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22 July 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Coalition Invades Bellows Beach at RIMPAC Navy Newsstand 22 Jul 2004 -- Sailors, Marines and coalition forces from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force 3 conducted an amphibious assault exercise at Bellows Beach on the island of Oahu July 20.
  • GW Sailors Have Finger on Pulse, Ready to Surge Navy Newsstand 22 Jul 2004 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) transited the Strait of Gibraltar July 20 and entered the Atlantic Ocean, as the ship and crew wind down a historic six-month deployment. The crew anticipates a big homecoming celebration July 26, but they are still on call under the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP).
  • Multinational Task Force Launches Baltic Exercises The Army National Guard 22 Jul 2004 -- Soldiers launched an international military exercise during opening ceremonies held Tuesday at an army base in Eastern Latvia. The RESCUER / MEDCEUR exercise begins this week and will continue until the end of July in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, three of NATO's newest members.
  • ARMY ACCELERATES SELECTED FCS CAPABILITIES Army News Release 22 Jul 2004 -- The Army announced today that it is accelerating the delivery of selected Future Combat Systems (FCS) capabilities to the Current Force. The Army is committed to providing our Soldiers the best equipment possible and FCS will remain the cornerstone of the Army's transformational program.

  • IG: Individual discipline failures led to detainee abuse Army News Service 22 Jul 2003 -- While there is room for improvement in detainee operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, cases of reported detainee abuse there were caused primarily by individuals failing to live up to the standards of decency and Army Values they had been taught in the Army, according to an Inspector General inspection report made public during recent congressional testimony.
  • Bad Troops, Poor Leaders Responsible for Detainee Abuses AFPS 22 Jul 2004 -- A few "bad apples" and a lack of proper supervision - not a failure in military training, doctrine or policy - were responsible for detainee abuses in Afghanistan and Iraq, senior Army leaders told a Senate committee today.
  • CONGRESS - PRISONER ABUSE VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Army's inspector general has found a total of 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse of prisoners by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, a higher number than previous estimates by the Defense Department. The inspector general testified before a Senate panel Thursday

  • USS Ronald Reagan to Arrive at New Homeport Navy NewsStand 22 Jul 2004 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and its 3,000 crew members will arrive at their new home at Naval Air Station North Island July 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Army Chief Says Force Gaining Flexibility, Agility AFPS 22 Jul 2004 -- The Army has an "extraordinary opportunity" to transform its forces to respond to "one of the most dangerous times in our history," the Army chief of staff told Congress July 21.
  • Army Accelerates Future Combat System AFPS 22 Jul 2004 -- Army officials are accelerating the delivery of selected future combat systems to the current force. Under the program, the Army will speed up deployment of some segments of the system. They will begin reaching the field is fiscal 2008, rather than in fiscal 2014.
  • Truman's EOD Exercises with Moroccan Troops Navy Newsstand 22 Jul 2004 -- U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) members, currently aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), teamed up with a Moroccan EOD team during the multi-national exercise Majestic Eagle in July, which included joint forces from Morocco, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, July 22 Washington File 22 Jul 2004 -- Department issues, Sudan, China, Venezuela, Israel/Palestinians, Philippines, Japan, Libya

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS New Avionics Upgrade Demonstrator At FI2004 BAE Systems 22 Jul 2004 -- BAE Systems Avionics Group is exhibiting a new demonstrator showing its avionics upgrade capabilities for the first time at the Farnborough International Airshow. The demonstrator shows on four screens simultaneously the performance of three BAE Systems capabilities: HIDAS Electronic Warfare countermeasures, Seaspray 7000E radar, TERPROM moving map, and a cockpit screen illustrating a general threat scenario.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Announces First Flight Of Condor II Helicopter Sensor Program BAE Systems 22 Jul 2004 -- BAE Systems today announced that it has achieved its first flight of a day/night, all-weather visibility system being developed under the U.K. Ministry of Defenses CONDOR II helicopter technology demonstrator program.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Sting Ray Mod 1 Proves World Class Safety Feature BAE Systems 22 Jul 2004 -- BAE Systems achieved a significant Sting Ray Mod 1 milestone, following a successful firing of the Insensitive Munition (IM) Warhead, which produced 136% of the required design performance. Since then, TDW, under contract to the Underwater Systems Division (UWS) of BAE Systems, have successfully completed the environmental test programme and have demonstrated the insensitivity of the warhead.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Highlights Ongoing Seaspray 7000E Flight Trials Activities BAE Systems 22 Jul 2004 -- As part of the ongoing product evolution of Seaspray 7000E, BAE Systems Avionics Group is currently undertaking flight trials of this Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA). Flight trials of Seaspray 7000E, fitted to a BAE Systems’ Jetstream 31 aircraft, are well underway and amongst other operating modes, SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) images are being successfully datalinked to our ground station. The flight trials are taking place above Pershore in the UK, and will continue to prove and demonstrate the advanced capabilities of the radar.
  • Boeing Delivers First Production F-Model Chinook Boeing 22 Jul 2004 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has delivered the first production CH-47F Chinook helicopter two months ahead of schedule, marking the beginning of the U.S. Army's Chinook modernization program.
  • Army, Boeing, SAIC Accelerate Future Combat Systems' Contributions to the Current Force Boeing 22 Jul 2004 -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the Lead Systems Integrators (LSI) for the U.S. Army's cutting-edge Future Combat Systems (FCS) program have welcomed the Army's intention to expand the scope of the program and accelerate delivery of technologies and capabilities to the Current Forces.
  • General Dynamics Receives $16 Million in Orders for M2HB Machine Guns General Dynamics 22 Jul 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded two contracts totaling $16.3 million by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command, Rock Island, Ill., for the production of 1,151 M2HB 12.7 mm machine guns. The first contract, for $14.7 million, was awarded July 15, and an additional option for $1.6 million was exercised on July 20.
  • Lockheed Martin Sees Substantial Worldwide Sustainment and Upgrade Market for P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft Lockheed Martin 22 Jul 2004 -- With 450 P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft and variants in front-line service with 18 operators in 16 countries, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] sees significant opportunities for sustainment, modification and upgrade of the worldwide P-3 fleet over the next two decades.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Aegis Weapon System to 50th Navy Destroyer Lockheed Martin 22 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] celebrated completion and delivery of its 50th destroyer-bound Aegis Weapon System today with a "pull the plug" ceremony at the company's Moorestown facility.
  • Lockheed Martin Selected To Provide Joint Asset Management Capability To British Army Lockheed Martin 22 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a contract valued at approximately £20M from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver a joint asset management information technology infrastructure that will enable the British Army to manage its wheeled and tracked vehicles.
  • T-50, World's Only New Supersonic Trainer, Moving Forward in Development and Production Lockheed Martin 22 Jul 2004 -- The T-50 Golden Eagle, being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with the assistance of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], is moving forward rapidly in both development and production, according to T-50 International marketing directors Robie Notestine of Lockheed Martin and Dr. Alex Jun of KAI.
  • Raytheon Awarded $123 Million U.S. Army Contract for Advanced TOW 2B Aero Raytheon 22 Jul 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a $123 million contract for production of more than 2,700 Tube- launched Optically tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles including TOW 2B Aero, TOW 2B, and TOW practice rounds for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and international customers.
  • Reliable protection for naval vessels: Rheinmetall's MASS decoy countermeasures system racks up new successes Rheinmetall Defence 22 Jul 2004 -- Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH, a subsidiary of the Rheinmetall DeTec group, has just been awarded two more important contracts for MASS, its highly effective naval countermeasures system. Following in the wake of the navies of Norway, Finland and Germany, this April the Royal Swedish Navy likewise opted for the decoy system from Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH (RWM), one of Europe's leading defence contractors. Awarded by Sweden's Försvarets Materielverk procurement agency, the order – encompassing eleven systems – is worth some €8 million.
  • Army Inspector General Report Determines CACI Interrogators Met Army Statement of Work Criteria CACI 22 Jul 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) today responded to the just released Army Inspector General (IG) Report.
  • First Boeing Ground-based Midcourse Defense Interceptor Emplaced Boeing 22 Jul 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program team and the Missile Defense Agency emplaced the first GMD interceptor in its underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska on July 22.
  • Northrop Grumman and EADS to Collaborate on Ballistic Missile Defense Programs EADS 22 Jul 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and EADS (Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid stock exchanges quote “EAD”) announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin collaborating on ballistic-missile defense solutions.
  • MBDA, IAI Sign Missile Defense Accord Israel Aerospace Industries 22 Jul 2004 -- MBDA, Europe's leading guided missile systems company, and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore technological cooperation in the area of missile defense. Under the MoU, MBDA and IAI will evaluate mutually reinforcing technologies and experience in order to support future ballistic missile interceptor system concepts.
  • Northrop Grumman and EADS to Collaborate on Ballistic Missile Defense Programs Northrop Grumman 22 Jul 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and EADS (Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid stock exchange quote "EAD") today announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin collaborating on ballistic-missile defense solutions.

Other Conflicts

  • U.N./POWELL-SUDAN VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States is still not satisfied with the Sudanese government's response to the humanitarian crisis facing the Darfur region. Mr. Powell and Secretary General Kofi Annan called on the Sudanese government to live up to its commitment to disarm Janjaweed militia fighters immediately.
  • RUSSIA / MIGS / SUDAN VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- Sudan is reported to have taken delivery of the last of 12 MiG fighter jets purchased from Russia in a deal signed three years ago. Although the Sudanese government says the jets are needed to defend against external threats, delivery of the planes comes as the Khartoum government faces increasing criticism for its involvement in the conflict in the western Darfur region and hints that the international community may step in if conditions do not improve.
  • DARFUR/MEDIATION VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- Two rebel groups from Sudan's western Darfur province say they will resume peace negotiations they broke off with the Sudanese government a few days ago. The agreement to resume negotiations was concluded during crisis talks held at the Geneva-based Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.
  • BRITAIN / SUDAN VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is playing down a report that he is making contingency plans to send British troops to Sudan to deal with that country's ethnic conflict. The prime minister discussed the Sudan crisis at his monthly news conference.
  • DARFUR / MEDIATION VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- Representatives from Darfur's two rebel groups and the African Union are meeting in an effort to restart peace talks, which collapsed over the weekend. The meeting is being hosted by the Geneva-based conflict mediation organization, the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Troop deployment to DRC and Eritrea extended IRIN 22 Jul 2004 -- South African peacekeeping troops are to stay on in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Eritrea for another year, a government official told IRIN.
  • ISRAEL / E-U VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- Israel chastised the European Union on Thursday, saying it doubted whether it could be seen anymore as an honest broker in the Middle East. The harsh statement came in reaction to the decision of EU representatives to vote for the U.N. General Assembly resolution against Israel's controversial West Bank security barrier.
  • Israeli Helicopter Targets Gaza Workshop VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- Palestinian residents of a southern Gaza refugee camp say an Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a workshop early Thursday, causing damage but no serious injuries.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 22 Jul 2004 -- Foreign minister wants Serbia-Montenegro to drop lawsuit against NATO / Annan says not a single country has pledged troops to UN protection force in Iraq / Spain offers to help in Iraqi elections, but again rules out sending troops / Olympic security costs rise as Greece grapples with foreign demands
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 22 Jul 2004 -- U.S. commits 400 special forces soldiers to Athens / Powell presses Serbian leader to bring fugitive Mladic to book / Europe warms to idea of unified military agency

  • ZIMBABWE / MERCENARIES VOA 22 Jul 2004 -- The trial of 70 suspected South African mercenaries has been delayed once again to give lawyers more time to prepare. The men were arrested at Zimbabwe's international airport in March and accused by the government of plotting to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea.

  • CACI Awarded Blanket Purchase Agreement With Transportation Security Administration CACI 22 Jul 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a five-year blanket purchase agreement through its General Services Administration (GSA) Management, Organizational and Business Improvement Services Schedule to provide program management support services to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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