24 June 2002 Military News
- AFGHANISTAN'S LOYA JIRGA VOA 24 Jun 2002-- After nearly a week of tumultuous meetings and some behind the scenes bargaining, Afghanistan's great tribal council, or Loya Jirga, has concluded its session. The interim leader of the war-torn nation, Hamid Karzai, has been elected to run the nation for two more years until internationally-supervised elections can be held.
- U.S. Troops Report Rocket Fire; Brits Find Enemy Weapons AFPS 24 Jun 2002-- U.S. special operations troops in Afghanistan yesterday reported enemy rocket fire near their positions around the town of Khowst, U.S. officials said.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 24 Jun 2002
- Bush Calls for New Palestinian Leadership Washington File 24 Jun 2002-- President Bush has laid out his vision for Middle East peace based on two states living side by side in peace and security. Urging all parties in the Middle East to "break with the past and set out on a new path," the president called on the Palestinian people to elect a new leadership that will engage in reforms necessary for the establishment of a Palestinian state that is democratic, economically vibrant, and anti-terrorist.
- Transcript: White House Sees Chance for Rapid Improvement in Mideast Washington File 24 Jun 2002-- The White House sees a chance that progress towards peace in the Middle East can come "fairly quickly" if the Palestinians move with "resoluteness" to reform political and economic institutions and act against terrorism, as outlined in President Bush's speech on Middle East policy June 24, said a senior administration official.
- CONGRESS/BUSH REACT VOA 24 Jun 2002-- Republicans and Democrats in the U-S Congress are mostly welcoming President Bush's call for a change in Palestinian leadership
- BUSH MIDEAST OVERNIGHT VOA 24 Jun 2002-- The Bush Administration Tuesday begins the work of convincing Palestinians and Israelis to join the president's new plan for Mideast peace
- U-S MIDEAST REACT VOA 24 Jun 2002-- In the Middle East, there has been mixed reaction to President Bush's major policy speech on the way forward in the peace process. Israel welcomed the remarks and Palestinians expressed reservations about some aspects while rejecting outright Mr. Bush's call for a change in Palestinian leadership
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 25 Jun 2002-- Missiles fired from Israeli helicopter gun ships hit two cars in the Gaza Strip, killing at least six Palestinians and wounding several others
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Official Briefs on U.S.-Italy Joint Strike Fighter Agreement Washington File 24 Jun 2002-- The United States and Italy signed documents in Washington June 24 formalizing Italy's participation in the system development and demonstration (SDD) phase of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
- DOD and Italy Sign Joint Strke Fighter Agreement 24 Jun 2002 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics E.C. "Pete" Aldridge Jr. met today with Secretary General of Defense and National Armaments Director Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola of Italy to sign and exchange memorandum of understanding (MOU) documents for Italian partnership in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase.
- Bush Says U.S. Seeks To Strengthen Maritime Borders Washington File 24 Jun 2002-- President Bush says a Coast Guard contract to replace aging ships and aircraft and improve communications and information sharing, to be awarded June 25, is part of a U.S. effort to give U.S. coastal authorities more time to identify threats and respond to them.
- CONGRESS / SAUDI VOA 24 Jun 2002-- The U-S Senate has voted overwhelmingly to bar U-S servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia from being required or encouraged to wear the Muslim-style head-to-toe robes known as abayas
- ATK Awarded $9 Million Contract to Continue Production of Missile Warning System Sensor Upgrade Kits ATK 24 Jun 2002 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) (Alliant Techsystems) has been awarded a $9 million contract from the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. to continue low-rate initial production of sensor upgrade kits for the AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System. The kits will be delivered to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force for integration into multiple aircraft platforms.
- Boeing Team Wins U.S. Army Joint Tactical Radio System Contract -- Initial Phases Expected to Exceed $2 Billion Boeing 24 Jun 2002 -- The U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Command today announced The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] as the prime system engineering contractor of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract to develop the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), a revolutionary communications system that will be the foundation for all future Department of Defense tactical radios.
- Boeing Delivers Newest F-15E to U.S. Air Force Boeing 24 Jun 2002 -- Boeing on June 21 delivered the first of 10 new F-15E Strike Eagles it's currently producing for the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft is the 227th Strike Eagle built at the company's St. Louis facility. The Republic of Korea in April selected the F-15K, a derivative of the F-15E, as its next-generation fighter.
- Italy Invests in Joint Strike Fighter Program Lockheed Martin 24 Jun 2002 -- The Joint Strike Fighter program extended its international reach today (June 24) when Italian officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding to participate in the development of the stealthy, multirole aircraft. The United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway joined the program previously.
- ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TARGET VEHICLE FOR MDA Orbital Sciences Corp. 24 Jun 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched the suborbital rocket that served as the target vehicle for a test of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Sea-Based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.
- AFRICA/NUCLEAR/TERROR VOA 24 Jun 2002-- U-S officials say it is no secret that terrorists would like to obtain weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons. They also say it is no secret that terrorists are on the lookout for so-called "soft" targets --- those considered at low-risk of a terrorist strike. Are there soft targets among the world's nuclear facilities
- SMALL ARMS STUDY VOA 24 Jun 2002-- A private group says the production of small arms is more widely distributed around the world than previously thought. The study - by the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva - says more than one-thousand companies in at least 98 countries are involved in some aspect of producing small arms and ammunition
- New Agency Will Focus Priorities, Aid Response AFPS 24 Jun 2002-- President Bush said that his proposed Homeland Security Department would help the government focus resources to protect the nation and allow existing agencies to be more responsive
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