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13 May 2005 Military News

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  • US Department of Defense 2005 BRAC Recommendation List May 2005 [PDF]
  • Transcript: Announces BRAC Recommendations 13 May 2005 -- Presenter: Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael Wynne; Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Philip Grone; Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. George Taylor ; Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody ; Vice Admiral Evan Chanik, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Director, National Guard Bureau Gen. Steven Blum; and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Robert F. Willard
  • Pentagon Says Base Closings Will Eliminate Excess Capacity, Waste VOA 13 May 2005 -- The Pentagon recommended Friday closing 33 major military bases in the United States in addition to another 150 or so smaller military installations. The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) will save the Department of Defense just under 49 billion dollars over the next 20 years and could mean the loss of 29-thousand military and civilian jobs.
  • Anti-American Protests Continue in Afghanistan VOA 13 May 2005 -- Fresh anti-America protests have claimed more lives in Afghanistan as anger spread over a report that U.S interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had desecrated the Koran.
  • BRAC 2005: DoD Uses Process to Revamp Medical System AFPS 13 May 2005 -- Defense officials have used the base realignment and closure process to transform the way military medicine operates.
  • BRAC 2005: Closings, Realignments to Reshape Infrastructure AFPS 13 May 2005 -- The Defense Department has recommended closing 33 major bases and realigning 29 others as part of a comprehensive reshaping of the military infrastructure through the base realignment and closure process.
  • BRAC 2005: Cross-Service Groups Enhance Joint Efforts AFPS 13 May 2005 -- "We train joint, we fight joint, we might as well live joint," is how Charles S. Abell summarizes the Defense Department's recommendations to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
  • Services Explain Realignment, Closure Changes AFPS 13 May 2005 -- The services have used the base realignment and closure process to realign active duty and reserve forces to better face the threats of the 21st century, Pentagon officials said today.
  • U.S. Military Base Closings May Save $49 Billion Over 20 Years Washignton File 13 May 2005 -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says recommendations by the Pentagon to close a set of domestic military installations will ensure that the United States will continue to have the best trained and equipped military to meet 21st century challenges and threats.
  • DoD BRAC Recommendations Expected to Save Nearly $50 Billion 13 May 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the department's recommendations to close or realign military facilities in the United States will better position U.S. forces to confront this century's threats.
  • Fact Sheet Medical BRAC Recommendations for the National Capital Region 13 May 2005 -- The 2005 BRAC recommendations afford this department the opportunity to transform and improve how medical care will be delivered to the department's 9.1 million beneficiaries in the 21st Century.
  • Rumsfeld announces BRAC recommendations AFPN 13 May 2005 -- The secretary of defense released the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure recommendations during a press conference May 13.
  • BRAC commission seeking inputs AFPN 13 May 2005 -- Air Force officials said the secretary of defense's Base Realignment and Closure commission recommendations are not final.
  • DOD 2005 BRAC Recommendations Advance Army Transformation Strategy Army News Release 13 May 2005 -- The Army announced today its six strategies and its recommendations in support of the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure Commission proposals.
  • BRAC to close 15 major installations, improve Army efficiency Army News 13 May 2005 -- The Army will close 15 major installations over the next six years and close or realign hundreds of small installations, including Army Reserve and National Guard facilities, if DoD Base Realignment and Closure recommendations released today receive final approval.
  • Navy BRAC Recommendations Help Advance Military Effectiveness, Efficiency Navy NewsStand 13 May 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced its Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendations May 13. The department's BRAC recommendations, if adopted, would close 33 major bases and realign 29 more.

  • DoD Announces Gordon R. England as Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense 13 May 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that the President has designated Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England to be Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense, replacing Paul D. Wolfowitz whose resignation was effective May 13.
  • New re-enlistment policies expand Soldiers' options Army News 13 May 2005 -- Soldiers have a new set of re-enlistment opportunities thanks to policy changes announced by the Army this month.
  • New Horizons Completes Humanitarian Mission in Haiti Navy NewsStand 13 May 2005 -- Douglas Griffiths, U.S. Embassy deputy chief of Mission, and Rear Adm. Vinson Smith, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, turned the last of three newly-built schoolhouses over to the people of Gonaives, Haiti in a ceremony May 5.
  • Air Force conducts quick-reaction tests USMC News 13 May 2005 -- The Air Force Joint Test and Evaluation Group from Kirtland Air Force Base Albuquerque, N.M., is aboard the air station conducting Joint Low Altitude Aircraft Survivability Quick Reaction Test's on aircraft used in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • VMAT-203 trains Yuma's Harrier pilots of tomorrow USMC News 13 May 2005 -- Marine Attack Training Squadron-203 arrived on station April 30 to begin a month-long series of training for pilots working on their certification on the AV-8B Harrier.

  • UN: Bolton's UN Nomination, Lacking Endorsement, Advances To Senate RFE/RL 13 May 2005 -- A sharply divided U.S. Senate panel has voted to advance to the full Senate the nomination of John Bolton as UN ambassador. The move amounted to a mixed endorsement for the man the U.S. administration is hoping will lead a crucial reform effort at the United Nations. Democrats and some Republicans have raised concerns over Bolton's management abilities and whether he tried to influence intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction.

  • State Department Briefing, May 13 Washington File 13 May 2005 -- Bolton Hearing/Quran Protests in Afghanistan, Pakistan/Uzbekistan, Russia, Belarus, China, Taiwan, North Korea, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, Venezuela
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 13 Washignton File 13 May 2005 -- Guantanamo Bay/allegation, base closures, John Bolton/nomination, India/Pakistan, Uzbekistan, airplane incident, FDA, refineries

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  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 13 May 2005
  • DRC: Peacekeeper dies, six others wounded in ambush IRIN 13 May 2005 -- A UN peacekeeper was shot dead and six others were wounded on Thursday when an armed group ambushed a convoy carrying 40 UN Bangladeshi troops in the troubled northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokeswoman for the UN mission there, known as MONUC, said.
  • DRC: Secession plot failed, government official says IRIN 13 May 2005 -- An attempt to secede from the Democratic Republic of Congo was foiled recently in the southeastern province of Katanga, the deputy government spokesman, Simon Tshitenge, told IRIN on Friday.

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Start of disarmament delayed again IRIN 13 May 2005 -- Cote d'Ivoire's warring factions have again postponed the date on which pro-government militia groups and rebel forces are due to start handing over their weapons to UN peacekeepers.
  • LIBERIA: UN admits funding shortage for rehabilitation after ex-fighters riot IRIN 13 May 2005 -- A further outbreak of rioting by former combatants this week has reminded Liberia and its donors that the United Nations still does not have enough money to provide education, training and other reintegration benefits for more than 100,000 people who were disarmed at the end of the country's 14-year civil war.
  • Sudan Rebels to Resume Peace Talks VOA 13 May 2005 -- Negotiations to end the conflict in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region are to resume before the end of the month. The announcement came following talks in Italy hosted by a Catholic group that mediates conflicts around the world.
  • Rwandan Asylum Seekers Forcibly Deported From Burundi VOA 13 May 2005 -- The UN Refugee Agency says it is very concerned about reports that hundreds of Rwandan refugees have been forcibly deported from Burundi. The agency says it has received reports from some Rwandans that physical and verbal intimidation is being used to force the refugees to go home.
  • SOMALIA: African Union endorses deployment of 1,700 peacekeepers IRIN 13 May 2005 -- A 1,700-strong peacekeeping force will be deployed to Somalia within weeks to facilitate the return of the transitional government from its present base in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, officials said on Thursday.
  • BURUNDI: CNDD-FDD against method of civilian disarmament IRIN 13 May 2005 -- Burundi's former main rebel movement, the Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD), is against the way a national programme aimed at disarming civilians is being carried out, an official said on Friday.

News Reports

  • Several Dead After Violent Day In Uzbek City RFE/RL 13 May 2005 -- There's been a bloody day of violence in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon, where a number of people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.
  • Deadly Uprising in Eastern Uzbekistan VOA 13 May 2005 -- Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has flown to the Eastern Uzbek town of Andijan after a prison break overnight sparked clashes that left nine people dead and 34 others injured. In a separate incident in the capital, Tashkent, a security guard at the Israeli embassy has shot and killed a suspected suicide bomber.



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