26 March 2002 Military News
- U.S. Keeps Watch Over Afghan Khost Region AFPS 26 Mar. 2002-- U.S. military officials are carefully watching the Khost area in Afghanistan where al Qaeda and former Taliban fighters may be regrouping.
- Text: No Current Need to Expand Security Force in Afghanistan, U.S. Says Washington File 26 Mar. 2002-- Given the present security situation and the range of assistance underway, the United States currently does not see the need to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) beyond Kabul and its immediate environs, U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham said March 26.
- U.N. Expects to Renew Security Force Mandate in Afghanistan Washington File 26 Mar. 2002-- Security Council discusses Afghanistan situation, U.N. mission
- AFGHAN/PENTAGON VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- U-S military forces are closely monitoring an area in eastern Afghanistan where reports suggest al-Qaida fighters may again be trying to regroup
- U-N / AFGHAN QUAKE VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- International aid agencies are rushing emergency assistance to Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan, following devastating earthquakes overnight
- AFGHAN/U-S VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- In Afghanistan, interim government chief Hamid Karzai has repeatedly pleaded with the international community for peacekeepers to be deployed outside the capital. But President Bush's Special Envoy for Afghanistan says there is no international sentiment for such a move
- DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Brig. Gen. Rosa 26 Mar. 2002 -- "Our operations in Afghanistan continue and our primary mission right now is seeking out and trying to locate former Taliban and al Qaeda pockets of resistance. We've flown, in the last 24 hours, over 150 sorties over Afghanistan. And as many of you know, we have not had any enemy contact in over a week, direct-action contact. (...) A certain percentage of those are broken down into intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance. Many of those missions are put on what we call close-air-support standby, in case we find pockets of resistance -- enemy resistance"
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Mar 2002
- PRESS BRIEFING BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT United Nations 26 Mar 2002
- ARAB SUMMIT VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said he will not attend the Arab League Summit. Earlier, Egypt announced that President Hosni Mubarak will not attend the summit that begins Wednesday in Lebanon
- INTIFADAS ONE AND TWO VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- Amid efforts to end 18-months of Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed, politicians, activists, and analysts compare the level of violence to the 1987 Palestinian Intifada. More than 14-hundred Israelis and Palestinians have died in the past 18-months, compared with fewer than 450 victims in the first year and a half of the 1987 uprising
Defense Policy / Programs
- Wolfowitz Says Muslim Allies Key to Fighting al Qaeda Washington File 26 Mar. 2002-- Reaching out to allies in the Muslim world is a key part of fighting the al Qaeda terrorist organization, according to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz
- General Dynamics Awarded $30 Million Contract for Turret Mission Module Weapon Control System General Dynamics 26 Mar 2002 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command-Armament Research Development and Engineering Center (TACOM-ARDEC) has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD), a $30 million contract for the development and demonstration of the Turret Mission Module Weapon Control (TMM-WC) system of the Multi-Role Armament and Ammunition System (MRAAS).
- Lockheed Martin And Oerlikon Contraves To Demonstrate Millennium Gun During Fleet Battle Experiment Juliet Lockheed Martin 26 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin, Akron, Ohio, and Oerlikon Contraves, Zurich, Switzerland, have joined forces to produce and market the rapid-fire Millennium Gun. The Millennium Gun is the only multi-mission close-in weapon system capable of engaging fast-attack surface craft and near-shore land targets in littoral and riverine waters, as well as defending against anti-ship missiles and aircraft in all environments.
- Northrop Grumman's Pegasus Unmanned Vehicle Achieves Milestones in Preparation for First Flight Northrop Grumman 26 Mar 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has completed several milestones in preparation for the first flight of its X-47A Pegasus experimental unmanned air vehicle.
- EADS: Galileo is Key for Europe's Future in Space EADS 26 Mar 2002 -- EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company welcomes the European Transport Ministers' decision to start the Galileo satellite navigation system. This decision constitutes a key event for the future of Space activities in Europe and honours the determining actions of the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the European governments which allowed this success.
- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Receives $326 Million Production Contract for the PAC-3 Missile Lockheed Martin 26 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has received a contract totaling $326.6 million from the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) for continued production of the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile.
- EDITORIAL: IRAQ AND TERRORISM VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- The regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has a long history of supporting terrorism. "It also had contacts with al-Qaida," said George Tenet, U.S. director of Central Intelligence. Iraq's sponsorship of terrorism is especially dangerous because Iraq's ruler is determined to thwart U-N sanctions, press ahead with weapons of mass destruction, and resurrect the military force he had before the Persian Gulf War.
- CHINA / U-S SHIP VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- The Chinese government has refused to allow a U-S warship to make a routine port call in Hong Kong next month - in an apparent protest over recent U-S dealings with Taiwan
- INDIA / ANTI-TERROR VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- In India, a rare joint session of parliament has been convened to debate a controversial anti-terror bill the government wants to pass. Opposition parties say the measure would curtail civil rights
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 26 Mar. 2002-- Peacekeepers under threat for booby-trapped cars by possible al-Qaida remnants
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 26 Mar. 2002-- Kabul government calls for international aid after deadly earthquake
- LIVINGSTONE / NUKES VOA 26 Mar. 2002-- Congressman Edward Markey says security at America's nuclear power plants is so lax that it would be possible for terrorists to be working in them right now undetected. Congressman Markey is a key member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and he maintains the U-S agency which oversees nuclear reactor security does not know how many foreign nationals are employed at the power plants. Mr. Markey says current employment background investigations only check on whether a crime has been committed in the United States. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it works hard to protect the 103 operating nuclear power plants scattered across the country
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