31 October 2002 Military News
- DAILY BRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 31 Oct 2002
- UNIFEM PRESS BRIEFING ON INDEPENDENT EXPERTS’ ASSESMENT ON WOMEN, WAR AND PEACE United Nations 31 Oct 2002
- SRI LANKA PEACE TALKS VOA 31 Oct 2002-- Sri Lankan government officials and the rebel Tamil Tigers are beginning a second round of peace talks in Thailand
- U-S-Egypt-Jews VOA 31 Oct 2002-- The United States has complaints to Egypt and other Arab governments over plans to broadcast an Egyptian-produced television drama series partly based on the anti-Semitic "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." The planned broadcasts have been condemned by U-S Jewish leaders, who have urged the U-S and European governments to intercede
- IVORY COAST-TALKS VOA 31 Oct 2002-- The second day of peace negotiations between the Ivory Coast government and rebels has ended with both sides saying they have made progress toward ending the country's six-week-old insurrection
- U-S/CENTRAL AFRICA VOA 31 Oct 2002-- The United States has decided to withdraw its diplomats from the Central African Republic and close its embassy in the capital, Bangui, amid continued violence stemming from the military rebellion that erupted there late last week
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 31 Oct 2002-- The Gaza Strip home of a member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas has been rocked by a series of explosions
- RUSSIA-CHECHNYA FUTURE VOA 31 Oct 2002-- Following the armed Chechen siege of a Moscow theatre, many people in Russia and elsewhere are asking what happens next. Russia's second military campaign in Chechnya continues, and the nearly decade-old war-zone seems to have been expanded once again to the streets of Moscow.
- SRILANKA/REBEL LEADER VOA 31 Oct 2002-- In Sri Lanka, a court has sentenced the leader of the Tamil Tigers to 200-years in jail for a 1996 bomb attack in Colombo. The sentence was handed down as the Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan government began a second round of peace talks in Thailand
- AFGHAN-KARZAI VOA 31 Oct 2002-- Afghanistan's president says he does not fear any repercussions in his country if the United States attacks Iraq. In an interview with VOA, the Afghan leader also says he hopes the religious parties that have won new political power in neighboring Pakistan will work with Afghanistan
- ISRAEL/ARAB REACT VOA 31 Oct 2002-- The Arab world has offered mixed reactions to the collapse of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unity government. While some political analysts say it could provide an opportunity to strengthen the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, others are warning it may make matters much worse
Defense Policy / Programs
- Marine Gen. Peter Pace: Leadership Enhanced by Global Communication AFPS 31 Oct 2002-- Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has watched the military evolve over the past 35 years. During a recent interview with American Forces Press Service, Pace talked of the changes he's seen and of the changes yet to come. Here is the third in a three-part series on the general's views.
- Study could reduce Anthrax shots, decrease side effects Army News Service 31 Oct 2002-- A study to decrease the required number of Anthrax shots and its accompanied side effects is being conducted at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Maryland.
- Amphib crew assists world's newest country 7th Fleet 31 Oct 2002-- USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), arrived off the coast here today to assist the United States Support Group East Timor (USGET) with humanitarian and civic assistance projects.
- ATK Awarded $5 Million Contract Modification to Develop New Military Lightweight Assault Rifle ATK 31 Oct 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has been awarded a $5 million contract modification from the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny, N.J., to develop the new XM8 Lightweight Assault Rifle.
- ATK Awarded $4 Million Contract to Develop Bomb Warhead to Defeat Chemical and Biological Agents ATK 31 Oct 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has been awarded a $4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to develop a multipurpose "Crash PAD" bomb warhead that can be used to damage biological and chemical agent targets while minimizing environmental effects.
- ATK/Textron Systems Joint Venture Awarded $53.8 Million Development Contract for U.S. Army Tactical Munition System ATK 31 Oct 2002 -- A joint venture between ATK Integrated Defense, Plymouth, Minn., an operating company of ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK), and Textron Systems, Wilmington, Mass., a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), has been awarded a $53.8 million development contract to jointly complete development of a hand-emplaced munitions system that will serve as an alternative to or replacement for current non-self-destructing anti-personnel landmines.
- Australia's First Wedgetail Aircraft Rolls Out of Boeing Plant Boeing 31 Oct 2002 -- The Australian Minister for Defence, members of the Royal Australian Air Force, The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] and its industry partners celebrated today as the first Project Wedgetail aircraft, a next generation 737-700, rolled off the factory line during a ceremony in Renton, Wash.
- Boeing Completes 500-pound JDAM Developmental Flight Testing on F-16 Boeing 31 Oct 2002 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Air Force have successfully completed flight-testing of the MK-82 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, from an F-16 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
- General Dynamics’ Spanish Subsidiary Acquires Assets of Germany’s Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern General Dynamics 31 Oct 2002 -- Santa Barbara Sistemas, S.A. of Spain, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today completed the acquisition of the assets of Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern GmbH i.I. (EWK) of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. EWK designs, develops and produces floating bridges and ferrying equipment for military forces worldwide. It has a workforce of 350 employees.
- Lockheed Martin C-130J to Participate in Critical Peacekeeping Mission Lockheed Martin 31 Oct 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI, Italian Air Force) have successfully completed the first series of tests that will enable the C-130J to participate in the Treaty on Open Skies, an international agreement designed to ensure compliance with international arms control efforts through aerial observation.
- Lockheed Martin Completes TCAS Installations as C-5 Avionics Modernization Program Moves Forward Lockheed Martin 31 Oct 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has completed a major milestone in the C-5 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP) by installing the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) in all of the C-5 Galaxies in the U.S. Air Force's operational fleet..
- AUSTRALIA/TERROR VOA 31 Oct 2002-- The head of Australia's intelligence service says the al-Qaida terror network was involved in the deadly bombing of a Bali nightspot. The statement comes as Australian civil libertarians say police raids on suspected members of a group linked to al-Qaida were a publicity stunt
- TURKEY / ELECTION PREVIEW VOA 31 Oct 2002-- U-S-based experts on Turkey expect a new party with Islamist roots to show strong backing in Sunday's parliamentary election
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 31 Oct 2002-- Explosion in northwest Kabul, peacekeepers investigating
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