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03 May 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD to Resume Anthrax Vaccinations 03 May 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today a resumption of its Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program (AVIP) under the conditions set forth in the emergency use authorization (EUA) issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Jan. 27, 2005.
  • U.S. Military Ready to Handle Any Task, Myers Says AFPS 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. military can accomplish all the tasks laid out for it in the National Military Strategy, according to the yearly risk assessment completed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • Cheney: America Is Safer, But 'Not Yet Safe' AFPS 03 May 2005 -- Although the United States has achieved many victories against global terrorists since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the homeland remains in harm's way, Vice President Dick Cheney told federal law enforcement officials May 2.
  • BRAC 2005: Commission Begins Work on Next Round of Base Realignments, Closures AFPS 03 May 2005 -- The 2005 Base Realignmnent and Closure Commission began its work here today.
  • BRAC 2005: Base Closure, Realignment Recommendations Follow Lengthy Process AFPS 03 May 2005 -- Few people dispute that the U.S. military has too much infrastructure to face the threats and opportunities of the 21st century. The question is: What's the best way to close or realign installations to match challenges of the new world?
  • Army Announces Latest Retention and Recruiting Numbers Army News Release03 May 2005 -- Soldiers continue to re-enlist in the U.S. Army at high rates. As previously predicted, the Army missed its April recruiting goals, but remains optimistic about achieving the Active Army's recruiting mission by Oct. 1.
  • Airmen hunt down problems before having chance to fester AFPN 03 May 2005 -- When a general practitioner performs a routine examination, the doctor thoroughly examines the patient for overall health.
  • Radio team connects air to ground AFPN 03 May 2005 -- A team of five maintainers hitchhike around country making sure the Joint Radio Relay communications system keeps working.
  • Four NAF Squadrons Score Battle 'E' Awards Navy NewsStand 03 May 2005 -- Four squadrons permanently forward deployed to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi earned the Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC), Battle Efficiency (Battle 'E') Award for calendar year 2004.
  • USS Santa Fe Awarded Navy Unit Commendation Navy NewsStand 03 May 2005 -- Rear Adm. Jeffrey B. Cassias, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC), presented the Navy Unit Commendation award to the crew of USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) April 29.
  • Senior Executive Sealift Forum Explores Joint Sea Base Navy NewsStand 03 May 2005 -- The Senior Executive Sealift Forum, co-sponsored by the Department of Navy, the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration, and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers' (SNAME) Sealift Panel, was held April 20 and 21 in Washington, D.C.
  • USS Iwo Jima Tackles Well Deck Certification Navy NewsStand 03 May 2005 -- USS Iwo Jima's (LHD 7) well deck is open for business since passing a painstaking certification at sea in April.

  • DRC: EU to insert experts into national defence IRIN 03 May 2005 -- The European Union (EU) announced on Monday it would be assigning EU military and security advisers to posts within various key security sections of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s administration, including the private office of the minister of defence.

  • State Department Briefing, May 3 Washington File 03 May 2005 -- Rice/Solana meeting, Bolton/nomination, Department/Boucher's five year anniversary as spokesman, Iran, Palestinian Authority, Russia, Italy, Cyprus, Iraq
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 3 Washington File 03 May 2005 -- President's schedule, personnel announcement, Iraq/U.S. troop allocation, Social Security

Defense Industry

  • ATK Receives $20 Million Order for TOW Rocket Motors ATK 03 May 2005 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) has received a new contract from Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) to continue manufacturing rocket motors for the Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) anti-tank missile. Raytheon is the prime contractor on the TOW missile. The contract’s value is approximately $20 million if all options are exercised throughout its five-year length. The rocket motors supplied under this contract will delivered to Raytheon for U.S. and allied nations.
  • U.S. Army Orders Additional Helicopter Refueling Systems; Equipment Bound For Afghanistan, Iraq BAE Systems 03 May 2005 -- ONTARIO, Calif. -- The U.S. Army has placed an order with BAE Systems for 32 portable combat helicopter refueling systems for a total value of $8 million. The latest booking is part of a multi-year contract expected to be worth more than $100 million.
  • Boeing Opens F-15C Distributed Mission Training Facility in Japan Boeing 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force took another step toward its vision of a Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) capability with the opening of its newest Boeing [NYSE: BA] F-15C Mission Training Center at Kadena Air Base in Japan.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $8 Million Contract for M1A2 SEP and Bradley Spares General Dynamics 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), an $8.2 million contract to provide spare parts for the M1A2 Abrams System Enhancement Package (SEP) tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle through April 2010.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million for Enhanced Reactive Armor Production for Bradley Fighting Vehicles General Dynamics 03 May 2005 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $13.8 million modification from the U.S. Army’s TACOM/ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal (Picatinny, N.J.) for the production of enhanced-capability reactive armor for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System. This award modifies a contract originally awarded in November 2004, bringing the total contract value to $46.75 million for 152 vehicle sets.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $26 Million Contract for Laser-Guided Training Rounds Lockheed Martin 03 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a contract valued at approximately $26 million to deliver laser-guided training rounds (LGTRs) to the U.S. Navy next year. The contract includes four one-year options for LGTRs each year through March 2009, totaling $114 million if all options are exercised.
  • U.S. NAVY COMPLETES INITIAL TESTING OF LOCKHEED MARTIN NAVAL GUN Lockheed Martin 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. Navy recently completed initial testing of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Millennium Gun as part of its effort to validate and qualify new naval cannon technology for fleet self protection.
  • LPD-17 Ship, San Antonio, Returns to Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula Shipyard After Sea Trials Northrop Grumman 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. Navy's newest amphibious ship, the future USS SAN ANTONIO (LPD 17), sailed from Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Pascagoula shipyard for the first time on April 29, 2005, for her initial at-sea testing in the Gulf of Mexico. The new ship returned to the shipyard May 3, 2005 for resumption of dockside pre-delivery testing and crew training.
  • Northrop Grumman Honored Fourth Consecutive Year by Defense Department for Perfect Quality, On-Time Delivery Northrop Grumman 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has honored Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the fourth consecutive year for achieving 100 percent product quality and 100 percent on-time delivery of parts and assemblies.
  • BAE Systems creates a new Systems Integration business BAE Systems 03 May 2005 -- BAE Systems today announced the creation of a new world-class systems integration and C4ISR business, BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies (Insyte), through bringing together AMS UK and BAE Systems C4ISR Networked Systems and Solutions businesses. The creation of the new business has enabled BAE Systems to bring its systems integration activities into one significant, wholly owned business. The new company operates in the areas of joint, naval, land and air systems and Homeland Security.

Other Conflicts

  • Explosion in Somalia Rocks Prime Minister's Speech VOA 03 May 2005 -- A powerful explosion during a political rally at a soccer stadium in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least eight people and wounded more than two dozen others. The blast occurred during a speech by the country's transitional prime minister, who is visiting Mogadishu for the first time since forming his government-in-exile late last year.
  • SOMALIA: Eight killed as explosion disrupts Prime Minister's rally IRIN 03 May 2005 -- At least eight people were killed and others injured on Tuesday when an explosion went off at a football stadium in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, where Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Gedi was addressing a public rally, sources at the scene told IRIN.

  • UN mission calms tensions after ethnic clashes near Côte d'Ivoire town UN News Centre 03 May 2005 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission has held a reconciliation meeting of traditional leaders from various ethnic groups and representatives of local and national government and militias in the strategic western Côte d'Ivoire town of Duékoué after ethnic clashes caused people to flee their homes, a UN spokesman said today.
  • United States Welcomes Lifting of State of Emergency in Nepal Washington File 03 May 2005 -- The United States welcomed the decision by Nepal's King Gyanendra to lift the state of emergency in his country April 29 and release several political leaders from house arrest, but a May 3 statement from the State Department called on the government to take further steps -- releasing all of its political detainees, protecting basic citizen rights and reinstating a democratic political process.
  • Lawmakers: Nigeria Must Send Taylor to Special Court VOA 03 May 2005 -- The U.S. House of Representatives is calling on the government of Nigeria to turn former Liberian president Charles Taylor over to the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Approval of a resolution comes ahead of a scheduled meeting between Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo and President Bush later this week, and amid the latest comments by the chief prosecutor of the war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone about Mr. Taylor's activities.
  • WEST AFRICA: Taylor will continue to destabilise region until he's tried for war crimes, US Prosecutor IRIN 03 May 2005 -- Exiled Liberian president, Charles Taylor, will remain a threat to President Lansana Conte of Guinea and the entire West Africa region until he is brought before the UN-backed Special Court for war crimes in Sierra Leone, said the Court's chief prosecutor David Crane.

News Reports

  • TOGO: Father-son transition made official as thousands continue to flee IRIN 03 May 2005 -- Togo's constitutional court on Tuesday officially declared Faure Gnassingbe the winner of a presidential election that the opposition says was rigged, as thousands of people continued to flee the West African nation fearing fresh violence.
  • Togo's Court Certifies Victory of Gnassingbe; Opposition Threatens Violence VOA 03 May 2005 -- Togo's constitutional court has certified the results of last month's presidential election, which gave victory to Faure Gnassingbe, the son of the country's late ruler. The controversial election, which was tarnished by reports of massive fraud, led to clashes among political adversaries in which dozens of people were killed.

  • Rumsfeld Says Venezuela Will Change Without US Action VOA 03 May 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that Venezuela's leftist government and its policies will be changed by the Venezuelan people over time, without direct U.S. action. He also told a Washington meeting of political and business leaders from North and South America that they need to work together to fight instability and ensure continued security and prosperity.


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