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18 February 2005 Military News

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  • RICE / TAIWAN / JAPAN VOA 18 Feb 2005 -- Bush administration officials say the United States and Japan share concerns about the security of Taiwan, but that Washington and Tokyo will not be expanding the scope of their mutual security treaty. The comments came on the eve of a Washington meeting of the American and Japanese foreign and defense ministers.
  • U.S. Monitoring China's Military Improvements, Rumsfeld Says Washington File 18 Feb 2005 -- The United States is closely watching China's military improvements and hoping the country will evolve into "a constructive force" in the Asia-Pacific region, says Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
  • Army Updates Detainee Operations Documents Army News Release 18 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).
  • Guantanamo Detainees Receiving 'First-Rate' Medical Care AFPS 18 Feb 2005 -- In every case, enemy combatants held here receive medical care that is "as good as or better than anything we would offer our own soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines," the general in charge of the U.S. detention facility here said.
  • Navy Dentist Stays Busy at Guantanamo Bay Detainee Camp AFPS 18 Feb 2005 -- When Navy Lt. Jennifer Tharp started her current job, her greatest fear was that she'd get bitten. But so far, that fear has proved unfounded.
  • Coast Guard Protecting Shores, Waterways of Guantanamo Bay AFPS 18 Feb 2005 -- U.S. Coast Guardsmen are helping their Defense Department brethren by working to protect the coasts and waterways of this American military outpost in the Caribbean.
  • Policy Chief Says Promoting Freedom Abroad Protects America AFPS 18 Feb 2005 -- President Bush's policy of promoting democracy not only squares with a respect for sovereignty, it supports the national security strategy.
  • Rice Outlines State's Supplemental Budget Request AFPS 18 Feb 2005 -- The State Department's $5.6-billion budget supplemental request now before Congress "is absolutely critical to our national security," America's top diplomat noted at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Feb. 17.
  • Pentagon Leaders Cite Successes, Challenges in Terror War AFPS 18 Feb 2005 -- There's steady success in the global war on terror, but it's a war the United States can't fight alone, and one in which the U.S. military depends on its partners in government, senior Pentagon officials told civilian leaders visiting here today.
  • Terror War Highlights Need for Military Medical Transformation AFPS 18 Feb 2005 -- While peak combat readiness is a persistent goal of America's armed forces, much less has been made of the state of the military's medical readiness, especially with regard to support systems and processes for returning National Guard and Reserve personnel wounded in the global war on terror.
  • DoD Awards $43.9 Million to Universities for Research Equipment 18 Feb 2005 -- The Department of Defense today announced plans to award $43.9 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. The awards are being made under the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).
  • Interdependence more than just joint warfighting AFPN 18 Feb 2005 -- The Air Force must balance its capabilities and capacities to reach the joint interdependence with its sister services it needs to win in today's battlespace.
  • Sheppard Airmen check out Raptor simulator AFPN 18 Feb 2005 -- It has been called an F-15 Eagle on steroids because of its advanced technologies. The F/A-22 Raptor, the Air Force's newest aircraft, has gained recognition as the first stealth supersonic fighter in the world.
  • General Jumper: Air Force will uphold standards AFPN 18 Feb 2005 -- The Air Force will uphold its standards, and people who break the service's core values "will pay the price," the Air Force chief of staff said.
  • CNO Testifies Before HASC on FY06 Budget Proposal Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2005 -- The most ready and capable Navy and Marine Corps in the nation's history is how Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Vern Clark described the joint team Feb. 17, as he testified along with Secretary of the Navy Gordon England and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Michael W. Hagee before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).

  • United States Wants Diplomacy To Work with Iran, Bush Says Washington File 18 Feb 2005 -- Europe and the United States need to speak clearly to Iran "with one voice" to convey their common position that Iran should not have a nuclear weapon, President Bush said.

  • Argentine Air Force Official Fired Over Drug Trafficking Scandal VOA News 18 Feb 2005 -- Argentina's President Nestor Kirchner has fired the head of the country's Air Force in response to alleged drug trafficking through a Buenos Aires airport.

  • State Department Daily Briefing, February 18 Washington File 18 Feb 2005 -- Japan, China, China/Taiwan, Syria, Russia, North Korea, Cyprus, Israel/Palestinians, Nepal, Greece, Europe, Afghanistan, Turkey, Sudan, Mexico

Defense Industry

  • ATK Certifies Advanced Propulsion Research Complex for Ramjet and Scramjet Technology Demonstrations ATK 18 Feb 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) successfully certified its Advanced Propulsion Research Complex (APRC) during a recent direct-connect test of a Variable Flow Ducted Rocket (VFDR) propulsion system. APRC is the only domestic facility capable of developing accurate pre-flight assessments of next-generation tactical missile propulsion systems for high speed, long range, time critical strike mission needs.
  • Lockheed Martin Agrees to Acquire the Sytex Group, Inc. Lockheed Martin 18 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The SYTEX Group, Inc. (TSGI). TSGI, based in Doylestown, Pa., provides information technology solutions and technical support services to the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay net consideration of $462 million after taking into consideration $13 million of net cash being acquired. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.
  • Northrop Grumman Agrees to Acquire Integic Corp. Northrop Grumman 18 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Integic Corporation, a Chantilly, Va.-based information technology provider specializing in enterprise health and business process management solutions.
  • Northrop Grumman to Expand Unmanned Air Vehicle Facility in Mississippi Northrop Grumman 18 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is expanding the scope of work at its planned Jackson County, Miss., unmanned- systems center at Trent Lott International Airport to include the low-cost manufacture of subassemblies for the U.S. Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle (UAV).

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Feb 2005
  • PRESS BRIEFING ON DARFUR BY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR United Nations 18 Feb 2005
  • SUDAN/REFUGEES VOA 18 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations' refugee agency, UNHCR, says it needs 40-million-dollars this year to help several hundred-thousand refugees return home to Sudan. Cathy Majtenyi reports from VOA's Nairobi bureau, the agency's deputy high commissioner just concluded a tour of Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

  • TERRORIST ATTACKS GOING ON IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2005 -- Terrorist attacks continue in Chechnya, in spite of the cease-fire statement militants made, Chechen President Alu Alkhanov said at a press conference, arranged by the Foreign Correspondents' Association in Moscow.
  • THAILAND / CAR BOMB VOA 18 Feb 2005 -- Investigations are under way into the bomb that exploded in southern Thailand Thursday, killing at least six and wounding more than 40 people. The explosion occurred after the Thai government announced that it would continue with its strategy to suppress the insurgency in the largely Muslim south.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Feb 2005 -- Israel is allowing some of the Palestinian militants it has expelled from the West Bank to begin returning home and the military has called off the practice of demolishing the homes of Palestinian suicide bombers and other militants suspected of involvement in attacks against Israelis. The decisions are part of a series of moves designed to edge both sides back to peace negotiations.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: UNMEE warns over troop build-up on disputed border IRIN 18 Feb 2005 -- Large numbers of troops currently massed on the disputed border between Ethiopia and Eritrea could threaten the fragile peace in the area, the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) warned on Thursday.
  • GREAT LAKES: Ministers chart ways of implementing regional security pact IRIN 18 Feb 2005 -- Eleven foreign ministers of countries in Africa's Great Lakes region met on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda, to map out strategies of implementing a regional pact on security, stability and development signed in November 2004 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • SOMALIA: Ethiopia to participate in peacekeeping force, says minister IRIN 18 Feb 2005 -- Ethiopia reiterated on Thursday its readiness to send peacekeepers to neighbouring war-ravaged Somalia, saying the troops would be part of a wider peacekeeping force.

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