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15 February 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Navy to Commission Attack Submarine Jimmy Carter 15 Feb 2005 -- The Navy will commission the newest nuclear-powered attack submarine Jimmy Carter on Saturday, Feb. 19, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Conn.
  • Navy Modeling and Simulation Streamlining Execution in MBGIE Exercise Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Navy made its largest ever use of simulated training with the successful completion of its second Multiple Battle Group Inport Exercise (MBGIE), Feb. 7-11.
  • Maritime Forces Play Crucial Role in War on Terror AFPS 15 Feb 2005 -- They may be far away from the streets where ground troops are engaging insurgents and terrorists in direct combat, but Army Gen. John Abizaid told sailors and Marines aboard the carrier USS Harry S. Truman that they are playing a crucial role in the global war on terrorism.
  • Officials release F-16 accident report AFPN 15 Feb 2005 -- A left brake anti-skid malfunction during landing and the pilot's failure to follow an emergency checklist caused an F-16 Fighting Falcon to leave the runway while deployed July 10, according to an accident investigation board report released Feb. 15.
  • Inspector General investigates eight Air Force contracts AFPN 15 Feb 2005 -- Eight Air Force defense contracts not previously identified for in-depth review have been referred to the Department of Defense inspector general for investigation.
  • DOD IG finds fault with former SECAF AFPN 15 Feb 2005 -- The former secretary of the Air Force was found recently to have committed two technical violations of the Joint Ethics Regulation.
  • Expeditionary logistics team carries the load AFPN 15 Feb 2005 -- They "move the mission," keeping the busiest airfield in Afghanistan operational. They are the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen, and their job is to support all aircraft coming in and out of here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Air Force moves radios to narrowband AFPN 15 Feb 2005 -- As the demand for radio frequencies continues to grow, so does the need to increase efficiency. Air Force Communications Agency officials here helped create more capabilities by providing the roadmap for moving the Air Force away from wideband to narrowband radios.
  • Commentary: Armor upgrade efforts on track Army News 15 Feb 2005 -- It's been more than two months since the controversy started. At a town-hall style meeting in December, Spc. Charles Wilson asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld why Soldiers from his unit had to scrounge for spare parts to armor vehicles before making the trip into Iraq.
  • Posture statement sets out Army's needs, goals Army News 15 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Army's Posture statement, which informs the Congress about the status of the U.S. Army, was released Feb. 9 and is available at the Army's Web page.
  • NAVSEA Commander's Guidance Continues the Transformation Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2005 -- Vice Adm. Phillip M. Balisle, commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), released his 2005 guidance Feb. 7.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 15 Washington File 15 Feb 2005 -- Syria, North Korea, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kyoto treaty, visit of the King and Queen of Norway
  • State Department Briefing, February 15 Washington File 15 Feb 2005 -- Visas/extension of Mantis clearances, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel/Palestinians, Iran, China/Taiwan, Cyprus, Albania, Iraq, Rewards for Justice Program, Pakistan

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $44.6M Modification for Submarine Multi-Purpose Processor General Dynamics 15 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $44.6 million contract modification to provide engineering and technical services and production in support of the Multi-Purpose Processor (MPP) program for submarines.
  • Northrop Grumman Outfits U.S. Army with Weather Products Northrop Grumman 15 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is working with the U.S. Army to integrate hardware and software for the Integrated Meteorological System (IMETS). IMETS provides commanders and staffs with an automated tactical weather system that receives weather data from multiple sources, then processes and disseminates weather observations, forecasts, battlefield visualization and weather-effects decision aids.
  • EADS Astrium imagery applications for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security EADS 15 Feb 2005 -- EADS Astrium has invested in space imagery applications, both within the company and through its subsidiaries and various partnerships.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Annan hopes to see start of Syrian troop withdrawal from Lebanon by April UN News Centre 15 Feb 2005 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he hoped that there would be clear signs of a withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon within the next two months.
  • After ex-premier's murder, Security Council underscores Lebanon's sovereignty UN News Centre 15 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council today called on all parties to cooperate fully in the restoration of the territorial integrity, full sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon and in the fight against terrorism following the assassination yesterday of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • U.N. Security Council Condemns Murder of Hariri Washington File 15 Feb 2005 -- The U.N. Security Council February 15 condemned the bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and said it is concerned by the potential for further destabilization of the country as a result of the terrorist incident.
  • UN / HARIRI VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- The U.N. Security Council has asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan for urgent reports on the assassination Monday of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The Council pledged to follow closely the investigation into Mr. Hariri's death.
  • US / EGYPT VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- Egypt's foreign minister says he hopes the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will not lead to chaos and a return to civil war in that country. Ahmed Aboul Gheit made the remarks during a visit to Washington.
  • BEIRUT/MOURNING VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- Shops are closed and the Lebanese Army is patrolling the streets of Beirut, as ordinary citizens and political figures mourn the death of the former prime minister, Rafik al Hariri, known to many as Mr. Lebanon.
  • Middle East: Lebanon Mourns Hariri As Speculation Mounts Over Who Is Behind Assassination RFE/RL 15 Feb 2005 -- Lebanon began three days of mourning and its military went on high alert after the assassination yesterday of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and at least 11 others in a car bombing in Beirut. Some observers believe that the blast may have shattered the relative quiet that descended on Lebanon with the end of its bloody civil war in 1990. The United States is suggesting Syria had a role in the bombing and may seek a toughening of UN sanctions against Damascus.
  • Middle East: Hariri's Killing Preceded By Steady Rise In Political Tensions RFE/RL 15 Feb 2005 -- The role of Syria in Lebanese politics is coming under intense scrutiny following the assassination yesterday of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Opposition leaders have said that Syria, which has had a large troop presence in Lebanon since the end of the country's civil war in 1990, bears responsibility for Hariri's death, but stopped short of accusing Damascus or Lebanon's Syrian-backed government of outright involvement in the killing.

  • TOGO VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- A West African diplomatic mission is in Togo to convince the military-installed government of Faure Gnassingbe, the son of the country's late leader, to step down. The regional grouping ECOWAS has made a non-negotiable demand for quick elections.

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