28 April 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Apr 2005 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- `Glory Guns' light up Iraq night Army News 28 Apr 2005 -- A battery of the 1/41st Field Artillery has been lighting up the night in support of Operation Forsyth Park and the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.
- USNS Mercy Captain Discusses Current Status at DoD Briefing Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2005 -- Capt. Mark Llewellyn, medical treatment facility commander aboard Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), took part in a Department of Defense (DoD) audio-only briefing at the Pentagon April 15 to discuss the current status of Mercy's Indonesian tsunami and earthquake medical relief operations.
Defense Policy / Programs
- State Governments Learn About DoD's Help for Injured Troops AFPS 28 Apr 2005 -- Several federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, have partnered to assist severely injured servicemembers and their families, the deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy said today to the nation's state officials.
- Reservists set example at New Horizons 2005 camp AFPN 28 Apr 2005 -- In a camp tucked away in southwest Panama, two Airmen are leaving a lasting impression on their fellow servicemembers and the local people they meet.
- Training ensures reservists ready to go AFPN 28 Apr 2005 -- Air Force Space Command reservists tested a common training assembly concept here April 22 and 23 to ensure nearly 350 individual mobilization augmentees were trained and ready for mobilization.
- BHR Uses Latest Night Vision Goggle Technology Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2005 -- Since USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) (BHR) deployed in support of the global war on terrorism Dec. 6, it has frequently conducted night vision goggle operations while "running dark" to make the ship and aircraft invisible to small boats and help to avoid terrorist threats.
- NMCB 1 Moves Ahead with Exercise African Lion in Morocco Navy NewsStand 28 Apr 2005 -- Approximately 50 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 deployed at the end of February from its forward-deployed site in Rota, Spain, to Northern Africa to perform humanitarian missions as part of African Lion 2005 Engineering Exercise (AL05 ENGEX).
- Foreign Spending Request Meets Resistance in House Panel Washington File 28 Apr 2005 -- Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick defended the Bush administration's request to increase U.S. overseas aid and other foreign spending by about $3 billion, but the chairman of a House of Representatives panel said Congress is likely to approve less.
- State Department Briefing, April 28 Washington File 28 Apr 2005 -- Togo, Germany, Iran, Bolton nomination, North Korea, South Korea, Italy, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel/Palestinians, China, Russia
- Boeing P-8A MMA Aircraft Progresses toward Design Phase Boeing 28 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Navy's P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) program has successfully completed its second major review since contract award and received approval from the technical review board (TRB) to proceed toward the design phase.
- TIPS industries receive NATO AGS contract to move programme forward EADS 28 Apr 2005 -- TIPS industries have received a NATO contract in the amount of € 23 million to move the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme forward. The award came during the Conference of National Armament Directors meeting. The contract will address issues such as interoperability, NATO airborne early warning and control harmonisation and potential cost saving measures in parallel to the programme’s upcoming design and development (D&D) phase.
- General Dynamics-Rockwell Collins Team to Field FCS “Integrated Computer System” Two Years Early General Dynamics 28 Apr 2005 -- A General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems-Rockwell Collins team has been awarded a $153.9 million contract modification to accelerate technology development of the Integrated Computer System (ICS) into the U.S. Army’s Current Force and to add support for previously deferred assets within the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.
- TIPS Industries Receive NATO AGS Contract to Move Programme Forward Northrop Grumman 28 Apr 2005 -- TIPS industries have received a NATO contract in excess of EUR 20 million to move the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme forward. The award came during the Conference of National Armament Directors meeting. The contract will address issues such as interoperability, NATO airborne early warning and control harmonisation and potential cost-saving measures in parallel to the programme's upcoming design and development (D&D) phase.
- Lockheed Martin and Aerosonde Enter Strategic Alliance for Unmanned Aircraft System Solutions Lockheed Martin 28 Apr 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], Aerosonde North America, Inc, and Aerosonde Pty Limited today announced the establishment of a multi-national strategic alliance to provide Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) solutions for domestic and international markets.
- Boeing Dedicates Delta IV West Coast Launch Site Boeing 28 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] marked the official opening of its new Space Launch Complex 6 (SLC-6) facility April 27 at a dedication ceremony held at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 28 Apr 2005
- DRC: Mayi-Mayi militiamen kidnap 5 journalists as their leader is arrested IRIN 28 Apr 2005 -- Congolese Mayi-Mayi militiamen took five journalists hostage this week in northern Katanga Province as UN sources confirmed that the militia leader, Mbayo Mpiana Mwana Butot, alias Chinja Chinja, was arrested earlier in April in the capital, Kinshasa.
- Palestinian Leader Threatens Crackdown on Militants VOA 28 Apr 2005 -- The leader of the Palestinian Authority is threatening to crack down on militant groups opposed to the peace process.
- Middle East Analysts Debate Impact of Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza VOA 28 Apr 2005 -- The Bush administration hopes the planned withdrawal of Israeli troops and Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip and a small part of the West Bank in the coming months will re-energize the Middle East peace process. Some specialists on the region agree that it could provide an opportunity to make progress in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while others feel more direct diplomatic efforts are needed to bring the sides back to the bargaining table after more than four-and-a-half years of violence.
- AU Meets To Consider Increasing Troops In Darfur VOA 28 Apr 2005 -- The African Union is discussing the possible expansion of its mission in the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan.
- U.S. Welcomes Ukraine's Effort To Resolve Transnistria Conflict Washington File 28 Apr 2005 -- The United States welcomes the initiative of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to offer a settlement proposal for the conflict in Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria, U.S. diplomat Paul Jones told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) April 28.
- BENIN-TOGO: Thousands of Togolese flee post-poll violence, seek refuge across border IRIN 28 Apr 2005 -- The day Togo's elections results were announced, a tear gas grenade was lobbed into Ayele's home. Later that evening, soldiers surrounded her house and fired off several rounds.
- TOGO: Calm returns to capital but thousands flee IRIN 28 Apr 2005 -- Scores of men, women and children watched by squads of paratroopers worked to clear the streets of Togo's capital of barricades and leftover debris on Thursday as calm returned after two days of rioting triggered by a disputed election victory.
- Togolese Flee Election Violence in South VOA 28 Apr 2005 -- Several thousand Togolese are fleeing the capital, Lome, and southern towns along the coast, following four days of deadly violence in the wake of controversial elections.
- MAURITANIA: Terrorist cell said linked to Al Qaeda dismantled, police IRIN 28 Apr 2005 -- The government of Mauritania claims to have arrested the leaders of a terrorist cell that the US military has linked to Al Qaeda.
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