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09 May 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Defense Department Special Briefing09 May 2005 -- Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Policy Ryan Henry and Acting Under Secretary of the Army Ray Dubois
  • Overseas Realignment Process Proceeding in 'Deliberate, Thoughtful' Manner AFPS 09 May 2005 -- The Defense Department is moving forward with plans to reshape its force structure overseas through close coordination with Congress, other government agencies and U.S. allies and partners, defense officials told Pentagon reporters here today.
  • Commission Says Pentagon's Realignment Plans Could Jeopardize US Military VOA 09 May 2005 -- The Pentagon's plan to withdraw 70-thousand troops from bases overseas and transfer them back to the United States could hurt the military's ability to respond to emergencies and threatens U.S. influence in Europe and elsewhere. Those are among the conclusions of a report released (today/ Monday) by an independent commission in Washington.

  • Navy's First Littoral Combat Ship Honors Freedom09 May 2005 -- Secretary of the Navy Gordon England has selected the name Freedom for the Navy's first new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).
  • Young Airmen protect base, people AFPN 09 May 2005 -- Cops. They are everywhere -- on the flightline, on the roadways, at the entry control points, in the search pits.
  • Nassau ESG Departs for New Horizons Navy NewsStand 09 May 2005 -- More than 2,000 Sailors of the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) departed their homeport in Norfolk, Va., May 5 to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in support of exercise New Horizons (NH) in Haiti.
  • USS San Francisco Investigation Completed Navy NewsStand 09 May 2005 -- The U.S. Navy announced May 9 the completion of the investigation into the Jan. 8 accident aboard the submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) that claimed the life of one Sailor.
  • USS Nimitz Strike Group Deploys Navy NewsStand 09 May 2005 -- More than 6,200 Sailors from the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) deployed from San Diego May 7 to conduct operations in the Central and Western Pacific.
  • USS Patriot Commanding Officer Relieved Navy NewsStand 09 May 2005 -- Lt. Cmdr. Mike Little, commanding officer for the forward-deployed mine countermeasures ship USS Patriot (MCM 7), received a punitive letter of reprimand and was relieved of command May 7 by Rear Adm. Victor Guillory, commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. 7th Fleet following non-judicial punishment held in Sasebo, Japan.
  • MAG-29 participates in Operation Carolina Thunder USMC News 09 May 2005 -- Marine Aircraft Group 29 participated in a long-range tactical recovery of aircraft personnel mission and casualty evacuation as part of Operation Carolina Thunder at the MacKall Army Airfield and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune April 12.
  • Antietam Sailors Make History in the Persian Gulf Navy NewsStand 09 May 2005 -- Sailors forward deployed in the North Persian Gulf aboard USS Antietam (CG 54) performed the first underway replenishment (UNREP) between a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser and a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) April 26.
  • C-130 maintainers accomplish 'in-field' depot maintenance AFPN 09 May 2005 -- It took about a month for C-130 Hercules maintainers here to repair significant structural damage normally requiring a stateside depot team with full access to back shop structural support.

  • State Department Briefing, May 9 Washington File 09 May 2005 -- Syria/Iraq, Iran, Russia, North Korea, John Bolton Hearings/Department Responsiveness to Committee Requests, Classification of Documents Requested by Senator Biden, Qualifications of John Bolton to be U.S. Ambassador to United Nations, U.S. Representatives to the World Economic Forum, Cuba/Venezuela, Israel/Palestinian Authority, Iraq
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 9 Washington File 09 May 2005 -- President's schedule, Russia/civil society organization, President Bush and President Putin relationship, President and Mrs. Bush attended military parade, Red Square/architecture, World War II veterans, Bush meeting with President Hu and Prime Minister Koizumi, President visited the embassy and thanked diplomatic staff/marines, Bush private meeting with 10 American and 10 Russian veterans of World War II, Bush received a coin from Berlin, looking ahead tomorrow/tour of Old Town Tbilisi, Bush meeting with President Saakashvili, roundtable with civil society leaders, Georgia/beacon of liberty, Iraq/purple revolution, Ukraine/orange revolution, Lebanon/cedar revolution, Georgia/rose revolution, Iraq, North Korea/Six-Party Talks, Iran

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Dedicates Virtual Warfare Center in St. Louis Boeing 09 May 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] officials dedicated a new state -of-the art customer center today that allows military experts to analyze and take part in simulated battle scenarios in order to develop future systems and platforms.
  • GE Rolls-Royce Joint Strike Fighter Engine Variants Complete Testing GE Aviation 09 May 2005 -- The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team's (FET) F136 program is marching towards its System Design and Demonstration (SDD) contract by completing all performance, operability and aeromechanical testing of its Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) and Short Take-Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) engine variants.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $56 Million Contract for Repair of Abrams Tanks Returning from Iraq General Dynamics 09 May 2005 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $25.2 million delivery order as part of a $56.3 million contract to service M1A2 System Enhancement Package (SEP) tanks returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Lockheed Martin Conducts Successful Joint Common Missile Warhead Tests Lockheed Martin 09 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) recently completed a series of successful tests verifying the maturity of the multi-purpose warhead for the Joint Common Missile (JCM).
  • BAE Systems’ RAD750 Computers Support Air Force Experiment Satellite BAE Systems 09 May 2005 -- MANASSAS, Virginia -- BAE Systems’ radiation hardened microprocessors (RAD750) are supporting another U.S. space exploration, this time for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Experimental Satellite System-11 (XS-11) spacecraft.
  • Orbital Awarded Contract By U.S. Air Force To Provide Responsive Launch Vehicles Orbital Sciences Corp. 09 May 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) was recently awarded a launch services contract by the U.S. Air Force involving two new small launch vehicles to serve the U.S. military’s need for responsive space launch capabilities, the company stated today. Orbital has named the vehicles Raptor 1 and Raptor 2, the designs of which are based upon the flight-proven technology from Orbital’s highly successful family of space launch vehicles, which have carried out nearly 50 missions over the past 15 years with a strong record of on-time and on-cost performance.>/li>
  • Northrop Grumman Places Order for First Hunter II Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Northrop Grumman 09 May 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has placed a purchase order with Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, Va., to produce the company's first Hunter II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Other Conflicts

  • AU mission in Sudan effective where deployed but needs strengthening - Annan UN News Centre 09 May 2005 -- The African Union's (AU) "groundbreaking" mission in Sudan is effective where deployed and needs strengthening to enable it to expand its presence to cover more of the vast and difficult terrain in Darfur, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report out today.
  • Quartet reaffirms commitment to two-state Middle East solution, Annan says UN News Centre 09 May 2005 -- The Quartet working to restore peace in the Middle East - the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russian Federation - today reiterated its willingness to help Israelis and Palestinians with the hard work and difficult decisions needed to make positive use of what it called a "hopeful and promising moment" for both sides.

  • NEPAL: Concern about food crisis speculation IRIN 09 May 2005 -- May is the time of the year when a large number of migrant Nepali workers return from India to their home villages. They make the journey in order to harvest winter crops and start sowing summer crops, especially in the most remote hills and mountains.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Govt deploys reservists to the DRC IRIN 09 May 2005 -- South Africa has, for the first time, deployed a company of reservists outside the country to replace members of the regular force on a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • COTE D IVOIRE: New setback for peace as talks end with no date set to disarm IRIN 09 May 2005 -- Cote d'Ivoire's faltering peace process hit a new snag at the weekend when the government and rebels ended talks on disarmament without agreeing on a date for the rebels to begin handing in their weapons.
  • DRC: 30 arrested in alleged Katanga secession plot IRIN 09 May 2005 -- At least 30 civilians and military personnel suspected of plotting the secession of Katanga Province from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been arrested, Deputy Provincial Governor Chikez Diemu said on Monday.
  • RWANDA: Army general before gacaca court IRIN 09 May 2005 -- Rwandan army Maj-Gen Laurent Munyakazi stood before a gacaca court on Saturday, accused of having helped militiamen who killed thousands of Tutsi people hiding in two adjacent churches in the capital, Kigali, during the 1994 genocide.
  • GUINEA-BISSAU: Supreme Court delays approval of presidential candidates IRIN 09 May 2005 -- Tension is growing in Guinea-Bissau as the Supreme Court delays a key decision on whether to allow former presidents Kumba Yala and Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, to contest presidential elections due on 19 June.
  • Quartet Reaffirms Support for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Washington File 09 May 2005 -- The United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia -- collectively known as the Quartet when dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- have affirmed the full support of the international community to help the parties "maintain momentum at this fragile moment of opportunity for peace."

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