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24 July 2002 Military News

Other Conflicts
Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
News Reports

Current Operations

  • U.S. Troops to Provide Security for Afghan President AFPS 24 Jul 2002 -- American troops will temporarily provide Afghan President Hamid Karzai's personal security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said July 22.
  • U.S. Forces Find More Weapons in Southeast Afghanistan AFPS 24 Jul 2002 -- U.S. troops on patrol in Afghanistan have uncovered more hidden weapons, senior DoD officials said here today. Over the past 24 hours, the troops seized one large hoard of weapons and a second, relatively small one, Air Force Brig. Gen. John W. Rosa Jr. told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing.
  • AFGHANISTAN / PEACEKEEPERS VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- The international community remains reluctant to expand peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan beyond the capital of Kabul. The Swedish armed forces chief discussed the matter Wednesday on a visit to Afghanistan. Sweden has been contributing troops to the peacekeeping force and carrying out humanitarian operations.

Other Conflicts

  • U-S / ISRAEL-GAZA VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- There were more signs of U-S displeasure Wednesday over Israel's attack in Gaza City Monday using a U-S provided F-16 fighter jet that killed civilians in an apartment block, along with a leader of the radical Palestinian group Hamas.
  • ISRAELI GAZA ATTACK VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- President Bush is condemning as "heavy handed" an Israeli attack in Gaza that killed a key Hamas leader and 14 others. At least one U-S daily is labeling the air force missile strike "an atrocity" and both the United Nations and the European Union are blasting Israel for firing on a civilian building in the middle of the night. The U-S press is overwhelmingly critical of the attack that one paper says scuttled budding peace talks between the Israelis and Hamas.
  • MIDEAST / U-N MEETING VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting later today at the request of Arab governments to discuss the Israeli air attack Monday on Gaza City, which killed 15 Palestinians.
  • U-S / SRI LANKA VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, says President Bush supports peace talks between the island's government and Tamil rebels. Mr. Wickremesinghe met with the president Wednesday. The Sri Lankan government and the ethnic minority Tamil Tigers signed a peace agreement earlier this year, but have yet to agree on a date to start peace talks.
  • BUSH / SRI LANKA VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- President Bush met with the leader of Sri Lanka Wednesday to discuss efforts to end the island's long civil war.
  • Bush Condemns Most Recent Violence in Northern Ireland Washington File 24 Jul 2002 -- President Bush has condemned the recent violence in Northern Ireland and says the United States agrees with the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic that paramilitary groups should be held accountable "when there is clear, convincing evidence of their use of violence or preparations for it." Bush said such groups must end their violent activities and recognize that the political process is "the only valid vehicle for change."
  • PHILIPPINES / TERRORISM VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- Philippine President Gloria Arroyo says Manila's fight against terrorism will not end with the recent capture of two bombing suspects with alleged ties to the radical Muslim group, the Abu Sayyaf.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- The Islamic militant group, Hamas, is vowing to avenge the death of its military chief and the 14 other Palestinians killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - ASD PA Clarke and Gen. Rosa 24 Jul 2002 -- "U.S. forces continue to conduct search operations. And over the last 24 hours we seized two caches of weapons. The first one, relatively small, included six rocket-propelled grenades and four anti-personnel mines. The second one, quite a bit bigger, seized earlier this morning, contained 400 rocket-propelled grenades, 20 cases of land mines, and a large quantity of machine gun ammunition. Both caches were seized in the area north of Narizah, which is on the southeastern part of Afghanistan, down on the Pakistani border."
  • PENTAGON/SAO TOME VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- A top Pentagon official involved in African affairs says the United States may be prepared to provide military training to naval forces from the tiny but potentially oil-rich island nation of Sao Tome, in the Gulf of Guinea off the West African coast.
  • PENTAGON / ETHIOPIA VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- Ethiopia will be among the next African countries getting U-S military training under a program to support peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations.
  • DoD 'OK' in Radio Bandwidth Transfer to Private Sector AFPS 24 Jul 2002 -- DoD retains access to valuable radio bandwidth needed for national security although the government gave up a segment July 23 to facilitate growth in the U.S. telecommunications industry. The Department of Commerce announced its plan July 23 called the "3G (3rd Generation) Viability Assessment." DoD and some other government agencies will transfer 45 megahertz of radio bandwidth to the private sector. The frequencies will come from the 1710-1755 MHz range.
  • Long-awaited Apache Longbows arrive in Europe Army News Service 24 Jul 2002 -- V Corps' long-awaited squadron of 22 AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters arrived at the port of Antwerp last week and flew in mass formation July 22 to the unit's home airfield in Illesheim, Germany.
  • Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment '02 begins AFPN 24 Jul 2002 -- JEFX '02 is actually not a single event but a process that has been going on since completion of the previous JEFX two years ago. It will culminate with a comprehensive joint exercise/experiment July 24 to August 8 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The two weeks of activity will include hundreds of simulations and some live-flying exercises, all designed to test newer technologies considered likely candidates for improving battle management.
  • EODMU 11 Trains with Constellation Battle Group Navy Newsstand 24 Jul 2002 -- During the next two weeks, the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV 64) will be involved in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), an evolution designed to help prepare Constellation for the war on terrorism.

Defense Industry

  • Maritime Integration Facility secures contract for Type 45 support BAE Systems 24 Jul 2002 -- An advanced shore facility that replicates complex ship systems is set to cut costs, make more efficient use of resources and provide a much needed service to naval programmes beginning with the Type 45 Destroyer.
  • BAE SYSTEMS selected to provide power PC-based flight control computer for Taiwan fighter aircraft BAE Systems 24 Jul 2002 -- The Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) has awarded BAE Systems Controls a $7.1 million contract to upgrade the flight control computer on Taiwan's Indigenous Defensive Fighter (IDF). The contract includes engineering design, development, and delivery of flight test hardware.
  • BAE SYSTEMS signs MI-172 marketing agreement with Kazan and Kelowna flightcraft BAE Systems 24 Jul 2002 -- BAE Systems, Kazan of Russia and Canada's Kelowna Flightcraft have concluded and signed an international marketing agreement for the Mi-172 medium-utility and transport helicopter.
  • Successful First Flight as Boeing Begins Testing Upgraded E-6B Aircraft Boeing 24 Jul 2002 -- Flight testing the state-of-the-art Next Generation 737 glass cockpit on the U.S. Navy's 707 E-6B communications aircraft will verify the new technology as more reliable, versatile and pilot-friendly. The latest improvement to the E-6B is the most advanced commercial flight deck offered by The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA].
  • Boeing Receives HyFly Award for Hypersonic Missile Demonstrator Boeing 24 Jul 2002 -- Phantom Works, the advanced research and development unit of Boeing [NYSE:BA], has received a $92.4 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, to design, develop and test-fly a hypersonic strike missile demonstrator vehicle.
  • Korea Aerospace Industries and Lockheed Martin Highlight Progress on T-50 Development and Industrial Cooperation Lockheed Martin 24 Jul 2002 -- Officials from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company highlighted today (July 24, 2002) at the Farnborough Air Show in England .the progress of the T-50 advanced trainer being developed by the two aerospace companies. Lockheed Martin is the principal subcontractor to KAI, the prime contractor for the international T-50 Golden Eagle team.
  • Lockheed Martin's F-16 Reborn to Lead into the Next Generation Lockheed Martin 24 Jul 2002 -- Lockheed Martin's F-16 family is being reborn in the 21st century with robust new technologies, new production configurations and unmatched management experience to enhance its position as the world's most advanced, high-capability multi-mission fighter, company officials said today (July 24, 2002) at the Farnborough Air Show. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. is a business area of Lockheed Martin Corp. [NYSE: LMT].
  • Taiwan Agrees to Purchase Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Anti-tank Weapon System Lockheed Martin 24 Jul 2002 -- The U.S. Army has executed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) paving the way for the sale of the Javelin anti-tank weapon system to Taiwan.
  • Lockheed Martin and Navy Mark Another First with Aegis-Guided ESSM Missile Flight Lockheed Martin 24 Jul 2002 -- For the first time at sea, the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System successfully guided an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) from the Aegis guided missile destroyer USS Shoup operating in the Pacific test range off the coast of California. The test demonstrated the Aegis Weapon System's capability to launch and guide an ESSM to a successful intercept./li>
  • Lockheed Martin C-130J Fleet Passes 50,000 Hour Mark Lockheed Martin 24 Jul 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, a business area of Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT], announced today (July 24, 2002) that the C-130J worldwide fleet has now passed 50,000 flying hours. Ross Reynolds, vice president of the C-130J program, told reporters attending a press conference that the C-130J program is on track and the aircraft is performing splendidly.
  • Northrop Grumman Signs Agreement with IZAR to Propose Fire Scout for Spain's F-100 Frigate Program Northrop Grumman 24 Jul 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector announced today the signing of a technical assistance agreement with IZAR of Spain, Europe's second largest shipbuilder, to promote the U.S. Navy's Fire Scout vertical unmanned system for integration on the country's F-100 frigate.

News Reports

  • NATO & THE CAUCASUS VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- What once seemed wildly improbable is now taken for granted. NATO continues to move east into parts of the former Soviet Union. The three Baltic states, Slovakia and Slovenia in central Europe, and Romania and Bulgaria on the Black Sea, appear likely to join the alliance at its November summit in Prague. Farther east still, Georgia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus are seeking admission. But that may finally meet stiff resistance from Moscow as a serious challenge to Russia's national interest.
  • SWISS / U-N VOA 24 Jul 2002 -- Switzerland could soon be a member of the United Nations. The Security Council has unanimously approved Switzerland's application for U-N membership and sent its decision to the General Assembly for final action.

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