30 June 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 Jun 2008 [PDF]
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Arabic Media Press Conference Roundtable, June 30, 2008 MNF-I 30 Jun 2008 -- Dr. Mohammad, Col. Vasta, Cmdr. Barnham and Mr. Langer provide updates on the security, reconstruction and future of Anbar province
- June 29 airpower summary: F-15Es bomb enemy rocket teams AFPN 30 Jun 2008
- Army Prepares for Next Rotations in Iraq Army News Release 30 Jun 2008 -- The Department of the Army confirmed today, June 30, the Department of Defense's announcement for the next rotation of four brigade combat teams consisting of approximately 18, 000 personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Col. Craparotta from Iraq 30 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: Commander, Regimental Combat Team 1 Col. Lewis Craparotta
- Six Units Get Call for 2009 Iraq Deployment AFPS 30 Jun 2008 -- The Defense Department has alerted six combat units for deployment to Iraq from January to March 2009, officials said here today.
- Forces in Iraq Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Suspected Terrorists AFPS 30 Jun 2008 -- Coalition forces killed six enemy fighters and detained 22 terrorism suspects in operations over the past two days, military officials said.
- Enemy Neutralized in Iraq's Anbar Province, Colonel Says AFPS 30 Jun 2008 -- The enemy in the eastern portion of Iraq's Anbar province has been neutralized, the coalition commander in the area said today.
- DoD Announces Force Adjustments 30 Jun 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced today additional major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Pakistan Faces Domestic, International Pressure Over Militants VOA 30 Jun 2008 -- The Pakistani army operation against pro-Taliban militant groups has raised questions about the government's motives and intentions
- Program Trains Auxiliary Police Officers in Afghanistan AFPS 30 Jun 2008 -- A Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team program here trains Afghan men to become part of the Afghan National Auxiliary Police force.
- Taliban leader killed in targeted missile strike, says UK IRNA 30 Jun 2008 -- A Taliban fighter accused of masterminding a string of attacks on UK forces in Afghanistan has been killed in a "deliberate and surgical strike," Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced.
- AFGHANISTAN: Humanitarian situation "deteriorating" - Holmes IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- Conflict and natural disasters have caused a "serious" and "deteriorating" humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and the aid community must scale up its efforts to meet the needs of vulnerable people, John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told IRIN in Kabul.
- Third Reserve C-130 joins California wildfire fight AFPN 30 Jun 2008 -- A third Air Force Reserve Command C-130H Hercules was dispatched June 27 to help fight raging wild fires in California.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Guantanamo Detainee Charged for Role in USS Cole Attack AFPS 30 Jun 2008 -- A Saudi Arabian national being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been charged with planning and preparing for the attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors and wounded 47 others, the Defense Department announced today.
- Charges Sworn Against Detainee Al-Nashiri 30 Jun 2008 -- The Defense Department announced today that charges have been sworn against 'Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri of Saudi Arabia
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Brig. Gen. Hartmann from the Pentagon 30 Jun 2008 -- Presenter: Legal Advisor to the Convening Authority in the DoD Office Of Military Commissions Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann
- US Wants Death Penalty for Alleged USS Cole Plotter VOA 30 Jun 2008 -- American military prosecutors Monday asked a senior official to approve charges against a Guantanamo detainee for his alleged role in the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000
- Navy to Support USS Cole Families During al-Nashiri Military Commission Nacy NewsStand 30 Jun 2008 -- The Navy and the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions will support the families of victims of the USS Cole (DDG 67) bombing during the military commission process.
- Bush Signs $162 Billion Supplemental War Funding Bill AFPS 30 Jun 2008 -- President Bush today signed a $162 billion supplemental bill that principally will fund U.S. military operations abroad.
- US President Signs War Funding Bill VOA 30 Jun 2008 -- U.S. President George Bush has signed legislation providing an additional $162 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
- DoD Establishes New Physical Disability Board 30 Jun 2008 -- The Defense Department announced today the establishment of a new Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) to review disability ratings of wounded warriors and provide another avenue of administrative recourse for our wounded veterans.
- Navy Names New Amphibious Assault Ship America 30 Jun 2008 -- The Navy's newest class of large-deck amphibious assault ship, LHA 6, will bear the name USS America, Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced while speaking at the USS America Carrier Veterans Association reunion in Jacksonville, Fla.
- Program offers enlisted members chance to LEAD AFPN 30 Jun 2008 -- U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFPN) -- Enlisted Airmen with eyes on U.S. Air Force Academy appointments may have their chance to become an officer through the Leaders Encouraging Airman Development program.
- 1st MSOB says farewell to first battalion commander USMC News 30 Jun 2008 -- The Marines and sailors of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command said farewell to Lt. Col. Neil C. Schuehle, its first battalion commander, during a change of command ceremony here, June 18.
- New Policy Aims to Help Prevent Loss of Leave AFPS 30 Jun 2008 -- Servicemembers expecting to lose annual leave on Sept. 30 due to caps on carryover leave will be the first to benefit from a new policy that allows them to keep more annual leave, earn or hold on to certain special leave categories, and in some cases, sell back accrued leave.
- SECNAV Releases Independence Day Message to the Fleet Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2008 -- Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter released the following Independence Day message to the fleet:
- New CPO Evaluation Takes Effect This September Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2008 -- The chief of naval personnel announced the Chief Petty Officer Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles will form the basis upon which chief, senior chief and master chief petty officers will be evaluated.
- CARAT Exercise Addresses Small Craft Threats to Naval Vessels Navy NewsStand 30 Jun 2008 -- Marines with 3rd Marines Combat Assault Company (CAC) -- 18 in all -- and 19 Sailors from USS Tortuga (LSD 46) participated in a crew-served weapons exercise, June 27, during the Singapore phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 30 Jun 2008
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 30 Jun 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for June 30, 2008
- LOCKHEED MARTIN BEGINS CRITICAL TEST PHASE FOR FIRST ADVANCED EHF MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 30 Jun 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite is now undergoing thermal vacuum testing at the company's Sunnyvale, Calif. facilities.
- EADS Defence & Security produces 500th target drone EADS 30 Jun 2008 -- EADS Defence & Security (DS) in Friedrichshafen-Immenstaad has achieved a milestone with production of its 500th target drone
- Lockheed Martin Wins $89 Million U.S. Defense Contract to Converge Distribution Information Systems Lockheed Martin 30 Jun 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has won an initial $89-million information convergence contract from the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to help enhance the performance of the military's distribution network
- BAE SYSTEMS TO DEVELOP NANO-SENSOR TECHNOLOGY IN AGREEMENT WITH MICROMEM APPLIED SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES BAE Systems 30 Jun 2008 -- BAE Systems -- under an agreement with Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies Inc., -- will co-produce nano-sensor technology that will leverage both companies' expertise for use in military, commercial, and homeland security applications.
- General Dynamics Awarded $16 Million U.S. Army Delivery Order to Expand Fort Meade's Information Technology Infrastructure General Dynamics 30 Jun 2008 -- General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a delivery order by the U.S. Army to expand information technology (IT) infrastructure and network capabilities at Fort Meade to support the Maryland base's growth
- L-3 Wins Appeal of $126 Million Jury Award to OSI Systems L-3 Communications 30 Jun 2008 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated on Friday, June 27, 2008, a jury verdict of $126 million obtained by OSI in 2006
- Northrop Grumman's KC-45 Aerial Refueling Boom Completes Key Flight and Performance Milestones Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2008 -- The advanced fly-by-wire aerial refueling boom that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will integrate onto the U.S. Air Force KC-45 Tanker completed its 100th test flight in June, further demonstrating the system's maturity and validating the team's ability to rapidly modernize the U.S. Air Force's tanker fleet.
- Northrop Grumman Wins Contract to Educate the Army's 21st Century Leaders Northrop Grumman 30 Jun 2008 -- The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to develop and provide instruction on battle command systems and their use, battle staff integration, and training and simulations to the U.S. Army Command General Staff College (CGSC), Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
- SAIC Awarded $13 Million Contract by Defense Finance and Accounting Service SAIC 30 Jun 2008 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to support the Financial Management Education and Training program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 30 Jun 2008
- Sri Lankan Military: Rebels' Conventional Fighting Capacity Wiped Out VOA 30 Jun 2008 -- Sri Lanka's military chief says his forces have wiped out the Tamil rebels' ability to fight as a conventional army.
- New joint UN-African Union mediator for Darfur conflict appointed UN News Centre 30 Jun 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union Chairperson today appointed an experienced official from Burkina Faso as the new joint AU-UN Chief Mediator for Darfur as they seek new momentum in their efforts to resolve the five-year conflict.
- UN agency condemns killing of food aid driver in southern Sudan UN News Centre 30 Jun 2008 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the "senseless killing" of one of its truck drivers who was ambushed in southern Sudan after delivering vital food supplies to the agency's warehouse in Juba.
- DRC: Humanitarians pick up the pieces as insecurity persists in North Kivu IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- Violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's embattled North Kivu province this year has boosted the total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) to some 857,000
- SOMALIA: Thousands displaced following attack on central town IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- Officials in Guri-Eil town in Galgadud region have appealed for urgent help for thousands of people displaced after fighting between Ethiopian troops and insurgents over the weekend.
- NEPAL: Third-country resettlement of Bhutanese refugees to increase IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- More than 1,400 Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal have been resettled in the USA and six other countries, with numbers expected to grow in the coming months, says the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
- Russia voices concern over blasts in breakaway Georgian region RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2008 -- Moscow is deeply concerned over a series of explosions in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Monday.
- Israel Re-Opens Commercial Border Crossing With GazaVOA 30 Jun 2008 -- Israeli authorities re-opened a commercial border crossing with the Gaza Strip Sunday following an end to Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel.
- White House Urges International Action on Zimbabwe VOA 30 Jun 2008 -- The White House is considering steps to put pressure on what has been called the illegitimate government of Zimbabwe
- ZIMBABWE: Mining between a rock and a hard place IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- International condemnation of Robert Mugabe's controversial re-election as president of Zimbabwe has now turned to criticism of foreign businesses operating in the country, which are seen as helping to prop up the regime.
- ZIMBABWE: SADC's big headache IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- If the Southern African Development Community (SADC) "wished to be taken seriously" it would have to declare Robert Mugabe's presidential claim illegitimate, a regional analyst told IRIN.
- ZIMBABWE: My enemy's enemy IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- After a hurried swearing-in ceremony on Sunday to cap a second-round Zimbabwean presidential election internationally condemned as a farce, Robert Mugabe may now be setting his sights on new political opponents - this time within his own ZANU-PF party.
- Outcome of Zimbabwe polls illegitimate, says Ban UN News Centre 30 Jun 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticized the outcome of Friday's run-off presidential election in Zimbabwe - which went ahead despite international appeals for a postponement given the violence and intimidation that preceded it - as illegitimate.
- MYANMAR: UN reports improvement in cyclone cooperation IRIN 30 Jun 2008 -- Cooperation between the international humanitarian community and Myanmar's government in addressing the needs of survivors of Cyclone Nargis is improving, the UN says.
- GUAM Prepares For Summit Amid Doubts Over Its Future RFE/RL 30 Jun 2008 -- Officials from Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova have begun converging in the Georgian city of Batumi for a two-day GUAM summit starting July 1.
- Top AU Diplomat Calls on Africa to 'Shoulder' Responsibility for Zimbabwe SolutionVOA 30 Jun 2008 -- The African Union's top diplomat says Africa must "shoulder its responsibilities" and do everything in its power to resolve the political conflict in Zimbabwe.
- Mugabe Warmly Welcomed, Gently Criticized at Open of AU SummitVOA 30 Jun 2008 -- Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe has been warmly welcomed at a summit of African leaders, despite international concerns about the legitimacy of his re-election
- Dalai Lama Envoys, Chinese Officials to Talk in BeijingVOA 30 Jun 2008 -- Representatives from Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are in Beijing for two days of meetings with Chinese officials
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