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02 August 2002 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
News Reports

Current Operations

  • PENTAGON / AFGHANISTAN VOA 02 Aug 2002 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met Friday with the commander of U-S Special Forces, reportedly to discuss an accelerated effort to capture or kill al-Qaida terrorists.

Other Conflicts

  • ANGOLA / UNITA VOA 02 Aug 2002 -- Angola's former rebel movement, UNITA, says it has officially disbanded its military forces. Five-thousand UNITA soldiers are being integrated into the Angolan armed forces, and most of the rest are supposed to be returning to civilian life. But returning the former rebels to society will not be an easy task.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Aug 2002 -- Israeli troops have launched a massive military incursion into the West Bank city of Nablus in a search for Palestinian militants. In various clashes and incidents in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, five Palestinians are reported to have been killed, including an activist from the militant Islamic group Hamas.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White: Army Transformation on schedule in MC02 Army News Service 02 Aug 2002 -- Secretary of the Army Thomas White told reporters and members of the Joint Forces Command that Army Transformation is on schedule when he visited the JFCOM headquarters Aug. 1.
  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - ASD(PA) Clarke And Gen. Rosa 02 Aug 2002 -- "it is no secret to you all, to all of us, the Secretary wants everyone to understand the sense of urgency about what we're doing here, that the threats out there are very, very real. Despite the success thus far in Afghanistan, we have a long way to go. So he is always communicating to everyone and to the senior military and civilian leadership the sense of urgency with which they should address all these matters. (...) Special Forces have been key to this operation from day one. Special Forces have very special missions, and to sit and talk about what we are talking about -- planning in the future to use them -- I think would be inappropriate."
  • USD Feith Discusses Joint Statement On Multinational Force And Observers 02 Aug 2002 -- Defense Department Special Briefing on yesterday's meeting of U.S., Egyptian and Israeli government representatives on reconfiguration of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai. Also participating was Marybeth McDevitt, Egypt Country Director, ISA NESA
  • U.S. Intends to Reduce Sinai Force American Forces Press Service 02 Aug 2002 -- The United States intends to cut the number of U.S. soldiers serving with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, said Douglas Feith, defense undersecretary for policy.
  • PENTAGON/SINAI VOA 02 Aug 2002 -- Pentagon officials have been holding talks with Egypt, Israel and other countries on reducing the size of the U-S military contingent with the Sinai peacekeeping observer force.
  • Defense Department Report, August 2: Sinai Peacekeeping, Iraq Washington File 02 Aug 2002 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith says the United States is not seeking to end its participation in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Mission in the Sinai, but is looking to improve its efficiency.
  • Strengthened GI Bill Needed to Draw Recruits American Forces Press Service 02 Aug 2002 -- Today's Montgomery GI Bill needs to more closely resemble the World War II-era program to be a useful recruiting tool, according to a senior congressional staff member.
  • Military Always Looking for New Ways to Go After Al Qaeda American Forces Press Service 02 Aug 2002 -- The U.S. military is constantly trying to find new ways to find and kill al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists, Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said today during a briefing.
  • Transcript: U.S., Indonesia Starting to Normalize Military Ties Washington File 02 Aug 2002 -- We believe that programs such as international military education and training and fellowship programs, that expose Indonesian military personnel to United States training and to United States personnel, help with respect to human rights issues and we should not cut off that opportunity," Powell told reporters at a press briefing he and Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda gave in Jakarta August 2.
  • PENTAGON/ECOWAS VOA 02 Aug 2002 -- The United States is providing West African countries with a special communications system intended to facilitate links in the event of a crisis
  • USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) Makes Way for Western Pacific COMSUBPAC News 08 Aug 2002-- The attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) left for a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific July 31.

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $28M FMS Co-Production Contract General Dynamics 02 Aug 2002 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the U.S Army Operations Support Command, Rock Island, Ill. has awarded the company a $28 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract to establish a facility for the production of 120mm M831A1 and M865 tank training ammunition cartridges.

News Reports

  • Text: Sinai Peacekeeping Talks Take Place in Washington Washington File 02 Aug 2002 -- Representatives of the U.S., Egyptian, and Israeli governments began discussions August 1 regarding the future structure of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), the international peacekeeping force stationed in the Sinai Peninsula.
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 02 Aug 2002 -- The United States is urging Ukraine to put more safeguards around its missile technology or risk having security concerns hurt its bid to join NATO. A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday that delegations from countries such as Iran and Iraq have visited Ukraine, seeking meetings with those harboring the technology. The United States has told Ukraine that how it handles its controls over sensitive technologies could become a factor in whether Ukraine is invited to join NATO, the official said.
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 02 Aug 2002 -- Le Figaro stresses that while France and Britain are seeking to give a new impulse to ESDP, frustration is growing in European capitals at what is seen as the EU's inability to implement its plan to take over from NATO the peacekeeping mission in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The French daily highlights that such an operation depends on an arrangement between NATO and the EU on the use of NATO's assets. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Aug. 1, asserted earlier that regarding ESDP, Germany is ready for a compromise with Paris. At their recent summit in Schwerin, both countries declared their willingness to strengthen the military capability of the EU beyond the establishment of a European intervention force. For this purpose, they want to set up a European air transport command quickly, to develop a satellite-supported reconnaissance system that is independent of the United States, and accelerate the integration of command staffs, the daily stressed

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