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11 May 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 May 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

  • US Offensive Continues in Western Iraq VOA 11 May 2005 -- A senior officer involved in the U.S. offensive in western Iraq says the operation was to continue through Wednesday night, using information gathered in recent days to target suspected insurgent hideouts.
  • Anti-terrorist Operation COBWEB MNF-I/MNC-I 11 May 2005 -- Soldiers from Multi-National Divison Central-South conducted Operation COBWEB to find and capture anti-Iraqi forces in the north part of Wasit province from May 6 - 10.
  • Security measures continue to yield weapons and terror suspects MNF-I/MNC-I 11 May 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 17 suspected terrorists during operations in northern Iraq May 10 and May 11.
  • Suicide Bombers Target Police, Civilian and Military Targets VOA 11 May 2005 -- In Iraq, violence continues as the new government starts discussing a permanent constitution. Insurgents struck at police and military targets in a series of morning attacks, while one suicide car bomber detonated his explosive-packed vehicle in a crowded civilian market.
  • 'Operation Cobweb' Targets Enemy in Iraq's Wasit Province AFPS 11 May 2005 -- Coalition soldiers from Multinational Division Central-South conducted Operation Cobweb from May 6 to 10 to find and capture terrorists in the northern part of Iraq's Wasit province, military officials in Baghdad reported today.
  • Al-Anbar Governor Kidnapped RFE/RL 11 May 2005 -- The governor of the volatile Al-Anbar province was kidnapped on 9 May, U.S. Lieutenant General James T. Conway told a Pentagon press briefing yesterday.
  • OPERATION MATADOR CONTINUES INTO FOURTH DAY CENTCOM 11 May 2005 -- Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team Two, 2nd Marine Division, continued combat operations in northwestern Al Anbar province May 11.
  • Insurgents in Iraq Stage More Deadly Attacks VOA 11 May 2005 -- Insurgents in Iraq have struck at police and military targets in a series of morning attacks (Wednesday) that killed more than 60 people and wounded more than 100 others
  • Carrier Air Wing 9 Aircraft Drop Bombs on Insurgents Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- F/A-18C Hornet fighter jets from Carrier Air Wing 9, flying from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Persian Gulf, dropped six precision bombs on anti-Iraqi forces in Iraq May 8.
  • VMGR-252 pilots "J" model to continued success USMC News 11 May 2005 -- In the skies over Western Iraq, 18,000 feet above troops in contact with the enemy, an F/A-18C Hornet pilot comes on the radio during an aerial refueling.
  • 31st MEU says farewell 1/3, greets 2/4 USMC News 11 May 2005 -- Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, ended their deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit April 26, boarding planes bound for Hawaii after spending almost eight months afloat and ashore in Iraq serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • Karzai To Meet EU, NATO Leaders RFE/RL 11 May 2005 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is due to hold talks with European Union and NATO leaders today in Brussels as he continues a European tour.
  • Afghanistan: President Rules Out Amnesty For Fugitive Taliban Leader Mullah Omar RFE/RL 11 May 2005 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has retracted a statement in which he said that all willing Afghan members of the Taliban are eligible for an amnesty offer. Yesterday, Karzai suggested that even Mullah Mohammad Omar would be eligible for the amnesty -- provided he chooses the path of peace.
  • Afghan Protests Turn Violent RFE/RL 11 May 2005 -- Several protesters were reportedly killed and some 50 wounded in Jalalabad when Afghan police, backed by U.S. troops, opened fire to control rioting students angered at the alleged abuse of Islam's holy book at a U.S. terrorist suspect facility in Cuba.
  • Explosive device thrown during riot into UN compound in Afghanistan UN News Centre 11 May 2005 -- A student demonstration in Afghanistan's south turned violent, with demonstrators throwing stones and, at one point, tossing an explosive device into the United Nations compound and setting fire to a guard post outside the building, the UN mission there reported today.
  • Violent Protests in Afghanistan After Report of Abuse at Guantanamo Bay VOA 11 May 2005 -- At least three people have been killed and dozens injured in Afghanistan after security forces clashed with thousands of protesters angry about a magazine report of alleged abuse of the Koran at the U.S. jail in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The State Department said Tuesday such abuse would be reprehensible and contrary to U.S. policy.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • US Terms Alleged Koran Desecration at Guantanamo "Repugnant" VOA 11 May 2005 -- The State Department said Wednesday the alleged desecration of a Koran at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center is "repugnant" to U.S. values and under investigation. But it also insists the religious rights of Muslim inmates at the facility are being scrupulously protected.
  • Committee Reviewing Military Pay Package AFPS 11 May 2005 -- A new committee is studying the military compensation system to come up with ways to bring it more in line with what servicemembers want and operational needs demand.
  • BRAC 2005: Special Office Aids Affected Communities AFPS 11 May 2005 -- When a DoD installation closes, the department doesn't just pull chocks and fly off.
  • BRAC 2005: DoD Offers Communities Advice on Their Way Forward AFPS 11 May 2005 -- Speed and agreement are essential as communities face base closure and realignment, a senior defense official said here.
  • AMC commander delivers C-130J AFPN 11 May 2005 -- The commander of Air Mobility Command delivered the Air Force's third active-duty C-130J Hercules here May 5.
  • Mobility bag test case begins AFPN 11 May 2005 -- Airmen will be returning from their deployment a little lighter because of a test to pre-position mobility bags in theater, potentially saving millions of dollars. The test began May 9.
  • Latest 'The Secretary's Vector' addresses BRAC process AFPN 11 May 2005 -- The Air Force was a "significant player" in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, according to the latest "The Secretary's Vector."
  • Helicopter crash kills one, injures two AFPN 11 May 2005 -- One Airman was killed and two others injured in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash May 11 about 100 miles northeast of Santa Fe.
  • ACU 5 Completes Craft Readiness Evaluation Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 Detachment Western Pacific completed the annual Craft Readiness Evaluation (CRE) May 5 at Sakibe Naval Facility in Sasebo, Japan.
  • Japanese Training Squadron Visits Pearl Harbor Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- The Japanese Training Squadron made a brief port visit at Naval Station Pearl Harbor May 3-6 to develop the seamanship and leadership skills of Japan's future leaders, as well as to broaden the mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.
  • SPAWAR Reserve Unit Holds Training at Pearl Harbor Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- Representatives from Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) Reserve units wrapped up a two-week training period at Pearl Harbor May 6, holding training for information systems technicians stationed aboard ships.
  • Colombian Submariners Benefit from Damage Control Trainers at NSB Kings Bay Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- Sailors from Trident Training Facility (TTF) at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay hosted the Colombian submarine ARC Pijao (S-28) for world-class damage control training April 26-28
  • 215,000 Traps and Ike is Still Counting Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) (CVN 69) reached a significant milestone in her long and storied history May 4, trapping her 215,000th aircraft since the ship's commissioning in 1977.
  • Juneau Faces Challenges of Major Repair Period Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- Four weeks after her return in April from an eight-month deployment in the Persian Gulf, USS Juneau (LPD 10) is undergoing a six-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
  • Pakistani Frigate Safeguards Gulf of Oman as Part of Coalition Task Force Navy NewsStand 11 May 2005 -- Pakistani naval ship (PNS) Tariq (DDG 181) conducted a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) drill in the Gulf of Oman May 9.
  • 3rd LAAD conducts Stinger missile live fire USMC News 11 May 2005 -- There isn't much that gets a Marine motivated more than conducting training they haven't had in awhile, especially if the training involves blowing something up.

  • Plane Approaching White House Activates Air Defenses VOA 11 May 2005 -- The small private aircraft that violated restricted airspace in central Washington, DC Wednesday, causing the brief evacuation of the White House, the U.S. Capitol building and the Supreme Court, activated the North American air defense system. The system was enhanced after the attacks of September 11th, 2001, when a hijacked plan flew a circle around central Washington and crashed into the Pentagon, just across the Potomac River.
  • Errant Plane Triggers Alarms in Washington VOA 11 May 2005 -- U.S. fighter jets scrambled to intercept a small plane that entered restricted airspace over Washington Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of the White House, the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings. The two aboard the aircraft, a student pilot and his instructor, were taken into police custody.
  • Air National Guard Fighter Jets Respond Quickly to Stray Aircraft AFPS 11 May 2005 -- The military's actions today when a small private plane strayed into the no-fly zone over the National Capital area were "just a normal response" that demonstrates that the Air National Guard continues to be "ready to respond at a moment's notice," a member of the unit involved said.

  • State Department Briefing, May 11 Washington File 11 May 2005 -- Somalia, Henrietta Holsman Fore/nomination, White House evacuation/readout, John Bolton/nomination, foreign policy/historical role, North Korea, Nepal, Egypt, Israel/Palestinian Authority, South America, Jordan, Venezuela, Albania, Turkey, Syria
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 11 Washington File 11 May 2005 -- Plane incident/readout, North Korea, Georgia/hand grenade report, Bolton nomination, Nancy Reagan at the White House, Governor Schwarzenegger comment on border guards, Social Security

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Completes J-UCAS X-45C System Requirement Review Boeing 11 May 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] successfully completed a key Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) X-45C system requirements review with its DARPA, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy customers.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $282 Million Modification to U.S. Army FCS Manned Ground Vehicle Contract General Dynamics 11 May 2005 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $282 million modification to its $2 billion contract for the engineering development and demonstration of a family of Manned Ground Vehicles (MGV) for the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. Boeing Integrated Defense Systems awarded the contract modification in its role as the FCS Lead Systems Integrator (LSI) for the U.S. Army. The contract was originally awarded December 2003.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Georgian Authorities Find Grenade Near Bush Speech Site VOA News 11 May 2005 -- American and Georgian security officers are investigating how an unarmed grenade came to be found near the site where President Bush Tuesday delivered an address before a packed crowd on Tbilisi's Freedom Square.

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