28 August 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Aug 2008 [PDF]
- MND-B Soldier attacked by SAF (Baghdad)
- MND-B Soldier attacked in IED strike (Baghdad)
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Transition Update: Lt. Gen. Helmick, Mr. al-Bulani, Aug. 28, 2008 MNF-I 28 Aug 2008 -- Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick, commander, Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq and NATO Training Mission - Iraq, and Mr. Jawad al-Bulani, Iraqi Minister of Interior, provide an update
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Col. White from Baghdad 28 Aug 2008 -- Presenter: Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Col. Pat White
- Marines, LEP work together Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2008 -- Marines with 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5 and the battalion's law enforcement professional is working closely to prosecute criminals in Iraq.
- Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain Nine Suspects, Find IED AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- Coalition forces in Iraq detained nine suspected terrorists, including two alleged al-Qaida in Iraq leaders, and found an improvised explosive device during operations in Baghdad and the Hamrin Mountains region of Diyala province today, military officials reported.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill More Than 100 Enemy Fighters AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 100 enemy fighters during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province over the last three days, military officials reported.
- Top US Military Officer Encouraged by Pakistani Action to Quell Border Violence VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- America's top military officer says he is encouraged by Pakistani actions to quell violence along the border with Afghanistan
- Afghan repatriation tops agenda of UN refugee chief's visit to Pakistan UN News Centre 28 Aug 2008 -- The top United Nations refugee official today wrapped up a three-day visit to Pakistan, during which the Government agreed to revise a plan for the repatriation of the nearly 2 million remaining Afghan refugees in the country that was due to end next year.
- Pakistan army kills 48 militants in tribal regions: spokesman IRNA 28 Aug 2008 -- Pakistani security forces have killed 47 militants in two tribal regions, the army said on Wednesday.
- Charleston Airmen deploy to support war on terrorism AFPN 28 Aug 2008 -- More than 130 Charleston Air Force Base Airmen deployed from here Aug. 27 to a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia to support operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
- Coast Guard Cutter Delivers Aid to Georgia AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas has finished off-loading humanitarian relief supplies in the Georgian city of Batumi and has left port, a Defense Department official said here today.
- U.S. European Command Delivers Aid to Georgia AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- The Defense Department and U.S. European Command stand ready to assist as required to save lives and alleviate human suffering during the humanitarian crisis in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, a senior EuCom official said yesterday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Adm. Mullen from the Pentagon 28 Aug 2008 -- Presenter: Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen
- Chairman Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressed the security situation in Iraq, the need for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the Georgia challenge during a Pentagon news conference today.
- F-15 accident report released AFPN 28 Aug 2008 -- Pilot error caused the Feb. 20 crash of two Eglin-based F-15C Eagles off the coast of Florida, according to an Air Combat Command accident investigation board report released Aug. 28.
- Air Guard officials discuss top concerns at leadership summit AFPN 28 Aug 2008 -- Safety, culture and the Air National Guard's future were among topics adjutants general, wing commanders, command chief master sergeants and others from around the nation discussed at a recent conference in Wisconsin.
- Air Force leaders discuss AFSO 21's future AFPN 28 Aug 2008 -- The Air Force's senior leaders met Aug. 26 to discuss the future role of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century during a quarterly AFSO 21 Process Council meeting on Bolling Air Force Base.
- Air Force Material Command receives acquisition authority AFPN 28 Aug 2008 -- Air Force Materiel Command officials here recently signed an acquisition authority agreement with Air Force acquisitions officials and now are authorized to pursue services acquisitions valued at up to $500 million.
- U.S., Pakistani Military Leaders Meet Aboard USS Lincoln AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- U.S. and Pakistani military leaders continued their ongoing dialogue about the war on terrorism during an Aug. 26 meeting aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean.
- Pearl Harbor Anti-Terrorism Exercise Trains Emergency Personnel Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2008 -- Emergency and law enforcement personnel responded to a series of mock terrorist attacks on Naval Station Pearl Harbor (NAVSTA PH) Aug. 20 as part of Anti-Terrorism Field Training Exercise (AT FTX) 2008.
- NAVCENT Hosts Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Navy NewsStand 28 Aug 2008 -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), welcomed Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa to the command's headquarters in Manama Aug. 28.
- CMSAF highlights warrior Airmen, Air Force focus areas AFPN 28 Aug 2008 -- Airmen are fighting today's fight on fronts around the world for a more secure America and peace for future generations, the chief master sergeant of the Air Force told attendees at the Air Force Sergeant's Association Professional Airmen's Conference Aug. 26 in San Antonio.
- DoD Announces Installation Realignments In Germany 28 Aug 2008 -- The Department of Defense announced today that the United States will cease operations at 15 U.S. Army, Europe, sites in Idar-Oberstein, Dexheim and other locations in Germany.
- Researchers Work Toward Regenerating Lost Extremities AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- A powder that regrows fingers and toes sounds like the stuff of fairy tales, but medical experts here are hoping they can use it to make magic happen for wounded warriors.
- Army briefs transformation, modularity to LOGCOM USMC News 29 Aug 2008 -- Two U.S. Army officers briefed 60 Marines and civilian personnel from Marine Corps Logistics Command on the Army's Transformation and Modularity Program, Aug. 19, at the Base Conference Center here.
- Marines Look for Breakthroughs While Developing New Vehicles AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- The Marine Corps, like the Army, is "still waiting for that technological breakthrough" needed to build a combat vehicle that's light and agile but also protects crewmembers inside, the Marine Corps commandant said yesterday.
- National Guard, NorthCom Prepare for Gustav Response AFPS 28 Aug 2008 -- Thousands of National Guard troops are mobilizing as Tropical Storm Gustav moves toward the Gulf Coast, where it is expected to make landfall within days as a Category 3 hurricane.
- UK troops suffer higher death rate in Afghanistan than Iraq IRNA 28 Aug 2008 -- British forces are being killed in Afghanistan at a faster rate than at the height of the war in Iraq, according to an analysis of casualty figures.
- Russia's Topol ICBM hits target with new warhead in test launch RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- A Russian Topol strategic missile test-launched on Thursday from the Plesetsk space center has successfully hit a designated target on the Kamchatka peninsula, a Strategic Missile Forces spokesman said.
- Russian warship returns to Crimea base after drills RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- Russia's Azov amphibious warfare ship has returned to its base in Sevastopol, in Ukraine's Crimea, after international naval exercises, the Black Sea Fleet said on Thursday.
- NATO ships in Black Sea on routine visit, unrelated to Georgia crisis NATO 28 Aug 2008 -- The Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), a group of NATO warships, conducts routine port visits and exercises with NATO member nations bordering the Black Sea since 21 August.
- NATO denies military buildup in Black Sea RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- NATO denied Thursday accusations by Russia the military alliance is building up its presence in the Black Sea, saying on its website a group of four ships deployed there were not related to the conflict in Georgia.
- Britain indefinitely postpones military exercise with Georgia RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- The British Ministry of Defense has decided to postpone indefinitely its September joint military exercise with Georgia due to Tbilisi's recent conflict with South Ossetia, a ministry's spokesman said on Thursday.
- Taiwan has no information on U.S. Harpoon missile sales: MND CNA 28 Aug 2008 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has not received any information on the possible sale of Harpoon Air-Launch missiles by the United States to Taiwan, military spokeswoman Lisa Chi said Thursday.
- Why Shanghai Is Not Warsaw RFE/RL 28 Aug 2008 -- As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) holds its annual summit, there is increasing attention on the military potential of an alliance that groups both Russia and China along with four Central Asian states.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Aug 2008
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 28 Aug 2008
- Background Briefing by Senior Administration Official on the Vice President's Trip to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, and Italy The White House 29 Aug 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for August 28, 2008
- U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Achieves Major Operational Milestone On First SBIRS HEO System Lockheed Martin 28 Aug 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that the U.S. Air Force has certified readiness for dedicated operational utility evaluation and trial period operations of the first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and associated ground system in preparation for use by the warfighter.
- Space Tracking and Surveillance System's Demonstration Satellites Complete Acoustic Testing At Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 28 Aug 2008 -- The two Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) demonstration satellites being built by prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have successfully completed acoustic testing.
- Bavarian Ministry of the Interior purchases eight new EC135 Police Helicopters from Eurocopter EADS 28 Aug 2008 -- On August 27, the Bavarian Ministry of the Interior announced its decision in Munich to purchase eight new Eurocopter EC135 P2i helicopters for the Bavarian Police Helicopter Squadron
- General Dynamics Delivers Submarine New Hampshire To U.S. Navy Ahead of Schedule General Dynamics 28 Aug 2008 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat today delivered the New Hampshire (SSN-778), the nation's newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, to the U.S. Navy eight months ahead of schedule.
- Hamilton Sundstrand equipment contributes to successful Sikorsky X2 TECHNOLOGY Demonstrator first flight Hamilton Sundstrand 28 Aug 2008 -- Hamilton Sundstrand's hardware has contributed to a successful first flight of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s X2 TECHNOLOGY™ Demonstrator. Both Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky are subsidiaries of United Technologies Corp.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 28 Aug 2008
- Putin Suggests Domestic U.S. Politics Led To Georgia Crisis RFE/RL 28 Aug 2008 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has told U.S. television network CNN that he suspects unnamed persons in the United States provoked the conflict in Georgia in an attempt to help a candidate in the U.S. presidential election.
- Georgia's internally displaced fear returning home, say UN relief agencies UN News Centre 28 Aug 2008 -- The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern today over the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting people escaping conflict in Georgia, especially those fleeing the buffer zone between the breakaway region of South Ossetia and the town of Gori.
- European Union Mulls Sanction Options Against Russia VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says the European Union is considering sanctions against Russia following its recognition of independence for the Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
- US Promises Consequences for Russian Actions in Georgia VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- The Bush administration said Thursday Russia will face consequences for what was termed its disproportionate military action in Georgia and recognition of two breakaway Georgian regions
- US Rejects Putin's Charges that Bush Administration Orchestrated Georgian Crisis VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of orchestrating the Georgian crisis to benefit one of the presidential candidates, a claim the White House calls "patently false."
- EU leaders considering sanctions against Russia RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- EU countries are considering imposing sanctions on Russia over the Georgia crisis, the French foreign minister said on Thursday.
- Abkhazia looks to seal diplomatic ties with Russia within week RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- Abkhazia plans to sign a treaty establishing diplomatic relations with Russia within a week, the foreign minister of the Georgian breakaway region now recognized by Moscow said on Thursday.
- Georgia urges OSCE to 'respond' to expansionist Russia RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- Georgia's foreign minister accused Russia on Thursday of expansionist behavior and urged the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to take appropriate measures.
- Russia avoids pressuring states to recognize Abkhazia, S.Ossetia RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- Russia's foreign minister said on Thursday that his country has no intention of pressuring other states to follow Moscow's lead and recognize Georgia's rebel regions as independent countries.
- S.Ossetia says Georgian drone shot down over capital RIA Novosti 28 Aug 2008 -- A Georgian unmanned reconnaissance plane was shot down early on Thursday over the South Ossetian capital, a local Interior Ministry official said.
- Russia Fails to Win Full Support of Asian Allies on Georgia Crisis VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- Russia's Asian allies have expressed concern about the Georgian crisis and have called for dialogue.
- China Expresses Concern About Russia's Stance on Georgian Regions VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- China has expressed concern after Russia declared two regions of Georgia independent.
- West Steps Up Criticism As Moscow Claims Regional Support For Georgia Actions RFE/RL 28 Aug 2008 -- The diplomatic battle between the West and Moscow over Russia's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is continuing to grow, as France ratcheted up the diplomatic pressure by saying the EU states are considering sanctions on Russia.
- Lessons Of A Postmodern War RFE/RL 28 Aug 2008
- SCO Fails To Back Russia Over Georgia RFE/RL 28 Aug 2008 -- The member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have expressed grave concern over tensions in Georgia, but failed to give Moscow clear support in its standoff with the West.
- Interview: China Wary Of Russian Support For Georgian Separatists RFE/RL 28 Aug 2008 -- China and Russia are two giant neighbors whose relationship never seems quite settled.
- New UN-African Union mediator for Darfur conflict takes up post UN News Centre 28 Aug 2008 -- The newly appointed chief of the joint United Nations-African Union effort to bring peace to Darfur arrived today in the conflict-wracked Sudanese region, pledging to consult as widely as possible with the warring parties to try to find a lasting solution.
- UN mission dispatches patrol following clashes in eastern DR Congo UN News Centre 28 Aug 2008 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has dispatched patrols to the country's volatile eastern region after some of the worst fighting since a peace deal was signed in January broke out earlier today between Government forces and armed rebel groups.
- SRI LANKA: ICRC gives training on treatment of war wounds IRIN 28 Aug 2008 -- Being well-prepared and capable of fast and effective triage (the sorting and treatment of patients based on the degree of their injuries) are the key to caring for war-wounded.
- GUINEA-BISSAU: Security sector reform must go ahead IRIN 28 Aug 2008 -- Recent political instability including the early August dissolution of government could delay long-awaited plans to reform Guinea-Bissau's swollen security sector which could impact the country's long-term security says the president of the national defence institute Baciro Dja.
- Malaysia Extends Philippine Peacekeeping Mission VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- Malaysia agreed to extend a mandate to keep its peacekeepers in the volatile southern Philippines, where they will continue to monitor a shaky cease-fire between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
- Anwar Makes Victorious Return to Malaysian Parliament VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as a member of parliament after winning a crucial by-election by a landslide, bringing him closer to his pledge to topple the government
- Palestinian President Visits Lebanon VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is meeting with top Lebanese officials, on a two-day visit, expected to include discussions over the future of the large Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon, and the armed presence of different Palestinian factions on Lebanese soil.
- Zimbabwe's Opposition to Appeal for Help with Crisis Talks VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party is planning to appeal to South Africa's president to help save power-sharing talks with Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe.
- Pakistani Lawyers Confront New Government to Reinstate Judges VOA 28 Aug 2008 -- The Pakistani lawyers whose protests helped drive President Musharraf from office have returned to the streets and this time they are targeting the country's newly- elected government
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