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22 February 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing 22 Feb 2005 -- Lawrence Di Rita, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; Brigadier General David Rodriguez, Deputy Director for Operations, Joint Staff Operations Directorate
  • Measures Abroad, Stateside Protect Against Terrorist Threat AFPS 22 Feb 2005 -- The Defense Department's first assistant secretary for homeland defense acknowledged he's surprised terrorists haven't launched another 9/11-type attack against the United States -- but is quick to say he's not calling it luck.
  • Global Posture Realignment Will Better Support Future Ops AFPS 22 Feb 2005 -- Realigning the U.S. defense posture around the world involves a whole lot more than deciding where to base U.S. troops overseas, the Pentagon's top policy chief told civilian leaders visiting here Feb. 18.
  • Troops Deal With Stress of Working 'Inside the Wire' AFPS 22 Feb 2005 -- Working "inside the wire" of the enemy combatant detention facility can lead to stress for the U.S. troops working here. But experts and leaders are working hard to help servicemembers deal with the unique conditions of working on this isolated island base.
  • US / NICARAGUA MISSILES VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- The United States has sent a team of senior officials to Nicaragua for talks on that country's efforts to account for and dispose of its Sandinista-era arsenal of man-portable anti-aircraft missiles, the so-called MANPADS. The Managua government has promised to destroy its entire stockpile, but at least one such weapon recently was offered for sale on the black market.
  • DoD Not Conducting Flights Over Iran, Spokesman Says AFPS 22 Feb 2005 -- Despite Iranian claims to the contrary, U.S. military aircraft are not flying missions in Iran's airspace, Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita said here today.
  • Chasing a Dragon Lady AFPN 22 Feb 2005 -- The great thing about a sports car is that it goes really fast. The bad thing about a sports car is that it goes really fast and someday you are bound to get a ticket, unless you are wide open on the flightline at a forward-deployed location here as a chase vehicle for the U-2 Dragon Lady.
  • USS Bonhomme Richard Chases Pirates Away from Fishermen Navy NewsStand 22 Feb 2005 -- After answering a bridge-to-bridge distress call from a Kuwaiti fisherman Feb. 17, multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) chased two pirate boats away from a group of fishing dhows in the Persian Gulf.
  • Former President Carter Tours Namesake Sub Navy NewsStand 22 Feb 2005 -- Former President Jimmy Carter toured the U.S. Navy submarine named after him at Naval Submarine Base New London Feb. 18.
  • Navy Commissions USS Jimmy Carter Navy NewsStand 22 Feb 2005 -- Sailors raced aboard the Navy's newest, quietest and most heavily armed nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine Feb. 19 to "bring to life" USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23).
  • 13th MEU unit takes step closer to SOC qual USMC News 23 Feb 2005 -- The unit, designated as the BLT's Helicopter Borne Raid Company started the SOTG Helicopter Raid course recently. The course is part of SOTG's pre-determined curriculum to certify the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit as Special Operations Capable.

  • Transcript: President Meets with E.U. Leaders The White House 22 Feb 2005
  • Statement issued by the Heads of State and Government participating in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels NATO 22 Feb 2005
  • FRANCE / US /REACT VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- President Bush seems to have passed one of the toughest tests of his transatlantic, fence-mending visit this week: dining Monday in Brussels with French President Jacques Chirac, a top Iraq-war critic.Analysts in France doubt the meeting will fundamentally erase French-US differences.
  • BUSH - BRUSSELS VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- President Bush has launched a marathon round of talks with European leaders in Brussels, as he seeks to mend a trans-Atlantic alliance frayed by the war in Iraq.
  • BUSH / NATO VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- President Bush says America's commitment to NATO is strong, and vows to listen to the concerns of alliance members. Mr. Bush took part in an alliance summit designed to ease strains created by the Iraq war.
  • Bush: NATO Is 'the' Vital U.S. Security Relationship AFPS 22 Feb 2005 -- President Bush called NATO "the vital relationship for the United States when it comes to security." Bush spoke during a press conference today at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
  • NATO SUMMIT VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- The NATO alliance says that all of its 26 members are committed to help a NATO training program for senior Iraqi officers, a move that is designed to put an end to the divisions that wracked the alliance over the Iraq War. But some NATO leaders are questioning whether the alliance is the right place to discuss trans-Atlantic differences.
  • All NATO States Involved In Training Iraqi Military RFE/RL 22 Feb 2005 -- NATO's secretary general says all 26 members of the alliance are now working together to help train Iraq's military.

  • SERGEI IVANOV ON RUSSIA-NATO RELATIONS RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2005 -- A unique historical situation has now shaped up in Russia. In essence, the Russian army is not fighting anywhere at this stage. We must use this time for overhauling our Armed Forces and for reducing their numerical strength. Russia needs a 1,000,000-strong army.

  • FORMER US DEFENSE SECRETARY ON UKRAINE'S POSSIBLE NATO MEMBERSHIP RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2005 -- Former US defense secretary William Perry thinks that it is still too early to talk about Ukraine's possible admission into NATO.
  • NATO / UKRAINE VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- Ukranian President Viktor Yushchenko has joined leaders of the 26-nation NATO alliance at a special summit in Brussels.Mr. Yushchenko's presence at the summit is a sign of support for his intention to move his country closer to the West.

  • State Department Briefing, February 22 Washington File 22 Feb 2005 -- Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon/Syria, Greece, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Israel/Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, NATO, China, Egypt

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems Protects U.S. Army and Navy Helicopters BAE Systems 22 Feb 2005 -- NASHUA, New Hampshire -- BAE Systems has received a $7.2 million contract from the U.S. military to provide additional AN/ALQ-144A Countermeasures Sets. The ALQ-144 system protects helicopters from infrared-guided missile threats.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded U.S. Navy Information Technology Contract BAE Systems 22 Feb 2005 -- BAE Systems has received one of five large-business prime contract awards to perform information technology engineering, scientific, technical, and analytical services for the U.S. Navys Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) in Monterey, California. The contract, led by GSA Federal Technology Services (FTS), is a multiple-award vehicle, designed to furnish full-spectrum IT services in support of the Centers mission to develop and provide meteorological and oceanographic products to the Navy and other Department of Defense elements worldwide. The contract is valued at $100 million over a five-year period.
  • Boeing Awarded $117 Million Prime Contract for Second Phase of the Canadian CF-18 Aircraft Modernization Project Boeing 22 Feb 2005 -- After successfully passing the midway point on the first phase of modernization of the Canadian Forces' CF-18 aircraft, the Canadian Department of National Defence and Boeing [NYSE: BA] today signed a new $117 million (Cdn) contract naming Boeing as the prime contractor for the next phase.
  • New Apache Transmission Technology Offers More Power and Capability Boeing 22 Feb 2005 -- An innovative transmission technology developed for rotorcraft applications including the Boeing (BA) AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter has successfully completed 60 hours of operational testing.
  • EADS delivers advanced defence electronics to US Armed Forces EADS 22 Feb 2005 -- EADS will supply the US Armed Forces with the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminal (LVT) Radio Frequency power amplifier, a major component of the US MIDS Terminal. As reported by EADS on Tuesday, US-based ViaSat Inc. has awarded EADS Defence Electronics (DE) a contract worth more than € 40 million for the delivery of power amplifiers, with an option for € 20 million more.
  • General Dynamics Receives $21 Million Option for M2HB Machine Gun Overhaul Kits General Dynamics 22 Feb 2005 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), received a $21 million contract option from U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command, Rock Island, Ill., for the production of 45 M2HB Machine Gun Overhaul Kits. The option was exercised under a contract awarded to General Dynamics in Sept. 2004 and brings the total contract value to $42 million.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Supply Inertial Navigation Systems for Canadian Submarines Northrop Grumman 22 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has won a contract from the Canadian government to supply advanced inertial navigation systems for its four Victoria-class submarines.
  • Raytheon's ATFLIR -- The Navy's Premier Targeting Pod -- Begins Full Rate Production Raytheon 22 Feb 2005 -- Raytheon Company's AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR targeting pod has begun full rate production, marking a significant milestone in this already successful Navy program.
  • MILITARY AIRCRAFT MAKERS TO HELP COMMERCIAL COLLEAGUES TO SQUARE AWAY RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin suggests the advances made by military aircraft manufacturers should be used to the benefit of the whole aircraft industry.
  • UNITED NATIONAL AIRCRAFT MAKER POSSIBLE IN RUSSIA RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2005 -- Russian Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko suggested a national united aircraft manufacturer be established to unite all Rusisan aircraft makers.
  • PUTIN: AIRCRAFT-BUILDING BUSINESS MUST BE COMMERCIALLY PROFITABLE RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2005 -- The Russian aircraft-building industry must be prepared to successfully compete with other aviation powers.
  • Boeing to Sell Rocketdyne Propulsion Unit to Pratt & Whitney Boeing 22 Feb 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power business to Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company [NYSE:UTX], for approximately $700 million in cash.

Other Conflicts

  • Israeli-Palestinian peace climate vastly improved but threats persist, Security Council told UN News Centre 22 Feb 2005 -- The political climate between Israel and the Palestinians has vastly improved in the past month with hopes for progress towards peace rekindled, but possible action by Palestinian groups and the continuing hardships of daily life in the occupied territories still cast a dangerous shadow, the top United Nations political officer said today.
  • PALESTINIAN CABINET VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia has promised to present a revised list of cabinet appointments for approval to parliament by Wednesday. The move defuses a political crisis that was sparked Monday when lawmakers refused to endorse his original government line-up.

  • FEDERAL TROOPS PREVENTED MAJOR TERRORIST ACTS IN CHECHNYA RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2005 -- Federal troops and law enforcement bodies have prevented several major terrorist acts against civilians in Chechnya, reports the press center of the Regional Operational Headquarters for the Counter-terrorist Operation in the North Caucasus.
  • FOREIGN MERCENARIES INVOLVED IN ATTACK ON FEDERAL TROOPS IN GROZNY RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2005 -- Several Arab mercenaries were part of the bandit group that attacked federal soldiers in the Oktyabrsky district of Grozny, a spokesman of the Regional Operative Headquarters for controlling the Counter-Terrorist Operation in the North Caucasus (ROH) told RIA Novosti.

  • UNHCR/SUDAN VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- The U.N. Refugee Agency says it is sending a 15-member emergency team to southern Sudan to prepare for the return of more than one-half million Sudanese refugees in neighboring countries. Lisa Schlein reports from UNHCR headquarters in Geneva the agency says the team will start rebuilding vital facilities and basic services.
  • KOSOVO STATUS VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- America's top diplomat in charge of Balkans affairs says Kosovo is making progress in implementing U.N. standards of governance ahead of an upcoming review by the major powers.
  • DRC: Kinshasa to deploy police brigade to protect civilians in Ituri IRIN 22 Feb 2005 -- The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) plans to deploy a police brigade in the northeastern district of Ituri to protect civilians from militias, Interior Minister Théophile Mbemba told IRIN on Monday.
  • UGANDA: Government ends ceasefire, but says talks "remain open" IRIN 22 Feb 2005 -- Peace talks to end hostilities between the government and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) will continue despite the expiration on Tuesday of an 18-day truce called by the government, James Nsaba Buturo, minister for information, told IRIN.
  • RWANDA/SUDAN-DARFUR VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- Rwanda's president is in Sudan for three days of meetings with Sudanese officials. He is likely to visit the war-torn Darfur region during his trip.

News Reports

  • YEMEN: Tsunami damage over US $1 million - UNEP assessment IRIN 22 Feb 2005 -- The effects of December's Asian tsunami on Yemen's shores will cost more than US $1 million, according to an initial assessment conducted by the Ministry of Environment and the Environmental Emergency Unit (EEU), together with an emergency mission of the United Nation's Environment Programme (UNEP).

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