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07 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Industry
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Army Updates Detainee Operations Information Army News Release 07 Apr 2005 -- The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing documents today pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
  • HSC-28 Rescues Boater Navy NewsStand 07 Apr 2005 -- An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 "Dragon Whales" rescued a boater near the mouth of the York River at approximately 2:25 p.m. April 6, as his boat was rapidly taking on water.
  • Industry leaders plan to help Army build more, faster Army News 07 Apr 2005 -- With $1.7 billion slated for the construction of barracks and other stateside Army facilities next year, the Corps of Engineers completed the first of five forums April 6 with architects and construction firm representatives.
  • Eisenhower Certified to Fly Navy NewsStand 07 Apr 2005 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) successfully completed flight deck certification April 5 - the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier's second major milestone since completing a four-year mid-life overhaul.
  • Official Details DoD Efforts to Transform, Retain Quality Force AFPS 07 Apr 2005 -- The Defense Department is working to reduce stress on the force and negate the need for more people in uniform, a top official said here April 5.
  • DoD Announces Criteria for Two New Campaign Medals 07 Apr 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today the creation of two campaign medals for Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Prime Minister announces the appointment of his National Security Advisor Office of the Prime Minister of Canada 07 Apr 2005 -- Prime Minister Paul Martin today announced the appointment of William J.S. Elliott, currently Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Security and Intelligence, Privy Council Office, as his National Security Advisor, effective April 8, 2005.

  • Georgia Doubts Russia Ready To Negotiate Base Withdrawal RFE/RL 07 Apr 2005 -- Georgia says it believes Russian envoys sent to negotiate the withdrawal of military bases have arrived in Tbilisi with no serious proposals.

  • SOKOR/CHINA MILITARY VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- South Korea is planning to increase military cooperation with China. The government has not released details of the improved ties, but the move has drawn criticism for shifting alliances at an inappropriate time.

  • State Department Briefing, April 7 Washington File 07 Apr 2005 -- Cote d'Ivoire, Lebanon, France, India/Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iraq, Bolton/nomination hearing, Macedonia, Cyprus, U.N., Sudan, Burma

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems to Build Navy EA-6B Low Band Transmitters BAE Systems 07 Apr 2005 -- LANSDALE, Pennsylvania -- BAE Systems was recently awarded a $17.1 million contract modification for the production of six low band transmitters (LBT) for the U.S. Navy's Electronic Attack-6B Prowler (EA-6B) aircraft.
  • Boeing CONECT Contract to Bring NCO Capability to B-52 Boeing 07 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing (NYSE:BA) a $216.7 million contract to begin the system design and development (SDD) phase for the B-52 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) program.
  • Delivery of the first serial support helicopter UH-TIGER to German Army Aviation EADS 07 Apr 2005 -- The first serial support helicopter UH-TIGER has been delivered on April 6 to German Army Aviation. The helicopter will start operations in the Franco-German Army Aviation Training Centre at LE LUC in the south of France.
  • General Dynamics Receives $8 Million For Submarine Modernization Work General Dynamics 07 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $8 million modification to an existing contract for submarine modernization and related work at the submarine base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD).
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN RECEIVES NINTH ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR F-2 COMPONENT WORK Lockheed Martin 07 Apr 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a contract from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) on March 31 valued at over $125 million to manufacture components for five additional F-2 production aircraft. MHI is the prime contractor for the F-2, Japan’s highly maneuverable support fighter.

Other Conflicts

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Will the Pretoria accord be just words, or action? IRIN 07 Apr 2005 -- While the spirit of the Pretoria agreement has been broadly welcomed in Cote d'Ivoire and beyond, the nuts and bolts of the agreement fall far short of the "definitive" solution it was cracked up to be, analysts said on Thursday.
  • IVORY COAST/ PEACE ACCORD VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- Many parties in Ivory Coast are being very cautious about evaluating Wednesday's peace deal signed in Pretoria. Key points which have not been agreed upon are eligibility of candidates in elections and exact dates for rebel and militia disarmament.

  • U.S. / SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick will visit Sudan next week after representing the United States at the Sudan donors conference in Oslo. Officials say he will raise with Sudanese officials the issue of accountability for Darfur war crimes.
  • SUDAN-UGANDA: Army peacekeepers headed for southern Sudan IRIN 07 Apr 2005 -- Uganda's army confirmed on Wednesday that it would send troops to neighbouring southern Sudan, as part of a new UN peacekeeping mission to reinforce the peace deal between the government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), a former rebel movement.

  • DRC: Thousands displaced after Mayi-Mayi clashes with Congolese troops IRIN 07 Apr 2005 -- Nine women were killed and 5,300 civilians displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo's southwestern province of Katanga following fighting between government troops and Mayi-Mayi militias, a UN official told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • DRC: Rwandan militias clash with army troops IRIN 07 Apr 2005 -- Provincial authorities in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said on Tuesday that there had been fighting between Congolese troops and Rwandan Hutu militias, known as Interahamwe, at a village 150 km north of the provincial capital, Goma.

  • CHECHNYA/CIVILIANS/WEST VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been able to either defeat the Chechen separatists or find a political solution to the conflict. In this report from Washington, VOA Senior Correspondent Andr de Nesnera looks at whether the West can help resolve the situation in Chechnya.
  • United States Notes Anniversary of 1994 Rwanda Genocide Washington File 07 Apr 2005 -- The White House April 7 released a statement recognizing the 11th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, calling it "one of the most horrific episodes of the 20th century."
  • North Ossetian President Refuses to Sign Accord RFE/RL 07 Apr 2005 -- The president of the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia has refused to sign a Moscow-backed accord aimed at calming tensions with the neighboring republic of Ingushetia.
  • KASHMIR BUS VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- In a historical step, bus passengers have crossed the border separating Pakistani- and Indian-controlled Kashmir. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the first buses making the journey. However, tensions were high along the route because of threats of attacks by Islamic militants.
  • ISRAEL / SECURITY VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- Israeli officials have stepped up security in Jerusalem's Old City and warn of plans by Jewish extremists to attack the city's most sensitive holy site.

News Reports

  • Security Council sets up independent probe into Lebanese ex-premier's murder UN News Centre 07 Apr 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council today voted unanimously to set up an international independent investigation Commission into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and called on all states and parties to cooperate fully.
  • U.N. Security Council Orders Inquiry Into Hariri Assassination Washington File 07 Apr 2005 -- The Security Council April 7 authorized an independent international investigation into the February 14 terrorist bombing in Beirut that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
  • U.N. Security Council Calls for Lebanon Investigation Washington File 07 Apr 2005 -- Following is the text of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1595, issued April 7, calling for the establishment of an independent commission to investigate the February 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri
  • UN/HARIRI VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- The U.N. Security Council has authorized an international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. From U.N. headquarters, VOA's Peter Heinlein reports, investigators will have broad powers in conducting their probe.

  • US / BOLTON / UN VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- The State Department said Thursday it will provide documents and testimony by current officials to support the controversial nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee opens confirmation hearings on Mr. Bolton next Monday after postponing them from this week because of the funeral of Pope John Paul.

  • Boeing Team Competing for GOES-R Satellite System Boeing 07 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has assembled a best of industry team to bid on the next-generation geostationary weather and environmental system for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The team includes Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Harris Corp.

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