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12 November 2002 Military News

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  • Afghan Highway Reconstruction Officially Launched Washington File 12 Nov 2002-- Reconstruction of Afghanistan's main highway, stretching from Kabul through Kandahar to Herat officially began with a November 10 ground breaking ceremony officiated by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Robert Finn.

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  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Nov 2002
  • U-S-Colombia VOA 12 Nov 2002-- The United States has joined religious leaders and human rights groups in condemning kidnapping in Colombia of one of the country's most prominent Roman Catholic clergymen. Bishop Jorge Enrique Jimenez, president of the Latin American bishop's conference, was seized along with another priest as they traveled north of the Colombian capital, Bogota
  • EAST AFRICA FAMINE VOA 12 Nov 2002-- U-N aid agencies say they are increasingly worried by the lack of response to their appeals for assistance from international donors. The immediate focus of their concern is the Horn of Africa, where they say millions of people are threatened by famine
  • LEBANON BOMBS VOA 12 Nov 2002-- Three fast-food restaurants in Lebanon have been bombed, causing damage, but no casualties. From Beirut, Edward Yeranian has more on the blasts, all of which occurred at restaurants that have links with the United States.
  • DENMARK/RUSSIA/CHECHNYA VOA 12 Nov 2002-- A Danish court has ruled that a senior Chechen rebel must remain in jail pending a decision on whether he should be extradited to Russia to face terrorism charges.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • New support unit designed to increase readiness 12 Nov 2002-- Support groups at Air Force bases worldwide are being reorganized into a new organizational structure: the mission support group.
  • USS Constellation Puts Out Fire in Main Machinery Room Navy Newsstand 12 Nov 2002-- The crew of USS Constellation (CV 64) quickly responded to a main machinery room fire Nov. 8, preventing any serious injuries or degradation to the ship's ability to continue its deployment.
  • Army releases study of June, July Fort Bragg homicides Army News Service 12 Nov 2002-- The findings of a new study detailing the Army's plan for addressing recent incidents of domestic violence were released during a Fort Bragg, N.C. media roundtable Nov. 7.
  • Lessons of war drive Air Force doctrine AFPN 12 Nov 2002-- The Air Force uses the lessons "learned from the blood, sweat, tears, and sometimes death of Americans in the skies" to prepare its doctrine, said Maj. Gen. Dave MacGhee, commander of the Air Force Doctrine Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • AF committed to demobilizing Guard, Reserve airmen AFPN 12 Nov 2002-- The Air Force extended more than 14,000 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve airmen into their second year of mobilization because of operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.
  • New support unit designed to increase readiness AFPN 12 Nov 2002-- Support groups at Air Force bases worldwide are being reorganized into a new organizational structure: the mission support group.
  • NAVAIR, Sikorsky swap ideas over H-92 NAVAIR Release 12 Nov 2002-- Sikorsky held a two-day show-and-tell with its prototype H-92 medium helicopter at Helicopter Test and Evaluation Squadron 21 recently, giving the NAVAIR rotary wing community a chance to weigh in on the new design. Arranged by HX-21 with assistance from the NAVAIR Science and Technology Office, the visit also gave planners here a chance to assess the latest offerings in helicopter technology.
  • Depot pipes in critical improvements NAVAIR Release 12 Nov 2002-- It was a big project, one that has had a significant impact on product quality, time and cost savings, and personnel safety at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Depot Cherry Point. And the engineers in the Mechanical Engineering Branch of the Industrial Production and Planning Division took the bull by the horns and made it happen.
  • Alaskan wing deploys to Singapore for Commando Sling PACAF News 12 Nov 2002-- A 3rd Wing contingent here deployed to the Republic of Singapore Oct. 23 to take on that nation's air force in an annual air-to-air combat exercise.
  • General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Wins Contract to Study New High-Speed Navy Ship Capability General Dynamics Corporation 12 Nov 2002-- Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a contract from the U.S. Navy to explore advanced concepts for a Focused Mission High-Speed Ship. FMHSS is an integrated surface combatant capability envisioned to operate in littoral (coastal) areas against terrorist threats, high-speed swarm boats, mines and diesel submarines. It may also be called upon to carry logistics supplies or personnel and equipment for Special Operations Forces and the U.S. Marine Corps. It will incorporate state-of-the-art materials, modular mission packages, and a reconfigurable platform design to provide the Navy with a highly flexible concept for future littoral operations. The mission capability of the FMHSS will play a pivotal role in assuring the access for joint and coalition forces into contested coastal regions around the world. The results of this study will assist the Navy in defining requirements for the rapidly emerging Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Program. As many as 30 - 60 LCS ships are planned, with construction to begin in 2005. Earlier construction may be required by the Navy in order to accelerate defense against growing worldwide threats and terrorist operations.

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