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08 March 2012 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 08 Mar 2012 [PDF]
  • DOD Identifies Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation DoD 08 Mar 2012 -- The Department of Defense announced today three major units to deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.
  • Pakistan Considers Re-Opening NATO Supply Routes VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan's parliament is expected draw up rules of engagement and increased transit fees the United States and NATO must agree to before it will reopen the border for military convoys heading into Afghanistan. Pakistan closed the vital supply route last November when American air strikes killed 24 Pakistani troops in a 'friendly fire' incident.
  • 548th CSSB cases colors for Afghanistan deployment Army News 08 Mar 2012 -- Soldiers of 548th Combat Service Support Battalion formally readied themselves for deployment to Afghanistan during a flag casing ceremony Feb. 27 at Monti Physical Fitness Center.
  • 'Big Red One' ready for Afghanistan Army News 08 Mar 2012 -- A little more than a year after being unfurled following a deployment to Iraq, the colors of the 1st Infantry Division were again cased March 7 during a ceremony on Fort Riley's Cavalry Parade Field.
  • ISAF Commander Condemns Spin Boldak Murders AFPS 08 Mar 2012 -- The commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning yesterday's terrorist attack in the Spin Boldak district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province that killed four people and wounded eight others, military officials reported.
  • Defence Secretary - why we are in Afghanistan UK MOD 08 Mar 2012 -- Following the loss of six soldiers in Afghanistan this week, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond writes about why we are in Afghanistan and what is being achieved there

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Experts Testify on DOD Missile Defense System AFPS 08 Mar 2012 -- Technical challenges remain for the complex ballistic missile defense system designed to protect the United States and its allies, but the capability is crucial to the nation's defense posture, experts told a congressional panel this week.
  • Pentagon Ties Strategy to Installation Decisions, Official Says AFPS 08 Mar 2012 -- The Defense Department is working to ensure that it has the right makeup of forces and facilities in strategic locations, and that includes moving U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam, a senior official told a congressional panel.
  • Pentagon Official Makes Case for New BRAC Rounds AFPS 08 Mar 2012 -- The Defense Department needs two rounds of the Base Realignment and Closure process this year and next to shed excess building space and save money, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment told a congressional panel today.
  • FY 13 military construction requests outlined to Congress AFNS 08 Mar 2012 -- Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics discussed military construction projects contained in the service's fiscal 2013 President's Budget request during a congressional hearing March 8.
  • Langley tests new fuel delivery system AFNS 08 Mar 2012 -- Airmen here are testing a new fuel delivery system that officials say could revolutionize flightline operations and save the Air Force millions of dollars.
  • Air mobility maintainers help Air Force cut down fuel costs AFNS 08 Mar 2012 -- Air mobility maintainers are helping to secure the future by becoming more fuel efficient, officials said.
  • Geospatial Mapping Enhances Arlington Cemetery Management AFPS 08 Mar 2012 -- Officials at Arlington National Cemetery will use an Army-designed geospatial mapping system to manage cemetery operations, the executive director of the Army National Cemeteries Program said today.
  • USS Simpson and HSL-60 Use Fire Scout UAV NNS 08 Mar 2012 -- Guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) has the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), MQ-8B Fire Scout embarked for solo missions, a U.S. Navy first during a full deployment, March 7.
  • VR-56 Accepts Delivery of First C-40A Clipper Transport NNS 08 Mar 2012 -- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 56, the 'Globemasters' of Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Va., gained their first C-40A Clipper transport aircraft in a transfer from the 'Conquistadors' of VR-57, based in NAS North Island, Calif., March 2.
  • Dahlgren Hosts Aegis Combat System Training NNS 08 Mar 2012 -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) International Programs office and the Aegis Training and Readiness Center conducted an Aegis combat system overview training course during the week of March 2.
  • Swift Completes HSV-Southern Partnership Station 2012 NNS 08 Mar 2012 -- High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Mayport, Fla., March 8, marking the completion of its four-month HSV-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (HSV-SPS 12) mission.
  • WRNMMC Receives Joint Commission Accreditation NNS 08 Mar 2012 -- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) successfully completed its first survey by the Joint Commission (TJC) last week, TJC surveyors announced during a briefing in WRNMMC's Clark Auditorium March 2.
  • New Army focus on Pacific doesn't mean abandoning Middle East Army News 08 Mar 2012 -- While the Army has a new emphasis on the Asia and Pacific region, it doesn't mean the service will be unable to meet obligations in the Middle East - if need be, said the Army's chief of staff.
  • Spartans log more than 5,000 flight hours during deployment Army News 08 Mar 2012 -- Soldiers in 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Task Force Spartan) have been taking the lead in operations, both on the ground and in the air, in Regional Command South for more than 11 months.
  • Army's current and future network capabilities interoperate for a stronger force Army News 08 Mar 2012 -- While the Army's newest generation of its tactical communications network backbone undergoes its operational test this spring, an upgraded version of its earlier counterpart will also participate in the test to ensure seamless connectivity and interoperability.
  • First Army Division East transforms at year 5 Army News 08 Mar 2012 -- As First Army Division East celebrates its fifth anniversary, the mission of mobilizing, training, deploying and demobilizing Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen not only remains its focus, but the command plans to expand training provided to reserve-component units.
  • NATO signs contract for Cyber Defence NATO 08 Mar 2012 -- The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) celebrated with a ceremony on 8 March 2012 the award of a contract for upgrading the NATO cyber defence capabilities.
  • Pakistan appoints new air chief IRNA 08 Mar 2012 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has approved the appointment of Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt as the country's new Air Chief, presidential spokesman said.
  • China's navy to take delivery of first aircraft carrier this year CNA 08 Mar 2012 -- A senior colonel with the Chinese navy confirmed that China's first aircraft carrier would be handed over to the navy this year but would not enter full service, the Hong Kong China News Agency reported Thursday.
  • March 8, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Mar 2012
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 3/8/2012 The White House 08 Mar 2012

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