26 June 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Jun 2008 [PDF]
- Transcript: Commander, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division Col. Charles Flynn 26 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: DoD News Briefing with Col. Flynn from Iraq
- Forces in Iraq Kill Enemies, Capture Suspects, Find Weapons AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three militants, detained 20 suspects and found weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.
- Iraqi Soldiers, Police Make Progress Purging Amarah of Militias AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- Iraqi soldiers and police, assisted by U.S. and coalition troops, are making good progress in pacifying the city of Amarah and surrounding areas in Iraq's Maysan province, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said today.
- Separate Bomb Attacks Kill Nearly 40 People in Iraq VOA 26 Jun 2008 -- Iraqi officials say a car bomb attack has killed 18 people and wounded at least 62 others near a government office in the northern city of Mosul.
- Troops in Afghanistan Kill, Capture Enemy Fighters AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- Coalition and Afghan forces killed enemy fighters and detained four suspected militants in Afghanistan yesterday.
- Gates Welcomes Pakistan's Pledge to Reassert Pressure at Afghan Border AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today praised a pledge by Pakistani officials to renew pressure along its northwestern border, where militants responsible for violence in eastern Afghanistan have taken refuge.
- NATO's Long-Term Relevance Hinges on Afghanistan, Mullen Says AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- NATO's long-term relevance will be tied directly to success in Afghanistan, and the slower NATO moves to ensure that success, the longer it will take to achieve, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday.
- Pakistan Denies Involvement in Karzai Attack VOA 26 Jun 2008 -- Pakistan has rejected as baseless and irresponsible Afghan allegations that its spy agency was behind a recent assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai
- Gates Calls for Better Security on Pakistan-Afghanistan Border, Welcomes Pakistani Initiative VOA 26 Jun 2008 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has expressed concern about the continuing ease with which insurgents based in Pakistan are able to cross into Afghanistan, and welcomed the plan the Pakistani government announced Wednesday to try to change the situation
- Russia says Taliban influence in Afghanistan steadily growing RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2008 -- The Taliban is steadily expanding its zone of influence in Afghanistan, the Russian ambassador to Kabul said on Thursday.
- Afghanistan: Kabul Accuses Pakistani Spies Of Attack On Karzai RFE/RL 26 Jun 2008 -- Tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been rising for months. Now, they have hit a new peak
- AFGHANISTAN: Aid promise prompts IDPs to return IRIN 26 Jun 2008 -- An estimated 9,000 people who abandoned their homes in the Alburz District of Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan, over a month ago and camped near Mazar-i Sharif have now agreed to go back to their homes, UN agencies and provincial officials said.
- Guard fighting Midwest floods, California fires Army News 26 Jun 2008 -- National Guard troops fought both Midwest flooding and California fires Thursday.
- Guard Members Continue to Fight Floods, Fires AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- National Guard soldiers and airmen continued to fight Midwest flooding and California fires today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Cheney Aide, Former Justice Official Testify on Interrogation VOA 26 Jun 2008 -- U.S. lawmakers Thursday questioned the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney and a former Justice Department official about the Bush administration's approval of harsh interrogation techniques used on suspected terrorists
- Army to Accelerate Future Combat Systems (FCS) Deliveries to Infantry Brigade Combat Teams Army News Release 26 Jun 2008 -- The Army announced today, June 26, that it is accelerating the delivery of key cutting-edge Future Combat Systems (FCS) capabilities to Soldiers in the Army's infantry brigade combat teams, known as IBCTs.
- All-volunteer force: success story at 35 Army News 26 Jun 2008 -- The Army marks the 35th anniversary of the all-volunteer force July 1.
- VMGR-234 completes African Lion deployment USMC News 26 Jun 2008 -- The last of a detachment of Marines from Fort Worth, Texas-based Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 returned on June 25 from a deployment to Kenitra, Morocco, for bilateral training with the Moroccan Royal Air Force.
- Mobile shock trauma capabilities make African Lion possible USMC News 26 Jun 2008 -- The annual training exercise African Lion 2008 provides U.S. service members with an opportunity to conduct valuable field training in a combined arms, bi-lateral environment with our Moroccan allies.
- Reserve Marines travel to Ghana for bi-lateral training USMC News 26 Jun 2008 -- More than 300 Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment and 150 members of the Ghana Army have completed a two-week training event here June 26, during exercise Shared Accord 08.
- 8th ESB Marines assist in bridge ops USMC News 26 Jun 2008 -- The reserve Marines of Bridge Company, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, conducted rafting and river crossing operations here, June 24, utilizing support from the 2nd MLG's own Bridge Company, a subordinate command of 8th ESB.
- South Korean army UAVs enhance training at Kunsan AFPN 26 Jun 2008 -- Airmen from the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron here and South Korean army soldiers teamed up for combined nuclear, biological and chemical training June 23 and 24 at Kunsan Air Base.
- Supreme Court to Review Rulings on Navy's Use of Sonar AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a series of lower court rulings that restrict the Navy's use of sonar in training exercises off the coast of Southern California, a U.S. military official said June 24.
- Mullen Offers Encouragement as New Africa Command Takes Shape AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- The top U.S. military officer challenged the U.S. Africa Command staff today to seize the opportunities presented as they stand up a new, uniquely organized command that brings more focus to a vital part of the world.
- Chairman Sets Course for Smooth Transition to Next Administration AFPS 26 Jun 2008 -- Recognizing that the transition to a new presidential administration could be "a time of great vulnerability," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today that his Joint Staff already is working to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible for the next commander in chief.
- FCS capability accelerated for infantry units Army News 26 Jun 2008 -- Soldiers in Infantry Brigade Combat Teams now get the first crack at Future Combat System technology, Army officials said during a news conference at the Pentagon June 26.
- US Navy, Armed Forces of the Philippines Deliver Supplies to Typhoon-Ravaged Areas Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2008 -- Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and other supporting ships teamed with their counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to deliver much-needed relief supplies to the victims of Typhoon Fengshen on the island of Panay June 26.
- Vietnamese Officers Embark USS Tortuga to Observe Singapore CARAT Exercises Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2008 -- USS Tortuga (LSD 46) embarked five Vietnamese senior staff members June 25 to observe at-sea exercises during the Singapore phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008.
- US Defense Officials Testify on China Military VOA 26 Jun 2008 -- Two U.S. defense officials have testified before Congress on China's military buildup and future potential
- Cross-strait dialogue reduces risk of conflicts: Pentagon CNA 26 Jun 2008 -- The recent resumption of dialogue between Taiwan and China has helped lower the possibility of military conflicts in the Taiwan Strait, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
- Analysis: U.S.-Pakistan Alliance in Trouble cfr.org 26 Jun 2008 -- Increased military action by U.S. forces in Afghanistan to target suspected terrorists in Pakistan's tribal areas is putting a strain on Washington's already tense relationship with Islamabad
- NMCB 7 Seabees Depart For Field Exercise Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2008 -- Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 departed Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Miss., June 19 for the battalion's unit field exercise (FEX).
- New Command to Oversee Bethesda BRAC Process Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2008 -- Naval Facilities Command Washington christened the Officer in Charge of Construction Command, Bethesda, on June 24, to oversee the construction and engineering portions of Bethesda's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
- CNO Visits Sailors in Naples Navy NewsStand 26 Jun 2008 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead finished a week-long visit throughout the U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) region with a visit to Naval Support Activity Naples, June 23-24.
- US Businessmen Accused of Military Sales to Iran VOA 26 Jun 2008 -- A federal judge in Florida has ordered two American businessmen to remain in jail to face charges of illegally shipping military aircraft parts to Iran
- Analysis: Georgia Reverses Decision To Cut Defense Spending RFE/RL 26 Jun 2008 -- Among other proposed amendments to the annual budget, the Georgian Finance Ministry has submitted to parliament a request to increase defense spending for 2008 by 295 million laris ($202.8 million), or approximately 29 percent, civil.ge reported on June 24.
- UK buying 86 armoured patrol vehicles for Afghanistan IRNA 26 Jun 2008 -- A new fleet of 86 armoured patrol vehicles is being bought for British troops deployed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announced Thursday.
- UK's nukes may go off accidentally due to design fault, MoD admits IRNA 26 Jun 2008 -- More than 1,700 British nuclear warheads have design flaws that could conceivably cause multiple explosions one after another, according to a recently declassified Ministry of Defence (MoD) safety manual.
- Military prosecutors open probe into blast in Russia's Far East RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2008 -- Military prosecutors in Russia's Far East have launched a criminal probe into an accident during exercises that left one serviceman dead and eight wounded, a source in the regional prosecutor's office said Thursday.
- Press Briefing by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley The White House 26 Jun 2008
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Jun 2008
- India clinches first foreign deal with Ecuador to sell copter IRNA 26 Jun 2008 -- India has made aviation history by concluding a $51 million deal with the South American Republic of Ecuador for the sale of seven 'Dhruv' Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH).
- DoD News: Contracts for June 26, 2008
- Boeing Selects Elbit to Supply Virtual Radar for U.S. Navy's T-45 Training System Boeing 26 Jun 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has selected Elbit Systems [NASDAQ: ESLT] as chief supplier of the Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS), which will integrate realistic radar training into the U.S. Navy's T-45 Training System.
- BAE SYSTEMS RECEIVES $15.9 MILLION CONTRACT FROM DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY FOR OUTER TACTICAL VEST COMPONENTS BAE Systems 26 Jun 2008 -- BAE Systems has been awarded a $15.9 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency for Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) components in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion System Successfully Powers and Positions Missile Defense Interceptor to Destroy Ballistic Missile Target Pratt & Whitney 26 Jun 2008 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, proved its ability to help defend the nation by successfully powering and positioning a missile defense interceptor to destroy an incoming ballistic missile target
- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Radar Successful in Missile Defense Test at Pacific Range Raytheon 26 Jun 2008 -- The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar built by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) performed successfully in the latest integrated flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency and THAAD prime contractor, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii June 25.
- SAIC Awarded $28 Million Task Order By GSA SAIC 26 Jun 2008 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a task order by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for the Defense Security Service (DSS) to provide sustainment and operational support of legacy applications.
- First A400M Military Transporter Rolled Out EADS 26 Jun 2008 -- In a ceremony presided over by His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, Airbus Military has today rolled out the first complete A400M military transport aircraft from the Final Assembly Line facility in Seville, Spain.
- Marine Corps, Northrop Grumman Team Completes Successful G/ATOR Preliminary Design Review Northrop Grumman 26 Jun 2008 -- The U.S. Marine Corps' new Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) moved an important step closer to production with the successful conclusion of the formal Preliminary Design Review (PDR) at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Systems sector headquarters.
- Raytheon Solipsys Releases 3-D Visualization Tool Raytheon 26 Jun 2008 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Solipsys has released a three dimensional extension for its Tactical Display Framework (TDF 3D), a real-time visualization capability used in command and control, homeland defense, surveillance and air traffic management systems.
- Lockheed Martin's THAAD Weapon System Achieves First Successful Intercept of a Separating Target Lockhed Martin 26 Jun 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted a successful test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, HI
- BAE SYSTEMS PANTHER CONTRACT PROVIDES MODEL FOR FUTURE LAND SUPPORT 26 Jun 2008 -- A £28 million support contract awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to BAE Systems for the new Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (CLV) holds the promise of better vehicle availability at lower through-life cost.
- Bushmaster vote of confidence as Netherlands orders 13 more vehicles Thales 26 Jun 2008 -- The first vehicles will be delivered in theatre by 1 October this year, bringing the total supplied to the Dutch armed forces to 49. The contract is worth over $15 million (€9.2 million), and includes an option for additional vehicles to meet ongoing requirements.
- Kosovo mission has 'green light' to start reconfiguration, says UN envoy UN News Centre 26 Jun 2008 -- The top United Nations official in Kosovo said today that the plan put forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconfigure the world body's presence there was set to begin.
- SOMALIA: Response to humanitarian disaster "inadequate" IRIN 26 Jun 2008 -- Somalia is facing a massive humanitarian crisis but the level of response did not match the needs of the affected population, the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said.
- UN Suspends Aid to Parts of Eastern Congo VOA 26 Jun 2008 -- U.N. officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say that humanitarian aid to the eastern city of Rutshuru is being suspended, due to insecurity in the area
- Pakistan says foreign militants present in tribal regions IRNA 26 Jun 2008 -- Pakistan has said that there are indications about presence of foreigners in the tribal regions and foreign hand in exploiting the situation there.
- Pakistan-Tribal Areas-Operation Military operation in tribal areas last option, says PM IRNA 26 Jun 2008 -- A high level meeting was held here Wednesday chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to review war against terrorism and restoration of law and order in NWFP.
- ZIMBABWE: Hundreds seek refuge at the SA embassy IRIN 26 Jun 2008 -- More than 200 supporters of the Zimbabwean opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), including women and children, are camping in the grounds of the South African embassy in the capital, Harare, hoping to get refugee status.
- EU/Russia: Summit To Thrash Out Partnership Pact RFE/RL 26 Jun 2008 -- EU leaders are gathering in an oil-rich pocket of Siberia, where they will meet new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for the first time during talks aimed at securing a "strategic partnership" pact.
- Armenia: Controversial Parliamentary Commission Begins Work RFE/RL 26 Jun 2008 -- On June 16, the pro-government factions within the Armenian National Assembly voted unanimously in favor of setting up an ad hoc commission to investigate the March 1-2 clashes in Yerevan between supporters of defeated presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrossian and security forces that resulted in 10 deaths
- Zimbabwe: UN rights chief urges justice for victims of electoral violence UN News Centre 26 Jun 2008 -- The United Nations human rights chief today called for justice and accountability in response to the campaign of political violence that has marred Zimbabwe's electoral process.
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