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11 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

  • Daily MNF-I Operations Highlights for January 10, 2005 MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Force - Iraq forces discovered and cleared ten improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared nine weapons caches, conducted seven cordon and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities, conducted two raids on suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities and detained 54 suspected AIF.
  • One Detained in Joint Raid in Khalis MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from Task Force Danger and the Iraqi Army detained a suspected Anti-Iraqi Force member during a raid in Khalis at about 11:00 p.m., January 10.
  • A Mortar Attack on Police Station MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- An Iraqi Police Station was attacked on Jan. 10 in Al Mahawil with mortar fire. There were 5 impacts about 400 meters from the police station.
  • Six Iraqi Police Killed in VBIED Attack in Tikrit MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Six Iraqi police were killed when anti-Iraqi forces detonated a vehicle borne improvised explosive device at a police station here on Jan. 11.
  • Multi-National Forces Find and Destroy Weapons Cache MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) discovered a cache of weapons and munitions in northern Iraq yesterday.
  • Multi-National Forces Detain Two MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained two individuals suspected of participating in anti-Iraqi activity in northern Iraq yesterday.
  • Car Bomb Kills Six In Tikrit RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military in Iraq says six policemen were killed today when a suspected suicide car bomb exploded at the police headquarters in Tikrit.
  • IRAQ / COUNTERINSURGENCY VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The United States had planned for a clear-cut victory in Iraq. But while Iraq's forces were quickly defeated, a shadowy insurgency has sprung up in their place. Lessons learned from past U.S experience in counterinsurgency had laid dormant for many years.
  • Marines capture militants planting roadside bomb MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Marines of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit caught two insurgents attempting to emplace a roadside bomb south of Baghdad on Jan. 10.
  • Insurgents Kill, Injure Iraqi Civilians MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Two Iraqi civilians were killed and others were wounded near Abu Ghraib prison at approximately 1 p.m., Jan. 11, from the effects of three mortar rounds that were launched by insurgents.
  • 10th Mountain Troops Detain two Suspected Insurgent Leaders in western Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- In two separate raids, elements of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team detained two suspected insurgent cell leaders in western Baghdad today.
  • U.S. Marines detain 10 suspected Insurgents, Seize Weapons Caches MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Marines from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 10 suspected insurgents and seized several weapons caches during operations throughout Al Anbar Province over the past 48 hours.
  • Cavalry Troops Uncover IED Factory, Terrorist Cell MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- On Jan. 9, the Soldiers of Blue Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, embarked on a successful raid.
  • Bomb Maker Detained by 10th Mountain Division unit in Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Members of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team conducted a raid in western Baghdad Jan. 11, capturing a suspected improvised explosive devise and car bomb maker.
  • Marines, Soldiers Capture Six South of Baghdad MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Jan 2005 -- Elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit captured six suspected insurgents south of Baghdad, Jan. 11
  • 3ID `Raiders' see changes in Kuwait Army News 11 Jan 2005 -- An advance party of 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers from its 1st unit of action landed in Kuwait Jan. 8 and traveled to temporary quarters at Camp New York in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3.

  • Pacific Command Report, January 11: Humanitarian Relief Support Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military has delivered 6.576 million pounds of emergency relief supplies to survivors throughout the tsunami-stricken areas of the Indian Ocean since humanitarian operations first began in late December 2004.
  • Combined Support Force Continues to Refine Relief Efforts AFPS 11 Jan 2005 -- Relief efforts continue in the Southeast Asian region devastated by the Dec. 26 earthquake and resulting tsunami.
  • BHR's Flight Deck Sailors Step Up to Lend a Hand Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2005 -- Since the beginning of Operation Unified Assistance Jan. 4, USS Bonhomme Richard's (LHD 6) (BHR) flight deck has moved on average more than 175,000 pounds of fresh water, food and medical supplies daily on and off the amphibious assault ship.
  • Relief effort switches gears AFPN 11 Jan 2005 -- The tsunami relief effort has switched gears and moved out of the crisis-response stage, the commander of the Air Force expeditionary airlift wing at Utapao, Thailand, said.
  • Guardsmen help with tsunami relief AFPN 11 Jan 2005 -- Alaska and Hawaii, the two closest states, are supporting American relief efforts by sending Air National Guardsmen and resources to the region devastated by the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunamis, Guard spokesmen said.

  • Iran: Afghans Reportedly Being Arrested And Deported RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- Reports say Iranian authorities over the past two weeks have arrested a large number of Afghans and begun deporting them back to their country. Most entered Iran illegally but many were refugees as well. Iranian officials, for their part, deny the reports.
  • Afghan Citizens Help Coalition Find Weapons, Drug Caches AFPS 11 Jan 2005 -- Afghan citizens are helping coalition forces find caches of weapons and drugs, according to U.S. officials in Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.
  • Coalition Warship Conducts Counter-terror Operations in Gulf of Oman Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2005 -- The German frigate Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F 218) departed Muscat, Oman, Jan. 7 to conduct maritime interception operations (MIO) off the coast for the next week, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Guantanamo Detainees to be Transferred 11 Jan 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it will be transferring the four British detainees and one Australian detainee in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia.
  • BRITAIN / GUANTANAMO VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- Britain says four of its citizens held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as suspected terrorists will be repatriated.
  • U.S.-GUANTANAMO RELEASE VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The United States has reached agreement with the British and Australian governments for the transfer of custody of four British nationals and an Australian from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. More than 200 terrorist suspects have been released or transferred to date.

  • USS John C. Stennis Arrives at New Homeport Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2005 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) pulled into its new homeport at Bremerton's Delta Pier on Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Jan. 8 at 1 p.m.
  • Stennis 'Looks Ahead' to New Home in Washington Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2005 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) departed San Diego Jan. 5th for its new homeport in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Amphibious Squadron 7 Commander Meets With Coalition Partners to Discuss Humanitarian Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 11 Jan 2005 -- Commander, Amphibious Squadron 7, Capt. Michelle J. Howard met with Singaporean naval officers Jan. 9 to make preparations for the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) to provide humanitarian relief missions off the coast of Sumatra.
  • 26th MEU embarked for ESGEX USMC News 11 Jan 2005 -- The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed its embarkation aboard Kearsarge Strike Group Wednesday for the Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise taking place through Jan. 27 along the Eastern seaboard of the United States.
  • ScanEagle Proves Worth in Fallujah Fight AFPS 11 Jan 2005 -- It's called ScanEagle, and it has already saved the lives of many Marines. ScanEagle is an unmanned aerial vehicle that the Marines used during Operation Al Fajr, the coalition operation to remove insurgents from this city.
  • New Weapons Carrier to Offer Highly Deployable Firing Platform AFPS 11 Jan 2005 -- A new weapons carrier that has already proven itself under fire in Iraq will give ground troops a more mobile platform for firing rockets and missiles when it's fielded to operational units beginning this spring.
  • US / RUSSIA DEFENSE VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- Russia's defense minister says the United States and Russia are close to finalizing an agreement on controlling portable anti-aircraft missile systems, which he said are strongly desired by terrorists.

  • AFRICAN UNION / SUMMIT VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The African Union has wrapped up a summit in Gabon, vowing to take more assertive action in ending lingering conflicts in Ivory Coast, Sudan's western Darfur region and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • State Department Briefing, January 11 Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine, Asia tsunami update, Israel/Palestinian Authority, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Guantanamo/detainees, Iran

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS To Provide Mission Computer And Autopilot System For Hawk Trainers BAE Systems 11 Jan 2005 -- BAE Systems Platform Solutions will provide the mission computer and autopilot system for 20 Hawk 128 Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft recently ordered by the United Kingdoms Ministry of Defence.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded QF-4 Full-Scale Aerial Target Contract BAE Systems 11 Jan 2005 -- BAE Systems has been awarded a $21 million U.S. Air Force contract to provide 17 QF-4 Full-Scale Aerial Targets (FSATs) and associated technical support. This award exercises the first of five annual options of a production contract for Lot 11. If all options are awarded, the total contract value of lots 10-15 could be $225 million.
  • NASSCO Receives $586 Million Navy Contract to Build Two Additional T-AKE Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ships General Dynamics 11 Jan 2005 -- National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the U.S. Navy has exercised options to build two additional ships under the T-AKE program, a new class of combat logistics force ships. The $586 million contract brings the total number of ships awarded to NASSCO to eight, and the total contract value to $2.5 billion. The T-AKE contract includes options for an additional four ships.
  • U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $8.8 Million Contract Modification for Surface Electronic Warfare System General Dynamics 11 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), an $8.8 million contract modification to continue system integration and development of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP). SEWIP is a spiral-development upgrade and replacement program for the AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare (EW) system aboard several classes of Navy combatant ships. This system has been the primary EW and Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) system since the early 1980s.
  • U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $8.7 Million for SSGN Material General Dynamics 11 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $8.7 million material order for the purchase of long-lead-time material required to support ship alterations on USS Michigan (SSBN-727) and USS Georgia (SSBN-729). Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Israel Aircraft Industries' Bedek Aviation Group Awarded Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Contract for the Israel Air Force's A-4 Skyhawk Trainer Israel Aerospace Industries 11 Jan 2005 -- Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Bedek Aviation Group has been awarded a ten-year Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) contract by the Israel Ministry of Defense for the Israel Air Force (IAF) A-4 Skyhawk trainer program. The contract, estimated at $150 million, includes overhaul of the aircrafts' fuselage, engines and components.
  • Team US101 Announces 42 California Suppliers to Support Next Marine One Helicopter Lockheed Martin 11 Jan 2005 -- Team US101 has announced that 42 California-based companies will supply components for the American-built US101 medium-lift helicopter. Team US101 is competing to provide the president of the United States with a fleet of next-generation helicopters better known by the call sign “Marine One.”
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $10 Million Program for AC-130U Gunship Sensor System Lockheed Martin 11 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $10.7 million contract from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) to provide the Gunship Multispectral Sensor System (GMS2) for the U.S. Air Force’s AC-130U aircraft. The initial contract is for the system’s development phase with production options that could result in a total program value of $35 million.
  • Raytheon Awarded $93.9 Million to Operate, Maintain U.S. Navy Radar Raytheon 11 Jan 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to provide mission support for Relocatable-Over-the-Horizon-Radar (ROTHR) systems.
  • Raytheon to Build First Production Global Hawk Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite Raytheon 11 Jan 2005 -- Raytheon Company has been awarded a low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 3 contract to produce three Global Hawk Integrated Sensor Suites (ISS), one an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) with range capabilities of both the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and the electro optical sensor improved by 50 percent over the basic ISS.

Other Conflicts

  • UN/Sudan VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The top U.N. envoy to Sudan is warning that the conflict in Darfur could intensify despite the landmark peace deal between Khartoum and rebels in the south.
  • Wolf Praises Sudan Accord, Castigates U.N. Over Darfur Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- Representative Frank Wolf (Republican of Virginia) praised the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement for Sudan but tempered his remarks with a warning that the United Nations faces a critical test in dealing effectively with continued violence in Darfur.
  • North-south peace in Sudan needs to extend into western Darfur, Security Council told UN News Centre 11 Jan 2005 -- Calling the recent peace agreement between Sudan's north and south a milestone, the United Nations envoy for Sudan called on that country's Government and the rebels in the western region of Darfur to end their conflict and give the country a "peace dividend."
  • CONGRESS / SUDAN VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- US lawmakers are urging that the situation in Sudan's Darfur region not be forgotten amid efforts to help victims of the tsunami disaster.

  • Middle East: New Hopes For Palestinian-Israeli Peace, But Pitfalls Remain RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- World leaders are congratulating Mahmud Abbas amid hopes that his election as Palestinian president can lend fresh impetus to the peace process. At the same time, a broad-based Israeli government has been sworn in, with the express intent of withdrawing Israeli forces from occupied Gaza. But despite the promising circumstances, the old stumbling blocks remain -- including extremists on both sides who seem bent on perpetuating the conflict.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN CHALLENGES VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he could meet soon with newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been invited to the White House for talks with President Bush. Such meetings would be seen as important steps towards re-starting peace talks, but there are many challenges each leader must face in the weeks ahead.

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Africa's peacekeeper - Yearender IRIN 11 Jan 2005 -- South Africa emerged as Africa's main troubleshooter in 2004. Whether in the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire or even Sudan, South African president Thabo Mbeki's intervention - though not always successful - was sought by the African Union (AU).
  • IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has launched new mediation efforts in divided Ivory Coast, hoping to bring together President Laurent Gbagbo and northern-based rebels.
  • Major Security Operation Under Way In Ingushetia RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- A large-scale security operation is under way in several districts of the Russian republic of Ingushetia today after an attack on a military barracks wounded four Russian troops.
  • UGANDA-SUDAN: Optimism that Sudanese peace deal could help pacify northern Uganda IRIN 11 Jan 2005 -- The comprehensive peace accord signed on Sunday between the Sudanese government and the southern-based Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) should help resolve the 18-year war in northern Uganda, officials said.

News Reports

  • Global Space Cooperation Helps Tsunami Relief Effort Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- The recent tragedy that struck the coastlines of the Indian Ocean highlights the benefits of international cooperation in earth observation for managing disaster relief and suggests future opportunities for these activities.
  • U.S., French Scientists Measure Tsunami Height from Space Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- Scientists have measured the height of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami after reviewing data from four Earth-orbiting radar satellites, according to a January 10 press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • NASA Details How Indian Ocean Quake Affects Earth Rotation Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- NASA scientists using data from the Indian Ocean earthquake have calculated that it affected Earth's rotation, decreased the length of day, slightly changed the planet's shape and shifted the North Pole by centimeters.
  • UN/TSUNAMI VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations says international donors have committed 700-million dollars for immediate aid to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. While funds flow in at an unprecedented pace, the goal of reaching all victims remains elusive.
  • Tsunami donor session opens with UN call to pay up and not forget other crises UN News Centre 11 Jan 2005 -- Representatives from 70 countries, both donors and victims of last month's devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, met in Geneva today to allocate the nearly $1 billion United Nations flash appeal, with top emergency officials pleading with contributors to stand by their pledges while not forgetting the world's other crises.
  • UN agencies zero in on specific tsunami relief from mental health to blankets UN News Centre 11 Jan 2005 -- As ministers from more than 30 countries gathered in Geneva today to determine priorities for the nearly $1 billion United Nations flash appeal for the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, specialized UN agencies in the field are pinpointing areas for immediate action from mobilizing child trauma experts to delivering blankets.
  • U.S., International Leaders Work to Coordinate Tsunami Relief Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- Leaders from more than 80 nations laid plans at a January 11 meeting in Geneva to support the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the 12 battered Indian Ocean nations struck by an earthquake-triggered tsunami.
  • DISASTER DISEASE VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The U.N. aid workers and Indonesian health authorities have moved quickly to prevent an outbreak of measles among children in refugee camps in Indonesia's devastated Aceh province. But relief officials warn a greater health threat is coming from torrential rain in the province.
  • INDIA/DISASTER AID VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- India has been extending aid to neighboring nations struck by the Indian Ocean tsunami while coping with the disaster on its own shores. India also has refused international aid, saying it has resources to deal with the crisis.
  • INDONESIA / RECOVERY STARTS VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- All over the Acehnese capital of Banda Aceh, Indonesian survivors of the December 26th earthquake and tsunami are trying to clean up and pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. With more than a 100-thousand dead and much of the infrastructure of the city destroyed, it is likely to take some time.
  • DISASTER / BRITISH ASSISTANCE VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- Relief teams from Britain's Royal Navy are in eastern Sri Lanka to help clean-up devastation wrought by last month's deadly tsunami.

  • US / UKRAINE POL VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- The United States said Tuesday there is no reason to believe that results of Ukraine's December 26th presidential election re-vote will be overturned. But it is nonetheless withholding congratulations for President-elect Viktor Yuschenko.
  • UKRAINE RESULTS APPEAL VOA 11 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's former Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, has said he can never accept the final, official results of the re-run presidential election. Mr. Yanukovych says he will file another appeal of the election.
  • UKRAINE / VOTE RESULTS VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission has officially declared Viktor Yushchenko the next president of Ukraine. The announcement ends over two months of political uncertainty in Ukraine and clears the way for the presidential inauguration.
  • Yushchenko Officially Declared Winner In Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's Central Electoral Commission has declared Viktor Yushchenko the official winner of last month's rerun presidential election.

  • Lockheed Martin Team Selected to Compete for Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) Lockheed Martin 11 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] announced today that its team was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) to compete in the next phase of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). The AWIPS contract award is expected in July 2005 and will be worth an estimated $330 million over a 10-year period. Lockheed Martin is teamed with Honeywell Technical Solutions Inc. and other subcontractors.

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