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14 December 2005 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Dec 2005 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • CENTAF releases airpower summary AFPN 14 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released today's airpower summary report.
  • Task Force Baghdad Soldiers nab 28 suspected terrorists MNF-I 14 Dec 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division detained 28 suspected terrorists in two separate incidents during continuous operations south of Baghdad Dec. 8-9.
  • U.S. Soldiers find bomb in house, detain 4 terrorists MNF-I 14 Dec 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers discovered a house containing an improvised explosive device and detained four suspected terrorists in separate incidents Dec. 10 as U.S. forces continued operations designed to ensure a safe environment for the upcoming national elections.
  • Baghdad Quiet On Eve Of Vote RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Streets in Baghdad are quiet one day before the 15 million eligible Iraqis cast ballots for their homeland's first full-term parliament since the ouster of Saddam Hussein.
  • U.S. Soldiers Nab 43 Suspects South of Baghdad AFPS 14 Dec 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad soldiers detained 43 suspected terrorists during recent operations conducted to ensure a safe environment for Iraq's upcoming national elections, military officials in Baghdad reported today.
  • Gunners Pull Counterinsurgency Missions in Baghdad AFPS 14 Dec 2005 -- Duty in densely populated Baghdad doesn't call for the need for firing a lot of 155 mm shells.
  • Iraqi, Coalition Officials Put Election Plan in Place AFPS 14 Dec 2005 -- Iraqi and coalition officials are implementing the plan to ensure safety for Iraqi voters in the country's historic Dec. 15 election, in which Iraqis will elect their first permanent democratic government.
  • Iraqi, Coalition Forces Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons AFPS 15 Dec 2005 -- Iraqi Army troops and coalition forces captured 11 insurgents and seized six caches Dec. 13 in operations southeast of Baqubah, Iraq, military officials reported today.
  • “Big Stick” Reaches Halfway Point of Persian Gulf Deployment Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2005 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, has marked the first half of a six-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and maritime security operations (MSO) in the Persian Gulf.
  • "Black Lions" Reach Halfway Point of Deployment Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2005 -- The “Black Lions” of Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 reached the halfway point of their current deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Maritime Security Operations in December.
  • Radar transfer improves air operations AFPN 14 Dec 2005 -- Flying into and out of Kabul and Bagram Air Base became safer because of the transfer of a radar to Kabul from Karshi-Khanabad AB in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • ROVER System Revolutionizes F-14's Ground Support Capability Navy NewsStand 14 Dec 2005 -- As F-14 Tomcat aircraft 207 of the "Blacklions" of Fighter Squadron (VF) 213 launched the morning of Dec. 11, history was made.
  • Deterrence Still Viable Against Terrorists, Official Says AFPS 14 Dec 2005 -- Deterring countries or groups who can or want to attack the United States is still a viable strategy in the 21st century, even as the nature of defense challenges broadens and moves to areas outside U.S. expertise, a top Defense Department official said here today.

  • NATO Not Seeking To Compete With Russia In The CIS RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- A NATO official said that the alliance is not competing with Russia for influence in the former Soviet republics.

  • Russia Denies Plans Of Radical Army Command Reform RFE/RL 14 Dec 2005 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov denied plans to radically reform the command of the country's armed forces.

  • Statement by the Press Secretary The White House 14 Dec 2005 -- On December 7, President Bush issued a new Presidential directive to empower the Secretary of State to improve coordination, planning, and implementation for reconstruction and stabilization assistance for foreign states and regions at risk of, in, or in transition from conflict or civil strife.

  • Pakistan gets two upgraded F-16s AFPN 14 Dec 2005 -- In the early 1980s, the Pakistan air force received its first F-16 Fighting Falcons from the United States. Since then, the maintenance support for the jets has been as unpredictable as world politics.

  • State Department Briefing, December 14 Washington File 14 Dec 2005 -- Liberia, Iran, Iraq, Syria/Lebanon, Canada, Greece, Russia
  • White House Briefing, December 14 Washington File 14 Dec 2005 -- President's speech/decision to go to war, Number of Iraqis killed in the war, Anti-torture amendment, Supplemental for Iraq, Freedom of Information Act, Katrina investigation, Rumors of Rumsfeld leaving

Defense Industry

  • BAE Systems and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance BAE Systems 14 Dec 2005 -- As a member of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, BAE Systems will be responsible for the leadership of the overall CVF design. This will include definition and implementation of end to end engineering processes in addition to responsibility for the overall specification and requirements for the two ships.
  • General Dynamics to Acquire Anteon for $55.50 Per Share General Dynamics 14 Dec 2005 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and Anteon International Corporation (NYSE: ANT) have entered into a definitive agreement for General Dynamics to acquire Anteon for $55.50 in cash for each outstanding Anteon share. The cost of the transaction would be approximately $2.2 billion, including the assumption of Anteon’s $100 million of net debt.
  • Northrop Grumman Team and U.S. Air Force Successfully Conduct First Flight Tests of Airborne Networking System Northrop Grumman 14 Dec 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed flight testing of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN), a significant milestone toward providing warfighters an advanced way to share critical information by communicating over airborne networks at high altitudes.
  • Pratt & Whitney Delivers 200th F119 Engine to U.S. Air Force Pratt & Whitney 14 Dec 2005 -- Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company (NYSE:UTX), has delivered the 200th F119 engine, the world's most advanced engine currently in production. To date, 56 F/A-22 Raptors have been delivered to the United States Air Force, each powered by two Pratt & Whitney F119 engines.
  • REAPS Demonstrates Maximum Crash Protection Rafael 14 Dec 2005 -- The REAPS (Rotorcraft External Airbag Protection System) developed by RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd. successfully performed in a series of tests last month as part of Phase II of the Concept and Technology Demonstration program contracted by the US Navy.
  • Raytheon Team Conducts Weapon System Wind Tunnel Test for the Army's APKWS II Program Raytheon 14 Dec 2005 -- The Raytheon Company-led team for the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) program has conducted a successful wind tunnel test of its 2.75-inch laser guided rocket system.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches OBV Missile Defense Interceptor Rocket Orbital Sciences Corp. 14 Dec 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched its Orbital Boost Vehicle (OBV) ground-based interceptor (GBI) as part of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system industry team led by The Boeing Corporation (NYSE: BA). The mission, designated Flight Test-1 (FT-1), originated from the Ronald Reagan Missile Site at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands at 10:04 p.m. (EST) on December 13, 2005. Following its launch from a silo, the OBV flew downrange over the Pacific Ocean. A simulated target was used as the basis for this flight test.
  • Raytheon Key Team Member on Successful Missile Defense System Test Raytheon 14 Dec 2005 -- A Raytheon Company Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) was a key element in the latest successful flight test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system conducted Dec. 13 over the central Pacific Ocean.

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