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03 October 2005 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Letter by Retired Military Leaders to Senator John McCain 03 Oct 2005 -- "We strongly support your proposed amendments to the Defense Department Authorization bill concerning detainee policy, including requiring all interrogations of detainees in DOD custody to conform to the U.S. Army's Field Manual on Intelligence Interrogation (FM 34-52), and prohibiting the use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by any U.S. government agency."

  • ARMY G-4 TRANSFORMS TO BETTER SUPPORT WARFIGHTERS Army News Release 03 Oct 2005 -- The Army G-4 announced today the completion of its strategic realignment, which was the first step in the organization's transformation to improve the delivery of its core function--enhancing Soldier logistics readiness.
  • Disaster Drill Measures 'Medical Megaplex' Response Navy NewsStand 03 Oct 2005 -- National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center and Suburban Hospital, hosted its largest mass casualty exercise Sept. 29 to test the hospitals' emergency response capabilities and interoperability.
  • Academy chemistry department leads UAV research AFPN 03 Oct 2005 -- Future Air Force leaders here are working to produce a stealthier unmanned aerial vehicle powered by an alternative energy source.
  • USAFE returns African Union troops to Rwanda AFPN 03 Oct 2005 -- Two U.S. Air Forces in Europe C-130 Hercules returned about 80 African Union peacekeepers from the Darfur region of the Sudan on Oct. 2.
  • Pace Issues Guidance to Help Military 'Shape the Future' AFPS 03 Oct 2005 -- The war on terror underlies every word in the Chairman's Guidance to the Joint Staff.
  • USS Iwo Jima Returns Home Navy NewsStand 03 Oct 2005 -- After more than a month of conducting relief operations in the wake of two hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) returned home to Norfolk, Va., Oct. 2.
  • USS Duluth Decommissioned After 39 Years Of Service Navy NewsStand 03 Oct 2005 -- The Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Duluth (LPD 6) was decommissioned at Naval Station San Diego Sept. 28 after serving the Navy and the nation for 39 years.

  • NATO To Increase Use Of Kyrgyz Air Base RFE/RL 03 Oct 2005 -- A NATO official said today in Bishkek that the alliance will increase its use of the Ganci air base in Kyrgyzstan for conducting operations in Afghanistan.

  • State Department Briefing, October 3 Washington File 03 Oct 2005 -- Turkey, Secretary Rice's phone calls/Discussions, U.S. position on the relationship between NATO and EU processes, Zoellick's Western Hemisphere travel, Tom Shannon nomination as Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere, Austria, Greece, Israel/Palestinians, Syria, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Indonesia
  • White House Briefing, October 3 Washington File 03 Oct 2005 -- Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, Bill Bennett statement, hurricanes

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded $11 Million Contract To Reset Bradley Vehicles BAE Systems 03 Oct 2005 -- BAE Systems has been awarded an $11 million contract by U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command for reset and modification for 15 M7 Bradley Fire Support Team (BFIST) Vehicles and one M2A3 Bradley Vehicle, and to add 131 Vehicle Intercom System (VIS) Kits for the Bradley 3rd CAV Operation Desert Storm vehicles.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Close-In Countermeasure Defeats Rocket Propelled Grenades In Live On-The-Move Tests BAE Systems 03 Oct 2005 -- SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- BAE Systems has successfully completed the first on-the-move test of its Close-In Countermeasure (CICM) active protection system against incoming Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) at a government test range.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Displays Armed Robotic Demonstrator At AUSA BAE Systems 03 Oct 2005 -- ARLINGTON, Va. -- BAE Systems is displaying an Armed Robotic Demonstrator at the Association of the U.S. Armys 2005 Annual Meeting and Exposition this week in Washington to illustrate the synergy between current and future forces.
  • Production Begins on New Boeing CH-47F Chinook for the U.S. Army Boeing 03 Oct 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has started production for the new CH-47F Chinook heavy-transport helicopter as part of the U.S. Army Cargo Helicopter modernization program.
  • EADS North America Expands UH-145 Industrial Team EADS 03 Oct 2005 -- EADS North America has expanded the industrial team for its UH-145 advanced helicopter with the addition of Sikorsky Aircraft, which will provide its expertise in contractor logistics support (CLS) for the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) mission.
  • U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $107 Million for Virginia-class Submarine Development Work General Dynamics 03 Oct 2005 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $107.3 million contract to provide lead-yard services and research and development studies for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $75 Million Contract For Arrowhead Production Lockheed Martin 03 Oct 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded a contract valued at approximately $75 million for the purchase of 13 Arrowhead Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems that will serve as the day/night vision system for the Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN TO UPGRADE RADAR SETS Lockheed Martin 03 Oct 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been selected by the United States Army to upgrade the Airborne Reconnaissance Low-Multifunction (ARL-M) radar that provides high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images in all weather, day or night in support of missions in the Republic of Korea. The $10.9 million contract involves replacing four SAR systems with Lockheed Martin’s advanced Phoenix Eye radar, which is a high resolution image and moving target indicator (MTI) system of similar design to the system developed for the Army’s objective intelligence and electronic warfare systems.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Demonstrates JTRS Power Amplifier for Army Northrop Grumman 03 Oct 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of an advanced high-power amplifier for the U.S. Army that is capable of enabling critical communications for the network-centric Future Force.
  • Raytheon to Increase Army Sensor Commonality via $180 Million Upgrade of 872 Vehicles Raytheon 03 Oct 2005 -- As 572 new Abrams and Bradley fighting vehicles, 300 LRAS3 (Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance Systems) and other Army ground platforms roll out, all will be equipped with upgraded "night vision" sights produced by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).
  • AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEM SUCCESSFUL IN BALLISTIC MISSILE TRACKING EXERCISE Lockheed Martin 03 Oct 2005 -- The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System successfully detected and tracked an unarmed U.S. Air Force Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Aegis detected the missile when it rose above the horizon and immediately began BMD tracking operations. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System for the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and also serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent.
  • Northrop Grumman Completes First Hardware and Software Integration of Payload for New Missile Warning Satellite Northrop Grumman 03 Oct 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced the completion of mechanical and electrical integration work for a key element of the nation's next-generation missile warning system, the payload for the first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous-orbit satellite. Northrop Grumman will provide the payload to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the prime contractor and systems integrator for SBIRS.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Turkey, EU Agree to Start Historic Membership Talks VOA 03 Oct 2005 -- Turkey said it had reached agreement with the European Union to open membership talks.

  • SOMALIA: Hijacked ship released IRIN 03 Oct 2005 -- The hijackers of a ship transporting food aid for survivors of the December tsunami in northeastern Somalia released the vessel on Sunday, leaving it to proceed to El Maan port, north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, sources said.

  • JSAT CORPORATION AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT FOR THIRD A2100 SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 03 Oct 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract by JSAT Corporation (JSAT) of Japan to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite, designated JCSAT-11. JCSAT-11 will be reserved entirely in orbit as a back up satellite for other JCSAT satellites following its scheduled launch in 2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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