18 December 2002 Military News
- Grenade Ambush Injures 2 U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan AFPS 18 Dec 2002-- Two American soldiers and their Afghan translator were injured Dec. 17 when an attacker threw a grenade through the window of their vehicle in Kabul.
- UNHCR/AFGHAN RETURNS VOA 18 Dec 2002 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency, U-N-H-C-R, says it hopes to help one-point-five million Afghans return home next year and to expand programs aimed at helping these refugees get re-started in their new lives. The U-N-H-C-R is seeking 195-million dollars to carry out these programs and to assist millions of Afghan refugees who remain in neighboring countries
- USS George Washington Battle Group Returns Home Navy Newsstand 18 Dec 2002-- More than 7,500 Sailors and Marines assigned to the ships and squadrons of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Aircraft Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) will return to Norfolk this week, completing a six-month combat deployment in the Arabian Gulf, in addition to operations in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
- Coalition Forces Respond to Mock Chemical Attack Submitted by: Marine Forces Central Command Marine Corps News 18 Dec 2002-- Training, honing and performing realistic combat scenarios is the key to success on the battlefield. Today's military must constantly prepare so that it may respond with the proper measure of force to defeat the enemy and save lives.
- First for CJTF-HOA small craft detachment Marine Corps News 18 Dec 2002-- A select group of Marines had a difficult task in October. They received a mission to disrupt and defeat terrorism in the Horn of Africa region, and their route would take them through many stretches of hostile waters. Sound dangerous?
- New facility, ceremony mark Ganci's one-year presence in Kyrgyz Republic USAFE News 18 Dec 2002-- The dedication of a new recreational facility and a brief ceremony at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyz Republic, Dec. 16 marked the one-year anniversary of a coalition presence here
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 18 Dec 2002
- BOSNIA WAR CRIMES VOA 18 Dec 2002 -- Prosecutors in The Hague have asked the U-N war crimes tribunal for a 15-to-25 year jail term for former Bosnian Serb president Biljana Plavsic, who pleaded guilty to leading a campaign of ethnic cleansing during the Bosnian war
- POWELL / MIDEAST VOA 18 Dec 2002 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the international "quartet" seeking an Israeli-Palestinian settlement will not release its detailed "roadmap" for peace until after the Israeli elections next month. The "quartet," consisting of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union, holds a key meeting in Washington Friday
- IVORY COAST / SUMMIT VOA 18 Dec 2002-- West African leaders are scheduled to meet in Senegal in an urgent attempt to find a solution to the crisis in Ivory Coast. But several key leaders have decided to stay home rather than attend the meeting
- INDONESIA MEGWATI VOA 18 Dec 2002-- Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri wrapped up a two-day trip to the war-torn province of Aceh by visiting with religious and community leaders.
- ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Dec 2002-- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his government is still in contact with moderate Palestinians after more than two years of conflict
- IVORY COAST VOA 18 Dec 2002-- The Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) have agreed to send peacekeeping troops to the war-torn country of Ivory Coast on December 31st
- Turmoil in the Horn of Africa VOA 18 Dec 2002-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld this week wrapped up a four-day overseas visit. The secretary travelled to the Horn of Africa and Qatar in the Persian Gulf. He stopped in Djibouti where more than 2,000 American troops are stationed. The Horn of Africa is a critical base for the United States as it prosecutes the war on terrorism and prepares for a possible strike against Iraq
Defense Policy / Programs
- White House Daily Briefing White House 18 Dec 2002
- RUMSFELD / ISLAMIC SCHOOLS VOA 18 Dec 2002 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is concerned about the threat to U-S security posed by Islamic schools that he says teach hate and murder. Mr. Rumsfeld began speaking about the challenge during his recent trip to the Horn of Africa
- NAVAIR Depot Cherry Point 2002 - The Year in Review NAVAIR News 18 Dec 2002-- It was another banner year for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Depot Cherry Point. The command's net operating result for fiscal year 2002 was over $200,000, which was more than $5 million ahead of the target amount. In keeping with their 59-year tradition of excellence, depot employees enjoyed a year that further focused their dedication to the command's goals and objectives and strengthened their commitment to the fleet and the Warfighter.
- Constellation Underway With Help From Skinny Dragons Navy Newsstand 18 Dec 2002-- The USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group, homeported in San Diego, is now underway and mission ready, thanks in part to the "Skinny Dragons" of Patrol Squadron 4 (VP-4).
- Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering in Operation Navy Newsstand 18 Dec 2002-- Building strong structural foundations is a major part of what the Navy's Construction Force has long been about.
- USS San Francisco arrives in Guam COMSUBAC Release 18 Dec 2002-- Families, Sailors and residents of Guam welcomed the second of three U.S. Navy submarines to be homeported on Guam during a ceremony held today at Polaris Point.
- 13th MEU MSPF courses on the move Marine Corps News 18 Dec 2002-- In anticipation of its scheduled deployment next summer, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Special Purpose Force is currently undergoing its unique training to prepare for possible missions that may await them. The MSPF, which consist of 1st Force Reconnaissance Marines, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment Marines and Human Exploitation Team, Command Element Marines, began training Nov. 12, scheduled to last through Feb. 14.
- Special forces join combined planning operation AFPN 18 Dec 2002-- Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, joined with members of South Korea's Special Warfare Command here recently to plan the critical first few days of a potential conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
- F-4s fly high at Nellis ACC News 18 Dec 2002-- German and American aircrews recently returned from the bright lights and big sky of Las Vegas, after completing two weeks of training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
- Typhoon damage update PACAF News 18 Dec 2002-- Air Force members of the Pacific Air Forces continue to support relief efforts in Guam 10 days after Super Typhoon Pongsona hit the Island which is roughly three times the size of Washington D.C.
- TETRAPOL for German Crisis Reaction Forces EADS 18 Dec 2002 -- EADS TELECOM Deutschland has landed an order from the Federal Bureau for Information Management and Information Technology for the delivery of TETRAPOL digital radio systems worth several million Euros to the German armed forces.
- Northrop Grumman Completes Program Review for Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft Northrop Grumman 18 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has successfully completed a comprehensive program milestone review with the U.S. government on its unmanned combat armed rotorcraft (UCAR), concluding work for the first half of the program's initial phase.
- Northrop Grumman Acquires Fibersense Technology Corporation Northrop Grumman 18 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has acquired Fibersense Technology Corp. from Audax Group. of Fibersense, a designer and manufacturer of fiber optic gyroscope-based navigation systems, was acquired for $44 million in cash.
- Northrop Grumman Continues Fire Scout Flight Test Achievements with Latest Milestones Northrop Grumman 18 Dec 2002 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) RQ-8A Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned system has achieved a series of milestones at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., over the last five weeks, including significant expansion of its flight envelope and the initial flight of the first engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) air vehicle.
- ATK Composite Technology Supports Flight of Japan’s H-IIA Space Launch Vehicle ATK 18 Dec 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) said rocket motor case and advanced composite material technologies developed by its Aerospace Group supported the fourth launch of Japan’s H-IIA space launch vehicle from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Dec. 13.
- Anti-Americanism in Europe VOA 18 Dec 2002 -- A recent survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and Press showed of 38,000 people in 44 nations indicated that the United States is viewed less favorably than in the past. But the survey also shows that a "reservoir of good will" still remains. People seem to embrace American trends and culture yet remain suspicious of U-S influence on their societies. This is particularly true in the new Europe which is emerging as a major world force
- SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 18 Dec 2002-- UN group says al Qaeda has new camps in Afghanistan / Four Islamist radicals arrested near Paris with chemicals, reportedly for attack / Two U.S. soldiers and interpreter wounded in grenade assault in Kabul / Italy offers U.S. indirect help for Iraq war / President Bush to deploy missile defense in 2004 / British government confirms U.S. request to use base in missile defense program / Denmark receives request to upgrade Greenland radar for missile defense system / Yugoslav parliament finally recognizes peace deal that ended Bosnia's war / Kosovo court jails ex-rebels for total of 31 years
- ZIMBABWE/ POLITICS VOA 18 Dec 2002 -- The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party, The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), says the British and South African governments are trying to arrange for him to meet with President Robert Mugabe. But the opposition leader is not particularly interested in holding such talks
- KENYA / POLITICS VOA 18 Dec 2002 -- Kenya's leading presidential candidate, Mwai Kibaki, has held his first news conference since being involved in a serious car accident two weeks ago. With just nine days to go until Kenya's elections, there have been concerns about the 72-year-old opposition leader's health
- EUROPEAN UNION EXPANDS, BUT WITHOUT TURKEY Foreign Media Reactions 18 Dec 2002-- Most observers held that the EU's addition of 10 new members beyond its Western European core marks a "true revolution" that nonetheless entails "enormous challenges." / The "Turkish question" remains, but most see eventual Turkish membership.
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