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05 April 2005 Military News

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  • Bush Taps Krieg for Defense Undersecretary Position AFPS 05 Apr 2005 -- President Bush plans to nominate Kenneth J. Krieg for the Defense Department's top acquisition, technology and logistics position, the White House press office announced April 1.
  • QDR to Address Transformation of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal AFPS 05 Apr 2005 -- Today's U.S. nuclear arsenal is too outdated and costly to maintain for use in deterring threats in the post-Cold War era, a senior officer told a Senate subcommittee April 4.
  • Industry Critical in Bringing Capabilities to Warfighters AFPS 05 Apr 2005 -- The defense industry is an integral part of the transformation process, the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command told members of that industry here today.
  • DoD to Award $11.4 Million for Science and Engineering Research 05 Apr 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today plans to award $11.4 million to 20 academic institutions in 16 states to perform research in science and engineering fields important to national defense.
  • U.S./Iraq: Government Tests High-Tech Treatment For U.S. Combat Stress RFE/RL 05 Apr 2005 -- It has been two years since the U.S. troops who spearheaded the invasion of Iraq in 2003 first entered Baghdad. As urban warfare in Iraq enters its third year, the U.S. military is fighting a growing problem -- what to do with soldiers who are mentally scarred by combat. Scientists in the United States are working on a new kind of high-tech treatment. It is a "virtual reality" computer program that recreates front-line experiences -- forcing veterans to confront their war-zone memories in a controlled environment.
  • Navy Meets Urgent USCENTCOM Robotics Requirements Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Navy, together with its partners in the Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community and industry, is currently providing technology to meet the threat posed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
  • Army Announces Business Restructuring of the FCS Program Army News Release 05 Apr 2005 -- After two months of review, Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey today announced a restructuring of the business aspects of the Future Combat Systems program.
  • Joint Red Flag concludes AFPN 05 Apr 2005 -- The first U.S. forces and coalition Joint Red Flag exercise concluded April 2. The two week joint exercise is considered one of the largest distributive exercise in the history of the U.S. military with more than 10,000 participants in 44 different sites nationwide.
  • Gary Arrives for Vietnam Visit Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2005 -- USS Gary (FFG 51) pulled into Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 29, for a four-day port visit.
  • BHR Works Hand-in-Hand with Australian Partners Navy NewsStand 05 Apr 2005 -- Since USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) (LHD 6) arrived on station in the Persian Gulf in late January, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship has worked closely with coalition partners, including the Royal Australian Navy.
  • Space Important to U.S. National Security, General Says AFPS 05 Apr 2005 -- Almost 70 years ago, actor Buster Crabbe first portrayed space swashbuckler Flash Gordon, battling Ming the Merciless to protect Earth. Few theatergoers then would have imagined that space would become an important component of national defense.

  • U.S. Pledges to Help Ukraine Qualify to Join NATO AFPS 05 Apr 2005 -- The United States will work with Ukraine to help that country meet the prerequisites to joining NATO, President Bush said following a meeting with the Ukrainian president here April 4.


  • CIS AIR DEFENSE EXERCISE PROVES ITS CAPABILITY RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- The command-and-staff exercise for control and air defense agencies of the united air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States is over with success.
  • COMBINED CIS AIR DEFENSE EXERCISE IN THE PIPELINE RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- The exercise of the CIS Combined Air Defense System is to involve 56 fixed-wing and one rotary-wing aircraft, Colonel-General Boris Cheltsov, chief of staff of the Russian Air Force (RusAF), told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

  • RUSSIAN NAVY CALLS TO UNIFY SURFACE & UNDERWATER INFORMATION SYSTEM RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- The Russian Navy has advanced an initiative to establish a unified state system for information coverage of maritime surface and underwater developments.
  • TAJIKISTAN PRESIDENT AND RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER DISCUSS MILITARY COOPERATION RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- Tajikistan president Emomali Rakhmonov and Russia's defense minister Sergei Ivanov have discussed military cooperation between the two countries.
  • RUSSIAN MILITARY BASE SET UP IN TAJIKISTAN RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- The infrastructure of the Russian military base in Tajikistan is 1,124 million rubles ($1=27.89 rubles) worth, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said to reporters in Dushanbe.
  • NO PLANS FOR NEW SPECIAL FORCES ARM, MINISTER SAYS RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- No plans to create a new Special Forces Arm exist, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told journalists in Dushanbe.
  • BLACKSEAFOR EXERCISE UNDERWAY RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- The exercise being conducted by BLACKSEAFOR, a Black Sea naval group, is now in full swing, Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo, assistant to the Russian Navy's commander-in-chief, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
  • PACIFIC FLEET WARSHIP ON VICTORY DAY CRUISE RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- On Tuesday, an amphibious assault ship of the Pacific Fleet, Russian Navy, is arriving at the Sakhalin-based seaport of Korsakov from Vladivostok.

  • State Department Briefing, April 5 Washington File 05 Apr 2005 -- Israel/Palestinian Authority, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Middle East, Syria/Lebanon, China, NATO, Rice/Department announcement, North Korea

Defense Industry

  • Major Radar Upgrade Completed on U-S AWACS Fleet Boeing 05 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today the completion of the final Radar System Improvement Program, or RSIP, kit installation on the U.S. Air Force's fleet of 32 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
  • CACI Awarded $27 Million Battle Command Training Contract with U.S. Army Forces Command CACI 05 Apr 2005 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a $27 million prime contract by the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) to support battle command training for U.S. Army Reserve units. The contract was awarded under the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity Operations, Planning, Training, and Resource Support Services (OPTARSS) contract, a $650 million, multiple-award vehicle for which CACI is one of the prime contractors.
  • New Zealand Air Force Selects NH90 Helicopter EADS 05 Apr 2005 -- The NH90 fleet will replace the current Royal New Zealand Air Force’s ageing Iroquois.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Support Anti-Submarine Warfare Technology Northrop Grumman 05 Apr 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide hardware integration support for a passive, anti-submarine warfare sonar system for the U.S. Navy's Virginia-class submarine program.
  • Raytheon Delivers 1,000th AIM-9X Sidewinder to U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Raytheon 05 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Company celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th AIM-9X to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force March 29. The event highlighted a production milestone to provide warfighters with unprecedented capability and air dominance in the battlespace.
  • Modernized JAYHAWK In Revised USCG Deepwater Plan Sikorsky 05 Apr 2005 -- The United States Coast Guard will upgrade and modernize its current Sikorsky HH-60J JAYHAWK helicopter fleet to meet its expanded Homeland Defense responsibilities, according to the revised Deepwater Implementation Plan recently presented to Congress. Deepwater outlines the USCG's long-range acquisition strategy across its entire inventory of cutters and aircraft to provide improved systems for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and innovative logistics support. An earlier version of Deepwater called for the purchase of a new and smaller aircraft to replace the JAYHAWK as the Coast Guard's Medium Range Recovery (MMR) Helicopter. In light of the USCG's post 9-11 requirements, Deepwater now forgoes the new aircraft and calls for upgrading the current HH-60J JAYHAWK.
  • Raytheon's BMDS X-Band Radar Successfully Lifted Aboard the SBX-1 Platform Raytheon 05 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Company's phased array X-Band Radar (XBR) has been successfully lifted and placed aboard its host Sea-Based XBR platform, the SBX-1, marking the completion of a major milestone in support of the Missile Defense Agency's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • EU/BOEING VOA 05 Apr 2005 -- The United States and the European Union both say they are ready to resume negotiations on subsidies to aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus, but the sides have not set a date as a deadline for legal action approaches.
  • SUKHOI CHIEF ON RRJ PROGRAM RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- "Our relations with French firms are developing more than successfully," Mikhail Pogosyan, general director of the Sukhoi aircraft concern, has told RIA Novosti. And he knows that he is talking about.

Other Conflicts

  • UN/ICC/Darfur VOA 05 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations has turned over evidence of atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The material includes a list of suspected war criminals.
  • Secretary-General gives list of Darfur war crimes suspects to international court UN News Centre 05 Apr 2005 -- In a concerted effort to end "the culture of impunity," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) a sealed list of 51 names of people blamed for war crimes in the conflict between the Sudanese Government, allied militia and rebels in the country's Darfur region.
  • War Crimes Tribunal Given Names of Darfur Suspects Washington File 05 Apr 2005 -- The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has received sealed documents naming 51 people suspected by an independent U.N. commission of enquiry of committing war crimes in Darfur.
  • SUDAN: UN envoy tours Darfur; ICC receives list of war-crimes suspects IRIN 05 Apr 2005 -- The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, visited the western Sudanese region of Darfur on Monday and Tuesday - days after a UN Security Council resolution called for those implicated in the region's crimes to be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC), a UN spokesman said.

  • NEPAL: Maoist blockade hits vulnerable rural communities IRIN 05 Apr 2005 -- Rights activists, international aid workers and local NGO staff in Nepal are seriously concerned over the humanitarian consequences of a nationwide transport strike organised by Maoist rebels to block routes to the capital Kathmandu and other major cities.
  • Nepal monarch tells army to fight Maoists IRNA 05 Apr 2005 -- King Gyanendra of Nepal asked the Nepalese army to fight against the Maoist violence in the Himalayan Kingdom in his first speech since seizing total power on February 1 this year, reports India's leading newspaper 'The Hindu'.

  • Heavy fighting in Manipur: One commando wounded IRNA 05 Apr 2005 -- Indian soldiers and separatists were Tuesday locked in heavy fighting in the restive northeastern state of Manipur leaving at least one paramilitary commando wounded, officials said.
  • RUSSIA TO HELP UN HOLD GEORGIAN-ABKHAZ MEETING RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- Russia is ready to help the UN Secretary General's special envoy organize Georgian-Abkhaz meetings, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko told RIA Novosti ahead of the Geneva session of the Group of Friends of the UN Secretary General on Georgia scheduled for April 7-8.
  • KASHMIR SECURITY VOA 05 Apr 2005 -- Two days before the inauguration of new bus service between the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir, a bomb has exploded along the planned route, injuring three people, and two other bombs have been found and defused. The explosion followed threats of violence by Muslim militants against passengers planning to take the inaugural trip.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Stalemate could lead to war, Eritrean gov't says IRIN 05 Apr 2005 -- The continuing stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea could lead to another war, a senior Eritrean government official said on Friday, noting that under international law, Ethiopia continued to occupy Eritrean territory.
  • AFRICA: AU appeals to G8 to back peace plan IRIN 05 Apr 2005 -- The African Union (AU) appealed to the G8 group of powerful countries on Monday to be bold and back its plans for a pan-African peace strategy.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Peacekeeping mandate extended for one month, talks in Pretoria continue IRIN 05 Apr 2005 -- The UN mandate of 10,000 international peacekeeping troops in Cote d'Ivoire has been extended provisionally for one month while South African-mediated talks aimed at breaking a two-year impasse in the country's peace process continue in Pretoria.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Interview with FDLR leader, Ignace Murwanashyaka IRIN 05 Apr 2005 -- On Thursday 31 March, the Hutu-dominated rebel movement, the Forces démocratique pour la libération du Rwanda (FDLR), announced that it was abandoning its war against the Rwandan government.
  • SRI LANKA/REBELS VOA 05 Apr 2005 -- The Sri Lankan military has accused Tamil rebels of breaching the country's ceasefire by firing on a navy ship that was carrying a European truce monitor.
  • THAILAND VIOLENCE VOA 05 Apr 2005 -- The Thai government has told its people to be alert for signs of attacks by militants, particularly in Bangkok, after a series of bombings in the southern provinces. The bombings led to several Western countries warning nationals against travel to Thailand's south.

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