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10 April 2008 Military News

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  • President Bush Discusses Iraq The White House 10 Apr 2008
  • Bush Orders Shortened Tours, Pause in US Troop Withdrawals from Iraq VOA 10 Apr 2008 -- President Bush has ordered a suspension of U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq after July and shortened tours for incoming troops.
  • Petraeus Gives High Marks to Maliki's Anti-terror Offensive AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- Iraqi security forces acquitted themselves well, in view of their relative inexperience, in recent fighting against terrorists and criminals in the southern part of the country, including Basra, as well as in parts of Baghdad, the top U.S. military officer in Iraq said here today.
  • Gates: Reduced Iraq Violence Enables Exit of Surge Forces AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- Sharply decreased violence in Iraq has set the stage for the departure of the remaining surge forces by the end of July, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.
  • As Iraqi Progress Update Closes, Dialogue Remains Open AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- The top U.S. military commander in Iraq presented Congress a comprehensive Iraq progress update in a grueling two days that comprised nearly 20 hours of testimony.
  • Petraeus: Conditions on Ground to Dictate Troop Withdrawals AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- After the last of the surge brigades leaves Iraq this summer, future troop withdrawals will be based on conditions on the ground and will be evaluated continuously, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said in a recent television interview.
  • Analysis: The Next President and the 'Surge' Cfr.org 10 Apr 2008 -- The "new way forward" in Iraq is now a waiting game. In testimony before the U.S. Congress on April 8 and 9, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the coalition commander in Iraq, called for an open-ended suspension (AP) of troop withdrawals scheduled to begin this summer
  • Democrats, Republicans Respond to Bush Decisions on Iraq VOA 10 Apr 2008 -- Democrats are criticizing President Bush's latest decisions on military deployments in Iraq, based on recommendations of the U.S. military commander and senior U.S. diplomat in the country
  • US Lawmakers Seek Vote on Troop Pact With Iraq VOA 10 Apr 2008 -- U.S. lawmakers are calling on the Bush administration to submit any deal on future U.S. troop operations in Iraq to Congress for approval
  • Iraqi Refugee Crisis Focus of US Lawmaker's Attention VOA 10 Apr 2008 -- The Iraqi refugee crisis was a focus of attention again on Capitol Hill and Washington this week
  • US Defense Chief Hopes for Further Iraq Withdrawals This Year VOA 10 Apr 2008 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he no longer holds out the hope that the U.S. troop level in Iraq will be down to 100,000 by the time the Bush administration leaves office in January
  • Bleak assessment of Iraq IRNA 10 Apr 2008 -- The recommendation by the top American commander in Iraq to suspend troop reductions reflects a bleak assessment of Iraq in terms of responsibility of the occupying forces to guarantee security of the country under occupation.
  • Petraeus Report Means Large US Troop Presence in Iraq Will Remain VOA 10 Apr 2008 -- In congressional testimony this week, the top U.S. military and civilian officials in Iraq reported what they called "real" but "fragile" progress, and urged caution in any discussion of further U.S. troop withdrawals, beyond the end of the surge in July
  • Petraeus, Crocker Pressed on US Commitment to Iraq VOA 10 Apr 2008 -- Lawmakers have pressed the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, about the duration of the U.S. military presence in Iraq, and political progress by the Iraqi government
  • Recruiting and Retention Numbers for March 2008 10 Apr 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of March.
  • Services See Strong Showing for March Recruiting AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- All military services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for March, Defense Department officials reported today.
  • Airmen help flooding recovery efforts AFPN 10 Apr 2008 -- Airmen from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., recently provided satellite imagery to assist state and federal agencies in relief efforts following flooding in Missouri and Arkansas.
  • NorthCom, Homeland Security Refine Relationship AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Northern Command plan to refine their existing intelligence relationship, a top DHS intelligence official said during a recent visit to NorthCom's headquarters here.
  • Air Force engineers work 'outside the wire' every day AFPN 10 Apr 2008 -- As part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team it is common to go "outside the wire" to do work.
  • Euro-NATO committee has eyes on future AFPN 10 Apr 2008 -- The spring Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program's Steering Committee completed its weeklong discussions April 4 regarding the future of the program, including its syllabus, budget and infrastructure.
  • Special tactics recruiting takes flight AFPN 10 Apr 2008 -- The Air Force's ongoing need to fill critically manned special tactics positions -- particularly combat controllers and pararescuemen -- has brought about a unique initiative between officials from Air Force Recruiting Service and Air Force Special Operations Command.
  • Gates Tests Phone Connection with China AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates tested a defense telephone link to China for the first time, making a call to his counterpart there this morning.
  • Cold-Weather Clothing System Increases Survivability, Comfort Army News 10 Apr 2008 -- Weather is among many challenges Soldiers face in Afghanistan and depending upon the season, the temperature in the rugged mountain nation can range from -20 degrees Fahrenheit to well above 100 F.
  • Vice Chief Addresses Army's Readiness at House Hearing Army News 10 Apr 2008 -- Operational requirements and lack of training time between deployments have affected the Army's preparedness for the full spectrum of military missions, Gen. Richard A. Cody told Congress Wednesday, but added that Soldiers are making a difference in Iraq due to their determination and resiliency.
  • Chief Outlines Army's Construction Request Army News 10 Apr 2008 -- The chief of staff of the Army visited Capitol Hill Wednesday to discuss the Army's 2009 military-construction budget and how its planned building projects are essential to helping the Army rebalance itself.
  • NMIOTC Forges Understanding in Phoenix Express 2008 Navy NewsStand 10 Apr 2008 -- The North American Treaty Organization's (NATO) Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC) is proving to be the meeting ground for several service members from different nations as they work together to improve maritime interdiction operations (MIO) capabilities during Exercise Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08).
  • Nassau Hosts Phoenix Express Medical Professionals Navy NewsStand 10 Apr 2008 -- USS Nassau (LHA 4) hosted foreign military medical professionals from ten countries on the first full day of training during Exercise Phoenix Express 2008 (PE 08)April 9.
  • Keating: Engagement With China May Clarify Its Military Intentions AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- China's military expansion raises questions and concerns, so the best way to get a clear sense of what China is up to and why is to engage with its leaders, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said here today.
  • PaCom Chief Lauds U.S.-Indonesian Ties, Urges Closer Cooperation AFPS 10 Apr 2008 -- The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific pledged today to continue working to build on the United States' solid military-to-military relationship with Indonesia through exercises, military exchanges and information sharing.
  • Port Royal, Hopper, Ingraham Visit Phuket, Thailand Navy NewsStand 10 Apr 2008 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) and guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) "set sail" concluding a successful port visit to Phuket on April 7.
  • Tarawa Hosts Coalition Leadership in Djibouti Navy NewsStand 10 Apr 2008 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA 1) welcomed aboard coalition leaders from Pakistan, France, Ethiopia, Egypt and the U.S., April 1.
  • Russia, Poland in deadlock over missile shield IRNA 10 Apr 2008 -- Russia and Poland have failed again to reach an agreement over the proposed US missile base in Central Europe, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
  • Indonesia expects 3 new Russian Flanker fighters by October RIA Novosti 10 Apr 2008 -- Indonesia is expecting the delivery of three Su-family fighters from Russia by October this year, the Air Force chief said.
  • Press Gaggle by Dana Perino The White House 10 Apr 2008
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 10 Apr 2008

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