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15 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • New Plague Vaccine Agreement Signed 15 Apr 2005 -- A joint, multi-nation project arrangement between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of National Defence of Canada, and the Secretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was announced today for the cooperative development of a vaccine to protect against plague.
  • Frequent Deployments Require More Emphasis on Vaccinations AFPS 15 Apr 2005 -- Frequent, short-notice deployments around the world demand that the military step up its emphasis on keeping the force vaccinated for contingencies it may face, according to the Defense Department's deputy director for the Military Vaccine Agency.
  • US Pacific Command to have Indian Navy Liaison officer: Fallon IRNA 15 Apr 2005 -- The United States plans to have an Indian Navy official on the staff of the US Pacific Command, to bring in more cooperation between the two armed forces in fighting global terror,top US Defence official, Admiral William Fallon, Commander of the US Pacific Command said in Mumbai today.
  • F-16 crew chiefs combat odds to keep jets in flight AFPN 15 Apr 2005 -- With about 38 crew chiefs to maintain the F-16s here, the maintainers are always busy.
  • Unethical behavior an affront to all hardworking Airmen AFPN 15 Apr 2005 -- Unethical behavior by any person on the Air Force team is an affront to all Airmen and a breech of trust with the American people, said the service's senior leader.
  • C-130 maintainers keep mission-capable rates high AFPN 15 Apr 2005 -- C-130 Hercules maintainers with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron here are keeping mission-capable rates for C-130s as high as 15 percent above the Air Mobility Command standard.
  • Upgrades retrofit T-38 with latest technology AFPN 15 Apr 2005 -- Airmen from the 416th Flight Test Squadron wrapped up flight tests on software upgrades in an ongoing T-38 Talon avionics upgrade here recently.
  • 4th Infantry Division begins Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI) Program Army News Release 15 Apr 2005 -- Since its inception, RFI has issued equipment to more than 300,000 Soldiers, with an additional 85,000 Soldiers over the next three months.
  • Commentary: Transforming through BRAC? Army News 15 Apr 2005 -- For many Soldiers and their families, their Army installation represents security and stability, and reinforces the sense of belonging to the unique culture of the "military family."
  • No Hangar Bay, No Problem for GW's AIMD Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2005 -- Sailors from USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) have been performing preservation and upkeep work on the ship's aircraft maintenance equipment at Norfolk Navy Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., as the ship undergoes a docked planned incremental availability in Newport News, Va.
  • VP-8 Assists in Rescuing Four Philippine Fishermen Navy NewsStand 15 Apr 2005 -- P-3 Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 played a critical role in the rescue April 10 of four Philippine fishermen whose vessel had been adrift in the South China Sea.
  • Interceptor system saves lives USMC News 15 Apr 2005 -- Since December 2003, the Marine Corps has been fielding the Interceptor system to Marines deployed in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom as an effective and highly valued piece of gear in the global war on terrorism.
  • Osprey tests at Combat Center USMC News 15 Apr 2005 -- Combat Center Marines and Sailors may get a glimpse of the Osprey flying again as the test group conducts practice missions during an operational evaluation period here going on throughout April.

  • Rice-Bolton VOA 15 Apr 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday the United Nations cannot survive as a vital force in international politics if it does not reform. She spoke in support of the Bush administration's controversial nominee for Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, who has been a critic of the world body.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 15 Washington File 15 Apr 2005 -- Bush meeting with Prime Minister of Luxembourg, President of Rwanda, US-EU Summit, Iran/nuclear weapon, week ahead

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Step ahead for peace as rebels rejoin cabinet, but no disarmament deal IRIN 15 Apr 2005 -- The Cote d'Ivoire peace process inched forward on Friday when two ministers from the rebel camp attended a cabinet meeting in the capital Abidjan, but on the military front there was little visible progress on disarmament.
  • IVORY COAST / RECONCILIATION VOA 15 Apr 2005 -- Opposition activists in divided Ivory Coast have buried youths killed in a pro-peace march last year, while some ministers are rejoining a national unity government. These are signs a difficult South African-mediated peace process is slowly moving forward.

  • Nepal pol. parties reject royal declaration on civic polls IRNA 15 Apr 2005 -- Rejecting King Gyanendra's declaration on holding municipal elections, major political parties today said the exercise would be meaningless unless democratic rights are restored and political prisoners freed, reports Press Trust of India.
  • BUSH / RWANDA VOA 15 Apr 2005 -- President Bush met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the White House to discuss efforts to bring peace to Central Africa's troubled Great Lakes region.
  • ISRAEL / SYRIA INFILTRATOR VOA 15 Apr 2005 -- Israeli officials say their troops have captured a Palestinian gunman who infiltrated the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from Syria and opened fire on an Israeli military outpost.

News Reports

  • KYRGYZSTAN: OSCE pledges support for presidential poll IRIN 15 Apr 2005 -- Europe's largest security body, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), is going to support the interim Kyrgyz authority in holding presidential elections slated for 10 July, following the change of regime in the country.

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