31 January 2002 Military News
- BRITAIN / KARZAI VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- The interim leader of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has held talks in London with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Afghanistan's security needs
- AFGHANISTAN / FIGHTING VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- Heavy fighting is reported in the eastern Afghan town of Gardez as two rival factions battle for control. Many residents are said to have fled the town and some reports indicate dozens of people have been killed.
- PHILIPPINES / U-S VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- Philippine and U-S forces have formally launched joint military exercises to wipe out Muslim extremists linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 31 Jan 2002
- CHECHNYA - U-S VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- The top diplomat for Chechen separatists is in Washington for talks with U-S officials about the situation in Russia's breakaway region of Chechnya. Ilyas Akhmadov is concerned that Russia's cooperation in the U-S fight against terrorism is making Washington blind to alleged human rights abuses by the Russian military in Chechnya. Mr. Akhmadov's U-S visit has angered Moscow
Defense Policy / Programs
- Secretary Rumsfeld Delivers Major Speech on Transformation 31 Jan. 2002-- Preparing for the future will require us to think differently and develop the kinds of forces and capabilities that can adapt quickly to new challenges and to unexpected circumstances. An ability to adapt will be critical in a world where surprise and uncertainty are the defining characteristics of our new security environment.
- Flexibility, Adaptability at Heart of Military Transformation AFPS 31 Jan. 2002-- A culture of change, flexibility and adaptability is more important to transforming the military than simply having new hardware, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told students Jan. 31 at the National Defense University here.
- RUMSFELD/DEFENSE VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the United States must prepare now for potential surprise attacks "vastly more deadly" than the bloody terrorist strikes of September 11th
- Transcript: Adm. Blair Discusses Military Cooperation in SE Asia 31 Jan. 2002-- The commander-in-chief of U.S. forces in the Pacific (CINCPAC) said that the United States and Indonesia are engaged in "modest" joint efforts to combat terrorism, but added that he hoped more would be possible once the Indonesian military is successfully reformed.
- Rumsfeld Sees Urgent Need to Transform the U.S. Military USIA 31 Jan. 2002-- Events of September 11 provide powerful case for action
- BAE SYSTEMS/I.S. navy Tadircm clears major development milestone BAE Systems 31 Jan 2002 -- The U.S. Navy's Tactical Aircraft Directable Infrared Countermeasures (TADIRCM) system completed a final major test in 2001 - confirming that the technology is ready for the next stage of development. The programme is researching the feasibility of a deployable IR laser countermeasures capability aboard tactical aircraft.
- BAE SYSTEMS Type 45 prime contract office awards new contract to Rolls-Royce BAE Systems 31 Jan 2002 -- BAE Systems Type 45 Prime Contract Office has selected Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Marine Division as the supplier of the Steering Gear, Fin Stabiliser and Propeller Shaftline systems for the Type 45 Anti Air Warfare Destroyer following a competitive process.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers 100th Shipset of Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft Northrop Grumman 31 Jan 2002 -- More than 1,000 employees at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) here joined officials from the U.S. Navy and The Boeing Company today to mark delivery of the 100th center/aft fuselage section for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the Navy's newest tactical fighter.
- ADI SIGNS WATERCRAFT CONTRACT Thales 31 Jan 2002 -- ADI Limited and the Australian Defence Force have signed the $32 million production contract which provides for two amphibious watercraft. A separate $10 million contract will see ADI provide in-service support for the new vessels.
- ATK Propulsion Systems Support Successful Sea-Based Missile Defense Test ATK 31 Jan 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems)(NYSE: ATK) said its Mk 136 Third-Stage Rocket Motor (TSRM) and Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) operated successfully in support of an intercept of a ballistic missile target in space by a STANDARD Missile-3 (SM-3) during a Jan. 25 Sea-based Missile Defense System (SMD) flight test off the Hawaii coast.
- CHINA BUSH AXIS VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- China criticized President Bush for calling three nations accused of terrorism "an axis of evil".
- Transcript: Rice Warns of Dangerous Powers Pursuing Dangerous Weapons 31 Jan. 2002-- Rice: As the President said, we must not and we will not wait on events while dangers gather, and we will use every tool at our disposal to meet this grave global threat. We will work to strengthen nonproliferation regimes and export controls. We will use our new and budding relationship with Russia to redouble our efforts to prevent the leakage of dangerous materials and technologies. And we will move ahead with a missile defense system that can do the job, unconstrained by the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
- STATE DEPARTMENT / AXIS VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- A U-S official says the door remains open to dialogue with North Korea and Iran, two of the nations cited by President Bush in his State of the Union address as countries that "pose a grave and growing danger." The official says, however, the door will not remain open indefinitely
- U-S / IRAN / IRAQ VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- In his state of the union speech on Tuesday, President George Bush warned Iraq, Iran and North Korea that the United States will not tolerate any efforts to acquire or export weapons of mass destruction. The warning underscored Mr. Bush's pledge to expand the fight against terrorism beyond Al - Qaida to other groups and regimes that sponsor terror
- BUSH / TERRORISM VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- President Bush has repeated his warning against countries developing weapons of mass destruction
- U-S / N. KOREA VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- President Bush's mention of North Korea as one of three countries attempting to acquire weapons of mass destruction came as a surprise to many observers.
- U-S / BRITAIN / ZIMBABWE VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- The approval by Zimbabwe's parliament of a law limiting press freedoms drew quick condemnation Thursday from Secretary of State Colin Powell and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who held talks on Zimbabwe and other issues in Washington. Both the European Union and the United States are weighing targeted sanctions against President Robert Mugabe and other senior officials in Harare if the March elections there are deemed unfair
- ZIMBABWE / OPPOSITION VOA 31 Jan. 2002-- Zimbabwe's main opposition candidate for president, Morgan Tsvangirai, says (Thursday) current political conditions in the country prevent any prospect of a free and fair presidential election, as both Mr. Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe officially registered today to run in the March election
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