10 June 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Jun 2008 [PDF]
- June 9 airpower summary: B-1B bombs enemy AFPN 10 Jun 2008
- Iraqi, U.S. Forces Kill Three al-Qaida Terrorists AFPS 10 Jun 2008 -- Iraqi and coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained five suspects in northern Iraq today during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq, military officials said.
- US Pledges 'Generous' Support for Rebuilding Afghanistan VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- The United States is pledging generous financial support for Afghanistan at this week's international conference of nations that want to help the war-torn country rebuild itself.
- US Expresses Confidence in Karzai Ahead of Afghan Donor Meet VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- A senior State Department official Tuesday reaffirmed U.S. confidence in Afghan President Hamid Karzai in advance of a pledging conference in Paris for the Afghan leader's five-year development plan
- Paris meeting should boost Afghan partnership, says UN envoy UN News Centre 10 Jun 2008 -- A major summit in support of Afghanistan to be held in Paris later this week should result in an enhanced partnership between the fledgling democracy and its international partners, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today.
- U.S., Afghan Troops Use Mortar Fire to Thwart Insurgent Attack AFPS 10 Jun 2008 -- U.S. and Afghan troops used mortar fire yesterday to defeat insurgents who fired upon a forward operating base in Afghanistan's Zabul province, military officials said.
- Pakistan-Taliban deal Pakistani provincial govt. says deal with Taliban intact IRNA 10 Jun 2008 -- Provincial government in Pakistan's northwest Monday said that a peace deal with the local Taliban in Swat valley has not ended.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S./Russia: Defense Secretary Calls For Stronger Nuclear Deterrent RFE/RL 10 Jun 2008 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said Washington needs to maintain "a valid nuclear deterrent" to counter a renewed effort by Russia to bolster its own arsenal.
- Defense secretary: Increase focus on nuclear mission AFPN 10 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke candidly to Air Force Space Command members here June 10 about the resignation of top Air Force officials and problems of leadership and accountability in the control of nuclear assets.
- Gates Hammers Home Importance of Air Force Nuke Mission AFPS 10 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave a very quick synopsis of the goals of his tenure in office here today.
- DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for May 2008 10 Jun 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for the month of May.
- Services Meet or Exceed May Recruiting Goals AFPS 10 Jun 2008 -- All the services met or exceeded their May active-duty recruiting goals and have exceeded their target recruiting numbers for this point in the fiscal year, Defense Department officials announced today.
- Gates Discusses Surveillance, Transition Programs AFPS 10 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he is pleased with the early results from a panel looking into intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets.
- Joint IED Defeat Organization Steps Up Fight Army News 10 Jun 2008 -- Although the use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq has risen over the past couple of years, coalition casualties have been fewer because U.S. forces have been able to find and clear about half of the IEDs planted, said the Joint IED Defeat Organization director.
- National Guard Gets First Lakota Helicopters Army News 10 Jun 2008 -- The National Guard received its first two UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters last week, marked by a ceremony Saturday in Tupelo, Miss.
- IMCOM Realigns U.S. Regions, Creates National Capital Area District Army News 10 Jun 2008 -- Installation Management Command will realign the boundaries of its three U.S. regions on July 1, moving 13 states and their 11 installations of various sizes from the West Region to Northeast and Southeast regions.
- Trip Was Gesture of Respect to Airmen, Gates Says AFPS 10 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' trip to Langley Air Force Base, Va., Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and Scott Air Force Base, Ill., was a gesture of respect and confidence in airmen following a rough week for the Air Force.
- Media Availability with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates En Route From Scott AFB, Ill. 10 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Media Availability with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates En Route to Colorado Springs, Colo. 10 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Indiana's Air, Army Guard respond to regional flooding AFPN 10 Jun 2008 -- Members of the Indiana Air National Guard's 181st Intelligence Wing and the Army National Guard's 519th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion came to the aid of their communities as more than six inches of rain fell onto Indiana's Wabash Valley June 6 and 7.
- Indiana National Guard Postures for Additional Flood Support AFPS 10 Jun 2008 -- The Indiana National Guard is preparing to continue a long flood fight across the southern part of the state.
- Nocturnal workers: Airmen keep the mission going long after the sun goes down AFPN 10 Jun 2008 -- While most Airmen are comfy in their beds, the flightline here is buzzing with activity and the mission continues. Airmen are covered in sweat, loading bombs, fueling and fixing planes 24 hours a day to preserve freedom.
- Seabees Finish Building School in the Philippines as Part of CARAT 2008 Navy NewsStand 10 Jun 2008 -- U.S. and Philippine Navy Seabees celebrated the completion of construction on the Panacan Elementary School in Narra on the island of Palawan with a ribbon cutting ceremony, June 4.
- New EOD Mobile Unit Deploys Navy NewsStand 10 Jun 2008 -- Twenty-five Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 12 (MU-12) deployed June 9 to the Middle East to Command and Control EOD and Diving Operations
- Ready, AIM-9, Fire! Navy NewsStand 10 Jun 2008 -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, embarked aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), performed live missile shoots June 4 and 6.
- Boxer Arrives in Peru, Enjoys Culture Before Continuing Promise Operations Ashore Navy NewsStand 10 Jun 2008 -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) along with various embarked units and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) arrived in Callao, June 7, to allow the crew the opportunity to experience Peruvian culture during Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.
- Teamwork Under Construction in the Philippines Navy NewsStand 10 Jun 2008 -- Seabees from San Diego-based Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 of Gulfport, Miss., have been working together with the Royal Australian Army Engineers and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Engineers as part of Pacific Partnership 2008.
- NATO Meeting to Focus on Afghanistan, Missile Defense VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is attending a NATO defense ministers meeting Thursday and Friday in Brussels to discuss the military forces in Afghanistan and other issues affecting the alliance
- Poland reiterates U.S. missile defense 'no threat to Russia' RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2008 -- Poland is holding discussions with Russia over the possible construction of U.S. missile defense facilities on its territory so that Moscow can be confident they pose no threat to Russian national security, the Polish ambassador to Azerbaijan said on Tuesday.
- India, Egypt to enhance defense cooperation IRNA 10 Jun 2008 -- A six-member Egyptian defense delegation led by Maj Gen Mohamed Mohsen Saad El Shazly, deputy chief of Operation Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces, called on the Minister of State for Defense Dr. M M Pallam Raju here Tuesday.
- India to set up space cell to counter threats to space-based assets IRNA 10 Jun 2008 -- Defense Minister A K Antony Tuesday said while addressing the Unified Commanders' Conference in New Delhi that India will soon set up an Integrated Space Cell to counter growing threats to the country's space-based assets.
- Putin urges long-term contracts, stable prices in defense sector RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2008 -- Russia's prime minister proposed on Tuesday switching over to long-term contracts and establishing stable prices for the procurement of armaments for the country's military.
- Russian strategic bombers complete 20-hour patrol over Arctic RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2008 -- Two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have successfully completed a 20-hour patrol flight over the Arctic, a spokesman for Russia's Air Force said on Tuesday.
- Russian warships to join intl. drills in Mediterranean, Black Sea RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2008 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet warships will take part in several international drills in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea later this year, a Navy spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Russian Navy to expand presence in Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2008 -- Russia's Defense Ministry is planning to expand the presence of the Russian Navy in the world's oceans and extend the operational radius of submarines deployed with the Northern Fleet, a high-ranking military official said on Tuesday.
- Vostok battalion to remain in Chechnya RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2008 -- Russia's Defense Ministry will keep its Vostok special battalion, allegedly involved in a recent shootout with Chechen presidential guards, in the Chechen Republic, a high-ranking military official said on Tuesday.
- Pakistan freezes defence budget, says prime minister IRNA 10 Jun 2008 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani announced on Monday that the government has decided to freeze the defence budget as a measure of Pakistan's tangible display to seek peace with neighbours.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2008
- President Bush Participates in Joint Press Availability with Slovenian Prime Minister Jansa and European Commission President Barroso The White House 10 Jun 2008
- Press Gaggle by Dana Perino and National Security Advisor Steve Hadley The White House 10 Jun 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for June 10, 2008
- Boeing Flight-Tests B-1 Equipped With New Targeting Pod Boeing 10 Jun 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced it has successfully flight-tested an electro-optical/infrared targeting pod system designed for the B-1 bomber.
- Lockheed Martin to Upgrade Battle Management System for United States Air Force Lockheed Martin 10 Jun 2008 -- The U.S. Air Force Electronic System Center has selected Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to upgrade the U.S. Air Force flying unit command & control capability formerly under the Theater Battle Management Control System (TBMCS) contract
- Northrop Grumman KC-45: Why We Won -- Past Performance in Detail Northrop Grumman 10 Jun 2008 -- Highlighting reasons the U.S. Air Force selected the KC-45 Tanker as best for our men and women in uniform
- Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle Flight Demonstrates Real-time Radar Imaging Using NanoSAR Boeing 10 Jun 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], in partnership with ImSAR and Insitu Inc., achieved a major milestone in May with the real-time processing of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data aboard a ScanEagle unmanned aircraft (UA) equipped with a standard inertially stabilized electro-optical (EO) camera. Combining the radar and the camera on the ScanEagle helps warfighters adapt to conditions with poor visibility
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 10 Jun 2008
- Ban welcomes peace deal reached by Somali parties UN News Centre 10 Jun 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the peace deal between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia, reached yesterday in neighbouring Djibouti following 10 days of United Nations-facilitated talks.
- Somali Hardliners Reject Peace Pact VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- Hardline Somali opposition leaders, who refused to take part in U.N.-led peace talks in Djibouti, have rejected a cease-fire deal signed Monday between Somalia's interim government and another group of more moderate opposition figures
- SOMALIA: "Alliance" divided over Djibouti peace accord IRIN 10 Jun 2008 -- Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and a faction of an Eritrea-based opposition alliance who have been holding talks in Djibouti, have signed an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, with all sides expressing optimism about the outcome.
- Somali Islamist Leader Rejects New Cease-Fire Agreement VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- A hardline Somali Islamist leader has rejected a cease-fire deal brokered by the United Nations between the Somali government and some opposition figures.
- UN Continues Struggle With Peacekeeping in Darfur VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- The U.N. Security Council is confronting growing concern about the credibility of its peace mission in the western Sudan's Darfur region
- Funding shortfall forces UN to cut back air service for aid workers in Sudan UN News Centre 10 Jun 2008 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it will have to cut back on its air service in Sudan due to lack of funds, curtailing the ability of 14,000 aid workers to travel to Darfur and other parts of the strife-torn nation.
- Former Rwandan official pleads not guilty before UN genocide tribunal UN News Centre 10 Jun 2008 -- A former Rwandan official who is alleged to have planned the killing of up to 25,000 Tutsis during the country's 1994 genocide today pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings.
- CONGO: DDR gets under way for 30,000 ex-combatants IRIN 10 Jun 2008 -- A long-delayed process of reintegrating into civilian life some 30,000 combatants who took part in the Republic of Congo's 1998-2003 civil war began in Kinkala, the main town in the devastated Pool region, on 9 June.
- ISRAEL-OPT: Activists move to help Palestinians regain land IRIN 10 Jun 2008 -- A group of Israeli human rights activists has begun a project to help Palestinians in the West Bank, who have in the past had land taken away by settlers, regain what they say are their property rights.
- 16 killed in fierce clashes in northern Sri Lanka IRNA 10 Jun 2008 -- At least 15 Tamil Tigers, including three women, and a soldier were killed in fierce clashes between the two sides as Air Force jets pounded rebel positions in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region, officials said in Colombo Tuesday.
- Senate Panel Examines Detainee Interrogation Policies VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- A former agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation says U.S. interrogators' use of coercive techniques against suspected terrorists has not produced reliable intelligence and may have helped recruit a new generation of jihadists intent on attacking the United States again
- US Lawmakers Question Assurances Against Torture VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- U.S. lawmakers have questioned a State Department official about the validity of diplomatic assurances the United States receives from foreign governments that they will not use torture
- ZIMBABWE: Where are the election observers? IRIN 10 Jun 2008 -- There are no election observers officially on the ground with just 17 days left before Zimbabwe's presidential run-off ballot.
- U.S./EU: Bush, European Leaders Show Unity On Iran, Global Problems RFE/RL 10 Jun 2008 -- The United States and the European Union, at a summit meeting in Slovenia, have said they were ready to contemplate extra measures against Iran if Tehran continues to refuse to stop enriching uranium.
- Turkish PM: Top Court Overstepped Role VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the Constitutional Court must explain its decision to overturn the government's move to allow students to wear Muslim headscarves at university
- Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Says Country Run by Military VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the country is being run by the military and police
- Venezuela's Chavez Annuls Intelligence Decree VOA 10 Jun 2008 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has annulled a controversial intelligence decree that would have forced Venezuelans to become informants and report on their neighbors or face prison time.
- EU: Bush Arrives In Slovenia For U.S.-EU Summit RFE/RL 10 Jun 2008 -- On his first major trip to Europe as U.S. president, George W. Bush visited Slovenia in 2001.
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