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18 November 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Defense Department Report, November 17: Missile Defense Update Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced November 17 that the U.S. Navy successful tested its Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System against a realistic target warhead that separated from its booster rocket.
  • U.S. Says Antimissile Test Successful RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- A U.S. missile defense system has successfully shot down a dummy warhead over Hawaiian waters.

  • Some Protective Vests Recalled, But Wearers Never at Risk AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- The Army and Marine Corps are recalling about 18,000 protective vests, but officials emphasize that troops wearing them aren't at risk and that the recall has nothing to do with ballistic plate protection.
  • NSPS Implementation Date Moves to Feb. 1 AFPS 18 Nov 2005 -- DoD will delay implementing the new National Security Personnel System until Feb. 1, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said.
  • Commando Sling wraps up AFPN 18 Nov 2005 -- The first Commando Sling exercise of the fiscal year ended here today, wrapping up a month of air-to-air combat training.
  • Leaders say Cope India 'great success' AFPN 18 Nov 2005 -- Exercise Cope India '06 ends Nov. 20, but U.S. and Indian air force leaders have already said the training has been a resounding success.
  • ESG 3 Conducts Integration Exercise Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- Four ships and about 3,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 successfully completed their ESG Integration Exercise (ESGINT) Nov. 18 off the coast of Southern California.
  • George Washington Nears Completion of Yard Period Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) achieved another shipyard availability milestone Nov. 15, meeting the Topside Production Completion Date (TPCD), which was originally scheduled for Nov. 22.
  • Forward Deployed ARG Sailors Enjoy Hong Kong Visit Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- Ships of the Sasebo-based, three-ship Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Hong Kong after a scheduled port visit Nov. 17 where approximately 2,000 Sailors enjoyed four fun-filled days of shopping, cultural sites and community service projects.
  • Strike Group Staff Moves Aboard Ike Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- During the week of Nov. 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) welcomed aboard Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 and their staffs.
  • Kitty Hawk Makes History During 3M Assessment Navy NewsStand 18 Nov 2005 -- During USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) recent maintenance and material management (3M) assessment, which concluded Nov. 14, the ship made history by becoming the first aircraft carrier ever to complete the assessment without a single department receiving an unsatisfactory grade.

  • Indo-US air exercise concludes IRNA 18 Nov 2005 -- The second Indo-US air exercise in which F-16 Fighting Falcons and E-3 Gentry Airborne Warning System and Control Aircraft of the US Air Force took part of System and Control aircraft of the US Air Force-(USAF) took part for the first time concluded at the Indian Air Force's Klaikunda airbase in West Bengal.

  • Azerbaijan Says NATO To Help Clear Unexploded Ordnance RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- Azerbaijan says NATO has agreed to help clear one of its regions of unexploded ordnance.

  • Romania Agrees to Establish US Military Bases VOA 18 Nov 2005 -- Romania says it has agreed with the United States to establish American military bases on the Black Sea.

  • U.S., Australia Security Alliance Retools To Meet Modern Threats Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- The half-century-old U.S.-Australia alliance is retooling itself to meet modern threats.

  • State Department Briefing, November 18 Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- Iran, Iraq, Guantanamo, Venezuela, Syria

Defense Industry

  • EADS field hospital for the Slovenian Armed Forces EADS 18 Nov 2005 -- EADS has delivered a mobile field hospital to the Slovenian Armed Forces. This was announced by the company on Friday. In addition to the modular structure, the EADS Defence Electronics system stands out since it can be deployed autonomously at the most contrasting spots around the world: the possible areas of deployment range from arctic climes to desert regions.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $77 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Support General Dynamics 18 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. Navy today awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $77 million contract modification for nuclear-submarine work. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • General Dynamics Canada to Provide Acoustic Signal Processors for Republic of Korea Navy General Dynamics 18 Nov 2005 -- General Dynamics Canada has been awarded a contract by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems to provide the Acoustic Signal Processing (ASP) systems for eight Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft. General Dynamics Canada is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Work will be performed in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Northrop Grumman Dedicates New High-Tech Nebraska Facility Northrop Grumman 18 Nov 2005 -- Nebraska's largest defense contractor, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), cut the ribbon today on a new 110,000 square-foot facility, located on Highway 370 near Offutt Air Force Base. The new three-story state-of-the art facility, which houses approximately 400 employees, marks the consolidation of Northrop Grumman's four local sites into one single headquarters.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches Medium-Range Target For Missile Defense Test Orbital Sciences Corp. 18 Nov 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a medium-range target (MRT-1) vehicle under the Lockheed Martin Targets and Countermeasures Prime Contract with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The MRT-1 vehicle served as an intercept target for the Navy's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System and was launched yesterday from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii. MRT-1 flew a trajectory northwest of Kauai and was intercepted by the Navy's Standard Missile (SM-3) interceptor system before reentering the Earth's atmosphere. The MRT-1 was the first of several medium-range targets Orbital is prepared to launch under contract to Lockheed Martin in support of the Aegis BMD test program. The MRT target is also part of Lockheed Martin's Flexible Target Family (FTF), currently under development for responsive and cost-effective missile defense system testing.

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