22 August 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Aug 2005 [PDF]
- Two Soldiers killed by vehicle roll-over
- 42ND MP BRIGADE SOLDIER KILLED BY IED
- TWO TASK FORCE LIBERTY SOLDIERS KILLED, TWO WOUNDED BY IED
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Iraq Attacks Target Police RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Police say insurgents have killed at least 17 Iraqi security personnel in separate attacks across Iraq.
- Vehicle Rollover Kills Two Soldiers; Iraqi Officers Find Munitions AFPS 22 Aug 2005 -- Two 1st Corps Support Command soldiers were killed when their vehicle rolled over during a combat logistics patrol near Tal Afar, Iraq, about 11 p.m. Aug. 21, military officials reported.
- Afghan Army, U.S. Marine Operation Helps Secure Konar Province AFPS 22 Aug 2005 -- Afghan National Army forces and U.S. Marines killed more than 40 enemy combatants during an offensive operation over the last few weeks in the districts of Chawkay, Asadabad, Pech and Narang, in Afghanistan's Konar province.
- 'Neptune' keeps medic busy in Afghanistan ARNEWS 22 Aug 2005 -- It wasn't even noon yet and already Sgt. Christopher Turner had been hit in the face by concrete fragments, forced to deputize a chaplain to man his under-strength aid station, and given emergency CPR to an officer who had stopped breathing.
- Afghan Minister Calls For Long-Term Support RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Afghanistan's foreign minister says his country needs a long-term commitment from the international community to support its development and bolster peace in the region.
- Afghanistan: Violence Spiraling As Elections Near RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Afghanistan is going through what is probably its most difficult period since the Taliban militia was driven from power by a U.S.-led coalition of forces in 2001.
- Coalition and Afghan Security Forces Kill More Than 100 Militants VOA 22 Aug 2005 -- U.S. military officials in Afghanistan say that in the past three weeks coalition and Afghan forces have killed more than 100 insurgents across the country
Defense Policy / Programs
- Detainee Transfer Announced 22 Aug 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it released three detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Jumper: BRAC decisions needed to continue transformation AFPN 22 Aug 2005 -- The Air Force chief of staff told the Base Realignment and Closure Commission on Aug. 20 that while many of the decisions related to base closure are "gut wrenching," the changes are needed to allow the Air Force to continue to transform to meet the war-fighting demands of the 21st century.
- Agencies ease deployment pains AFPN 22 Aug 2005 -- The Integrated Delivery System program is designed to help agencies better coordinate the deployment process for Airmen
- NATO, USAFE vie during Excalibur bombing competition AFPN 22 Aug 2005 -- Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the Royal Air Force joined forces for a training exercise here Aug. 17 to 19.
- Airmen contain fire on joint installation AFPN 22 Aug 2005 -- Firefighters with the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron contained a fire on the Army side of the base Aug. 15, only hours after they assumed fire protection coverage here and for Base Camp Adder.
- Multinational Force Completes Training for Defense of Panama Canal Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2005 -- FUERZAS ALIADAS PANAMAX 2005 ended Aug. 17 in a closing ceremony in Panama City, where the naval leadership renewed their commitment to security cooperation and to the defense of the Panama Canal.
- Nimitz Crew Enjoys Port Visit to Bahrain Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2005 -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) anchored at the Kingdom of Bahrain, an island nation in the Persian Gulf, Aug. 9-14.
- Guardian Becomes Fire-ready with Drills Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2005 -- Two Sailors on USS Guardian (MCM 5), fresh to the Navy and to their first ship, pushed themselves to successfully contain a simulated class "bravo" fire Aug. 11 in the ship's Auxiliary Machinery Room (AMR) during a General Quarters (GQ) fire drill.
- Boxer's 7th Fleet Deployment Finishes With Sasebo Exit Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2005 -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) came closer to putting a final stamp on an exercise-intensive deployment in U.S. 7th Fleet's area of operation when it left Sasebo Aug. 17.
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Reshapes to Focus on Clients Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2005 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Commands (NAVFAC) Northwest and Southwest opened for business in August, offering more customer-focused engineering, acquisition and public works services for the clients in their region.
- U.S. Navy Awards Contracts for Unmanned Systems Efforts Navy NewsStand 22 Aug 2005 -- Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., announced Aug. 19 that it has awarded four contracts for the Persistent Unmanned Maritime Airborne Surveillance (PUMAS) Capability Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
- US to Train East African Counter-Terrorism Troops VOA 22 Aug 2005 -- The United States is set to begin counter-terrorism training for hundreds of soldiers from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya in Nairobi next week as part of a wider effort to improve anti-terrorism measures in East Africa
- Ulji Focus Lens-05 Joint Military Exercises to Be Staged KCNA 22 Aug 2005 -- The south Korea-U.S. "Combined Forces Command" announced that the Ulji Focus Lens-05 joint military exercises would be staged from August 22 to September 2, according to south Korean KBS Thursday.
- Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey Hold Military Exercise RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Some 50 army officers from Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey today began a week-long tactical war game at the Georgian Defense Ministry's National Academy.
- Russia, China Prepare For Live-Fire Drills RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Russian and Chinese forces -- taking part in their first-ever joint military maneuvers -- are preparing for exercises involving the use of real ammunition on China's east coast.
- White House Daily Briefing, August 22 Washington File 22 Aug 2005 -- Bush/VFW speech in Utah, Iraq, terrorism
- State Department Briefing, August 22 Washington File 22 Aug 2005 -- Iraq, Middle East, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Israel/Palestinians, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan
- EADS delivers innovative external communications system for the UK's ASTUTE nuclear submarine project EADS 22 Aug 2005 -- Kiel-based EADS subsidiary Hagenuk Marinekommunikation and its customer, EADS Defence & Security Systems Ltd., UK, are sharing the systems responsibility for three external communications systems (ECS) to be supplied for the UK Royal Navy's ASTUTE class of nuclear submarines. HMS ASTUTE is the first submarine in the world to be equipped with this new system - currently the most advanced external communications system for submarines in the world.
- GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team Awarded $2.4 Billion Engine Development Contract GE Aviation 22 Aug 2005 -- The GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team (FET) has been awarded a contract valued at $2.4 billion to develop its F136 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
- Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Loitering Attack Missile Warhead Lockheed Martin 22 Aug 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], part of the NetFires LLC with Raytheon Company [NYSE: RTN], recently performed four successful tests of the Non-Line-of-Sight – Launch System (NLOS-LS) Loitering Attack Missile (LAM) Multiple Explosively Formed Penetrator (MEFP) warhead.
- Northrop Grumman Unveils Newest Target for U.S. Navy Northrop Grumman 22 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) unveiled today its BQM-74F which is the U.S. Navy's next-generation subsonic aerial target that can fly longer distances at much higher speeds and with increased maneuverability than before. Aerial targets are the Navy's most realistic means of training sailors and airmen against airborne threats and testing an array of weapon systems.
- Northrop Grumman Selected as Lead System Integrator for U.S. Army Rapid Response Protection Program Northrop Grumman 22 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected as the lead system integrator for unmanned ground vehicles under the U.S. Army's Family of Integrated Rapid Response Equipment (FIRRE) program. FIRRE is intended to provide the warfighter with a variety of modular force protection equipment including unmanned air, ground and undersea platforms for sensors, weapons and support or logistics equipment.
- Northrop Grumman Completes Design of Commercial Aircraft Protection System Northrop Grumman 22 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has received U.S. Department of Homeland Security approval of its design for the Guardian(tm) protection system, a Counter-Man Portable Air Defense System (Counter-MANPADS) intended to protect commercial aircraft from attack by ground-based, shoulder-fired missiles.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 22 Aug 2005
- Aid Workers Raise Alarm over Violence in Somalia VOA 22 Aug 2005 -- Aid workers are reporting a resurgence of violence across lawless Somalia
- SOMALIA: Extreme violence part of daily life - MSF IRIN 22 Aug 2005 -- Violence against civilians continues to be a major problem in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation of Somalia, the international humanitarian aid organisation, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), said on Monday.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON UN BOUGAINVILLE MISSION United Nations 22 Aug 2005
- Sudan: UN mission to help with investigation into Garang's death UN News Centre 22 Aug 2005 -- The Sudanese Government has asked the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) to help with the investigation into the helicopter crash that took the life of former southern rebel leader and first Vice-President John Garang.
- New Sierra Leone army is better-trained, says UN peacekeeping force commander UN News Centre 22 Aug 2005 -- With the United Nations peacekeeping mission winding down by the end of the year, the UN military chief has assured Sierra Leoneans that the national army had been retrained and was much better than it had been during the devastating 11-year civil war.
- Russia: A Three-Way Struggle For Chechen Islam RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Three Islamic groups in Chechnya are competing for influence over the Muslims of that republic -- the state-controlled and pro-Moscow muftiate, the traditional Sufi tariqats and the radical Islamist djamaats, according to Shamil Beno, a former Chechen foreign minister who now works as an political analyst and activist in Moscow.
- Local Chechen Militant Chief Killed RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Officials say Chechnya's law-enforcement bodies have killed the self-designated "emir" of the Urus-Martan Raion, Ruslan Vakhayev.
- Israel Evacuates Last Gaza Settlement VOA 22 Aug 2005 -- Israeli forces have begun evacuating Netzarim, the last settlement in the Gaza Strip
- Former Ivory Coast Army Chief Threatens Coup VOA 22 Aug 2005 -- Tension in Ivory Coast has increased with the former head of the army Mathias Doue threatening to overthrow President Laurent Gbagbo, if he does not step down
- Azeri Opposition Accuses Security Ministry Of Plotting RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Azerbaijan's opposition Popular Front Party (AHCP) today accused the country's security forces of plotting to overthrow the party's leadership
- USAID Launches Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning Program Washington File 22 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced August 17 the launch of the U.S. government's Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (IOTWS) program in response to the December 2004 tsunami disaster.
- Uzbekistan: Samarkand Hit By Country's First Post-Andijon Protests RFE/RL 22 Aug 2005 -- Two public protests broke out this weekend in the Uzbek city of Samarkand.
- James Webb Space Telescope Marks Manufacturing Milestone Northrop Grumman 22 Aug 2005 -- NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) team completed the initial step in manufacturing all the primary mirrors for the next-generation space observatory's telescope -- an important program milestone. Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) is the prime contractor, leading the JWST design and development effort.
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