18 October 2002 Military News
- AFGHANISTAN/STABILITY VOA 18 Oct 2002-- Afghanistan's Foreign Minister says his country has evolved from being a threat to peace to one that will contribute to stability in the region. Speaking to an an audience in Washington Thursday, foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah acknowledged the many challenges Afghanistan faces, but said he is optimistic about the future of his nation
- DAILY BRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Oct 2002
- U-S / IVORY COAST VOA 18 Oct 2002-- The United States has welcomed the cease-fire and peace accord between government and rebel forces in Ivory Coast. But the State Department is also warning Americans against travel to the country and is evacuating non-essential embassy personnel and family members because of the turmoil
- CONGO / FIGHTING VOA 18 Oct 2002-- There has been an upsurge in fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since Rwandan troops pulled out less than two weeks ago
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Oct 2002-- Israeli forces today (Friday) shot dead a member of the militant group Hamas as he tried to attack a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip.
Defense Policy / Programs
- RUMSFELD / MILITARY VOA 18 Oct 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the nation's top uniformed military officer have denied a report suggesting there are serious divisions between military and civilian leaders at the Pentagon
- Tarawa helps conduct tests for V-22 Osprey SURFPAC Release 18 Oct 2002-- Not all problems in the war on terrorism are being fought on the frontline. Some are being confronted by the teamwork of Navy/Marine Corps units and research, test and evaluation engineers. One such example: the V-22 Osprey Integrated Test Team which recently came aboard USS Tarawa (LHA-1).
- Sailors return from trials, ready for more USS Kitty Hawk News Release 18 Oct 2002-- The crew of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned here Oct. 18 following sea trials refreshed from their brief at-sea period, ready for upcoming challenges.
- Two Super Hornets Crash at Sea Navy Newsstand 18 Oct 2002-- Two F-18F "Super Hornets" assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41 based at Lemoore Naval Air Station, Calif., crashed at sea approximately 80 miles southwest of Monterey, Calif., this morning.
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard finishes USS Bataan early and on budget NAVSEA News Release 18 Oct 2002-- For the third time in the past six months, Norfolk Naval Shipyard has successfully completed an L-ship availability on time and on budget.
- Boeing Unveils Bird of Prey Stealth Technology Demonstrator Boeing 18 Oct 2002 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today unveiled the "Bird of Prey," a technology demonstrator that pioneered breakthrough low-observable technologies and revolutionized aircraft design, development and production.
- Lockheed Martin Minehunting System Completes Another Successful Testing Milestone Lockheed Martin 18 Oct 2002 -- Lockheed Martin today announced the successful completion of a developmental test for the launch and recovery system that will be used on Arleigh Burke DDG 51-Class guided missile destroyers equipped with the AN/WLD-1(V)1 Remote Minehunting System (RMS). The Launch and Recovery System (L&RS) demonstration was conducted at Lockheed Martin Perry Technologies, Riviera Beach, Fl., witnessed by Navy, Lockheed Martin and subcontractor representatives.
- U.S. Navy's AMNS Program Passes Significant Milestone Lockheed Martin 18 Oct 2002 -- The U.S. Navy's Airborne Mine Neutralization System (AMNS) achieved a key milestone this month with the successful completion of "Live-Inert" Developmental Testing (DT), during which an inert bottom mine and moored sea mine were successfully engaged and destroyed. A Navy MH-53E helicopter was used for the AMNS test.
- Northrop Grumman and Thales Nederland BV agree to market combat management system Thales 18 Oct 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Electronic Systems sector and Thales Nederland B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to market and produce a Combat Management System (CMS) targeting the global small surface ship combatant market with near-term objectives being the U.S. Coast Guard and the Egyptian Navy foreign military sales program.
- First UK sonar contractor logistic support trial shows positive results for Thales Underwater Systems and UK Defence Logistics Organisation Thales 18 Oct 2002 -- A novel two-year "Proof of Concept" trial for Sonar Contractor Logistic Support, carried out by Thales Underwater Systems (TUS) for the UK Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), has passed its mid-way point and is achieving results above expectation.
- Thales to deploy SIGLE, the French Navy's new logistic information system Thales 18 Oct 2002 -- The French Navy's Fleet Support Service (SSF) has awarded Thales Naval France a contract to deliver and deploy the SIGLE logistic information and management system.
- Thales to equip the two Projection and Command Ships of the French Navy with internal and external communications system Thales 18 Oct 2002 -- DCN has awarded Thales a 30 million euro contract for the integrated communication system for the French Navy's two Projection and Command Ships (BPC).
- Sawari II frigate programme for Saudi Arabia: Thales, DCN and DCN International announcelaunching of Al Damman and first sea trials by Makkah Thales 18 Oct 2002 -- On 7 September, the frigate Al Damman was launched at DCN's Lorient shipyard. Two days later, the Makkah began its first sea trials. These events mark important milestones in the Sawari II programme signed by France and Saudi Arabia on 19 November 1994.
- INDONESIA TERROR VOA 18 Oct 2002-- Australian Prime Minister John Howard is urging the Indonesian government to take a tough stance against terrorism. Mr. Howard spoke as Indonesia prepares to question an Islamic cleric who has been linked to al-Quaeda, and to enact a measure to give the police broader powers
- PHILIPPINES BUS BOMB VOA 18 Oct 2002-- A bomb tore apart a bus in the Philippine capital Manila, killing at least three people and wounding more than a dozen others
- SOUTHEAST ASIA / TERROR VOA 18 Oct 2002-- Leaders in Asia and Australia are warning of more terrorist attacks following the deadly bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali and in the Philippines.
- PHILIPPINE BLAST VOA 18 Oct 2002-- Philippine President Gloria Arroyo says investigators are tracking down suspects in Thursday's deadly bomb attacks in the southern city of Zamboanga. Another Philippine official says the investigation is focusing on the Abu Sayyaf and the al-Qaida terror network
- CIA Chief Says Al-Qa'ida Poses Serious Threat to the United States Washington File 18 Oct 2002-- Future attacks will be multi-regional, he says
- No Certainty from Global War on Terrorism AFPS 18 Oct 2002-- People who expect certainty from the global war on terrorism are not going to get it, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here Oct. 18.
- Intelligence Officials Warn Threat as Great as Before 9-11 AFPS 18 Oct 2002-- The terrorist threat today is as great as it was in the weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, CIA Director George Tenet told Congress Oct. 17.
- Commentary: The Changing Face of Strategy AFPS 18 Oct 2002-- On July 16, 1945, the meaning of the word "defense" changed in a New Mexico desert. That was when Allied scientists detonated an atomic bomb that rocked nearby Alamogordo with the strength of more than 10,000 tons of TNT.
- Why Haven't Terrorists Used Weapons of Mass Destruction Yet? AFPS 18 Oct 2002-- U.S. leaders know that terrorists know how to use some weapons of mass destruction but they haven't. Why is that?
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 18 Oct 2002-- President says Azerbajian to send troops to Afghanistan
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 18 Oct 2002-- More on Gen. Ralston's visit to Georgia
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