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30 November 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Chairman Calls White Phosphorous Legitimate Military Tool AFPS 30 Nov 2005 -- White phosphorous is a legitimate military tool, but U.S. forces have been highly judicious about using it to avoid harming civilians, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pentagon reporters Nov. 29.
  • Maintainers keep Minuteman IIIs ready AFPN 30 Nov 2005 -- Nearly five decades after the Minuteman entered the United States' nuclear arsenal as President John F. Kennedy's "Ace in the Hole," technicians here are working to ensure it continues on active duty for the foreseeable future.
  • Symposium keys on space support AFPN 30 Nov 2005 -- The theme for this year's Air Force Association National Symposium was "Space - Enabling the War Fighter."
  • Army's Ongoing Transformation Was Decades in the Making AFPS 30 Nov 2005 -- Although the Army only began its transformation in 2002, the process has been ongoing and decades in the making, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology said here Nov. 29.
  • Today's Operations Build Future Military AFPS 30 Nov 2005 -- The military of the future is evolving today, military and defense industry officials said at the opening of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference here Nov. 29.
  • DoD Announces Implementation of Traumatic Injury Protection 30 Nov 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today the implementation of traumatic injury protection insurance under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program as enacted by section 1032 of Public Law 109-13.
  • U.S. Navy to Withdraw Forces from La Maddalena, Sardinia Washington File 30 Nov 2005 -- The governments of the United States and Italy have agreed to remove American Navy forces from La Maddalena, Sardinia, the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said November 30.

  • Russia Rejects Charges Against Troops In South Ossetia RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Russia rejected claims that its peacekeeping contingent in South Ossetia is involved in anti-Georgian terrorist acts and other criminal operations.
  • Georgia Sees Russian Peacekeepers As Threatening Its Security RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Georgia says it considers Russian peacekeeping forces deployed in its breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia a threat to its security.

  • CIS Defense Ministers Meeting In Moscow RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Defense ministers from CIS countries are meeting today in Moscow to discuss military cooperation and peacekeeping operations.

  • Ukraine Says No Russian Ultimatum Over NATO Bid RFE/RL 30 Nov 2005 -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Anatoliy Hrytsenko says Russia has not given Kyiv an ultimatum regarding Ukraine's possible membership in NATO.

  • White House Briefing, November 30 Washington File 30 Nov 2005 -- Iraq, economy, military spending, budget
  • State Department Briefing, November 30 Washington File 30 Nov 2005 -- The Practice of Rendition, Letter from EU Presidency Foreign Secretary, Straw on Alleged Secret Detainee Sites/Request for Information, Issue of US Response to Alleged Detentions/Fighting War on Terrorism/European Cooperation/European Public, Assistant Secretary Dan Fried's Meeting with Dutch Government/Request for Information on Alleged Detentions, Read-out of Meeting with German Foreign Minister/Issues ConcerningIran/US Support of EU-3, Iraq, Venezuela, Egypt, Release of Information on HIV/AIDS Day, Mexico

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems awarded $58 million contract modification to refurbish additional M109 vehicles BAE Systems 30 Nov 2005 -- BAE Systems has received a $58 million contract modification from the U.S. Armys Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to refurbish 164 M109A5 vehicles and deliver 200 sets of Basic Issue Items for Egypt.
  • BAE Systems celebrates installation of F-35 JSF vertical tails BAE Systems 30 Nov 2005 -- BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company have completed the installation of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) vertical tails, representing a major milestone in the F-35 Program.
  • Boeing Begins Production Retrofit on NATO AWACS Fleet Boeing 30 Nov 2005 -- Major mission system enhancements are being installed on the first of 17 NATO AWACS aircraft as part of the $1.32 billion Mid-Term Modernization program.
  • EADS supports airspace surveillance by the German Air Force EADS 30 Nov 2005 -- The latest EADS technology will be used to improve airspace control over Germany. As the company announced on Wednesday, the EADS Defence Electronics Business Unit has been commissioned by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB – Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) in Koblenz to equip six long-range airspace surveillance radar systems of the German Air Force with the most modern identification devices. With the so-called IFF interrogator systems (IFF = Identification Friend or Foe), aircraft are quickly and reliably identified by the exchange of coded signals.
  • Northrop Grumman Recognized for World-Class Composite-to-Steel Manufacturing on DD(X) Northrop Grumman 30 Nov 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded the 2005 Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Achievement Award by the U.S. Office of Naval Research for extraordinary accomplishments on the U.S. Navy's next-generation destroyer program, DD(X).
  • Raytheon Awarded $15.5 Million for IED Countermeasure Devices Raytheon 30 Nov 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded $15.5 million in contract modifications to manufacture Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Countermeasure Equipment (ICE) systems.
  • Raytheon Awarded Global Hawk Ground Segments Contract Raytheon 30 Nov 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a new contract to produce ground segments for Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk program, which will support the U.S. Air Force RQ-4A/B Global Hawk unmanned aerial system. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • United States Seeks Security Council Briefing on Burma Washington File 30 Nov 2005 -- Citing serious problems caused by illicit narcotics, human-rights abuses and political repression, the United States has requested that senior U.N. officials formally brief the Security Council on the deteriorating situation in Burma.

  • GABON: Landslide win for Africa's longest serving president IRIN 30 Nov 2005 -- Omar Bongo, president of Gabon since 1967, has won a landslide victory at the polls, securing a further seven years at the helm of the small oil-producing nation.

  • EGYPT: Elections continue amidst reports of intimidation IRIN 30 Nov 2005 -- Standing outside a polling station in a suburb of Egypt’s second-largest city Alexandria, scores of supporters of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood protested throughout Saturday as runoffs for the second round of parliamentary elections were held in nine provinces.

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