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  • Iraqi Security Forces Gain in Capability, Professionalism

    01/28/2008 3:49:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 127+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2008 – Iraqi security forces increasingly demonstrate their professionalism and willingness to step up to protect the Iraqi people, a spokesman for Multinational Corps Iraq told reporters yesterday. During a briefing in Baghdad, Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith pointed to numerous signs of progress in training and equipping the Iraqi army and police forces and the greater role these forces now play in Iraq’s security. “We continue to see examples of the increasingly professionalized Iraqi security forces stepping up to protect their people,” he said. Smith noted the gains being made by soldiers, police officers and...
  • Iraqi Air Force Builds on 2007 Growth in Size, Capability

    01/24/2008 4:05:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2008 – “Tremendous” growth in the Iraqi air force last year in terms of capability as well as capacity is expected to continue in 2008 as Iraq builds its air force from the ground up, a senior U.S. officer assisting that effort reported today. During 2007, the Iraqis stood up four air force training schools and graduated their first military pilots’ class since 2003, Air Force Col. Lyman “Lewie” Edwards, who also serves as chief of staff and deputy commander for the Coalition Air Force Transition Team, told retired military analysts via teleconference from Baghdad. Last year...
  • Bagram ‘First’ Means New Capability for Region

    09/28/2007 5:58:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 50+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Michael Meridith, USAF
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Sept. 28, 2007 – The recent speedy landing and launch of one of the world’s largest aircraft promises to bring “tremendous” capability for the movement of critical cargo across the region, according to 455th Air Expeditionary Wing officials here. A C-5 Galaxy, the Air Force's largest airlift platform, landed at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, without interruption to flight operations for the first time Sept. 21, 2007. Photo by Master Sgt. Jamie Cabral, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. An Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport landed here Sept. 22 without interrupting wing flying operations, a...
  • Violence in Iraq Down, Iraqi Capability Up, Odierno Says

    09/20/2007 5:34:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 24+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2007 – Attacks in Iraq are at their lowest level since before the February 2006 bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said today. (Video) In addition to a decrease in attacks, the number of civilian casualties is decreasing, car bomb and suicide attacks are at their lowest levels in a year, and Iraqi and coalition forces have found more weapons caches in the first nine months of 2007 than they did in all of 2006, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, told reporters in...
  • Iraqi Air Force Growing in Size, Capability

    08/05/2007 1:18:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 490+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2007 – As the Iraqi army is growing into its role of securing Iraq, the country’s air force is making great progress, too, the Coalition Air Force Transition Team commander told Baghdad reporters today. “The Iraqi air force is growing … very quickly in their capabilities,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert Allardice. “It’s very difficult to start with almost nothing, which is where they started in 2004, with about 35 people, to a capability where you can actually fly … the types of missions we’re flying.” The new fleet is flying about 150 sorties a week,...
  • Iraq’s Military Medical Capability Improving, Iraqi General Says

    08/24/2006 3:41:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 261+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2006 – Iraq’s military medical system is not equal to its U.S. counterpart, but is improving on a daily basis, the surgeon general of Iraq’s armed forces said here yesterday. “We are in the process of building this system,” Iraqi army Brig. Gen. Samir A. Hassan said. “We have expanded more and more to meet the expansion of the armed forces.” Samir is an orthopedic specialist by training who became surgeon general in June 2004 at the age of 38. His staff of fewer than 80 people serves more than 160,000 Iraqi soldiers, sailors and airmen. Samir...
  • Unmanned Aircraft Give Military Added Capability

    07/26/2006 11:05:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 519+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 26, 2006 – The instant feedback of information supplied by unmanned aerial vehicles is bringing immediate "value added" to U.S. military operations, the Joint Staff's director for strategic plans and policy explained yesterday. "UAVs have become such an important tool for our decision makers -- operational battlefield decision makers and strategic decision makers," Air Force Lt. Gen. Victor E. "Gene" Renuart Jr. said in a Pentagon Channel interview. "They have become an accepted part of our inventory." Unmanned aerial vehicles are remotely piloted or self-piloted aircraft that can carry cameras, sensors and communications equipment that provide an integrated...
  • Afghan Security Forces Gaining Capability, Spokesman Says

    07/25/2006 4:35:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 108+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 25, 2006 – While the enemy will continue to resist the will of the government and more violence is expected, the Afghan National Army and National Police are gaining capability by the day, a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan spokesman said today. At a news conference in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Army Col. Thomas Collins said Afghan and coalition forces are working with the local government and international aid organizations. The combined forces "continue their efforts to enable the Afghan people with opportunities for a brighter future despite the enemy's futile attempts to stop the march of progress,"...
  • Buckeye System Brings New Digital Capability to Warfighters

    06/13/2006 5:49:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 305+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., June 13, 2006 – A system initially adopted to help the Army Corps of Engineers detect invasive vegetation growing in coastal waterways is giving warfighters an edge in the global war on terror. "Buckeye," a digital imaging system that's installed on an aircraft, gives ground commanders a bird's-eye view of the area in which they're operating, Army Capt. Jed Richards, research and development coordinator for the Army's Topographic Engineering Center here, told American Forces Press Service. Featuring a high-quality digital camera with an extra-large focal frame, Buckeye "looks" nearly straight down from an aircraft and captures images...
  • Modification Kits to Improve B-1 Combat Capability

    05/17/2006 4:09:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 606+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | May 16, 2006 | B-1 Systems Group, Aeronautical Systems Center
    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, May 16, 2006 – The U.S. Air Force recently awarded a $180-million contract to the Boeing Company to upgrade the fire-control radar on the service's fleet of 67 B-1B long-range bomber aircraft. The nine-year Reliability and Maintainability Improvement Program, or RMIP, will replace two, high-failure rate line-replaceable units that make up the current AN/APQ-164 radar system in an effort to improve its R&M performance.According to U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Clark, commander of the B-1 Systems Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, the RMIP System Development and Demonstration is the first significant radar...
  • Guard Demonstrating Versatility, Capability, Chief Says

    05/04/2006 5:55:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 113+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2006 – Over the past year, the National Guard has demonstrated not only its ability to be the nation's "minutemen" and respond to calls immediately, but also its ability to sustain several different missions at once, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said here yesterday. "It is a different National Guard than existed five or six years ago," Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum said at the second hearing of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves. "It is not only not your grandfather's National Guard, it's not your older brother's National Guard. It's not...
  • Afghan Communications Unit Reaches Capability Milestone

    05/03/2006 6:14:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 144+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, May 3, 2006 – A unique Afghan National Army communications unit reached a milestone recently by demonstrating its capability to plan, deploy and establish a communications station. Maj. Abdul Anan (left) and Capt. Gul Mohammed, officers with the Afghan National Army's Communications Support Element, perform radio checks during the unit's first deployment recently. Courtesy photo   The Communication Support Element is providing ANA leadership with the capability to extend command and control systems to a deployed operations center anywhere in Afghanistan. The battalion-sized unit is being developed to support the needs of the National Military Command Center in...
  • Iraqi Forces Gaining in Logistics Capability

    04/14/2006 4:19:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 236+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 14, 2006 – As the Iraqi security forces grow in number and capability, so too does the logistical support system that will sustain them, the commander of 3rd U.S. Army Corps Support Command told Pentagon reporters today from Balad, Iraq. Army Brig. Gen. Rebecca S. Halstead reported progress in building the Iraqis' logistics capability - ensuring that the proverbial "tail" can support the "teeth" of the fighting force. The 3rd COSCOM, deployed to Logistics Support Area Anaconda from its Weisbaden, Germany, headquarters, is carrying out its traditional logistics support mission for U.S. forces at more than 50 bases...
  • DoD Uses Katrina Lessons to Improve Response Capability

    02/06/2006 6:18:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 129+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 6, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2006 – The U.S. military performed admirably as it responded to Hurricane Katrina during the largest, fastest civil support mission in U.S. history - but it needs to do better in the future, according to the Pentagon's chief of homeland security. Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for homeland security, praised the military response to the catastrophic hurricane in an address to civilian leaders who recently visited the Pentagon. The civilians were past participants in the DoD Joint Civilian Orientation Conference that gives business, civic and academic leaders a weeklong immersion into military operations. Within 10 to...
  • Marine Corps Special Ops Will Add to Military Capability, Commander Says

    01/26/2006 5:21:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 50 replies · 1,375+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2006 – The Marine Corps Special Operations Command, the newest addition to the special operations community, will be a complementary force that will ease the strain on other services' elite units and will contribute to the nation's readiness in the global war on terror, the new unit's commander said here today. "I firmly believe that this is the right thing to do for the country at this time," said Marine Brig. Gen. Dennis J. Hejlik, commander of Marine Corps Special Operations Command. "This irregular warfare is here to stay. If we don't start to go that way,...

    12/06/2005 1:21:54 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 13 replies · 1,019+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | 06 December 2005 | Chuck Wagner
    F-14 Program Builds Historic Business Bridge to Poland PATUXENT RIVER , Md., Dec. 6, 2005 – For a people who first heard of it while they lived under Soviet influence, this U.S. Navy fighter aircraft is of great public interest. Polish citizens invariably know it by name. Employees of PZL-Swidnik even refer to it with a hint of ownership – the F-14 Tomcat. " The recent agreement paves the way for the eventual creation of long-term technical and economic benefits that will produce dividends for both the U.S. and Poland." -- Czes Covington A business bridge between the U.S. Navy’s...
  • Coalition Working to Increase Iraqi Navy's Capability

    09/22/2005 4:18:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 190+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 22, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2005 – U.S. and coalition maritime forces in the northern Persian Gulf are working to develop the fledgling Iraqi navy and bring it to a level where it can sustain itself, a U.S. commander in the area said today. In a news briefing live from Bahrain, Navy Vice Adm. David C. Nichols Jr., commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet, said the Iraqi navy, though small, is already integrated into maritime security operations in the gulf. "Because the Iraqis know the lay of the land and understand what they're looking at up there...
  • Rumsfeld: Civil Relief Efforts Will Not Dilute Warfighting Capability

    09/20/2005 10:11:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 176+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2005 – The U.S. military is fully capable to fulfill all its responsibilities, including homeland defense and relief efforts, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a Pentagon news briefing today. After deploying more than 50,000 National Guard troops to help with Hurricane Katrina recovery, Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, reported that there were still hundreds of thousands of troops available for deployment, Rumsfeld said. The active-duty force also has capabilities to support relief efforts and sustain...
  • Will Washington Support Democracy in Iran?

    02/12/2005 1:49:15 PM PST · by forty_years · 15 replies · 407+ views ^ | February 12, 2005 | Michael Rubin After a first term marked by schizophrenic Iran policy initiatives, the Bush White House will soon develop a coordinated policy to promote peaceful regime change in Iran. The Bush administration is heartened by the apparent success of the Iraqi election and believes that Iranians are ready to exert their democratic rights. Bush policy is motivated by the grave and growing threat from the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program, and the realization that neither Iran nor the European Union are sincere in preventing Iran's acquisition of nuclear weaponry. The Islamic Republic's potential threat to American security emanates from Tehran's determination...
  • Iran's Al-Qaeda Link: What the 9-11 Commission Found

    01/19/2005 8:05:41 AM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies · 684+ views ^ | January 19, 2005 | Middle East Quarterly
    While the State Department's Patterns of Global Terrorism—2003 report [1] labeled Iran "the most active state sponsor of terrorism in 2003," the Bush administration has yet to agree on a national security presidential directive to define U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.[2] Meanwhile, Tehran continues to edge closer to nuclear capability.[3]The following are excerpts from the 9/11 Commission Report, an unclassified version of which was released to the public on July 22, 2004.[4] The commission interviewed more than 1,000 people in ten countries and conducted an unprecedented review of U.S. intelligence. Among its findings, excerpted below, was evidence of a...
  • Tapping the Hornet's Nest

    12/13/2004 8:40:27 AM PST · by forty_years · 2 replies · 1,319+ views ^ | December 13, 2004 | Michael Rubin
    Editor's note: Readers may also be interested in Iran: The Invisible Revolution. During the U.S. presidential campaign, debate over Iran policy received unprecedented attention. The reasons are multifold. With Iran on the verge of developing both nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile capability, Washington policymakers can no longer ignore the Iranian threat, especially when confidants of Supreme Leader Ali Khomenei lead televised chants of "American will be annihilated," as Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati did last June. American concern over a nuclear Iran is multifold. The danger is not necessarily that Iran would conduct a nuclear first strike, although former president Ali Akbar...
  • US-European capability gap grows

    11/20/2002 4:17:10 PM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 199+ views
    Financial Times ^ | November 20 2002 | Judy Dempsey
    vWhen Nato leaders meet on Thursday in Prague to welcome seven new countries into the US-led alliance, they will need no reminding that if the organisation is to have any future military role, the Europeans will have to improve their capabilities. Joseph Ralston, Nato's outgoing US commander, has no illusions over the long-term consequences of this growing gap between the US and its Europeans allies when it comes to technology and spending. He said the longer the capabilities gap widens, the less likely allies will be capable of interoperability - the ability to train together and fight together. "Nato forces...