29 March 2009 Military News
- March 28 Airpower Summary: A-10s show coalition power AFNS 29 Mar 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations March 28, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Iraqi, US Forces Order Sunni Volunteers to Disarm VOA 29 Mar 2009 -- Iraqi and U.S. troops are ordering Sunni Muslim security volunteers in a Baghdad district to turn in their weapons, after the arrest of their local leader sparked deadly gun battles.
- Pakistan's former spy chief terms Obama's speech 'disappointing' IRNA 29 Mar 2009 -- The speech by US President Barack Obama has not only disappointed many in Pakistan but proved that he is not different from his predecessors, a former Pakistani military spy chief said on Saturday.
- Pakistan's Islamic party says Obama declares war on Pakistan IRNA 29 Mar 2009 -- Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami party has said that US President Obama has declared open war against Pakistan by accusing the country of being a stronghold of al-Qaeda and Taliban.
- Pakistan ruling party leader for pressing US to stop drone attack IRNA 29 Mar 2009 -- Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on National Security in Pakistan Senator Raza Rabbani has called for concerted efforts by the government and its friends to persuade US to stop drone attacks on Pakistani territory.
- Obama: America Expects Accountability From Pakistan VOA 29 Mar 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States will give Pakistan the tools it needs to help defeat al-Qaida, but expects accountability in return.
- New Afghan-Pakistan Strategy Refocuses Military Efforts, Obama Says AFPS 29 Mar 2009 -- President Barack Obama said today his new strategy for what he calls “America’s war” is intended to zero in on the heart of the matter at hand in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- 'Flourishing' Democracy in Afghanistan Remains Long-term Goal, Gates Says AFPS 29 Mar 2009 -- The United States’ short-term goal for Afghanistan may have been refined, but the long-term goal has stayed the same, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today on “Fox News Sunday.”
- At Least 7 Afghan Security Personnel Killed in Attacks VOA 29 Mar 2009 -- Authorities in Afghanistan say insurgent attacks have killed seven Afghan security personnel since Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S., Korean Navies Plan on Close Cooperation Navy NewsStand 29 Mar 2009 -- In a fitting end to a military exercise in defending the Republic of Korea (ROK) against external aggression, a new maritime operational plan was signed March 20 shortly after allied "victory" was declared from the simulated conflict.
- Bonhomme Richard's ATFP Program Excels During ULTRA-S Navy NewsStand 29 Mar 2009 -- During its Unit Level Training Assessment-Sustainment Plus (ULTRA-S PLUS), March 23, the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard's (LHD 6) Anti-terrorism and Force Protection (ATFP) program received high scores; passing all 12 of its ATFP drills and scoring above 90 percent overall.
- Secretary Robert Gates Interview with Fox News DoD 29 Mar 2009 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- Special Missions Center Hosts Electro-Optic Workshop at NSWC Crane Navy NewsStand 29 Mar 2009 -- Looking to better enable rapid technology transition to the warfighter, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) hosted The Electro-Optic (EO) Technology "Road-Mapping" Workshop February 9-13, 2009.
- NMCB 3 Completes Highly Successful Embarkation Exercise Navy NewsStand 29 Mar 2009 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 successfully completed Operation Meathook, a two-day embarkation training exercise March 18.
- San Antonio Concludes Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 29 Mar 2009 -- The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, returned to Naval Station Norfolk March 27, concluding the ship's maiden seven-month deployment.
- India test fires BrahMos missile IRNA 29 Mar 2009 -- India on Sunday test fired supersonic surface to surface 'BrahMos' missile.
Test of supersonic cruise missile was conducted in Pokharan in Rajasthan and it successfully hit its target near Ajasar.
- India successfully test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2009 -- India has successfully tested the latest land attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at a firing range in Pokhran, a spokesman for Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Limited said Sunday.
- Russian warships sail to Horn of Africa on anti-piracy mission RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2009 -- A task force from Russia's Pacific Fleet left Vladivostok on Sunday for the Gulf of Aden to take part in ongoing anti-piracy operations.
- Sudanese Leader Arrives in Doha Despite ICC Warrant VOA 29 Mar 2009 -- The Sudanese president has arrived in Doha to attend this week's Arab League summit, despite an international warrant for his arrest.
- Researchers Say China-Based Network Infiltrated Computers VOA 29 Mar 2009 -- Canadian researchers say they have discovered a large China-based electronic spying operation that infiltrated computers and stole information from government and private offices around the world, including the Dalai Lama.
- Mauritania's Military Ruler Running for President VOA 29 Mar 2009 -- Mauritania's military ruler says he will run for president in elections he has scheduled for June. The military toppled Mauritania's first freely-elected leader eight months ago.
- Spain to Consider Prosecuting Bush Officials Over Torture Allegations VOA 29 Mar 2009 -- A Spanish court has agreed to consider charging six former U.S. officials with providing legal justification for alleged torture at Guantanamo Bay.
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