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21 April 2005 Military News

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  • US Military Court Convicts Sergeant of Murdering 2 Officers in Kuwait VOA News 21 Apr 2005 -- A U.S. military court has convicted an Army sergeant of murdering two of his comrades and wounding 14 others in a grenade and rifle attack two years ago in Kuwait.
  • DoD a Leader in Environmental Stewardship, Officials Say AFPS 21 Apr 2005 -- The Department of Defense is not only meeting the challenges of environmental stewardship but continues to be a leader in every aspect of environmental management, officials said recently.
  • New Army Program for High-Demand Linguists Producing Results AFPS 21 Apr 2005 -- A new Army military occupational specialty, 09L, is the latest weapon in the nation's arsenal in the global war on terror -- and it's working, Army officials said April 20.
  • CWC 729 test fires M198 Howitzers USMC News 21 Apr 2005 -- "Stand by . fire!" Shouts like this could be heard breaking the early morning silence of Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command Twentynine Palms, Calif. right before the deafening blast of an M198 155mm Howitzer Wednesday.
  • Air Force officials postpone technology conference AFPN 21 Apr 2005 -- The 2005 Air Force Information Technology Conference scheduled for Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 in Montgomery, Ala., has been postponed until after January 2006.
  • Airmen maintain national defense in weapons storage area AFPN 21 Apr 2005 -- Separated from the rest of the base by miles of fence topped with razor wire and high-tech surveillance equipment, certain Airmen here see few people during the duty day other than their military counterparts. For that, their daily efforts go largely unnoticed.
  • Guard, Reserve leaders testify on Capitol Hill AFPN 21 Apr 2005 -- The directors of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve testified April 20 on readiness and management support before the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee.
  • Eisenhower Welcomes Hawkeyes "2000" Navy NewsStand 21 Apr 2005 -- The "Screwtops" of Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 123 landed on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) April 17 with new modifications as the ship commenced another round of carrier qualifications.
  • Reserve Squadron Supports Ike Navy NewsStand 21 Apr 2005 -- The Emerald Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 75, from Jacksonville, Fla., landed their SH-60F Seawhawks aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) April 17, to support Ike during her third underway period since leaving the shipyard after completing a scheduled four-year, mid-life overhaul.
  • Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron 33 Deploys in Support of OIF Navy NewsStand 21 Apr 2005 -- Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWRON) 33 from Naval Coastal Warfare Group (NCWGRU) 1 deployed to Kuwait April 14 to relieve NCWRON 25 of NCWGRU 2, which is scheduled to return to Norfolk later this month.

  • Sharon Expresses Concerns about Russia's Missile Sales to Syria VOA News 21 Apr 2005 -- Israeli Prim

  • Enhancing NATO-Ukraine Cooperation Short-term Actions NATO 21 Apr 2005 -- NATO Allies and Ukraine have agreed to launch the initiatives outlined below to enhance their cooperation in support of Ukraine's reform priorities.

  • NATO Boosts Ties with Russia, Ukraine VOA News 21 Apr 2005 -- NATO has struck deals to increase its cooperation with Russia and Ukraine as the military alliance deepens its roots in what was once enemy territory of the old Soviet bloc. e Minister Ariel Sharon has expressed concern that Russian anti-aircraft missiles being sold to Syria could fall into the hands of terrorist groups.

  • Russia, NATO Sign Military Cooperation Agreement RFE/RL 21 Apr 2005 -- NATO and Russia today signed a milestone "Status of Forces Agreement" that will make it easier for the two sides to organize the transit of troops through each other's territory.

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 21 Washington File 21 Apr 2005 -- Social Security, energy bill, Bolton nomination, Ecuador, border patrol, economy, Bush trip to Tennessee, Crown Prince Abdullah visit, Iraq/violence, Israel/Palestinians, Secretary Rice comments on Belarus, Japan/China
  • State Department Briefing, April 21 Washington File 21 Apr 2005 -- Iraq, France, Bolton/nomination, Department/Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Sudan, United Nations, Ecuador, China/Taiwan, Russia, Lebanon, Israel/Palestinians

Defense Industry

  • Second Romanian Type 22 Frigate Commissioned To Time And Budget BAE Systems 21 Apr 2005 -- Regina Maria, the second of two ex-Royal Navy Type 22 frigates being regenerated and modernised by a BAE Systems-led team for the Romanian Navy, is to be officially named and commissioned at Portsmouth today.
  • Boeing Debuts Super Hornet with Advanced Radar System Boeing 21 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] will debut the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet equipped with the revolutionary APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system at a ceremony at Boeing's St. Louis facilities today.
  • General Dynamics Awarded Additional FCS Command and Control Integration Work General Dynamics 21 Apr 2005 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded an additional $75 million for command and control systems integration work related to the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. The expanded scope of work includes delivery of the largest battle command software package for FCS. Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Science Applications International Corporations (SAIC), prime contractors for FCS, made the award.
  • Gulfstream Aerospace Delivers Four Special Mission Aircraft and Receives Order for One More in 1Q05 General Dynamics 21 Apr 2005 -- In the first quarter of this year, Gulfstream Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered four new special mission aircraft – one to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), one to the U.S. Army, one to the U.S. Navy, and one to the National Center for Atmospheric Research. During the same quarter, Gulfstream also received an order from the German Aerospace Center for a G550 that will serve as an atmospheric research aircraft.
  • Raytheon Selected as Combat System-System Engineer for the Australian Navy's New Air Warfare Destroyers Raytheon 21 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence as the preferred bidder for the combat system-system engineer project for the Royal Australian Navy's $4.6 billion ($6 billion Australian) Air Warfare Destroyer program.
  • Raytheon Resumes Production of TOW ITAS Precision Guidance Systems Under $32 Million Contract Raytheon 21 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will produce and deliver to the U.S. Army Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITAS) under a $32.3 million contract from the U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Command, Huntsville, Ala. From 1999 through 2003, the Army procured 709 ITAS units; the order announced today marks the resumption of system production.

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