18 December 2001 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
Government Statements and Transcripts
US Domestic Responses
- NATO / DEFENSE MINISTERS VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- NATO has pledged to extend its reach beyond Europe and its traditional missions of conventional defense and peacekeeping to join the war on terrorism
Defense Policy / Programs
Government Statements and Transcripts
- Text: NATO, Russia Reiterate United Stand in Face of Terrorism 18 Dec. 2001-- Ministers agreed that they are ready to pursue their cooperative efforts in combating terrorism following the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September and other terrorist attacks, making appropriate use of defence and military tools properly coordinated with civilian instruments. Allies and Russia stand united in face of this common threat and fully support UN Security Council resolutions 1368 and 1373. They commit themselves to enhance their ability to work together in areas of common interest and to stand up to new risks and threats to their security
- Transcript: Defense Department Briefing, December 18, 2001 18 Dec. 2001-- Pace: We still have significant amounts of strike aircraft available to support forces on the ground. As we stand in front of you right now, there are no bombs being dropped in support of forces, but they are flying overhead and available to do that.
- Text: NATO Defense Ministers' Statement on Fighting Terrorism 18 Dec. 2001-- NATO: The atrocities committed against the United States on 18 Dec. 2001 11 September were an attack on all Allies. The invocation for the first time of Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, within a day of those tragic events, was a powerful testimony to this fact and demonstrated that NATO's overall approach to security can include the possibility of collective action in response to a terrorist attack from abroad on an Ally. It also testified to our recognition that what had been attacked, in addition to thousands of innocent people, were the values on which our societies are based. These are values we will defend. Individually and collectively, we must deal with a changed security environment.
- Transcript: Rumsfeld, Ivanov Meet before NATO Defense Ministerial 18 Dec. 2001-- Rumsfeld: The second part of your question is that what's going on in Afghanistan is proceeding according to plan, we are pleased with the progress, and I had very good meetings in Afghanistan yesterday and feel encouraged about the progress that is being made. But it would be wrong to say that it is over, it's not, there still is a good distance to go.
- Excerpt: U.S. Looks to Pakistan to Take Action Against Extremist Groups 18 Dec. 2001-- MR. BOUCHER: I think the answer to that is really that we recognize that the fight against terrorism has many aspects and many facets. It is important for all of us to go after terrorism, period. The fight against al-Qaida and the people who have harbored them in Afghanistan still has a ways to go to make sure that al-Qaida can't operate in Afghanistan. But it is only part of this broader effort that the President has decided on.
- Transcript: US Returns to Afghanistan Diplomatically, Politically, Economically 18 Dec. 2001-- James Dobbins, U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan, said the reopening of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Afghanistan December 17 signifies that the United States has returned diplomatically, politically and economically to the war-torn country.
- Transcript: Rumsfeld Urges NATO To Prepare For New Threats 18 Dec. 2001-- Rumsfeld: We have reduced the number of areas within Afghanistan where they're likely to be. Those areas are being attacked from the ground by Afghan forces, with the support of coalition forces. They are being attacked from the air. And additional prisoners have been taken today, additional ground has been covered, and progress continues to be made. But the task is still ahead of us, and it should not be considered that it will be accomplished in a short period of time. It's going to be tough, dirty, hard work.
- Text: Major U.S. Grain Shipment Headed to Afghanistan 18 Dec. 2001-- Portland, Oregon and Kalama, Washington -- Two ships, carrying a combined total of 115,000 metric tons of U.S. wheat to Central Asia, are being loaded at separate ports on the Colombia River, one in Oregon and one in Washington. The loading of the ships is scheduled to be completed in the next few days and the ships are expected to depart for the 10,000 mile, month-long journey to Central Asia before Christmas.
US Domestic Responses
- CONGRESS AL QAEDA VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- Officials from the U-S Federal Bureau of Investigation say it is too soon to assess whether the U-S-led military campaign in Afghanistan has sufficiently weakened the al-Qaeda terrorist organization to keep it from posing a threat in the future. The officials testified before a Senate panel Tuesday
- BUSH INDIA PAKISTAN VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- The White House is urging India and Pakistan to work together against terrorism
- AFGHANISTAN / U-S EMBASSY VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- The United States has reopened its embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, 12-years after rioting and violence forced the embassy's American staff to leave the city. But a group of Afghan employees chose to stay behind in Kabul to safeguard the embassy compound
- U.S. Sponsors Extensive De-mining Program in Afghanistan USIA 18 Dec. 2001-- Special representative outlines four-step plan
- HEADQUARTERS PRESS BRIEFING ON AFGHAN RECOVERY BY UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME United Nations 18 Dec 2001
- U-N-AFGHAN FUND VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- The United Nations has established a special fund to assist in the start-up of the new interim government in Afghanistan
- AFGHAN / REFUGEES VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- The United Nations refugee agency says the large number of Afghans returning home may be due to the recent Muslim holiday of Eid el Fitr. The adult Afghans may still be undecided whether to come or go, but their children, according to another UN agency, know exactly what they want: go back to school.
- UN Sets Up Special Fund to Help Finance Afghan Authority Costs USIA 18 Dec. 2001-- Fund seeking $20 million to get government running
- Navy Awards General Dynamics $60 Million for Systems Engineering Support for Trident II Submarines General Dynamics 18 Dec 2001 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded three contracts this month by the U.S. Navy for engineering and operational support for Trident II submarines.
- ATK FMU-139B/B Bomb Fuze Certified by U.S. Navy; Milestone Clears Way For Shipment to International Customers ATK 18 Dec 2001 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems)(NYSE: ATK) said the FMU-139B/B electronic bomb fuze produced by ATK Precision Fuze Company, Janesville, Wis., has been certified by the U.S. Navy.
- Boeing Awarded Training System Contract for Canada and Australia Boeing 18 Dec 2001 -- Boeing has been awarded a three-year, $32 million contract by the Canadian Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force for the development and delivery of an Integrated Maintenance Training System for Canada's CF-18 and Australia's F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.
- Boeing Marks Final Assembly of Newest F-15E Boeing 18 Dec 2001 -- Boeing employees in St. Louis today celebrated the start of final assembly of the 227th U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle.
- CACI Awarded $68 Million Subcontract With ACS to Provide Software Support for Defense Payroll Services CACI 18 Dec 2001 -- CACI International Inc (NASDAQ:CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a 10-year, estimated $68 million subcontract by ACS, Inc., of Dallas, Texas, to support Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) payroll services for military retirees and annuitants.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Dec 2001
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY CANADA ON INTERVENTION AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY United Nations 18 Dec 2001
- Africa Terrorism Update: Is Somalia Next? VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- Media reports suggest that Iraq could be the next target if the U-S expands its global war on terrorism. But following a close second, experts say, is Somalia on the Horn of Africa.
- AFGHAN/PENTAGON VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- U-S investigators probing al-Qaida terrorist facilities in Afghanistan have uncovered instructions for making chemical and biological weapons, but no evidence that such weapons were actually built
- ANTHRAX REACTION VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- The discovery of letters containing anthrax in the United States in October generated nationwide fears about the safety of the U-S mail system
- KARZAI'S PROSPECTS VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- Afghanistan's post-Taleban interim government has begun work. How well it does depends to a large extent on the man who heads it: Hamid Karzai
- KARZAI / ITALY VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- The leader of Afghanistan's interim government, Hamid Karzai is holding talks with the country's former monarch, Mohammad Zahir Shah in Rome
- PAK/U-S/BIN LADEN VOA 18 Dec. 2001-- The U-S envoy to Afghanistan says he is confident that authorities in neighboring Pakistan will capture members of the al-Qaida terrorist network, who are fleeing their mountain hideouts
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