21 July 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Jul 2004 [PDF]
- ONE FIRST ID SOLDIER KILLED, SIX WOUNDED IN IED ATTACK
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- USS John F. Kennedy Aircraft Destroy Two Anti-Iraqi Positions Navy Newsstand 21 Jul 2004 -- Strike Fighter Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17, currently embarked on USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) operating in the Middle East region in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, destroyed two anti-Iraqi positions July 20, after dropping bombs on identified targets.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 21 Jul 2004 -- Participating were Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
- Six More Hostages Taken in Iraq VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- A militant group in Iraq has taken six foreign truck drivers hostage and has threatened to behead one every 72 hours if their countries do not withdraw all their nationals from Iraq.
- 1st ID Soldier Killed, Six Wounded in IED Attack AFPS 21 Jul 2004 -- A 1st Infantry Division soldier was killed and six others were wounded today when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle during a patrol near Duluiyah, Iraq.
- Rumsfeld Says More US Troops in Iraq Possible VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- With violence continuing across Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is refusing to rule out the possibility of sending even more American troops to the country, beyond the 140,000 currently deployed there. But U.S military officials continue to believe more troops are not necessarily the solution to Iraq's on-going security problem.
- DoD Doesn't Plan on Extending Reserve Soldiers AFPS 21 Jul 2004 -- The Defense Department does not plan on extending any reserve component service member beyond the 24-month limit, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news conference today.
- Iraqis, Americans Battle Near Samarra RFE/RL 21 Jul 2004 -- American soldiers battled militants in late night fighting near Samarra in northern Iraq
- U.S. Soldier Killed In Iraq RFE/RL 21 Jul 2004 -- Another U.S. soldier has been killed in Iraq, bringing to 900 the number of U.S. military dead since the beginning of military operations in March 2003.
- Afghanistan: Karzai Removes Militia Leaders From Military Posts RFE/RL 21 Jul 2004 -- Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai took further steps on 20 July to try to expand the central government's control over districts largely ruled by independent and combative militia leaders. Karzai's spokesman said the decision is designed to increase stability as the country prepares for nationwide presidential elections in October.
- 3 Americans on Trial for Running Private Jail in Afghanistan VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- Three Americans are on trial in Afghanistan for allegedly imprisoning and torturing Afghans they accused of being terrorists.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Department Briefing: July 21 Washington File 21 Jul 2004 -- Iraq/extremists/Saddamists, new Iraqi government, insurgents attacks/on the coalition/on Iraqi forces/civilians, Afghanistan, prewar intelligence, Summer Olympic Games/Greece/NATO
- MSC Participates in RIMPAC Exercise Navy Newsstand 21 Jul 2004 -- Five Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships are participating in the 19th biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise June 29 through July 27 off the waters of Hawaii.
- Four Carrier Strike Groups To Return From Summer Pulse '04 Navy Newsstand 21 Jul 2004 -- After successfully demonstrating responsive, credible combat power across the globe by operating in five theaters with other U.S., allied and coalition military forces, four carrier strike groups (CSGs), including their associated ships, submarines, aircraft and more than 20,000 Sailors, are returning July 22 through July 26.
- GW Passes Through Strait of Gibraltar Navy Newsstand 21 Jul 2004 -- In the early morning hours of July 20, USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) transited the Strait of Gibraltar, the last of the choke points along the route home.
- 8th tanks trains for 4th MEB (AT) mission Marine Corps News 21 Jul 2004 -- Marine Reserves from 8th Tank Battalion are temporarily joining the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism) to conduct perimeter security and sentry duty at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa.
- Army launches 'Operation Blue to Green' Army News Service 21 Jul 2004 -- Separating Sailors and Airmen may soon be able to "go Army" with a new recruitment program. Under "Operation Blue to Green," officially approved July 19, the Army will provide the opportunity for members of the Navy and Air Force to transfer into the Army and retain their rank.
- Senate Committee Hears Nominees for Unified Command Posts AFPS 21 Jul 2004 -- The Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings today on nominations for two critical leadership positions within the Defense Department.
- Britain Unveils Major Defense Cuts VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- Britain has announced the biggest restructuring of its armed forces in a generation, with steep personnel cuts, base closures and the retirement of many ships, planes and tanks.
- State Dept. Answers Question about U.S. Weapons in North Cyprus Washington File 21 Jul 2004 -- Following is the State Department's response to a question taken during the regular July 21 briefing about the presence of U.S.-origin weapons during a military parade in Northern Cyprus
- White House Daily Briefing, July 21 Washington File 21 Jul 2004 -- Israel, 9/11 Commission report, Sandy Berger investigation, Tax cuts, Iran, Oil for Food program, Guest worker program
- BAE SYSTEMS Tornado Major servicing Agreement Extended BAE Systems 21 Jul 2004 -- His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Minister of Defence and Aviation and Inspector General, has signed a key agreement extending Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado work at the Programmed Depot Maintenance facility at Alsalam Aircraft Company in Riyadh. The initial agreement with the option to extend provides the platform for future work to be carried out at Alsalam.
- BAE SYSTEMS reveals Innovative All-IP Communications Solution BAE Systems 21 Jul 2004 -- BAE Systems C4ISR has launched Sentinel, its innovative solution to tomorrow’s battlespace communications needs.
- BAE SYSTEMS Announces Contract Award For Titan Turret 385 From Eurocopter For German Navy BAE Systems 21 Jul 2004 -- BAE Systems Avionics Group has announced that it has been contracted by Eurocopter to supply a number of Titan 385 Multi Sensor Turret Systems to be installed on the Germany Navy Super Lynx. The contract award builds on the German Navys use of BAE Systems technology, with the German Navy already using Multi Sensor Turrets (MSTs), the predecessor system to Titan.
- Defence electronics systems from EADS support NH90 and Tiger helicopter missions EADS 21 Jul 2004 -- EADS Defence Electronics will equip the current NH90 and Tiger programmes with mission avionics subsystems.
- First Russian Kamov-32 (KA-32) Helicopter, Equipped With Israel Aircraft Industries' Avionics Package, Delivered To The Republic Of Korea Air Force By The Korean Company LGI Israel Aerospace Industries 21 Jul 2004 -- The first Russian Kamov-32 (KA-32) helicopter, equipped with Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) Lahav Division avionics package, was delivered on June 22nd, 2004 to the Republic Of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) by the Korean Company LGI. The delivery took place in a ceremony at the ROKAF's air base in Cheongju, Korea.
- Israel Aircraft Industries Develops Unique Helicopter Collision Avoidance System for Use During Tactical and Formation Flights Israel Aerospace Industries 21 Jul 2004 -- Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) Lahav Division has developed a unique mid-air collision avoidance system for helicopters. The Tactical Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (TMACA) system is a proven solution to prevent collisions during helicopter tactical mission and formation flights. Helicopters equipped with TMACA are netted to each other in a "system envelope" arrangement. The system can be used for both military and civilian helicopter fleets.
- Israel Aircraft Industries' Radar Simulation System Successfully Demonstrated on BAE Systems' Hawk Aircraft Israel Aerospace Industries 21 Jul 2004 -- Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s Radar Simulation System (RSS) has completed successful demonstration flights on BAE Systems' Hawk aircraft. The data link based RSS is part of IAI's proven Virtual Training System and was integrated on the Hawk aircraft with IAI's Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) onboard. During the demonstration the target aircraft being tracked was equipped with an ACMI debriefing pod.
- Lockheed Martin Receives Request for Additional Super Hercules and Celebrates Historic 50th Year for the C-130 Lockheed Martin 21 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been notified by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) that Denmark will exercise the option for an additional C-130J Super Hercules. Denmark has already taken delivery of three of the advanced airlifters since placing its first order on Dec. 1, 2000.
- Lockheed Martin Conducts First Live Tracking Exercise with Aegis Open Architecture Lockheed Martin 21 Jul 2004 -- Following six months of simulated trials, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully identified and tracked more than 60 live targets during the first live radar tracking exercise with the newest version of the Aegis Weapon System's SPY-1 radar control computer program, which features Aegis Open Architecture (OA).
- U.S. Air Force Awards Enterprise Information Technology Contract to Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 21 Jul 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to provide technical services in support of the transformation of its logistics combat support systems. The Air Force transformation goals are to improve the transmission of accurate, reliable and readily accessible logistics information to warfighters in support of combat initiatives.
- Japan Completes Modifications, First Flight of Modified Northrop Grumman-Built Early Warning Aircraft Northrop Grumman 21 Jul 2004 -- The first of Japan's fleet of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-built E-2C early-warning command and control aircraft to be upgraded to the E-2C Hawkeye 2000 configuration completed its maiden flight on July 14.
- Denmark Agrees to Purchase Raytheon's AIM 9X Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile Raytheon 21 Jul 2004 -- The government of Denmark and the U.S. Navy have formally executed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) paving the way for the manufacture and delivery of the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile system to the Royal Danish Air Force.
- Airbus Military Selects Thales for A400M Display Systems Thales 21 Jul 2004 -- Thales has been chosen by Airbus Military to provide the cockpit displays for the new A400M military transport aircraft.
- Airbus Military selects Thales for A400M Integrated Modular Avionics Thales 21 Jul 2004 -- Thales has been selected by Airbus Military to develop and supply the Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) modules for the new A400M military transport aircraft.
- Airbus Military selects Thales for A400M digital Head-Up Display Thales 21 Jul 2004 -- Thales announced today that its digital Head-Up Display System has been chosen by Airbus Military for the new A400M military transport aircraft.
- White House Dismisses UN Ruling on West Bank Barrier VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- The Bush administration is dismissing a United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Israel's West Bank barrier. The resolution supports a ruling by the International Court of Justice, which declares the construction of that barrier illegal and says it should be dismantled.
- Western Ivory Coast Militia On Guard for Renewed War VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- An ethnic-based militia in western Ivory Coast has threatened to attack rebel positions if the rebels are not quickly disarmed. The militia has acted with total impunity since helping defend the region against rebel attacks. The militia also wears the same uniforms as the regular army, creating confusion among the local population.
- Middle East: Senators Urge Greater U.S. Involvement In Mideast Peace Process RFE/RL 21 Jul 2004 -- A senior U.S. diplomat told Congress on 20 July that he doubts the Palestinians will achieve statehood unless Yasser Arafat is replaced as their president. However, some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they believe Arafat can be a positive force, but only if the administration of President George W. Bush works hard to persuade him to change his tactics.
- Extension for UN Lebanon mission urged as tension mounts at withdrawal line UN News Centre 21 Jul 2004 -- Amid mounting tensions at the withdrawal line between Israel and Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending the UN force in the area for an additional six months
- UN experts find broad Rwandan involvement in eastern DR of Congo conflict UN News Centre 21 Jul 2004 -- A United Nations Group of Experts investigating the weapons embargo against militias in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has found that Rwanda supported dissident military leaders in the area and violated the ban directly and indirectly.
- LIBERIA: UN probes cross-border arms smuggling IRIN 21 JUl 2004 -- UN peacekeepers are investigating reports of smuggling arms and the movement of combatants across Liberia's international borders, General Joseph Owonibi, the deputy force commander of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) disclosed on Wednesday.
- GREAT LAKES: Rwanda backed dissident troops in DRC - UN panel IRIN 21 JUl 2004 -- A UN panel has accused Rwanda's government of supporting dissidents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who seized the eastern town of Bukavu in June, and thus breaking an arms embargo instituted a year ago by the UN Security Council.
- UN General Assembly Condemns Israeli Barrier VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an Arab-drafted resolution that urges Israel to obey an advisory court ruling to take down a controversial West Bank separation wall.
- Violence Continues in Indonesia's Aceh Province VOA News 21 Jul 2004 -- Reports from Indonesia's northern province of Aceh say that more than 200 people have been killed by the army and police in the past two months. The continuing battle between security forces and separatists shows no sign of abating.
- United States Details $230 Million Pledge to Help Haiti Rebuild Washington File 21 Jul 2004 -- A $230 million aid package that the United States has pledged to Haiti will be used for job creation and economic growth, budget support to Haitian government ministries, security improvements and judicial reform, support for conducting free and fair elections in the country, and for improved health care, nutrition, and education activities.
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