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23 December 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • U.S. Congratulates Afghanistan after One Year of Independence Washington File 23 Dec 2002-- The United States has congratulated Afghanistan on its first year of freedom marked by "solid achievement," and welcomed the signing of a declaration of good neighborly relations between Afghanistan and its six neighbors.
  • Increased Enemy Activity in Afghanistan Reported AFPS 23 Dec 2002-- Military officials in Bagram, Afghanistan, this morning reported U.S. forces killed one enemy and injured another in the firefight that killed an American soldier Dec. 21. Two other American soldiers in Afghanistan were injured the same day in separate incidents.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Dec 2002
  • IVORY COAST VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- The three Ivory Coast rebel factions say they will consider any future French attacks on their fighters to be an act of war. The declaration came after the three groups met to plan a joint strategy
  • INDONESIA / ACEH VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- There are fresh reports of killings in the restive Indonesian province of Aceh, just two weeks after separatist rebels signed a peace deal with the Indonesian government. But as Tim Johnston reports from Jakarta, the government says it is still committed to the agreement
  • MIDEAST / LIEBERMAN VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- U-S Senator Joseph Lieberman has held talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as part of his tour of the Middle East. During a visit to the West Bank town of Ramallah Monday, Senator Lieberman expressed support for a Palestinian state and spoke of the desperate conditions facing Palestinians. During talks earlier with Israel's Prime Minister, Mr. Lieberman said both Israel and the United States are involved in a fight against terrorism

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Defense Department Briefing Transcript Washington File 23 Dec 2002-- Rumsfeld: Second, we are capable of fighting two major regional conflicts, as the national strategy and the force-sizing construct clearly indicates. We're capable of winning decisively in one and swiftly defeating in the case of the other. And let there be no doubt about it.
  • Media Roundtable on Personnel and Readiness Issues 23 Dec 2002-- Abell: Let me first start with recruiting and retention. All the services met or exceeded their recruiting goals, including the quality goals for the fiscal year that ended in 2002. All the services met or exceeded their retention goals as well -- again in all categories -- first term, mid-career and career -- and we are very proud of that.
  • Officials release HH-60 incident report ACC News 23 Dec 2002-- A less than optimum takeoff technique combined with an attempt to out climb a dust out with insufficient power caused the Aug. 12 crash of an HH-60G helicopter, according to Air Force officials who investigated the incident.

Defense Industry

  • Boeing X-45A Continues to Expand Flight Envelope Boeing 23 Dec 2002 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] X-45A Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle, or UCAV, air vehicle 1 completed its sixth test flight December 19 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers First Software for the Joint Simulation System Northrop Grumman 23 Dec 2002 -- During a ceremony at the Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) in Suffolk, Va., last Friday, Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Mission Systems sector delivered Joint Simulation System (JSIMS) software version 1.0 to the Joint Forces Command (JFCOM). Northrop Grumman is part of the multicontractor JSIMS development team.

News Reports

  • KENYA VIOLENCE VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- For Kenyans, elections over the last decade have always brought violence, with hundreds dying in ethnic clashes. The campaign this year, leading up to elections on Friday, has been relatively peaceful. But there are fears that simmering tensions could still explode
  • LITHUANIA / ELECTIONS VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- Preliminary election results Monday morning indicate that Lithuanian president Valdus Adamkus will face a run-off in January in his re-election bid
  • VENEZUELA / SHORTAGES VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- Scarcity is becoming all too abundant in Venezuela, where a 22-day national strike is causing severe shortages of fuel, food and countless other goods
  • LITHUANIA / ELECTIONS VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- Preliminary election results Monday morning indicate that Lithuanian president Valdus Adamkus will face a run-off in January in his re-election bid
  • UNHCR / ERITREA REFUGEES VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency is urging hundreds of thousands of Eritrean refugees in Sudan to register with the agency for voluntary repatriation by the end of the year, when their refugee status comes to an end
  • VENEZUELA / GRENADE VOA 23 Dec 2002 -- A grenade has exploded outside the offices of a Venezuelan business association that is playing a leading role in a campaign to oust President Hugo Chavez.



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