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11 December 2002 Military News

Other Conflicts
Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Minot troops receive warm welcome home Air Combat Command News 11 Dec 2002-- After fighting the global war on terrorism for the past three months, about 170 deployed members of the 5th Bomb Wing returned to their families and friends during a welcome home celebration Dec. 2.
  • Ramstein supports OEF in Kyrgyz Republic USAFE News 11 Dec 2002-- The 86th Contingency Response Group arrived nearly a year ago, as the first American unit sent in to secure and establish an air base in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Building a Presence in Djibouti AFPS 11 Dec 2002-- In the beginning, there was a wreck
  • USS Columbia En Route to Arabian Sea Navy Newsstand 11 Dec 2002-- USS Columbia (SSN 771) left family and friends behind Dec. 6 for a six-month deployment with the USS Constellation (CV 64) Carrier Battle Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • RUMSFELD / DJBOUTI VOA 11 Dec 2002-- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concluded a two-day, first-ever tour of the Horn of Africa Wednesday -- visiting the tiny-but-strategically-positioned nation, Djibouti.
  • Rumsfeld Says Djibouti Service 'Difficult, Potentially Dangerous' AFPS 11 Dec 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked the U.S. service members based here for their sense of duty. He said their service in the country on the Horn of Africa is important.
  • USAID / REBUILDING AFGHANISTAN VOA 11 Dec 2002-- The head of the U-S Agency for International Development says the economy in Afghanistan is beginning to show signs of recovery

Other Conflicts

  • IVORY COAST / FIGHTING VOA 11 Dec 2002-- France is stepping up its involvement in efforts to stop the escalating rebel conflict in Ivory Coast. French foreign ministry officials on Wednesday announced France, the former colonial power in Ivory Coast, will immediately boost its troop presence in the West African country
  • INDONESIA J-I REPORT VOA 11 Dec 2002-- A new report suggests that the militant group Jemaah Islamiyah may be spread through Southeast Asia more extensively than previously thought. The report also says that while the militants used to target Christians in Indonesia, the October 12th bombing in Bali suggests that Westerners may be their new targets

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Rapid Response Team helps keep "Connie" Fit to Fight NAVSEA Observer 11 Dec 2002-- Seven employees of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) spent part of their Veterans Day weekend miles out at sea in order to ensure the safe operation of a carrier bound for the war against terrorism.
  • Foresight Prevents Emergent Docking NAVSEA Observer 11 Dec 2002-- A bit of foresight a year ago by CAPT Jonathan Iverson, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) Operations Officer, and CAPT (Select) Daniel Prince, former Commanding Officer, USS Chicago (SSN 721), prevented an emergent docking of the submarine in October 2002. Not having to dry-dock, the submarine saved the Shipyard over 420 mandays of labor, or roughly $120,000. In addition, Chicago's operational schedule was not impacted.
  • Super Hornet Pilot Surpasses 1000 Flight Hours NAVAIR Release 11 Dec 2002-- It was not quite business as usual for Lt. Cmdr. Matthew "Ho" Tysler when he boarded a Super Hornet, and catapulted of the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) on Friday, November 29, 2002. It was the day that he became the first pilot to reach the 1000-hour mark in the Super Hornet. Tysler, a pilot who was involved with the aircrafts early development phase, has now flown with the aircraft into its first operational deployment.
  • Ships Return From UNITAS Deployment Navy Newsstand 11 Dec 2002-- The more than 300 Sailors assigned to Little Creek, Va.-based dock-landing ship USS Portland (LSD 37) returned to their home port Dec. 6 after a four-month deployment in support of the multinational naval exercise UNITAS.
  • Frank Cable prepares for Pongsona's aftermath 7th Fleet Press Release 11 Dec 2002-- The island of Guam, flattened by Supertyphoon Pongsona on Sunday, Dec. 8, left the entire island without water, power and phone lines. USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Sailors are preparing to pull in and assist with necessary recovery efforts.
  • Airmen have fun being 'bad guys' Air Combat Command News 11 Dec 2002-- Amidst Las Vegas' bright lights and the surrounding mountain ranges, 58th and 60th fighter squadron pilots and maintainers acted as adversaries for the pilots at the Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., recently.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS takes lead in informational battlefield BAE Systems 11 Dec 2002 -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected BAE Systems to lead the Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) phase for its Adaptive Joint C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, and Computer, Intelligence and Reconnaissance) Node (AJCN) programme.
  • Boeing, Italian MoD Sign Contract for 767 Tanker Transports Boeing 11 Dec 2002 -- Officials from Boeing (NYSE:BA) and the Italian Ministry of Defense have signed the final contract for four new 767 Tanker Transport aircraft and five years of contractor logistics support.
  • Northrop Grumman Announces Closing of TRW Merger Northrop Grumman 11 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today that the merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman with and into TRW Inc. was completed following the approvals of the stockholders of Northrop Grumman and TRW at special meetings of stockholders held today.
  • Boeing Selects Northrop Grumman for C-17A Avionics Redesign Effort Northrop Grumman 11 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigation Systems Division has been selected by The Boeing Company to provide refreshed technology and upgraded software for the warning and caution and the mission computer subsystems on Boeing's C-17A aircraft.
  • U.S. Air Force Selects Northrop Grumman to Provide Laser Target Locator Systems Northrop Grumman 11 Dec 2002 -- The U.S. Air Force has chosen to equip its Tactical Air Control Party personnel with the latest in handheld laser targeting technology -- the Mark VII eyesafe laser target locator produced by Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Defensive Systems Division here.
  • AEROJET SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FINAL QUALIFICATION TEST FIRING OF ATLAS V SOLID ROCKET MOTOR Lockheed Martin 11 Dec 2002 -- Aerojet today successfully completed the final qualification test firing of the full-scale, 67-foot Atlas V solid rocket motor for 95 seconds at thrust levels ranging from 285,000 to 390,000 lbf.

News Reports

  • Transcript: Annan Calls on All Countries to Ratify Law of the Sea Convention Washington File 11 Dec 2002-- U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan - calling the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea a milestone in the rule of law - has appealed to all countries to ratify the document to strengthen global peace and security.
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 11 Dec 2002-- .S. diplomat to seek cooperation from Tunisia in war against terrorism / Annan says UN not U.S. puppet over Iraq dossier / U.S. asks for Hungary camp to train Iraq opposition / Kurdish leader says Iraqi opposition united on multiparty system to run post-Saddam Iraq / Press and political freedoms key to Ukraine's bid for membership / Algeria's president calls for closer cooperation with NATO / Kostunica's party lodges complaint with Serbian Supreme court / Croatia and Yugoslavia sign landmark border deal / U.S. says would use "all options" against WMD attack / China positive after U.S. defense talks
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 11 Dec 2002-- Report: Afghan army demands warlords surrender arms or face joint operation with ISAF / Turks offer partial support on Iraq in meeting with President Bush / EU set to talk Turkey in 2005 / "Scud missiles" seized in Arabian Sea

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