14 February 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Feb 2005 [PDF]
- THREE TF DANGER SOLDIERS DIE IN VEHICLE ROLLOVER
- ONE TF DANGER SOLDIER KILLED AND ONE WOUNDED
- ONE TASK FORCE LIBERTY SOLDIER KILLED, THREE WOUNDED BY IED
- DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty
- Mississippi unit reports for duty with the I Marine Expeditionary Force MNF-I/MNC-I 14 Feb 2005 -- The 155th Brigade Combat Team from the Mississippi National Guard officially reported for duty with the I Marine Expeditionary Force after completing a transfer of authority with the 11th and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units on Feb. 14.
- AFGHANISTAN/TALEBAN VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan says senior members of the former Taleban regime are negotiating their surrender to the new Afghan government.
- AFGHANISTAN: Turkey takes over ISAF command IRIN 14 Feb 2005 -- Turkey has assumed command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, a multinational UN-mandated force to assist the Afghan government and the international community in maintaining security.
- Afghan soldiers climb peak to jet crash site Army News 14 Feb 2005 -- An Afghan Army team, with the help of U.S. advisors, climbed to the peak of an 11,000-foot mountain last week in an attempt to rescue victims of the worst air disaster in the nation's history, the crash of a Kam Air plane Feb. 4 carrying 104 people.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Roundtable with Mike Wynne, Acting USD Acquisition, Technology and Logistics 14 Feb 2005 -- Mike Wynne, Acting USD Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
- DoD Refers Contracts to IG Investigators AFPS 14 Feb 2005 -- Eight contracts totaling more than $3 billion have been referred for further investigation as part of the scandal surrounding Darlene Druyan.
- Department of Defense Announces Contract Reviews 14 Feb 2005 -- Michael W. Wynne, acting under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics announced today that he has asked the DoD Inspector General to review eight contracts which were under the decision-making purview of convicted former Air Force acquisition manager Darlene Druyun.
- RUSSIAN, US MILITARY COOPERATE RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2005 -- The Russian Defense Minister and the US Secretary of Defense have reached an agreement on starting joint work on non-traditional explosive devises used by terrorists, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said at a conference President Vladimir Putin held with Cabinet members.
- Enterprise Replaces OBA with New SCBA Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2005 -- After decades of using oxygen-breathing apparatuses (OBA) to fight fires aboard ship, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Sailors began using self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) Jan. 26.
- USS Florida Reaches Major Conversion Milestone Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2005 -- USS Florida (SSGN 728) undocked Feb. 10, achieving a major milestone in the overhaul and conversion process for the guided-missile submarine (SSGN) program.
- USS Newport News Returns From Six-month Deployment Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2005 -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) returns to Norfolk Naval Station Feb. 15, after a six-month deployment.
- Coalition training bridges Korea, U.S. Army Army News 14 Feb 2005 -- U.S. and Republic of Korea Soldiers worked together to bridge the Han River Jan. 29, and officials said it was an example of training that continues to build a strong alliance between the two armies.
- Pakistan to get US arms this year: daily IRNA 14 Feb 2005 -- Pakistan will start receiving weapons from the United States under a US$ 1.2 billion arms package deal by the end of this year.
- RUSSIA, GEORGIA FAIL TO REACH AGREEMENT ON MILITARY BASES RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2005 -- Russia and Georgia have failed to reach practical agreements on the framework treaty and military bases yet, the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti.
- RUSSIA, CHINA COORDINATE PLAN OF FIRST BILATERAL MILITARY EXERCISES RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2005 -- Russia and China have coordinated the plan of first-ever bilateral military exercises, Colonel-General Anatoly Mazurkevich, head of the main department of international cooperation, said on Monday.
- RUSSIAN MILITARY UNIFORMS RETURN TO THE PAST RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2005 -- The Russian military uniform will be restored to Soviet models. This year, eagles will be removed from the caps and stripes with the Russian tricolor and the words Armed Forces from the sleeves. The Russian greatcoat designed in 1802 and the Russian leather high boots with foot binding will not be changed.
- Europe/U.S.: German Chancellor Appears To Question NATO's Relevance RFE/RL 14 Feb 2005 -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder surprised participants at an international security conference over the weekend by suggesting the NATO alliance is outdated. Speaking through Germany's defense minister, Schroeder told the meeting in the German city of Munich that NATO no longer is the main vehicle for setting trans-Atlantic strategy. He proposed creating an independent commission to study the situation and suggest alternatives. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- one of the participants -- responded by saying NATO was very much alive.
- VENEZUELA TO GET RUSSIAN-MADE WEAPONS RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2005 -- The United States is outraged in connection with Russian plans to sell its weapons to Venezuela.
- State Department Briefing, February 14 Washington File 14 Feb 2005 -- Department/Foreign Service Exam, State/appointments, Lebanon, South Korea, North Korea, China, Iraq, Nepal, Romania, Israel/Palestinians
- White House Daily Briefing, February 14 Washington File 14 Feb 2005 -- Bush/world leader calls, Beirut bombing/Hariri's murder, Syria/Lebanon, Iran, Nepal, Kissinger trip to Russia, Patriot Act, Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental, United Nations Ambassador vacancy, North Korea, Karl Rove, Middle East, United Nations
- ATK Receives Orders Worth $54 Million For Tank Training Ammunition ATK 14 Feb 2005 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has received orders worth $54 million from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill., to continue production of 120mm training ammunition used by the Army’s M1A1/A2 Abrams main battle tank and to continue to provide logistics support for the ammunition.
- BAE SYSTEMS To Develop 60mm Mortar Guidance Systems BAE Systems 14 Feb 2005 -- BAE Systems has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office to convert a 60 millimetre mortar into a precision guided munitions system.
- Boeing X-45As Reach 50th Flight with First Simulated Combat Mission Boeing 14 Feb 2005 -- Boeing X-45As Reach 50th Flight with First Simulated Combat Mission
- First Eurofighter single-seater handed over to Luftwaffe EADS 14 Feb 2005 -- EADS Military Aircraft has delivered the first single-seater Eurofighter from German series production to the German Air Force. "We have now handed over the Eurofighter to the Luftwaffe in the configuration for the aircraft that will form the future backbone of air defence in Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Italy," commented Johann Heitzmann, CEO of EADS Military Aircraft, on the occasion of delivery at Manching. "Alongside the eight twin-seaters for pilot training that have already been delivered, the Luftwaffe now has the first single-seater Eurofighter destined for flight operations at its disposal."
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $257 Million Contract for Work on USS George Washington Northrop Grumman 14 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $257 million contract from the U.S. Navy for work on the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
- Rheinmetall looks forward to order from UAE to Fox NBC armoured reconnaissance vehicles Rheinmetall Defence 14 Feb 2005 -- Rheinmetall, Düsseldorf/Germany, should soon be supplying Fox NBC reconnaissance vehicles to the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was made known by the customer at the IDEX defence show in Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 14 Feb 2005
- SYRIA: Focus on Palestinian refugees IRIN 14 Feb 2005 -- Take a 30 km drive out of the heart of the Syrian capital, Damascus, to a relatively poor area, down dusty roads and you arrive at the Khan Eshieh camp, accommodating some 17,000 Palestinian refugees.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- The Israeli military has given Palestinian authorities the bodies of 15 militants killed in attacks against Israelis. Israel is also preparing to release 500 Palestinian prisoners as part of a package of goodwill gestures.
- PHILIPPINES FIGHTING VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- The Philippine military has stepped up its offensive on militant strongholds in the south, in a bid to quell more than a week of fighting. At least 75 people have been killed.
- PHILIPPINES/BOMBINGS VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- Three explosions rocked the Philippines, killing at least six people and injuring more than a dozen. The Philippine military is battling to end more than a week of bloodshed in the south.
- US / UN / CONGO VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations and the United States are urging a crackdown on peacekeeping troops accused of sexually abusing young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- SOMALIA/SECURITY VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- An African Union fact-finding mission to assess Somalia's security situation has arrived in the country. Thousands of protesters greeted the group's arrival in the capital.
- ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: EU urges restraint over unresolved border dispute IRIN 14 Feb 2005 -- The European Union (EU) expressed concern on Monday over "the recent military build-up" by Ethiopia and Eritrea and urged both sides not to ignite another war in the Horn of Africa.
- BEIRUT BOMBING VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- A powerful car bomb rocked Beirut's seafront highway, killing former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al Hariri. The billionaire, who helped rebuild his country after Lebanon's civil war, was the target of the explosion.
- Bush "Shocked and Angered" by Hariri Assassination Washington File 14 Feb 2005 -- President Bush was "shocked and angered" by the death of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri February 14. Hariri and at least nine others were killed when the former prime minister's motorcade was the target of a bomb attack in central Beirut.
- US / LEBANON WRAP VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- The United States Monday strongly condemned the assassination former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. U.S. spokesmen made no direct charges of blame, but said it is time for Syria to heed the U.N. Security Council resolution calling on it to withdraw from Lebanon.
- BUSH/ LEBANON BLAST VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- President Bush has condemned the bomb blast in central Beirut that took the life of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. U.S. officials say those responsible will be held to account.
- Annan, Security Council condemn 'brutal murder' of former Lebanese Premier Hariri UN News Centre 14 Feb 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned in the strongest terms the "brutal murder" of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and a number of others, and called on all Lebanese to exercise utmost restraint so as not to further destabilize the already fragile situation in the region.
- Massive Beirut Blast Kills Former Lebanese Prime Minister RFE/RL 14 Feb 2005 -- The official Lebanese news agency has reported that former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri was among those killed in a massive bomb explosion in Beirut today.
- U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Summoned to Washington for Consultations Washington File 14 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Ambassador to Nepal James Moriarty has been asked to return to Washington for consultations on steps the United States and members of the international community can take to support the Nepalese people's quest for democracy, peace, security and development, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement February 14.
- US/NEPAL VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- The United States joined European Union countries Monday in withdrawing their ambassadors from Nepal for consultations. The action is in further protest of the decision two weeks ago by Nepal's King Gyanendra to dismiss the government and declare a state of emergency.
- TOGO/PROTESTS VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- At least one person has been killed by security forces in Togo, on the third day of protests against the military's installation of the late president's son to succeed him. Security forces are now heavily present on the streets of Togo's capital, Lome.
- TOGO / PROTESTS VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- Witnesses in Togo's capital Lome say several people have been killed by government security forces during a strike to protest the presidency of Faure Gnassingbe, who came to power with the help of the military. Pressure is mounting on the new president, the son of the previous leader, to step down.
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