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19 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- Several early-morning car bombings shook the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, killing as many as 26 people. From Baghdad, Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports that the attacks were carried out by insurgents and al-Qaida-related terrorists eager to derail Iraqi elections set to take place on January 30th.
  • Fighting Jointly Now Norm for U.S. Military AFPS 19 Jan 2005 -- Servicemembers joining the military today are not joining just the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps - they are joining a truly joint force.
  • AIF Attack Repelled MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers killed three insurgents and wounded three when they were attacked near Kan'an at about 12:05 p.m. on January 18.
  • First Infantry Division Soldiers Detain Three in Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Fifteen individuals were detained after a group attacked a convoy with rocks near Balad at about 12:42 p.m., January 18 damaging a windshield on a military vehicle.
  • First Infantry Division Soldiers Detain 11 in Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers detained 11 individuals in a raid near Balad at about 2:20 p.m. on January 18.
  • Multi-National Forces Detain Anti-Iraqi Forces in Joint Raid MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from 202nd Iraqi Army Battalion and Multi-National Forces captured 25 insurgents and confiscated 14 vehicles in a raid near Samarra at about 4:30 p.m. on January 18.
  • Iraqi Police Detained for Threat on Iraqi Army Officer MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- One Iraqi police officer was detained for questioning about a death threat on an Iraqi Army officer in Ad Dujayl.
  • Chief of Human Rights and Relative Killed in Kirkuk MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Meghad Police reported that the Chief of Human Rights and a relative were killed, and a third Iraqi civilian was wounded the morning of January 18 in Kirkuk.
  • Commando Brigade Detains a Dozen in Night Raids MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Solders from 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Commandos", 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Baghdad detained 12 suspected insurgents in nine different raids Tuesday night in western Baghdad.
  • Two Iraqi civilians Killed After Trying to Drive Through Military Patrol MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Two Iraqi civilians were killed when the vehicle they were driving tried to speed through a Multi-National Force patrol Tuesday in northern Iraq.
  • Multi-National Forces Detain Four MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained four people during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 18.
  • Multi-National Forces Capture Five Suspected Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained five individuals during operations in northern Iraq today.
  • 19 Detained in Northern Babil Raids MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Marines detained 19 suspected insurgents on Jan. 18 in northern Babil.
  • Four Car bombs detonate in Baghdad, Miss intended targets MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Four vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices detonated in the Iraqi capital in the span of 90 minutes this morning.
  • Task Force Baghdad Soldiers Detain Nine MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained nine suspected insurgents in southern Baghdad on Jan. 18.
  • Iraqi, Marine Forces capture 15 in early hours of pre-election offensive MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. Marines rounded up 15 suspected insurgents south of Baghdad on Jan. 19, beginning a fresh offensive aimed at disrupting insurgent activity ahead of national elections later this month.
  • Iraqi Security Forces Discover Weapons cache MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces discovered a cache of weapons and munitions in northern Iraq on Jan. 18.
  • Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces Joint Operation MNF-I/MNC-I 19 Jan 2005 -- On the morning of January 9, in village Imam, three kilometers north of Al-Mashru in Babil Province soldiers from 1st Battle Group (1 BG) from 1stt Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) of Multinational Division Central - South (MND CS), and United States Military Police along with Iraqi National Guard (ING) conducted a joint cordon and search operation to find illegal weapons, caches and ammunition.
  • Al Asad welcomes VMFA(AW)-224 Hornets to Iraq USMC News 19 Jan 2005 -- Landing in succession, 'tiger-striped' F/A-18D Hornets with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224 arrived here Jan. 15.
  • Iraqi, Marine forces capture 15 in early hours of pre-election offensive USMC News 19 Jan 2005 -- Iraqi security forces and U.S. Marines rounded up 15 suspected insurgents south of Baghdad today, beginning a fresh offensive aimed at disrupting insurgent activity ahead of national elections later this month.
  • Tikrit Airmen focused on the job at hand AFPN 19 Jan 2005 -- As danger mounts and the chances of coming into contact with enemy insurgents and explosive devices greatly increases with each passing mile, Airmen protecting critical resupply convoys throughout Iraq are remaining focused on the job at hand.
  • Airmen help train Iraqi soldiers AFPN 19 Jan 2005 -- A professional military education instructor had to overcome a language barrier, an unfamiliar curriculum and a trust issue with his students to contribute to the development of a new nation.

  • Analysis: Karzai Turns Warlord Into Potential Ally RFE/RL 19 Jan 2005 -- When Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced his cabinet on 23 December, most observers hailed it as a technocratic team mostly devoid of warlords and other unsavory elements among Afghanistan's powerful personalities.

  • Relief logistics headquarters established in Galle USMC News 19 Jan 2005 -- Marine Logistics Regiment-2 established a headquarters here to provide a central point for coordination and communication between Marines with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Torii Station soldiers, and Navy Mobile Construction Battalion-7 "Sea Bees" from Okinawa, Japan, and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Detachment A that are conducting humanitarian relief and reconstruction projects in southern Sri Lanka.
  • USS Milius Helps Spanish Red Cross Bring Water to Tsunami Victims Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2005 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) helped the Spanish Red Cross begin efforts to provide clean water for tsunami victims Jan. 13 by transporting Spanish water purifiers to a remote area of Indonesia.
  • Niagara Falls Crew Proud to Deliver Aid Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2005 -- USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS 3) departed Singapore Jan. 16 with 841 pallets of humanitarian aid destined for ships in the Indian Ocean taking part in Operation Unified Assistance.
  • USS Ronald Reagan Helps With Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2005 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego Jan. 11 for routine carrier operations in the local area and to drop off two Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 C-2A Greyhound aircraft in Hawaii to help support Operation Unified Assistance.
  • Air Force continues aid in Sri Lanka AFPN 19 Jan 2005 -- Three weeks after the most devastating tsunamis on record slammed into this island south of India and killed an estimated 38,000 people, Airmen continue to help people here.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Combatant Status Review Tribunals Update19 Jan 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced the findings of 87 Combatant Status Review Tribunals today. Of the 87 findings, one was found to no longer be an enemy combatant. As with previous detainee movements, a press release will be issued when the detainee movement is complete.

  • Pentagon's Transformation Czar to Retire Because of Health Concerns Reprinted with permission from 19 Jan 2005 -- The Pentagon's transformation czar, Arthur Cebrowski, who has influenced thinking and helped shape policy on how to prepare for future military challenges, will retire at the end of this month on doctor's orders, according to his spokesman.

  • Army to purchase new Chinooks, upgrade fleet Army News 19 Jan 2005 -- All of the Army's CH-47 Chinooks will be upgraded to the new CH-47F models by 2018 as the result of a partnership between the service and Boeing, the helicopter's manufacturer.
  • BSP Saves Time, Trouble and Expense Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2005 -- Naval Station Rota, Spain's, Port Operations Department has been using an old watercraft to ferry personnel and cargo out to ships that pass by the base since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, and it has been saving a fortune in manpower and money ever since. The process is called BSP or Brief Stop for Personnel.
  • Deployed C-130Js exceeding expectations AFPN 19 Jan 2005 -- When the C-130J -- the newest variant of the versatile C-130 Hercules -- deployed for the first time in December, Air Mobility Command officials said they were confident of the aircraft's capabilities.
  • USS Oklahoma City Returns From Six-month Deployment Navy NewsStand 19 Jan 2005 -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (OKC) (SSN 723) returns to Norfolk Naval Station Jan. 20 after a six-month deployment.
  • 15th MEU completes HA operations, hands task to Essex, Fort McHenry USMC News 19 Jan 2005 -- The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) finished up the last of its humanitarian aid missions in Indonesia yesterday with sending one last Landing Craft Air Cushioned ashore loaded with 60 pallets of humanitarian aid supplies before handing the job over to a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force aboard the USS Essex and USS Fort McHenry comprised of Marines and Sailors from Okinawa, Japan.
  • Navy to Christen New Guided-Missile Destroyer Kidd 19 Jan 2005 -- The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer Kidd, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems - Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss.

  • Western Hemisphere Important to U.S. Agenda, Rice Says Washington File 19 Jan 2005 -- The Western Hemisphere is important to the United States, and the Bush administration will work to promote democracy and economic development in the region, according to Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice.
  • Rice Presents a Foreign Policy Based on Alliance Building Washington File 19 Jan 2005 -- Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice has laid out an American foreign policy for President Bush's second term that calls for greater multilateral diplomatic efforts and alliance building.
  • CONGRESS - RICE VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- U.S. Senate Democrats are demanding time on the Senate floor to debate the nomination of Condoleezza Rice to be Secretary of State. Their efforts may delay a confirmation vote for Ms. Rice until next week.
  • CONGRESS / RICE VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- A U.S. Senate panel has approved Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state and sent the nomination to the full Senate for a vote.
  • POWELL / FAREWELL VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was approving the nomination of Condoleezza Rice, outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell was delivering a farewell to State Department employees and staff. He said the State Department "family" has much to be proud of in its achievements of the past four years.
  • Transcript: Farewell Remarks by Secretary Colin L. Powell US Department of State 19 Jan 2005

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 19 Washington File 19 Jan 2005 -- North Korea, social security, Dr. Rice hearings/criticism on Iraq policy, 2005 Presidential Inauguration

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems to Upgrade and Maintain Marine and Navy Countermeasure Systems BAE Systems 19 Jan 2005 -- POMONA, California -- The Naval Inventory Control Point and the Naval Air Systems Command have placed follow-on contracts totalling $12 million with BAE Systems to maintain and upgrade AN/ALQ-157 Infrared Countermeasure Systems for the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy.
  • Boeing Accepts First C-130 for Avionics Modernization Boeing 19 Jan 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] marked the induction of the first U.S. Air Force C-130 into the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) in San Antonio, Texas today.
  • Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Praised by Air Mobility Command Lockheed Martin 19 Jan 2005 -- In a release issued today detailing the success of the U.S. Air Force deployment of C-130Js to South West Asia, General John W. Handy, commander of Air Mobility Command and U.S. Transportation Command, said: "I am extremely pleased with the performance of the C-130J during this deployment. That success is a testament to the dedicated, professional team of Airmen supporting the mission and the magnificent C-130J. Together, they are setting a pace that will be hard to beat!"
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract To Deliver Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer To U.S. Marine Corps Lockheed Martin 19 Jan 2005 -- Marine Corps Reservists deploying to Iraq will train to recognize and respond to ambushes and roadside improvised explosive devices using the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer. Lockheed Martin will deliver a suite of four trainers to Camp LeJune, N.C. in April.
  • Joint Common Missile Seeker Successfully Tracks Tactical Target Vessel in Littoral Testing Lockheed Martin 19 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has demonstrated the further maturation of its Joint Common Missile (JCM) tri-mode seeker with the successful acquisition and track of a tactical littoral target in a test series conducted during December 2004 at Eglin Air Force Base, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract To Deliver Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer To U.S. Marine Corps Lockheed Martin 19 Jan 2005 -- Marine Corps Reservists deploying to Iraq will train to recognize and respond to ambushes and roadside improvised explosive devices using the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Virtual Combat Convoy Trainer. Lockheed Martin will deliver a suite of four trainers to Camp LeJune, N.C. in April.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN F-22 RATED "MISSION CAPABLE" BY U.S. AIR FORCE Lockheed Martin 19 Jan 2005 -- Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) for the Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] F-22 Raptor was officially completed with the U.S. Air Force announcement late last week rating the world’s only 5th Generation stealth fighter in operation “Mission Capable,” one of the highest ratings achievable.
  • Northrop Grumman Selected to Participate in 'Fly-Off' for U.S. Army's Next Generation UAV Program Northrop Grumman 19 Jan 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by the U.S. Army to demonstrate the system capabilities of its proposed entry for the service's Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) unmanned aerial vehicle program as part of a "fly-off" between competing designs.

Other Conflicts

  • WEST AFRICA / SUMMIT VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- Niger's President Mamadou Tandja has been chosen as the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African states. The 15-nation regional body helped end the war in Liberia, but has been struggling to bring an end to the crisis in divided Ivory Coast.

  • UN envoy holds talks on deployment of peace-support mission in southern Sudan UN News Centre 19 Jan 2005 -- The United Nations envoy for Sudan is heading to neighbouring Ethiopia for talks with the African Union after wrapping up a two-day visit to southern Sudan where he discussed with former rebels the continuing preparations for the deployment of a future UN peace support mission there.
  • UN / SUDAN REPATRIATION VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- The UN refugee agency says it is preparing for an eventual return of more than 500-thousand refugees to southern Sudan, following the peace agreement between Sudan's government and rebel leaders in the south. The agency says it expects the repatriation to be a long, complicated process.
  • SUDAN PEACE VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- The African Union has criticized the U.N. proposal to send a peace support mission to southern Sudan following the signing of the comprehensive north-south peace agreement.

  • Press conference by Côte d’Ivoire United Nations 19 Jan 2005
  • GUINEA: Armed men fire at president's car, bodyguards return fire IRIN 19 Jan 2005 -- Armed men fired several shots at the car of President Lansana Conte of Guinea as he was driving from his residence to the centre of the capital Conakry on Wednesday morning, eyewitnesses said.
  • Nepal`s Maoists sending India into security alert IRNA 19 Jan 2005 -- News of Maoist rebels of Nepal seeking partnership with insurgents in India`s strategic northeastern region for bases, has led India to put its soldiers on maximum alert along the 1,800-km-long border with the Himalayan kingdom.
  • GUINEA / UNREST VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- Guinea's army was put on high alert in the capital Conakry following a possible assassination attempt against President Lansana Conte.
  • KASHMIR VIOLATION VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- India has accused Pakistan of violating a 14-month ceasefire in the disputed Kashmir region. But the nuclear-armed rivals are trying to cool tensions over the incident.
  • PALESTINIANS / ISRAEL SECURITY VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- A senior Palestinian commander says security forces will be deployed in Gaza to prevent militant attacks against Israel. The decision comes as new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tries to persuade militant groups to halt the violence.

News Reports

  • UN agencies look to longer-term rehabilitation after Indian Ocean tsunami UN News Centre 19 Jan 2005 -- With emergency relief now reaching nearly all affected communities in the Indonesian province of Aceh, the area most ravaged by last month's Indian Ocean tsunami, United Nations agencies are looking to mitigate the longer term impact of a disaster that killed at least 165,000 in a dozen countries and deprived up to 5 million more of basic services.
  • SRI LANKA / TSUNAMI RECONSTRUCTION VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has officially launched the rebuilding phase following December's deadly tsunami. The ceremony took place in the southern town of Hambantota, which was almost entirely destroyed by the deadly waves. Bu many in Hambantota are skeptical of the government's reconstruction plan.
  • TSUNAMI/WARNING SYSTEM VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- An international conference in Japan is focusing on improving systems to warn of tsunamis and other ocean-related hazards. Numerous proposals are being generated, and now the challenge is to make them a reality.
  • INDONESIA/TSUNAMI DONORS VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- A group of international donors has met in the Indonesian capital to discuss lending for the country. The discussions were planned before last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami, but have concentrated on the challenges of recovery and reconstruction in the northern Aceh Province, which bore the brunt of the disaster.

  • UKRAINE FINAL RULING VOA 19 Jan 2005 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court has ruled against Viktor Yanukovych's last legal appeal contesting the re-run, ending the presidential election crisis and clearing the way for the winner's inauguration

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