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19 May 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Individual Ready Reserve 'Key Component' of Total Military AFPS 19 May 2005 -- The Individual Ready Reserve is "a key component" of America's total military force, a senior Defense Department official noted during a May 17 gathering of reserve-component leaders in Denver.
  • DoD Examines High Operational Tempo's Effect on Equipment AFPS 19 May 2005 -- Equipment that servicemembers are using in Iraq and Afghanistan is getting years worth of use in just one year on the ground, and the Defense Department is taking steps to ensure the tanks, Bradleys, Strykers, Humvees, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles stay in a high state of readiness.
  • Jointness is Key to Victory in Global War on Terror, General Says AFPS 19 May 2005 -- Defense industry leaders got a strong message endorsing joint operations and "netcentric warfare" from a senior military officer at the TechNet International 2005 convention here May 17.
  • U-S ARMY RECRUITMENT CONTROVERSY VOA 19 May 2005 -- Faced with declining wartime enlistment numbers and charges of inappropriate or abusive recruitment practices, the U.S. Army [has] called for a one-day halt to its recruiting operations nationwide this week [on Friday May 20th].
  • Pentagon Has 'MAJIIC' Idea For Intelligence Sharing AFPS 19 May 2005 -- U.S. forces operating in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere may soon be able to use "MAJIIC" to locate an enemy position on the battlefield and share intelligence information and imagery with coalition allies in near-real time.
  • Navy to Christen New Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship USNS Lewis and Clark 19 May 2005 -- The Navy will christen the lead ship of a new class of underway replenishment ships, the USNS Lewis and Clark, Saturday, May 21, 2005, during an 8 p.m. PDT launching at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif.
  • DOD tests 'revolutionary' biological warfare detection device AFPN 19 May 2005 -- Department of Defense specialists are testing a cutting-edge technology so revolutionary military scientists said it will change the face of biological warfare.
  • Civil engineers train for chemical attacks AFPN 19 May 2005 -- Civil engineers here replaced their shovels, hammers and power tools with gas masks, gloves and chemical warfare ensemble gear during ability to survive and operate training here May 18.
  • BRAC recommendations signify changes ahead for Marine Corps USMC News 19 May 2005 -- Months of rumors and nationwide speculation were finally put to rest when Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld formally submitted the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure recommendations to the BRAC Commission here May 13.
  • BRAC recommendations present beneficial results AFPN 19 May 2005 -- Air Force Base Realignment and Closure recommendations provide an opportunity for the Air Force to effectively organize its total force into a more capable and efficient warfighting organization, transforming the Air Force to better meet future threats.
  • Civil Air Patrol helps test D.C. warning system AFPN 19 May 2005 -- Civil Air Patrol’s national capital wing is helping the Air Force test its new visual warning system for pilots, a security measure set to become operational over the Washington, D.C., area on May 21, officials said.
  • ARMY STATEMENT ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION Army News Release 19 May 2005 -- The Army has thoroughly reviewed the existing law, and Department of Defense and Army policies on women in combat, especially as to how they apply to current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and to key Army Transformation initiatives, and determined that the Army is in compliance.
  • Women's combat support role could end in Iraq USMC News 19 May 2005 -- Legislation now before Congress is aimed at making sure female Marines like 2nd Lt. Samantha M. Kronschnabel won't accompany their male comrades into a combat zone anymore - or sustain wounds like Cpl. Steinnum Truesdale, a Purple Heart recipient.


  • State Department Briefing, May 19 Washington File 19 May 2005 -- Statement on Upcoming Meeting Under Broader Middle East North Africa Initiative on Education, Committee Minority Report on Nomination of John Bolton, North Korea, Department's Position on Religious Freedom, Allegations of Desecration of Holy Koran, Mechanisms in Place to Ensure Respect for Religious Rights of Detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, Denmark/Greenland, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, Nepal, Greece, Kosovo
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 19 Washington File 19 May 2005 -- President's schedule, Bush/security, U.S. and North Korean officials/meeting, Senator Roberts/expand the Patriot Act, judicial nominees/filibuster, energy bill, Homeland Security/color-coded system, House Armed Services Committee/women in combat

Defense Industry

  • Navy Performs Maximum Range Test of Boeing SLAM-ER Boeing 19 May 2005 -- A Boeing [NYSE:BA] Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) weapon, was recently launched from its maximum range, flying farther than a SLAM-ER has ever flown, scoring a direct hit.
  • NuKomBw Military Message Handling System passes factory acceptance tests at EADS EADS 19 May 2005 -- After just nine months, the future Military Message Handling System NuKomBw has been completed and passed factory acceptance tests in Friedrichshafen. Developed and integrated under contract to the IT office of the German Federal Armed Forces, NukomBw (Nutzerorientierte Kommunikation der Bundeswehr – armed forces user-oriented communication system) will ensure the ability of the armed forces to exchange formal messages with classification levels up to “top secret” and provides military installations and individual users with the very latest communications services.
  • U.S. Army Chooses General Dynamics to Upgrade Communications Networks at Two Installations General Dynamics 19 May 2005 -- CONUS, which is a unit of the Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Switched Systems (PM DCASS) organization.
  • Lockheed Martin Awards Cuming-Lehman Chambers $2.3 Million Contract for New Presidential Helicopter Facility Equipment Lockheed Martin 19 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has selected the Chambersburg, PA-based firm of Cuming-Lehman Chambers Inc., to design and construct a radio frequency (RF)-shielded anechoic chamber for the new Presidential Helicopter Integration facility in Owego. The contract’s value is approximately $2.3 million.
  • Raytheon Wins $27.6 Million DARPA Contract for Advanced Computing System Raytheon 19 May 2005 -- The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) a $27.6 million contract to develop a programmable computing system based on an extremely fast, powerful and versatile chip.
  • Final EC145 delivered to the French Sécurité Civile EADS 19 May 2005 -- Today, the Helicopter Group of the French Sécurité Civile took delivery of its final EC145. The order covered a total of 32 helicopters, all of which now proudly bear the colors of the Sécurité Civile. In the factory’s delivery center, Mr. Philippe Breval (Program Manager, EC145 Commercial Helicopters) handed over the helicopter's documentation to Mr. Christian Gautié (Manager, Aeronautical Programs Department) and Mr. Jean Michel Rochelet (Technical Advisor, Head of the Airmobile Resources Group [GMA]). The fleet of EC145 twin-engine helicopters operated by Eurocopter’s French launching customer Sécurité Civile has chalked up approximately 23,000 flight hours since the delivery of the first aircraft in April 2002.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • US Congress Warns Uzbekistan on Violence VOA 19 May 2005 -- A US lawmaker is warning Uzbekistan that the United States may have to reevaluate its military ties to that country if violence continues in that Central Asian republic.
  • Afghanistan: Was Taliban Involved In Uzbek Violence? RFE/RL 19 May 2005 -- On 13 May, Uzbek security forces fired on demonstrators in the eastern city of Andijon, following attacks on a police station, military barracks, and prison. The government has said that 169 people were killed, including more than 50 foreign fighters, though opposition groups say as many as 750 people were killed.
  • Uzbekistan: Calls In U.S. For Stricter Policy RFE/RL 19 May 2005 -- Since shortly after the attacks of 11 September 2001, Uzbekistan and the United States have been allies in the U.S.-led war on terror. There has been a U.S. military base in Uzbekistan for more than 3 1/2 years and Washington shares with Tashkent intelligence on Islamic militants. The United States also has helped train and equip Uzbek forces.
  • Uzbekistan: UN, EU Call For International Probe Into Violence RFE/RL 19 May 2005 -- The United Nations, European Union, and Britain have all called for an independent inquiry into last week's events in Uzbekistan, where witnesses say police shot dead at least 745 people during protests in the eastern town of Andijon.
  • Uzbek Government Troops Enter Eastern Border Town RFE/RL 19 May 2005 -- Reports say Uzbek troops have reclaimed control of the eastern border town of Karasu, where protesters last week had chased out federal authorities following a bloody military crackdown in the nearby city of Andijon.
  • Arrests Reported As Uzbek Government Troops Enter Border Town RFE/RL 19 May 2005 -- Uzbekistan's government forces today reclaimed control of the eastern border town of Karasu, where protesters last week had chased out authorities following a bloody military crackdown in the nearby city of Andijon. Local residents say security troops have already arrested dozens of people in the town.

  • Togo's Foes Meet in Nigeria VOA 19 May 2005 -- African leaders have brought together Togo's political adversaries to end a crisis following deadly and flawed elections which gave victory to the son of the country's late leader.

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