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10 December 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • Defending freedom abroad: Marines engaged in America's newest war Marine Corps News 10 Dec 2002-- With the sight of concertina wire surrounding many areas of the camp, and buildings in shambles and filled with bullet holes, it remains clear to troops living here that they are in a very hostile environment.
  • Team heats things up while deployed AFPN 10 Dec 2002-- They work around the clock, seven days a week, in subzero temperatures, with hundreds of people's lives in their hands. Members of the 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning team at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, will call this life for at least the next three months.

Other Conflicts

Defense Policy / Programs

  • 31st MEU tests proficiency at Fuji in support of "Golf" battery Marine Corps News 10 Dec 2002-- Detachments of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) completed the proficiency and sustainment-level training exercise called FUJIEX here, Nov. 20, in support of its artillery battery.
  • DRUG BUSTING GRAFTON COMES HOME Royal Navy News 10 Dec 2002 -- The frigate has spent the last four and-a-half months deployed in the Central and Eastern Caribbean patrolling as part of the UK's contribution to the international war against drugs. During this time she has steamed thousands of miles and prevented hundreds of millions of dollars worth of drugs reaching their intended destinations. In some of her most high profile events the warship seized 100m worth of cocaine in a single bust as well as confiscating over 11m worth of Marijuana following high speed chases against fast speed boats.
  • RUMSFELD / ERITREA VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld visited Eritrea for three hours Tuesday to discuss cooperation in the global war on terrorism with President Isaias Afwerki
  • RUMSFELD / ETHIOPIA VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld held talks in Addis Ababa late Tuesday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
  • Team delivers initial report on F/A-22 cost increases AFPN 10 Dec 2002-- The team of technical and financial experts sent by the Air Force to investigate a potential cost overrun in the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the F/A-22 Raptor program recently completed its initial report.
  • 7th Dive Detachment removes hazards in Hawaii Army News Service 10 Dec 2002-- Six months of planning came to fruition last week as soldiers from the 7th Engineer Detachment (Heavy Dive) collapsed the last of 23 hazardous finger piers in the Wai'anae Small Boat Harbor.
  • `Joint Resolve' tests ability to reinforce Bosnia Army News Service 10 Dec 2002-- U.S. soldiers and international military forces serving in the Balkans concluded a five-day exercise last week designed to demonstrate an ability to reinforce peacekeeping contingents throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Andersen slowly digs out after Super Typhoon PACAF News 10 Dec 2002-- Residents here felt the full force from one of nature's most destructive forces Dec. 8 as Super Typhoon Pongsona released its fury.
  • Storm cripples electrical, water systems: Engineers working to restore utilities, repair estimates unknown at this time PACAF News 10 Dec 2002-- The 36th Civil Engineer Squadron is working hard to restore water and power here after Super Typhoon Pongsona hit Guam Sunday.
  • Rumsfeld in Horn of Africa to Assess Anti-Terrorist Assistance Washington File 10 Dec 2002-- Responding to a question on whether the U.S. is receiving help from countries in the Horn, Rumsfeld said the U.S. military is already receiving valuable assistance from three countries in the region. He also said the United States has seized the opportunity offered by Djibouti to position some forces there.
  • Eritrea Could Teach U.S. Much to Combat Terror AFPS 10 Dec 2002-- Following a meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that the United States can learn much about combating terror from the people of this small African nation.

Defense Industry

  • Federal Court Judge Grants Boeing A-12 Motion Boeing 10 Dec 2002 -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims today issued a stay of its August 2001 decision in the long-running A-12 aircraft case, ruling that the immediate collection action proposed by the government of $2.3 billion from Boeing and General Dynamics is not in the national interest and that the companies have raised substantial issues in the appeals process.
  • Court Prohibits DOD A-12 Collection General Dynamics 10 Dec 2002 -- The United States Court of Federal Claims ruled today that its judgement of August 31, 2001, in the A-12 matter has been stayed, thereby prohibiting the collection of any monies by the Department of Defense from General Dynamics and Boeing pending the outcome of the current appeal of the A-12 case.
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Approval from Justice Department for TRW, Inc., Acquisition Northrop Grumman 10 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it and TRW Inc. (NYSE:TRW) have entered into a formal stipulation and consent decree (Final Judgment) that the United States Department of Justice will file with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 11, 2002.
  • Northrop Grumman Conducts Supersonic Flight Test of Miniature Air-Launched Interceptor Northrop Grumman 10 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has successfully completed the first supersonic free flight of its Miniature Air-Launched Interceptor (MALI) at Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, Calif. All test objectives were met.
  • Northrop Grumman Reaches Agreement with Justice Department on Acquisition of TRW, Inc. Northrop Grumman 10 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has agreed on the essential terms of a consent decree with the United States Department of Justice that should allow the company to promptly close its acquisition of TRW, Inc. (NYSE:TRW) after shareholders of both companies approve the transaction at separate meetings Dec. 11, 2002.
  • Pratt & Whitney delivers 500th F117 engine for U.S. Air Force C-17 fleet Pratt & Whitney 10 Dec 2002 -- Pratt & Whitney (P&W) delivered its 500th F117 engine, power for the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, to the U.S. Air Force today. The delivery represents a major milestone accomplishment in what is one of the most successful military aircraft engine programs today.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED SENSOR STUDY CONTRACTS FOR AIR FORCE UAV PROGRAM Lockheed Martin 10 Dec 2002 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin two study contracts worth $1.5 million to support the service's next-generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology project, designated SensorCraft.

News Reports

  • ZIMBABWE / STRIKE VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- Zimbabweans seem to have largely ignored a call for a one day strike Tuesday to protest the country's economic crisis. Planning problems by the strike organizers may be the reason the strike had such little impact
  • BUSH / BRAZIL VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- Economic matters topped the agenda when President Bush met at the White House Tuesday with Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacia Lula da Silva
  • VENEZUELA'S CHAOS VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- The situation in Venezuela is worsening by the day according to news reports as a general strike cripples the country. The national petroleum company is not delivering the nation's main export, crude oil, to all its customers and gasoline stations in Caracas are reportedly running out of fuel, or refusing to open because of the strike. As the situation worsens, the U-S press is taking more notice, and concern on the editorial pages is growing
  • E-U / EXPANSION VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- European Union foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, have agreed to conditionally begin entry talks with Turkey in the year 2005, a date that the Turks have already rejected as being inadequate. E-U leaders were also arguing publicly Tuesday over whether there is any extra money to give ten candidate countries that are due to conclude entry negotiations this week
  • I-C-R-C / 2003 VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it will need nearly 650 million dollars to help victims of armed conflict and violence next year. The Geneva-based I-C-R-C runs humanitarian operations in some 80 countries
  • BUSH / TURKEY VOA 10 Dec 2002 -- President Bush says the United States will work hard to get Turkey into the European Union. This, as he seeks Turkish support for possible military action to disarm Iraq. The E-U and the general situation in Iraq topped the agenda when Mr. Bush and his top advisors met at the White House with the leader of Turkey's new ruling party Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  • U-S / BALKANS VOA 10 Dec 2002-- The Council on Foreign Relations, an influential non-governmental organization in the United States, is calling for increased U-S and European Union aid for the Balkans
  • Text: Joint Statement on U.S.-Tajikistan Relationship Washington File 10 Dec 2002-- President Bush and President Emomali Rahmonov of Tajikistan issued a joint statement on relations between the two countries in conjunction with Rahmonov's visit to the United States December 8-10 at Bush's invitation.
  • Former President Jimmy Carter Delivers Nobel Lecture Washington File 10 Dec 2002-- "We must remember that today there are at least eight nuclear powers on earth, and three of them are threatening to their neighbors in areas of great international tension," he said. "For powerful countries to adopt a principle of preventive war may well set an example that can have catastrophic consequences.
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 10 Dec 2002-- Russia and NATO hold counter-terrorism conference / Open possibility of deeper US military involvement in Horn of Africa / Dutch intelligence agency says recruitment of Muslims for Jihad is a trend / Crackdown is connected with threat of large terrorist attacks in Georgian capital / Greens leader says use of German air space for attack on Iraq without UN blessing would violate constitution / British defense paper outlines value of UK site to U.S. missile defense plan / U.S. military sets anti-missile test for Wednesday / Turk generals caution against Islamic militancy / New military cooperation pact allows Canadian and U.S. troops to enter each other's territory
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 10 Dec 2002-- Moscow website highlights new quality of NATO-Russia ties / Discussions continue on Germany's possible role in military strike / Iraqi report delivered to permanent members of UN Security Council / U.S. may put missile defense site in Britain



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