09 June 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Jun 2008 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Stone From the Pentagon 09 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: Former Commanding General, Task Force 134, Multinational Force Iraq, Maj. Gen. Douglas Stone
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Hertling from Iraq 09 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: Commander, Multinational Division North and 1st Armored Division, Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling
- June 8 airpower summary: F-15Es deter enemy AFPN 09 Jun 2008
- Five Attackers Killed, Seven Detained in Iraq Operations AFPS 09 Jun 2008 -- Coalition forces killed five enemy fighters, destroyed a foreign terrorist hideout, and detained seven terrorism suspects in operations across Iraq today.
- Coalition Efforts in Northern Iraq Reduce Number of Roadside Bombs AFPS 09 Jun 2008 -- U.S. and Iraqi military operations in northern Iraq have cut the number of roadside bombs there nearly in half since February, the commander of Multinational Division North told reporters at a Pentagon briefing today.
- Task Force Assists Iraqis with Municipal Power Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- An U.S. Navy officer with Task Force Ramadi, met with the engineers and operators of three separate Ramadi generator plants, May 28, which could provide electricity for a large number of people in the provincial capital city of Ramadi.
- June 7 airpower summary: A-10s hit enemy in Afghanistan AFPN 09 Jun 2008
- Airmen help Iraqi air force become self-sustaining service AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- High above the desert terrain, they fly in providing security to the people of Iraq.
- Operation Lion's Hunt brings IA closer to autonomy (Tikrit) MNF-I 09 Jun 2008 -- Operation Lion's Hunt, a joint operation that began in Ninewah province June 6 between three Iraqi Army elements was the first unilateral Iraqi-led aerial operation of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Task Force Ramadi Tracks Rule of Law Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- A U.S. Navy officer with Task Force Ramadi met with Senior Investigative Judge Badir Latief Ali to discuss the highlights of a computerized system that will allow the Iraqi legal system to better track criminal cases and collect information necessary for future policy decisions on June 4.
- Coalition Builds Capacity in Southern Afghanistan AFPS 09 Jun 2008 -- Important progress is being made in NATO's Afghan Regional Security Integration Command South area of operations, the commander there told bloggers and online journalists in a June 6 conference call.
- First Lady Visits Troops in Afghanistan Army News 09 Jun 2008 -- First Lady Laura Bush visited troops here Sunday during a brief stop on her third trip to Afghanistan, giving words of praise and encouragement to service members for their efforts and results in Afghanistan.
- Interview: More Investment Will Bring Security to Afghanistan cfr.org 09 Jun 2008
- Off-Road Prototype Vehicles Tested in Afghanistan Army News 09 Jun 2008 -- Recently, Soldiers from Combined Task Force Currahee test drove a new vehicle that could help alleviate maneuverability constraints in Afghanistan.
- Analysis: Raising the Stakes for Afghanistan cfr.org 09 Jun 2008 -- When President Hamid Karzai arrives in Paris this week to pitch the Afghanistan National Development Strategy to donor nations, attention will undoubtedly focus on the eye-popping financial request: $50 billion
- British troops killed in Afghanistan reaches 100 IRNA 09 Jun 2008 -- Prime Minister Gordon Brown Monday paid tribute to British troops in Afghanistan as the number killed reached 100.
- Pakistan scraps peace deal with militants: advisor IRNA 09 Jun 2008 -- The Pakistani government has scrapped a peace deal with the militants in the country's northwest as the militants have continued their attacks, the Interior Advisor said Monday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Secretary Gates Announces Recommendations to the President on Senior Air Force Leadership Positions 09 Jun 2008
- Gates Announces Recommendations on Senior Air Force Leadership Positions AFPS 09 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended that President Bush nominate Michael B. Donley, the Defense Department's director of administration and management, to be the next secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, to become Air Force chief of staff.
- SECDEF makes Air Force leadership recommendations AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today recommended to President Bush his nominations for the top civilian and military leadership positions in the Air Force.
- Gates Says Nuclear Mission Shortcomings Caused Air Force Dismissals AFPS 09 Jun 2008 -- If it were not for the serious decline in the Air Force's nuclear mission focus and performance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today, he would not have felt the need to replace the Air Force leadership.
- SECDEF praises Airmen, discusses leadership changes AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reassured Airmen of their value and contributions, and presented a way ahead to ease wartime strain during a visit to Air Combat Command here June 9.
- Pentagon Says US Will Not Launch Attacks from Iraq VOA 09 Jun 2008 -- The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Iraq will not be used to launch attacks on any of the country's neighbors
- Air Force announces Reserve F-22 squadron at Holloman AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- Air Force Reserve Command officials announced June 6 that a second F-22 Raptor fighter squadron will be established at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
- Forum draws senior Air Force leaders AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- Air Force senior leaders came together here for a quarterly Process Council meeting to discuss issues facing the service today and in the future.
- Wing units take on Red Flag AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- Aircrews from the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron departed Kadena Air Base, Japan, June 3 on their way to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, to participate in the second Red Flag exercise this year.
- Final record scan moves AFPC closer to total virtual service AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- Blanca Rubio, a contract scanning team leader at the Air Force Personnel Center here, performed an electronic scan of the Air Force's last paper unit personnel record June 3.
- Altitude in Peru presents challenges, won't stop mission AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- The air is a bit thinin the mountainous region of Ayacucho, Peru, where Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine servicemembers are participating in New Horizons-Peru 2008, a humanitarian mission set on improving the quality of life of underprivileged Peruvians.
- Defense Agency Solicits Proposals for 'Fracture Putty' AFPS 09 Jun 2008 -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is reaching out to civilian firms with hopes of developing a new product that could dramatically aid the healing of servicemembers who suffer traumatic battlefield wounds such as compound bone fractures.
- U.S. Admiral Addresses Pakistan Navy War College AFPS 09 Jun 2008 -- At the invitation of Pakistan's navy, the officer who commands U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces spoke to officers at the Pakistan Navy War College today.
- DoD Awards Grants To Minority Institutions 09 Jun 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced today plans to award 21 grants totaling $14.1 million to 17 minority institutions as part of the fiscal 2008 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions Infrastructure Support Program.
- USS Boone Interdicts 1.3 Metric Tons of Cocaine Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- USS Boone (FFG 28) and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 404 achieved their first successful interdiction of a narcotics trafficking vessel May 10.
- Navy Ships Host Ship Tours in Portland Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- More than 7,000 Portland residents had an opportunity to tour Navy ships that were moored in downtown Portland, Ore., as part 2008 Rose Festival fleet week festivities June 5-9.
- 5th Fleet Commander Addresses Pakistan Navy War College Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- At the invitation of Pakistan's Navy, Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces spoke to officers at the Pakistan Navy War College June 9.
- USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Returns Home Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- More than 7,300 Sailors from 17 commands and three staffs from the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) returned to their homeports today after spending seven months on a routinely scheduled combat deployment.
- Peleliu Underway Following Port Visit to Singapore Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- Sailors and Marines from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) left a positive impression on local citizens as the ship departed Singapore June 6 following a four-day port visit.
- Kauffman, Farragut and Chileans Partner for Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercises Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- Guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) and guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) completed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercises with the Chilean Navy, June 3-6, off the coast of northern Chile.
- USS Kitty Hawk to Participate in RIMPAC 2008 Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced June 9 the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) will replace USS George Washington (GW) (CVN 73) in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2008 Exercise scheduled to take place in the Hawaiian operating area from June 29 through July 31.
- National Guard Responds to Indiana Flooding Army News 09 Jun 2008 -- Indiana National Guard troops were activated Saturday to help residents caught in flash flooding across the state when unprecedented rainfall made the already saturated soil unstable.
- Wing medics train with Thai counterparts AFPN 09 Jun 2008 -- Medics assigned to the 18th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron returned here May 31 after participating in an aeromedical evacuation exercise in Bangkok, Thailand with the Royal Thai Air Force as part of a humanitarian-assistance mission.
- USS Russell Assists Vessel in Distress Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- USS Russell (DDG 59) responded to a vessel in distress between Bossasso, Somalia and the Yemeni coast in the Gulf of Aden June 8.
- Operationalizing Military Support to Civilian Authorities Navy NewsStand 09 Jun 2008 -- The Shore Force Training Center (SFTC), an emergency management classroom and war-gaming center of excellence for the Shore Force Enterprise, is being built on Naval Base Coronado and is scheduled to open in August 2008.
- Russian strategic bombers fly routine patrol over the Arctic RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2008 -- A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers took off Monday from the Engels airbase in central Russia on a routine patrol flight over the Arctic Ocean, an Air Force spokesman said.
- Russia destroys 20 ballistic missiles in 2008 under START treaty RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2008 -- Russia has destroyed and sent for scrap about 20 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and 12 mobile missile launchers since the start of 2008, the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said on Monday.
- Russia may resume arms sales to Afghanistan RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2008 -- Moscow is considering resuming deliveries of Russian arms to Afghanistan, Russia's first deputy foreign minister said on Monday.
- U.S. envoy would like to see Russia as NATO member RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2008 -- The permanent U.S. representative to NATO said on Monday she would like to see Russia as a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
- Global military spending equal to $200 per person annually RIA Novosti 09 Jun 2008 -- Global military spending totaled almost $1.34 trillion in 2007, a real-term increase of 45% since 1998, or some $200 a year for every person in the world, a prominent political think-tank said on Monday.
- Press Gaggle by Dana Perino, National Security Advisor for Regional Affairs Judy Ansley, and Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Dan Price The White House 09 Jun 2008
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 09 Jun 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for June 09, 2008
- Boeing's 1st C-130 AMP Aircraft Completes 100th Flight Boeing 09 Jun 2008 -- -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] said today that the first C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft, H2, has completed its 100th flight.
- Northrop Grumman Participates in UK Defence Committee Enquiry Into ISTAR and Role of UAVs Northrop Grumman 09 Jun 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) welcomed the opportunity to participate in the enquiry by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee into ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) and the role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in providing ISTAR capability.
- General Dynamics Awarded Multiple Contracts to Support Defense Medical Logistics Supply Chain Operations General Dynamics 09 Jun 2008 -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded three task orders by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Defense Medical Logistics Standard Support Wholesale Program (DMLSS-W).
- Northrop Grumman-Led Team Awarded Contract to Develop Electronic Binoculars That Use Brain Activity to Detect Threats Northrop Grumman 09 Jun 2008 -- An academic and industrial consortium led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded the first phase of an advanced research contract to develop a panoramic day/night optical system that will utilize human brain activity to detect, analyze and alert foot-soldiers to possible threats.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 09 Jun 2008
- Somali parties reach peace deal after UN-led talks UN News Centre 09 Jun 2008 -- Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia today signed a peace deal ending their conflict and calling on the United Nations to deploy an international stabilization force to the troubled Horn of Africa country.
- SOMALIA: Dozens killed, thousands displaced in renewed fighting in Mogadishu IRIN 09 Jun 2008 -- An estimated 100 people were killed and thousands fled their homes in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, over the weekend following renewed fighting between Ethiopian troops and insurgents, local sources told IRIN.
- Somali Reconcilation Talks Continue VOA 09 Jun 2008 -- U.N.-sponsored reconcilation talks for Somalia continued in Djibouti Monday despite an envoy's announcement that the conference had failed.
- BURUNDI: FNL rebels 'still recruiting children' IRIN 09 Jun 2008 -- Burundi's last active armed opposition group, the Forces nationales de libération (FNL), has continued to recruit children into its ranks despite recent moves to end rebellion, a senior official said.
- UGANDA: War-mongering against LRA 'ill-advised', warns northern leader IRIN 09 Jun 2008 -- The northern Uganda peace process should still be given a chance despite signals that talks between the government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have virtually collapsed, a key political leader in the region said.
- UN tribunal turns down request to transfer former businessman's case to Rwanda UN News Centre 09 Jun 2008 -- The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the 1994 Rwandan genocide has announced that it has turned down a request to transfer to the small Great Lakes nation the case of a former businessman alleged to have supervised the massacre of some 2,000 Tutsi civilians taking shelter in a church.
- Land disputes complicate refugee return to eastern DR Congo, UN says UN News Centre 09 Jun 2008 -- The United Nations refugee agency is helping to promote dialogue to ward off disputes over land in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) province of South Kivu, one of the largest issues facing refugees returning to the region.
- On last leg of African trip, Security Council discusses Ivorian polls UN News Centre 09 Jun 2008 -- The Security Council mission touring Africa met today with officials in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where they discussed the ongoing peace process in the West African nation and the presidential election slated for later this year.
- Sudan: Ban welcomes agreement to resolve dispute over Abyei UN News Centre 09 Jun 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed an agreement to resolve a dispute over the town of Abyei, which lies in an oil-rich area close to the boundary between northern and southern Sudan, and has recently been the scene of violent clashes that have displaced as many as 50,000 people.
- North and South Sudan Agree to International Arbitration VOA 09 Jun 2008 -- The partners in Sudan's power-sharing government have agreed to a set of measures to resolve a dispute over the oil-rich Abyei area, along the North-South border
- US Urges Chavez to Match Words on Colombian Rebels with Actions VOA 09 Jun 2008 -- The United States Monday challenged Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to follow through with concrete actions on his call Sunday for an end to the long insurgency in Colombia
- Human Rights Watch Says Harare Pursuing Political Terror Campaign VOA 09 Jun 2008 -- Human Rights Watch warned Monday that the political violence it says the Zimbabwe government has launched against its opposition has "extinguished any chance" that the presidential run-off election set for June 27 can be free and fair.
- MYANMAR: Food assistance "likely" for up to a year IRIN 09 Jun 2008 -- Survivors in Myanmar's cyclone-devastated Ayeyarwady Delta will likely need food assistance for as long as a year, the UN warns.
- GLOBAL: Beneficiary feedback: "thanks but no thanks"? IRIN 09 Jun 2008 -- 'Participation', 'rights-based' and 'consultative' are all terms associated with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as the paradigm for humanitarian aid has shifted from agencies thinking they know best, to trying to put affected people at the heart of their aid responses.
- Bush Heads to Europe With Broad Agenda VOA 09 Jun 2008 -- U.S. President George Bush is on his way to Europe for talks with European Union leaders in Slovenia, and discussions in Germany, Italy, the Vatican, France and the United Kingdom
- Pakistani Lawyers Prepare Cross-Country March for Ousted Judges VOA 09 Jun 2008 -- Thousands of lawyers gathered in the southern Pakistan city of Karachi to begin a cross-country march demanding the return of senior judges sacked by President Musharraf last November
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