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28 January 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transfer of Australian Detainee Complete 28 Jan 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred one Australian detainee from U.S. facilities in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, (GTMO) to the custody of Australia.
  • AUSTRALIA / US PRISONER VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- Australian terror suspect Mamdouh Habib has arrived back in Sydney after being released from Guantanamo Bay. U.S. officials said they didn't have enough evidence to charge the former taxi driver with terrorist offenses. The Australian government has insisted that Mr. Habib trained with al-Qaida and had prior knowledge of the September 11th attacks in the United States.

  • Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group Completes Exercise Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2005 -- The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) returned to port in Norfolk, Va., Jan. 28 after successfully completing its Expeditionary Strike Group Exercise (ESGEX) off the eastern coast of the United States.
  • Saipan Loads Seabees, Cargo Bound For Haiti Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2005 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2) departed Pascagoula, Miss., Jan. 26 after loading more than 50 Seabees and their 1,200 tons of construction equipment and supplies to transport them to Haiti in support of exercise New Horizons (NH) 2005 Haiti.
  • Navy Establishes Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Sigonella, Italy Navy NewsStand 28 Jan 2005 -- Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISC) announced in January the establishment of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Sigonella, Italy, as the logistics hub for Navy Region Europe.
  • C-model A-10 takes first flight AFPN 28 Jan 2005 -- The newly designated C-model A-10 Thunderbolt II, modified with precision engagement technology, was flown for the first time here recently by a 40th Flight Test Squadron pilot.
  • Fighting Falcons tackle 'DEAD' mission AFPN 28 Jan 2005 -- The CJ model of the F-16 Fighting Falcon offers cutting-edge war-time fighting capabilities. Three new upgrades have helped the aircraft here transform from suppressing enemy air defenses to destroying enemy air defenses.
  • Air Force works to meet QDR challenges AFPN 28 Jan 2005 -- Air Force strategic capabilities are already working to meet the challenges outlined in the Quadrennial Defense Review, officials said.
  • Army to renovate barracks, improve quality of Soldiers' lives Army News 28 Jan 2005 -- Soldiers living in barracks will see big improvements beginning this spring as the Army's Installation Management Agency begins to execute a $250 million program to identify and upgrade the Army's most deficient barracks.
  • Fort Benning tests current M-9 sidearm, future alternatives Army News 28 Jan 2005 -- The Directorate of Combat Developments and Soldier Battle Lab began an experiment Jan. 24 analyzing the current-issue M-9 handgun and possible alternative weapons.
  • War games to shape Signal Corps' future Army News 28 Jan 2005 -- Members from all branches of the Army are scheduled to participate in a weeklong war game to help dictate the future of the Signal Corps.

  • RICE-BUSH-DIPLOMACY VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- President Bush went to the State Department Friday to attend the ceremonial swearing-in of his former National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State. Ms. Rice said U.S. diplomacy should be used to help create a "balance of power that favors freedom."

  • State Department Briefing, January 28 Washington File 28 Jan 2005 -- Hmong refugees/tuberculosis screening, Rice/phone calls from foreign leaders, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, Greece, Iran, North Korea, China, Venezuela, Sudan, Mexico
  • White House Daily Briefing, January 28 Washington File 28 Jan 2005 -- President's schedule, Iraq, week ahead

Defense Industry

  • Lockheed Martin to Build New Presidential Helicopter 28 Jan 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that the team led by Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, Owego, N.Y., has been selected to build the new presidential helicopter (VXX) based on its U.S. 101 medium lift helicopter.
  • Transcript: DoD Special Briefing on Award of Presidential Helicopter Contract 28 Jan 2005 -- John Young, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition; and Thomas Laux, Program Executive Officer
  • 12 Cougars and 6 Panthers for the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense EADS 28 Jan 2005 -- The deliveries of the 18 helicopters are scheduled on a 3 years period. The 3 first aircraft of the Cougar type will be delivered by end 2006.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $161 Million for M1A2 Tank Retrofit General Dynamics 28 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $161 million modification as part of a $283 million contract to retrofit 129 M1A2 Abrams tanks with an enhanced electronics package. The retrofitted tanks will modernize the U.S. Army’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo.
  • U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $150 Million Contract Modification for SSGN Work General Dynamics 28 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $150 million contract modification to convert the USS Michigan (SSBN-727) from a Trident ballistic-missile submarine to a Trident SSGN, a multimission submarine optimized for conventional tactical strike and special-operations support. The modification includes options for the conversion of USS Georgia from SSBN-729 to SSGN-729 which, if exercised, would be worth an additional $177 million. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • US101 Selected by U.S. Navy for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Lockheed Martin 28 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Navy today selected the US101 for a new fleet of "Marine One" helicopters for the President of the United States. Lockheed Martin, which leads Team US101 as prime contractor, will receive a $1.7 billion contract from the Navy for the Marine One program's systems development and demonstration phase. The team will build and equip the US101 medium-lift helicopter to provide a safe and secure "Oval Office in the Sky" for the President.
  • Statement on VXX Announcement Sikorsky 28 Jan 2005 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation received word today that its H-92 helicopter was not selected as the next Marine One helicopter. The company anticipates a full debrief on the Navy's evaluation and analysis.
  • Thales to equip French armed forces with night vision cameras Thales 28 Jan 2005 -- The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a contract to equip the French Army, Air Force and Navy with Sophie night vision cameras. This contract is for for the production of over 600 new-generation cameras, which offer 25% greater range compared with the previous version, as well as built-in image stabilisation.

Other Conflicts

  • MIDDLE EAST: 'TEMPORARY TRUCE' BOOSTS HOPES FOR PEACE US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 28 Jan 2005
  • U.S. Envoy Encouraged by Visit With Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Washington File 28 Jan 2005 -- Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William Burns said he felt encouraged by his visit to the Middle East, and said he sensed that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships have "a degree of seriousness and a sense of purpose" that will allow movement on efforts to achieve peace.
  • U.S./PALESTINIANS/HAMAS VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- The United States Friday said it still considers the Palestinian militant group Hamas a terrorist organization despite its victory in local elections in Gaza. The State Department said the group has nothing constructive to bring to the political process as long as it maintains "a course of violence."
  • Hamas Claims Victory In Gaza Elections RFE/RL 28 Jan 2005 -- The radical Islamic movement Hamas is claiming victory in municipal Palestinian elections in the Gaza Strip.
  • PALESTINIAN LOCAL ELECTIONS VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- Initial results show the militant group Hamas has won an overwhelming victory in Palestinian local elections (eds. held Thursday) in the Gaza Strip, winning nearly two-thirds of the local council seats in 10 districts. The results reflect the widespread support Hamas has in Gaza, and are also seen as a potential turning point for the Islamic group.

  • Russian Military Denies Beslan Probe Findings RFE/RL 28 Jan 2005 -- The Russian Defense Ministry today denied allegations that the negligence of several senior army officers helped Chechen militants seize a school in Beslan last September.
  • No sign of any progress in deadlocked Western Sahara dispute - Annan UN News Centre 28 Jan 2005 -- More than 13 years after they agreed to a ceasefire, the parties in Western Sahara remain deadlocked politically and there is no sign of any way to advance the stalled peace process, Secretary-General Kofi Annan tells the Security Council in his latest report on the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.
  • Security Council extends UN mission in Georgia for a further six months UN News Centre 28 Jan 2005 -- The Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the United Nations observers in Georgia for a further six months, until 31 July, and called for a settlement of the decade-old conflict between the Government and Abkhaz separatists that fully respected the territorial integrity of Georgia.
  • Mandate of UN force in southern Lebanon extended until July UN News Centre 28 Jan 2005 -- Calling for an end to "serious breaches" of the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the peacekeeping United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another six months and urged Lebanon to deploy an adequate number of security forces along the so-called Blue Line between the two countries.
  • IVORY COAST / U.N. VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- Leaders from warring sides in divided Ivory Coast are bracing for sanctions from the United Nations Security Council as well as possible prosecution before the Hague-based International Criminal Court.
  • AFRICAN UNION / NIGERIA VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- African foreign ministers in Nigeria are tackling the continents' ongoing trouble spots, including Sudan, and Congo, in preparation for an African Union summit starting Sunday.
  • DRC: Militiamen burn down Ituri village IRIN 28 Jan 2005 -- Armed militiamen have burnt down a village in the district of Ituri, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, forcing at least 1,500 residents to flee to nearby localities, Rudi Sterz, the interim coordinator of German Agro Action in the area told IRIN on Friday. The affected village, She, is 60 km northeast of Bunia, the main town in Ituri.

News Reports

  • Press BRIEFING FOR MEMBER STATES ON TSUNAMI United Nations 28 Jan 2005
  • TSUNAMI WARNING MEETING VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- Officials from over 40 countries and a dozen international organizations have started hashing out plans for a tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean. Both Thailand and India are the frontrunners to operate the center.

  • U.S.-Bangladesh Bomb VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- The United States is strongly condemning the bomb attack on an opposition rally in Bangladesh Thursday that killed five people including a former cabinet member. The State Department urged quick action by the Dhaka government to resolve the case and prevent a climate of impunity from taking hold in the South Asian country.
  • BANGLADESH POLITICS VIOLENCE VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- Supporters of an opposition group in Bangladesh, the Awami League Party, on Friday protested the killing of five party members, including a senior party official. They were slain in the latest in a series of attacks targeting the opposition.

  • BURMA / TENSIONS VOA 28 Jan 2005 -- Thailand's prime minister says there are "political tensions" within the government of neighboring Burma. His comments came amid reports suggesting a power struggle among Burma's military rulers.

  • Alcatel and Finmeccanica creating the new European space industry leader Thales 28 Jan 2005 -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Finmeccanica (Milano: SIFI.MI, FNC.IM), today announced the signature of final agreement to merge their space activities through the creation of two joint ventures companies, to which both partners will contribute their respective satellite industrial and service activities.

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