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08 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • U.S. Service Members Heading Toward Gulf Region AFPS 08 Jan 2003-- Thousands of American service members are deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
  • USS Shiloh make Australia port visits 7th Fleet News 08 Jan 2003-- Sailors aboard USS Shiloh (CG 67) visited Fremantle and Perth, Australia, recently during the cruiser's current Western Pacific deployment.
  • Flying Nightmares Rock the Afghan Skies Marine Corps News 08 Jan 2003-- Afghanistan(June 7, 2003) -- The Marines of Marine Attack Squadron 513, from Yuma, Ariz., arrived in Bagram, Afghanistan, in early October 2002. More than 150 Marines, and an undisclosed number of AV-8B Harrier aircraft, deployed to the region in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The squadron is the first of land-based Harriers serving in direct support of the War on Terrorism. The Harriers provide close-air support; armed escort for other aircraft and vehicle convoys; and provide air cover during helicopter insertions and extractions. According to the unit's commanding officer, Lieutenant Col. Jim A. Dixon, they have had the opportunity to support the ground forces on many occasions.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Security concerns in Zabul province IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- Following three separate incidents over the past two weeks, aid officials are concerned over security in the remote southeastern Afghan province of Zabul. Ravaged by more than four years of drought, Zabul is one of the poorest of the beleaguered nation's 32 provinces.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Daily Briefing White House 08 Jan 2003
  • PENTAGON/SPECIAL OPS VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- America's elite commando forces are poised to get more authority, money, manpower and equipment under a Pentagon plan designed to bolster the U-S effort to fight global terrorism.
  • COSSA DRAFT VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- Congressman Charles Rangel says he will introduce a bill to revive the military draft to make U-S families share the sacrifice in the event of war with Iraq. The New York Democrat opposes war with Iraq, and he said Tuesday that today's all-volunteer professional military has too many soldiers from poor and minority communities. In his words, "there is a glaring absence of the affluent." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld immediately criticized Mr. Rangel's proposal, saying the needs of the Pentagon are being met with volunteers. The United States ended the draft in 1973, after withdrawing from Vietnam
  • Race, Class, and the Draft VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- As the specter of war with Iraq looms over the new session of the U-S Congress, one representative has proposed re-instituting the draft. requiring all young people, regardless of their gender, race, or class, to serve in the U-S Military. Of the 535 members of Congress, just one has a child in the military. Congressman Charles Rangel of New York says if all young people had to serve, lawmakers might not be so willing to go to war. VOA's Maura Farrelly reports on an argument that's raising familiar questions about the racial and class composition of America's voluntary armed forces
  • NAVY TO CHRISTEN NEW GUIDED-MISSILE DESTROYER 08 Jan 2003-- The Chung-Hoon, the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, will be christened Jan. 11, 2003, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Pascagoula, Miss.
  • Blue Angels Commence Winter Training Navy Newsstand 08 Jan 2003-- The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, made its annual deployment to Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif., to prepare for the 2003 show season. The 10-week winter training concludes in early March after the team completes a minimum of 120 flights during a rigorous six-days-a-week, three-flights-per-day schedule.
  • NAVAIR North Island Depot inducts first CH-53 for Integrated Maintenance Concept program NAVAIR 08 Jan 2003-- Naval Air Depot North Island has inducted its first Marine CH-53 helicopter into the Integrated Maintenance Concept program. And since early December, everything is going as planned, noted Ron Cobb, deputy program manager for the CH-53 and H-1 helicopter programs at the Depot.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Partners With TAC ONE To Broaden NATO Communications Standards BAE Systems 08 Jan 2003 -- BAE Systems, in partnership with the other shareholders of the multi-national TAC ONE company contracted by twelve NATO nations to define future communications standards, has reviewed the benefits to be derived from the previously prescribed technology (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) compared with those stemming from more open and forward-looking architectures, reflecting the ongoing and substantial investment in the civil IT and telecommunications sector.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $18.3 Million Ammunition Contract Add-on General Dynamics 08 Jan 2003 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has awarded an $18,360,000 modification to an existing contract for the production of 180,000 rounds of 25mm M919 Armor-Piercing, Fin Stabilized, Discarding Sabot-Tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition. This award brings the total contract value to $119 million for the M919 program. This contract will be managed out of General Dynamics’ Marion, Ill. production facility.
  • Back on shore: Norwegian Ministry of Defence orders MSP 500 Rheinmetall Defence 08 Jan 2003 -- Originally developed for the army and air force, then discovered and successfully fielded by the German Navy, the Multisensor Platform (MSP) is now making its comeback as the electro-optical system MSP 500 for the airborne forces of the Royal Norwegian Army. With this order, the MSP will for the very first time leave German "soil" and be operated by the armed forces of another country.

Other Conflicts

  • DRC: Mambasa must be freed - UN general says IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- Senior officials of the UN Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo have urged the Armee de Liberation du Congo (the military wing of the Mouvement de Liberation du Congo of Jean-Pierre Bemba) to abide by an agreement they signed on 30 December 2002 and immediately retreat from Mambasa, Orientale Province.
  • DRC: Hunger threatens IDPs despite start of rebel troop withdrawals IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- Tens of thousands of displaced residents of the northeastern town of Mambasa are threatened by hunger, even though three rebel groups have begun to withdraw from the area, according to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as MONUC.
  • IVORY COAST/ REBELS VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- Two rebel factions in western Ivory Coast have agreed to join peace talks that are scheduled to begin in Paris next week. The decision by the two rebel groups is raising hopes of ending the four-month-old rebellion in the West African country
  • FRANCE / IVORY COAST VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- Ivory Coast's President, Laurent Gbagbo, has told a French newspaper that he wants to to come to an agreement with rebels who control the northern and western parts of the country. Mr. Gbagbo's comments come just a week before the French government is scheduled to host Ivory Coast peace talks
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: UN agencies to set up civil-military cell IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- United Nations agencies in Cote d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan, will "as soon as funds are available" set up a civil-military cell in the city.
  • RWANDA / PRISONERS VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- The Rwandan government says it will soon release about 40-thousand prisoners, including thousands of genocide suspects, to reduce jail overcrowding. The decision is angering many survivors of the 1994 mass killin
  • U-S-SUDAN ENVOY VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- President Bush's special envoy for Sudan, John Danforth, returns to the region in a few days for talks aimed at boosting Kenyan-led mediation efforts between the Sudanese government and southern rebels. The Sudan peace talks are due to resume in Kenya next week
  • SRI LANKA TALKS VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- The Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels say they made progress on rehabilitating war-ravaged parts of the country - despite a dispute over disarming rebel groups. The development came on the third day of peace talks at a resort outside Bangkok
  • EGYPT / ISRAEL VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- Egypt's foreign minister, Ahmed Maher, says it is up to Britain to press Israel to allow Palestinian participation in proposed peace talks in London and Cairo. Mr. Maher met in Cairo Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's national security adviser to explore how to revive peace efforts
  • SIERRA LEONE: Liberian, Ivorian conflicts threaten regional peace IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday that ongoingtensions in Liberia and the emergence of a new conflict in Cote d'Ivoirecontinued to pose threats to peace and security in the subregion.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: UN urges sides to ensure smooth border demarcation IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- The UN Security Council has called on Eritrea and Ethiopia to ensure the smooth demarcation of their common border, due to take place this year.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Annan concerned about situation IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that the armed rebellion in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the deprivations local populations are suffering are "all destabilising factors" that raise tensions and hamper efforts to restore peace in the country, according to UN News.
  • ETHIOPIA: 40 killed in tribal fighting IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- Tribal fighting is believed to have left as many as 40 people dead in recent clashes sparked by the severe drought in Ethiopia, humanitarian sources said on Wednesday.
  • BURUNDI-DRC: Thousands of Congolese flee to Burundi IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- A new wave of at least 8,500 Congolese refugees has arrived in Burundi following renewed fighting in South Kivu Province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UNHCR reported on Tuesday.
  • SOMALIA: Leaders urge Kenyan president to save talks IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- Somali political groups participating in the Eldoret peace talks have called on Kenya's new president, Mwai Kibaki, to save the talks from collapse.

News Reports

  • Balkan Trouble Spots VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- prominent U-S scholar on the Balkans Wednesday argued that independence for Kosovo -- the key objective of that territory's ethnic Albanian majority-- would have destabilizing effects throughout the southern Balkans
  • ZIMBABWE / POLITICS VOA 08 Jan 2002 -- South Africa's labor minister is in Harare for what is seen as a visit to assess the political situation in Zimbabwe. Membathisi Mdladlana is to meet with government, political and labor leaders
  • THE YEAR IN THE WAR ON TERRORISM VOA 08 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.
  • SOMALIA: Somaliland postpones presidential poll IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- The self-declared republic of Somaliland has postponed presidential elections from January to March, according to a senior official.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Crisis averted in volatile province IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- A possible eruption of political violence in the historically volatile province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) looked to have been averted on Wednesday.
  • SOUTHERN AFRICA: Lessons learnt in early warning IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- Among the lessons being learnt from the current food crisis in Southern Africa is the need for a common approach to early warning.
  • NIGERIA: Opposition party picks former military ruler as candidate IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- Nigeria's main opposition All Nigeria People's Party on Wednesday declared a former military ruler, Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, its presidential candidate for coming elections after his rivals withdrew from the contest in protest.
  • Massive Poster Campaign Launched for Children IRIN 08 Jan 2003 -- In collaboration with the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently launched a massive poster campaign in a bid to reunite some 1,000 Liberian refugee children separated from their parents by the conflicts in Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire.

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