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18 October 2005 Military News

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  • Rumsfeld Questions China's Military Intentions VOA 18 Oct 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says he wants to hear from Chinese leaders in Beijing what they plan to do with their fast growing military capability.
  • Rumsfeld Arrives in China to Discuss Security Issues, Concerns AFPS 18 Oct 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today to continue building on an evolving relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China, which he acknowledged has faced "ups and downs" but has become increasingly important to long-term security in the region and the world.

  • Army Updates Detainee Operations Information Oct. 18 Army News Release 18 Oct 2005 -- The Army continued efforts to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing documents Oct. 18 pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

  • Force shaping board meeting in 2006 AFPN 18 Oct 2005 -- A force shaping board will convene in 2006 and continue to meet annually to properly shape the officer corps to meet emerging Air Force needs.
  • USS Houston Strengthens Warfare Capabilities Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) partnered with the Australian Navy in September to strengthen its warfare capabilities through an annual joint exercise, Lungfish 2005.
  • Fitzgerald and Navy One Year Older Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) celebrated her 10th birthday Oct. 14, just one day after the U.S. Navy observed its 230th birthday Oct. 13.
  • Famous regiment reactivated on eve of deployment Army News 18 Oct 2005 -- The 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team was officially reactivated as the 506th Regimental Combat Team at the Division Parade Field here Oct. 13.
  • Nimitz Strike Group Visits 'Land Down Under' Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 and the fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) made a visit to the "land down under" Oct. 7-12 when the ships pulled into Fremantle, Western Australia.
  • Gunston Hall Sailors Help Moroccan Orphanage Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- About 400 Sailors aboard the amphibious ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) had the opportunity in October to participate in a community relations project while in Morocco.
  • Forward Deployed ARG to Conduct Work-ups Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- Forward Depolyed Amphibious Ready Group (FDARG) arrived in Okinawa, Japan, Oct. 8 to embark the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in preparation for Blue-Green workups and Amphibious Ready Group Exercises (ARGEX).
  • USS Tucson Departs for Training Exercises Navy NewsStand 18 Oct 2005 -- USS Tucson (SSN 770) departed its homeport of Pearl Harbor Oct. 11 to participate in a Combined Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of southern California.

  • State Department Briefing, October 18 Washington File 18 Oct 2005 -- Rice meets with UN SecGen Kofi Annan, Syria/Lebanon, Japan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkey, United Kingdom, China/Taiwan
  • White House Briefing, October 18 Washington File 18 Oct 2005 -- President's schedule, Raid in Iraq/casualties, Saddam Hussein trial, Middle East/President Mahmoud Abbas

Defense Industry

  • T-50 MAKES ITS DEBUT AT THE KOREA AEROSPACE & DEFENSE EXHIBITION 2005 Lockheed Martin 18 Oct 2005 -- The T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer made its aerial debut and showcased its versatility today at the Korea Aerospace & Defense Exhibition, also known as the Seoul Air Show. The aircraft was developed and is being marketed worldwide by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with the assistance of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT].
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN PARTNERS WITH U.S. AND SPANISH NAVIES FOR THREE SHIP INTERNATIONAL JOINT AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEM DEMONSTRATION Lockheed Martin 18 Oct 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) in support of the U.S. Navy and the crews of the U.S. Navy destroyers USS Halsey (DDG-97) and USS Howard (DDG-83) and the Spanish Navy frigate Blas de Lezo (F-103) continued the international Aegis success story by completing a three-ship international joint Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) last week. This CSSQT, conducted off the California coast, is part of a planned series of four joint tests between Spain and the United States.
  • ThalesRaytheonSystems Receives $120 Million to Deliver Advanced Command and Control Systems for the Swiss Air Force Raytheon 18 Oct 2005 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has received $120 million in contracts from the Swiss defense procurement agency, armasuisse, to provide the Swiss Air Force with advanced Link-16 connectivity for their fighter aircraft. The funding represents a continuation of work by TRS on the FLORAKO command and control program.
  • ThalesRaytheonSystems receives $120 million to deliver advanced command and control systems for the Swiss Air Force Thales 18 Oct 2005 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has received $120 million in contracts from the Swiss defense procurement agency, Armasuisse, to provide the Swiss Air Force with advanced Link-16 connectivity for their fighter aircraft. The funding represents a continuation of work by TRS on the Florako command and control program.
  • DARPA Micro Air Vehicle Passes Key Milestone Towards Future Combat System Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Boeing 18 Oct 2005 -- The Future Combat Systems (FCS) program has passed a significant milestone in its progress toward selecting a Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system. The announcement was made today by Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the Lead Systems Integrator team for the U.S. Army's FCS program.
  • First National Security Cutter Fabrication Unit Lifted Into Place Since Hurricane Katrina Northrop Grumman 18 Oct 2005 -- The first National Security Cutter (NSC 1) fabrication unit to be lifted into place since Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast is pictured here at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard on Monday, Oct. 17. The National Security Cutter is being developed by Integrated Coast Guard Systems, a joint venture between Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. It is designed to be the flagship of the Deepwater fleet, capable of meeting all maritime security mission requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard. It will be the largest and most technically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard. Construction of the NSC 1 began in September 2004 at Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems sector in Pascagoula, and the ship is expected to be delivered to the Coast Guard in 2008. Eight of these ships are planned to be built for the Coast Guard's fleet by 2017.

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