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25 July 2005 Military News

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  • US Military Chief Urges Better Understanding of War on Terror VOA 25 Jul 2005 -- The top U.S. military officer, who will soon retire, said Monday that the American people do not sufficiently understand the importance of the global war on terrorism, and may come to regret that they are not paying more attention to it.
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Extremism at Core of Terror Threat Washington File 25 Jul 2005 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that the July 23 bombings in the Egyptian resort Sharm al-Sheikh demonstrate - just as do the London bombings - that attacks by violent extremists "can affect all of us."
  • U.S. security forces work alongside Ecuador airmen AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Instead of facing mortar attacks in Afghanistan or bullets in Iraq, security forces Airmen here can shake off the tension that surrounds being a target in a war zone.
  • Supersonic JDAM drop marks increase in Raptor capability AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- As the midafternoon sun blazed on the Mojave Desert and thunderclouds loomed in the distance, a sleek dark gray war bird took to the sky to push the envelope of flight testing.
  • On target: Ammo Airmen do bang up job AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Tucked away behind tall bunkers and old engine parts lays a unique greenhouse with a special crop.
  • Reserve improves safety, floor space on rescue helicopters AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Air Force Reserve Command's 15 combat search and rescue helicopters will get improved crew seats and more cabin space to care for rescued people when modifications are complete this year.
  • Blue Flag starts with bang at Nellis, Hurlburt Field AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Joint forces from around the United States, along with 11 coalition partners, converged here and at the Combined Air Operations Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., for the start of Blue Flag 05-02 on July 24.
  • U.S. Must Maintain Will in Terror War, Myers Says AFPS 25 Jul 2005 -- The war against violent extremism is a battle of wills, and if the American people give up, they'll end up living in a world ruled by violence and fear, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters at the National Press Club here today.
  • QDR Will Reflect Tomorrow's, Not Today's, Challenges AFPS 25 Jul 2005 -- Military leaders will resist any temptation to assume the force needed for the future will be a cookie-cutter version of today's needs, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers told reporters at the National Press Club here today.
  • Navy Reservists Mobilized to Continue Customs Inspection Mission Navy NewsStand 25 Jul 2005 -- More than 450 Navy Reservists mobilized by the Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force (NAVELSF) began four weeks of intensive customs inspections training in Williamsburg, Va., July 22.
  • Truman Sustains Readiness During JTFEX 05-2 Navy NewsStand 25 Jul 2005 -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 completed sustainment training July 19 under the Navy's Fleet Response Training Plan (FRTP) during Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet's Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX 05-2).
  • Boxer Completes CARAT Malaysia Navy NewsStand 25 Jul 2005 -- Sailors aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) saw the end of the 11th edition Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia July 18.
  • Mullen to Navy: "All Ahead Full" Navy NewsStand 25 Jul 2005 -- In a naval administrative (NAVADMIN) message sent to the Navy on his first full day in office, new Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen stated his priorities and said the time was now to take advantage of the reforms initiated by his predecessor, Adm. Vern Clark.
  • USS Gonzalez Visits Bahrain Navy NewsStand 25 Jul 2005 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) departed the port of Manama after completing a six-day port visit here July 23.
  • Stennis Gets a Technology Makeover Navy NewsStand 25 Jul 2005 -- USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) Automated Data Processing (ADP) upgraded the Stennis network operating system and all desktop computers and monitors June 23.
  • ESG 1 Visits Pearl Harbor Navy NewsStand 25 Jul 2005 -- Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 1 arrived in Pearl Harbor July 22 for a brief port visit en route to a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment in support of the global war on terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Shuttle return to flight includes local efforts AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Almost two weeks after its original launch date, NASA's Discovery Shuttle is scheduled for its return to flight July 26, but they are not doing it alone.
  • STRATCOM supports shuttle in return to flight AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Two and a half years have passed since the tragedy of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident brought the nation's manned space flight program to a grinding halt.

  • Rumsfeld: Loss Of Kyrgyz Air Base Will Not Harm Operations RFE/RL 25 Jul 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today said the possible loss of access to an air base in Kyrgyzstan will not set back U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Air Base Expected To Dominate Rumsfeld Talks RFE/RL 25 Jul 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is in Kyrgyzstan today. He will meet President-elect Kurmanbek Bakiev and acting Defense Minister Ismail Isakov during his two-day stay in Bishkek.

  • White House Daily Briefing, July 25 Washington File 25 Jul 2005 -- Energy legislation, Central American Free Trade Agreement, highway legislation, Roberts' nomination, leak investigation, labor unions, North Korea, Bush/African American leaders meeting, Middle East, India, Britain shooting/terrorism, recess appointments, China, prisoner treatment
  • State Department Briefing, July 25 Washington File 25 Jul 2005 -- North Korea, Egypt, Cyprus/Greece, Philippines, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, Sudan, Venezuela/region, Italy, Zimbabwe, Europe

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems Receives $31 Million Contract for C-130J Electronic Warfare Systems BAE Systems 25 Jul 2005 -- NASHUA, New Hampshire -- BAE Systems has received a $31 million production contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide 31 AN/ALR-56M radar warning receiver systems for a new fleet of Air Force and Marine Corps C-130J aircraft and line replaceable unit (LRU) spares for the Taiwan Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.
  • New V-22 Osprey Logistics Support Center Opens in New Bern, North Carolina Boeing 25 Jul 2005 -- In a ribbon cutting ceremony today, a new V-22 Logistics Support Facility (VLSF) officially opened at the Craven County Industrial Park to provide interim logistics support for the V-22 Osprey aircraft.
  • Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet Engages Moving Targets with JDAM Boeing 25 Jul 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] successfully demonstrated the capability of a single F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to engage moving land targets during a test at Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif.
  • EADS equips German frigates with MIDS terminals EADS 25 Jul 2005 -- For the first time EADS is equipping frigates of the German Navy with the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS). As the company announced on Monday, EADS Defence Electronics has signed a contract for the delivery of eight MIDS LVT (Low Volume Terminals) for frigates.
  • Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout UAV Successfully Fires Test Rockets Northrop Grumman 25 Jul 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle (UAV) reached another important milestone July 22 when the UAV successfully fired two test rockets. This is the first successful live weapons fire from an autonomous unmanned helicopter. This event proves Fire Scout's ability to perform strike missions -- in addition to conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance -- and subsequently expands its capabilities.

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