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20 April 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Guard Leaders Discuss Budget Requests AFPS 20 Apr 2005 -- Funding for recruiting, retention and equipment were among the items National Guard leaders today brought before a Senate subcommittee examining budget requests today.
  • IG to assess OIF equipment and readiness USMC News 20 Apr 2005 -- The Inspector General of the Marine Corps, Maj. Gen. David F. Bice arrived here this week accompanied by a team of 10 mission specific military occupational specialty Marines, in preparation to visiting Marine Corps units in Iraq, and provide an assessment of OIF equipment and readiness.
  • Fleet Hospital 8 Earns MUC for 2003 Deployment Navy NewsStand 20 Apr 2005 -- Fleet Hospital (FH) 8, primarily consisting of Fleet Hospital Bremerton officers and Sailors, received the Meritorious Unit Commendation award March 8 for its 2003 deployment to Rota, Spain.
  • Marines keep jets corrosion-free USMC News 20 Apr 2005 -- The F/A-18C Hornet is little different from Earnhardt's ride. It also holds the title of one the hottest aircraft to ever take to the skies and requires an army of mechanics with varied specialties to keep it knifing through the air without falling apart.
  • Reserve, active-duty pilots battle for air superiority AFPN 20 Apr 2005 -- For two weeks, F-15 "Gorillas" from Eglin Air Force Base's 58th Fighter Squadron engaged their adversary, F-16 "Makos" from Homestead's 93rd FS in a head-to-head competition for air superiority known as dissimilar aircraft combat training or "dog fighting."
  • HCS-28 Providing Support to Kearsarge ESG with New Name Navy NewsStand 20 Apr 2005 -- An important part of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Expeditionary Strike Group team, currently deployed in support of the global war on terrorism, received a new name April 1.
  • USS O'Bannon Conducts Rescue at Sea Navy NewsStand 20 Apr 2005 -- Sailors from the destroyer USS O'Bannon (DD 987) assisted two crew members aboard a 45-foot fishing vessel in the Mediterranean April 20 at approximately 1 p.m. GMT.
  • MAG-29 participates in Operation Carolina Thunder USMC News 20 Apr 2005 -- A small and determined band of insurgent forces attempted to occupy a strategic airfield in fictional Northern Curbia on April 12, trying to use it as a transshipment point for a smuggling operation involving small arms and foreign mercenaries.

  • NATO Opens Historic Meeting in Lithuania VOA News 20 Apr 2005 -- NATO foreign ministers have gathered in Lithuania for their first-ever meeting on territory once occupied by the Soviet Union. The meeting will focus on issues of East-West concern.

  • UN: U.S. Senate Panel Calls For Further Scrutiny Of UN Ambassador Nominee RFE/RL 20 Apr 2005 -- A U.S. Senate committee has postponed a vote to advance the nomination of John Bolton as UN ambassador in order to study new allegations against him. The decision comes amid intensifying debate over a candidate who supporters believe would lead a vigorous UN reform effort -- and opponents say would harm U.S. credibility at the world body. The latest developments indicate that doubts are growing among some Republicans, who hold the majority in the U.S. Senate.

  • State Department Briefing, April 20 Washington File 20 Apr 2005 -- Rewards for Justice Program, Bolton/nomination, Secretary Rice's upcoming trip to Latin America/Community of Democracies meeting, Tunisia, Lebanon, Ecuador, Iran, China/Taiwan, North Korea, Burma/ASEAN, Russia
  • White House Daily Briefing, April 20 Washington File 20 Apr 2005 -- National energy plan, John Bolton/nomination, Karen Hughes/nomination, Pope Benedict/abortion, Iraq/escalating violence, CAFTA/free trade agreements, immigration proposal, North Korea/Six-Party Talks

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded New Contract To Supply UK Royal Navy With State Of The Art Thermal Imaging Technology BAE Systems 20 Apr 2005 -- BAE Systems Avionics has been awarded a contract to supply the UK's Royal Navy with world class, state of the art, thermal imaging technology.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Secures Further Order For Its High - Tech Javelin Seeker BAE Systems 20 Apr 2005 -- BAE Systems Avionics is proud to announce the award of a 3 million follow-on sub-contract from Lockheed Martin to supply additional seekers for Javelin, the state-of-the-art Light Forces Anti-Tank Guided Weapon system.
  • Boeing Receives First F-15K Wing and Forward Fuselage Built in South Korea Boeing 20 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] accepted the first F-15K fighter jet wing and forward fuselage made by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) at a ceremony April 18 in Sachon, South Korea.
  • Germany Approves Nine-Year MEADS Design and Development Program Lockheed Martin 20 Apr 2005 -- MEADS International (MI) announced that Germany has approved entry into the Design and Development (D&D) phase for the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).
  • U.S. Army Awards $90 Million Hellfire II Contract to Lockheed Martin for Latest Battle-Proven Configuration Lockheed Martin 20 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Army awarded a $90 million contract to Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for continued production of the combat-proven HELLFIRE air-to-ground missile. More than 1,000 HELLFIRE II and Longbow HELLFIRE rounds have been fired by U.S. and allied troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Raytheon Receives $44 Million U.S. Navy Award for F/A-18 Threat Protection Systems Raytheon 20 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $44 million contract for production of its ALR- 67(V)3 radar warning receiver system for the U.S. Navy. The ALR-67(V)3, which is the state-of-the-art radar warning receiver on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F carrier- based tactical aircraft, recently completed a successful initial deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Raytheon Awarded $57 Million Contract for Continued FAA/DoD STARS Deployment Raytheon 20 Apr 2005 -- The FAA has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $57 million contract option for continued deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), which is now in service with the FAA and the Department of Defense (DoD). Contract options include production and deployment of 14 systems for the FAA and nine for the DoD, as well as logistics and support activities. This option completes Phase 1A of the STARS deployment plan.
  • OCCAR and Thales sign Tiger 236 million euros simulator production contract Thales 20 Apr 2005 -- The contract calls for the supply of complete simulation facilities for Tiger aircrews at the EFA French-German Tiger training centre in Le Luc, France, and four operational units in France and Germany.
  • Boeing ScanEagle Demonstrates Net-Centric Technologies at Joint Military Demonstration Boeing 20 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and a team of industry and academic researchers demonstrated a series of advanced network-centric technologies at a joint military exercise held at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The technologies were developed under sponsorship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), with support from Air Force Research Laboratories.
  • EADS welcomes German decision to participate in MEADS EADS 20 Apr 2005 -- The EADS CEOs, Philippe Camus and Rainer Hertrich, welcomed the German parliament’s go ahead for the country’s participation in the transatlantic MEADS (Medium Extended Air Defense System) programme as an important base for the future development of Germany's and Europe's missile industry. "MEADS is an important part of NATO's future security architecture. In addition to that, MEADS is a key project for further technological and economic development of Europe's missile industry and the transatlantic cooperation in defence."
  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded Port Security Contract BAE Systems 20 Apr 2005 -- HOUSTON -- The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract of up to $3 million to provide security infrastructure enhancements for its facility in Houston, Texas.

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