19 November 2002 Military News
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 19 Nov 2002
- Annan 'very concerned' about response on Cyprus peace proposal UN News Centre 19 Nov 2002 -- The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today voiced serious concern about the overdue response to a proposal he submitted last week to Cypriot leaders in a bid to bridge the gaps between them and break the deadlock in negotiations
- YUGOSLAV / U-N VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned attacks against Serbian Orthodox churches in the U-N administered province of Kosovo. Mr. Annan arrived (Tuesday) in the Yugoslav capital amid widespread public protests on another issue the U-N is involved in
- IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- Rebels in Ivory Coast have presented a set of counter-proposals to negotiators working to end a two-month rebellion in the West African country
- ISRAEL / ELECTIONS VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- Exit polls show that Israel's Labor Party has elected former Army general Amram Mitzna as its leader to challenge Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party in general elections next January. General Mitzna -- a relative newcomer to politics -- won 57 percent of the vote compared to 35 percent for the current Labor Party leader Binyamin Ben-Eliezer
Defense Policy / Programs
- Military Looks at 'Rebalancing' Reserve Component, Active Force AFPS 19 Nov 2002-- Certain military job specialties, including military police and civil affairs, are being overburdened in the reserve components and may need stronger representation in the active duty force, the Defense Department's senior adviser on reserve affairs said today.
- Rumsfeld Proposes Initiatives to Strengthen Hemisphere's Capabilities AFPS 19 Nov 2002-- All democracies benefit from security, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld offered two initiatives to foster security and draw Western Hemisphere nations closer together.
- Defense Ministerial of the Americas AFPS 19 Nov 2002-- Rumsfeld: At the Summit of the Americas last year, President Bush described his vision of a hemisphere where "democracy, prosperity and security" flourish. Security is a cornerstone of that vision, because security is the critical foundation that makes democracy and prosperity possible. The freedom and prosperity of our peoples depend on our ability to defend those common values. Working together, we can do so.
- ARMY TRANSFERS COMMAND CONTROL OF ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, WATERVLIET ARSENAL, AND SIERRA ARMY DEPOT Army News Release 19 Nov 2002-- The Army recently transferred the command and control of Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), Watervliet Arsenal (WVA) and Sierra Army Depot (SIAD) to the U. S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The realignment transferred these functions from the Operations Support Command (OSC) to TACOM. Both TACOM and OSC are major subordinate commands of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC).
- ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND ESTABLISHES RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING COMMAND Army News Release 19 Nov 2002-- The Army recently announced establishment of a new command within the Army Materiel Command (AMC) incorporating research, development and engineering elements of AMC's major subordinate commands (MSC). The new command is called the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDE) and became provisional October 1, 2002.
- Wing-warping aircraft makes first flight AFPN 19 Nov 2002-- An experimental flexible-wing jet made its first flight Nov. 15 from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- BUSH NATO SCENESETTER VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- President Bush joins the leaders of other NATO member countries this week in Prague for a summit expected to set the future course for the alliance. On the agenda: new members, a new rapid deployment force and some would say a new philosophy for an alliance born of the Cold War
- BUSH NATO EXPANSION VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- Seven former Soviet bloc countries are expected to get formal invitations to join NATO during this week's Prague summit. President Bush has backed the expansion as a way to unite Europe and keep new democracies on the path to reform
- NATO EXPANSION VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- In Focus today: NATO expansion. This Thursday and Friday (Nov. 21-22) members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will meet in the Czech capital of Prague. Zlatica Hoke reports the NATO summit is expected to launch a radical transformation of the 53-year old
- BUSH NATO IRAQ VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- President Bush says he hopes America's NATO allies will join the United States if it becomes necessary to disarm Iraq by force.He spoke in an interview that aired on Czech television shortly before his arrival in Prague for the NATO summit
- PENTAGON / EQUATORIAL GUINEA VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- Long viewed as a police state run by a corrupt dictator, Equatorial Guinea has in recent years become the fourth largest recipient of U-S investment in Africa, following significant oil discoveries. But continuing concern about human rights problems in the tiny West African country has effectively blocked a proposed U-S security assistance plan sought by Equatorial Guinea's President
- Transcript: Bush Says NATO Expansion Will Increase Regional Stability Washington File 19 Nov 2002 -- Russia has nothing to fear about NATO expanding to its membership because the alliance will create greater stability for the entire region, President Bush told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in an interview November 18
- Transcript: Bush says NATO Must Focus on "True Threats to Freedom" to Stay Relevant Washington File 19 Nov 2002 -- "The most important alliance America has is NATO, and the expansion of NATO is something that I think is very important," President Bush told a reporter for Czech TV November 19
- Bush Committed to Europe "Whole, Free and at Peace" Washington File 19 Nov 2002 -- Air Force One carrying President Bush and first lady Laura Bush touched down the evening of November 19 near the Czech capital, where Bush will join with the heads of state and government of 18 other NATO countries plus 27 partner countries in the November 21-22 NATO Summit
- Bush Talks to European Journalists about NATO Summit, Russia, Iraq Washington File 19 Nov 2002 -- In a wide-ranging interview with European journalists in Washington on the eve of his departure for Europe to attend the NATO Summit, President Bush defended Russian President Vladimir Putin's handling of the siege at a Moscow theater and expressed confidence that Putin will find the right balance in Chechnya between dealing with terrorism and protecting the rights of minorities
- USS Peleliu Begins Training Cycle Navy Newsstand 19 Nov 2002 -- Over the last few months, amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) underwent a comprehensive overhaul at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in San Diego.
- Northrop Grumman Wins U.S. Navy Contract for Phase One of Fully Integrated Personnel and Pay System Program Northrop Grumman 19 Nov 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector was awarded a Phase One contract to provide a fully integrated personnel and pay capability for all military branches of the Department of Defense (DoD).
- Delta IV Rocket Launch Scrubbed; Second Attempt Wednesday Boeing 19 Nov 2002 -- The first launch of the Boeing [NYSE:BA] Delta IV rocket was scrubbed this evening because, minutes before liftoff, launch officials detected that a fill valve on the liquid oxygen (LOX) tank did not close, therefore the LOX tank was not properly pressurizing.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY DEPUTY EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR United Nations 19 Nov 2002
- E-U / ENLARGEMENT VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- The European Union has warned candidate member countries they might have to compromise on financial terms to gain entry as scheduled in 2004. Ten Mediterranean and eastern European nations are hoping to be part of E-U expansion. But the E-U is signaling it could make some concessions on funding after complaints by lawmakers of candidate countries
- U-S-Zimbabwe Incident VOA 19 Nov 2002 -- The United States is angrily protesting the mistreatment of two members of the U-S embassy staff in Zimbabwe and others who were detained by pro-government activists late last week as they tried to inspect hunger conditions outside the capital, Harare. The incident last Friday underscores the tense relationship between the United States and the government of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, especially over its handing of the regional food crisis
- INDONESIA SUSPECTS VOA 19 Nov 2002-- International schools remain closed in the Indonesian capital after new threats that they may be the targets of terrorists
- AUSTRALIA TERROR VOA 19 Nov 2002-- The Australian government says it has 'credible' information that terrorists are planning to attack the country in the next two months. A general warning is issued and Australian security agencies are on a higher state of alert
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 19 Nov 2002-- Bush will assure Russia that expanded NATO is not a threat / NATO ambassadors agree details of response force, military modernization ahead of summit / Bush goes to NATO seeking support on Iraq / France blocks NATO Macedonia (sic) extension, pushes EU / NATO peacekeepers in Bosnia hold man in spy probe / Bush presses Turkey's case with EU / Czech government cancels purchase of 24 new fighter jets
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 19 Nov 2002-- U.S. puts hard sell on Europe to buy into missile defense / Lord Robertson promises a shake-up to make a bigger NATO workable / President Bush seeks new NATO at summit meeting / Greek Cypriot government accepts UN plan as a basis for negotiations / EU ready for Big Bang enlargement / Tension over U.S. claim of Iraqi violation / Al-Qaeda cells are spread across Europe / Six months in the streets of Kabul
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