system in central Europe.
- Putin, Bush to discuss missile defense, CFE in Bucharest, Sochi RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- The Russian and U.S. leaders will discuss European missile shield plans and the CFE arms reduction treaty when they meet in Romania and Sochi next month, the Russian foreign minister said on Thursday.
- Bush To Meet Putin In Russia VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- President Bush has accepted an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to travel to Russia for talks April 6 on missile defense
- Russia: Top Brass Signals Trouble Within Defense Ministry RFE/RL 27 Mar 2008 -- Reports that the chief of Russia's General Staff tendered his resignation has rekindled speculation over the extent to which General Yury Baluyevsky opposes reform efforts led by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.
- Russia's military says no further personnel cuts RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- Russia will not scale down its Armed Forces in the near future through ongoing organizational reform, a senior military official said on Thursday.
- Russia scraps six more Topol systems under START-1 treaty RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- Russia has dismantled another six outdated Topol mobile missile systems under a major international treaty on strategic arms reductions, the Strategic Missile Forces said in a statement on Thursday.
- Press Gaggle by Gordon Johndroe The White House 27 Mar 2008
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 27 Mar 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for March 27, 2008
- BAE SYSTEMS DELIVERS 10,000TH ENGINE CONTROL FOR APACHE, BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS BAE Systems 27 Mar 2008 -- Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels joined a U.S. Army official and several hundred BAE Systems employees to celebrate the delivery of the company's 10,000th T700 digital engine contro
- SAIC Delivers Synthetic Environment Core and Receives $18 Million Follow-On Task Order From U.S. Army SAIC 27 Mar 2008 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it has delivered the initial version of a simulation tool called Synthetic Environment (SE) Core, and was awarded a follow-on task order from the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation Program (PEOSTRI) to further develop the capabilities of this tool
- Boeing Returns 2nd C-130 AMP Aircraft to Edwards Air Force Base Boeing 27 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has returned the second C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft, H2.5, to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for continued testing and software upgrades.
- EADS-led AirTanker consortium signs 27 year air refuelling contract with the U.K. Ministry of Defence EADS 27 Mar 2008 -- AirTanker, the EADS-led consortium, has today signed a 27 year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the provision of air transport and air refuelling capability to the Royal Air Force
- General Dynamics Awarded $32 Million for Abrams Tank System Technical Support General Dynamics 27 Mar 2008 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $31.5 million contract for Abrams Tank Systems Technical Support (STS).
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract for SCORPION Unattended Ground Sensor Northrop Grumman 27 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a contract from the U.S. Army to provide soldiers with additional SCORPION(tm) unattended ground sensor (UGS) system spares and technical support.
- Orbital Selected by U.S. Air Force to Participate in $250 Million Missile Contract Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Mar 2008 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center recently awarded the company a seven-year task order contract to provide target vehicles and related support for the Sounding Rockets Program-3 (SRP-3).
- New AMRAAM Variant Destroys Target During Recent Test Raytheon 27 Mar 2008 -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile successfully destroyed its target Feb. 13 in a test engagement of the newest variant of the combat-proven missile.
- Raytheon Receives $22.9 Million to Develop Initial Concurrent Test, Training and Operations Capability Raytheon 27 Mar 2008 -- The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a $22.9 million contract modification to Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to develop an initial Concurrent Test, Training and Operations (CTTO) capability and integrate it with the Missile Defense System Exerciser.
- SAIC Awarded $32 M Contract by Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division SAIC 27 Mar 2008 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a contract by Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) to provide engineering and technical services in support of physical security for Navy systems afloat and ashore
- FREMM programme: Thales to equip four more Italian frigates Thales 27 Mar 2008 -- Three anti-submarine warfare frigates will be equipped with Type 4110 hull-mounted sonars, and Type 4249 active very low-frequency towed arrays for long-range surveillance missions.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 27 Mar 2008
- Press Conference By United Nations Legal Counsel On Special Tribunal For Lebanon United Nations 27 Mar 2008
- Burundi's Government, rebels bear responsibility for peace - UN commission UN News Centre 27 Mar 2008 -- The Burundian Government and a major rebel group are primarily responsible for implementing the ceasefire pact they signed in late 2006, the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission - which seeks to prevent post-conflict nations from sliding back into war - has concluded in a new report made public today.
- World must not forget Somalia, urges UN agency as humanitarian crisis worsens UN News Centre 27 Mar 2008 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on Somalia's international partners to bolster their efforts to alleviate the suffering in the strife-torn East African nation, where close to one million people have been uprooted by fighting and insecurity is hampering humanitarian efforts in some areas.
- UGANDA: LRA sticks to its guns, yet ready to sign peace deal IRIN 27 Mar 2008 -- A final peace agreement to end two decades of conflict in northern Uganda is expected to be signed on 5 April, but the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) said it would only disarm if indictments issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against its top leadership were deferred.
- Mali Government Attempts to Open Dialogue With Rebels, as Instability Escalates in North VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- Mali's government is again trying to open a dialogue with rebels from the north of its vast country, where violence, cross-border hostage takings and the number of radical groups are escalating
- SUDAN: Worsening banditry threatens humanitarian effort in Darfur IRIN 27 Mar 2008 -- Relief agencies in Sudan have expressed concerns over an alarming increase in the number of attacks by bandits against people carrying out humanitarian work in the strife-torn region of Darfur, and warned that violence is threatening to disrupt aid delivery to thousands of needy people.
- Israel promises to ease restrictions on West Bank RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- The Israeli defense minister promised the Palestinian premier that Israel would ease restrictions on the West Bank without compromising Israeli security, the ministry said on Thursday.
- Georgia says meeting with breakaway S. Ossetia leader possible RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- A meeting between the president of Georgia and the leader of breakaway South Ossetia is possible, but needs to be thoroughly prepared, Georgia's reintegration minister said on Thursday.
- Comoros Demands France Hand Over Rebel Leader VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- The Comoran government is demanding France hand over a rebel leader for trial, but France says it is considering granting him asylum.
- Security Council welcomes report of progress on Lebanon tribunal UN News Centre 27 Mar 2008 -- Members of the Security Council today welcomed a report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that showed he was making "substantial progress" in setting up an international tribunal to try those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
- Police in Nepal Threaten Tibetan Exiles With Deportation VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- Police in Nepal have threatened to deport Tibetan exiles caught protesting in Katmandu
- Russia to continue Arctic shelf research RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- Russian scientists will continue to study the Arctic shelf in order to bolster the country's claim to a large swathe of seabed believed to be rich in oil and gas, a Russian lawmaker said on Thursday.
- Burma's Junta Leader Says He May Relinquish Power in 2010 VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- The head of Burma's military junta, General Than Shwe, says he intends to give up control of the government to whoever wins elections in 2010
- Tibetan Monks Defy Beijing, Protest During Visit by Foreign Journalists VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- A group of Tibetan monks has defied Beijing by protesting during a government-controlled visit by foreign journalists to Tibet
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