17 June 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 17 Jun 2008 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Troops in Iraq Kill Five Enemy Fighters, Detain 13 AFPS 17 Jun 2008 -- Forces in Iraq killed five enemy fighters, detained 13 terrorism suspects, and uncovered several weapons caches in recent operations, military officials said.
- Rakkasans, Iraqi Army Conduct Air Assaults Army News 17 Jun 2008 -- A long tradition of air assaults and a fledgling army are coming together in Iraq.
- June 16 airpower summary: A-10s strike anti-Afghan forces AFPN 17 Jun 2008
- Renamed U.S. military base in Iraq reflects joint status AFPN 17 Jun 2008 -- The home of the Air Force's only wing in Iraq and the Army's logistical headquarters for supplies and shipments in the country has been renamed to reflect the dual nature of the base.
- Pentagon Denies Taliban Takeover in Afghan District, Vows to Defeat Any Summer Offensive VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- The Pentagon says reports that Taliban forces have taken over several villages in southern Afghanistan are false, and that any Taliban offensive in the area will be defeated
- Claims of Taliban Gains 'Way Overblown,' Pentagon Spokesman Says AFPS 17 Jun 2008 -- Reports that suggest the Taliban have gained a footing in Afghanistan's Kandahar province are "way overblown," a Pentagon spokesman said today.
- President Thanks Former Commander of NATO Forces in Afghanistan AFPS 17 Jun 2008 -- President Bush today praised the former commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, who plans to retire in August after a 40-year Army career.
- Officials Downplay News Reports of Taliban Takeover in Southern Afghanistan VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces are discounting media reports that say Taliban militants have seized control of several villages in southern Afghanistan
- Pakistan installs satellite monitoring system on Afghan border: official IRNA 17 Jun 2008 -- Pakistan has installed satellite monitoring system on its border with Afghanistan, in Islamabad, the chief of the country's interior ministry said Tuesday.
- Afghanistan: Karzai's Retaliation Threat Inflames Relations With Pakistan RFE/RL 17 Jun 2008 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pleaded for years with Islamabad to stop Taliban fighters based in Pakistan's tribal regions from launching attacks in Afghanistan.
- Families Flee Southern Afghan District as Taliban Takes Over Villages VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- Thousands of people are leaving their homes in southern Afghanistan, as Afghan and NATO troops prepare to confront hundreds of Taliban gathering in the region.
- Taliban fighters holed up in Afghan villages near Kandahar RIA Novosti 17 Jun 2008 -- Taliban fighters have taken over villages outside Afghanistan's second largest city in the south as NATO and Afghan troops are moving in.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Lawmaker Says Pentagon Sought Cruel Interrogation Methods VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- A key U.S. lawmaker says senior Bush administration officials sought extreme interrogation techniques to use against detainees in military prisons
- Senate Hearing Questions Pentagon's Approval of Aggressive Interrogation Techniques VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- A Senate hearing Tuesday is investigating the origins of aggressive interrogation techniques used by the United States against terrorism suspects.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 17 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
- Military Commission Process Still Moving Ahead AFPS 17 Jun 2008 -- Despite the Supreme Court decision last week, the military is still moving ahead with military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said today.
- Irregular Campaigns Now Part of Joint Doctrine, General Says AFPS 17 Jun 2008 -- The U.S. military now incorporates a joint-force strategy to combat enemies who practice unconventional warfare around the globe, a senior officer said today at the kickoff of the 2008 Joint Warfighting Conference.
- Pohakuloa Training Prepares Aviatiors for NTC Army News 17 Jun 2008 -- The Soldiers of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade recently completed a critical step in their deployment cycle with a rotation at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
- National Guard Continues Fighting Rising Mississippi Army News 17 Jun 2008 -- National Guard troops in Illinois and Missouri continued sandbagging operations along the Mississippi River Monday in an effort to thwart the cresting floodwaters heading south from Iowa.
- Air War College to launch revised distance learning program AFPN 17 Jun 2008 -- The Air War College will make significant changes to its distance learning program this summer and discontinue the previous 16th edition.
- Carl Vinson Prepares Key Communications for Crew Move Aboard Navy NewsStand 17 Jun 2008 -- Sailors assigned to the Combat Systems Department (CSD) aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) began the implementation of the "Hydra" radio system this June as part of preparations for the ship's upcoming crew move aboard evolution.
- Carl Vinson Ramps up Damage Control Training Navy NewsStand 17 Jun 2008 -- Sailors assigned to the Damage Control Training Team (DCTT) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are stepped up the intensity of shipboard drills during the month of June as the aircraft carrier prepares for its crew move aboard evolution later this summer.
- Carl Vinson Brings Interior Communications Back On line Navy NewsStand 17 Jun 2008 -- Sailors assigned to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Combat Systems Department are working around-the-clock this June to ensure the aircraft carrier's "J-Dial" telephone system is back on line in time for the Crew Move Aboard (CMA) evolution scheduled for later this summer.
- Restraint system improves aircrew safety AFPN 17 Jun 2008 -- new restraint system based on the same technology that brings speeding roller coasters to a smooth stop may soon help save warfighter lives and reduce military mobile aircrew injuries.
- Technology, training force multiplier for security forces Airmen AFPN 17 Jun 2008 -- While security forces members receive training in technical school, the multiple threats faced by members today requires continual sharpening of their skills.
- Air Force scientists develop transparent transistors AFPN 17 Jun 2008 -- Air Force Research Laboratory scientists have demonstrated world-record performance of transparent transistors created from thin-film nanocrystalline zinc oxide which can function, undetected, on clear surfaces such as glass or plastic.
- AF engineers create thermal control system for space use AFPN 17 Jun 2008 -- Air Force Research Laboratory engineers here have successfully integrated two existing technologies to create a thermal emission management system suitable for space use.
- France to Overhaul Military, May Rejoin NATO VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced a major overhaul of the country's defense to better meet new threats like terrorism
- Sarkozy: France to Rejoin NATO Command Structure After 40-Year Hiatus VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy says France will rejoin the NATO military command after a four-decade absence
- Press Briefing by Tony Fratto The White House 17 Jun 2008
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. Of State 17 Jun 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for June 17, 2008
- First JCA Flies L-3 Communications 17 Jun 2008 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL), prime contractor for the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft Program (JCA), announced today the successful completion of the C-27J JCA's first flight in Turin, Italy.
- Northrop Grumman States a Favorable GAO Ruling Should End All Tanker Delay Northrop Grumman 17 Jun 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) said today that if the Government Accountability Office (GAO) rejects the protest filed against the Air Force selection of the Northrop Grumman KC-45 aerial refueling tanker, there should be no further delay in the program moving forward.
- Raytheon Greatly Expands Available Bandwidth to the Military Raytheon 17 Jun 2008 -- The Global Broadcast Service Satellite Broadcast Manager facility in Wahiawa, Hawaii, recently began operational broadcasts over the U.S. Air Force's new Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite.
- BAE SYSTEMS INTRODUCES NEW MEMORY PRODUCTS FOR SATELLITES BAE Systems 17 Jun 2008 -- A new generation of radiation hardened microchips, four times more powerful than those they will replace, is set to boost the data processing and storage capability of satellite systems, including those used in anti-terrorist activities.
- Sagem Défense Sécurité and L3 Communications develop new system for tactical information and real-time air-land targeting Sagem (Safran group) 17 Jun 2008 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) and L3 Communications (Communication Systems-West) have signed a deal to develop a new networked tactical information system for air-land targeting, designed RT-SAATS (Real Time – Situational Awareness Airborne Targeting System).
- MBDA orders from Sagem Défense Sécurité new infrared thermal imager for Eryx land warfare weapon system Sagem (Safran group) 17 Jun 2008 -- MBDA has just ordered from Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) close to 300 new-generation thermal imagers to equip the firing posts of its Eryx anti-tank missiles.
- OEM Defense Services is launched Thales 17 Jun 2008 -- Diehl Aerospace, Liebherr Aerospace, Safran, Thales and Zodiac have today signed an agreement to create a company called OEM Defence Services.
- Thales showcases MINIE D it' s new night vision Goggle Thales 17 Jun 2008 -- This optronic product combines a compact and lightweight design, offering a reduction in weight of 30% with current products, whilst improving optical performance by 20%.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 17 Jun 2008
- UN agency assists highest ever number of refugees and displaced UN News Centre 17 Jun 2008 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provided assistance to 25.1 million people in 2007 - an all-time high - according to its latest annual global snapshot, released today.
- US Welcomes Prospect of Israel-Hamas Truce VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- The United States said Tuesday it would welcome the Egyptian-brokered truce deal between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas that reportedly is to begin Thursday
- Israeli-Hamas Truce Set to Begin Thursday VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- Palestinian and Egyptian officials say Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas have reached a cease-fire agreement that will go into effect in Gaza on Thursday
- Abbas envoys arrive in Hamas-controlled Gaza for talks RIA Novosti 17 Jun 2008 -- A high-level PNA and Fatah delegation arrived on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip to lay the groundwork for reconciliation with Hamas, which seized control of the territory a year ago.
- Commentary: Important, Doable, But (For Now) Improbable RFE/RL 17 Jun 2008 -- A second round of indirect talks between Israel and Syria ended on June 16 in Istanbul
- Ban recommends six-month extension of UN force in Golan Heights UN News Centre 17 Jun 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations force observing the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights be extended until 31 December, in a new report released today.
- Support for Somali peace accord focus of meeting hosted by UN envoy UN News Centre 17 Jun 2008 -- The top United Nations envoy for Somalia met today with the country's international partners to discuss how best to support the war-torn nation in carrying out the peace deal reached last week in neighbouring Djibouti.
- SOMALIA: Conditions getting worse for IDPs in Kismayo IRIN 17 Jun 2008 -- Increasing insecurity, hyperinflation and lack of adequate food have exacerbated conditions for thousands of displaced families living in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo, civil society sources said.
- KENYA: MSF highlights 'forgotten crisis' in Mt Elgon IRIN 17 Jun 2008 -- There is an urgent need for increased humanitarian assistance and international engagement in Kenya's Mt Elgon region, according to the medical charity Médecins sans Frontières, which accused government forces in the western area of killing and torturing civilians during an anti-insurgency campaign.
- CHAD: N'djamena calm but east still insecure IRIN 17 Jun 2008 -- Anti-government rebels that crossed the border from Sudan into Chad have been seen around several towns in the east but have not advanced on the capital N'djamena, where shops remain open and most people are going about business as usual.
- SUDAN: Joint deployment to pave way for IDP returns IRIN 17 Jun 2008 -- The expected deployment of a new Joint/Integrated Unit (JIU) battalion to the oil-rich Sudanese region of Abyei and the removal of separate contingents of northern and southern soldiers will pave way for the return of tens of thousands of people recently displaced by fighting, according to a senior official.
- BURUNDI: Cantonment of rebel FNL fighters set to begin IRIN 17 Jun 2008 -- Burundi's last active rebel leader, Agathon Rwasa, has declared the end of the armed struggle against the government at a ceremony to mark the formal start of the cantonment of his fighters in Rugazi Commune, Bubanza Province, western Burundi.
- One soldier, 16 Tamil Tigers killed in clashes in Sri Lanka IRNA 17 Jun 2008 -- At least 16 Tamil Tiger rebels and one Sri Lankan soldier were killed in running gun battles in north Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
- Moscow warns against pulling peacekeepers out of Abkhazia RIA Novosti 17 Jun 2008 -- The withdrawal of Russian peacekeeping forces from Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia will aggravate the situation and provoke a wider conflict in the Caucasus, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Chad Rebels Move; Government Accuses Sudan and Peacekeepers VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- Rebels in Chad say they are taking more towns in the east of the country, while the government is accusing Sudan's army of attacking a border town
- Egyptian Official Says Israel, Hamas Agree on Truce to Begin Thursday VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- Egypt's state news agency says Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have agreed on a truce set to begin Thursday.
- Fresh Sectarian Clashes Erupt in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- Lebanese Army sources are reporting that at least three people were killed in sectarian clashes, overnight, in two warring Bekaa Valley villages
- Turkish Military Attacks Rebel Group in Northern Iraq VOA 17 Jun 2008 -- Turkey's military says it has eliminated most of a 21-member Kurdish rebel group trying to enter Turkey from northern Iraq.
- Afghanistan: Pakistani Journalist Criticizes Nation Building In South-Central Asia RFE/RL 17 Jun 2008
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