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03 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Daily Press Briefing State Department 03 Jan 2003 -- Colombia Status of Aerial Interdiction Program
  • PAKISTAN/PROTESTS VOA 03 Jan 2003-- In Pakistan, security forces were on high alert as thousands of supporters of Islamic parties across the country demonstrated against the United States and its possible military action against Iraq
  • Prowlers Return Home from Patrolling Northern Iraq EUCOM Release 03 Jan 2003-- After completing their 90-day deployment at Incirlik AB, Turkey in support of Operation Northern Watch, members of Electronic Attack Squadron 133 returned home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. Flying the EA-6B Prowler, the sailors were part of more than 1,400 United Kingdom, Turkish and U.S. troops enforcing the No-Fly Zone in northern Iraq and monitoring Iraqi compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • 3rd ID deploying all brigades to Kuwait Amry News Service 03 Jan 2003-- The entire 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) has received deployment orders to Kuwait to join division command and control elements and it's 2nd Brigade, which finished a live-fire exercise in the desert just before the holidays.
  • Air Force prepares for major deployment AFPN 03 Jan 2003-- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld directed the deployment of additional forces to support operations Enduring Freedom, Desert Spring and possible future contingencies Dec. 24.
  • The President and Congress--Foreign Policy Roundtable VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- On Tuesday, the 108th Congress of the United States will be/was sworn into office. On Focus, V-O-A's Victor Morales leads a roundtable discussion on the foreign policy issues facing the new Congress and the relationship between the legislative and executive branches of American government
  • 1st Armored Division fields new 'Fire and Forget' anti-tank weapon USAEUR Release 03 Jan 2003-- As clouds of steaming breath formed on a sub-freezing morning here, Pvt. Brian Tarr peered through the sight of his Javelin anti-armor missile system. Locking in on his target, Tarr pulled the trigger and released the fury of the "fire-and-forget" tank killer, becoming the first soldier in 1st Armored Division to unleash the newest addition to the division's arsenal.
  • USAFE, a look back at 2002 USAFE News Service 03 Jan 2003-- More than 4,200 U.S. Air Forces in Europe members deployed worldwide in 2002. These deployments were only a part of what USAFE accomplished this past year.

Defense Industry

  • Druyun Joins Boeing as Deputy General Manager for Missile Defense Systems Boeing 03 Jan 2003 -- A former top U.S. Air Force acquisition official has joined Boeing [NYSE: BA] to help lead the company's missile defense business headquartered in Washington, D.C.
  • China Spacesat and Thales Telematics sign a Memorandum of Understanding for China Thales 03 Jan 2003 -- Beijing, December 18, 2002 - On the last day of the first China-Europe seminar on Galileo, China Spacesat and Thales Telematics have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) in the field of telematics solutions. The two parties are committed to provide Chinese customers with best-of-breed telematics solutions based on high-precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems and two-way communications infrastructure (GSM/GPRS/Bluetooth).
  • Boeing Selects New York Company as 767 Tanker Supplier Boeing 03 Jan 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has selected Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation [NYSE:GFF], as a member of its nationwide team to provide the 767 Tanker Transport to the U.S. Air Force and customers around the globe.
  • New Aegis Destroyer to be Christened Chung-Hoon at Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 03 Jan 2003 -- The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Walter F. Doran, USN, will be the principal speaker for a ceremony here Jan. 11 honoring a Navy destroyerman as the U.S. Navy's newest Aegis guided missile destroyer is christened at Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Ship Systems sector.

Other Conflicts

  • Text: State Department on Persons Displaced from Chechnya Washington File 03 Jan 2003-- We welcome Russia's repeated assurances that persons displaced from Chechyna would not be forced to return there against their will. We also regard as a positive development President Putin's agreement to allow a public commission to review options for internally displaced persons living in Ingushetia before taking action.

  • U-S-Israel Demolitions VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- The United States expressed concern Friday about Israel's continued use of house-demolitions as a tactic against Palestinians accused of acts of terrorism. The State Department says the addition to displacing people in Palestinian areas, the practice damages the climate for future peace talks
  • RED CROSS / PALESTINIANS VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is extending an aid program that benefits thousands of Palestinians in nine cities in the West Bank. The program will now continue until June, three months longer than originally planned

  • IVORY COAST VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- The President of Ivory Coast says he is ready to stop all hostilities in his three-month old war against rebel forces. He made the unexpected declaration after meeting with the visiting French foreign minister
  • IVORY COAST / FRANCE VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- The French foreign minister has arrived in Ivory Coast for urgent talks aimed at ending the country's civil war. The hastily arranged trip comes just two days after an upsurge in fighting
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Refugees need safer place, says UNHCR IRIN 03 Jan 2003 -- The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Ivorian government to find a new, safer area for thousands of Liberian refugees living some 40km from the frontline between loyalist troops and rebels in western Cote d'Ivoire.
  • SOMALIA: Puntland says Somaliland supporting dissident forces IRIN 03 Jan 2003 -- The authorities in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland have accused the neighbouring self-declared republic of Somaliland of supporting dissident forces, charges dismissed by Somaliland.
  • KENYA: Peace talks to resume as planned IRIN 03 Jan 2003 -- The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) on Friday said it was expecting the next phase of talks aimed at ending their country's 19-year civil war to resume on schedule, despite the recent hiccups, with the two warring sides accusing each other of breaking the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) they signed in November.
  • RWANDA-TANZANIA: Voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees from Tanzania complete IRIN 03 Jan 2003 -- The voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees from camps in northwestern Tanzania has been completed, with only about 150 remaining in the country, according to Ivana Unluova, the spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
  • WEST AFRICA: IOM assists displaced migrants IRIN 03 Jan 2003 -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has continued its assistance to Guineans and other West Africans stranded in southeastern Guinea after fleeing western Cote d'Ivoire.

News Reports

  • THE YEAR IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM VOA 03 Jan 2003-- Al-Qaida, the terrorist network responsible for the September 11th, 2001, attacks in New York and outside Washington, no longer has a safe haven in Afghanistan. Its leaders are either dead or on the run. But al-Qaida is not out of business. Terror cells around the world continue to plot and carry out acts of sudden violence. The last year has seen terror bombings in Mombassa, Kenya; Bali, Indonesia; Karachi, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan; Manila in the Philippines; and in Israel. How goes the world's fight against terrorists? I'll ask my guests, Elaine Shannon, correspondent for Time magazine, and author and defense analyst David Isby. Welcome and thanks for joining us today. Elaine Shannon, how do you assess the year's efforts against terrorism?
  • KENYA / POL VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- After days of speculation, Kenya's new president, Mwai Kibaki, announced his cabinet today (Friday). Katy Salmon reports from Nairobi, he also pledged to make the war on corruption a priority when parliament opens next Thursday
  • VENEZUELA - POLITICS VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- More than a dozen people were injured, three by gunfire, Friday,as supporters and opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez clashed once again on the streets of Caracas, where a general strike against the president is in its fifth week
  • VENEZUELA - POLITICS VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- Two people were killed and more than a dozen people injured Friday as supporters and opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez clashed once again on the streets of Caracas, where a general strike against the president is in its fifth week
  • SPECIAL ENGLISH IN THE NEWS #566 Kenya's New President VOA 03 Jan 2002 -- Mwai Kibaki was sworn-in this week as President of Kenya. He won sixty-three percent of the vote in the Kenyan presidential election last Friday. Mister Kibaki was the candidate of an alliance of opposition groups called the National Rainbow Coalition. His election is widely considered an important victory for democracy in Kenya.
  • CENTRAL ASIA: Weekly news wrap IRIN 03 Jan 2003 -- In Central Asia this week, Turkmenistan's harsh crackdown on opposition figures in the ongoing probe of the alleged assassination attempt on the authoritarian President Saparmurat Niyazov in November has drawn sharp criticism from the US administration and human rights groups.

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