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07 February 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Defense Department Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Briefing 07 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Director, Force Structures, Resources and Assessment, Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Admiral Robert Willard, and Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Tina Jonas
  • The Army Budget - Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 Army News Release 07 Feb 2005
  • Fiscal 2006 Department of Defense Budget is Released 07 Feb 2005
  • President Bush's FY 2006 Defense Budget 07 Feb 2005 [PDF]
  • DEFENSE BUDGET VOA 07 Feb 2005 -- President Bush has proposed a nearly five-percent increase in the basic defense budget for the fiscal year that begins in October. Officials say the money is needed for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to fight the broader war on terrorism, as well as to continue the restructuring and modernization of the U.S. military. The department also plans to ask Congress for an additional 75 billion dollars for the current year, on top of the 25-billion-dollar supplement already approved.
  • Budget Emphasizes Present, Future Warfighting Capabilities AFPS 07 Feb 2005 -- The president's $419.3 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2006 reflects Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's four basic priorities: defeating global terrorism, restructuring the armed forces and global defense structure, developing and fielding advanced warfighting capabilities, and taking care of U.S. forces.
  • Bush Delivers $419.3 Billion DoD Budget to Congress AFPS 07 Feb 2005 -- President Bush's $419.3 billion fiscal 2006 defense budget request continues the work of transforming the military, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.
  • Pentagon Seeks To Increase Defense Budget Nearly 5 Percent Washington File 07 Feb 2005 -- The Defense Department unveiled the president's proposed defense budget February 7, which requests $419.3 billion to continue the global war on terrorism and efforts to transform the military force structure to meet possible future threats, including those posed by chemical and biological weapons.
  • Bush's 2006 Budget Proposal Continues Anti-terrorism Focus Washington File 07 Feb 2005 -- In his annual "Budget Message of the President," President Bush has called for major fiscal restraint while also pledging to spend what is necessary to protect the United States from terrorism.

  • Transcript: Senior Defense Official on France NATO Ministerial 07 Feb 2005 -- Senior Defense Official
  • Desert Hawk UAV patrols Tallil AFPN 07 Feb 2005 -- Airmen of the 407th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here are using a miniature UAV called a "Desert Hawk" that provides an extra set of eyes in the sky, gathering information and identifying threats.
  • Reserve Airmen test C-130J in Southwest Asia AFPN 07 Feb 2005 -- Faster, farther, higher, safer. Aircrews and maintainers from the Air Force Reserve Command's 403rd Wing here are changing attitudes and proving the effectiveness of their bird the J-model C-130 Hercules.
  • Air Logistics Centers add wings, squadrons AFPN 07 Feb 2005 -- As part of its ongoing goal to better support operational commands and warfighters in the field, Air Force Materiel Command officials will reorganize the command's three air logistics centers over the coming weeks.
  • NMCB 40 Conducts "Training Lanes" Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2005 -- Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40, forward deployed to Okinawa, Japan for a six-month deployment, completed "Training Lanes" in January.
  • NAVFAC to Build Test Facility for President's New Helicopters Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2005 -- The Navy is building a new facility to test and evaluate a new helicopter fleet to support the President of the United States.
  • CNO Confirms Pending Retirement Navy NewsStand 07 Feb 2005 -- Adm. Vern Clark, 27th Chief of Naval Operations, confirmed Feb. 7 that he plans to retire from active duty this summer. His successor has not been named.

  • India, US to cooperate in defense system development IRNA 07 Feb 2005 -- India`s Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee, while inaugurating `Aero-India 2005`, said that India would encourage defense system development with the United States and subsequent production of the system in India, the Press Trust of India reports.

  • US/CHINA ARMS EMBARGO VOA 07 Feb 2005 -- State Department officials have again raised concerns about European and Russian arms sales to China. VOA's Steve Herman reports from Tokyo the European Union is preparing to lift its long-standing embargo on weapons sales to Beijing.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 7 Washington File 07 Feb 2005 -- Budget/President's speech in Detroit, Deficit projections, Middle East/cease-fire proposal, Nepal, North Korea, At-risk youth initiative, Ukraine/missile sale to Iran, Steroid use/President's knowledge of it with Rangers
  • State Department Briefing, February 7 Washington File 07 Feb 2005 -- Poland, Israel/Palestinians, Russia, Iran, Togo

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded Fox Support Contract Worth Up To $39.3 Million General Dynamics 07 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), an $11.5 million delivery order as part of a $39.3 million contract for contractor logistics support for the Fox M93A1 Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $45 Million for Production of Unitary Army Tactical Missiles Lockheed Martin 07 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received $45 million from the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command for the purchase of Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block 1A Unitary missiles. These missiles will include the recently qualified new guidance, control and fuze systems.
  • Raytheon Awarded JSOW-C Full-Rate Production Contract Raytheon 07 Feb 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $55.7 million full-rate production contract to provide the newest version of the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW-C) to the U.S. Navy.

Other Conflicts

  • Chechnya: Cease-Fire Holding, But Little Chance Of Negotiations Seen RFE/RL 07 Feb 2005 -- A unilateral cease-fire called by Chechen separatist leaders appears to be holding -- giving some the impression there may be an opening in the Chechen crisis. The cease-fire was called by Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov and warlord Shamil Basaev as a goodwill gesture to encourage the Russians to engage in talks over the feature of the republic. Chechnya's Russian-backed government has dismissed the move as a publicity stunt, and observers say that with memories of September's tragic Beslan school siege still fresh, the Russians are not likely to rush to the negotiating table.
  • Chechen Rebel Says Truce Could Pave Way For Talks RFE/RL 07 Feb 2005 -- Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov says he hopes his order for a unilateral cease-fire will lead to peace talks with Russia.
  • MASKHADOV: TRUCE CALL ADDRESSED TO PUTIN RIA Novosti 07 Feb 2005 -- The news about a truce in Chechnya, declared by separatist leaders, had far-reaching repercussions in Russia and abroad during the weekend.
  • ALKHANOV: MASKHADOV WILL NOT GIVE UP BASAYEV RIA Novosti 07 Feb 2005 -- Chechen President Alu Alkhanov believes that Aslan Maskhadov will not give up Shamil Basayev to federal authorities.
  • RUSSIAN SENATOR CONDEMNS BASAYEV'S APPEARANCE ON BRITISH TV CHANNEL RIA Novosti 07 Feb 2005 -- Giving air in mass media to terrorists and their representatives can be viewed as an information war, head of the defense and security committee of the Federation Council (the upper chamber of the Russian Federation's parliament) Viktor Ozerov stated.

  • BUSH / MIDEAST VOA 07 Feb 2005 -- President Bush says he is looking forward to holding separate meetings at the White House in the coming months with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. President Bush says Mr. Abbas' election and commitment to fighting terrorism have improved chances for peace.
  • RICE-MIDEAST-EUROPE VOA 07 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Rome for talks with Italian and Vatican officials, after her first visit to the Middle East in her new post. Capping talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, she announced the appointment Monday of a U.S. "security coordinator" for the Middle East, along with a quick infusion of U.S. aid to Palestinians.
  • Mideast: Abbas, Sharon Accept Invitations To White House RFE/RL 07 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Tel Aviv today that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas have accepted separate invitations to visit the White House in the spring. On her first foreign tour as top U.S. diplomat, Rice also announced that the United States has appointed an Army general as a security coordinator for the Middle East.
  • MIDEAST - RICE VOA 07 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice wound up two days of talks in the Middle East with a promise of continued American commitment. VOA's Larry James reports from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, where Secretary Rice held her final news conference.

  • Reports of unrest continue to flow in from Sudan's Darfur region - UN UN News Centre 07 Feb 2005 -- Reports of unrest continue to flow in from various parts of Sudan's western Darfur region, including abductions, the burning of villages, the disruption of relief operations and shooting, the United Nations mission in the country said today.
  • RUSSIAN OFFICERS TO SERVE AS UN MILITARY OBSERVERS IN SUDAN RIA Novosti 07 Feb 2005 -- Russia will send up to 50 officers to Sudan as UN military observers, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko said Monday.
  • SUDAN: Annan recommends 10,000-troop peace mission IRIN 07 Feb 2005 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended the deployment of a peace support operation in Sudan, consisting of 10,130 troops and 755 civilian police. The recommendation was made in a report to the Security Council.

  • UGANDA: Mediator says peace process back on course IRIN 07 Feb 2005 -- The announcement by the Ugandan government of a new limited ceasefire has put the protracted peace process in northern Uganda back on course, chief mediator Betty Bigombe and a key government minister said on Monday.
  • Japan Seeks Return Of Islands By Russia RFE/RL 07 Feb 2005 -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said today Japan and Russia must resolve a territorial dispute over four islands before the two nations can improve ties.

News Reports

  • TOGO: Dead president's son sworn in to chorus of howls at home and abroad IRIN 07 Feb 2005 -- Faure Gnassingbe was formally sworn in as Togo's new president on Monday after his father's sudden death in office. But African and world leaders denounced the move as a military coup and opposition parties at home called a two-day general strike in protest at his seizure of power.
  • Annan calls on Togolese to respect own constitution in appointing presidential successor UN News Centre 07 Feb 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Togo to respect its own constitution in appointing a successor to long-serving President Gnassingbe Eyadema, who died over the weekend, voicing concern that the process did not follow the West African country's basic law.
  • TOGO/ PRESIDENT VOA 07 Feb 2005 -- The son of Togo's late president has been sworn into office, despite protests from the opposition and the Economic Community of West African States.

  • NEPAL/RIGHTS CRACKDOWN VOA 07 Feb 2005 -- Human rights groups in Nepal say they are going to protest King Gyanendra's takeover of the government with a non-violent demonstration later this week. The decision was made at one of the first public human rights meetings to take place since the king declared a state of emergency, censoring the media and arresting dozens of political leaders, journalists and rights workers.

  • ILS Atlas V Receives EELV Contract For Launch Of NRO Satellite Lockheed Martin 07 Feb 2005 -- International Launch Services (ILS) has received authorization from the U.S. Air Force to begin operations for launch of a national security payload on an Atlas V vehicle in mid-2007 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Raytheon Achieves NPOESS Ground System Milestone on Schedule, on Budget Raytheon 07 Feb 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed a major development milestone on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program, the nation's next-generation meteorological satellite system.

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