04 January 2006 Military News
- CENTAF releases daily airpower summary AFPN 04 Jan 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the daily airpower summary report.
- Troops Kill, Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons Caches AFPS 04 Jan 2006 -- U.S. soldiers killed and captured terrorism suspects in Iraq Jan. 2, and U.S. and Iraqi forces seized weapons caches, military officials reported today.
- Chiefs Continually Examine Differing Combat Tour Lengths AFPS 04 Jan 2006 -- The service chiefs continue to examine how long servicemembers should serve in Iraq, but for now they are satisfied the tour lengths are about right, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Jan. 3.
- More Than 50 Iraqis Killed in New Violence VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- More than 50 people have been killed in a wave of attacks in Baghdad and cities north of the Iraqi capital, in the worst violence to hit the country since before the December 15 parliamentary elections.
- Suspected Taleban Insurgents Behead Afghan School Teacher VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- Suspected Taleban insurgents beheaded a school teacher late Tuesday in central Afghanistan. The murder is the latest in an apparent terror campaign targeting teachers and schools in Afghanistan.
- 'Several Thousand' U.S. Troops To Leave Iraq And Afghanistan RFE/RL 4 Jan 2006 -- U.S. President George W. Bush today confirmed plans to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan this year.
- Bush Cites Progress in Iraq, Afghanistan VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- President Bush is hailing progress in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, while warning that patience will be needed as these two countries build functioning democracies and security forces.
- California National Guardsmen Help Rescue Flood Victims AFPS 04 Jan 2006 -- Soldiers from the California National Guard helped rescue torrential flood victims last weekend while working in tandem with civilian firefighters and swift-water rescuers.
- National Guard Helps Battle Wildfires AFPS 04 Jan 2006 -- National Guard crews continue to assist Oklahoma and Texas firefighters in dousing wildfires that have now burned more than 600,000 acres in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, officials said today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Ronald Reagan Departs on Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 04 Jan 2006 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) departed San Diego Jan. 4 on a deployment to conduct naval operations in support of the global war on terrorism, as well as national and theater cooperative security commitments in the western Pacific.
- Cheney: America's Resolve in Terror War Will Continue AFPS 04 Jan 2006 -- The war on terror has been a fight unlike any the United States ever has experienced, but the country has proven its resolve and will continue to do so as it faces the challenges that lie ahead, Vice President Dick Cheney said today at the Heritage Foundation here.
- NSPS Training Postponed AFPS 04 Jan 2006 -- National Security Personnel System training for Defense Department managers and rank-and-file employees is being postponed while a component of the new system is being reviewed, an NSPS official said here today.
- California Guard to get the Predator AFPN 04 Jan 2006 -- As part of ongoing Total Force initiatives, the Air Force, the National Guard Bureau and the Adjutant General of California announced today that the California Air National Guard's 163rd Air Refueling Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., will become the home for a new MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) unit.
- DoD News: Contracts 04 Jan 2006
- BAE Systems wins two Future Rapid Effect System Technology Demonstrator Programmes BAE Systems 04 Jan 2006 -- BAE Systems welcomes today the announcement that it has been awarded contracts by the UK Ministry of Defence for a Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) Chassis Concept Technology Demonstrator Programme (TDP) and a FRES Gap Crossing TDP as part of the FRES Integrated Technology Acquisition Programme (ITAP).
- Singapore's Selection of GE-Powered F-15 Extends Application for Popular F110 Engine GE Aviation 04 Jan 2006 -- The government of Singapore has selected the GE F110 fighter engine to power 12 Boeing F-15SG aircraft, with options for an additional eight aircraft. Engine deliveries for the firm aircraft will occur in 2008-2009.
- U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $64 Million Contract for Planning Yard Services General Dynamics 04 Jan 2006 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $64 million contract to provide Planning Yard Services for the DDG 51 Arleigh Burke Class AEGIS Destroyer Program and FFG 7 Perry Class Frigate Program.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN TO WORK WITH SPANISH INDUSTRY ON NEW S-80 SUBMARINE COMBAT SYSTEM Lockheed Martin 04 Jan 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a contract from Navantia to work with Navantia and other Spanish industrial leaders to develop the advanced combat system for the Spanish Armada's new S-80A diesel submarines.
- T-50 PROGRAM ESTABLISHES BENCHMARK FOR ON SCHEDULE AIRCRAFT DELIVERY TO THE ROKAF Lockheed Martin 04 Jan 2006 -- Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) made company history recently with delivery of its first two production T-50 advanced jet trainer aircraft to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). Designated KAI-1 and KAI-2, these aircraft are the first deliveries to a customer since the award of the production contract just 24 months ago.
- Lockheed Martin Achieves Banner Year in 2005 for Missile Defense Milestones Lockheed Martin 04 Jan 2006 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] achieved key milestones on several critical missile defense programs during 2005, and was the only company to lead the development of new technology for boost-, mid-course- and terminal-phase systems.
- Airborne Laser Progress Continues as Northrop Grumman Runs Full-Power COIL Tests, Delivers Beacon Illuminator Laser Northrop Grumman 04 Jan 2006 -- Laser systems built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser (ABL) continue to post solid progress with the completion of power and duration testing of the megawatt-class chemical laser and delivery of the Beacon Illuminator Laser (BILL).
- Thales UK selected for Future Rapid Effect System Integrated Survivability Technology Demonstrator Programme Thales 04 Jan 2006 -- Thales UK, teamed with Boeing, has been selected to lead the Integrated Survivability (IS) programme. The project will last 11 months and will define Integrated Survivability concepts for the full range of FRES roles. In August of this year Thales UK was awarded an Electronic Architecture TDP contract for FRES.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 04 Jan 2006
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT ON JANUARY WORK PROGRAMME United Nations 04 Jan 2006
- Palestinian Gunmen Attempt Gaza-Egypt Border Break VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- Egyptian border police fired warning shots late Wednesday to prevent Palestinians from cutting through a fence that divides Egypt from the Gaza Strip. The incident occurred after a day of growing anarchy and violence in the southern Gaza Strip.
- Palestinian Gunmen Block Access to Border Crossing Into Egypt VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- alestinian gunmen have blocked access to the border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and stormed at least four government buildings nearby. The violence followed the arrest of a Palestinian militant in connection with the kidnapping of three British citizens last week.
- CONGO: World Bank grant to help disarm 30,000 ex-fighters IRIN 04 Jan 2006 -- The World Bank and the Republic of Congo (ROC) have signed an agreement for a US $17-million grant to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate 30,000 former combatants in the country.
- ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Border standoff could cause mission pullout - Annan IRIN 04 Jan 2006 -- Ethiopia and Eritrea's dangerous stalemate over their disputed border, could force the United Nations to withdraw its peacekeeping mission, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said.
- CHAD: President Deby seeks regional support amid tensions with Sudan IRIN 04 Jan 2006 -- Chadian President Idriss Deby stepped up a diplomatic offensive on Wednesday, calling on fellow African leaders to support Chad against what he called the "subversive plots" of neighbouring Sudan.
- LIBERIA: Soldiers refuse to quit camp needed for new army IRIN 04 Jan 2006 -- More than 2,000 former Liberian soldiers are defying a government order to vacate a military camp outside the capital, Monrovia - a barracks authorities say is needed for training a new army after 14 years of war.
- Rights Group Says Southern Thais Attacked by Militants, Government VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- The human rights group Amnesty International says the Thai government has used arbitrary detention, torture, and excessive force in seeking to quell two years of violence in which more than 1,000 people have been killed.
- UN Troop Withdrawal Continues in Burundi VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- Over the next few months, about 40 percent of the UN peacekeeping force in Burundi will be withdrawn. Troops have started to leave the country following an agreement between the Burundi government and the UN Security Council.
- US Wants Haitian Elections Held in Timely Manner VOA 04 Jan 2006 -- The Bush administration, anticipating another delay in Haiti's elections, said Wednesday it is working with interested parties to try to assure they are held in a timely manner. Though there has been no formal announcement, Haitian officials say a delay in the voting now set for January 8 is all but certain.
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