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25 January 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 25 Jan 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • IRAQ ELECTIONS / U.S. MILITARY VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. military is working with Iraqi forces and the Iraqi government to provide security for the elections scheduled for Sunday, as daily attacks by insurgents continue. VOA's Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon, American commanders say Iraqi forces will have a key role on Election Day, but the coalition will provide forces designed to deter or respond to any attack.
  • Iraqi Judge Assassinated In Baghdad RFE/RL 25 Jan 2005 -- Armed assailants killed an Iraqi judge as he was leaving his home in Baghdad today.
  • Iraqi, U.S. forces combined Operations Seize cash MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Combined operations by U.S. Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, operating under the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Iraqi Security Forces seized an AK-47, five cell phones, approximately $42,000, various foreign currencies equivalent to approximately $72,000 and eight detainees in a series of raids on Jan. 24 in Ramadi.
  • One AIF Suspect Detained in Raid Near Ad Dwar MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- First Infantry Division Soldiers captured a suspected AIF member in a raid near Ad Dwar about 11:55 p.m. on Jan. 24.
  • Four Detained Following Explosions MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Four individuals were apprehended following improvised-explosive-device strikes that destroyed three cars near Munsha 'a Village.
  • Multi-National Forces Detain Six MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained six individuals during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 23.
  • Iraqi citizen's Tip Leads to Defusing of Roadside Bomb MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), were able to defuse a roadside bomb following a tip received through the Joint Coordination Center in northern Iraq on Jan. 24.
  • Four Individuals Detained by Multi-National Forces in Mosul Area MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), confiscate weapons and ammunition, and detained four people during operations in northern Iraq on Jan. 24.
  • Multi-National Forces capture 28 Suspected Insurgents MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), continued operations to ensure security for the elections, detaining 28 people in northern Iraq on Jan. 25.
  • Troops Uncover Huge Weapons Cache MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- In eight separate locations near the Iraqi town of Latifiyah, Task Force Baghdad troops and Iraqi Army Soldiers uncovered a huge cache of weapons, munitions and explosives on Jan. 23.
  • Commando Operations Net 12 Suspects in Abu Ghraib District MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Twelve suspected insurgents and several caches of weapons were taken by Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team during a series of raids in the Abu Ghraib district on Jan. 24.
  • Patrol Finds IED Planted near Baghdad Elementary School MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers from Task Force Baghdad discovered an improvised explosive device near a western Baghdad elementary school at about 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 25.
  • MNF, ISF conduct Operation Centaur Fast Gas MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- Task Force 1-6 Field Artillery, in conjunction with Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army Soldiers, conducted day four of Operation Centaur Fast Gas at the Old Ba'qubah Gas Station on Jan. 19.
  • Idaho ANG Battalion Takes on Support Operations MNF-I/MNC-I 25 Jan 2005 -- In a ceremony conducted here on Jan. 21, the Idaho Army National Guard's 145th Support Battalion assumed full responsibility for support operations of the 116th Brigade Combat Team in Iraq.
  • Soldiers help pave way to new Iraq's constitution Army News 25 Jan 2005 -- The elections in Iraq are only days away and despite recent bombings and insurgent threats, the city streets of Baghdad continue to bustle with activity. Sirens sound in the distance; horns honk as cars try to push their way through the morning traffic, and Iraqi men and boys of all ages stand on the streets selling their newspapers of the most recently published events.

  • BUSH - WAR BUDGET VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- President Bush will ask the U.S. Congress for another 80 billion dollars to pay for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money will be added to the current federal budget for 2005.
  • Bush Administration to Request $80 Billion Supplemental AFPS 25 Jan 2005 -- The Bush administration intends to ask Congress for an estimated $80 billion budget supplemental, most of it to help cover the costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. and defense officials announced today.
  • White House Confirms $80 Billion Supplemental Request Washington File 25 Jan 2005 -- Senior administration officials said the White House will seek an approximately $80 billion supplemental request for the 2005 fiscal year, this in addition funding included the White House's fiscal 2006 budget request scheduled to be released February 7.
  • Bush To Seek $80 Billion For Afghanistan, Iraq RFE/RL 25 Jan 2005 -- There are reports U.S. President George W. Bush is planning to seek some $80 billion in new funding for military operations this year in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • AFGHANISTAN: Regional commands to boost security IRIN 25 Jan 2005 -- Mohammad Mossa, 38, a newly trained Afghan National Army (ANA) officer, looked confident after graduating from the French-supported ANA staff training college in the capital, Kabul on Tuesday. The former militia leader was trained by French military experts in management and intelligence gathering on the two-month training course.

  • Oiler Tippecanoe Pumps Aid Into Tsunami Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2005 -- Delivering fuel is its speciality, but with relief supplies needed to support Operation Unified Assistance in January, the deck of fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) has become a staging platform for aid.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • INTELLIGENCE / MILITARY VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- A newspaper's disclosure that the Defense Department has set up a new clandestine spy unit came as a surprise to many in and out of the secret intelligence world. Such espionage has traditionally been the province of the Central Intelligence Agency. But old rivalries die hard.
  • New Teams to Provide Expanded Human Intelligence Capabilities AFPS 25 Jan 2005 -- The Defense Intelligence Agency's new Strategic Support Branch is providing enhanced human intelligence capabilities to better support combatant commanders in the war on terror, senior defense officials told Pentagon reporters here Jan. 24.

  • Transfer of British Detainees Complete 25 Jan 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred four British detainees from U.S. facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) to the custody of the United Kingdom.
  • BRITAIN / GUANTANAMO VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- The last four Britons held at the U.S. military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and have returned home, where they are in police custody for questioning.

  • USS Saipan to Make Brief Stop at Port of Pascagoula Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2005 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) will stop briefly in Pascagoula, Jan. 25-26, to embark a detachment of Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 in Gulfport, Miss., and approximately 1,200 tons of equipment and supplies, which will be used to support humanitarian assistance exercise New Horizons (NH) 2005 in Haiti.
  • USS Emory S. Land Begins Gulf of Guinea Deployment Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2005 -- Approximately 1,400 Sailors and Marines aboard USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) are participating in the 2005 Gulf of Guinea Deployment, which began Jan. 25. U.S. Marine Corps Col. Barry Cronin, commander of Task Group 60.5, will lead the mission.
  • 26th MEU maximizes flexibility during strike group exercise USMC News 25 Jan 2005 -- Since the focus of the Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise transitioned from Naval missions at sea to Marine Corps missions ashore last week, the Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit have stepped to the forefront of operations here proving at every turn the effectiveness and flexibility of the Navy Marine Corps team.
  • Defense Science Board Report Recommends New Focus on Stabilization, Reconstruction AFPS 25 Jan 2005 -- A new Defense Science Board report recommends that the U.S. government tap into strategies the military uses to plan and prepare for combat, and to extend them to peacetime activities, stabilization and reconstruction operations and intelligence.
  • Chu Urges Renewed Focus to Reduce Preventable Accidents AFPS 25 Jan 2005 -- The Defense Department wants servicemembers and civilians to concentrate on safety whether they're on or off duty, DoD's top personnel official said Jan. 24.

  • U.S.-CHINA ARMS VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- The United States Tuesday reaffirmed its opposition, on human rights grounds, to the lifting of the European Union's 15-year-old arms embargo against China. Bush administration officials have discussed the issue this week with the visiting British and German foreign ministers.

  • State Department Briefing, January 25 Washington File 25 Jan 2005 -- Iraq, Department/Powell's meetings, EU/China, North Korea, environment, Northern Cyprus, Israel/Palestinians, Syria, Kosovo, Macedonia
  • White House Daily Briefing, January 25 Washington File 25 Jan 2005 -- Iraq/election, U.S. troops in Iraq after election, cost of Iraq war, Social Security reform/helping African Americans, constitutional amendment on marriage, India/tsunami relief, Iran, China/arms embargo, North Korea/nuclear weapons

  • CONGRESS - RICE VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Senate is expected to confirm National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State Wednesday, despite opposition from some Democrats. The Senate held a full day of debate on the nomination Tuesday
  • CONGRESS - RICE VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- The Senate has begun debate on the nomination of Condoleezza Rice to be Secretary of State. Opposition Democrats are using the occasion to criticize the administration's Iraq policy

Defense Industry

  • New Boeing Engine Unique Capabilities Demonstrated Boeing 25 Jan 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] demonstrated the versatility of its new 8.5-inch rocket engine, which at 1,100-pounds,is the highest performing rocket engine in its class.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $24 Million Contract for Abrams Tank System Technical Support General Dynamics 25 Jan 2005 -- The United States Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $24 million contract for systems technical support (STS) for the Abrams tank.
  • General Dynamics Receives $8 Million Award for Submarine Modernization Work General Dynamics 25 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $8 million modification to an existing contract for submarine modernization and related work at the Naval Submarine Support Facility, Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Lockheed Martin Conducts Fourth Successful Test of Guided MLRS Unitary Rocket Lockheed Martin 25 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted the fourth flight test of a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket at White Sands Missile Range, NM, this past weekend.
  • U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Exercises Raytheon's Option to the X-band Thin Radar Aperture Contract Raytheon 25 Jan 2005 -- Raytheon Company's option to proceed with its X-band thin radar aperture (XTRA) contract has been exercised, allowing the company to produce the next generation radar antenna technology for the J-UCAS (Joint Unmanned Air Combat System) that could revolutionize manned and unmanned combat systems. The AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) exercised the option following the proof of concept phase of the contract that was issued in April 2004.
  • Northrop Grumman Readies Commercial Aircraft Anti-Missile System Northrop Grumman 25 Jan 2005 -- Jan. 25, 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced it will install and flight test its commercial aircraft protection system on a Boeing 747 and MD-11 this year.
  • Air Force Awards Boeing $172.3 Million for Two GPS Satellite Contract Options Boeing 25 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing [BA: NYSE:] two GPS IIF contract options valued at $172.3 million.
  • First UK Built Generative Navigation Payload Successfully Tested EADS 25 Jan 2005 -- The first UK built “generative” navigation payload (which generates and transmits a primary navigation signal that is not reliant on GPS) has been successfully tested by EADS Astrium at its Portsmouth facility as part of Europe’s Galileo global satellite navigation programme.
  • iNavSat team offers a 40 partner portfolio to Galileo Concession EADS 25 Jan 2005 -- Over 40 international partners have joined the iNavSat consortium, created to win the Galileo Concession for global satellite services. These associated partners are ready to provide equipment and services to a significant global user base, with outstanding economic prospects. Established in more than 15 countries in Europe and the rest of the world, the team has extensive expertise either in infrastructure, technology, operations and services or market applications. Their activities cover user location based services, automotive, maritime, aviation industries, logistics, information technology, cartography, security and governmental use.
  • EURELY takes a further step toward GALILEO CONCESSION Thales 25 Jan 2005 -- Eurely, the consortium formed by Alcatel, Finmeccanica, AENA and Hispasat, today provided its final proposal for the Galileo Concession. The offer, submitted to the European Commission by Eurely, contains further details and binding commitments to manage the services of the new satellite based European navigation system, in addition to the original proposal of September 2004.

Other Conflicts

  • Security Council renews call for political solution to Georgian-Abkhaz conflict UN News Centre 25 Jan 2005 -- Fresh from a briefing by the top United Nations envoy for Georgia, the Security Council today renewed its call to that country's Government and Abkhaz separatists to reach a lasting political solution within the nation's recognized borders to the decade-old conflict that uprooted nearly 300,000 refugees.
  • CONGO/KABILA VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- Congo's fragile transitional government went to considerable length Tuesday to quash rumors President Joseph Kabila had been attacked and hurt. The presidential palace invited journalists to witness a meeting the president held with four of his vice-presidents. Still, the rumors spread panic through Kinshasa, with residents heading home from work early.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- Palestinian security forces are to begin deploying in the southern Gaza Strip this week -- after already fanning out across the north to halt militant attacks against Israelis. The move comes as Israel and Palestinians appear close to a cease-fire and American Middle East envoy William Burns heads to the region to try to revive peace efforts.

News Reports

  • DISASTER ONE MONTH VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- Almost one month after a deadly tsunami struck the shores of a dozen Indian Ocean countries, estimates of the dead and injured are running as high as 290-thousand. The biggest relief operation ever mounted continues to feed and shelter the survivors, and major outbreaks of disease have been prevented, but relief officials say there is still much to be done.

  • BURMA MILITARY TRIALS VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- Burma has begun holding trials of associates of former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt. Most of the defendants are accused of corruption and economic crimes. The trials are expected to last six weeks.

  • CONGRESS/UKRAINE VOA 25 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution praising the people of Ukraine, and the country's new president Viktor Yushchenko, for their transition to democracy.

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