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05 December 2005 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Rumsfeld Appoints Retired Four-Star to Lead IED Effort 05 Dec 2005 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has asked retired U.S. Army Gen. Montgomery Meigs to spearhead an expanded DoD program to counter the threat of improvised explosive devices against U.S. and coalition forces.
  • Evaluators put 'Js' put through the paces AFPN 05 Dec 2005 -- Active duty, Reserve and Guard C-130Js put the aircraft through its wartime paces here during a joint training exercise.
  • Official Debunks Myths About Military Recruits AFPS 05 Dec 2005 -- Recruits entering the military are head and shoulders above their contemporaries, and myths that imply otherwise reflect the Vietnam era, not today, a top Pentagon official told the American Forces Press Service.
  • Big boost to battlefield operations Army News 05 Dec 2005 -- While the booming sounds of a 120mm tank main gun firing on Cedar Creek Range were familiar, the type of tank round being fired was very unique.
  • CTF 150 Welcomes Expeditionary Strike Group 8 Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2005 -- French Vice Adm. Jacques Mazars, commander, Task Force (CTF) 150, paid a visit to the Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 8 Nov. 29 during the strike group's transit through CTF 150's area of operations.
  • Joint Expeditionary Tactical Trainer Comes Online Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2005 -- The Joint Expeditionary Tactical Trainer (JETT), a new facility at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek which houses the Multi-Purpose Supporting Arms Trainer (MSAT), an immersive simulation system, was brought online in an opening ceremony Nov. 17.

  • Russia Defends Missile Sale To Iran RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov today defended his country's decision to provide Iran with sophisticated missile defense systems.

  • U.S. Rejects Russian Attacks On OSCE RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns rejected today Russian attacks on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) election observers, saying they were the "gold standard worldwide in election monitoring."

  • White House Briefing, December 5 Washington File 05 Dec 2005 -- White House press secretary Scott McClellan briefed the press December 5 on Air Force One en route to Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • State Department Briefing, December 5 Washington File 05 Dec 2005 -- Europe, Reports that Abu Hamza Rabia has been killed, Greece, Russia/Iran, China/Hong Kong, Israel/Palestinians, Venezuela, Taiwan, North Korea/South Korea, Asia, Africa/China, Kazakhstan, Albania

Defense Industry

  • Tiger HAD contract for France and Spain signed in Bonn EADS 05 Dec 2005 -- A formal contract concerning an HAD version of world-leading helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter’s TIGER was signed on November 30th in Bonn between Eurocopter TIGER and OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en Matière d'Armement), a European organization for armament cooperation.
  • General Dynamics-Lockheed Martin Team Demonstrates Army’s WIN-T Tactical Warfighter Network General Dynamics 05 Dec 2005 -- The Army recently concluded initial Development and Operational Tests (DT/OT) of the broadband, on-the-move enterprise network system called the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), developed by General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). Completion of DT/OT, using real (not simulated) hardware and software at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., marks a major milestone in the WIN-T program.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $6 Million to Design Remotely Operated Variant of XM307 Advanced Crew Served Weapon General Dynamics 05 Dec 2005 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a $6 million contract modification from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.) for the design and development of a remotely operated variant of the XM307 Advanced Crew-Served Weapon (ACSW) system. This award funds work through June 2006, and brings the total cumulative value of the ACSW System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract to $108 million.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN TO PROVIDE COMBAT SYSTEM DESIGN AND INTEGRATION FOR EGYPTIAN FAST MISSILE PATROL CRAFT Lockheed Martin 05 Dec 2005 -- VT Halter Marine has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $14.3 million contract for the initial phase of the command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) combat system design and integration for three Egyptian Navy Fast Missile Patrol Craft (FMC) vessels.
  • Pratt & Whitney Completes First Flight Test F135 Engine For Joint Strike Fighter Pratt & Whitney 05 Dec 2005 -- Pratt & Whitney's F135 team has completed the engine that will power the first flight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The milestone, marked with the turning of a ceremonial last bolt today, was celebrated at Pratt & Whitney's Engine Center in Middletown, Conn.
  • Raytheon's APG-79 AESA Radar for the F/A-18 Super Hornet Sets a New Standard as it Delivers Multiple JDAMs Simultaneously on Target Raytheon 05 Dec 2005 -- The revolutionary APG-79 AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar developed by Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) has scored another first. The system successfully delivered multiple JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munition) using real-time targeting coordinates derived from a high resolution SAR (synthetic aperture radar) image during recent testing at the U.S. Navy's China Lake facility.
  • Raytheon Awarded Two Contracts Valued at $15.7 Million to Support AEGIS Equipment Raytheon 05 Dec 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded two sole source contracts by the U.S. Navy totaling $15.7 million for AEGIS equipment support.
  • Second Boeing X-50A Dragonfly Canard Rotor/Wing Prototype Completes Hover Flight Boeing 05 Dec 2005 -- The Boeing Company's [NYSE: BA] second canard rotor/wing (CRW) technology demonstrator - the X-50A Dragonfly unmanned air vehicle - has successfully completed a four-minute hover flight at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in southwest Arizona. The aircraft reached an altitude of about 20 feet above ground.
  • Eurocopter succeeds with EC 225 in open Japanese competition EADS 05 Dec 2005 -- Eurocopter, leading the world market for helicopters, won an open competition in Japan, to equip the Japanese coast guard with two EC 225 helicopters. Being a well-proven, powerful system in the 11 metric ton class with a renowned price/performance ratio, Eurocopter’s EC 225, the latest member of the Super Puma family, proved to be best suited for the mission requirements of Japanese authorities.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • UN Questions Syrian Officials in Hariri Case VOA 05 Dec 2005 -- United Nations investigators have begun questioning top Syrian officials about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

  • Georgian Man Accused Of Attack On Bush Refuses To Testify RFE/RL 05 Dec 2005 -- A man accused of throwing a hand grenade at the presidents of the United States and Georgia in May 2005 today appeared before a Georgian court.

  • Alcatel Alenia Space wins new satellite contract Chinasat 6B from ChinaSatcom Thales 05 Dec 2005 -- Alcatel Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a contract with ChinaSatcom (China Satellite Communication Corporation) to design and manufacture the new-generation Chinasat 6B communication and broadcast satellite. Dedicated to television broadcasting, this satellite will enable ChinaSatcom to expand its services in China. After Chinasat 9 in 2004, this is the second contract signed with ChinaSatcom and the fourth satellite contract signed with a Chinese operator, making Alcatel Alenia Space a leading supplier of satellites to China.

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