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07 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Defence Secretary - statement on Iraq UK Defence Ministry 7 Jan 2003-- The Secretary of State for Defence, Geoff Hoon MP, announced in the House of Commons on 7 January 2003, that he was enabling the precautionary call-out of a number of Reservists, to ensure that they are available should operations against Iraq become necessary. He once again emphasised, however, that such operations are by no means inevitable, but that such preparations were necessary to underpin the continuing diplomatic efforts to secure full Iraqi compliance with United Nations resolutions.
  • U.S. Increasing Troops in Gulf; War Still Not Inevitable AFPS 07 Jan 2003-- The U.S. military is building up forces in the Persian Gulf, but that's not a sign war with Iraq is inevitable, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
  • Select forces to receive smallpox vaccination Marine Corps News 07 Jan 2003-- Thirty percent of those who contract it die. There is no cure. In 1980, it was declared eradicated. But with the threat of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction, the military will be vaccinating service members against it once more.
  • Defense Leaders Discuss Difference Between Iraq, North Korea Threats AFPS 07 Jan 2003-- North Korea's recent admission that it's pursuing a banned nuclear weapons program does not put it in the same boat as Iraq, officials contend.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Backgrounder with Senior Defense Officials on Special Operations 07 Jan 2003 -- "Special Operations Command itself -- just a word on that. There is a unified headquarters, Special Operations Command. There is a Joint Special Operations Command, which is their training and integration command. And then Special Operations Command does have, in each of the theaters out there in the region -- in the regions what is called a TSOC, a Theater Special Operations Command"
  • DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 07 Jan 2003 -- "Today we're taking a number of steps to strengthen the U.S. Special Operations Command so it can make even greater contributions to the global war on terror. In the 2004 budget, we are requesting an increase in Special Operations Command's budgets; that added funds are needed to pay for equipment losses that occurred in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and for additional equipment as well as additional forces. Some of those new troops will be assigned to the Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which specializes in flying combat forces behind enemy lines"
  • CONGRESS / MILITARY DRAFT VOA 07 Jan 2003 -- Amid growing signs of possible U-S led military action in Iraq, some lawmakers in Congress say they want to bring back the drarft. However, the proposal is being given little chance of success
  • Blue Ridge officers complete Marine Safety International training 7th Fleet News 07 Jan 2003-- The U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet command ship, USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) is outfitted with the latest command, control and communications technology in order to effectively command naval units defending the national interests of the United States. The ship operates routinely in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, and waters adjacent to areas involved in the War on Terrorism.
  • Rumsfeld: No Need for Draft; 'Disadvantages Notable' AFPS 07 Jan 2003-- The United States is not going to implement a military draft, because there is no need for it, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
  • Bush Calls on Congress to "Meet Great Dangers" AFPS 07 Jan 2003-- On the first day of the 108th Congress, President Bush said today, the nation's elected officials "have a responsibility to meet great dangers to our country wherever they gather."
  • Changes Proposed to U.S. Special Operations Command AFPS 07 Jan 2003-- U.S. Special Operations Command will receive more people, equipment and greater responsibility if President Bush accepts a DoD proposal.
  • JDS Kirishima Deploys To the War on Terrorism Navy Newsstand 07 Jan 2003-- The sister ship of guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Aegis destroyer JDS Kirishima (DD 174), deployed to the Indian Ocean Dec. 16 in support of the war on terrorism.
  • 620th EABG gets new home, new commander USAFE News 07 Jan 2003-- The 620th Expeditionary Air Base Group has a new home and - as of Friday - a new commander.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Awarded Major Sub-Contract For Royal Navy Messaging Enhancements BAE Systems 07 Jan 2003 -- BAE Systems C4ISR has been awarded a major sub-contract by EDS Defence within the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence's Naval Afloat Messaging Coherency (NAMC) programme. This will provide a coherent formal military messaging facility to Royal Navy vessels at sea and enable access to Information Exchange services provided by the shore-based Defence Message Handling Systems (Navy) [DMHS(N)], which was also supplied by BAE Systems.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $341 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missile Production Lockheed Martin 07 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin has received a contract for $341 million from the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) for the production of the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control will produce 88 PAC-3 Missiles plus other associated hardware.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST F/A-22 RAPTOR FOR THE AIR FORCE¿S AIR WARFARE CENTER Lockheed Martin 07 Jan 2003 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter team has delivered its first aircraft - Raptor 4012 - to the U.S. Air Force's Air Warfare Center (AWFC) with the recent signing of formal acceptance documents here by government officials. The aircraft will soon be flown to AWFC's 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Other Conflicts

  • IVORY COAST / FRANCE VOA 07 Jan 2003 -- The main rebel group in Ivory Coast says a clash on Monday involving French peacekeepers threatens peace talks proposed by France. The French defense minister is downplaying the incident
  • U-S-Ivory Coast VOA 07 Jan 2003-- The United States said Tuesday it opposes dispatch of a U-N peacekeeping force to Ivory Coast. It called on parties to the conflict there to heed terms of an October cease-fire, and said if they do, the presence of West African and French troops already there should be enough to keep the peace.

  • ISRAEL BOMBINGS VOA 07 Jan 2003 -- A pair of powerful explosions triggered by two suicide bombers ripped through a working class Tel Aviv, Israel, neighborhood earlier this week. At least 22 people were killed and one hundred more injured. It was the most serious terrorist attack by Palestinians in many months, and has set off a flurry of anger and frustration in the United States press
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 07 Jan 2003-- At least three Palestinians were killed and several injured during Israeli security sweeps in the Gaza Strip overnight.

  • DRC: Rival militias to meet in Kisangani IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- The leaders of the various militia groups that have been fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are to meet this week in the northeastern city of Kisangani, according to the UN Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC.
  • DRC: Bishop accuses militias of cannibalism IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- Monsignor Melchisedec Sikulu Paluku, the bishop of Beni-Butembo in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has accused two local militias of cannibalism.
  • SRI LANKA TALKS VOA 07 Jan 2003 -- Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators side-stepped thorny military issues and discussed humanitarian issues in their second-day of peace talks near Bangkok
  • Bush Letter Updates Congress on Cyprus Situation Washington File 07 Jan 2003-- In accordance with section 620C(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, I am providing a report prepared by my Administration on progress toward a negotiated solution of the Cyprus question covering the period October 1, 2002, through November 30, 2002. The previous submission covered events from August 1, 2002, through September 30, 2002. Particularly significant during this period was U.N. Secretary-General Annan's submission on November 11 to Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash of a proposed basis for a Cyprus agreement.
  • SOMALIA: UN urges Somalis to respect peace commitments IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- With the renewal of hostilities in parts of Somalia, Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, has called on all parties to the Eldoret peace declaration to respect their commitments.
  • ANGOLA: NGOs urge govt to apologise for war atrocities IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- Human rights activists in Angola on Tuesday called on the government to follow the lead of former rebel group UNITA and apologise for its part in one of the longest and most violent conflicts in Africa.
  • RWANDA: Up to 40,000 detainees to be granted provisional liberty IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- The Rwandan government is to grant provisional liberty within a month to between 30,000 and 40,000 prison detainees, including those involved in the 1994 genocide, news agencies have reported.
  • WESTERN SAHARA: Baker to visit IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- The UN envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker III, is to go on a three-day visit to Western Sahara and neighbouring countries to revive UN efforts to solve the conflict surrounding the former Spanish colony.
  • ETHIOPIA: Easing border controls may help pastoralists, UN says IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- The UN’s Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia has said relaxing border controls in the east may help struggling pastoralists in their fight against the drought.

News Reports

  • KENYA / VIOLENCE VOA 07 Jan 2003 -- At least 21 people are dead after several days of gang violence in Kenya. The violence is the first test for the new government of President Mwai Kibaki, who has promised to restore peace and prosperity
  • UNHCR / CONGO REFUGEES VOA 07 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency says more than 85-hundred refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have fled into neighboring Burundi over the past 12 days, and more are trying to escape
  • ZIMBABWE / POLITICS VOA 07 Jan 2003 -- The Zimbabwe government wants to appoint governors to coordinate development in the country's two largest cities, Harare and Bulawayo. Opposition leaders are denouncing the move, saying it is an attempt to take power from the cities' mayors, both members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change
  • Security Council urges cooperation in process to demarcate Ethiopia-Eritrea border UN News Centre 07 Jan 2003 -- Members of the Security Council today urged Ethiopia and Eritrea to continue to extend their full cooperation to the United Nations mission in the region and the independent Boundary Commission in order to ensure the smooth demarcation of the border between the two countries
  • U-S / FOREIGN AID VOA 07 Jan 2003-- A new U-S government report says foreign aid programs must be tailored to protect American national interests and promote freedom, security and opportunity around the world. The report was unveiled (Tuesday) by the U-S Agency for International Development in Washington
  • ZIMBABWE: Mugabe to appoint governors over MDC mayors IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- President Robert Mugabe's decision to put two new governors in charge of the opposition-run capital Harare and second city Bulawayo was an attempt to dilute the power base of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC's), analysts allege.
  • DRC: Court condemns 26 to death, acquits 45 in Kabila murder trial IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- The Military Order Court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, sentenced 26 people to death on Tuesday and acquitted another 45 accused of involvement in the assassination of President Laurent-Desire Kabila, who ruled the country from May 1997 to January 2001.
  • COMOROS: Govt extradites mercenaries to France IRIN 07 Jan 2003 -- The Comoros has begun the extradition to France of seven alleged mercenaries accused of taking part in a botched coup attempt in December 2001, news agencies reported on Tuesday.

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