02 February 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 02 Feb 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Department of the Army Civilian Casualty
- MARINE KILLED IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
- Marines near Najaf ready for return home MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Feb 2005 -- Two days after Iraq's national elections, and with just a few weeks left until they return to the United States, Marines here say they are confident they are leaving the holy city of Najaf in better shape than when they arrived in July.
- Multi-National Forces detain four and confiscate weapons MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Feb 2005 -- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained four individuals in northern Iraq Feb 1.
- TF Danger Soldiers find significant weapons cache MNF-I/MNC-I 02 Feb 2005 -- Task Force Danger Soldiers discovered a large weapons cache and detained one Iraqi near Tikrit on Feb. 1.
- Pakistan denies helping US Army`s fire in its territory IRNA 02 Jan 2005 -- Pakistani military on Wednesday rejected a claim by a senior US Army officer that its troops have recently helped direct US artillery fire into Pakistan.
- PAKISTAN U.S. MILITARY COOPERATION VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Pakistan officials are denying a U.S. military statement that American and Pakistani forces have cooperated in cross-border artillery attacks against Afghan insurgents.
- Navy Ship Surveys Tsunami-affected Waters Navy NewsStand 02 Feb 2005 -- Military Sealift Command hydrographic survey ship USNS John McDonnell (T-AGS 51) is in her second week of operation supporting the United States' humanitarian relief efforts in Southeast Asia following the Dec. 26 tsunami that devastated coastlines throughout the region.
- TSUNAMI / HOSPITAL SHIP VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- The huge U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy is expected to arrive in the waters off the tsunami-devastated shores of Indonesia in the next few days, after a four-week voyage from its base in California. But the ship is not expected to be used much as a hospital. Rather it will be a base and resource center for mainly civilian medical and relief workers.
Defense Policy / Programs
- State of the Union Address by President George W. Bush The White House 02 Feb 2005
- BUSH / STATE OF THE UNION WRAP VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- President Bush says elections in Iraq show that terrorists cannot intimidate the will of those seeking freedom. Opposition Democrats say Mr. Bush is not doing enough to protect Americans at home.
- Navy to Christen the Littoral Surface Craft - Experimental (X-Craft) Sea Fighter 02 Feb 2005 -- The Navy will christen the experimental X-Craft "Sea Fighter" and designate it as the first Fast Sea Frame, Saturday, Feb. 5, during a noon PST ceremony at Nichols Bros. Boat Builders, Whidbey Island, Wash.
- NAS Key West Dedicates New Air Operations Tower Navy NewsStand 02 Feb 2005 -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West dedicated the opening of their new air traffic control tower Feb. 1.
- USS Curts Returns From Deployment, Largest Drug Seizure in History Navy NewsStand 02 Feb 2005 -- USS Curts (FFG 38) returns to its homeport of San Diego Feb. 2 from a six-month deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility (AOR) in support of law enforcement operations against the illegal smuggling of narcotics.
- U.S. 2nd Fleet Exercise Flexes Agility Navy NewsStand 02 Feb 2005 -- The staff of Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic (C2F/CSFL) completed their first Maritime Command Limited Experiment (MARCOLE) Jan. 14.
- F/A-22 on track to go operational AFPN 02 Feb 2005 -- The F/A-22 Raptor, the Air Force's next-generation air superiority fighter, performed well in recently completed operational testing and is on track to go operational in December, the director of the program's combined test force said.
- Teets to build on core competencies AFPN 02 Feb 2005 -- Peter B. Teets will focus on core competencies to take the Air Force through a transitional period that includes the fiscal 2006 budget process and the quadrennial defense review.
- Lifting Arms Embargo Against China Would Send "Wrong Signal" Washington File 02 Feb 2005 -- A European Union (EU) decision to lift its arms embargo against China would "send the wrong signal about human rights," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said February 1 during an interview with Reuters and Agence France-Presse.
- RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER VISITS SIBERIAN MILITARY DISTRICT RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov flew to Tomsk on Wednesday morning to start his working visit to the Siberian military district.
- INITIAL PRESS RELEASE: EXERCISE ALLIED REACH 05 (AR 05) NATO-IMS 02 Feb 2005 -- A joint Strategic Command Study Seminar called exercise ALLIED REACH 05 (AR 05) will take place between 01 and 03 February 2005 at the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), in Stavanger, Norway.
- EADS Missile Warning Sensor successfully tested on Royal Danish Airforce F-16 Fighter Aircraft EADS 02 Feb 2005 -- EADS Defence Electronics has successfully conducted first ground tests with its missile launch detection sensor MILDS on a Royal Danish Airforce F-16.
- U.S. Marine Corps Orders Another Lockheed Martin KC-130J Weapons Systems Trainer Lockheed Martin 02 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Marine Corps has exercised an option for a second KC-130J Weapons System Trainer (WST) from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) as part of a $73 million contract signed in 2004. Under the terms of this contract, the Marine Corps has an option to purchase a total of three KC-130J Weapons System Trainers.
- Raytheon to Equip 193 Marine Tanks with Night Vision Sensors Via $32.5 Million in New Contracts Raytheon 02 Feb 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) recently received $32.5 million in U.S. Marine Corps contract awards for the M1A1 tank Firepower Enhancement Program (FEP).
- RUSSIAN ARMS EXPORTERS ESTABLISH RECORD RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2005 -- Russia's defense industry established a post-Soviet record for arms exports last year: the revenues reached $6 billion (as against $5.568 billion in 2003), Vedomosti reports.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY TEST FIRES FALCON HYBRID MOTOR Lockheed Martin 02 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully test-fired a new hybrid motor as part of the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) program at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on Jan. 21. This is the first of a series of SLV hybrid motor firings that Lockheed Martin will conduct this year.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 02 Feb 2005
- PRESS BRIEFING BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT United Nations 02 Feb 2005
- CONGRESS / MIDEAST RESOLUTIONS VOA 02 Jan 2005 -- The House of Representatives has adopted resolutions praising the recent Iraqi and Palestinian elections, calling them signs of change in the Middle East. This came just hours before President Bush's State of the Union address, which is also expected to mention the elections.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN LAND VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Israel's attorney general has overturned a government decision to expropriate Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. The decision follows the seizure of hundreds of hectares of land under a little-enforced law dating back to 1950.
- Rice Sees Chance for Progress on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Washington File 02 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice believes that recent developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories have created an opportunity to bring the two parties back into cooperation within the framework of the road-map peace process.
- Security Council President vows 'no impunity' for war crimes in Darfur, Sudan UN News Centre 02 Jan 2005 -- The Security Council is determined to ensure there is no impunity for anyone who has committed war crimes or crimes against humanity in Sudan's Darfur region, its President for February said today as he announced that the situation in Africa's largest country will be the focus of at least two Council meetings this month.
- SUDAN: National parliament ratifies southern peace agreement IRIN 02 Feb 2005 -- Sudan's national assembly on Tuesday unanimously ratified the comprehensive peace agreement which was signed by the government and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 9 January.
- ITALY/SUDAN VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- The Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail travels Thursday to Italy for a two-day trip aimed at strengthening bilateral and trade ties. He will meet top Italian officials and hold talks on prospects opened by the recent peace agreement between the government and rebels in the south.
- United States Concerned by Dismissal of Nepali Government Washington File 02 Jan 2005 -- The United States has expressed deep concern over Nepali King Gyanendra's move to dissolve Nepal's multiparty government and suspend civil liberties.
- NEPAL/CABINET VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Nepal's King has appointed a new cabinet, one day after firing the government and imposing a state of emergency.
- NEPAL/INDIA FEAR VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- India's prime minister will not attend a summit of the South Asian Association Regional Conference because of concerns about security in Bangladesh - a move that caused the summit to be postponed. Indian officials also cited displeasure with Nepalese King Gyanendra, who suspended democratic government in his country this week, and who was due to attend the summit.
- DRC SECURITY VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Uganda and Rwanda have denied supplying arms and other assistance to insurgents in the Democratic Republic of Congo in violation of an arms embargo, as the United Nations had reported recently.
- LAVROV PUZZLED BY U.S. ASSERTIONS THAT RUSSIA'S ENGAGEMENT IN SETTLING CIS CONFLICTS IS NOT INTENSIVE ENOUGH RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2005 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had not heard of a U.S. State Department official's statement that Russia had not paid much attention to settling conflicts in the post-Soviet space.
- COTE D IVOIRE: UN Security Council tightens arms embargo, orders weapons inventory IRIN 02 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council has tightened an arms embargo on Cote d'Ivoire and ordered government and rebel forces to provide an inventory of their weapons by mid-March to aid eventual disarmament.
- SENEGAL / CASAMANCE VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- Senegal's government and southern Casamance separatists have agreed to finalize a peace accord by the end of May to end a two-decade low-level insurgency.
- Georgia: Deadly Gori Blast Sparks Confused Reactions Among Officials RFE/RL 02 Feb 2005 -- A car bomb yesterday killed three policemen in the central Georgian city of Gori, just a few kilometers away from the separatist republic of South Ossetia. Although some evidence suggests the blast is criminal in nature, Georgian authorities claim the attack was prepared outside the country with a clear political aim. Some government officials are pointing to South Ossetia and its Russian protectors. Others, however, are urging a more cautious approach.
- U.S. Hosts Meeting to Foster Peace in African Great Lakes Washington File 02 Feb 2005 -- The United States hosted a meeting February 2 of the Tripartite Joint Commission, composed of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, in order to facilitate cooperation among the three countries to resolve conflict in the African Great Lakes region.
- TSUNAMI TOURISM VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- The U.N. World Tourism Organization has set out plans to revive Asia's tourism industry, which was battered by the December 26th tsunami. The plans were drawn at an emergency meeting in Thailand of the tourism organization's 29-member council.
- EADS Astrium delivers the first Inmarsat-4 satellite EADS 02 Feb 2005 -- EADS Astrium, Europe’s leading satellite manufacturer, has completed production and test of the first Inmarsat-4 spacecraft, the world’s most sophisticated commercial communications satellite. The spacecraft will leave the Toulouse facility on 5 February 2005 for shipment to Cape Canaveral.
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