20 June 2002 Military News
- 28 Detainees Arrive at Camp Delta AFIS 20 Jun 2002 -- Strong winds churned up white caps across Guantanamo Bay June 18 as an Air Force Reserve C-141 Starlifter streamed in for a landing carrying 28 suspected al Qaeda and Taliban members headed for in-processing and detention at Camp Delta here.
- AFGHAN POL WRAP VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Afghanistan's grand elective council, the Loya Jirga, adjourned Wednesday, after President Hamid Karzai presented his cabinet choices. The Loya Jirga was a sometimes-chaotic meeting, as Afghans grappled with issues large and small. Some tangible goals may not have been achieved, but -- after years of war and unrest -- the intangibles emerging from the meeting may have been just as important.
- BRITAIN / AFGHAN VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- British troops soon will be leaving Afghanistan, following the transfer of the command of the international security force in Kabul from Britain to Turkey.
- AFGHAN-PEACKEEPERS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Britain has turned over command of multinational peacekeepers in Kabul to Turkey. The formal change of command took place in Kabul Thursday. The Turkish troops will be trying to keep the peace during potentially rough political times.
- PHILIPPINES / U-S TROOPS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Washington says it will allow U-S military advisors to go on patrol with Philippine troops hunting Abu Sayyaf rebels in the southern Philippines. The announcement, which would expand the U-S soldiers' role in the fight against terrorism, has sparked a new round of controversy over the U-S military presence in the Philippines.
- U.S. Troops May Observe Philippine Companies on Patrol AFIS 20 Jun 2002 -- U.S. special operations forces may soon join Philippine soldiers "in the weeds" to observe and assess operations to root out Abu Sayyaf terrorists in the island nation.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 20 Jun 2002
- BUSH / COLOMBIA VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- President Bush met Colombia's President-elect Alvaro Uribe at the White House Thursday. Bush reaffirmed his support for Colombia's battle against drug traffickers and terrorism.
- BUSH/MIDEAST VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- President Bush has assured Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that he is determined to find a way to protect Israel's security, while bringing hope to the Palestinian people. V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports they spoke by telephone Thursday, a call that focused on this week's suicide bombings in Jerusalem.
- ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Israeli tanks and troops are carrying out more military operations in West Bank cities and villages -- following a second Palestinian suicide bombing in two days in Jerusalem.
- SUDAN CIVIL WAR VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- A senior Sudanese government official is warning of war, famine, and disaster throughout Africa if Sudanese peace negotiations that resumed this week should fail.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Israel has begun calling up reserve soldiers as it widens its military operation in Palestinian-ruled areas of the West Bank. The military moves are in response to two suicide bombings in Jerusalem that killed at least 26 Israelis.
- CQ POWELL / MIDEAST VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell is telephoning counterparts in the Arab world and Europe, seeking help in creating an environment in which President Bush can effectively present his proposals for Middle East peace. Administration officials say the much-anticipated message could be pushed back to next week with the region in turmoil after the latest suicide bombings.
- Text: U.S. Official Outlines Agenda for Peace and Security in Colombia Washington File 20 Jun 2002 -- The incoming administration of Colombian President-elect Alvaro Uribe "faces tremendous challenges" in grappling with a decades-old civil war fueled by narco-terrorist groups in Colombia, says Lino Gutierrez, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.
- Text: U.S. Supports 6-month Extension of Peacekeeping Force in Abkhazia Washington File 20 Jun 2002 -- The United States supports extending for another six months the current mandate of the Commonwealth of Independent States PeacekeepingForce in Abkhazia when it expires at the end of June, according to a June 20 State Department statement
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy, Air Force develop laser-retargeting technology AFPN 20 Jun 2002-- Global power projection in the United States took a giant step forward with the dedication recently of a Navy/Air Force research laboratory focused on developing technology for a revolutionary new satellite able to receive and re-target laser beams anywhere on Earth.
- AEF schedules remaining same AFPN 20 Jun 2002-- The air and space expeditionary force concept was a major topic of discussion at the recent Corona meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., most notably on the lengths and numbers of existing AEF deployments.
- PENTAGON / FOREIGNERS VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- It is not highly-publicized nor widely-known, but the thousands of foreigners are currently serving in America's armed forces. Could this result in the infiltration of the military by terrorists who might gain access to sophisticated weapons or sensitive intelligence material?
- CONGRESS HOMELAND SECURITY VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- U-S lawmakers say they support President Bush's proposal to create a cabinet-level Homeland Security Agency, but they are voicing concerns about a key aspect of the plan. They made their concerns known to Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge, who testified Thursday on Capitol Hill, as correspondent Deborah Tate reports.
- DOD and Norway Sign Joint Strike Fighter Agreement 20 Jun 2002 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge Jr. and his Norwegian counterpart National Armaments Director Leif Lindback today signed memorandum of understanding documents committing Norway to participation in the Joint Strike Fighter system development and demonstration (SDD) phase.
- ATK Flies Navy Gun-Launched Projectile to World Record 62 Miles; ATK Distance Record Meets Military Requirements for Stand-Off Fire Support ATK 20 Jun 2002 -- An industry team led by ATK (NYSE: ATK)(Alliant Techsystems) achieved a planned, significant milestone in the development of a transformational stand-off combat capability -- long- range precision-guided projectiles in support of ground maneuver warfare.
- ATK Awarded Contracts to Supply Independently Developed Medium-Caliber Ammunition to Air Force and Navy ATK 20 Jun 2002 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK)(Alliant Techsystems) has been awarded contracts from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy to supply new, independently developed 20mm and 30mm ammunition with a mechanical fuze that enhances safety.
- BAE SYSTEMS completes delivery of air-portable Ptarmigan area communication system BAE Systems 20 Jun 2002 -- BAE Systems C4ISR has completed the task from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to develop and install improved generators and air-conditioning units for the Ptarmigan Secondary Access Node-Air Portable system - SAN(AP) - to enhance power and climatic control performance.
- BAE SYSTEMS receives $37.5 million contract to support U.S. Stratcom air vehicle planning system BAE Systems 20 Jun 2002 -- BAE Systems has received a $37.5 million contract from U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) for engineering services and on-site support of the Air Vehicle Planning System.
- CACI Awarded $163.5 Million Contract to Provide Information Technology Support to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command CACI 20 Jun 2002 -- CACI International Inc (NASDAQ:CACI) announced today that it has been awarded a $163.5 million, single-award contract to provide information technology support to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center in Norfolk, Virginia (SSC Norfolk).
- General Dynamics Awarded $41M in Air Force Information Technology Services Tasks General Dynamics 20 Jun 2002 -- General Dynamics Network Systems has been awarded three task orders valued at $41 million over the next five years under the U.S. Air Force Information Technology Services contract. General Dynamics will provide continuous network operations and management support to the Air Force Network Operations Center and the Defense Message System Air Force Technical Support Center, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.; and for Air Force Combat Ammunition System software development.
- General Dynamics Awarded $9 Million Contract Modification for Technical Support General Dynamics 20 Jun 2002 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that it has been awarded a $9 million modification to an existing contract to provide technology support services to the Joint Command and Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Battle Center in Suffolk, Va.
- Norway Joins Growing List of F-35 JSF Partners Lockheed Martin 20 Jun 2002 -- The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program added a new international partner today when Norway officially joined the JSF's System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. Becoming a part of the SDD phase qualifies Norwegian industry to bid for work on the program, and enables Norway to influence the F-35's design and mission.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $33.79 Million Contract for Army Tactical Missile Unitary Variant Lockheed Martin 20 Jun 2002 -- Lockheed Martin has received a $33.79 million contract from the U.S. Army for 44 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block IA Unitary Missiles. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting agency. Work on the contract will be performed at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's operations in Dallas and Horizon City, Texas.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract for Additional F/A-18 Structural Assemblies Northrop Grumman 20 Jun 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has been awarded an $11.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy for replacement structural assemblies that will extend the service life of F/A-18 Hornet aircraft operated by the Navy and the air forces of Canada and Finland.
- Boeing ScanEagle UAV Makes First Autonomous Flight Boeing 20 Jun 2002 -- ScanEagle, a Boeing long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, successfully made its first autonomous flight Wednesday at the company's Boardman test facility in eastern Oregon.
- SAUDI BLAST VOA 20 Jun 2002 -- A car bomb explosion in Saudi Arabia has killed a British man.
- Text: NATO's New Mission is Fighting Terrorism, Robertson Says Washington File 20 Jun 2002 -- NATO understands how the world has changed since the terrorist attacks of September 11, says Secretary General Lord Robertson, and "that's why we are moving forward with a sense of urgency to retool the Alliance to tackle terrorism."
- SHAPE Morning News Update 20 Jun 2002 -- A senior minister cleared NATO and other foreign vessels on Wednesday of sinking Russia's Kursk nuclear submarine two years ago, saying a faulty torpedo was to blame.
- SHAPE Afternoon News Update 20 Jun 2002 -- The Washington Post asserts that the United States' leading European allies, who have opposed U.S. efforts to limit the powers of the new international war crimes tribunal (ICC), have quietly obtained written assurances that their troops serving as peacekeepers in Afghanistan would be immune from arrest or surrender to the court.
- Fact Sheet on the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty Washington File 20 Jun 2002-- Following is a fact sheet issued June 18 in Washington by the State Department's Bureau of Arms Control providing background information on the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty signed in Paris in 1990 and adapted in Istanbul in 1999, including area of application, treaty membership, major provisions, achievements, implementation, and ratification prospects:
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