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25 October 2007 Military News

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  • CV-22 Osprey flies first search and recovery mission AFPN 25 Oct 2007 -- A CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 58th Special Operations Wing here participated in the aircraft's first search and recovery mission, responding to the fatal crash of a medical aircraft in the mountains of southern Colorado.
  • C-17 flight uses synthetic fuel blend AFPN 25 Oct 2007 -- A C-17 Globemaster III took off Oct. 22 on a flight using a blend of synthetic and JP-8 fuels in all four fuel tanks.
  • Chairman Supports All-Volunteer Force AFPS 25 Oct 2007 -- The all-volunteer force has made the nation's defense the strongest it's ever been, the U.S. military's top officer said this week, adding that he would not want to return to a Vietnam-era military by implementing a draft.
  • USS McClusky Returns Home Navy NewsStand 25 Oct 2007 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) returned to San Diego Oct. 22 after completing a six-month deployment as part of the Joint Interagency Task Force, South and U.S. Naval Forces, Southern Command.
  • USS Charlotte Returns to Pearl Harbor Navy NewsStand 25 Oct 2007 -- USS Charlotte (SSN 766) returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Oct. 24, after spending almost two years at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.
  • 'Active First' Program Offers Up to $60,000 in Bonuses Army News 25 Oct 2007 -- A new Army program dubbed "Active First" promises up to $60,000 in bonuses to recruits who opt for 30 to 48 months of active duty then transfer to the National Guard.
  • VP-1 Aircrew Trains with Submarine to Promote Operational Readiness Navy NewsStand 25 Oct 2007 -- Sailors from the Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 "Screaming Eagles," P-3C squadron, of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, conducted anti-submarine warfare training, Oct. 18.
  • Space Command welcomes new leader AFPN 25 Oct 2007 -- "Space capabilities have shaped the American way of warfare in the 21st century, just like airpower did in the 20th," said Gen. C. Robert "Bob" Kehler as he assumed command of Air Force Space Command in a ceremony here Oct. 24 presided over by Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Duncan J. McNabb.
  • NATO Response Force Depends on Allies' Support, Gates Says AFPS 25 Oct 2007 -- The United States supports the concept of the NATO Response Force but needs NATO allies to do their part so the force can live up to its intended purpose, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told European military leaders here today.
  • Relationship With Russia Dominates NATO Session's Closing Day AFPS 25 Oct 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wrapped up his second day here focusing on NATO's relationship with Russia, as well as Russian objections to some alliance activities.
  • NATO defense ministers agree on downsizing rapid reaction force IRNA 25 Oct 2007 -- NATO defense ministers meeting in the Dutch seaside resort of Noordwijk agreed on downsizing the NATO Response Force (NRF), news reports said here Thursday.
  • Gates Calls U.S. Offers to Russia on Missile Defense Enough AFPS 25 Oct 2007 -- The United States has given Russia sufficient concessions regarding a proposed missile defense system in Eastern Europe and supports diplomatic and economic measures to rein in the Iranian missile threat, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
  • Poland has the right to decide on U.S. missile base - official RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2007 -- Poland has a sovereign right to allow the United States to deploy elements of its missile shield in the country, the Polish national security chief said Thursday.
  • NATO states could ratify CFE treaty before deadline - Russia RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2007 -- Russia's defense minister said Thursday that NATO member states could ratify the adapted Conventional Forces in Europe treaty (CFE) before the Russian deadline for a moratorium expires in December.
  • Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 25 Oct 2007
  • Press Gaggle by Dana Perino The White House 25 Oct 2007

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  • DoD News: Contracts for October 25, 2007
  • UK-US defence trade cooperation still under negotiation IRNA 25 Oct 2007 -- The UK government has revealed that it is still in the process of detailing defence trade cooperation with the US, which includes the transfer of sensitive component parts for Washington's national missile defence and nuclear weapons systems.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract for Maintenance and Modernization of the USS Enterprise Northrop Grumman 25 Oct 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract option by the U.S. Navy to provide planning, execution and continuous maintenance to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
  • BAE SYSTEMS AND GENERAL DYNAMICS SIGN COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT MODERNIZATION OF U.S. ARMY HEAVY COMBAT VEHICLES BAE Systems 25 Oct 2007 -- Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), have signed a memorandum of agreement to work collaboratively in support of the U. S. Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Team modernization plan., which will upgrade, modernize and achieve commonality on BAE Systems' family of Bradley fighting vehicles and General Dynamics M1 Abrams tanks, the primary combat vehicles of the Army's Heavy Brigades.
  • BAE Systems and General Dynamics Sign Collaborative Agreement to Support Modernization of U.S. Army Heavy Combat Vehicles General Dynamics 25 Oct 2007 -- BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), have signed a memorandum of agreement to work collaboratively in support of the U. S. Army's Heavy Brigade Combat Team modernization plan, which will upgrade, modernize and achieve commonality on BAE Systems' family of Bradley fighting vehicles and General Dynamics M1 Abrams tanks, the primary combat vehicles of the Army's Heavy Brigades.
  • Singapore Acquires Additional F110 Engines For F-15SG Fleet GE Aviation 25 Oct 2007 -- The Government of Singapore has ordered additional F110-GE-129C fighter engines from General Electric Company to power 12 new F-15SG aircraft. This order follows the December 2005 acquisition of F110-GE-129C engines from GE to power the initial 12 F-15SG aircraft. The F-15SG is an advanced version of the U.S. Air Force's F-15E Strike Eagle.
  • Future digitized combat systems : Sagem (Safran group) 25 Oct 2007 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) presented its PHOENIX demo – designed to evaluate the technology of future contact combat systems – from October 13-19 in the mock village at the Mourmelon training camp on the periphery of the 2nd Armored Brigade’s Battlespace Digitization exercise. Sagem Défense Sécurité was responsible for developing PHOENIX, with support from France’s defense procurement agency, the DGA, and its Army Headquarters.

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