28 September 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 28 Sep 2005 [PDF]
- MARINE KILLED NEAR FALLUJAH
- ONE SOLDIER KILLED; ONE SOLDIER WOUNDED BY IED ATTACK
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Navy Casualty
- MARINE KILLED IN AR RAMADI
- Soldier and Airman killed in IED attack
- Marine, Soldier Killed in Iraq; Terror Suspects Captured AFPS 28 Sep 2005 -- One 56th Brigade Combat Team soldier died and another was wounded as a result of an improvised-explosive-device attack during a combat logistics patrol at about 10:45 a.m. today near Safwan, Iraq, military officials reported.
- Soldier Killed in Ramadi; Iraqi Forces Detain Attacker AFPS 28 Sep 2005 -- A soldier assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action Sept. 27 by small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, military officials reported today.
- 'Screaming Eagles' mark second Iraq deployment with ceremony Army News 28 Sep 2005 -- The 101st Airborne Division colors were cased in a ceremony at division headquarters Sept. 23, marking the beginning of the division's second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- Roadside Bombs Cause Increasing Concern in Iraq VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- The U.S. military in Iraq is increasingly concerned about roadside bombs that are taking a greater toll on U.S. troops than at any time since dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled in April, 2003.
- At Least 6 Killed By Female Suicide Bomber In Iraq RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- At least six people were killed and around 30 wounded when a female suicide bomber blew herself up today near a group of people waiting in line in Tal Afar, in northern Iraq.
- Female Suicide Bomber Hits Iraqi Army Recruits in Tal Afar VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- A female suicide bomber has blown herself up outside an Iraqi army recruiting center in northern Iraq, killing at least six would-be recruits and injuring more than 30 others.
- Coalition operations catch 9 terror suspects red-handed MNF-I 28 Sep 2005 -- Soldiers from a 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division patrol detained nine suspected terrorists in three separate incidents while conducting security and stability operations near Taji on Sept. 27.
- Suicide bomber attacks civilians at Civil Military Operations Center MNF-I 28 Sep 2005 -- Iraqi Army and Coalition Soldiers responded to a suicide bomber attack in Tal Afar on the morning of Sept. 28.
- Sadr City gets $86.5 million in infrastructure improvements Army News 28 Sep 2005 -- Sadr City residents say they're definitely seeing a difference as nearly $86.5 million in infrastructure improvements have been completed with an additional $246 million ongoing.
- 10 Dead in Suicide Attack in Afghan Capital VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- In Afghanistan, a suicide bomber dressed in a military uniform has blown himself up outside an army training center in Kabul killing 10 people, including himself, and wounding at least 28 others.
- Suspected Suicide Bomber Kills At Least Nine In Kabul RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- At least nine people were killed and 27 injured in what appeared to have been a suicide bomb attack at a military training center in Kabul.
- Afghan Vote Count Reportedly Half Finished RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- The chief electoral officer for Afghanistan's recent parliamentary election said today the vote count is about half complete and should finish on schedule by around 4 October.
- Afghanistan: EU Election Mission Head Says Country Needs International Support RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- The head of the EU's electoral observation mission to Afghanistan, Emma Bonino, says the country will not be able to stand on its own feet without significant international support.
- Departing Afghan Official Denies Rift With President, Urges More Action on Drug Trade VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- Afghanistan's departing Interior minister has accused government officials of supporting the country's illegal drug trade.
- Afghan Minister Denies Having Rift With Karzai RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali held a news conference today in Kabul, a day after tendering his resignation.
- Afghanistan: Top Security Official Resigns Amid Controversy RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- After months of speculation about the resignation of Afghan Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, the country's top law-enforcement official's departure from President Hamid Karzai's cabinet was officially announced on 27 September.
- JCC reviews election security in Kandahar Army News 28 Sep 2005 -- Parliamentary elections in Kandahar Province were a smooth, secure operation thanks to Afghan Security Forces working through the Joint Coordination Center.
- Afghan-Pakistan Cooperation Needed To Improve Border Security Washington File 28 Sep 2005 -- President Bush's national security advisor, Stephen Hadley, thanked the Pakistani government for its efforts to strengthen security along its border with Afghanistan, but said the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan should coordinate more closely in order to address the threat posed by the Taliban and al-Qaida in the border area.
- Texas National Guard, Fort Sam Houston Continue Rita Relief Efforts AFPS 28 Sep 2005 -- Elements of the Texas National Guard continue supporting relief efforts for areas affected by Hurricane Rita, and Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, has been providing essential support, military officials reported.
- Mine Warfare Ships to Support Hurricane Rita Recovery Efforts Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- Mine warfare ships based here are prepared to deploy in support of Hurricane Rita disaster recovery efforts.
- Hospital Ship Comfort Arrives in New Orleans Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived here Sept. 28 at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services and Louisiana government state officials.
Defense Policy / Programs
- C-141 approaches historical conclusion as last flight nears AFPN 28 Sep 2005 -- Since its first flight Dec. 17, 1963, the C-141 Starlifter has enjoyed a prestigious history.
- Eglin fighters shine at Bright Star AFPN 28 Sep 2005 -- The 33rd Fighter Wing here was the Air Force's lone fighter unit in Egypt to participate in the joint-combined training exercise Bright Star 05/06.
- Army tests 'Excalibur' smart artillery munition Army News 28 Sep 2005 -- U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could have a significantly more accurate howitzer-fired munition by March, officials said, following successful demonstration of the Army's first fully autonomous guided projectile, Excalibur, at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Sept. 15.
- Army depot employees save $90 million Army News 28 Sep 2005 -- Stripping parts from recently retired communications systems is enabling the depot to support a similar system without having to buy new components.
- Army demonstrates Future Combat Systems Army News 28 Sep 2005 -- The Army initiative to transition to a new modular force took a step forward last week with the first comprehensive public demonstration of several Future Combat Systems technologies at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
- Harpers Ferry Maintains Ship, Sailors Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) entered into its Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period Sept. 19, a time set aside for major maintenance work.
- Scranton Returns From Six-month Deployment Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) returned to Norfolk Naval Station Sept. 27, after a six-month deployment.
- CNO Holds All Hands Call at NAS Oceana Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen visited Naval Air Station Oceana Sept. 27 and talked to Sailors about the future of the U.S. Navy in the 21st century.
- Coalition Navies Sharpen MSO Sword During Bright Star Exercise Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- Sailors from the United States, Pakistan, Italy and Egypt trained together in Maritime Security Operations (MSO) Sept. 23-24 off the Egyptian coast as part of Exercise Bright Star.
- McClusky Makes Major Drug Bust Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- A high-speed open ocean chase resulted in the seizure of 3.5 tons of cocaine and the detention of five suspected smugglers during USS McClusky's (FFG 41) first drug bust in the Eastern Pacific Aug. 30.
- Safeguard Concludes SALVEX Navy NewsStand 28 Sep 2005 -- USS Safeguard (ARS 50) completed the first Salvage Exercise (SALVEX) with the Indian navy Sept. 24, conducting 12 days of combined dive exercises off of India's western coast city of Cochin and its surrounding waters.
- White House Briefing, September 28 Washington File 28 Sep 2005 -- Hurricane updates, war on terror, Congressman DeLay, prisoner abuse, Brown hearing, Supreme Court, Karen Hughes trip to Saudi Arabia, Social Security
- State Department Briefing, September 28 Washington File 28 Sep 2005 -- Zoellick travels to Guatemala/Nicaragua/Brazil, public diplomacy, Bolton/UN reform, Israel/Palestinians, Iran, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Turkey
- General Dynamics Awarded $7 Million Stryker Repair Contract General Dynamics 28 Sep 2005 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $7 million contract modification for Stryker combat vehicle repair work.
- General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin Demonstrate Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Capabilities General Dynamics 28 Sep 2005 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that they demonstrated key technologies in the system design for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) to the U.S. Army. Completion of the demonstrations marks a significant milestone in the WIN-T program, confirming that technologies and subsystems in the next-generation warfighter network are mature and significantly reducing risk for the customer. The next phase of review for the WIN-T system will be the full development test/operational test (DT/OT) scheduled for Nov. 2005.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS 50TH F/A-22 RAPTOR TO THE U. S. AIR FORCE Lockheed Martin 28 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered the 50th F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter to the U.S. Air Force today, marking another milestone in this revolutionary stealth aircraft program. The Raptor can dominate airspace anywhere around the globe, around the clock, and survive in contested airspace better than any other aircraft in the world.
- Kalekalip to Support Northrop Grumman's Peace Eagle Program Northrop Grumman 28 Sep 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) signed a long-term agreement today with Kalekalip Defense and Aerospace, under which the Turkish firm will provide support equipment associated with the Turkish Air Force Peace Eagle Airborne Surveillance Program.
- Northrop Grumman's Defense Travel System On-Track for Significant Cost Savings with One Million Transactions Now Processed Northrop Grumman 28 Sep 2005 -- The Defense Travel System (DTS), designed and developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), has successfully processed more than one million authorizations, including more than 90,000 last month. DTS is now used at more than half of the Defense Department's 11,000 sites by over 680,000 uniformed and civilian employees.
- Raytheon NLOS-LS Enhanced Precision Attack Missile Seeker Approved as Baseline Capability Raytheon 28 Sep 2005 -- The Raytheon Company- developed Enhanced Precision Attack Missile (EPAM) seeker has been transitioned to the baseline seeker for the Non Line of Sight -- Launch System Precision Attack Missile (PAM).
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS SECOND CRITICAL PAYLOAD FOR NATION'S SPACE-BASED MISSILE WARNING SYSTEM Lockheed Martin 28 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced the successful delivery of its second Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO 2) payload, a critical element of the nation's next-generation missile warning system, known at the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program.
- Press Release: Textron's Bell Helicopter Granted Approval for Full Rate Production of V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Textron 28 Sep 2005 -- Marking a major milestone in aviation, Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today announced that its Bell Helicopter unit has been granted approval by the United States Defense Department for Full Rate Production (FRP) of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
- Press Release: EADS and Thales to supply latest-technology missile warner to A400M EADS 28 Sep 2005 -- EADS Defence Electronics will equip the European transport aircraft A400M with its newly developed missile warning system MIRAS working on the latest infrared technology.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 28 Sep 2005
- Israel Widens Offensive Against Palestinian Militants VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- Israel is widening its five-day-old offensive in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, aimed at halting Palestinian rocket attacks
- US Urges Restraint Amid Violence in Gaza VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- The United States is making public and diplomatic appeals to Israel and the Palestinians to end the violence that has sent regional tensions soaring only weeks after Israel's Gaza withdrawal
- Israel Widens Offensive Against Palestinian Militants VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- Israel is continuing its offensive against Palestinian militants with several air raids in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday.
- LIBERIA: Court rulings may affect elections date, officials say IRIN 28 Sep 2005 -- Liberia's first elections since the end of its civil war have been thrown into doubt by rulings from the Supreme Court, UN and election officials said on Wednesday.
- COTE D IVOIRE: New peace effort under way but Gbagbo refuses role for West Africa IRIN 28 Sep 2005 -- As African leaders gear up for two successive summits to salvage peace efforts in Cote d'Ivoire, the country's president Laurent Gbagbo has ruled out any mediation role for his fellow West African leaders.
- Annan requests more troops, one-year extension for UN mission in DR of Congo UN News Centre 28 Sep 2005 -- As the electoral process proceeds in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for more troops for the peacekeeping mission there and a one-year extension of its mandate until October 2006, after the installation of a newly elected Government.
- Beslan Witness: Russian Forces Fired At School First RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- A witness in the trial over the Beslan school siege in North Ossetia said a Russian armored vehicle was the first to open fire in a battle that claimed the lives of many hostages.
- Japan Rejects Russian Claim On Disputed Islands RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- Japan has rejected President Vladimir Putin's insistence on Russian sovereignty over four islands seized by the Soviet army at the end of World War II.
- Press Conference By Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery United Nations 28 Sep 2005
- Uzbekistan: Departure From Base Underlines U.S.-Uzbek Tensions RFE/RL 28 Sep 2005 -- A top U.S. official has confirmed that U.S. forces will leave their military base in Uzbekistan.
- Andijon Massacre Remains Contentious Issue Between US, Uzbekistan VOA 28 Sep 2005 -- The relationship between the United States and Uzbekistan soured recently after the United States called for an independent investigation of a bloody incident in the Uzbek city of Andijon
- EGYPT: Mubarak promises more democracy IRIN 28 Sep 2005 -- Hosni Mubarak was sworn in before the Egyptian parliament on Tuesday for a fifth term as president, promising to implement his campaign promises, including creating more jobs and building democracy in Egypt.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN-DEVELOPED BOOST VEHICLE-PLUS PROGRAM COMPLETES INITIAL QUALIFICATION OF ATK ORBUS 1A Lockheed Martin 28 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that the first phase of qualification testing at Alliant Techsystems (ATK) (NYSE: ATK) has been successfully completed for the ORBUS 1A, the second- and third-stage solid rocket motor for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Boost Vehicle-Plus (BV+) program.
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