30 April 2002 Military News
- U.S. Troops in Georgia to Begin Counterterrorism Training AFPS 30 Apr 2002-- The first 20 U.S. service members have arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia, and will begin training the Caucasus republic's troops in counterterrorism operations, Defense Department officials said April 30.
- AFGHANISTAN / FIGHTING VOA 30 Apr. 2002-- In Afghanistan, the worst factional fighting in months has erupted in Gardez, the capital of Paktia Province, a staging zone for the U-S led offensive against remnants of Taleban and al-Qaida forces
- GEORGIA / U-S TROOPS VOA 30 Apr. 2002-- A team of about 20 U-S military officials has arrived in Georgia to begin training that country's armed forces in counter-terrorist tactics
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 30 Apr 2002
- FORMER MIDEAST DIPLOMAT PESSIMISTIC VOA 30 Apr 2002-- A former U-S diplomat says he is pessimistic about Mideast peace prospects without outside intervention. Martin Indyk, the former U-S ambassador to Israel, spoke in Los Angeles Tuesday
- COLOMBIA-WAR VOA 30 Apr 2002-- The prospects for peace in Colombia appear remote. Peace talks broke down in February and now Colombia's military is stepping up its campaign against the country's largest leftist guerrilla group. Despite this, some analysts and even Colombia's President believe only a negotiated solution can bring an end to the country's decades-long guerrilla conflict
- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 30 Apr 2002-- Following an agreement between Israeli military officials and Palestinian negotiators, at least 26 Palestinians have emerged from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and are now in the custody of the Israeli army. The group is the largest to exit the religious compound since Palestinian gunmen took refuge there nearly one month ago.
- Jenin Fact-Finding Mission in Doubt Washington File 30 Apr 2002-- We will respect Annan's decision, US says
- Bush: America Must Fight Terror, Defend Its Values AFPS 30 Apr 2002-- The United States has a special mission to defend justice and advance freedom, President Bush said today.
- U-N AID / PALESTINIANS VOA 30 Apr. 2002-- United Nations relief agencies say roadblocks and curfews are hampering the movement of humanitarian aid to the West Bank and Gaza
- RALPH PETERS/M.E. PEACE VOA 30 Apr. 2002-- As the United States seeks to bring a peaceful solution to the Middle East crisis...there has been a suggestion the United States may be focussing too much on Islam in the Middle East while overlooking opportunities provided by Islamic societies elsewhere in the world. That view was offered Monday by Ralph Peters in an article written for the Wall Street Journal. He is a retired military officer and author of the forthcoming book "Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World."
- ISRAEL / U-N / JENIN VOA 30 Apr. 2002-- Top Israeli cabinet officials have decided that Israel will not cooperate for the time being with a United Nations fact-finding investigation into fierce fighting in the Jenin refugee camp
Defense Policy / Programs
- AFRICA MILITARY TRAINING VOA 30 Apr. 2002--By the end of May, U-S officials expect to announce the name of a new military training program to replace the five-year-old African Crisis Response Initiative.
- Northrop Grumman-U.S. Army Team Conducts Successful Test of BAT Submunition Deployed From ATACMS Missile Northrop Grumman 30 Apr 2002 -- A U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) team conducted a successful flight test April 18 of its Brilliant Anti-Armor Submunition (BAT) that included deployment from an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) carrier missile.
- Northrop Grumman Moves Fire Scout VTUAV Prototype to China Lake Test Range in Preparation for First Flight Northrop Grumman 30 Apr 2002 -- The U.S. Navy's RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned air vehicle (UAV) system has moved closer to demonstrating its role as a force multiplier for the Navy and Marine Corps forces ashore.
- HOMELAND SECURITY INADEQUACIES VOA 30 Apr 2002-- A study by a Washington research group concludes steps taken by the Bush administration to better protect the United States against terrorism are shortsighted and fall billions of dollars short of the amount of money need to prevent another terrorist attack on the scale of those carried out last September 11th
- Federal Maritime Commission Seeks to Improve Port Security Washington File 30 Apr 2002-- The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is working on a container security initiative proposed by the U.S. Commissioner of Customs to help make America more secure from terrorists, according to FMC Chairman Harold J. Creel.
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