12 December 2002 Military News
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 1, Number 3 12 Dec 2002 -- PRIVATE INVESTMENT BOGGED DOWN BY RED TAPE / HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CRITICIZES AFGHAN WARLORDS AND RECOMMENDS THE EXPANSION OF ISAF... / ...AS PAKISTAN ALSO CALLS FOR THE EXPANSION OF ISAF... / ...AND 'ANIS' COMMENTS ON ISAF AND THE NEW U.S. SECURITY POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...INTERNATIONAL FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN STATIONED IN GARDAYZ / FRENCH OFFICIALS ADMIT DOUBTS ABOUT PLANS FOR NEW AFGHAN ARMY / AFGHAN JUDGE INVOLVED IN CONTROVERSY JOINS UNICEF / PLAYERS READY TO SIGN FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT FOR TRANS-AFGHAN PIPELINE PROJECT... / ...AS PAKISTAN APPROVES... / ...BUT IRAN IS APPREHENSIVE / NEW INTERNET SERVICE ESTABLISHED IN KABUL / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
- CJTF-HOA traverses historical Suez Canal Marine Corps News 12 Dec 2002-- Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa passed through the Suez Canal Dec. 8 as they traveled toward northeast Africa. CJTF-HOA's mission is to disrupt and deter terrorism in the Horn of Africa region.
- Five Soldiers Confirmed Dead in Honduras Helicopter Crash AFPS 12 Dec 2002-- Five soldiers died Dec. 11 when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Honduras, according to U.S. Southern Command officials.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Dec 2002
- PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESIDENCY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA United Nations 12 Dec 2002
- IVORY COAST / FIGHTING VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- Thousands of men in Ivory Coast have turned out to enlist in the army amid an escalation in the country's rebellion
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- Two Israelis a man and a woman - were shot dead by Palestinian snipers Thursday, as they approached a holy site in the divided West Bank city of Hebron. The attack came just hours after six Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in separate incidents in the Gaza Strip
- INDONESIA / ACEH VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- A new peace agreement was signed Monday between anti-government rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh and the Indonesian government
Defense Policy / Programs
- 'We build, we fight' Marine Corps News 12 Dec 2002-- Seabees became a vital part of the United States Navy soon after the start of World War II, in the dark days of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- QATAR / U-S VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- The United States and Qatar on Wednesday signed an agreement that allows the U-S military to upgrade its facilities at a base that could be used in the event of an attack on Iraq. The agreement is an example of the developing ties between Qatar and the United States
- RUMSFELD/QATAR VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld toured a key military facility in the Gulf state of Qatar Thursday, to witness first-hand a computerized war game that could be a coalition dress rehearsal for a new conflict with Iraq.
- Rumsfeld Holds Town Hall for U.S. Troops in Qatar
- Transformation on Display in Qatar
- J52 Engine Crisis: No Match for AIMD Navy Newsstand 12 Dec 2002-- The figures are an awesome example of a unit's maximum effort: 152 J52 engines accepted, broken down, rebuilt and returned to duty by the Power Plants Division of Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD).
- F/A-18 Program Surpasses 5,000,000 flight hours NAVAIR News Release 12 Dec 2002-- As F/A-18 pilots took to the skies today they marked a notable moment in Hornet history, marking the day the program turned 5,000,000 flight hours. U.S. and International F/A-18's commemorated today's event around the globe.
- HMH-463 returns from Korean Incremental Training Program Marine Corps News 12 Dec 2002-- Twenty-four Republic of Korea Army infantrymen wait armed in their field gear as the rear hatch of a Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter drops to sand. Instantaneously a Heavy Marine Helicopter 463 crew chief hits the beach and escorts the ROK Soldiers out of the chopper to their assembly area.
- 31st MEU (SOC) ENBC suits up for exercise Marine Corps News 12 Dec 2002-- The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) Enhanced Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense (ENBC) Team recently reconfirmed its capabilities and improved its technical skills in a meticulous and intricate disaster scenario.
- Keeping C-130 Hercules strong, mission ready AFPN 12 Dec 2002-- The 320th Air Expeditionary Wing's motto is "Combat Airlift After Dark." Pilots and crews complete this mission with a fleet of aging C-130 Hercules, night out and night in.
- McChord families learn what it takes to deploy Air Mobility Command News 12 Dec 2002-- Family members here were among those who got the opportunity Dec. 3 to learn what it takes to go on deployment.
- Dover Mortuary Control Center prepares for worst case scenario Air Mobility Command News 12 Dec 2002-- It's something almost no one, except the enemy, would ever want to see happen here, but it's something the members of the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs has to be ready for - the arrival of large numbers of casualties.
- KC-135 simulator rocks, rolls with new upgrade Air Mobility Command News 12 Dec 2002-- Aircraft bounce, jiggle, dip and roll and, when they stall, they fall from the sky. A flight simulator that doesn't act the same way isn't much of a simulator and may not give pilots the seat-of-the-pants experience they need to feel they have mastered their aircraft.
- Boeing Selects New Jersey Supplier for 767 Tanker Actuators Boeing 12 Dec 2002 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) has selected Smiths Aerospace of Whippany, N.J., as a member of its team to provide the 767 Tanker Transport to the U.S. Air Force and customers around the globe.
- Lockheed Martin Successfully Conducts Final Production Tests of Guided MLRS Rocket Lockheed Martin 12 Dec 2002 -- Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the final two Production Qualification Tests (PQTs) of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) rockets today at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN'S ATLAS V SOLID ROCKET MOTOR COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL THIRD TEST FIRING AT AEROJET Lockheed Martin 12 Dec 2002 -- Lockheed Martin's Atlas V 500 series launch vehicle is one step closer to first launch next year with the third test firing of the solid rocket motor (SRM) built by Aerojet of Sacramento, Calif. The full-scale, 67-foot Atlas V solid rocket motor performed a full-duration burn for 95 seconds at Aerojet's massive test stand near Sacramento at thrust levels ranging from 285,000 to 390,000 pounds.
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 12 Dec 2002-- CIA director says U.S. engagement with Muslim world is 'strategic imperative' / Schroeder aide suggests Germany may not back a UN resolution to attack Iraq / Germany says it would patrol Turkey skies in Iraq war / Turkey may consider referendum on Iraq war / Georgian leader says country could be ready to join NATO in two or three years / U.S. Joint Chiefs head Gen. Myers visits Russian missile defense site / U.S. releases to Yemen its shipment of North Korean-made Scud missiles / Tribunal says journalists may be exempt from testifying in some cases / U.S. envoy says China expected to urge 'different behavior' from North Korea / Spain and Morocco take tentative steps toward re-establishing diplomatic links
- SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 12 Dec 2002-- Russia invited to PFP exercises in Georgia
- E-U SUMMIT VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- The European Union has opened a two-day summit in Copenhagen that is aimed at expanding the bloc beyond the old Iron Curtain by bringing in eight Eastern European countries and two Mediterranean islands. But E-U leaders are also under pressure to set a date for Turkey to begin talks on its own membership in the union
- OPEC / OIL VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has agreed to cut oil supplies in an effort to keep oil prices high
- Powell-Mideast Democracy VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- In a Washington address Thursday, Secretary of State Colin Powell launched a new Bush administration initiative aimed at promoting greater political and economic freedom in the Arab world. U-S officials hope that greater opportunity in the region will mean less political extremism
- E-U TURKEY VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- The European Union says it will review Turkey's candidacy for membership in the bloc in December 2004 and open accession talks with Ankara as soon as the E-U judges it to have met its criteria for democracy and human rights. The E-U decision will not sit well with Turkey, which had demanded that its membership negotiations should begin in 2003
- TURKEY/E-U VOA 12 Dec 2002 -- As European Union leaders gather in Denmark for their last summit of the year, millions of Turks are anxiously awaiting their decision on Turkey's request for a firm date to start membership negotiations
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