21 December 2005 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Dec 2005 [PDF]
- TASK FORCE BAGHDAD SOLDIER KILLED
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- CENTAF releases daily airpower summary AFPN 21 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released today's airpower summary.
- Soldier Killed in Iraq; Insurgents Killed, Detained in Raids AFPS 21 Dec 2005 -- A Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad Dec. 19, military officials reported today.
- 20,000 tons of weapons, munitions destroyed Army News 21 Dec 2005 -- U.S. troops destroyed nearly 20 thousand tons of weapons and munitions Dec. 16, signaling the end of a year-long project to rid the Saddam regime-era ammunition dump of its deadly stores.
- Army Engineers, Iraqis rebuild Umm Qasr Port Army News 21 Dec 2005 -- With help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Iraqi seaport of Umm Qasr is closing in on final certification to become fully operational as an international transfer point for shipping goods.
- Nine insurgents killed, 16 detained in overnight raids MNF-I 21 Dec 2005 -- At least nine Anti-Iraqi Forces were killed and 16 terror suspects were captured in two separate incidents in southern Baghdad Dec.19-20.
- Operation Moonlight concludes MNF-I 21 Dec 2005 -- Operation Alkamra Almaner (Moonlight) concluded Dec. 20.
- U.S. patrol finds munitions cache MNF-I 21 Dec 2005 -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on patrol discovered a large cache of munitions in northeast Baghdad Dec. 21.
- Iraqi citizens wounded by IED MNF-I 21 Dec 2005 -- Two civilians were wounded in east Baghdad Dec. 20 when the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by a roadside bomb.
- Rumsfeld Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan AFPS 21 Dec 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to helping Afghanistan continue its road toward security and freedom during a joint news conference today with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Rumsfeld Reaffirms Continued U.S. Commitment to Afghan Security Washington File 21 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, during a surprise visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, December 21, confirmed the continued U.S. commitment to supporting Afghanistan's fledgling democracy and rooting out the remaining Taliban and al-Qaida elements that seek to destabilize the country.
- Rumsfeld, Karzai Hold Talks In Kabul RFE/RL 21 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had talks in the Afghan capital Kabul today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
- Rumsfeld Says Troop Reduction in Afghanistan Will Not Affect Hunt for Bin Laden VOA 21 Dec 2005 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said a planned reduction of U.S. troops in Afghanistan would not weaken the country's security.
- AFGHAN ARMY, POLICE SECURE SUCCESSFUL PARLIAMENTARY INAUGURATION CENTCOM 21 Dec 2005 -- Afghan National Security Forces secured the city of Kabul Dec. 19 as Afghanistan 's first parliament in more than 35 years was sworn into office.
- AFGHANISTAN: MPs elect president for the lower house IRIN 21 Dec 2005 -- Members of the Afghan parliament on Wednesday elected opposition leader Yunus Qanooni as the president of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of the parliament) in the post-conflict country.
- Cheney, Rumsfeld Praise Military Disaster Support in Pakistan AFPS 21 Dec 2005 -- Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld both made separate surprise visits to U.S. forces in Pakistan to thank them for their ongoing disaster support in that earthquake-devastated area.
- USS Gettysburg Seizes More Than $190 Million in Drug Shipments Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2005 -- USS Gettysburg’s (CG 64) crew and embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) seized 244 bales of suspected illegal narcotics in mid-December in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army Updates Detainee Operations Information - December 21, 2005 Army News Release 21 Dec 2005 -- The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing 3,100 documents today pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
- JSOW Team Wins DoD Acquisition Award Navy NewsStand 21 Dec 2005 -- The U.S. Navy’s Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) team was presented with the Department of Defense’s David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award in November.
- National Guard celebrates 369th birthday in Kosovo Army News 21 Dec 2005 -- Task Force Falcon Soldiers took a moment to recognize the 369th birthday of the National Guard with a traditional cake cutting ceremony, Dec. 13.
- US Military Gives Higher Priority to Stability Operations VOA 21 Dec 2005 -- The U.S. Defense Department issued a policy late last month giving post-conflict nation-building activities nearly the same priority as combat operations.
- U.S. Defense Scholars Tout Gendarmerie as Peacekeeping Model Washington File 21 Dec 2005 -- Because peace-keeping and nation-building requirements have increased since the early 1990s, an alternative to combat military forces is needed to handle stabilization and reconstruction tasks as well as to conduct standard military operations against combatants, according to two scholars with the National Defense University (NDU).
- Ukraine/Russia: Kyiv Brings Black Sea Fleet Into Gas Dispute RFE/RL 21 Dec 2005 -- In the midst of ongoing gas talks, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko yesterday suggested that the Kremlin should pay more to base its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.
- State Department Briefing, December 21 Washington File 21 Dec 2005 -- Iraq, Russia, Lebanon/Germany, Iran, Israel/Palestinian Authority, Macedonia, India, North Korea
- White House Briefing, December 21 Washington File 21 Dec 2005 -- Statement on Patriot Act and defense authorization, Patriot Act legislation, FISA court judge resignation, NSA authority to eavesdrop, Budget cuts, Accomplishments this year, New York transit strike, Defense legislation/White House involvement
- Boeing Awarded E-4B Product Support Integrator Contract Boeing 21 Dec 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing [NYSE:BA] a contract as Product Support Integrator (PSI) for the USAF E-4 National Airborne Operations Center fleet. This is a five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract vehicle with one five-year option. The contract has a $2 billion cost cap.
- Boeing Receives First JTRS Radios for Future Combat System on Schedule Boeing 21 Dec 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received the first delivery of Joint Tactical Radio System Cluster 1 (JTRS C1) radios produced for the U.S. Army's Future Combat System (FCS) program. The seven pre-engineering development model radios were shipped from team members BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins to the Boeing integration facility in Anaheim last week. The radios are now in the software integration phase and will be delivered to the FCS program at the end of January.
- CACI Awarded $25 Million Subcontract to Support U.S. Army Distributed Learning Program CACI 21 Dec 2005 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Information Systems Support, Inc. (ISS). ISS is an award-winning and ISO:2000-certified information technology solutions provider primarily to the U.S. Government.
- General Dynamics Awarded $19 Million for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Reactive Armor General Dynamics 21 Dec 2005 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), received a $19 million contract modification from the U.S. Army (Picatinny, N.J.) for the production of enhanced-capability reactive armor tile sets for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle System. This award modifies a contract initially awarded on November 5, 2004, and brings the total contract value to $122 million.
- Northrop Grumman Receives Vulnerability System Task Order Under Air Force Network Centric Solutions Contract Northrop Grumman 21 Dec 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was awarded a task order under the Network Centric Solutions (NETCENTS) program to develop a vulnerability lifecycle management system for the U.S. Air Force. This system will standardize an enterprise-wide vulnerability management system to consolidate and integrate multiple asset and vulnerability solutions for the Air Force.
- Raytheon Awarded $7 Million Contract for NATO SEASPARROW Spares, Engineering Support Raytheon 21 Dec 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $7.1 million U.S. Navy contract to provide NATO SEASPARROW depot support.
- The Swiss Government Has Awarded IAI/ELTA Systems a Contract For The Upgrade Of Its ESM System Israel Aerospace Industries 21 Dec 2005 -- The Swiss Government has awarded ELTA Systems Ltd., A wholly owned subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) in Ashdod, Israel, a contract of the value of CHF 150 million (approximately $132 million) to upgrade its existing Electronic Support Measure (ESM) System.
- Boeing GMD Team Places 10th Interceptor, Capping Recent Successes Boeing 21 Dec 2005 -- A Boeing-led [NYSE: BA] industry team and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have installed the 10th operational interceptor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, completing the latest in a series of successful steps to protect the United States against long-range ballistic missiles.
- TRANSCRIPT OF PRESS CONFERENCE BY UN SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN United Nations 21 Dec 2005
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 21 Dec 2005
- LIBERIA: Weah drops fraud allegations in interests of "genuine peace" IRIN 21 Dec 2005 -- Liberian football legend and failed presidential hopeful, George Weah, dropped allegations of fraud in the November run-off poll in the interests of peace on Wednesday.
- Liberia: UN Council renews bans on sale of arms, diamonds, timber UN News Centre 21 Dec 2005 -- After receiving reports that the situation in Liberia is still a threat to international peace and that its natural resources are still not being used in a way that benefits its people, the United Nations Security Council has renewed the sanctions regime it imposed on the war-torn country in 2001, which now includes timber, travel, arms and diamond embargoes.
- UN commends Liberian runner-up for concession UN News Centre 21 Dec 2005 -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today praised the decision of the losing party to halt its challenge of the results of last month's run-off presidential elections - the culmination of efforts to move the West African nation toward peace and democracy after 14 years of civil war.
- LIBERIA: UN renews ban on arms, diamonds and timber IRIN 21 Dec 2005 -- The UN Security Council took just four minutes to unanimously extend bans on the sale of arms, diamonds and timber in post conflict Liberia for a further six months.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SPECIAL ENVOY FOR KOSOVO’S FUTURE STATUS PROCESS United Nations 21 Dec 2005
- Security Council lauds Congolese for successful and peaceful referendum UN News Centre 21 Dec 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council today congratulated the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for successfully carrying out a referendum on its draft Constitution last weekend that paves the way for the country's first democratic elections next year.
- Armed attack in Chad prompts Security Council condemnation UN News Centre 21 Dec 2005 -- The United Nations Security Council today condemned attacks by "armed elements" on Chad's national army on Monday and also expressed concern that the continuing violence in western Sudan's Darfur region might spill over into its neighbour.
- Nepal government not to reciprocate Maoists' unilateral ceasefire IRNA 21 Dec 2005 -- The Nepalese government today outrightly rejected any move to reciprocate the Maoists' unilateral ceasefire and claimed that it has broken the backbone of the rebels by mobilizing the army against them.
- Palestinian Vote Could Be Delayed VOA 21 Dec 2005 -- Legislative elections in the Palestinian territories scheduled for January were thrown into confusion on Wednesday when Israeli officials said they will not allow Arabs living in East Jerusalem to vote.
- SUDAN: Twenty killed as militias raid West Darfur village IRIN 21 Dec 2005 -- Militias riding on camels and horses attacked Abu Sarouj village in the West Darfur state of Sudan on Monday, killing 20 people and wounding 16 others, according to a United Nations official in the area.
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