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17 May 2005 Military News

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  • Pentagon Official Debunks Koran Desecration Story AFPS 17 May 2005 -- A Newsweek magazine article accusing U.S. personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of desecrating a Koran has no basis in fact, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
  • Pakistan reacts cautiously to Newsweek's retraction IRNA 17 May 2005 -- Pakistan on Tuesday gave cautious reaction to an announcement by the US-based publication Newsweek retracting its controversial story on desecration of Holy Qur'an in Guantanamo Bay prison.

  • DoD Readies Biometric ID System for U.S. Bases in Iraq AFPS 17 May 2005 -- The Defense Department is fine-tuning a $75 million biometric identification system designed to improve force protection at U.S. military bases in Iraq, according to officials involved with the project.
  • BRAC 2005: Recommendations 'Will Reshape Air Force' AFPS 17 May 2005 -- Air Force recommendations provided to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission will reorganize that service, making it more capable to address threats to national security, the Air Force's top civilian told commission members here today.
  • BRAC 2005: Commission Chairman Describes Panel's Role AFPS 17 May 2005 -- The Defense Department's base realignment and closure recommendations are now in the hands of the nine-member commission that will make the final decisions.
  • BRAC 2005: Navy, Marine Officials Support Recommendations AFPS 17 May 2005 -- The secretary of the Navy said today he's "confident" that base closures and realignments recommended for the sea service are "more than sufficient to fully support the future Navy and Marine Corps force structure."
  • Donley Tapped As Director, Administration and Management 17 May 2005 -- Michael B. Donley is now the new director of administration and management (DA&M) for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
  • USS Mount Whitney Underway for NATO's Allied Action Navy NewsStand 17 May 2005 -- USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) got underway May 17 to conduct certification exercises with NATO's Joint Command Lisbon battle staff embarked.
  • USS Nimitz Celebrates Three Decades of Service Navy NewsStand 17 May 2005 -- During the first week of a Western Pacific deployment, crew members aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) celebrated the ship's 30th birthday May 12.
  • Sea Warrior Enhances Joint Warfighting Navy NewsStand 17 May 2005 -- Task Force Warrior's Command Master Chief, CMDCM (SW/AW) Ron Downs, visited the Chief Petty Officers' messes at Naval Surface Forces and Naval Air Forces on Naval Base Coronado May 10 to answer questions and update leadership on the progress of the Sea Warrior program from the Task Force Warrior perspective.
  • Cleveland Passes INSURV Inspection with Flying Colors Navy NewsStand 17 May 2005 -- USS Cleveland (LPD 7) received high marks during its recent Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) May 6.
  • MH-60R Helicopter Enters Operational Evaluation Phase Navy NewsStand 17 May 2005 -- The MH-60R Seahawk, the Navy's next generation submarine hunter and surface attack helicopter, entered operational evaluation (OpEval) May 9 with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 here.
  • Army Gen. John Abizaid Visits 'Gold Eagle' Navy NewsStand 17 May 2005 -- U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander, Army Gen. John Abizaid, visited the USS Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Persian Gulf May 5 as it conducted its dual mission of providing air support to multinational forces on the ground in Iraq and conducting maritime security operations (MSO).
  • MEU/ARG team reunite for second at-sea period USMC News 17 May 2005 -- Marines and Sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Expeditionary Strike Group-1 left Naval Station 32nd Street, San Diego for the MEU's Composite Training Underway Exercise (COMTUEX) Thursday.

  • Australian police Begin Withdrawal from Papua New Guinea VOA 17 May 2005 -- Australia has withdrawn a contingent of police officers from Papua New Guinea after judges there found the deployment was unconstitutional.

  • Georgia/Russia: Tbilisi, Moscow Continue To Negotiate On Bases RFE/RL 17 May 2005 -- The foreign ministers of Georgia and Russia said in Warsaw today that talks on the withdrawal of Russia's military bases from Georgia would resume soon. The two ministers are in Warsaw for a summit of the Council of Europe.

  • State Department Briefing, May 17 Washington File 17 May 2005 -- Zoellick travels to Jordan for World Economic Summit, Balkans, Venezuela, Cuba, Newsweek/retracts article, Department's efforts to inform U.S. Embassies/others on retraction and U.S. policy, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, United Nations/Oil-for-Food Program, North Korea, Africa
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 17 Washington File 17 May 2005 -- President schedule, economic growth, judicial nominees/filibuster, Newsweek, highway bill, African debt reduction, budget resolution, airplane incident, anonymous sources, Vicente Fox/statement

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems' Low Band Transmitter Navy Contract Increased By $10 Million BAE Systems 17 May 2005 -- LANSDALE, Pennsylvania -- BAE Systems has been awarded a $10 million contract modification for the production of eight additional Low Band Transmitters (LBT) for the U.S. Navy's EA-6B Prowler aircraft. The Navy uses the EA-6B in electronic attack roles.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Celebrates F-35 Aft Fuselage Delivery BAE Systems 17 May 2005 -- SAMLESBURY, England -- May 17, 2005 BAE Systems today celebrated the on-time delivery of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aft fuselage, representing a major milestone in the F-35 Programme, and progressing manufacturing and assembly of the first F-35 towards first flight in 2006.
  • Raytheon Awarded $45 Million Rolling Airframe Missile Production Contract Raytheon 17 May 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $45.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy for fiscal year 2005 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) production. (The contract was originally announced by the Department of Defense March 22.)

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