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29 April 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • GEORGIA "TRAIN AND EQUIP" PROGRAM BEGINS 29 Apr 2002-- The Department of Defense today announced the beginning of the Georgia Train and Equip program (GTEP). This program implements President Bush's decision to respond to Government of Georgia's request for assistance to enhance its counter-terrorism capabilities and address the situation in the Pankisi Gorge. This effort will complement other counter-terrorism efforts around the globe and will increase stability in the Caucasus.
  • U-S WAR AIMS VOA 29 Apr 2002-- President Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleeza Rice, says the objective of the U-S led war on terrorism is to make the world not only safer but better
  • TURKEY / AFGHANISTAN VOA 29 Apr 2002-- Turkey says it will assume command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan
  • PHILIPPINES / ABY SAYAAF VOA 29 Apr. 2002-- A radical Muslim separatist group holding an American missionary couple and a Philippine nurse hostage in the southern Philippines, told a local radio station Monday it was open to making a deal for the release of the hostages

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 29 Apr 2002
  • Bush Pleased with Agreement to End Siege of Arafat Headquarters Washington File 29 Apr 2002-- President Bush is pleased with steps taken over the weekend to end the Israeli siege of the headquarters in Ramallah of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer told reporters April 29.
  • Powell "Engaged Across the Board" in Mideast Peace Effort Washington File 29 Apr 2002-- Secretary of State Colin Powell has been "engaged across the board" to try to resolve the issues related to the Israeli military incursions into Palestinian areas and a U.N. attempt to send a fact-finding mission to the Jenin refugee camp, said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, briefing reporters in Washington April 29.
  • BUSH / MIDEAST VOA 29 Apr 2002-- White House officials say President Bush is pleased with initial steps being taken to end the Israeli siege of Yasser Arafat's compound Ramallah.
  • ISRAEL/ARAFAT VOA 29 Apr 2002-- Preparations are underway to implement a U-S brokered deal to end the Israeli military siege of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's West Bank compound. Under the plan, six Palestinian prisoners are to be placed under the guard of American and British personnel
  • HANNA FREIJ ON MIDDLE EAST VOA 29 Apr 2002-- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israel have accepted a U-S plan, which would end the Israeli siege of Mr. Arafat's West Bank headquarters and give him some freedom of movement in the West Bank. U-S and British soldiers would monitor six Palestinian prisoners wanted by Israel. Hanna Freij (HAN-uh FRAYJ) is a visiting assistant professor of International Relations at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He is also Palestinian by birth. Mr. Freij tells V-O-A News Now's Tom Crosby, this agreement is a particularly good deal for the United States in its mediation effort.
  • JONATHAN ADELMAN/ISRAEL VOA 29 Apr 2002-- Jonathan Adelman is a long-time Middle East watcher at the University of Denver. He believes the U-S plan to end the siege of Yasser Arafat's headquarters is a good deal for the United States. But he wonders about the details of the plan...particularly those that call for U-S and British soldiers to guard Palestinian prisoners wanted by Israel
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 29 Apr. 2002-- Israeli tanks and troops raided the West Bank city of Hebron Monday. Israeli authorities say the incursion is aimed at "the terrorist infrastructure" in the Hebron. At least seven Palestinians have been killed and the Israeli army says at least 17 Palestinians have been arrested

Defense Policy / Programs

  • NAVY ANNOUNCES DD(X) DOWNSELECT DECISION 29 Apr 2002-- The Navy announced today that Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc., Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) has been selected as the lead design agent for the DD(X) ship program.
  • Navy Briefing on DD(X) Downselect Decision 29 Apr 2002-- Young: The award will be made to Ingalls Shipbuilding, Incorporated, the Gold Team lead. Their proposal was selected due to its overall management and technical approach, coupled with superior engineering development models and exceptional specified performance features of the proposed design. The superior EDMs and features included an innovative peripheral vertical launch system, dual-band radar suite, two-helicopter spot flight deck, and stern boat-launching system.
  • Army War Games Provide Azimuth For DoD's Future Force 29 Apr 2002-- War gamers at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., are testing the envisioned capabilities of the U.S. military of tomorrow -- a quickly-deployable, interoperable, high-tech force with global reach -- today

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • 'On the Edge' with Rumsfeld in Afghanistan AFPS 29 Apr 2002-- Security agents tasked to protect Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld described his recent meeting with Ismail Khan here as a situation "on the edge."
  • Director Ridge Outlines U.S. Homeland Security Plans Washington File 29 Apr 2002-- The world "is just as dangerous today, if not more so," than it was when terrorists struck the United States on September 11, he said in remarks prepared for delivery April 29 to the Associated Press annual luncheon in New Orleans.
  • Assistant Secretary Reich Warns of Terrorist Activity in Americas Washington File 29 Apr 2002-- The Bush administration, at the request of the Colombian government, Reich said, "is discussing with the U.S. Congress how we can make the aid we give to Colombia more effective as that government fights terror."
  • JONATHAN ADELMAN/IRAQ VOA 29 Apr 2002-- Published reports in the New York Times and Boston Globe newspapers say the United States is considering various plans including military action to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The reports suggest the Bush administration is considering a major air campaign against Iraq followed by a ground invasion. However, the White House says President Bush is considering all options but has made no decisions
  • AFRICA/PENTAGON/OIL VOA 29 Apr 2002-- Increasing U-S energy reliance on sub-Saharan African oil-exporting countries could pave the way to expanded security cooperation between the Bush administration and select African governments



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