10 February 2005 Military News
- ONE SOLDIER KILLED, ONE WOUNDED IN ATTACK
- Transcript: DoD Briefing on NATO Training Mission in Iraq 10 Feb 2005 -- NATO Training Mission Iraq Commander Lt. Gen. David Patreaus
- IRAQ/VIOLENCE VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- Iraq's interim government says it will close the country's borders for five days, to boost security during a major Shiite Muslim religious observance. Meanwhile, a car bomb has killed at least two people and wounded several others in Baghdad.
- 1-4 CAV Air Troops to inactivate following OIF II MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Feb 2005 -- Elements of 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry will be inactivating upon return from the Iraqi theater of operations to the central region.
- Combat Support Soldiers secure Iraqi Police MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Feb 2005 -- A motley assembly of combat support Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Commandos), 10th Mountain Division, earned their combat patches the 'hooah' way as they provided security for 10 days at an Iraqi police station in support of the democratic elections.
- 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit ends operations in Iraq MNF-I/MNC-I 10 Feb 2005 -- The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit relinquished the responsibility of providing security and stability in Iraq's western Al Anbar Province to Regimental Combat Team 7 of the 1st Marine Division Feb. 7.
- U.S. Military Advisers 'Embed' in Iraqi Units AFPS 10 Feb 2005 -- U.S. forces will use an "advisory, assistance and embedding" strategy to help prepare Iraqi forces to provide security and ensure stability within their own borders, according to a senior military officer in the region.
- Beaufort warriors continue OIF support USMC News 10 Feb 2005 -- As II Marine Expeditionary Force prepares to deploy to Iraq, Beaufort-based Marines continue to depart the Air Station to augment combat-bound units in North Carolina.
- Army Updates Detainee Operations Documents Army News Release 10 Feb 2005 -- The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing 988 pages of criminal investigations pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
- Wolfowitz: U.S. Should Safeguard Tsunami Relief Successes AFPS 10 Feb 2005 -- The United States has a vested interest in the recovery phase of the tsunami relief efforts now that the initial phase of the tsunami relief effort is nearing successful completion, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said here Feb. 9.
- U.S. Military Tsunami Relief Operations Winding Down Washington File 10 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. military has begun withdrawing personnel and equipment from South and Southeast Asian areas stricken by the devastating December 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami as operations turn from relief support to rebuilding.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing on Proposed Regulations for The National Security Personnel System 10 Feb 2005 -- Navy Secretary Gordon England; Dan Blair, Acting Director, Office of Personnel Management; Charlie Abell, Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; Mary Lacey, Program Executive Officer; and George Nesterczuk, Senior OPM Adviser for Defense
- DoD Submits Proposed NSPS Regulations to Federal Register 10 Feb 2005 -- Today, DoD and OPM have submitted the proposed regulations for the National Security Personnel System for publication in the Federal Register. The proposal offers rules and processes for a new human resources system for DoD civilian employees regarding pay and classification, performance management, hiring, workforce shaping, disciplinary matters, appeals procedures, and labor-management relations.
- CONGRESS / DEFENSE VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- U.S. lawmakers are expressing concern about proposed cuts in weapons spending in President Bush's defense budget for next year. They are also pressing the Bush administration to permanently expand the size of the Army
- New Trauma Registry Captures Valuable Wartime Data AFPS 10 Feb 2005 -- A new registry being established here is helping track casualty information from Iraq and Afghanistan to give senior leaders the concrete information they need as they make decisions about everything from what protective gear troops will use to how to better deliver combat casualty care.
- Safety-Six: New center's goal to reduce fatalities Army News 10 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Army Safety Center has transformed to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center. The CRC is a knowledge center that "connects the dots" on all information that pertains to the loss of a Soldier... our combat power!
- 12 posts to get first barracks improvements Army News 10 Feb 2005 -- Twelve installations have been identified for the initial stage of the Army's $250-million Barracks Improvement Program.
- Kitty Hawk Departs for Winter Underway Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2005 -- Having recently completed the certifications and qualifications necessary for putting to sea, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departed Yokosuka, Japan, Feb. 10, joined by Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, for a scheduled winter underway period.
- USS Mustin Completes Joint Task Force Exercise 05-02 Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2005 -- USS Mustin (DDG 89) successfully completed Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 05-02 Jan. 30 off the coast of Southern California.
- Navy Security Battalions Deploying to Cuba to Help with Operations Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2005 -- The Navy's first provisional guard battalion began mobilizing at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville Jan. 27. The unit, established by Commander, Fleet Forces Command by direction of the Chief of Naval Operations, will soon mobilize to Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo (GTMO) at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, once they complete a specialized training course.
- VFA-82 Participates in Operation Cope Tiger 2005 Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2005 -- A detachment of aircraft, pilots and maintainers from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 82 participated in Operation Cope Tiger Jan. 24-Feb. 4. Hosted annually by the Royal Thai Air Force, Cope Tiger is a multinational exercise that brings together air and ground units from Thailand, Singapore and the United States.
- USS O'Kane Deploys Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2005 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) left Pearl Harbor Feb. 7 for a six-month, around-the-world deployment as part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group.
- Mason Conducts Maritime Operations in Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2005 -- USS Mason (DDG 87) is conducting maritime operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and stands ready to project its sea power in support of USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) airborne mission.
- USS Milius Visits Muscat, Oman Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2005 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) made a three-day port visit to Muscat, Oman, Feb. 5-7.
- Rice Describes EU Arms Embargo Discussion as "Fruitful" Washington File 10 Feb 2005 -- As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited eight European capitals in early February, one of the major topics at each stop was the European Union's pledge during a December summit meeting with China to lift the arms embargo it imposed June 27, 1989, in response to the Chinese government's brutal repression of protestors calling for democratic and political reform.
- U.S./China: Rumsfeld Might Resume Military Ties With China RFE/RL 10 Feb 2005 -- Formal military contacts between China and the United States broke off nearly four years ago when an American surveillance plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet and had to make an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan. That first international mini-crisis of the administration of President George W. Bush was soon resolved, with the plane and its 24 crew members returned home. But only now is Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ready to restore regular contacts with China.
- All NATO Allies to Join Iraq Training Mission by Feb. 22 AFPS 10 Feb 2005 -- All NATO allies will be part of the alliance's mission of training Iraqi forces by the time the alliance's heads of state converge for a major summit meeting Feb. 22, Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said here today.
- Rumsfeld on NATO: 'Everyone Does Not Have to Do Everything' AFPS 10 Feb 2005 -- The breadth of contributions NATO's 26 members make to the alliance's various military operations benefits the member nations and means "everyone does not have to do everything," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
- NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- NATO defense ministers meeting in the French city of Nice have agreed to expand the alliance's peacekeeping force in Afghanistan to the western part of the country. The decision came after the United States and three other allies offered to commit troops to the operation.
- GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS NATO AGREEMENT PROPOSALS RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2005 -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to submit proposals on accession to the agreement between NATO and other countries participating in the Partnership for Peace program to the Russian government.
- NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- NATO defense ministers meeting in the French city of Nice appear to have reached a compromise over how to implement the alliance's training mission in Iraq that has been delayed by the refusal of some allies to send troops there. The alliance is also expected to announce that it is now ready to expand its peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan to the western part of the country.
- State Department Briefing, February 10 Washington File 10 Feb 2005 -- North Korea, Iran, China, Israel/Palestinians, Somalia, Venezuela
- White House Briefing, February 10 Washington File 10 Feb 2005 -- President's schedule, North Korea, Social Security, Justice Department/FAA report
- BAE Systems Awarded Second-Year Thermal Weapon Sight Production Contract BAE Systems 10 Feb 2005 -- LEXINGTON, Massachusetts -- BAE Systems has been awarded a second-year production contract for the Thermal Weapon Sight II (TWS II) by the U.S. Armys Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM).
- The French « Délégation Générale pour l'Armement » grants its acceptance to the first EC 725 EADS 10 Feb 2005 -- The follow-on deliveries spread out over 2005 and 2006. The latest newcomer to the Cougar range benefits not only from the operating experience of its predecessors, but also from major technical upgrades.
- General Dynamics Awarded $35.2 Million for Abrams Integrated Management Work General Dynamics 10 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), a $35.2 million contract for the labor associated with the production of 120 Abrams Integrated Management (AIM) tanks.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 10 Feb 2005
- COTE D IVOIRE: UN worries about security in Abidjan, calls for militias to be disarmed IRIN 10 Feb 2005 -- The UN peacekeeping mission in Cote d'Ivoire has expressed concern about the security situation in Abidjan and other towns and has called on the government to disarm militia bands and other armed groups operating there immediately.
- IVORY COAST/ SECURITY VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in divided Ivory Coast says it needs more troops, amid allegations the peacekeepers are not doing enough in the face of growing insecurity.
- Militias clash in eastern DR of Congo, killing 52 civilians, UN mission says UN News Centre 10 Feb 2005 -- More than 50 people were killed and thousands displaced in the latest clashes between Lendu and Hema ethnic groups in the eastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.
- DRC-RWANDA: Joint verification mechanism now operational IRIN 10 Feb 2005 -- Congolese and Rwandan military officers have activated a joint verification mechanism for the common border between the two countries, an administrator in Congo's eastern province of South Kivu said.
- DRC: Katanga militias agree to disarm IRIN 10 Feb 2005 -- Leaders of two Mayi-Mayi militia groups in the southeastern province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) agreed on Tuesday to disarm their combatants during a ceremonial destruction of weapons in the provincial capital, Lubumbashi.
- UN envoy seeking withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon encouraged by visit UN News Centre 10 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations envoy seeking the withdrawal of foreign troops from Lebanon wrapped up his visit to the region today by meeting President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria, which has an estimated 14,000 troops on its smaller neighbour's soil.
- COUNCIL OF EUROPE WILL NOT BE A MEDIATOR IN CHECHEN CONFLICT RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2005 -- The Council of Europe does not intend to act as a mediator in the Chechen conflict.
- ALVARO GIL-ROBLES TO ATTEND SEMINAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2005 -- Mr. Alvaro Gil-Robles, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, will attend today an advanced seminar for the staff of the human rights commissioner in Chechnya, held at the training Center for the Leading Staff in Pushkin outside St. Petersburg.
- TOGO: West African leaders condemn coup, demand return to old constitution IRIN 10 Feb 2005 -- West African leaders have branded the father-to-son transition of power in Togo as a military coup and have demanded that the old constitution be restored so that presidential elections can be held in two months.
- SOMALIA/UNREST VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- The Somali government says Wednesday's killing of a BBC producer in the capital, Mogadishu, will not deter its relocation plans. As Cathy Majtenyi reports from Nairobi, the government also disputes a report by an international analyst group that says bringing an African Union peace support mission into Somalia could further destabilize the country.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- Palestinian militants fired dozens of mortars and rockets into Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip early Thursday, violating a cease-fire declared only two days earlier. The violence is likely to increase pressure on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to take further steps against the militants.
- U.S. Pledges More Funding to Tsunami Relief, Warning System Washington File 10 Feb 2005 -- The Bush administration is working to boost the U.S. financial pledge to help Indian Ocean nations recover from the December 26, 2004, earthquake and tsunami, officials announced February 9. President Bush plans to seek congressional support for $950 million in assistance, up from the $350 million commitment the nation made in January.
- SAUDI / VOTE VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- The polls have closed in the first-ever municipal elections held in Saudi Arabia, where the government says it is hoping to begin a cautious process of democratic reform.
- SAUDI / VOTE VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- The first round of elections are being held in Saudi Arabia as voters go to the polls for municipal elections the government says are aimed at beginning a slow process of political reform. Some political observers say the fact that voting of any kind is taking place in the kingdom marks a significant moment in Saudi Arabia's history.
- NEPAL DEMOS VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- Police in Nepal's capital have arrested at least six demonstrators trying to hold the first major anti-government rally since King Gyanendra took over the government last week. It is the latest blow to Nepal's political opposition, which has largely been silenced since the king's actions.
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