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12 April 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • Afghanistan Reconstruction On Target, U.S. Official Says Washington File 12 Apr. 2002-- Progress in the reconstruction of Afghanistan is "on schedule" with a government installed and functioning with a budget, payrolls being met, schools opened and an international security force deployed, says the U.S. State Department's coordinator for Afghanistan.
  • U.S. Central Command Chief Says Afghan Situation Still Tough, Murky Washington File 12 Apr. 2002-- FRANKS: I really can't give you much of an update on Abu Zubaydah. He is under our control. He is under medical treatment. He is at no risk, as I understand it, of loss of life. And so that is the status as I'm aware of it. And I think it probably wouldn't be appropriate to talk about the discussions that we are having with Abu Zubaydah. Suffice it to say that he's under our control and that his health is being looked after.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Larry King, CNN 12 Apr. 2002-- Rumsfeld: Well, as the president has said, a terrorist can attack any place at any time, and it's not physically possible for a free people to defend every place at every time. And, therefore, you really don't have much of a choice. You simply do have to decide that you're going to put pressure on terrorists and terrorist networks, and countries that harbor terrorists. And try to root out those terrorists and prevent them, dry up their funds, arrest people who do that, and create a situation that's so inhospitable for terrorists that it eventually dies down. Now, it's never going to be gone completely. There are always going to be people who are going to do things like that. But in terms of major global networks of terrorism, I do think we can be successful if we keep the pressure on.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with Fox News Live 12 Apr. 2002-- Rumsfeld: We did gather up a good deal of information from the people. There were 50, 60 people who were taken in those raids, multiple raids in Pakistan through the wonderful cooperation of the Pakistani armed forces and the Pakistani government law enforcement officials, and that information has all been brought to the United States. It is all being examined and the information then is pieced together with other intelligence information. I can't say that anyone piece of it has led to any particular step, but there's no question but that additional people will be arrested because of it and who knows what that might prevent.
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Live Interview with MSNBC TV 12 Apr. 2002-- Rumsfeld: Sure. The complexity of this war is that unlike World War II or Korea, there is not a line and the good guys are on one side and the bad guys are on the other side where everyone can see how you're doing and see the progress. Our effort is worldwide, and it involves all elements of national power. It involves shutting down bank accounts, arresting people, law enforcement, maritime intercept of ships as a deterrent to see that they don't transfer terrorists or terrorist capabilities.
  • Rumsfeld Details Progress In War on Terror AFPS 12 Apr. 2002-- The United States has foiled a number of terrorist attacks since the war on global terrorism began, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said at the Pentagon April 12.

Other Conflicts

  • Powell-Arafat VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell will not meet Saturday with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the wake of the latest Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem. The United States is pressing Mr. Arafat to condemn the attack, which killed six Israelis and wounded nearly 100 others
  • Views of the Middle East VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- At a recent Washington conference, two leading commentators discussed the reasons for the violence in the Middle East, ranging from Yasser Arafat to the Arab media to inconsistent American moral judgments
  • CONGRESS / MIDEAST VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- Congressional leaders are urging lawmakers to stand behind President Bush's Middle East policy while Secretary of State Colin Powell is in the region. Leaders of both parties and the Bush administration had been concerned about the impact of some lawmakers' statements (earlier in the week) expressing strong support for Israel and condemnation of the Palestinian Authority
  • AFGHANISTAN / U-S MILITARY ASSISTANCE VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- While U-S combat troops continue to hunt down al-Qaida and Taleban fighters in Afghanistan, another group of soldiers is combing the country -- identifying humanitarian projects in dire need of attention
  • INTERNATIONAL AID/MIDEAST VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- United Nations aid agencies say they are having great difficulty bringing food, medical and other relief supplies to tens-of-thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank, where Israeli forces launched a military operation last month in response to a series of deadly suicide bombings against Israelis
  • UN/ANNAN/ISRAEL VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for the deployment of an international force to stem Israeli-Palestinian violence and create the climate needed to support political negotiations
  • SUDAN PEACE VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- In recent months, renewed international efforts to bring peace to Sudan have raised hopes of ending the country's 19 year civil war. In a report released today, aid agencies said these initiatives have to be merged for real progress to be made
  • Powell Says Middle East Situation is "Exceptionally Dangerous" Washington File 12 Apr. 2002-- Powell: I just spoke to Prime Minister Sharon a moment ago and expressed my deep regrets over the incidents that took place in Jerusalem this afternoon and I condemned the terrorists for this act. It illustrates the exceptionally dangerous situation that exists here and the need for all of us, everyone, the international community, to exert every effort we can to find a solution.
  • Secure Borders Crucial to Solution of DRC War, U.S Official Says Washington File 12 Apr. 2002-- M. Bellamy testifies before Senate Africa Subc

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS selected to provide Avionics support for Lockheed Martin joint strike fighter BAE Systems 12 Apr 2002 -- BAE Systems has been chosen by Lockheed Martin to provide assistance in the support of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. A team will bring their expertise in support of avionics to assist Lockheed Martin's Autonomic Logistics Integrated Project Team, during the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the JSF programme
  • BAE SYSTEMS to develop active inceptors for joint strike fighter BAE Systems 12 Apr 2002 -- BAE Systems Avionics has been selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas for the development of the Joint Strike Fighter Active Inceptor Sub-System (AIS). The AIS comprises the pilot's side stick and throttle control units.
  • General Dynamics Wins $138 Million Navy Contract General Dynamics 12 Apr 2002 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a three-year multi-year firm fixed-price contract for target detection devices for the Navy’s Standard Missile Program. The cumulative value of this contract, with all options exercised, is $138 million. Work on the program will be performed in Scottsdale and is to be completed by October 2006.
  • Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy Sign $173 Million Aegis Production Contract Lockheed Martin 12 Apr 2002 -- Lockheed Martin officials today signed a $173 million contract award to manufacture three Aegis Weapon Systems for the U.S. Navy..
  • Thales announces future carrier shipbuilding strategy Thales 12 Apr 2002 -- Thales CVF team today announces its strategy for the shipbuilding phase of the UK MoD's future carrier programme. This programme heralds a new era of British military capability, provided by the two new 50,000 tonnes aircraft carriers that will each operate up to 50 aircraft.

News Reports

  • UNHCR/IOM/AFGHAN RETURNS VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- The United Nation refugee chief travels today (Friday) to Iran where he begins an eight-day mission in the region to witness the largest Afghan repatriation effort underway
  • UN/IRAQ VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- The United Nations and Iraq have delayed their scheduled talks on the return of U-N weapons inspectors to Iraq
  • RUMSFELD/LINDH VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- Pentagon officials are looking into news reports that elite U-S Special Forces posed for souvenir photographs with John Walker Lindh while the so-called American Taleban was a blindfolded and shackled prisoner in Afghanistan
  • GEORGIA: TENSIONS VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- Tensions have risen sharply between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia after Russian troops landed in a gorge in western Georgia. Georgia has demanded that Moscow withdraw the soldiers, who say they are part of a peacekeeping mission.
  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- The United States has received help from many countries since last September in its war against terrorism. But, the international community does not always see eye-to-eye with Washington on how that war should proceed. In Chicago recently, statesmen from three countries led a discussion about the war on terrorism
  • RUMSFELD/TERROR VOA 12 Apr. 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the most senior al-Qaida leader in U-S custody is a fountain of knowledge about terrorist activities.
  • Rumsfeld Speaks About Meeting the Press AFPS 12 Apr. 2002-- How does a major U.S. Cabinet official deal with the press and public while in the midst of a war?
  • Franks: Relationships with Gulf States 'Strong and Good' AFPS 12 Apr. 2002-- America's relationships with countries in the Persian Gulf region are solid in spite of escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Gen. Tommy Franks said today.
  • U.S. Focusing Afghan Reconstruction Efforts AFPS 12 Apr. 2002-- U.S. State Department officials are pleased with the progress being made in Afghanistan, but said more must be done to accelerate these positive changes and make them permanent.
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 12 Apr. 2002-- Britain likely to head Afghanistan force until June
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 12 Apr. 2002-- Rocket cache found near Kabul
  • CDC, Pharmaceutical Companies Counter Bioterror Threat Washington File 12 Apr. 2002-- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers are joining forces to better educate health care providers about how to recognize and respond to a bioterror attack.

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