28 February 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Feb 2005 [PDF]
- TWO TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIERS KILLED, TWO WOUNDED
- TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER DIES
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- ONE SOLDIER DEAD, TWO OTHERS INJURED IN VEHICULAR ACCIDENT
- 3rd ID assumes Task Force Baghdad mission MNF-I/MNC-I 28 Feb 2005 -- The 3rd Infantry Division officially jumped back into action here Feb. 27, when a transition-of-authority ceremony transferred command of Task Force Baghdad from Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 1st Cavalry Division commander, to Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., 3rd Infantry Division commander, at the Sahet Alihtifalat Alkubra (Ceremonial Circle) parade grounds.
- 3rd Infantry Division Assumes Task Force Baghdad Mission AFPS 28 Feb 2005 -- The 3rd Infantry Division officially jumped back into action here Feb. 27, when a transition-of-authority ceremony transferred command of Task Force Baghdad from Army Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 1st Cavalry Division commander, to Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., 3rd Infantry Division commander.
- Troops Respond to Blast; Soldiers Die in Separate Incidents AFPS 28 Feb 2005 -- Coalition forces from the Polish-controlled Multinational Division Central South responded to a suicide bombing in Hilla, Iraq, today.
- Iraq: More Than 100 Killed In Single Deadliest Attack Since End Of War RFE/RL 28 Feb 2005 -- A suicide car bomber killed at least 110 people today in the Iraqi town of Hilla, south of Baghdad. The powerful blast wounded more than 140 people. Officials say they expect the death toll to rise.
- 31st MEU boards Essex ARG, prepares for voyage home USMC News 28 Feb 2005 -- The Marines and sailors of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit boarded three ships of the U.S. Navy's Essex Amphibious Ready Group Feb. 28 to prepare for a 4-week voyage back home to Okinawa, Japan.
- VMGR-252 soars high in Iraqi skies USMC News 28 Feb 2005 -- America's military has the reputation of being the most technologically advanced fighting force in the world. The Marine Corps' ability to stay at the forefront of innovations in aircraft, weaponry and fighting vehicles has allowed it to dominate the field of battle.
- Coalition Forces Recover Weapons Caches in Afghanistan AFPS 28 Feb 2005 -- Coalition forces recovered four weapons caches in Afghanistan Feb. 27, according to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials.
- LAVROV TO PROPOSE MEASURES TO COMBAT DRUG THREAT FROM AFGHANISTAN RIA Novosti 28 Feb 2005 -- At the meeting with the leading trio of the European Union in Luxembourg, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will propose measures to combat the drug threat from Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Universities Selected for Research Funding 28 Feb 2005 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to award 33 research grants to 27 universities totaling about $15 million in fiscal year 2005 and about $29.2 million per year starting in fiscal year 2006 for a total of $146.6 million over five years.
- Officials break ground for F/A-22 maintenance training center AFPN 28 Feb 2005 -- Sheppard is set to become the premier training center for F/A-22 Raptor maintenance professionals, officials said Feb. 18 during the ground breaking ceremony here for a $19.7-million training facility.
- Supplemental budget to fund Army's operations Army News 28 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Army will ask for a total of $41.2 billion in its supplemental budget request for fiscal year 2005, a senior Army official said this week.
- California to establish six homeland defense teams Army News 28 Feb 2005 -- California is taking homeland defense very seriously these days with plans to stand up six National Guard teams to help residents deal with weapons of mass destruction.
- Deployed RC Soldiers get new re-enlist options Army News 28 Feb 2005 -- Deployed Soldiers in the National Guard and Army Reserve now have access to re-enlistment bonuses that were previously available only to active-component troops.
- Balikatan 2005 Kicks Off Navy NewsStand 28 Feb 2005 -- Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Of Staff Gen. Efren L. Abu declared Exercise Balikatan 2005 officially opened Feb. 21 during a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila, headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
- NMCB 40 DFT Departs for Panama Navy NewsStand 28 Feb 2005 -- A group of 20 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 departed for Panama Feb. 20 in support of a Joint Task Force exercise, New Horizons 2005.
- Kitty Hawk Anticipates Memorable Visit to Hong Kong Navy NewsStand 28 Feb 2005 -- It has been nearly a year since USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) launched its liberty boats to Hong Kong's Fenwick Pier, but the length of time has done nothing to diminish the anticipation and excitement of Sailors as they steamed into Hong Kong harbor Feb. 25.
- Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group Completes Preparations for Deployment Navy NewsStand 28 Feb 2005 -- The USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) successfully completed its final exercise before deployment and returned to port in Norfolk, Va., Feb. 25 with full certifications required to deploy.
- India-France naval exercise to focus on mine warfare IRNA 28 Feb 2005 -- The Indian and French navies would focus on "mine counter measures" during the nine-day exercise, Varuna 2005/1, beginning in the south Indian port of Kochi Monday.
- State Department Briefing, February 28 Washington File 28 Feb 2005 -- Iran, Lebanon/Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestinians/Syria, Iraq, Canada, Indonesia
- White House Daily Briefing, February 28 Washington File 28 Feb 2005 -- Visit of Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Lebanon/Syria, torture, Iran, Social Security, Medicaid, Iraq
- EADS-led AirTanker selected as Preferred Bidder for British Tanker Aircraft Programme EADS 28 Feb 2005 -- EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, is to become the leading supplier of military transport aircraft to the RAF. On Monday, EADS welcomed the announcement by Geoff Hoon, the Secretary of State for Defence, that AirTanker has been selected as Preferred Bidder for Britain’s Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (“FSTA”) programme.
- Lockheed Martin Completes Acquisition of STASYS Limited Lockheed Martin 28 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] has completed the acquisition of STASYS Limited, a U.K.-based technology and consulting firm specializing in network communications and defense interoperability. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
- Northrop Grumman Unveils New Home for Remotec Robotics Unit Northrop Grumman 28 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today celebrated the grand opening of its newly consolidated Remotec, Inc. robotics facility at 353 JD Yarnell Parkway in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park.
- £13bn programme a step closer for AirTanker and Thales UK Thales 28 Feb 2005 -- The MoD confirmed today that AirTanker has now been formally selected as the Preferred Bidder to meet the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) requirement for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Thales UK, a shareholder and founder member of AirTanker, is also both an equipment and service provider for the programme and welcomes this announcement. The £13bn Private Finance Initiative (PFI) programme will provide strategic air refuelling services to the RAF for 27 years.
- ATK Plays Critical Role in Successful Standard Missile-3 Intercept ATK 28 Feb 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) provided the third-stage rocket motor (TSRM) and Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) for the successful intercept test flight of the Raytheon Company’s (RTN: NYSE) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3). The SM-3 was launched from the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System. The successful test destroyed a ballistic missile outside the earth’s atmosphere during an Aegis BMD Program flight test over the Pacific Ocean.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded $142M Airborne Laser and Sensor Contract By U.S. Missile Defense Agency Northrop Grumman 28 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $142 million follow-on contract for systems engineering, planning and logistics support for its Airborne Laser boost phase missile defense program.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 28 Feb 2005
- Middle East: Israel Increases Diplomatic Pressure On Syria, Palestinians RFE/RL 28 Feb 2005 -- The Israeli government has launched a diplomatic offensive to increase pressure on Syria and the Palestinians following Friday's suicide bomb attack in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The bombing killed five people and is the first serious test of a fragile cease-fire between the Israelis and Palestinians.
- ISRAEL / SYRIA VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Israel says it has evidence of Syrian involvement in the suicide bombing last Friday that killed five Israelis and wounded dozens more.
- Rice Heads to London for Conference on Palestinian Support Washington File 28 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will attend a conference in London March 1 on how best to support Palestinian reform.
- PALESTINIANS / LONDON CONFERENCE VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Palestinian leaders are in London for Tuesday's one-day meeting with senior officials from some 30 countries. The aim of the conference is to outline and support Palestinian reforms, but Palestinians would also like to see some concrete political efforts to revive the peace process with Israel.
- CONGO/REINFORCEMENTS VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- The Congolese government says it will send three-thousand more soldiers into the war-torn Congolese district of Ituri, days after nine U.N. peacekeepers were ambushed and executed by unknown gunmen there. Officials in the mineral-rich, but war-torn district are also in the throes of containing an outbreak of plague.
- DRC: Government troops hunt for killers of UN peacekeepers IRIN 28 Feb 2005 -- The first brigade of the integrated Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) began military operations on Monday, cracking down on armed groups in the northeastern district of Ituri, Defence Minister Adolphe Onusumba told IRIN.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Pro-government militia group attacks rebel outpost on frontline IRIN 28 Feb 2005 -- A large group of pro-government fighters attacked a rebel outpost on the frontline in western Cote d'Ivoire before dawn on Monday, but 87 of the assailants were subsequently arrested by UN peacekeeping troops.
- IVORY COAST/ FIGHTING VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Rebels in Ivory Coast say allied government forces have violated a cease-fire in the west of the country, and that all attempts at peace mediation are over.
- IVORY COAST / MILITIAS VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- New vigilante groups are being formed across southern government-held Ivory Coast, to oppose militia groups who support President Laurent Gbagbo.
- HAGUE/WAR CRIMES VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Two generals who fought on opposite sides during the Bosnian War in the early 1990s have surrendered to the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. One of the generals headed the Bosnian Muslim army while the other was a top officer in the Bosnian Serb army.
- Former Bosnian Army Chief Heads For Hague RFE/RL 28 Feb 2005 -- The man who headed the Bosnian Muslim army during most of the 1992-1995 civil war flew out of Sarajevo today to surrender to the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague.
- UN pullout would leave Timor-Leste facing insurmountable challenges, Security Council told UN News Centre 28 Feb 2005 -- The withdrawal from Timor-Leste of United Nations military liaisons and police trainers as scheduled later this spring might leave the country facing insurmountable challenges in its path towards peace and stability, the top UN envoy to the nation told the Security Council today.
- India strengthens border force to fight Nepal Maoists IRNA 28 Feb 2005 -- In a bid to deal with the Maoist threat from Nepal effectively, the government of India has increased the budgetary provisions for border security force.
- UGANDA: LRA rebels kill 24, maim eight in fresh attacks IRIN 28 Feb 2005 -- Days after an 18-day ceasefire between the Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) expired on 22 February, the rebels have killed and maimed more than 30 people, officials told IRIN on Monday.
- BANGLADESH/SEDITION VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Bangladeshi authorities have charged 15 members of two radical Islamic groups with sedition, for their alleged roles in a series of bombings, murders, and robberies. But the alleged crimes do not include recent violence against the country's main opposition political party.
- LEBANON / GOVERNMENT VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- In Lebanon, the pro-Syrian government of Prime Minister Omar Karami resigned (Monday) following a massive demonstration in downtown Beirut by tens of thousands of anti-government protesters. Mr. Karami's resignation brought to a head a growing political crisis in Lebanon that was triggered two weeks ago by the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, one of the most powerful political figures in Lebanon.
- KARAMI RESIGNATION VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Tens of thousands of protesters, waving red and white Lebanese flags, began screaming with joy after Lebanon's prime minister announced his resignation following a day of stormy parliamentary debates.
- BUSH / LEBANON VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- The Bush administration is welcoming the resignation of Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami.
- Middle East: Thousands in Beirut Defy Protest Ban, Call For Syrian Withdrawal RFE/RL 28 Feb 2005 -- Thousands of Lebanese braved rain on 28 February to gather on Beirut's Martyrs' Square to protest Syria's military and political presence in their country.
- LEBANON / POLITICS VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- Hours before the Lebanese parliament is to vote on a motion of no confidence in the government, thousands of demonstrators, waving Lebanese flags demonstrated in Beirut's Martyr's Square.
- United States Adds $10 Million to Aceh Tsunami-Relief Efforts Washington File 28 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $10 million for reconstruction in Aceh, Indonesia, which was devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
- UN / ACEH VOA 28 Feb 2005 -- The United Nations says it is ending its emergency relief programs in Indonesia's Aceh province and preparing for long-term projects to help one of the regions that was most devastated by the tsunami. The U.N. coordinator for Indonesia says United Nations and private aid agencies are working on a plan to provide survivors with the facilities they need to rebuild their shattered lives.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY UNICEF United Nations 28 Feb 2005
- United States Urges Peaceful Elections in Togo Washington File 28 Feb 2005 -- The United States welcomes the stepping down of Togo's interim president, Faure Gnassingbe, and urges the Togolese " to avoid violence and to seek peaceful national reconciliation through democratic elections," State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said February 28.
- ATK Rocket Motors, Composites Technology Support Successful Launch of Japan’s H-IIA Vehicle ATK 28 Feb 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) rocket motors and composites technology supported the successful launch of a Japanese H-IIA vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The launch vehicle placed into orbit the Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement (MTSAT-1R). The satellite will help ensure flight safety over the Asia/Pacific region, including Japan – U.S. air routes, and improve weather forecasting.
- Sea Launch Successfully Delivers XM-3 to Orbit Boeing 28 Feb 2005 -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered XM Satellite Radio's XM-3 satellite to orbit from its ocean-based platform on the Equator, in its first mission of the 2005 manifest. Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.
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