23 May 2002 Military News
- U-N / AFGHAN FORCE VOA 23 May 2002-- The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to extend the international force in Afghanistan for another six months
- International Coalition Against Terror Grows Washington File 23 May 2002-- More countries participating and providing more assets
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 May 2002
- U-S-India-Pak VOA 23 May 2002-- The Bush administration has intensified its telephone diplomacy on the Kashmir crisis, and is sending Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to the area for talks with Indian and Pakistani leaders on a mission beginning June 4th. Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Thursday and is expected to be in contact with senior Indian officials Friday
- SIERRA LEONE / PAKISTAN / U-N VOA 23 May 2002-- Officials in Sierra Leone are expressing concern about reports that Pakistan is considering withdrawing its troops from the U-N peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 23 May 2002-- A bomb has exploded at Israel's largest fuel depot, but police say a major catastrophe was averted and there were no casualties
Defense Policy / Programs
- Special Briefing on Objective Force Warrior and DoD Combat Feeding Program 23 May 2002-- DeGay: The primary driver for the Objective Force -- and I will move away from the microphones, but I'm an ex-Ranger, so I guarantee my command voice will carry. One of the primary drivers is weight. Historically right now, to include the soldiers that we have in Afghanistan, they're carrying anywhere from 92 to 105 pounds of external load. That external load is other mission essential items, whether that be cold-weather gear, whether it be nuclear-biological- chemical gear or other gear associated with that soldier to allow him to accomplish his mission. What we are trying to do at the very fabric uniform level is consolidate all those systems into one so we lessen the overall bulk and weight of the individual soldier. And that's throughout the system from head to toe.
- Boeing X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Begins Flight Testing Boeing 23 May 2002 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, or UCAV, technology demonstration aircraft on May 22 made aerospace history by completing its first flight. This step marks the beginning of flight testing of the first unmanned system designed from inception for combat.
- Lockheed Martin Signs Teaming Agreement with Datamat of Italy Lockheed Martin 23 May 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Tactical Systems in Eagan, Minn., has signed a Maritime Patrol Aircraft teaming agreement with Italian-based Datamat, S.p.A. Datamat will support Lockheed Martin's pursuit of the German/Italian Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement (MPA-R) program. The German and Italian governments have a memorandum of understanding for a joint, competitive program to replace their aging Atlantique 1 MPA fleet.
- Boeing Delivers First EELV/Delta IV Common Booster Core Boeing 23 May 2002 -- Less than five years in the making, a new rocket, built by The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] for a U.S. Air Force program designed to reduce launch costs and ensure the nation's access to space, rolled out from its facility in Decatur, Ala.
- U-S/IRAQ VOA 23 May 2002-- U-S-led coalition aircraft have struck and destroyed two air defense targets in Iraq's so-called southern no-fly zone
- Bush Urges New NATO Strategy, Capabilities to Defeat Terror Washington File 23 May 2002-- PRESIDENT BUSH: By remaining united, we are meeting -- we are meeting modern threats with the greatest resources of wealth and will ever assembled by free nations. Together, Europe and the United States have the creative genius, the economic power, the moral heritage, and the democratic vision to protect our liberty and to advance our cause of peace.
- Bush, Schroeder Say No Concrete Plans to Attack Iraq Washington File 23 May 2002-- Bush: Look, I mean, he knows my position, and the world knows my position about Saddam Hussein. He's a dangerous man. He's a dictator who gassed his own people. He's had a history of incredible human rights violations. And he is a -- it's dangerous to think of a scenario in which a country like Iraq would team up with an al Qaeda-type organization, particularly if and when they have the capacity, had the capacity, or when they have the capacity to deliver weapons of mass destruction via ballistic missile. And that's a threat. It's a threat to Germany, it's a threat to America, it's a threat to civilization itself. And we've got to deal with it. We can play like it's not there, we can hope it goes away. But that's not going to work. That's not going to make us safer.
- Rumsfeld Says Terrorists Seek Weapons of Mass Destruction Washington File 23 May 2002-- Rumsfeld: Now, these countries have very close relationships with global terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda, Hizballah and others. It seems to me we know how those terrorist networks function. They're perfectly willing to kill thousands of innocent men, women and children by flying airplanes into buildings. We know that they wouldn't hesitate a second to use weapons of mass destruction, if they had them, and we also have enough evidence to know that the global terrorists have in fact, been trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
- Rumsfeld: Threat Warnings are 'Just the Truth' AFPS 23 May 2002-- Over the last few days, Vice President Dick Cheney, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and New York City authorities have warned that terrorists will most likely strike again.
- 'Be Vigilant, Heed Alerts,' Cheney Warns AFPS 23 May 2002-- Be vigilant. Heed security alerts, Vice President Dick Cheney warned the American public Wednesday night on CNN.
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 23 May 2002-- Security Council informally agrees to keep multinational force in Kabul for another six months
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 23 May 2002-- NATO poised for expansion: U.S. Vice President
- TERRORISM: WERE BUSH TEAM'S WARNINGS AIMED AT DEFLECTING CRITICISM? Foreign Media Reaction 23 May 2002-- Nearly all media were suspicious of the timing of recent statements by Bush administration officials to the effect that terrorist attacks against the U.S. were "not a matter of if, but when." The consensus was that the Bush administration was "running for cover" in the face of allegations that it had been "asleep at the wheel" in advance of the events of 9/11. By focusing public attention on possible future threats, most dailies argued, the administration was "hoping to regain the initiative" and to ensure that it could not again be accused of "not sounding a warning" in advance of an attack. These critics also held that the Bush team's "PR offensive" was designed to silence "the opposition" in an election year. A few observers linked the warnings by VP Cheney and others to the president's ongoing trip to Europe, saying that the "latest terrorism alarms" would "counter growing uneasiness within allied governments" over Mr. Bush's "combative and unilateralist ways."
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