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25 May 2005 Military News

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  • Lawmakers Reject Democratic Effort to Require Plan for Iraq Withdrawal VOA 25 May 2005 -- The House of Representatives has soundly rejected an attempt by opposition Democrats to require President Bush to send Congress a plan for a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq. Debate over the issue came during House consideration of legislation overwhelmingly approved (by a vote 390 to 39), authorizing just over 490-billion dollars in spending on defense and other needs for the 2006 fiscal year.

  • Military Planners Discuss War on Terror to Wrap Up Conference AFPS 25 May 2005 -- Military planners from more than 70 nations discussed the war on terror here today to wrap up a two-day conference.
  • Rumsfeld Describes Changing Face of War AFPS 25 May 2005 -- The global war on terror is different from any the United States has fought, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told members of the World Affairs Council here today just how different it is.
  • Guard Civil Support Teams Provide WMD Expertise to Communities AFPS 25 May 2005 -- Members of the 61st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team here like to think of themselves as a fire department.
  • 100-percent accountability paramount in deployed operations AFPN 25 May 2005 -- Imagine showing up to work one day only to discover everyone is new. Well, that has been the case at this and many other forward-deployed locations worldwide.
  • Navy Surges Ships To Deny Terrorists Use Of Maritime Environment Navy NewsStand 25 May 2005 -- USS Saipan (LHA 2) and two other Norfolk Naval Station-based ships deployed May 25, under the Fleet Response Plan (FRP), in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • Kitty Hawk, CVW-5 Depart for Summer Underway Period Navy NewsStand 25 May 2005 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), after completing almost two months of scheduled maintenance and three days of at sea training, departed its forward-deployed operating port of Yokosuka, Japan, May 23, for its summer underway period, along with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5.
  • USS Chafee Sets Sail for Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 25 May 2005 -- USS Chafee (DDG 90) left her homeport of Pearl Harbor May 20 for her maiden deployment with the USS Nimitz (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group.
  • Kitty Hawk Returns from Training Navy NewsStand 25 May 2005 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned to its forward-deployed operating port of Yokosuka, Japan, May 20, after completing a scheduled three-day underway period that featured various training exercises.
  • Air Force, Marines train together USMC News 25 May 2005 -- Marine pilots occasionally wonder what it would be like to fly against jets other than their own.

  • White House Daily Briefing, May 25 Washington File 25 May 2005 -- President's statement on Justice Priscilla Owen, Bush travels to Denmark, Iraq/Afghanistan, Palestinian Authority, judicial nominees, FBI memo/mistreatment of detainees allegation, emergency notification system, stem cell legislation, Iran, Iraq, president's agenda/Republican support, Amnesty International/human rights, women's role in combat, Naval Academy speech
  • State Department Briefing, May 25 Washington File 25 May 2005 -- Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Iran, Guantanamo/detainees, Hezbollah, Israel/Palestinians, Egypt, North Korea, Uzbekistan, Italy, Germany
  • New State Department Office Targets Post-conflict Crises Washington File 25 May 2005 -- The State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization was established to prevent or prepare for post-conflict crises.
  • Senate Opens Debate on Bolton UN Nomination VOA 25 May 2005 -- The U.S. Senate has begun debate on the controversial nomination of John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Democrats are signaling they may block the nomination from coming to a scheduled vote Thursday.
  • White House Rejects Amnesty Criticism VOA 25 May 2005 -- The White House is rejecting claims by Amnesty International that the U.S.-led war on terror appears more effective in eroding international human rights than in fighting terrorism.

Defense Industry

  • United Kingdom Awards Lockheed Martin $212 Million Contract For Arrowhead System Production Lockheed Martin 25 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded a contract valued at approximately $212 million for Arrowhead™, the Army’s Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) program, for the United Kingdom’s (UK) Apache AH Mk I helicopters.
  • U.S. Increases Order for Combat-Tested Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Lockheed Martin 25 May 2005 -- The U.S. Army has awarded the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture (JV) a $95 million contract for Javelin Anti-tank Weapon System production.
  • Lockheed Martin C-130E Simulators Receive Level C Certification Lockheed Martin 25 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Aircrew Training System (ATS) C-130E simulators at Little Rock AFB, AR, have received a Level C certification from the United States Air Force Air Mobility Command. The certification of the two Lockheed Martin ATS simulators at the base will enable the Air Force to train its C-130 pilots on all tasks up to the final check flight.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Enhanced Radar for F/A-22 Raptor Northrop Grumman 25 May 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered a next-generation variant of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire-control radar for the U.S. Air Force's F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter. The new radar will undergo aircraft integration testing this summer at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  • U.S. Increases Order for Combat-Tested Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Raytheon 25 May 2005 -- The U.S. Army has awarded the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture (JV) a $95 million contract for Javelin Anti-tank Weapon System production.
  • Rheinmetall takes up a stake in high-tech AIM Infrarot-Module and buys Austrian medium-calibre specialist Arges Rheinmetall Defence 25 May 2005 -- The Rheinmetall Group continues to pursue its strategy of profitable growth through carefully targeted acquisitions. By taking up a share in AIM Infrarot-Module GmbH of Heilbronn, Germany, which will in future be run as a joint venture with previous part-owner Diehl, as well as by taking over medium-calibre specialist Arges m.b.H. of Schwanenstadt, Austria, Rheinmetall has taken a further step in its strategy of internationalization and rounding out its portfolio of products, bolstering its status as one of the world's leading suppliers of systems for ground forces. Both acquisitions still require approval from the competition authorities.
  • ATK to Build Canister Gas Generators for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor ATK 25 May 2005 -- Minneapolis and Rocket Center, W.Va., May 25, 2005 – Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a developmental contract for the Canister Gas Generators of the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) is the prime contractor on KEI for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Work on the contract will be performed at the company’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W.Va.

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