28 March 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Mar 2008 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- March 27 airpower summary: A-10s destroy enemy targets AFPN 28 Mar 2008
- Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill 15 Enemy Fighters AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- Coalition forces killed 15 terrorists and detained 17 suspects during operations today targeting al Qaeda in Iraq elements in Baghdad and in central and northern parts of the country.
- Iraqi Militants Kill 2 in Green Zone, While Coalition Drops Bombs in Basra VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- Fighting in Iraq intensified Friday on several fronts. Militants have attacked the U.S.-protected Green Zone in Baghdad, killing two Iraqi guards outside the vice president's office, while U.S.-led coalition forces targeted insurgents in the southern city of Basra and the capital's Sadr City neighborhood.
- US-Protected Green Zone Under Attack; Two Killed outside Iraqi Vice President's Office VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- The U.S.-protected "Green Zone" in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, has again come under attack, leaving two Iraqi guards dead outside Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi's office.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Livingston from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va. 28 Mar 2008 -- Presenter: U.S. Army Commander, Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VI Brig. Gen. Robert Livingston
- Afghan Security Forces Training Makes Headway, Despite Trainer Shortfalls AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- Progress in training and equipping Afghan national security forces has been "pretty astounding," but could proceed faster if not for a shortfall in military trainers, the task force commander overseeing the effort told Pentagon reporters today.
- Troops Disrupt Weapons Facilitation in Afghan Province AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- A coalition operation to capture a Taliban leader and disrupt facilitation networks in Afghanistan's Helmand province March 26 resulted in insurgents' deaths and the wounding of a civilian not involved in hostilities, military officials reported.
- Vowing support for Government, new UN envoy arrives in Afghanistan UN News Centre 28 Mar 2008 -- Pledging to boost assistance to the Government of Afghanistan, the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for the war-ravaged nation touched down in Kabul today.
- Top US diplomat told govt to hold dialogue with local militants IRNA 28 Mar 2008 -- A Pakistani political leader told the visiting top US diplomat on Friday that the incoming government of North West frontier province will hold dialogue with the local militants to establish peace in the province.
- Unmanned US Military Aircraft Crashes in Southern Somalia VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- Somali officials say a U.S. military aircraft has crashed in a coastal area south of the capital, Mogadishu.
Defense Policy / Programs
- President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia The White House 28 Mar 2008
- Bush Praises Australia's Support in Afghanistan, Iraq AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- President Bush thanked Australia's prime minister today for his country's support in the war on terror, praising Australia's plan to continue assisting Iraq even as it withdraws combat forces there and for continuing to be a solid partner in Afghanistan.
- Bush Heading to Europe for NATO Summit VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- President Bush is heading to Europe Monday for visits to Ukraine, Croatia, Russia and the NATO summit in Romania
- Governors involved in Cyber Command basing process AFPN 28 Mar 2008 -- Air Force officials here are involving the governors and communities of 18 states interested in hosting the new Air Force Cyber Command in the basing process.
- Phoenix Rally celebrates 60th Anniversary of Berlin Airlift AFPN 28 Mar 2008 -- Air mobility leaders gathered for the annual Phoenix Rally to acknowledge past and present accomplishments while celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift March 24 through 28 here.
- Researchers explore materials degradation in space AFPN 28 Mar 2008 -- When Space Shuttle Endeavor launched March 11, more than 1,000 new materials were onboard to be tested as a part of the sixth Materials International Space Station Experiment, or MISSE-6.
- Gates Praises Outgoing CENTCOM Commander AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised Navy Adm. William J. Fallon at his relinquishment-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., today.
- Dempsey Becomes Acting Chief of U.S. Central Command AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- Army Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey became acting chief of U.S. Central Command during a relinquishment-of-command ceremony here today.
- Policy Dialogue Allows U.S., African Officials to Address Security Issues AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- The U.S.-Africa Defense Policy Dialogue that ended here today, was a chance for officials on both continents to speak, to listen and to move forward, said Theresa Whelan, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs.
- Command Provides New Way for African Nations to Connect, England Says AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- In an interconnected world, U.S. Africa Command is another way the United States can connect with the countries of the continent, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told representatives from more than 40 African nations here yesterday.
- Unified Maritime Strategy Aims to Prevent War AFPS 28 Mar 2008 -- The Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have joined forces in an unprecedented effort to create a unified maritime strategy, describing how seapower will be applied in the 21st century to protect America's way of life.
- MRAP Kits Completed in Record Time Army News 28 Mar 2008 -- To meet a critical warfighter need, Tobyhanna produced a month's worth of kits in just nine days.
- SDDC Ships 2000th MRAP to Theater Army News 28 Mar 2008 -- The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 841st Transportation Battalion here recently shipped the 2,000th mine resistant ambush protected vehicle by sealift to operations in the Middle East.
- Aircraft Carrier Completes Maintenance; Returns to Bremerton Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton March 28, after completing a five day at sea period that marked the end of a successful, but extensive, maintenance period.
- "Hands-On" Training Sustains Proficiency for Chung-Hoon VBSS Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team conducted non-compliant boarding and search training March 26, while at their homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
- Oak Harbor Holds Public Hearing for P-8A MMA Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- A public hearing for the introduction of the P-8A "Poseidon" Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) and environmental impact statement presentation were held at the Oak Harbor School District office, March 26.
- Deadline for Medical In-service Procurement Program Approaching Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- The Navy announced requirements for the Medical Service Corps (MSC) In-service Procurement Program (IPP) in NAVADMIN 078/08, released March 26.
- FFGRON Celebrates First Anniversary Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- The Frigate Class Squadron (FFGRON) celebrated it's first anniversary along side USS De Wert (FFG 45) at Naval Station Mayport, March 25.
- "Zappers" Change Command Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 130 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), March 22.
- Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Under New Leadership Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center (FASWTC) recieved a new commanding officer March 5, in a ceremony held at the Admiral Kidd Inn on Naval Base Point Loma.
- Bulkeley Visits Naples, Italy and Souda Bay, Crete During Deployment Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- The guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) has recently completed successful port visit to Naples, Italy March 6-10 and Souda Bay, Crete March 18-20.
- Military Sealift Command-Chartered Ship Delivers Humanitarian Aid Equipment Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC)-chartered ship SS Cleveland arrived in Monrovia, March 24, carrying U.S. Navy Seabee equipment and supplies for a contingent of Navy Seabee's in the Gulf of Guinea conducting humanitarian aid projects.
- Ashland Visits the "Holy Land" for Easter Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- Amphibious dock landing ship, USS Ashland (LSD 48) Sailors spent their Easter weekend, March 21-23, exploring the Holy sites of Israel while in port Haifa.
- NAVSO Hosts 2008 Hurricane Planning Conference for Jacksonville Area Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- Representatives of Navy commands and ships from Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville gathered at Naval Station Mayport for the 2008 Hurricane Planning Conference hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) March 27.
- Stennis Ends Maintenance, Starts Work-ups Navy NewsStand 28 Mar 2008 -- One prolonged blast from USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) whistle peals through the morning Bremerton air signifying the ship getting underway for the first time in over six months.
- Military exercises to be held in four Russian regions RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- Military Transport Aviation and Airborne Troops exercises are to be held simultaneously in four Russian regions on Friday, an Air Force spokesman said.
- NATO expansion does not enhance security in Europe - Lavrov RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- The expansion of NATO does nothing to strengthen security in Europe, the Russian foreign minister said on Friday.
- U.S., Russia fail to overcome missile shield differences RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- The United States and Russia made some progress on a strategic framework agreement, but failed to settle differences on the disputed missile defense plans for Europe during two days of talks in Washington.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Mar 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for March 03, 2008
- L-3 Awarded $36 Million Contract by U.S. Army L-3 Communications 28 Mar 2008 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a one-year, $36 million contract to provide aircraft and manufacturing services to the U.S. Army under a logistics support program at the Corpus Christi Army Depot.
- General Dynamics Awarded $130 Million Contract to Produce Tactical Data Network Systems for the U.S. Marine Corps General Dynamics 28 Mar 2008 -- General Dynamics Awarded $130 Million Contract to Produce Tactical Data Network Systems for the U.S. Marine Corps
- U.S. Navy and Raytheon Test Standard Missile 2 Block IIIB During Combined Combat System Ship Qualification Trials Raytheon 28 Mar 2008 -- During combined combat system ship qualification trials, the U.S. Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG-102) flight tested four Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)-built Standard Missile 2 Block IIIB missiles.
- Raytheon Completes System Requirements Review for the Next GPS Control Segment Raytheon 28 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed the System Requirements Review (SRR) for the U.S. Air Force on the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) Control Segment (OCX).
- Russia to display Su-35 fighter at Chile air show RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- Russia will exhibit a variety of military equipment including super-agile Su-35 multi-role fighters at the FIDAE-2008 air show, which opens on March 31 in Chile, the state-run arms exporter said Friday.
- Russia freezes Su-30 fighter jet deliveries to Algeria RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- Russia has postponed deliveries of Su-30MKI fighter jets to Algeria over non-payment, following the North African country's decision to return 15 MiG-29 fighters, a business daily said on Friday.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 28 Mar 2008
- COMOROS: No quick fix after military strike IRIN 28 Mar 2008 -- The end of Mohamed Bacar's rebel rule in Anjouan could boost political stability on the Comoros archipelago, but the humanitarian problems will take longer to fix.
- Comoran Rebel Leader to Face Trial in French-Run Island VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- A prosecutor on the French-run island of Reunion says Comoran rebel leader Mohamed Bacar will be tried for illegally entering French territory after he fled a government-led assault in his African homeland.
- UN-assisted refugee repatriation in South Sudan tops 100,000 UN News Centre 28 Mar 2008 -- More than 100,000 people who fled the decades-long civil war in southern Sudan have returned home to restart their lives in a repatriation programme that began after the signing of a 2005 peace agreement, the United Nations refugee agency said today.
- Darfur: in danger of closure, UN humanitarian air operation gets reprieve UN News Centre 28 Mar 2008 -- Thanks to the infusion of much-needed funds, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that its critical air transports for aid workers in war-ravaged Darfur will be operational for an additional month.
- Number of Somalis seeking asylum on the rise, UN refugee agency reports UN News Centre 28 Mar 2008 -- As many as 15,000 Somalis have sought asylum since the start of this year in neighbouring countries such as Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan to escape the violence engulfing many parts of their homeland, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.
- Maoist army personnel, weapons must stay in cantonments - UN envoy to Nepal UN News Centre 28 Mar 2008 -- The top United Nations official in Nepal today vowed that the world body would play its part to try to ensure that Maoist army personnel and weapons are contained to the agreed cantonments during the current election campaign for the Constituent Assembly.
- UNICEF welcomes release of hijacked drivers in Darfur UN News Centre 28 Mar 2008 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expressed relief today at the release of four drivers from the State Water Corporation in Sudan's violence-wracked North Darfur state, who were abducted more than a week ago.
- Call for judges at UN-backed tribunal to investigate more Khmer Rouge crimes UN News Centre 28 Mar 2008 -- Co-prosecutors at the United Nations-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes in Cambodia in the late 1970s have called for new investigations of possible crimes committed at a security and detention centre in the South-East Asian country during the notorious era.
- LEBANON: Arab summit boycott of Syria threatens regional conflict IRIN 28 Mar 2008 -- A boycott by Lebanon and major Arab powers of the Arab summit in Damascus (29-30 March) has dashed hopes for a last-ditch settlement of the Lebanese presidential crisis, raising fears of a descent into violence after it passes.
- Abkhazia says Georgia seeking conflict to speed up NATO bid RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- Abkhazia, a breakaway province in Georgia, accused the country Friday of deliberately sparking tensions in conflict zones in order to speed up its admission to NATO.
- Israel Trying to Bring Syria Back to Peace Talks VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- Israel is extending an olive branch to Syria.
- Bush Urges Chinese Leaders to Meet With Dalai Lama VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- President Bush and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd presented a united front on Tibet following talks Friday at the White House
- East Timor President Slams International Troops Over Assassination Attempt VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- East Timor's president has criticized Australian-led forces for failing to capture the rebels who shot him outside his home in Dili last month
- China Says Tibetan Monks Involved in Protest in Front of Foreign Journalists Will Not Be Punished VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- China says it will not punish the outspoken monks who told a group of foreign reporters on an official tour of Lhasa that there is no religious freedom in Tibet.
- Anti-China Protests Escalate in Nepal VOA 28 Mar 2008 -- About 20 Tibetan teenagers scaled the walls of the United Nations compound in the Nepali capital Friday, while police arrested dozens of other pro-Tibet demonstrators outside.
- Belarus offers olive branch to U.S., but condemns pressure RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- The Belarusian foreign minister said on Friday that Minsk is willing to develop friendly relations with the United States if Washington stops pressuring the country.
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