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22 August 2005 Military News

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  • 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

Defense Industry

  • 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.

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