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23 August 2005 Military News

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  • Command post's hidden mission important to base AFPN 23 Aug 2005 -- Many Airmen may not know what a command post controller contributes to the base mission because he or she is often hidden behind closed doors.
  • Homeland Defense Exercise Wraps Up in Alaska AFPS 23 Aug 2005 -- A massive homeland defense exercise in Alaska wrapped up Aug. 19 after five days of simulated natural disasters and terrorist events, including earthquakes, aircraft crashes and anthrax attacks in 21 communities statewide.
  • BRAC: McClellan Loses 'Fort,' Gains 18,000-acre Community AFPS 23 Aug 2005 -- In 1995, the Army's Fort McClellan here was a bustling military installation that provided numerous civilian jobs and business for the surrounding community.
  • 500 attend workshop on new personnel system Army News 23 Aug 2005 -- More than 500 Army personnel managers and specialists attended a workshop in Chicago Aug. 9-12 to prepare for implementation of the National Security Personnel System beginning this fall.
  • Navy Reservists Defend Gulf Coast in Simulated Terrorist Exercise Navy NewsStand 23 Aug 2005 -- U.S. Navy Reservists joined the U.S. Coast Guard, along with federal and local law enforcement agencies, Aug. 15-19 to support the Gulf Coast Maritime Domain Awareness Initiative 2005 (MDA-05) at Naval Station Pascagoula.
  • End of Successful Philippines Phase Brings CARAT Series to Close Navy NewsStand 23 Aug 2005 -- The annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series ended Aug. 23 with the closing of the Philippines phase.
  • Kitty Hawk Concludes Successful Summer Underway Period Navy NewsStand 23 Aug 2005 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned to its forward-deployed operating port of Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 20, bringing an end to a three-month summer underway period which saw the ship and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 encounter many changes and challenges.
  • Chapter Closes On Pacific Vikings Navy NewsStand 23 Aug 2005 -- Sea Control Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CSCWP) held its disestablishment ceremony Aug. 19 at the Sea Control Squadron (VS) 41 hangar at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • Theater Commanders Meet to Discuss EUCOM's Future Navy NewsStand 23 Aug 2005 -- Top U.S. military commanders in Europe are meeting here in August to develop a common understanding about their future role.
  • GW Sailors Get Up Close During Dry Dock Tour Navy NewsStand 23 Aug 2005 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW) Sailors lined up to view the bottom of their warship Aug. 16 and 18, when the commanding officer, Capt. Garry R. White, allowed the crew to tour the dry dock while the ship was undergoing maintenance at Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) Shipyard in Virginia.

  • Rumsfeld Not Concerned About Russia-China Exercises, Experts Divided VOA 23 Aug 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he is not concerned about the first bi-lateral Russia-China military exercises, which are now in their second week and include an amphibious landing in eastern China, not far from Taiwan

  • State Department Briefing, August 23 Washington File 23 Aug 2005 -- Venezuela, Bangladesh, North Korea, South Korea, Nigeria, Canada, Israel/Palestinians, Macedonia, Turkey, Allegations of US Mistreatment of Iranian Detainee at Guantanamo Facility, Coordination on Transferring Iranian Detainee to Iran, Iran, United Nations, Iraq

Defense Industry

  • ATK Receives $15 Million Contract to Build Fuzes for the M-228 Practice Grenade ATK 23 Aug 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a production contract valued at approximately $15 million for M-228 Practice Grenade Fuzes. The contract was awarded through the U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Illinois. If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract could be worth approximately $57 million. Work on the contract will be performed at the company’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W.Va.
  • U.S. Army Small-Caliber Ammo Award Establishes General Dynamics As Second Source for Critical Small Caliber Ammunition General Dynamics 23 Aug 2005 -- The U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Illinois, has awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a five-year contract to supply small-caliber ammunition to the U.S. armed forces. The initial award under the contract is for $171 million for approximately 300 million rounds. The contract has a total potential value of approximately $1.2 billion if all options are exercised.
  • General Dynamics To Develop On-Board Electric-Power Generating System for Marine Corps HMMWVs General Dynamics 23 Aug 2005 -- The Office of Naval Research has competitively selected General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), for the first phase of a development effort for an on-board electric-power generation and distribution capability for the U.S. Marine Corps’ High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or HMMWV.
  • Hellfire Thermobaric Warhead Approved for Production Lockheed Martin 23 Aug 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced that the U.S. government has approved the thermobaric HELLFIRE (AGM-114N) missile for an accelerated full-rate production run.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract for Planning Work on USS Minneapolis-St. Paul Northrop Grumman 23 Aug 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy for planning work on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (SSN 708).
  • Pratt & Whitney Begins Assembly of First Flight Test F135 Engine for the Joint Strike Fighter Pratt & Whitney 23 Aug 2005 -- Pratt & Whitney has begun assembly of the first flight test F135 engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The F135 will be the exclusive power for the JSF's first flights starting next year.
  • Raytheon Reaches DCGS Milestone for DCGS Block 10.2 System Raytheon 23 Aug 2005 -- Raytheon Company has accomplished its first requirement of the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) contract; to deliver an experimental Distributed Common Ground System (DGS-X) to Langley Air Force Base, Va., where Raytheon and the Air Force will conduct additional testing and accreditation. The company successfully completed the factory acceptance test for the Air Force DCGS Block 10.2 multi- intelligence core earlier this month.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches Second Target Rocket For U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s CMCM-1 Program Orbital Sciences Corp. 23 Aug 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched the second of two medium-range target vehicles that supported the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Critical Measurements and Countermeasures Program, Campaign 1 (CMCM-1). The second launch of Orbital’s medium-range Castor IVB® target vehicle originated from Kauai Test Facility on the Pacific Missile Range Facility, on Thursday, August 18. As in the previous CMCM-1 launch, which was carried out earlier this month on August 4, Orbital’s role in the test was to supply the boost vehicle, integrate both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratories payload deployment module and Sandia National Laboratories reentry system, and conduct launch operations as contracted by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. The launch was conducted by the company’s Launch Systems Group based in Chandler, AZ.

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