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05 October 2007 Military News

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  • US Orders New Oversight of Private Security Firms in Iraq VOA 05 Oct 2007 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday ordered tighter oversight of private security firms working for the State Department in Iraq in the aftermath of the lethal shooting incident last month in Baghdad involving the contractor Blackwater USA
  • Army to Expand Basic Combat Training to 10 Weeks Army News 05 Oct 2007 -- In early November, Basic Combat Training will expand from nine to 10 weeks at all five Army BCT sites: Fort Jackson, S.C., Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Army Finalizes Command Realignment Army News 05 Oct 2007 -- Army Regulation 10-87, "Army Commands, Army Service Component Command and Direct Reporting Units," has been posted to the Army Publishing Directorate Web site, http://www.apd.army.mil/.
  • Africa Command Works to Become Effective AFPS 05 Oct 2007 -- The stand-up of U.S. Africa Command is a testament to the growing geopolitical importance of the continent.
  • Naval Air Training Completes Alignment to Naval Air Forces Navy NewsStand 05 Oct 2007 -- The Chief of Naval Air Training formally realigned from Naval Education and Training Command to commander, Naval Air Forces Oct. 1.
  • Seabees Train for War in the Jungle Navy NewsStand 05 Oct 2007 -- Seabees with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 took part in a jungle warfare training evolution at the Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) on Okinawa Sept. 27-28.
  • Higgins Excels During New ULTRA Sustainment Plus Navy NewsStand 05 Oct 2007 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) completed a two-week assessment called Unit Level Training Assessment-Sustainment Plus (ULTRA-S Plus) Sept. 8-22.
  • Joint Intelligence Training Center Now Complete Army News 06 Oct 2007 -- The Department of Defense Human Intelligence Training-Joint Center of Excellence celebrated the five courses that now fall under and complete the JCOE umbrella, and the joint effort that made this unification happen in a ceremony Monday.
  • Air Force Reserve stands up first F-22 Raptor unit AFPN 05 Oct 2007 -- Air Force Reserve officials activated the first F-22 Raptor unit, the 477th Fighter Group, in a ceremony here Oct. 2, giving the Reserve a valuable part of America's newest and most sophisticated weapons system.
  • Kunsan receives upgraded fighters AFPN 05 Oct 2007 -- The 8th Fighter Wing received its initial group of Block 40 F-16 Fighting Falcons here this week under the Common Configuration Implementation Program.
  • PRTs Showing Progress in Afghanistan, Iraq; Civilian Reserve Needed AFPS 05 Oct 2007 -- Provincial reconstruction teams are extending the reach of the Afghan government and helping stabilize Iraq as its government transitions to self-reliance, a panel of Defense Department officials told Congress yesterday.
  • VADM Cosgriff Meets Kazakhstani Naval Leaders Navy NewsStand 05 Oct 2007 -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT)/U.S. 5th Fleet (C5F) Vice Adm. Kevin J. Cosgriff met with leaders of Kazakhstan's navy and border guard in Astana, Sept. 26.
  • Nassau Strike Group Conducts VBSS training Navy NewsStand 05 Oct 2007 -- The Nassau Strike Group's (NASSG) visit, boarding, search and seizure (VBSS) teams participated in practice scenarios Sept. 25-27 as part of its Expeditionary Strike Group Integration (ESGINT) Exercise in preparation for its regularly scheduled deployment next year.
  • Secretary of Defense Visits Sailors in Comalapa, El Salvador Navy NewsStand 05 Oct 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates greeted Sailors at the U.S. Navy's Forward Operating Location (FOL) located in Comalapa, Oct. 2.
  • NATO Security Experts Stress Cooperation to Combat Terrorism VOA 05 Oct 2007 -- Security experts are gathered for a two-day meeting in Sicily organized by the Italian Atlantic Committee and the Atlantic Treaty Association, umbrella organizations working on security issues in NATO countries
  • Comfort Hosts U.S. Ambassador to Suriname Navy NewsStand 05 Oct 2007 -- The U.S. ambassador to Suriname toured hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) Oct. 4 during the ship's humanitarian mission to Paramaribo and surrounding areas.
  • NATO Security Experts Stress Cooperation to Combat Terrorism VOA 05 Oct 2007 -- Security experts are gathered for a two-day meeting in Sicily organized by the Italian Atlantic Committee and the Atlantic Treaty Association, umbrella organizations working on security issues in NATO countries
  • Security Alliances Led By Russia, China Pool Resources RFE/RL 05 Oct 2007 -- A Russian-led defense alliance of former Soviet states and a regional security body headed by China have agreed to broaden cooperation.
  • Russia, U.S. to talk European missile defense in Moscow Oct. 12 RIA Novosti 05 Oct 2007 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday that top Russian and U.S. defense officials and diplomats would meet in Moscow on October 12-13 to continue discussions on missile defense in Central Europe.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Oct 2007
  • Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 05 Oct 2007

Defense Industry

  • DoD News: Contracts for October 10, 2007
  • Thales and Boeing Selected for FRES Integration Role Boeing 05 Oct 2007 -- The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) today announced that Thales UK in partnership with Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary, have been selected as the preferred bidder for the role of System of Systems Integrator (SOSI) for the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) program.
  • Boeing to Develop Advanced Sensor for Next-Generation Munition Boeing 05 Oct 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $600,000 U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contract to develop the Seeker Integrated Target Endgame Sensor (SITES) to help advance Joint Dual Role Air Dominance Missile (JDRADM) technology.
  • Boeing Delivers First Extended Block II Apache Longbow Helicopter to U.S. Army Boeing 05 Oct 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] this week delivered the first AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter built under the extended Block II contract to the U.S. Army during a ceremony at the company's Mesa, Ariz., Apache production facility.
  • Northrop Grumman Celebrates Tenth Year as Prime Integrating Contractor for Nation's Land-Based ICBM Force Northrop Grumman 05 Oct 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today celebrated 10 years as the U.S. Air Force's Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Prime Integrating Contractor, a highly successful effort led by the company to modernize and maintain the reliability, safety and security of the nation's land-based Minuteman III weapon system.
  • BAE Systems Chosen As Land 121 Preferred Bidder BAE Systems 05 Oct 2007 -- BAE Systems has been selected by the Australian Government as the preferred bidder for one of the largest Australian Army projects for decades, the next generation of medium and heavy tactical trucks and modular payloads
  • General Dynamics Unveils the LAV H High-Capacity Technology Demonstrator General Dynamics 05 Oct 2007 -- General Dynamics has developed the LAV H High-Capacity Technology Demonstrator in response to evolving operational requirements and customer needs for enhanced survivability, higher payload capacity, superior mobility, increased mechanical and electrical power, and upgraded vetronics and situational awareness.
  • DCNS subsidiary Armaris success on Gowind® corvette programme in Bulgaria DCNS 05 Oct 2007 -- Following his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergeï Stanishev has given the go-ahead for an immediate start to talks on the procurement of four Gowind® corvettes. A French-Bulgarian working group has been set up to finalise the contract before the end of year.
  • Thales and Boeing downselected for FRES SOSI role Thales 05 Oct 2007 -- The UK MoD has announced that Thales UK in partnership with Boeing through its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary have been selected as the preferred bidder for the role of System of Systems Integrator (SOSI) for the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) programme.

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