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26 December 2002 Military News

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Current Operations

  • UNHCR/EAST TIMOR VOA 26 Dec 2002-- The United Nations says refugees from East Timor will not be forced to go home when they lose their protected international-refugee status at the end of the year
  • Marines enjoy port visit in Seychelles Marine Corps News 26 Dec 2002-- Recently Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and Sailors from USS Austin (LPD-4) enjoyed some time off during a port visit to Seychelles. After completing Exercise Edged Mallet in Kenya, USS Austin headed southeast to the tropical resort destination where the crew had three days to unwind.

Other Conflicts

  • U-S-Burma Rape VOA 26 Dec 2002 -- The United States is calling for an international investigation of what it says are appalling reports that the Burmese military is using rape as a weapon against ethnic-minority women and girls. Two Thailand-based groups raised such charges earlier this year, which the military-led Burmese government has denied
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 26 Dec 2002 -- Israeli soldiers have killed at least six Palestinians in clashes throughout the West Bank. More than 20 Palestinians and five Israeli soldiers were also wounded in the military action, which began in the early morning hours Thursday and continued throughout the day
  • SUDAN / TALKS VOA 26 Dec 2002 -- A Sudanese government delegation has gone to Nigeria for talks with southern rebels. The new talks come after both sides recently re-affirmed their commitment to the peace process

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Official Frames Upcoming Budget Strategies AFPS 26 Dec 2002-- DoD's wish list for fiscal 2004 is only a couple of months from delivery. A senior defense department official recently previewed the department's strategy for the '04 budget: a focus on readiness and modernization -- investing in newer technologies, while divesting Cold-War era weapons systems.
  • Bonhomme Richard Conducts CBR Defense Training Navy Newsstand 26 Dec 2002-- Crew members aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) donned gas masks and chemical protection suits to treat mock mass casualties during a series of chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) defense drills recently.
  • This is a test AFPN 26 Dec 2002-- The first Air Force C-5 Galaxy featuring new avionics upgrades takes off from here on its maiden flight Dec. 21
  • Officials release F-16 accident report AFPN 26 Dec 2002-- Air Force investigators determined there was not sufficient evidence to form an opinion as to the cause of the F-16C Fighting Falcon crash Sept. 9 during a night-training mission near Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
  • Board releases HH-60 incident report AFPN 26 Dec 2002-- A less-than-optimum takeoff technique combined with an attempt to out climb a dust cloud with insufficient power caused the Aug. 12 crash of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, according to Air Force officials who investigated the incident.

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • KENYA / ELECTIONS SCENESETTER VOA 26 Dec 2002 -- In less than 24 hours, voters in Kenya will head to the polls, bringing an end to President Daniel arap Moi's 24-year rule. But charges of bribery and vote-rigging are putting a cloud over elections that Kenyans are viewing as crucial to their future



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