20 May 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 May 2005 [PDF]
- SOLDIER KILLED IN VEHICLE ACCIDENT AFTER IED EXPLOSION
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Rocket attack on Abu Ghraib injures 5 detainees MNF-I 20 May 2005 -- Five detainees were injured in a rocket attack on Forward Operating Base Abu Ghraib Internment Facility May 20.
- Marines keep eyes in the sky USMC News 20 May 2005 -- The Dragon Eye unmanned aerial vehicle system provides the Marine Corps an eye in the sky while conducting operations throughout Iraq, but the Dragon Eye system requires meticulous maintenance to remain operational.
- Alpha 1/5 Marines, NIA soldiers conduct mission together in Ramadi USMC News 20 May 2005 -- Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, teamed up with soldiers from the Iraqi Security Force and, together, executed a cordon and search mission in the city here.
- Marines enjoy benefits of camp life USMC News 20 May 2005 -- Since arriving at Camp Buehring May 15-17 to conduct a live-fire exercise at nearby Udairi Range, Marines and Sailors from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) have had to endure harsh sand storms and extreme temperatures topping out at 110 degrees.
- Afghanistan: Killings Raise Concerns For Aid Workers' Safety RFE/RL 20 May 2005 -- Eleven Afghans have been killed in two ambushes that took place in 48 hours in southern Afghanistan. Among the killed are four employees of Chemonics, a U.S.-based company that carries out antidrug projects in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: Army Recruiting Commander Briefing 20 May 2005 -- Presenter: Major General Michael D. Rochelle, U.S. Army Recruiting Commander
- Army Recruiters Stand Down to Refocus on Values AFPS 20 May 2005 -- Army recruiters are taking a pause today to refocus on values, as investigations are under way to see if some recruiters are cheating to make quotas.
- Airmen use 'germ warfare' to ensure force readiness AFPN 20 May 2005 -- Most people see the war on terrorism as a global engagement where bombs and bullets are the biggest threat against Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines.
- Army Announces Fort Gordon, Georgia Partner For Residential Communities Initiative Army News Release 20 May 2005 -- Today, The Army announced its selection of GMH/Benham/Centex Military Communities, LLC, (GMH) to develop the Community Development and Management Plan (CDMP) for Fort Gordon, Ga., as part of the Army's Residential Communities Initiative (RCI).
- DoD testing 'revolutionary' bio detection device Army News 20 May 2005 -- The Department of Defense is testing a cutting-edge technology so revolutionary military scientists are saying it will change the face of biological warfare.
- Kennedy Makes Port Call in Boston Navy NewsStand 20 May 2005 -- The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) pulled into Boston Harbor May 19 for a four-day goodwill visit.
- Ships Deploy For Annual Baltic Operations Navy NewsStand 20 May 2005 -- More than 800 Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67), both homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, and amphibious troop transport USS Tortuga (LSD 46), homeported at Little Creek Amphibious Base, deployed May 20 in support of the 33rd annual maritime exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2005.
- GSSOP issues military gear to Georgian soldiers USMC News 20 May 2005 -- Shortly after arriving in Georgia, the Georgia Sustainment and Stability Operation Program (GSSOP) Logistics Section quickly went to work. Supported by civilian contractors, the section consists of only two Marines who are responsible for equipping over 500 Georgian soldiers.
- Quantico may grow from BRAC USMC News 20 May 2005 -- Marine Corps Base Quantico could possibly have the third largest gain of personnel in the state if the secretary of defense's Base Realignment and Closure recommendations are approved by Congress.
- Fire Support Coordination course now available USMC News 20 May 2005 -- Fire Support Coordination course is now active on MarineNet.
- Joint team builds bridge to seabasing USMC News 20 May 2005 -- A key piece of equipment for the Navy's new high-speed vessel, the Joint Venture High Speed Vessel XI, was tested here for the first time May 10 at Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico by a joint team of Army, Navy and civilian scientists, engineers and program officers.
- Pentagon, Red Cross Acknowledge Discussing Guantanamo Koran Abuse In 2002 VOA News 22 May 2005 -- The Red Cross and the Pentagon have acknowledged that they discussed complaints of Koran desecration from detainees held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002 and 2003.
- White House Daily Briefing, May 20 Washington File 20 May 2005 -- Bush/Economy/President's meeting with Prime Minister of Denmark/Judicial nominees/First Lady Trip/Stem cell/Saddam Hussein photos/Bolton nomination/Plane incident/India/Immigrants/Same sex marriage/China/Prisoner abuse
- State Department Briefing, May 20 Washington File 20 May 2005 -- Cuba, North Korea, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Jordan, Iran, Indonesia, Ethiopia
- Spain’s Government selects the NH 90 Helicopter for its Armed Forces EADS 20 May 2005 -- Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of the EUROCOPTER Group said: “After the selection last year of the Eurocopter’s Tiger Combat helicopter, this first batch of 45 NH90 helicopters for the Spanish Forces will definitely establish Spain as the third pillar of the Eurocopter group”.
- General Dynamics to Upgrade RST Vehicle for U.S. Marine Corps Operational Evaluation General Dynamics 20 May 2005 -- General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a $5.9 million agreement modification to upgrade its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle (RST-V). The upgrade supports continued operational evaluation of the vehicle as a utility carrier, prime mover and electrical generator for various U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) applications. System capabilities will be demonstrated in a relevant operational environment in early 2006.
- U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $15 Million Contract for Submarine Conversion Work General Dynamics 20 May 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $14.7 million contract modification to manufacture and procure long-lead-time material required for the conversion of the USS Georgia (SSBN-729) Trident ballistic-missile submarines to a Trident SSGN, a multi-mission submarine optimized for tactical strike and special-operations support. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- F135 Program Reaches 3,000 SDD Test Hours as Pratt & Whitney Prepares to Build First Flight Test Engine Pratt & Whitney 20 May 2005 -- Pratt & Whitney F135 ground test engines logged their 3,000th System Development and Demonstration (SDD) test hour this week as the company prepares to begin assembly of the first F135 flight test engine this summer.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 20 May 2005
- Mandate of UN peacebuilding mission in Tajikistan continued for another year UN News Centre 20 May 2005 -- The mandate of the United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peacebuilding (UNTOP) has been extended until June of next year
- Annan requests extension and expansion of UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti UN News Centre 20 May 2005 -- Recommending that the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti be extended for another year and the mission enlarged, Secretary-General Kofi Annan commends it for carrying out crucial tasks in difficult circumstances and says it has created a security environment in which the political transition can take place.
- Somalia Disappointed At Peacekeeping Delays VOA 20 May 2005 -- The Somali government says it intends to go ahead with its relocation plans from Kenya to Somalia despite an apparent lack of a regional peacekeeping force to bring stability and order to the country.
- Russia: Court Clears Soldiers Of Murder In Chechnya RFE/RL 20 May 2005 -- A jury in a Russian military court has found soldiers from an elite military unit not guilty of murdering six Chechen civilians at a checkpoint in Chechnya in 2002.
- Ivory Coast U.N. Chief Has "Guarded Optimism" VOA 20 May 2005 -- The chief of the United Nations mission in divided Ivory Coast says he believes the drawn-out peace process there could finally work despite new challenges. Rebels recently dismissed a new deal for the start of disarmament, while preparations for a scheduled presidential election later this year are lagging.
- Koran Story Highlights Pentagon-Media Problem VOA 20 May 2005 -- The now-discredited Newsweek Magazine report about desecration of the Koran by U.S. interrogators at the Guantanamo detention center has sparked much discussion of the credibility of the media and the government's ability to get its side of stories heard.
- Rice Presses Uzbekistan to Allow Probe of Deadly Clashes VOA 20 May 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday raised the prospect of a further cut in U.S. aid to Uzbekistan if the government of President Islam Karimov continues to resist calls for an investigation of last week's Uzbek political unrest. The United States and other countries have called for a credible probe of the violence that includes international involvement.
- Karimov Nixes International Probe Into Andijon Crackdown RFE/RL 20 May 2005 -- Uzbek President Islam Karimov has reportedly said that he opposes an independent international probe into last week's military crackdown in Andijon.
- Hariri's Son Pushing for Electoral Sweep in Beirut VOA 20 May 2005 -- Friday is the final day for registered candidates to withdraw from the parliamentary elections in Lebanon due to begin on May 29th. As many candidates withdraw, some parliament seats have become uncontested and have already been declared for the remaining candidate.
- ATK Rocket Motors and Composites Help Launch New Earth Observation Satellite Aboard Delta II Rocket ATK 20 May 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) rocket motor and composite technologies supported today’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch successfully placed the NOAA-N civilian weather satellite into polar orbit for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite is critical to advancing global earth observation and will help improve weather and climate forecasts as well as U.S. search and rescue operations.
- Boeing Delta II Launches NOAA Advanced Earth-Observing Satellite Boeing 20 May 2005 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket successfully launched the latest satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today.
- Launch of state-of-the-art microwave sounder heralds new era in global weather forecasting EADS 20 May 2005 -- A new era in global meteorological forecasting begins today with the launch of the first of five EADS Astrium state-of-the-art microwave humidity sounder (MHS) instruments on board the US polar orbiting satellite NOAA-N.
- NATION'S NEWEST ADVANCED POLAR OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE LAUNCHED Lockheed Martin 20 May 2005 -- The NOAA-N spacecraft, a Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES), was launched successfully this morning at 3:22 a.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (NYSE: LMT) in Sunnyvale designed, built and tested the NOAA-N spacecraft.
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