21 June 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Jun 2005 [PDF]
- 1ST COSCOM SOLDIER KILLED BY IED
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: Briefing on Security Operations in Iraq 21 Jun 2005 -- Presenter: Lieutenant General John R. Vines, Commander, Multinational Corps Iraq
- Central Command Report, June 21: Iraq Operational Update Washington File 21 Jun 2005 -- No changes are expected in the number of U.S. military forces operating in Iraq for that country's October referendum on a new constitution and its general elections in December, according to a senior military officer there.
- US General: Iraq Insurgency Fueled by Foreigners and Money VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- The commanding general of coalition forces in Iraq says the insurgency is fueled largely by foreign fighters and money, rather than by ideology. The general spoke via satellite link with reporters at the Pentagon.
- Ground Forces Commander in Iraq Cites Progress AFPS 21 Jun 2005 -- With the one-year anniversary of the return of sovereignty to the Iraqi government approaching, the commander of ground troops there today said he is pleased with the progress being made in the country.
- Marines Adapt to Protect Against Threats from IEDs AFPS 21 Jun 2005 -- The Marine Corps is adapting the way it protects its servicemembers against improvised explosive devices, according to a statement read to the House Armed Services Committee here today.
- Local tip helps Soldiers seize terror suspects MNF-I 21 Jun 2005 -- An Iraqi citizen's tip helped Task Force Baghdad Soldiers capture eight terror suspects in the Risalah district of south Baghdad on June 20.
- Operation Spear update MNF-I 21 Jun 2005 -- Iraqi Security Forces and Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, continue Operation Spear (Romhe), in and around the city of Karabilah in Western Al Anbar province.
- Afghanistan: Surge In Violence Raises Concerns Ahead Of Parliamentary Elections RFE/RL 21 Jun 2005 -- A surge in violence during the past three months has left hundreds dead across eastern and southern Afghanistan. Extremists have carried out suicide bombings, while militants have kidnapped or killed aid and election workers.
- UN mission in Afghanistan welcomes handing up of weapons by electoral candidates UN News Centre 21 Jun 2005 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the news that several candidates are handing up their weapons so as to qualify under electoral law to run for seats in the lower house of the National Assembly, called the Wolesi Jirga, and in the provincial councils.
Defense Policy / Programs
- GUANTÁNAMO: 'NOTORIOUS PRISON' CAUSING 'IMMENSE DAMAGE' TO U.S. IMAGE US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 21 Jun 2005
- New Facility to Support WMD Response Capabilities AFPS 21 Jun 2005 -- First responders will soon have a state-of-the-art facility here to hone the skills they'll need to deal with weapons of mass destruction and other chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological incidents.
- Maintainers keep 'Thunder' rolling AFPN 21 Jun 2005 -- With more than 47 aircraft from the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom converging on the flightline here for Cooperative Cope Thunder, the "Thunder Dome" is serving as the nerve center of maintenance activities vital to deployed units.
- Officials release Albania accident report AFPN 21 Jun 2005 -- An accident investigation board found that a loss of situational awareness by the flight deck crew caused the March 31 crash of an Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II in Albania.
- USARPAC Visits EOD Group 1 Prototype Camp Navy NewsStand 21 Jun 2005 -- Commander, U.S. Army Pacific, Lt. Gen. John M. Brown III visited a prototype modular camp, June 19, being field tested by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Group 1 during Exercise Talisman Saber '05 in Queensland, Australia.
- Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Visits Boxer During Talisman Saber Navy NewsStand 21 Jun 2005 -- Vice Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet and commander, Combined Task Force for Talisman Saber, visited USS Boxer (LHD 4) June 19 to tour the ship and observe amphibious operations.
- Scientists Discover New Stealth Feature on H.L. Hunley Navy NewsStand 21 Jun 2005 -- Conservators of the Civil War submarine H. L. Hunley, working with the Naval Historical Center (NHC), discovered a previously unknown stealth feature called a deadlight while removing the concretion on one of the 10 glass ports, June 15.
- White House Daily Briefing, June 21 Washington File 21 Jun 2005 -- Mrs. Bush's trip, John Bolton, Military recruitment, Vietnam, Africa, Social Security, Iran, Detainees, Highway bill, Israel, Energy, Lebanon, Burma, Drug trafficking
- State Department Briefing, June 21 Washington File 21 Jun 2005 -- Vietnam, Iraq, Nomination of John Bolton/U.N. Reform, John Bolton's Current Role at the U.S. Department of State, Brussels, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Lebanon/Syria, Hong Kong
- General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million for Abrams Tank Systems Technical Support General Dynamics 21 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $14.4 million contract modification for Abrams tank systems technical support (STS).
- Lockheed Martin To Develop Close Combat Tactical Trainer Reconfigurable Vehicle Simulator For The U.S. Army Lockheed Martin 21 Jun 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded a $3.7 million contract to develop the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) Reconfigurable Vehicle Simulator (RVS) for the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation awarded the development contract for the RVS prototype. The first simulator is scheduled for delivery this year.
- Lockheed Martin Joint Common Missile Seeker and Software Successfully Pass Key Design Reviews Lockheed Martin 21 Jun 2005 -- The tri-mode seeker and guidance software that represent the “eyes and brains” of the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Joint Common Missile (JCM) reached a significant milestone in passing sub-system Preliminary Design Reviews (PDRs) recently.
- Northrop Grumman Wins Contract to Supply Navigation and Control Systems for Korean Navy Hovercraft Northrop Grumman 21 Jun 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has won a contract from General Marine Business Inc. Korea (GMB) to supply an integrated cockpit navigation and control system for the Republic of Korea Navy's new LSF-II program, a high-speed hovercraft landing ship.
- Raytheon Awarded $48 Million Contract to Help Protect U.S. and Coalition Forces Raytheon 21 Jun 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $48.4 million U.S. Army contract to provide 41 RAID (Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment) systems, along with systems engineering and life cycle support.
- Boeing Team Demonstrates Advanced Autonomous Flight Control for UAVs Boeing 21 Jun 2005 -- Boeing and a team of flight control scientists from academia have demonstrated leading-edge flight control technologies that potentially could dramatically improve the mission effectiveness of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles.
- Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Team Efforts Recognized by U.S. Air Force Northrop Grumman 21 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has recognized a combined Air Force-Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) maintenance team for its support of an RQ-4A Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle deployed as part of the global war on terrorism. The team was named "April Maintenance Team of the Month."
- Chinese Foreign Minister Visits Israel Amid Arms Sales Controversy VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- Israeli officials are playing host to Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on a visit that is being billed as a chance to discuss a wide range of topics from the Middle East peace process to issues of global interest
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 21 Jun 2005
- World must do more to protect civilians in armed conflict, Security Council told UN News Centre 21 Jun 2005 -- There is little hope of stopping the deliberate targeting of civilians and relief workers in armed conflict without the political will to tackle impunity, provide reliable crisis funding and devise better ways to report rights violations, the United Nations Emergency Coordinator said today.
- Sudan's Official Says Darfur Security Improving VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- Sudan's Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail says security in Darfur is gradually improving and will get even better as soon as extra African Union troops will be in place later this summer. The minister was speaking in Rome where he met with Italian political leaders and businessmen.
- Rebels In Eastern Sudan Fight Government Troops VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- For the second day in a row, rebels in eastern Sudan have carried out attacks against government forces there to protest what they say is long-running neglect by Khartoum.
- Sudan: UN says banditry, looting continues in Darfur UN News Centre 21 Jun 2005 -- Looting and banditry, including attacks by armed groups, continued to be reported in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, the United Nations said today.
- Peace deal in South Sudan not yet a reality for refugees, UN official says UN News Centre 21 Jun 2005 -- Despite a January peace agreement between the Government of Sudan and rebels in the southern part of the country, the United Nation's top refugee official said that attacks by a Ugandan rebel group continued to drive refugees into camps in northern Uganda and prevent long-time refugees there from returning home.
- Israeli-Palestinian Summit Ends in Disappointment VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ended in disappointment today (Tuesday) with the Palestinians saying it did not meet their expectations.
- Israeli and Palestinian Leaders to Meet - Amid Violence and Arrests VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are meeting in Jerusalem to discuss coordination of the upcoming Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, but their talks come amid an upsurge of violence in recent days and just hours after Israeli security forces arrested dozens of Palestinian militants in the West Bank.
- UN Extends Liberia Sanctions, Expresses Concern at Taylor's Activities VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- The U.N. Security Council has extended sanctions against Liberia, saying the country's government has failed to control illegal diamond sales.
- UN Security Council extends Liberia's diamond and timber export sanctions UN News Centre 21 Jun 2005 -- Expressing broad criticism of Liberia's Transitional Government, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended for six months the existing sanctions against the West African country's diamond exports
- Maoists kill eight people, free 66 prisoners IRNA 21 Jun 2005 -- The Maoist fighters recent attack against a government headquarters in an eastern district Sunday night left at least, eight dead, it was reported here Tuesday.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Disarmament of former combatants begins IRIN 21 Jun 2005 -- A weeklong disarmament of 2,000 former combatants began on Saturday in eight districts of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR).
- UGANDA: Rebels kill four in northern Pader district IRIN 21 Jun 2005 -- Four villagers were hacked to death and several others seriously wounded on Monday during an attack by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the northern district of Pader, the army said.
- US Calls Lebanese Political Killings Tragic and Disturbing VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- The United States has condemned Tuesday's killing of former Lebanese communist party leader George Hawi and urged a full and transparent investigation of the car-bomb slaying of the anti-Syrian politician. While not directly accusing Syria of the murder, the Bush administration said Damascus is contributing to an atmosphere of instability in Lebanon.
- Car Bomb in Beirut Kills Former Communist Leader VOA 21 Jun 2005 -- A car bomb went off early Tuesday morning in a suburb of Beirut killing a well-known political figure, just two days after the conclusion of parliamentary elections in Lebanon.
- EGYPT: US call for democracy meets mixed reaction IRIN 21 Jun 2005 -- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s calls for free and fair elections in Egypt has drawn mixed reactions from pro-democracy movements and the Egyptian government.
- Alcatel delivers the European satellite navigation system EGNOS to the European Space Agency (ESA) Thales 21 Jun 2005 -- Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), achieved a key step for satellite navigation in Europe with the successful acceptance of the EGNOS system. This review marks the completion of the system's technical qualification, which represents more than 8 years of intensive work from a consortium of more than 40 companies lead by Alcatel Space.
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