08 March 2012 Military News
- 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
- DoD News: Contracts for March 08, 2012
- CACI Awarded $78 Million Contract to Transform Legacy Systems for U.S. Air Force Infrastructure CACI 08 Mar 2012 -- CACI International Inc announced today that it has been awarded a $78 million contract to provide integration, sustainment, and deployment services in support of the U.S. Air Force Office of the Civil Engineer's NexGen IT program to replace legacy systems with current technologies.
- DCNS conducts first deck landing of new Caiman Marine helicopter on board FREMM Aquitaine DCNS 08 Mar 2012 -- A few weeks after the first helicopter landing trials on board the FREMM Aquitaine frigate, DCNS, the French Navy and the French defence procurement agency (DGA) have successfully completed a new series of deck landing trials, this time with new Caiman Marine (NH90) heavy lift helicopter which recently entered operational service with the French Navy.
- Lockheed Martin Space Fence Radar Prototype Tracking Orbiting Objects Lockheed Martin 08 Mar 2012 -- A prototype of a new radar system developed by a Lockheed Martin-led team is now tracking orbiting space objects, bringing the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence program one step closer to revolutionizing our nation’s space situational awareness.
- 8 March 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 08 Mar 2012
- Tripoli Questions Russian Claims of Libyan Training for Syrian Opposition VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- Libya's interim prime minister says he does not believe Russian allegations that the transitional government in Tripoli is helping to train armed opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Libya is asking for U.S. help to apprehend members of the former Gadhafi government.
- Panetta Defends U.S. Caution On Syria, Says Assad Exit Is A Matter Of Time RFE/RL 08 Mar 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has defended U.S. caution in trying to end violence in Syria.
- Oil Official Becomes First High-Ranking Syrian Defection RFE/RL 08 Mar 2012 -- Syrian Deputy Oil Minister Abdo Hussameddin has announced his defection to the opposition, becoming the first high-ranking civilian official to abandon President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the Syrian uprising erupted a year ago.
- Syria Minister 'Joins Revolution' RIA Novosti 08 Mar 2012 -- Syria's deputy oil minister announced his defection on Thursday, saying he is joining the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, al Jazeera television reported.
- Joint UN-Arab League envoy urges immediate halt to Syria violence UN News Centre 08 Mar 2012 -- The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria today called for an immediate end to the killings and warned against the use of force to bring an end to the crisis.
- Purported Syrian Minister Quits Regime VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- A man claiming to be Syria's deputy oil minister has appeared in a YouTube video saying he resigned his post to join the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.
- Annan Opposes 'Further Militarization' in Syria VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- U.N.-Arab League special envoy for Syria Kofi Annan has warned against further militarization of the country's unrest, saying it would make the situation ';worse.';
- UN envoy for West Africa stresses cooperation to address regional threats UN News Centre 08 Mar 2012 -- The United Nations envoy for West African today underlined the Organization's determination to strengthen partnership with countries in the region to effectively combat threats to stability, including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, drug trafficking and organized crime, as well as the food crisis and insecurity in the Sahel belt.
- Liberated Areas of Somalia Pose Serious Political Challenges VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- Regional military forces battling al-Shabab militants in Somalia are leaving behind political vacuums in liberated regions. The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and foreign powers say they want local administrations to set up in these areas, but it is hard to determine which of these will be reliable and trustworthy.
- Japan Holds Firm on Disputed Islands RIA Novosti 08 Mar 2012 -- Japan reiterated on Thursday that it will only sign a peace treaty with Russia if it returns the disputed Kuril Islands, the BBC Russian Service reported.
- Despite Tensions, Sudan-S. Sudan Talks Continue VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- Talks continue between Sudan and South Sudan as they try to resolve simmering disputes over oil, borders, and citizenship issues.
- Nuclear security on the agenda as Ban holds talks with Republic of Korea minister UN News Centre 08 Mar 2012 -- The situation on the Korean Peninsula, including the nuclear issue and humanitarian concerns, featured in talks today between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK).
- US-Korean Food Aid Talks Make Progress, No Deal VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- A top U.S. envoy says ongoing talks with North Korea on deliveries of 240,000 metric tons of emergency American food aid are making progress, but says details remain to be settled.
- White House Denies Report of Deal With Israel Over Iran VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in their meetings this week, did not discuss Israel's reported request for advanced U.S. military equipment that could be used against Iran.
- Iran decries French FM's 'interference in internal affairs IRNA 08 Mar 2012 -- IRI Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Wednesday rejected as 'baseless and interference in Iran's internal affairs' French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe's remarks on Iran in interview with Tele France TV.
- Iranians show trust in Islamic system in March 2 elections: S Leader IRNA 08 Mar 2012 -- Iranians have overwhelmingly demonstrated their trust in the Islamic system through their massive turnout in the March 2 parliamentary elections, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday.
- P5+1 Urges Iran Toward Nuclear Talks VOA 08 Mar 2012 -- A group of six world powers has called on Iran to enter talks on its controversial nuclear program without preconditions.
- Pakistani PM asked to re-open graft cases against President IRNA 08 Mar 2012 -- Pakistan's top court on Thursday ordered Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to write letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari without taking advice and submit a report to the apex court on March 21.
- Pakistani agencies had almost caught Bin Laden, claims Interior Minister IRNA 08 Mar 2012 -- Interior Minister Rehman Malik has claimed that Pakistani security agencies were 'very close' to capturing the slain al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, a media report said on Thursday.
- SOMALIA: Benefits - and risks - of Puntland oil IRIN 08 Mar 2012 -- The recent discovery of oil deposits in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, northeastern Somalia, could improve its population's livelihoods as long as it is handled properly, officials and locals told IRIN.
- NIGERIA: Gas flares still a burning issue in the Niger Delta IRIN 08 Mar 2012 -- Despite longstanding laws against gas flaring - the burning of natural gas during oil extraction - in Nigeria, and shifting deadlines to end the practice, the activity continues, with serious health consequences for people living nearby.
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