18 November 2002 Military News
- U.S. Intelligence Believes Bin Laden Tape Authentic Washington File 18 Nov 2002-- U.S. intelligence officials believe an audiotape purported to be a recording by Osama bin Laden is both authentic and recent, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.
- Medical evacuation squadron works around clock AFPN 18 Nov 2002-- Business has been relatively slow for Maj. Jim Sterling and his team at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. They are not complaining though because slow days for them mean no injuries for coalition forces in the region.
- PENTAGON/HORN DEATH VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- A U-S Army soldier deployed with Special Operations troops on a secrecy-shrouded mission in Djibouti has died, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The death occurred last month but has only now been confirmed by military authorities responding to a V-O-A inquiry
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Nov 2002
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Nov 2002-- Israeli forces made a brief incursion into Gaza City overnight, attacking Palestinian security facilities with helicopter gunships, tanks and gunboats
- SUDAN/CEASE-FIRE VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- Sudan's warring parties today (Monday) agreed to extend a cease-fire until the end of March. However, important issues remain to be worked out, including aspects of power-sharing
- IVORY COAST / PEACEKEEPERS VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- In Ivory Coast, a team of West African military officers is working on plans for the deployment of more than one-thousand peacekeepers. 19 officers arrived Sunday in the commercial capital
Defense Policy / Programs
- Seymour named ACC's best Air Combat Command 18 Nov 2002-- Air Combat Command officials announced Thursday that Seymour Johnson is the 2002 winner of the Installation Excellence Award.
- New protection against an old enemy Marine Corps News 18 Nov 2002-- Marines don't necessarily have to pick up a weapon to fight one of the oldest and deadliest weapons on the battlefield.
- Mount Whitney Deploys in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom Navy News Service 18 Nov 2002 -- Amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) deployed Nov. 12 to the Central Command area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
- U-S / AFRICA / OIL SECURITY VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- Africa has become an increasingly important source of oil for the United States and possible American military involvement in the security of the continent's oil facilities has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months. But there is a vast gap between rumor and reality porters in London
- Fourth Afghan battalion graduates Army News Service 18 Nov 2002-- More than 400 Afghan soldiers graduated Nov. 13 after 10 weeks of basic infantry training conducted by French soldiers at the site of the former Afghan Military Academy in Kabul.
- Special Forces find missile in Afghan countryside Army News Service 18 Nov 2002-- U.S. soldiers stationed at the Kabul Military Training Center recovered a British-made anti-aircraft missile near Bagram Air Base recently, making air travel in the area a little safer.
- Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with El Mercurio Daily Newspaper, Chile 18 Nov 2002-- Rumsfeld: The reason I am here is because I am a defense minister in the hemisphere and this is the fifth hemisphere defense ministerial meeting and I wanted to be here. We were all asked if we had thoughts or suggestions for the meeting. We in the United States had a couple of suggestions. One was that we find ways to have somewhat greater cooperation with respect to our navies, and exercise and practice together in ways that we would be able to improve our interoperability and our effectiveness. Not just the United States, but regionally here.
- Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with La Tercera Daily, Santiago, Chile 18 Nov 2002-- Rumsfeld: Let me say it the way I would say it. I'm here because it's a ministerial meeting, the fifth of the hemisphere, and we have relationships with almost all of the countries. The Department of Defense has relationships with almost all and the military-to-military relationship is a healthy one and a constructive one. I wanted to come down because I wanted to demonstrate the importance we attach to the hemisphere and the value we place on the relationship with Chile and with other countries in this part of the world. Every country will be talking about interests they have and I will be doing that also tomorrow about some things that are of interest to me. As will the other countries. I do think that given the fact that it's the 21st century that all of us, all of our countries need to think about what that means in terms of the evolving threats that exist in the world. It's less armies, navies and air forces and nations today and you can have threats from entities that are not nations at all and that don't have armies, navies or air forces, and the degree of cooperation that countries engage in strengthens all of us, so we do believe that it is helpful for all of us to talk and to have interoperability and effectiveness together and for each country to participate in ways that make sense for them. Does that answer your question?
- Background Briefing with Traveling Press Corps, Santiago, Chile 18 Nov 2002-- Senior Defense Official: Let me just go over the ground rules real quick. This is on background and as a senior defense official, and the purpose is really to kind of go over the two bilats [bi-lateral agreements] that occurred today: Colombia earlier this morning, and then with the Chileans late morning. I think all of you know our senior defense official, you've seen him in the plane, so...
- ATK Quick Bolt Program Achieves Major Milestone with First Missile Test Firing ATK 18 Nov 2002 -- A revolutionary new precision-strike capability being developed by ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) that will provide near real-time weapon impact assessment data to battlefield command and control centers moved a significant step forward on Nov. 15 with a successful first live missile firing test.
- Boeing F/A-18 with Active Aeroelastic Wing Completes First Flight Boeing 18 Nov 2002 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] F/A-18A Active Aeroelastic Wing or AAW, test aircraft has successfully completed its first flight at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- General Dynamics Equips US Army 21st Century Truck with Fuel Cell Power Unit General Dynamics 18 Nov 2002 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has delivered a first-of-its-kind, fuel cell-based auxiliary power unit (APU) to SunLine Transit Agency for installation aboard "The 21st Century Truck," a government-industry collaborative effort for development of commercially viable technologies that will dramatically cut the fuel use and emissions of commercial trucks and buses.
- Fast to the Fight: Team US101 Demonstrates Helicopter's Air Transportability Lockheed Martin 18 Nov 2002 -- Team US101, a collaboration between Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland Inc., today announced the successful air transportability demonstration of the medium-lift helicopter that will be built and marketed in the U.S. as the US101.
- Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor Program Surpasses Another Key Flight Test Goal Lockheed Martin 18 Nov 2002 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program surpassed another key flight-test goal on Nov.13 by successfully completing initial flight-testing necessary for the U.S. Air Force to begin training pilots who will execute the program's upcoming Dedicated Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (DIOT&E) phase.
- Boeing Delta IV 'Go For Launch' Boeing 18 Nov 2002 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] officials held a Launch Readiness Review (LRR) today and confirmed the 'Go for Launch' status of the first Delta IV rocket for Tuesday, November 19.
- JAPAN / EXPLOSION VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- Two small explosions were heard late Monday near the headquarters of the U-S army in Japan. Police suspect it may have been an attack involving leftist radicals
- BRITAIN / TIBET VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- A senior Tibetan official says China should open talks by next June on the future status of Tibet or face the risk of a popular rebellion. The elected leader of Tibet's government-in-exile spoke with re
- NATO / SCENESETTER VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- NATO holds its first ever summit behind the old Iron Curtain this week when leaders of its 19 member countries meet in Prague to make decisions that could change the nature of the Atlantic Alliance. The summit will shift NATO's focus toward new threats such as terrorism and weapons of mass destruction and expand the alliance's membership to include several former communist countries
- U.S. Seeks to Strengthen Inter-American Systems AFPS 18 Nov 2002-- The United States is seeking ways to strengthen inter-American systems, a senior DoD official said Nov. 18.
- PALESTINIANS/FOOD AID VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- The head of the U-N agency aiding Palestinian refugees has launched an appeal for 200-million dollars to supply basic food relief for next year
- BUSH / NATO / OVERNIGHT VOA 18 Nov 2002 -- President Bush travels to Europe Tuesday for talks on possible military action against Iraq and to welcome new members into the NATO alliance
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 18 Nov 2002-- NATO readies defense against mass destruction arms / Bush NATO trip faces clouds on Iraq, terrorism / Czech police increase security for NATO summit / Czechs reject Lukashenko visa for NATO meeting / NATO-led peacekeepers: Bosnian Serb army has more attack helicopters than permitted / Macedonian (sic) president expresses regret that his country won't join NATO / Preparing to relaunch weapons inspections in Iraq, mission leaders say war or peace Saddam's choice
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 18 Nov 2002-- European NATO members agree to lease troop-transport planes / Relevance test for NATO / NATO Secretary General urges Turkey to end EU force deadlock / Blix leads weapons team back into Iraq / War against Iraq might not happen: Robertson / NATO strike force to bypass states in hunt for terrorists / Belgium raises alert status at two military bases
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