11 April 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Apr 2005 [PDF]
- SOLDIER SERVING WITH MARINES DIES IN NON-HOSTILE INCIDENT
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Soldiers storm through terrorist networks in Al-Rasheed MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Apr 2005 -- More than 500 Iraqi Security Forces in cooperation with Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained 65 terrorists in the Al-Rasheed district April 11.
- Early raids target terrorists MNF-I/MNC-I 11 Apr 2005 -- In the last few hours, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers, working in conjunction with Iraqi Security Forces, conducted several combat operations in and around Baghdad in the continuing effort to bring peace and stability to the area.
- Gunmen Assassinate Local Official In Iraq's Mosul RFE/RL 11 Apr 2005 -- A member of the provincial council in Mosul was shot dead by gunmen outside the city's main hospital.
- Balad's pharmacy techs help save lives AFPN 11 Apr 2005 -- Within the chaotic center of the Air Force Theater Hospital here is a group of Airmen whose job is to ease pain and help people heal faster.
- Afghan Engineer District Chief Updates Projects AFPS 11 Apr 2005 -- U.S. military engineers in Afghanistan continue to manage myriad projects designed to bring prosperity and security to that war-torn nation, a senior military officer said today.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 4, Number 12 11 Apr 2005 -- OPPOSITION ALLIANCE RECEIVES OFFICIAL PRAISE, POPULAR DOUBT / AFGHAN DEVELOPMENT FORUM MEETS IN KABUL / AFGHAN PRESIDENT AND NEO-TALIBAN REACT TO POPE'S DEATH / VIOLENCE IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES / U.S. HELICOPTER CRASH / AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTER REITERATES DESIRE FOR 'ENDURING ARRANGEMENTS' WITH U.S. / WOMEN ATTACK GERMAN SOLDIERS IN NORTHEASTERN AFGHANISTAN / SUSPECT ARRESTED IN KILLING OF BRITISH CITIZEN IN KABUL / CHIEF JUSTICE ASKS U.S. PRESIDENT TO KEEP AFGHAN ENVOY, SPARKING CONTROVERSY AND NO RESULT / NORTHERN AFGHAN WARLORD MEETS WITH U.S. ENVOY / AFGHAN PRESIDENT WELCOMES NEW OPPOSITION FACTION / SOUTHEASTERN REPRESENTATIVES CRITICAL OF AFGHAN PRESIDENT / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
Defense Policy / Programs
- Department of Defense Releases Selected Acquisition Reports 11 Apr 2005 -- The Department of Defense has released details on major defense acquisition program cost and schedule changes since the September 2004 reporting period.
- Military Confronts Combat Stress at Front Lines AFPS 11 Apr 2005 -- As troops here deal with stressors ranging from roadside bombs to checkpoints where it's hard to tell friend from foe, the military is ensuring they get the mental health support they need to remain with their units and avoid long-term problems.
- Air Guard medics return from homeland security exercise AFPN 11 Apr 2005 -- More than 20 guardsmen from the Scotia-based 109th Airlift Wing here returned home from Newark Airport, N.J., on April 7 after participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Top Officials 3 exercise.
- Joint fuels effort allows airlift to keep rolling in Uzbekistan AFPN 11 Apr 2005 -- Keeping deployed C-130 Hercules and transient C-17 Globemaster IIIs fueled up takes a joint effort that includes Air Force fuels technicians, Army fuels distributors and civilian contractors.
- Air Force standardizing warfighting command, control AFPN 11 Apr 2005 -- Air Force officials have integrated lessons learned from past conflicts to develop and implement a new concept for command and control of the service's fighting forces.
- EOD protects people from explosive hazards AFPN 11 Apr 2005 -- Putting their lives on the line, sweating in heavy bomb suits, lugging cumbersome equipment, working with robots and occasionally blowing things up is all part of the job for Airmen with the explosive ordnance disposal unit here.
- Army accepts keys to first fuel-cell truck Army News 11 Apr 2005 -- The Army accepted delivery of the world's first fuel-cell-powered military truck Apr. 1 at the General Motors Corp. research facility outside Rochester, N.Y.
- FH-3 Earns Presidential Unit Commendation Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2005 -- Fleet Hospital (FH) 3 received the Presidential Unit Commendation April 8 for its work in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
- Albuquerque to Return to SUBASE Following Deployment Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2005 -- The Los-Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) will return home to Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) April 12, following a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the U.S. European and Central Command areas of operation.
- Coalition, Regional Forces Launch Exercise Arabian Gauntlet Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2005 -- Navy personnel from 13 countries kicked off Exercise Arabian Gauntlet 2005 aboard USS Duluth (LPD 6) in Manama, Bahrain, March 20.
- EU/AFRICA VOA 11 Apr 2005 -- The European Union has pledged security support for the Africa Union in dealing with conflicts that still plague the continent, and hopes that a North-South peace accord in Sudan will also help resolve bloody clashes in the western region of Darfur.
- CONGRESS UN VOA 11 Apr 2005 -- A U.S. Senate panel Tuesday holds a second day of hearings into the nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. On Monday, Senate Democrats expressed concern over Mr. Bolton's hard-line views and his past criticism of the world body.
- CONGRESS / UN RFE/RL 11 Apr 2005 -- President Bush's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, is facing tough questioning from Senate Democrats at a confirmation hearing. Democrats are concerned about Mr. Bolton's hardline views and his past criticism of the world body.
- State Department Briefing, April 11 Washington File 11 Apr 2005 -- OECD Development Assistance Report, India, North Korea, Iran, Greece, Macedonia, Iraq, Pakistan
- White House Daily Briefing, April 11 Washington File 11 Apr 2005 -- President Bush meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, disengagement plan, West Bank/Palestinians, Lebanon/Syria, Iran, Gaza, Ma'aleh Adumium settlement, President Abbas/invitation, Iraq'sTransitional National Assembly/naming of the leaders, Middle East/elections
- Israel Accepts First AH-64D Apache Longbows Boeing 11 Apr 2005 -- The government of Israel accepted its first three AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters yesterday from the United States Department of Defense in a ceremony held in Israel.
- Eurofighter single-seaters in operational service with the Luftwaffe EADS 11 Apr 2005 -- EADS Military Aircraft has handed over the first single-seater operational Eurofighter aircraft to Fighter Wing 73 (JG 73) "Steinhoff" in Laage near Rostock. This is the first of a further ten single-seaters that are still to be delivered to the operational wing in the course of the year. In addition to these delivery quantities, this year a further twin-seater will also be put at the wing's disposal. This was announced by EADS, the German and Spanish partner in the four-nation European programme, on Monday.
- EADS supplies software for army command and control information system EADS 11 Apr 2005 -- EADS is to supply the German army with software valued at €23 million for its modern “army command and control information system” (FüInfoSys Heer), a system designed to equip the army with a comprehensive range of highly mobile battlefield and command-post facilities over the next few years. This is a major step towards enhancing the army’s command strength while satisfying both the new NATO requirements and the German army’s extended range of missions.
- Bath Iron Works Awarded $16 Million Contract for Advanced Procurement of Littoral Combat Ship Long Lead Material General Dynamics 11 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Navy announced today that Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $16 million modification to the previously awarded Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Final System Design contract to procure required Long Lead Material in support of the LCS Program. Long Lead Material is being procured under the Final System Design contract in order to meet the requirements of the anticipated Flight 0 production contract.
- Lockheed Martin Awards Welliver McGuire $25 Million to Oversee Construction of New Presidential Helicopter Facility Lockheed Martin 11 Apr 2005 -- Lockheed Martin has hired the Montour Falls, NY-based construction firm of Welliver McGuire, Inc., as general contractor for its new presidential helicopter facility in Owego. The contract’s value is approximately $25 million.
- Northrop Grumman Successfully Launches Virginia-Class Submarine Northrop Grumman 11 Apr 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) reached a construction milestone on April 9 by launching the second Virginia-class submarine, Texas (SSN 775). This was the company's first submarine launching in nearly a decade.
- Thales is awarded a contract by Belgian Defence for C-130H Hercules self-protection Thales 11 Apr 2005 -- Thales has reinforced its position in the field of self-protection for transport aircraft, thanks to a recent contract awarded by Belgian Defence, the central procurement agency for the Belgian armed forces. Within this contract Thales will equip the Belgian fleet of eleven C-130H aircraft with self-protection suites.
- Northrop Grumman Conducts First Flight of Endurance Hunter UAV Northrop Grumman 11 Apr 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has conducted the first flight of a new configuration of the U.S. Army's RQ-5A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system called the Endurance Hunter (E-Hunter).
- Boeing Receives Contract for Additional PAC-3 Seeker Production Boeing 11 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Corp. [NYSE: LMT] for additional production of PAC-3 Missile seekers to be manufactured between 2006 and 2007.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 11 Apr 2005
- BUSH / SHARON VOA 11 Apr 2005 -- President Bush says Israel should not build new settlements in the West Bank.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIAN VIOLATIONS VOA 11 Apr 2005 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he will discuss, what he termed, Palestinian cease-fire violations with President Bush. But Palestinian officials say it is the Israelis who are violating the truce.
- CHAD-SUDAN: Government accuses Sudan of backing rebels, suspends Darfur mediation IRIN 11 Apr 2005 -- Chad has accused Sudan of providing backing for a 3,000-strong rebel force operating on the border between the two countries, and in retaliation is suspending its mediation in the Darfur conflict.
- SUDAN/UNREST RFE/RL 11 Apr 2005 -- As an international donor conference to raise funds for southern Sudan gets under way in Norway, a German human rights organization says militias are still harassing people in areas of the south.
- COTE D IVOIRE: Guinea holding 17 dissident rebels after border clash IRIN 11 Apr 2005 -- Guinea is holding captive 17 alleged members of a dissident Ivorian rebel group following a clash with Guinean soldiers on the border with Cote d'Ivoire in which one gunman was killed, security sources said.
- Russian Military Says Missile System Seized From Chechens RFE/RL 11 Apr 2005 -- The Russian military says it killed three Chechen fighters and seized an antiaircraft missile system from the site of the clash.
- KYRGYZSTAN TO MAKE PROGRESS ONLY UNDER RUSSIAN WING: EX-PRESIDENT RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- The new Kyrgyz regime has confirmed a political line for strategic alliance with Russia. That was an epoch-making choice, says overthrown President Askar Akayev.
- KYRGYZSTAN: MILITIA CHIEF MURDER WAS POLITICAL ASSASSINATION, SAYS EX-PRESIDENT RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- Usen Kudarbenov, Kyrgyz people's militia chief, fell victim of assassination on political motives, insists Askar Akayev, Kyrgyzstan's former President.
- AKAYEV DELIGHTED THAT HIS RESIGNATION PROBLEM WAS SETTLED RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- Askar Akayev has confessed that he is very glad that his resignation from the post of the Kyrgyz president has been settled.
- AKAEV NOT TO WITHDRAW RESIGNATION RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- Askar Akaev is not going to withdraw resignation despite the Kyrgyz parliament's ridding him of the status of the first president of Kyrgyzstan.
- AKAEV RULES OUT POSSIBILITY OF PROMPT RETURN TO BISHKEK RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- Askar Akaev rules out the possibility of prompt return to Bishkek.
- KYRGYZ GOVERNMENT REFUTES INFORMATION ON CABINET ASSAULT RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- The Kyrgyz president's press service refuted reports by some Kyrgyz media which said that a group of persons in Bishkek made one more assault attempt on the government building on Monday.
- RUSSIA REMAINS A STRATEGIC PARTNER FOR KYRGYZSTAN RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- Russia remains a strategic ally and friend of Kyrgyzstan, Roza Otunbayeva, the Kyrgyz foreign minister, said Monday at a meeting with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
- KYRGYZ SUPREME COURT ACQUITS KULOV RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- The Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court acquitted Ar-Namys party leader Felix Kulov Monday of economic crimes allegedly committed when he was Mayor of Bishkek and the governor of the Chui Region.
- AKAYEV WILL ENJOY EX-PRESIDENT'S PRIVILEGES RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- Under the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev will enjoy all privileges of an ex-president.
- KYRGYZ PARLIAMENT ACCEPTS AKAYEV'S RESIGNATION RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- The Parliament of Kyrgyzstan accepted the resignation of president Askar Akayev April 11, setting presidential elections for July 10.
- Kyrgyz Parliament Accepts President's Resignation RFE/RL 11 Apr 2005 -- Kyrgyzstan's parliament voted today to accept the resignation of ousted President Askar Akaev. Akaev, who tendered his resignation on 4 April, was officially declared an "ex-president," a status that curtails his future privileges. Lawmakers also set 10 July as the date for presidential polls.
- ASEAN / BURMA VOA 11 Apr 2005 -- Senior diplomats from the Association of South East Asian Nations have deferred a decision on whether Burma should take up the chairmanship of the group in 2006.
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