17 June 2002 Military News
- AFGHAN POL VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- Afghanistan's grand elective assembly, the Loya Jirga, is in its seventh day.
- AFGHAN-POL VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- Afghanistan's grand elective council, the Loya Jirga, is back in session, following a day of spirited, sometimes-raucous debate over a new interim legislature. But -- as V-O-A Correspondent Gary Thomas reports from Kabul -- the issue suddenly disappeared from the agenda, when the council resumed Monday.
- AFGHAN POL VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- Afghanistan's interim president has told the grand elective assembly -- the Loya Jirga -- that he wants to choose his own cabinet. President Hamid Karzai also called on the assembly to choose representatives to decide the issue of allocating seats in an interim parliament.
- PENTAGON/AFGHANISTAN VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- U-S and coalition forces in Afghanistan have uncovered several large weapons caches, including one containing Chinese-made surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles.
- AMERICAN TALEBAN VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- John Walker Lindh, the young American captured while fighting with the Taleban last year, suffered a series of legal setbacks Monday. A federal judge rejected arguments from Mr. Lindh's attorneys that the charges against him be dropped and also rejected a request that his trial be held somewhere other than in northern Virginia.
- PAK / U-S / ARRESTS VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- Pakistan has detained a number of foreign nationals, including two Americans, for trying to illegally enter Pakistan from Afghanistan.
- PENTAGON/PHILIPPINES VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- U-S troops in the southern Philippines have come under fire from suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists. It is the first reported combat involving American forces since they began their counter-terrorist training mission in February.
- DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 17 Jun 2002 -- "Operation Mountain Lion continues in Afghanistan. Our teams are searching sites throughout the country for Taliban and remaining al Qaeda forces and weapons. Over the last two-plus weeks, U.S. and coalition forces have uncovered several weapons caches, which include a large number of Rags and their launchers, small arms and small-arm rounds -- this is in the numbers -- in the hundreds of thousands -- grenades, mortars and even 30 shoulder-fired missiles -- surface-to- air missiles. Our training program for the Afghan national army continues. The first battalion is reaching the midpoint of its training cycle, and the second battalion has recently started there training. We're pleased at this point with the progress."
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 17 Jun 2002
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- A Palestinian suicide bomber has detonated explosives near a group of Israeli border police, killing himself but causing no other casualties.
- U-S / MIDEAST VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- As President Bush completes work on a new set of Middle East peace proposals, his officials are criticizing Israel for its decision to wall off the West Bank with a security fence. They say any demarcation of a border with a Palestinian state should be left to negotiations.
- U-S-LEBANON-ISRAEL VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- The United States has made new appeals to Syria, Lebanon and Iran to urge them to restrain Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas...this, amid concerns the pro-Iranian group may be planning to escalate attacks against Israel in an effort to disrupt U-S-led regional peace efforts.
- U-S MIDEAST PEACE VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- As President Bush prepares to announce as early as this week a Middle East peace plan that is expected to include support for a Palestinian state, U-S lawmakers are making their voices heard on the issue. With violence continuing in the region, bipartisan lawmakers say talk of Palestinian statehood is premature.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD and Netherlands formalize Joint Strike Fighter Agreement 17 Jun 2002 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Netherlands Secretary of State for Defense exchanged signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) documents committing the Netherlands to participation in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) system development and demonstration (SDD) phase.
- Navy Signs MOU to Transfer Ship Construction 17 Jun 2002 -- The Navy announced today that it is signing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with General Dynamics (GD), and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) to transfer ship construction between the two corporations' shipyards. (...) Under this plan, DDG 102, which was to have been built at Ingalls, will be transferred to Bath Iron Works. LPD 19, in the initial stages of construction at Bath Iron Works, will be transferred to Northrop Grumman.
- BAE SYSTEMS-led team starts indirect fire precision attack contract BAE Systems 17 Jun 2002 -- A BAE Systems-led team has been awarded the Assessment Phase contract for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Indirect Fire Precision Attack (IFPA) Cat A programme. The team includes the BAE Systems Future Systems and RO Defence business units, partnered with AMS, guided-weapons affiliate MBDA, HVR Consulting Services Ltd and QinetiQ.
- BAE SYSTEMS lancer team demonstrates tracer capabilities BAE Systems 17 Jun 2002 -- The BAE Systems-led LANCER team has successfully reached a further major milestone on the joint UK/US Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment Requirement/Future Scout Cavalry System (TRACER/FSCS) programme with the start of full systems field testing of the Medium Weight armoured integrated demonstrator (ID) vehicle at the Larkhill and Hurn ranges, United Kingdom.
- SUCCESSFUL TRIALS OF STATE-OF-THE-ART COMBAT SYSTEM PROVES SIKA VEHICLE READY NOW FOR U. S. ARMY'S FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEM Lockheed Martin 17 Jun 2002 -- With successful performance at field trials in Ft. Carson, Co. last week, an advanced integrated reconnaissance vehicle developed by SIKA International - a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems - proved it is ready now to meet initial requirements of the Future Combat System envisioned for the U.S. Army's Objective Force.
- U.S. Navy to Reallocate LPD, DDG Construction Northrop Grumman 17 Jun 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Navy and General Dynamics' (NYSE:GD) Bath Iron Works to reallocate construction responsibilities for the San Antonio (LPD 17) class amphibious assault ships and certain USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class Aegis guided missile destroyers.
- Northrop Grumman Wins Prime Contractor Role on DISA's Next Generation Engineering Contract Northrop Grumman 17 Jun 2002 -- A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will provide total engineering and interoperability support services to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) worldwide, the Department of Defense and federal agencies under DISA's Next Generation Engineering (NexGen) contract.
- Oshkosh Truck Corporation Partners with ABRO on Ministry of Defence Programmes Oshkosh 17 Jun 2002 -- Oshkosh Truck Corporation [Nasdaq: OTRKB], one of the world’s leading defence truck manufacturers, and ABRO, (formerly the Army Base Repair Organization), jointly announce that they have agreed to partner on the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Future Support Vehicle requirement.
- Thales introduces, at Eurosatory 2002, the new PR4G F@stnet Thales 17 Jun 2002 -- At Eurosatory, Thales Communications is launching its new generation combat radio: PR4G F@stnet
- Thales Industrial Services wins a NBC contract in Finland Thales 17 Jun 2002 -- Thales Industrial Services has been awarded a new NBC Reconnaissance project with the SUTI Contract in Finland, thanks to the partnership with Environics and Patria.
- Thales to build SCIPIO, the French Army's joint forces combat simulator Thales 17 Jun 2002 -- The French procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales Communications a contract worth 15 million euros covering the realisation of a major simulation system for the French Army, SCIPIO (Simulation de Combat Interarmes pour la Préparation Interactive des Opérations - Joint forces combat simulation for interactive preparation of operations).
- New NBC warning concept by Thales: the mobile standoff gaz detection system Thales 17 Jun 2002 -- At this year's Eurosatory exhibition, Thales is presenting a "Standoff chemical detection LAV demonstrator".
- PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESIDENT-ELECT OF COLOMBIA United Nations 17 Jun 2002
- PRESS BRIEFING ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES FOR DEVELOPMENT United Nations 17 Jun 2002
- PORTS / SECURITY VOA 17 Jun 2002 -- The U-S Department of Transportation is distributing nearly 93-million dollars in grants to increase security at dozens of U-S maritime ports.
- SHAPE Morning News Update 17 Jun 2002 -- The European Union will add three Palestinian militant groups, including a military arm of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement, to a list of banned terrorist groups next week, EU sources said on Friday in Brussels.
- SHAPE Afternoon News Update 17 Jun 2002 -- Karadzic's wife told NATO in letter he will not surrender
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