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16 September 2005 Military News

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Defense Industry
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • President Sends BRAC Commission Report to Congress AFPS 16 Sep 2005 -- President Bush concurred with and sent the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's report to Congress on Sept. 15 for legislative review, White House officials announced.

  • Bush Calls for Broader Military Disaster Response Role AFPS 16 Sep 2005 -- The military will have a broader role in disaster response, based on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush said in a nationally televised address Sept. 15.
  • Pentagon Wants New Look at Its Role in Domestic Emergencies VOA 16 Sep 2005 -- The morning after President Bush called for a greater role for the U.S. military in responding to domestic disasters, a senior Defense Department official said U.S. laws and government procedures need to be re-evaluated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to allow the military to provide disaster relief more effectively.

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  • Air Force says farewell to most powerful ICBM AFPN 16 Sep 2005 -- The era of the Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missile, often credited with helping end the Cold War, is coming to its own close Sept. 19 with the final phase of the deactivation process.
  • missions, same goal AFPN 16 Sep 2005 -- It is 110 degrees and temperatures are steadily on the rise. Luckily, the office is air conditioned -- until the power goes out.
  • Seymour Johnson aircraft evacuate to Wright Patterson AFPN 16 Sep 2005 -- Just weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region, Hurricane Ophelia threatened communities along the East Coast, forcing military bases to act fast.
  • Army inactivates oldest air defense battalion Army News 16 Sep 2005 -- The 1st Infantry Division held an inactivation ceremony Sept. 15 at Leighton Barracks for the 4th Batallion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, the oldest air defense battalion in the active Army.
  • Boxer Returns from Surge Deployment Navy NewsStand 16 Sep 2005 -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) (the "Golden Gator") returned from its third deployment in three years Sept. 14 to the sound of cheers from family and friends.
  • USS Boxer Returns From Surge Deployment Navy NewsStand 16 Sep 2005 -- The crew of USS Boxer (LHD 4) returned to San Diego Sept. 14, after a four-and-a-half month surge deployment in support of exercises Talisman Saber '05, a joint exercise with Australia; and Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), with Malaysian army and navy forces.
  • Conference Brings Asia Pacific Submariners Together Navy NewsStand 16 Sep 2005 -- Representatives from 15 nations attended the fifth annual Asia Pacific Submarine Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 12-15.
  • Jarrett Crew Members Act as Ambassadors in El Salvador Navy NewsStand 16 Sep 2005 -- Crew members from USS Jarrett (FFG 33) participated in a community relations project at a rural elementary school, Valle Nuevo, here Sept. 5.
  • Multimission DD(X) Destroyer Successfully Completes Flag-Level Critical Design Review Navy NewsStand 16 Sep 2005 -- The U.S. Navy successfully achieved a significant milestone for the multimission DD(X) destroyer with the completion of a system-wide Critical Design Review (CDR) Sept. 14.

  • State Department Briefing, September 16 Washington File 16 Sep 2005 -- Update on Hurricane Katrina Relief/Access to New Orleans Consulates for Representatives of Foreign Governments, Upcoming Special Briefing on Afghan elections by Ambassador Ron Neumann, Brown University Survey of Federal Websites, Armenia/Turkey, Syria/Iraq, North Korea, Greece, Venezuela, Iran, Israel/Palestinian Authority

Defense Industry

  • ATK Provides Quick Response to 11 Air National Guard Units Flying RC-26B Aircraft in Support of Katrina Missions ATK 16 Sep 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), the Mission System Integrator for the RC-26B Air National Guard Aircraft, has provided critical systems support on a continuous basis in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The Air National Guard has been flying 10-12 hour missions daily on an average of six of their eleven aircraft. The RC-26B has been one of two preferred aircraft platforms to provide night mission support and ATK Integrated Systems is the System Integrator for both. The unique capability of the RC-26B mission system has been instrumental in the success of search and rescue and law enforcement support missions.
  • An EADS CASA C-295 aircraft belonging to the Spanish Air Force flies non-stop for more than 10 hours over the Pacific Ocean EADS 16 Sep 2005 -- On September 15, an EADS CASA C-295 aircraft from Wing 35 of the Spanish Air Force, based in Getafe, Madrid, performed a non-stop flight, without auxiliary fuel tanks, from the North American city of Sacramento to Honolulu.
  • EADS equips all operational units of the German Armed Forces with TETRAPOL EADS 16 Sep 2005 -- EADS will supply the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) with TETRAPOL technology with 30 mobile digital radio systems with 10,000 terminal devices, accessories and a training facility worth about € 55 million by the end of 2007. To this end, EADS and the Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr concluded the "TETRAPOLBw" procurement contract in mid-September.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Bomb Explodes in Christian Area of Beirut; One Dead, Nine Wounded VOA 16 Sep 2005 -- A bomb has exploded in a mainly Christian neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon, killing at least one person and wounding nine others.
  • Israeli military chief warned not to visit UK over arrest threat IRNA 16 Sep 2005 -- Israel's current chief-of-staff General Dan Halutz was reported Friday to have been warned to avoid visiting the UK due to possible arrest for war crimes charges.
  • SOMALIA: Hijacked food aid ship allowed to proceed to port IRIN 16 Sep 2005 -- The hijackers of a ship that was transporting food aid meant for survivors of last year's tsunami in Somalia have allowed the vessel to proceed to a port north of the capital, Mogadishu, where it is expected to offload its cargo, a spokeswoman for the UN food agency said on Friday.
  • Venezuela's President Lashes Out at United States During UN Summit Speech VOA 16 Sep 2005 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez used his speech before the United Nations World Summit Thursday to lash out at the United States, saying the world body should move out of New York because of the war in Iraq.
  • Orbital Selected By NASA For Major Long-Term Launch Services Contract Orbital Sciences Corp. 16 Sep 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been awarded a major contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide Pegasus® and Taurus® launch services for future NASA space missions over a seven-year period from 2005 to2012. The contract was awarded under the NASA Launch Services (NLS) program, which allows the space agency to order small-, medium- and large-class launch services from several suppliers on an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) basis. The small-class missions covered under this contract are expected to extend the Pegasus and Taurus mission manifest into the early years of the next decade. Orbital estimates that six or seven launch vehicles will be required to support upcoming missions in the small-class mission segment through the end of 2012.

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