25 March 2002 Military News
- U.S Military Will Help Train Afghan Army, Rumsfeld Says AFPS 25 Mar. 2002-- Plans are under way for U.S. and coalition forces to help train and create an Afghan national army, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.
- AFGHAN/ARMY VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- U-S troops will soon begin training an Afghan army intended to maintain internal security and provide border protection
- AFGHAN/ANTHRAX VOA 25 Mar. 2002--U-S investigators have found trace evidence of anthrax and another deadly poison at several suspected al-Qaida terrorist facilities in Afghanistan
- AFGHANISTAN / I-O-M VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- U-N officials are expressing concern about the internal stability of Afghanistan
- TURKEY/AFGHANISTAN VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit said Monday that all the conditions have not yet been met for Turkey to assume command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. For over a month, Turkish, British and U-S officials have been attempting to work out an agreement, under which Turkey would take over leadership of the mission from Britain
- PHILIPPINES / REBELS VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- Military commanders in the Philippines have rejected a call for a cease-fire by Muslim rebels who are holding three hostages on a southern island.
- DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Meyers 25 Mar. 2002 -- "In Afghanistan over the weekend, we continued searching numerous cave complexes. In addition to small arms, mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns, we also discovered a couple of computers, some manuals, a couple of passports, phone lists, maps, and bomb-making notes. (...) In regards to training an Afghan national army, from the start, one of our missions has been to ensure Afghanistan is not a safe haven for terrorists, especially organizations like the al Qaeda. This assistance that we're going to provide will train the Afghan national army, is directly part of that mission"
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 25 Mar 2002
- ARAB SUMMIT / PREPARATIONS VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- Beirut is in the final days of preparation for an Arab League summit that officially begins Wednesday
Defense Policy / Programs
- NATO / EXPANSION VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- Leaders of 10 former communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe, which want to join NATO, have gathered in Bucharest to discuss how they can boost their prospects for membership
- Lockheed Martin Announces Development of Single Cell Launcher for Emerging Ship Self Defense Requirements Lockheed Martin 25 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin and teammate United Defense, LP, are drawing upon their proven experience with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) to develop a new Single Cell (SCL) launcher. The SCL is intended for ships either too small for the traditional eight-cell MK 41 or with mission requirements not requiring an eight-cell launcher.
- Lockheed Martin's Sea Slice to Participate as a Littoral Warfare Combatant in Fleet Battle Experiment-Juliet Lockheed Martin 25 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin's advanced hullform ship Sea SLICE will participate as a littoral warfare ship in the Navy's Fleet Battle Experiment Juliet (FBE-J) this summer. Sea SLICE, designated as a High Speed Vessel (HSV) for the exercise, will demonstrate the flexibility achievable by "modularity" in a small, fast, highly maneuverable platform.
- ORBITAL TO EXPAND PRESENCE IN HUNTSVILLE TO SUPPORT NEW MISSILE DEFENSE BUSINESS Orbital Sciences Corp. 25 Mar 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) recent award of a four-year, $400 million missile defense contract from The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) will result in significant new business for the Huntsville-area economy, the company stated today.
- SOKOR/NOKOR DIALOGUE VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- A South Korean emissary will go to North Korea next week to discuss easing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula
- U-N/ IRAQ/ INSPECTORS VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- The United Nations has confirmed that Secretary-General Kofi Annan will meet for the second time this year with an Iraqi delegation to discuss returning U-N weapons inspectors to Iraq
- RUSSIA / TERRORISM CONFERENCE VOA 25 Mar. 2002-- Representatives from intelligence and security services from close to 40-countries are meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia to discuss how to combat international terrorism
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 25 Mar. 2002-- Britain to lead Kabul for longer
- UN, Iraq to Resume Talks on Weapons Inspections Washington File 25 Mar. 2002-- Iraqi officials will return to New York in April
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