19 June 2002 Military News
- AFGHAN / POL VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Afghanistan's transitional president named a portion of his new cabinet Wednesday, and had it ratified by a grand elective council through a show of hands. The top positions have been retained by the incumbents.
- AFGHAN / POL VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Afghanistan's transitional president was sworn into office Wednesday, and named a portion of his new cabinet. The cabinet announcement capped a nine-day traditional elective council, the Loya Jirga. Mr. Karzai faced tough political choices in putting together his team.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 19 Jun 2002
- U-S / COLOMBIA VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Colombian President-elect Alvaro Uribe met Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday as he continued a Washington visit in advance of his inauguration August 7th. U-S officials say he is promising to commit more of the Colombian government's own resources in its U-S supported battle against insurgents and narco-traffickers.
- HAMAS / BUSH PLAN VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- A top official of Hamas, the terror group claiming responsibility for Tuesday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed 19 Israelis, has rejected the idea of an interim Palestinian state, which is said to be a main provision of President Bush's much anticipated peace plan for the Middle East. The Hamas official says the only way suicide attacks will end is if Israel completely withdraws from Palestinian territories.
- BUSH / MIDDLE EAST VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- President Bush says Israel has a right to defend itself following Tuesday's bus attack in Jerusalem. The White House is downplaying speculation that the bombing and Israel's decision to re-occupy Palestinian areas has delayed the president's much-anticipated speech on the peace process.
- ISRAEL AIR STRIKES VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Israel has launched air strikes against Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip, in the wake of a suicide bombing in Jerusalem that killed at least seven people. The explosion was the second such attack in the city in as many days.
- ISRAEL / AIR STRIKES VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Israel has launched air strikes against Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip, following a suicide bombing in Jerusalem earlier in the day that killed at least seven people.
- ISRAEL / BOMB VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- A suicide bomber blew himself up near a bus stop in northern Jerusalem Wednesday killing at least seven people and wounding 37 others.
- ISRAEL / BOMB VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- An apparent suicide bomber blew himself up near a bus stop in northern Jerusalem Wednesday killing an undetermined number of people at a busy intersection in the city. It is the second bombing in as many days.
- BRITISH DIPLOMAT/ TERRORISM VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Britain's U-N ambassador says the United Nations is playing a critical role in the war on terrorism. Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock chairs the U-N Security Council committee on counter-terrorism. The diplomat sees growing cooperation among U-N member nations on the issue.
- PHILIPPINES / INDONESIAN VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Philippine troops have rescued one of four Indonesian sailors who were abducted Monday from a tugboat near an island stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf rebels.
- ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- The Palestinian Authority says Israel's announcement that it will reoccupy and hold parts of Palestinian-ruled territory is an open invitation to more violence.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Israel says it will take control of parts of the West Bank and hold them as long as Palestinian terrorist attacks persist. Israeli tanks and armored vehicles have already entered several West Bank cities under the cover of assault helicopters.
- EGYPT / JORDAN / BUSH PLAN VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Egypt and Jordan say they would reject a Middle East peace plan that calls for the creation of a "provisional" Palestinian state. President Bush's expected Middle East peace proposal is widely believed to include such a proposal.
- SUU KYI / BURMA WOMEN VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- Burma opposition leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has marked her 57th birthday with a call for greater empowerment of women in the military ruled country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Decision on NATO Aspirants Will Come Late, State Dept. Official Says Washington File 19 Jun 2002 -- The United States and its NATO partners are unlikely to decide which of nine new applicants will be selected to join the alliance until shortly before the Prague Summit in November, a State Department official told a House International Relations subcommittee June 19.
- U.S. Demands Immunity for U.S. Peacekeepers Washington File 19 Jun 2002 -- The United States is asking the Security Council to adopt a resolution exempting U.S. citizens serving in U.N. operations from prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC).
- Termination of U.S.-UK Agreement on Leased Bases in Bermuda Washington File 19 Jun 2002 -- Remarks at Ceremony for Exchange of Diplomatic Notes on Termination of U.S.-UK Agreement on Leased Bases in Bermuda
- Guided Missile destroyer Shoup to be Commissioned The U.S. Navy will commission Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, Shoup (DDG 86), on Saturday, June 22, 2002, during an 11 a.m. PST ceremony at Port Terminal 37 in Seattle.
- ATK and Diehl Munitionssysteme Sign Agreement to Provide Ammunition for New Marine Corps Assault Vehicle ATK 19 Jun 2002 -- a derivative of the 30mm Bushmaster II automatic weapon, also produced by ATK Gun Systems.
- BAE SYSTEMS awarded F3 Foxhunter radar contract BAE Systems 19 Jun 2002 -- BAE Systems Customer Solutions & Support has been awarded an eight year 'power by the hour' contract for the F3 Foxhunter Radar System worth approximately 75 million.
- Sixth U.S. Army Apache Longbow Battalion Certified Combat-Ready Boeing 19 Jun 2002 -- The U.S. Army's sixth AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter battalion has been certified combat-ready after completing extensive training at Fort Hood, Texas. The battalion will return to Germany this summer as the first Apache Longbow unit to be stationed in Europe.
- EADS and Thales started Series Delivery of First German-French Aircraft Next Generation Identification Transponders EADS 19 Jun 2002 -- The first aircraft identification systems (IFF transponders) ordered by France and Germany have been delivered to the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB under management of the NGIFFSO) and the French DGA.
- Lockheed Martin Receives First Aircraft for C-5 Avionics Modernization Program Lockheed Martin 19 Jun 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., a business area of Lockheed Martin Corp. [NYSE: LMT], reached a major milestone last week as the first C-5B aircraft was inducted into the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP). The AMP is a low-risk, cost-effective upgrade effort that will modernize the Air Force's most-capable airlifter.
- Lockheed Martin's Guided MLRS Rocket Successful in First Production Qualification Test at White Sands Missile Range Lockheed Martin 19 Jun 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the U.S. Army recently conducted the first successful Production Qualification Test (PQT) of the Guided MLRS rocket at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Preliminary data indicate that all test objectives were successfully achieved.
- ATK Tactical Systems Supports Successful Sea-Based Missile Defense Test ATK 19 Jun 2002 -- both key elements of the SM-3 missile system -- performed as expected during the flight test. The FM-3 mission marked the second flight of an operational SDACS and the third flight of an operational TSRM. ATK Tactical Systems -- Elkton Operations, Elkton, Md., is developing both systems under a subcontract to Raytheon.
- ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES SUBORBITAL ROCKET FOR U.S. ARMY Orbital Sciences Corp. 19 Jun 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a ballistic target vehicle from Wake Island, located in the mid-Pacific Ocean, for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Missile Defense Targets Joint Project Office (MDTJPO).
- P-N-G / ELECTIONS VOA 19 Jun 2002 -- In Papua New Guinea, four people have reportedly been killed and many more injured, as the troubled Pacific island nation struggles to hold its seventh general election since gaining independence from Australia 27 years ago.
- SHAPE Morning News Update 19 Jun 2002 -- Britain's defense minister said Tuesday that his government supports Romanian and Bulgarian bids for NATO membership.
- SHAPE Afternoon News Update 19 Jun 2002 -- Hopes for a breakthrough in the launch of the EU's rapid reaction force were poised on a knife edge Tuesday as governments fought against the clock to defuse a bitter row blocking the project.
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