26 November 2002 Military News
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY COMMANDER OF AFGHANISTAN INTERNATIONAL FORCE United Nations 26 Nov 2002
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 26 Nov 2002
- US / SUDAN TALKS VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- The United States is inviting officials of the Sudanese government and southern rebels to Washington next month for talks aimed at helping to move the parties toward a comprehensive peace agreement in Kenya. The peace talks in Kenyan town of Machakos recessed last week and are to resume in early January
- BURUNDI / TALKS VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- The largest rebel group in Burundi says it is ready to begin a fresh round of cease-fire negotiations with the government. The absence of another rebel group from the talks may jeopardize efforts to end Burundi's nine-year old civil war
Defense Policy / Programs
- Tarawa "Stuffs" SOCEX Navy Newsstand 26 Nov 2002-- Navy and Marine Corps units operating as part of the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) recently blew away an accelerated series of training exercises that has put them in position to deploy to the Western Pacific when called upon.
- U.S. Navy Warship Visits Mainland Chinese Port VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- For the first time since a U.S. Navy EP-3 and a Chinese fighter jet collided in April 2001, an American warship is making a port visit to mainland China
- Myers Thanks Georgia for Help in Anti-terror War VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- The relationship between the United States and Georgia is a "very, very important one" and the United States appreciates Georgia's help on the war on terrorism, said General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a press briefing in Tbilisi on November 24 following his meeting with President Eduard Shevardnadze
- QATAR / U-S VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- Political analysts in Qatar say the small Gulf country has a lot to offer, especially if there is a war in Iraq. While many Arab states have said U-S action against Iraq would hurt their relations with Washington, officials in Qatar are openly welcoming a U-S presence
- V-22 Starts High Rate of Descent Testing NAVAIR News Release 26 Nov 2002-- The V-22 Osprey Integrated Test Team (ITT) commenced Phase I of the high rate of descent (HROD) test plan in earnest on November 25th, completing 13 test points over the course of two back-to-back sorties. The ITT is using Aircraft #8, one of four Ospreys in the current test inventory, exclusively for the HROD testing. Aircraft #8 has been specially instrumented and wired to provide crucial feedback to pilots and engineers during the series of flights designed to ultimately give fleet pilots the confidence to exploit the V-22's unique maneuvering capabilities.
- AH-1Z tops 20k fatigue test hours NAVAIR News Release 26 Nov 2002-- It's actually 20,000 hours and twice the required fatigue life of the AH-1Z SuperCobra and UH-1Y Huey. And the AH-1Z Structural Test Article recently achieved this milestone at the Bell Helicopter test facility at Fort Worth, Texas - joining an elite group of aircraft to have done it.
- EADS to provide the NGDS self protection suite for the Horizon Frigates of the French Navy EADS 26 Nov 2002 -- EADS, Europe’s leader in aerospace and defence, will increase the self-protection of the Horizon frigates of the French Navy thanks to the New Generation Dagaie System (NGDS).
- Taurus KEPD 350 in series configuration successfully completes test campaign in South Africa EADS 26 Nov 2002 -- The free flight of the Taurus KEPD 350 precision standoff guided missile system, FV 1 (verification missile 1), on 21 November 2002 at the test range in Overberg/South Africa was a complete success.
- Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor Meets Program's Final 2002 Flight-Test Goal; DIOT&E Preparations Continue Lockheed Martin 26 Nov 2002 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program team successfully launched an unarmed, short-range, heat-seeking AIM-9M missile against an aerial target on Nov. 22, completing all four Pentagon-mandated flight-test goals for the year 2002.
- U.S. Encourages Serbs to Vote in December 8 Elections VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- The United States encourages all Serb voters to exercise their right to vote in the December 8 presidential elections, said Ambassador Stephan M. Minikes, chief of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE.
- US / BELARUS VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- The United States, following the lead of most European Union member countries, has banned U-S visits by the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and top officials of his government. The State Department said (Tuesday) the action was taken because of the deteriorating human rights situation in the former Soviet republic
- TURKMENISTAN ARRESTS VOA 26 Nov 2002 -- At least 16-people have been detained in the Central Asian country of Turkmenistan, following an assassination attempt against the president
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 26 Nov 2002-- President Bush to sign bill for new department to protect U.S. / Algeria says it killed al-Qaeda's North Africa leader / French police round up six in anti-terrorism sweep / Top U.S. general touring Gulf, to discuss Iraq with Saudis / UN extends Iraq oil, food plan until Dec. 4 / "credible possibility" that Ukraine sold radar systems through third party / Iraq says it fired at Western jets in south / Germany confirms Israel asks for Patriot missiles / Europe promises to fight organized crime in the Balkans / UN takes charge in flashpoint Kosovo town / Countries sign code of conduct on use of ballistic missiles / Canada gives cash to Russia to destroy weapons / UN extends Cyprus peacekeeping mission for six months / Uneasy neighbours Spain and Morocco to renew talks
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 26 Nov 2002 -- Vice Adm. Petur Petrov to head Bulgaria's NATO negotiation team / Bulgaria to upgrade military equipment / Prime Minister Blair says EU military force will not conflict with NATO / French defense minister asserts France's key role in European defense / UN claims divided Kosovo city of Mitrovica / Dutch parliamentarians approve joint Afghan force command plan / Britain preparing for mobilization of reserve forces to support war against Iraq / Germany says Israel requests commitment of Patriot missiles
- U.S. IMAGE IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD: 'POLICY' IS THE PROBLEM Foreign Media Reaction 26 Nov 2002-- Islamic commentators stress that "deeds must match words" in U.S. foreign policy, especially in the Middle East towards Israel and Iraq./ U.S. "arrogant unilateralism" is why Muslims "view Washington's intentions with skepticism."/ Many acknowledge the "Shared Values" campaign's demonstration of Muslim success in the U.S. but nevertheless complain that Muslim "visitors are...treated as suspected terrorists."
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