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23 October 2002 Military News

Other Conflicts
Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
News Reports

Current Operations

  • AFGHAN-EXECUTIONS VOA 23 Oct 2002-- A special United Nations envoy says there has been an improvement in the human rights in Afghanistan, but that an atmosphere of fear and intimidation continues to prevail.
  • PHILIPPINES SUSPECTS VOA 23 Oct 2002-- Authorities in the Philippines are preparing to charge five suspects with carrying out three deadly bombings in the southern city of Zamboanga
  • Land Mine, Shelling Incidents Illustrate Dangers in Afghanistan AFPS 23 Oct 2002-- Two incidents in Afghanistan illustrate that the country is still a dangerous place, DoD officials said today.

Other Conflicts

  • RUSSIA-HOSTAGES SCENE VOA 23 Oct 2002-- The hostage drama unfolding at a theatre in southeastern Moscow has dragged into a second day, with reports that Russian officials are now negotiating with the armed Chechen gunmen
  • RUSSIA / HOSTAGES VOA 23 Oct 2002-- A group of men and women armed with guns is still holding hundreds of people who were hostages inside a theater in Moscow since late Wednesday
  • IVORY COAST-PEACE EFFORTS VOA 23 Oct 2002-- West African leaders and ministers who met in Ivory Coast Wednesday have taken another step toward what they hope will soon be an end to the month-long rebellion in the country
  • U-N / BOSNIA VOA 23 Oct 2002-- With U-N peacekeepers preparing to leave Bosnia for good at the end of the year, the European High Representative for Bosnia, Paddy Ashdown, warns widespread corruption and organized crime are threatening to destabilize the Balkan country. Lord Ashdown and special U-N envoy Jacques Klein appealed to the Security Council in New York Wednesday to continue providing money and experts for reforms
  • U-N / WAR CRIMES / CROATIA VOA 23 Oct 2002-- The United Nations is pressing Croatia to apprehend and extradite a war crimes suspect for trial. Indicted wartime General Janko Bobetko refuses to surrender. United Nations chief war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte is in Zagreb for talks on the case with Croatian leaders

Defense Policy / Programs

  • BUSH DEFENSE SPENDING VOA 23 Oct 2002-- President Bush has signed legislation boosting U-S defense spending by nearly 40-billion dollars, the largest one-year budget increase since the end of the Cold War
  • Bush Signs Two Defense Appropriation Bills Washington File 23 Oct 2002-- President Bush signed into law the Department of Defense and military construction appropriations bills October 23, saying the legislation "will make our country more secure, make our military forces more prepared, and reward military families for their sacrifice in service."
  • Bush Signs Defense Bill, Says 'Nation Faces New Dangers' AFPS 23 Oct 2002-- President Bush signed the fiscal 2003 Defense Appropriations and Military Construction Appropriations acts into law today in a White House ceremony.
  • Terror 'Virus' Can Be Defeated, NATO Secretary-General Says AFPS 23 Oct 2002-- Even though the virus of terrorism appears to be spreading, "it would be wrong to paint too bleak a picture," NATO's secretary-general said Oct. 22.
  • NAF Key West Breaks Ground for New Tower Navy Newsstand 23 Oct 2002-- Naval Air Facility Key West held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new air traffic control tower and operations facility Friday. This military construction (MILCON) was awarded as a design and build project replacing the 50-year-old structures at the facilities Boca Chica airfield.
  • USS La Jolla Returns Home from WESTPAC COMSUBPAC Release 23 Oct 2002-- USS La Jolla (SSN 701) returned to Pearl Harbor recently after completing a successful six-month deployment to the Western Pacific. The attack submarine conducted operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • SUPSHIP San Diego completes Integrated Trials for USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) NAVSEA Observer 23 Oct 2002-- SUPSHIP San Diego delivers final of eight MSC roll-on/roll-off ships. CDR Jay Renken (SSSD)(left to right), CAPT Pat Sudol (PMS325), LT Art Koral (SSSD), CAPT Kevin Gannon (SSSD), CDR Neil Bourassa (INSURV) return to port in San Diego following successful Integrated Trials of USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317).
  • Fast, Focused-Mission Ship Concept Studies Solicited NAVSEA Observer 23 Oct 2002-- On Monday, 12 August 2002, Rear Admiral (RDML) Charlie Hamilton, Program Executive Officer for Surface Strike, and RDML Don Loren, Deputy Director Surface Ships - N763, hosted a Ship Concept Studies Industry Day in Vienna, Virginia. The two admirals, along with other Navy representatives Mr. James Heller and Ms. Susan Hosokawa, spoke to more than 200 industry representatives about the Ship Concept Study effort.
  • DD(X) Program Back on Track NAVSEA Observer 23 Oct 2002-- With resolution of the DD(X) bid protest, Northrop Grumman is on track to complete the DD(X) system design and associated engineering development models (EDM) by 2005.
  • SUPSHIP San Diego Complete Smart Ship And All Electric DSRA for USS Antietam (CG 54) Eight Days Ahead Of Schedule NAVSEA Observer 23 Oct 2002-- USS Antietam (CG 54) recently completed a six month Dry-docking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, California. The highlight of this complex availability was the successful installation of the SMART SHIP and All-Electric Ship Alts. This is the second time that both installs have been performed simultaneously by NASSCO, the USS Mobile Bay (CG-54) was the first. Numerous lessons learned during the Mobile Bay installation were integrated into the Antietam availability.
  • President signs bills to increase defense funding for troops Army News Service 23 Oct 2002-- President George W. Bush signed two bills that will give service members the resources they need to serve America at home and abroad during a ceremony Oct. 23 at the White House.
  • Sensor system keeping airmen safe AFPN 23 Oct 2002-- As the horizon disappears and the sky fades to black, residents here wrap up the day's activities and crawl into bed like bears heading into hibernation for the winter. No worries, no fears of terrorists or enemies invading their resting place -- just soft pillows, warm blankets and sweet dreams.
  • 'Team Target' keeps Air Force on mark AFPN 23 Oct 2002-- The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron here, known as "Team Target," is a key player in ensuring that air-to-air and surface-to-air weapons systems can meet the needs of the military in an ever-changing threat environment.

Defense Industry

  • EADS to expand defense presence in the United States EADS 23 Oct 2002 -- EADS, the world’s second-largest defense and aerospace company, Wednesday announced the selection of Russellville, Arkansas, as the industrial site for activities related to their new Mobile Field Hospital System.
  • Army Continues Support for Six Stryker Brigades General Dynamics 23 Oct 2002 -- The U.S. Army continues to demonstrate its support for fielding six brigades of the new Stryker family of combat vehicles. Recent Army efforts have included a media roundtable and a vehicle-mobility demonstration, transcripts of which have been posted to the U.S. Army’s public affairs website.
  • U.S. Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman Contract for Global Transportation Network Northrop Grumman 23 Oct 2002 -- A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector has received a six-year $63.8 million contract option for the next-generation information system that will improve the ability to provide near real-time visibility of passengers and material moving through the Defense Transportation Systems (DTS).
  • Thales to supply dipping sonar to Raytheon for U.S. Navy order Thales 23 Oct 2002 -- Thales Underwater Systems (TUS) has been awarded a contract by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, to supply outboard arrays and reeling machines for four AN/AQS-22 Dipping Sonar systems Raytheon will provide for the US Navy's MH-60 R Multi Mission Helicopter.

News Reports

  • INDONESIA/TERROR VOA 23 Oct 2002-- An Indonesian group representing 60 Islamic organizations wants an independent investigation into the bombing in Bali that left at least 180 people dead. The Indonesian Council of Ulama also opposes the arrest of an Indonesian cleric, suspected of being involved in terrorism
  • SUSAN WEBB-TERRORISM VOA 23 Oct 2002-- With recent terrorist events in Israel, Bali, and Washington D.C., VOA-TV's David Borgida spoke with Susan Webb, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of the District of Columbia. Ms. Webb discusses how people are "living with terror" and provides suggestions for families on how they should cope with these stressful and frightening events.
  • O'Neill Says Joint Terrorist Designation Sign of Commitment Washington File 23 Oct 2002-- The United States and its allies in Asia and Europe have demonstrated an international commitment to fighting terrorism by jointly moving at the United Nations against an extremist Islamic organization, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill says.
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 23 Oct 2002-- Defense secretary says bin Laden network is adapting to anti-terror campaign
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 23 Oct 2002-- Report: Gen. Ralston disappointed with German defense budget

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