25 April 2002 Military News
- US Special Forces Hunt al-Qaida In Pakistan VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- News reports quoting U.S. officials say covert U.S. Special Forces units are conducting reconnaissance missions in Pakistan's northern border area, searching for al-Qaida and Taleban fighters believed hiding there.
- PHILIPPINES / HOSTAGES VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- The father of one of the western hostages being held by the Abu Sayyaf Muslim separatist group in the Philippines says the group reneged on a deal to release its hostages last month. The group has been holding an American missionary couple and a Philippine nurse for nearly 11 months
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 25 Apr 2002
- PRESS BRIEFING ON PEACE OPERATIONS CHALLENGES United Nations 25 Apr 2002
- PRESS BRIEFING ON SUDAN United Nations 25 Apr 2002
- BUSH SAUDI PRINCE VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- President Bush met with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah Thursday to discuss the Arab leader's Mideast peace plan
- MIDDLE EAST VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- The world press continues to focus on the troubled Middle East, where a brief lull in intense fighting between Israelis and Palestinians has been broken late in the week by more killing. There is also a good deal of interest in the visit by Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to President George Bush's Texas ranch Thursday
- BUSH / SAUDI PRINCE VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- President Bush is meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East and the Arab leader's plan for regional peace.
- YONAH ALEXANDER on the threat of terrorism VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- The threats are real, says Dr. Alexander, because there is no end to the imagination of the terrorists.
- BUSH SAUDI OVERNIGHT VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- President Bush welcomes Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to his Texas ranch, Thursday
- White House Briefs on Bush Meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Washington File 25 Apr. 2002-- SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: The Crown Prince expressed nothing as a threat to U.S.-Saudi relations. Of course, I think the Saudis themselves have said that U.S.-Saudi relations are strong. They are a very important element of strategic stability in the region, and indeed, in the world. The Crown Prince has made no secret of his concerns about the current situation in the Middle East, as well as taken very important steps to try to address the prospects for long-term peace in the region. And that's what the President and the Crown Prince talked about.
- Bush Says He and Crown Prince Abdallah "Share A Vision" Washington File 25 Apr. 2002-- Speaking to reporters at his ranch in Crawford, Texas April 25, Bush said the United States was interested in the prince's advice and counsel. "We share a vision," he said. Bush called the Crown Prince's recent proposal for a Middle East settlement "a breakthrough moment."
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transformation Wargame adds realism to scenario Army News Service 25 Apr. 2002-- The Army Transformation Wargame increased the realism of its scenario by adding a number of worldwide crises and homeland-security issues to the third annual exercise April 21-26 at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
- Boeing and U.S. Air Force Successfully Flight Test 500-pound JDAM Boeing 25 Apr 2002 -- The U.S. Air Force has successfully flight tested the Boeing MK-82 (500-pound) Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
- General Dynamics Awarded Contract for $13.4 Million by U.S. Marine Corps General Dynamics 25 Apr 2002 -- General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a five-year contract to build ground-combat operations centers for the U.S. Marine Corps. The initial development phase is valued at $13.4 million.
- U.S. Army Selects Northrop Grumman Team for Next Phase of Aerial Common Sensor Program Northrop Grumman 25 Apr 2002 -- The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors at Fort Monmouth, N.J., has chosen a team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) that includes TRW Inc. (NYSE:TRW) to participate in the next phase of the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers 13th Joint STARS Aircraft Northrop Grumman 25 Apr 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the 13th E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft to the U.S. Air Force today, more than five weeks ahead of schedule.
- ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES SUBORBITAL ROCKET FOR U.S. AIR FORCE Orbital Sciences Corp. 25 Apr 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a suborbital rocket, the Quick Reaction Launch Vehicle (QRLV-2), for the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Detachment 12, Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) Office located at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
- Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Intercepts Tactical Ballistic Missile in Operational Test Lockheed Martin 25 Apr 2002 -- A Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., on Thursday. This was the third Operational Test of the PAC-3 system. The PAC-3 Missile destroyed a Patriot-As-A-Target missile.
- INDONESIA / MILITARY VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- A two-day meeting between top Indonesian and U-S defense officials ended in the Indonesian capital Jakarta with an agreement to resume security talks
- GERMANY / TERRORISTS VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- The German federal prosecutor's office is still holding eight of 13 Palestinians arrested this week
- FBI Warns Terrorists May Target US Shopping Centers VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- The FBI has warned its agents nationwide about claims by a captured al-Qaida leader that terrorists may be planning attacks against supermarkets or shopping centers in the United States.
- PETER SINGER on Child Soldiers VOA 25 Apr. 2002-- Child soldiers are engaged in deadly violence and are participating in 75% of the world's armed conflicts. Peter Singer, a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, has studied the issue of child soldiers and talked with us about the young teens who, usually against their will, are a part of armed groups at the center of fighting in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Africa and elsewhere
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