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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Defense News

Defense news for Dec. 7:

Dec 7, 2006 - 6:18:06 AM

Saudi Arabia Urges US Not To Leave Iraq Quickly

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States on Dec 6 urged America not to suddenly withdraw troops from Iraq and to support the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as the best hope for stability.


Dec 7, 2006 - 6:03:16 AM

Chirac Tells Israel To Stop Lebanon Overflights

French President Jacques Chirac told Israel on Dec. 6 it should stop flying warplanes over Lebanon in what Israel says is an effort to gather intelligence on Hizbollah arms smuggling.


Dec 7, 2006 - 6:01:00 AM

Australia Seeks Global Defense Force

With a squat gray body and clipped, stubby wings, Australia’s newest military acquisition looks anything but threatening on a sleepy Canberra tarmac.


Dec 7, 2006 - 6:00:53 AM

US report on Iraq calls for diplomatic offensive

The United States must launch a diplomatic offensive and begin withdrawing troops from Iraq to halt a "grave and deteriorating" crisis, a top panel recommended on another crushing day of violence in the stricken nation


Dec 7, 2006 - 6:00:44 AM

ASEAN fears North Korea will spark East Asia nuclear race

North Korea's recent atomic test could spawn a dangerous nuclear arms race in East Asia, a Southeast Asian official said.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:58:04 AM

High-tech groups join for US tech-transfer reform

Three big trade groups are joining forces to try to overhaul U.S. export laws that have undercut military-related cooperation with allies, the head of one of the groups said on Wednesday


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:52:53 AM

FV430 Mk3 Bulldog Arrives At the Front Line

Troops in Iraq are finding driving much easier following delivery of the first upgraded FV430 Mk3 Bulldog vehicles.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:51:45 AM

US Senate Panel Approves Gates Nomination

A Senate committee Tuesday unanimously approved Robert Gates to be the next U.S. defense secretary and sent the nomination to the Senate floor for confirmation, expected as early as Wednesday.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:44:45 AM

Iraq Report Sees ‘Grave and Deteriorating’ Crisis

The United States should begin to withdraw its forces from combat in Iraq and launch a diplomatic push, including Iran and Syria, to prevent "a slide toward chaos" in the country, a high-level panel recommended on Dec. 6.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:44:09 AM

Russia Still Biggest Threat: Estonia

Russia continues to be the biggest security threat to Estonia, the new army chief of the former Soviet republic and now member of NATO and the European Union said Nov. 6.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:41:50 AM

US-India Nuclear Deal Hits Snag In Congress

Plans for the U.S. Congress to approve a landmark deal that would allow India to buy U.S. nuclear fuel and reactors hit a snag on Dec. 6 when Republican leaders in the House of Representatives halted action on the legislation, congressional sources said.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:38:40 AM

EADS Mobile Digital Radio System for German Armed Forces

Within the framework of the TETRAPOL Bw procurement project, the first mobile digital radio system for out-of-area operations was handed over to the German Armed Forces on 4 December.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:37:49 AM

More on Future of the UK's Nuclear Deterrent

There has been blanket reporting of yesterday's Government announcement of plans for the future of the UK nuclear deterrent.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:34:02 AM

Senate Armed Services Committee Approves Gates

The Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously recommended Robert M. Gates to be the next US defense secretary.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:30:35 AM

MBDA Signs Industrial Accord with PT Pindad of Indonesia

International missile systems company MBDA and Indonesia’s PT Pindad have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the two companies will form an industrial partnership to market vehicle-mounted missile systems.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:29:55 AM

Mobile Combat Training Center for Slovenian Armed Forces

On 5th December, Saab Training Systems in Huskvarna, Sweden, signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense in Slovenia for an instrumented training system.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:29:53 AM

EADS, partners to supply Dutch air defence system

European aerospace and defence firm EADS and partners Oerlikon Contraves and Kongsberg won a contract to provide an integrated air defence system for the Netherlands, EADS said on Wednesday.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:28:54 AM

Russia To Airlift Bomb-Grade Uranium From Germany

Russian experts will airlift 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of enriched uranium, much of it weapons-grade, from a Soviet-era nuclear research reactor in eastern Germany back to Russia, officials said on Dec. 6.


Dec 7, 2006 - 5:21:31 AM

Britain Earmarks Another $1.18 Billion for War Effort

Britain will spend an extra 600 million pounds ($1.18 billion) on military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere


Dec 6, 2006 - 5:44:54 AM

Fighter pilot balanced tactics, safety, effectiveness

Colonel Boothby, who passed away Nov. 26, was an experienced combat pilot and an academic instructor in the 57th Fighter Weapons Wing in the early 1970s.


Dec 6, 2006 - 5:40:18 AM

Thunderbirds release 2007 show schedule

The US Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "Thunderbirds," has announced its 2007 air show schedule.

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