07 August 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 7 Aug 2008 [PDF]
- Aug. 6 airpower summary: Reaper bombs insurgents AFPN 7 Aug 2008
- Joint Base Balad Airmen's initiatives shorten supply lines AFPN 07 Aug 2008 -- Members of the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron's Material Management Flight here are changing the way logisticians support warfighters.
- Iraqi Forces Continue Coalition Success, Maintain Security Throughout Iraq AFPS 07 Aug 2008 -- Despite the recent drawdown of coalition troops in Iraq, violence levels continue to drop as Iraqi security forces grow in competency and size, a senior coalition spokesman said today during a news conference in Iraq.
- Troops in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters, Destroy Weapons AFPS 07 Aug 2008 -- Coalition and Afghan forces killed several armed militants and destroyed a weapons cache in operations this week in Afghanistan, military officials said.
- US Forces Capture 25 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq VOA 7 Aug 2008 -- The U.S. military says it has captured a number of key terrorist leaders in a series of operations aimed at weakening al-Qaida in Iraq.
- Troops Capture Suspects, Seize Weapons in Iraq AFPS 7 Aug 2008 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces caught dozens of suspects and seized weapons caches in Iraq.
- Record 500 Recruits Enter Training in Southern Afghanistan AFPS 07 Aug 2008 -- In an effort to bolster the Afghan National Police, U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan recruited and sent a record 500 Afghan citizens to eight weeks of focused district development training, a military official said Aug. 6.
- New Afghan Army Retention Regulation Strengthens Ranks AFPS 07 Aug 2008 -- Since March 2008, the Afghan National Army has recruited more than 9,000 soldiers. But retaining those troops to eventually reach the force's 80,000-soldier end strength goal remains a challenge.
- Afghan Spy Service Frees German-Afghan Citizen VOA 7 Aug 2008 -- Afghanistan's spy service says it freed a businessman with German-Afghan citizenship kidnapped in Kabul almost two weeks ago.
- Pakistan Say 25 Militants Killed Along Afghan Border VOA 7 Aug 2008 -- Government forces killed at least 25 pro-Taliban militants in fighting near the border with Afghanistan.
- India rules out sending troops to Afghanistan IRNA 7 Aug 2008 -- India reaffirmed it would not send troops to Afghanistan for the operations being conducted in the war.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Hamdan Sentenced To 66 Months 07 Aug 2008 -- A military panel has sentenced Salim Ahmed Hamdan of Yemen to 66 months of confinement for providing material support to terrorism by a military commission under the Military Commissions Act of 2006. The sentence includes a 61 month and eight day credit ordered by the military judge, Navy Capt. Keith Allred.
- Bin Laden Driver Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison AFPS 07 Aug 2008 -- The first detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to have his case brought to trial was sentenced today by a military panel there to 66 months in prison for providing material support to terrorism.
- U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt Bids Germany Farewell AFPS 07 Aug 2008 -- With the gift of an American flag to this city's lord mayor, U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt officially ended six decades of service at its inactivation ceremony Aug. 5.
- Vice Chairman Tours UK, Meets With Counterparts AFPS 07 Aug 2008 -- The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff returned here yesterday after a three-day visit to meet with counterparts from the British military and view their operations.
- 1st Air Cav receives new heavy-lift helos Army News 07 Aug 2008 -- From the outside, the CH-47F Chinooks don't look much different from their predecessors, aside from the new paint job, but making that observation is like judging a book by its cover.
- Soldiers test FCS equipment in 'culminating' exercise Army News 07 Aug 2008 -- Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion participated in a three-day training exercise at Doña Ana Range Complex, N.M., July 28-30 that tested the experimental technologies of the Army Future Combat Systems.
- Servicemembers treat 8,100 patients, livestock in Mali AFPN 07 Aug 2008 -- American servicemembers completed the largest annual humanitarian medical exercise in Africa July 26 after two-weeks of intense training and humanitarian assistance in villages throughout Mali.
- French airmen train at Luke AFPN 07 Aug 2008 -- Approximately 20 French air force aircrews, 60 maintainers and support personnel and four Rafale aircraft visited the base here to participate in an exercise July 28 to Aug. 8.
- Base members improve processes to increase efficiency AFPN 07 Aug 2008 -- Members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing here have refined and streamlined processes in order to increase productivity and the level of support provided to the warfighter in theater.
- Researchers create system to convert waste to energy AFPN 07 Aug 2008 -- Researchers with the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate here are developing a transportable waste-to-energy system to produce electricity at forward military operating locations.
- Air Force officials release report on Sheppard T-38 accident AFPN 07 Aug 2008 -- Air Force officials here completed their investigation of the May 1 T-38C Talon accident at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, which resulted in the deaths of two pilots and destroyed the airplane.
- Air Force officials release report on Columbus T-38 accident AFPN 07 Aug 2008 -- Air Force officials here recently completed its investigation of the April 23 T-38C Talon accident at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., which resulted in the deaths of two pilots and destroyed the airplane.
- U.S. Navy Hosts Tri-lateral SAREX with ROK & JMSDF Sailors Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) hosted a tri-lateral search and rescue exercise (SAREX) Aug. 5 alongside Coast Guard cutter Kittiwake, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) destroyer JS Haruna (DDH 141) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great (DDH 976).
- USS John S. McCain Arrives in Tonga Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived in Nuku'alofa July 30 for a scheduled port visit to participate in events and activities celebrating the coronation of His Royal Highness King George Tupou V.
- Kauffman Continues Efforts in Jamaica During Partnership of the Americas Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- Sailors from the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) and Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 Detachment (Det.) 7 volunteered for a community relations project at the Windsor Girls Home Aug. 2, during a theater security cooperation (TSC) visit in Ocho Rios.
- Partnership of the Americas Underway Again Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- The guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59), the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40 departed from Mayport, Fla., July 29 to begin the second half of
- VAQ-129 Rocks Major EA-18G Inspection Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- The first Conventional Weapons Technical Proficiency Inspection (CWTPI) for a fleet EA-18G Growler was conducted on Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, July 25.
- "Gauntlets" Return, Kick Off Whidbey Electronic Attack Week Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- The "Gauntlets" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136 returned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island Aug. 6, for the first time in 28 years, to participate in this year's Electronic Attack Week.
- SPAWAR, ONR Host 11th Annual Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Competition Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) San Diego hosted the 11th Annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, July 28-Aug. 3.
- USS Kearsarge Deploys in Support of Continuing Promise 2008 Navy NewsSstand 07 Aug 2008 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) along with various embarked units and non-governmental organizations (NGO) departed Norfolk Aug. 6 for a four-month deployment, in support of mission Continuing Promise (CP) 2008 Caribbean Phase.
- Russia, Kazakhstan agree on Sept. 1-5 for joint combat drills RIA Novosti 7 Aug 2008 -- Russia and Kazakhstan will hold joint combat exercises in the Urals area.
- India test fires anti-tank "NAG" missile IRNA 7 Aug 2008 -- India's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully conducted a test of the NAG in the past two days.
- India says $1bln helicopter deal to be signed with Russia soon RIA Novosti 7 Aug 2008 -- The Indian Air Force said that India will soon sign a contract with Russia to receive 80 Mi-17 Hip-H multirole helicopters.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dep.t of State 07 Aug 2008
- Press Gaggle by Dana Perino The White House 07 Aug 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for August 07, 2008
- Lockheed Martin Team Completes Testing Of Propulsion Component For Mda's Multiple Kill Vehicle-L Lockheed Martin 07 Aug 2008 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that its team has successfully completed testing of a key propulsion system component for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Multiple Kill Vehicle-L (MKV-L) payload.
- Alliant Techsystems and BAE Systems Team for JATAS Program ATK 07 Aug 2008 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and BAE Systems have teamed to compete for the upcoming U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Joint Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS) program. JATAS is the Navy's planned next-generation missile warning system that will provide protection for rotary-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles.
- Boeing CUP-Modified (K)DC-10 Completes 1st Flight Boeing 07 Aug 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced the successful first flight of a (K)DC-10 modified with Boeing's Cockpit Upgrade Program (CUP).
- General Dynamics Awarded NSA Contract to Add Switched Network Compatibility to the Sectéra® vIPerT Universal Secure Phone General Dynamics 07 Aug 2008 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems has been awarded a $2.8 million contract by the National Security Agency (NSA) to add a new Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) feature to the Sectéra® vIPerT Universal Secure Phone.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 07 Aug 2008
- Georgian Minister says Georgian Troops Surrounding South Ossetian Capital VOA 07 Aug 2008 -- A Georgian government minister says Georgian troops have captured five villages in the pro-Russian breakaway region of South Ossetia and are surrounding the region's capital, Tskhinvali.
- Georgia, Ossetia Rebels Clash, Trade Accusations RFE/RL 07 Aug 2008 -- Georgia and its breakaway region of South Ossetia exchanged fire overnight, amid a spike in fighting between both sides.
- Georgia Offers Cease-Fire To Breakaway Region RFE/RL 07 Aug 2008 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has offered South Ossetia a unilateral cease-fire in an effort to deescalate rapidly rising tensions between the two sides.
- S.Ossetia says will retaliate if Georgia continues with attacks RIA Novosti 7 Aug 2008 -- South Ossetia's leader: Breakaway republic will attack Georgian troops if they continue to shell Tskhinvali and nearby villages.
- Russian peacekeepers report illegal flights over S. Ossetia RIA Novosti 7 Aug 2008 -- Russian peacekeepers in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone said they identified at least eight illegal flights over Georgia's breakaway region.
- Georgia calls on Russia to ensure talks with S.Ossetia RIA Novosti 7 Aug 2008 -- Georgia's Foreign Ministry on Thursday called on Russia to arrange direct talks between Tbilisi and Tskhinvali.
- South Ossetia alleges large-scale Georgian troop border movements RIA Novosti 7 Aug 2008 -- Georgian troops are heading toward South Ossetia, the head of the breakaway republic's Security Council said.
- YEMEN: Conflict damage assessment committee runs into trouble IRIN 7 Aug 2008 -- A government committee faced problems assessing damage in conflict-hit Saada Governorate, northern Yemen.
- Russian authorities confirm Chechen ex-commander on wanted list RIA Novosti 7 Aug 2008 -- Russian investigators confirmed that a former commander of the Defense Ministry's Vostok battalion has been put on a federal wanted list.
- Senior UN official convenes two days of round-table talks on Chad UN Newws Centre 07 Aug 2008 -- The top United Nations official in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) is convening two days of international talks starting today that are aimed at finding ways to help support the nascent UN peacekeeping mission being deployed to the strife-torn African countries.
- AU Commission to Meet Over Mauritania Coup D'etat VOA 7 Aug 2008 -- The Peace and Security Mission of the African Union will be holding an emergency meeting addressing the military coup d'etat in Mauritania.
- MAURITANIA: Military ousts president, seizes power IRIN 7 Aug 2008
- ZIMBABWE: Hints of a power sharing deal IRIN 7 Aug 2008 -- Negotiations for a power sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe's government and Zimbabwe's main opposition parties have nearly been concluded.
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