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12 March 2002 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs
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News Reports

Current Operations

  • Operation Anaconda Is 'Winding Down' AFPS 12 Mar. 2002-- Operation Anaconda is winding down as U.S., coalition and Afghan forces "mop up" the Shahi Khot Valley near Gardez, Afghanistan, U.S. defense officials said here today.
  • AFGHAN / PENTAGON VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- U-S and Afghan forces are winding down Operation Anaconda in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan
  • Six-month Overview of the War on Terrorism Washington File 12 Mar. 2002-- The Department of State released the following fact sheet March 11, of the diplomatic, legal, financial and humanitarian actions taken in the war on global terrorism.
  • On Patrol in Kosovo VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- Some of the 35,000 NATO soldiers stationed in in the Yugoslavian province of Kosovo are getting ready to go on patrol. They have been since 1999, following the bloody ethnic war between Serbs and Albanians. Their main mission is to provide a safe and secure environment and to help unravel centuries of ethnic strife so two peoples can learn to live together.
  • DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Brig. Gen. Rosa 12 Mar. 2002 -- "It has been six months since September 11th, when we were first attacked. And it is always important to remember what we are about. Our mission is to destroy terrorism around the world, the threat to our security, to our people, to our freedom. We will continue to seek out and destroy terrorist networks. (...) Operation Anaconda continues. With much fewer in number, al Qaeda forces are still holed up in small pockets scattered throughout the area. In the last 24 hours we've flown more than 180 sorties over Afghanistan and dropped more than a hundred bombs, bringing the total bombs dropped in this operation to more than 2,500"

    Briefing Slide and video footage of airstrikes, used during DoD news briefing
    Click on the small image to view a larger version
    Image showing the area called 'The Whale' or 'The Whale's Back'. According to DoD, a numbers of al Qaeda and Taliban were still located in that area which is to the left of the area that has already been contained by coalition forces. The image above shows the terrain in which coaltion forces have been operating in and clearly depicts the hill mass referred to as The Whale
    Aerial showing the area called "The Whale" or "The Whale's Back. According to DoD, a numbers of al Qaeda and Taliban were still located in that area which is to the left of the area that has already been contained by coalition forces. The image above shows the terrain in which coaltion forces have been operating in and clearly depicts the hill mass referred to as The Whale"
    Video showing March 10, 2002, F-16 airstrike on a cave identified as being occupied by al Qaeda troops Footage showing March 10, 2002, F-16 airstrike on a cave identified as being occupied by al Qaeda troops Video showing March 10, 2002, F-14 airstrike on al Qaeda forces dug into positions near the 'Whaleback' Footage showing March 10, 2002, F-14 airstrike on al Qaeda forces dug into positions near the "Whaleback"

Other Conflicts

  • E-U / MACEDONIA VOA 12 March 2002 -- International donors meeting in Brussels are set to pledge more than 220-million dollars to Macedonia. The funds will underpin an agreement that ended last year's fighting between government forces and ethnic-Albanian insurgents in the Balkan country.
  • TAMILS / PEACE VOA 12 March 2002 -- In Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected American allegations they are indulging in activities that could jeopardize a landmark ceasefire.
  • ZIMBABWE VOA 12 March 2002 -- In Zimbabwe, a senior official in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (M-D-C) has been formally charged with treason.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 12 March 2002 -- Israel's military has launched a major offensive in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Palestinian officials say at least 20 Palestinians have been killed and 50 others wounded.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • New technology on the horizon for Army Army News Service 12 Mar. 2002-- The Lead Systems Integration contract to Boeing and the Science Applications International Corporation will increase the speed of realizing a future Objective Force with Future Combat Systems by 2010, according to Army officials.
  • Developing Tomorrow's Military Capabilities AFPS 12 Mar. 2002-- In a war, commanders need capabilities and they need them fast.

Defense Industry

    amics01.htm">General Dynamics Awarded $9 Million Order for 20mm Aircraft Guns General Dynamics 12 Mar 2002 -- General Dynamics Armament Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a contract from the Warner Robins Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, valued at $9.27 million, for the production of 182 M61A1 20mm guns in support of foreign military sales. Primary work on the program will be performed at the company’s Saco, Maine facility. Deliveries on this contract are scheduled to occur from December 2002 through November 2005.
  • Lockheed Martin Successfully Fires ATACMS Missile from HIMARS Launcher Lockheed Martin 12 Mar 2002 -- A Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control's High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher successfully fired an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block IA missile recently at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This marked the first time an ATACMS Block IA missile had been fired from the XM-142 HIMARS launcher, developed as part of the program's engineering and manufacturing development (EMD), or maturation, phase.

News Reports

  • INDONESIA / ANTI-TERROR EFFORT VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- Indonesia -- the world's most populous Muslim nation -- has been quietly cooperating with the U-S led anti-terrorism effort
  • U-S / IRAQ (PART THREE) VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- Experts are telling the U-S Congress the only way to end the threat posed by Iraq's development of weapons of mass destruction is by toppling the government of Saddam Hussein. Their testimony comes as the Bush administration considers whether to make Iraq the next target in the U-S led war on terrorism, and Vice President Dick Cheney discusses the issue with U-S allies in the Middle East
  • U-N/AFGHAN/RIGHTS VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- U-N High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson has echoed international calls for increased foreign troops in Afghanistan
  • TERROR ALERTS VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- U-S Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge has announced a new terror alert system, that assigns various colors to specific levels of risk
  • SUDAN TERRORISM VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- For nearly a decade, the United States has labeled Sudan a state sponsor of terrorism. In 1998, the United States launched missile strikes against Khartoum for its alleged ties with Osama bin Laden, who was blamed for the deadly bombings of U-S embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
  • EDITORIAL: ANACONDA VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- Sporadic fighting continues in the mountainous Paktia province of eastern Afghanistan. The United States-led coalition has inflicted heavy losses on al-Qaida and Taleban forces. The campaign -- called Operation Anaconda -- is the largest offensive of the five-month war. It was initiated when intelligence reports suggested that a terrorist attack was being planned against Afghanistan's interim government
  • National Security Advisor Rice Discusses U.S. Foreign Policy on PBS Washington File 12 Mar. 2002-- Rice: "What the President has made very clear is that the status quo (in Iraq) is not acceptable. We cannot sweep under the rug what Iraq has been doing for the last ten years. We cannot pretend that this regime is one that can be trusted not to acquire weapons of mass destruction. This is a problem that the world had better get serious about very soon."
  • White House Fact Sheet on the Homeland Security Advisory System Washington File 12 Mar. 2002-- The Homeland Security Advisory System will provide a comprehensive and effective means to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist attacks to Federal, State, and local authorities and to the American people.
  • AFGHAN-POL VOA 12 March 2002 -- In June, Afghanistan will convene a special kind of grand council to choose an new interim government, which will in turn pave the way for elections.
  • TERRORISM COMPENSATION VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- There is a growing debate in the United States over the U-S government's decision to provide billions of dollars in compensation to the families affected by last September's terrorist attacks especially whether victims of other terrorist acts both past and future should be entitled to similar compensation
  • BUSH UZBEKISTAN VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- President Bush met in private Tuesday with Uzbek President Islam Karimov
  • U-S/SOMALIA VOA 12 Mar. 2002-- U-S officials say Somalia remains a "hotbed" of terrorist activity where some al-Qaida operatives may now be hiding out, possibly masquerading as aid workers with Islamic charity organizations
  • Why Saddam Is Still a Threat to Britain, by Prime Minister Tony Blair Washington File 12 Mar. 2002-- How we act is a matter for discussion. Though Iraq seems far away and Saddam, for the moment, is on the defensive, it is in the interest of us all to face up to these threats with determination and resolve.
  • U.S. Goal: Keep Weapons of Mass Destruction Out Of Terrorists' Hands Washington File 12 Mar. 2002-- Bush administration works with allies to deny WMD access
  • Bush Creates Homeland Security Advisory System AFPS 12 Mar. 2002-- Federal, state and local authorities, law enforcement agents and the American people need to know about terrorist threats as quickly as possible
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 12 Mar. 2002-- Exercise shows NATO can handle two simultaneous crises; Norway's training facilities praised

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