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14 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • III CORPS UNITS AT FORT HOOD RECEIVE DEPLOYMENT ORDERS FOR JAN. 14 III Corps 14 Jan 2003-- Elements of III Corps stationed at Fort Hood have received deployment orders to reposition forces as required to support the President's global war against terrorism. Units from the 13th Corps Support Command at Fort Hood have been directed to prepare to deploy in the event they are required.
  • Navy JICO Battles Communication Challenges in Afghanistan Navy Newsstand 14 Jan 2003-- Operations Specialist 1st Class Robert Payne has not done much involving navigational equipment lately. There really is not a need for his nautical skills on a dusty plateau in Central Asia in the landlocked country of Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN: NGOs raise concern over Coalition's aid work IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- A US-based NGO working in Afghanistan raised concern on Tuesday over the Coalition forces' engagement in reconstruction projects, saying it could have a negative impact on security levels, and that it was "not a substitute for security".

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Daily Briefing White House 14 Jan 2003
  • Aviation adds recon team to ranks Army News Service 14 Jan 2003-- As the Army transforms, the aviation field plans to add to its ranks a reconnaissance team that will include manned and unmanned aerial vehicles and Comanche helicopters, announced Lt. Gen. Johnny Riggs, the director of the Objective Force Task Force.
  • U.S., Japanese surface warriors build relationships 7th Fleet News 14 Jan 2003-- American and Japanese surface warfare officers gathered here Jan. 10, not to discuss policy or plan operations, but to have dinner, drink a cocktail and socialize.
  • Air Force risks air dominance without F/A-22 AFPN 14 Jan 2003-- Without the F/A-22 Raptor, the Air Force could face losing its lead in fighter aviation to other nations, said Maj. Gen. John D. W. Corley, director of Air Force Global Power Programs at the Pentagon.
  • Stimulant is pilots' last tool AFPN 14 Jan 2003-- When fatigue closes in and all other tools in the fatigue management program have been exhausted, many pilots reach for the "go pill" to help them get home safely.
  • Program keeps pilots awake, alert AFPN 14 Jan 2003-- When fatigue closes in and all other tools in the fatigue management program have been exhausted, many pilots reach for the "go pill" to help them get home safely.
  • Officials cancel Red Flag exercise AFPN 14 Jan 2003-- Air Combat Command officials have cancelled the Red Flag exercise scheduled later this month at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., because of real-world taskings.
  • LORD BACH SIGNS 116 MILLION SHIPS AGREEMENT WITH ROMANIA Royal Navy News 14 Jan 2003-- A 116 million sale agreement for two frigates was signed today in Bucharest by the Minister for Defence Procurement, Lord Bach, and the Romanian State Secretary for Armaments, Gheorghe Matache. The agreement covers the sale to Romania of two former Royal Navy Type 22 Frigates HMS Coventry and London.

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS To Provide U.S. Air Force F-16 Reconnaissance POD Upgrades BAE Systems 14 Jan 2003 -- BAE Systems will provide Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System (TARS) upgrades for U.S. Air National Guard F-16C Falcon aircraft under an Air Force $3.8 million contract. The Pre-planned Product Improvements (P3I) contract was awarded in December by Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
  • Boeing Selects Pennsylvania Company to Supply 767 Tanker Displays Boeing 14 Jan 2003 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) has selected Innovative Solutions and Support, Inc., of Exton, Pa., as a member of its team to provide the 767 Tanker Transport to the U.S. Air Force and customers around the globe.
  • General Dynamics $100 Million Radio Contract Paves Way for More Foreign Sales General Dynamics 14 Jan 2003 -- General Dynamics Decision Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a foreign military sales contract by the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) that creates a more direct buying route for international customers to use in purchasing radios and secure wireless and wireline equipment. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has a maximum potential value of $100 million.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $19.9 Million Propelling Charge Contract Option General Dynamics 14 Jan 2003 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the U.S Army TACOM/ARDEC Command at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. has exercised a $19.9 million option on an existing contract for the Load, Assemble and Pack of the M231/M232 Propelling Charges for the 155mm Modular Artillery Charge System. This option brings the total contract value to $34.5M for the MACS program.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN FORMS STRONG INDUSTRY TEAM TO MEET U.S. AIR FORCE COMMAND AND CONTROL REQUIREMENT Lockheed Martin 14 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin announced today it will lead an industry team with Raytheon and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to compete for the development and integration of the Battle Management Command, Control, Computers, Communications, and Intelligence (BMC4I) subsystem for the U.S. Air Force's Multi-sensor Command and Control Aircraft (MC2A) program.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN TO BEGIN PRODUCTION OF FIVE MORE F-16 MISSION TRAINING CENTER PILOT SYSTEMS Lockheed Martin 14 Jan 2003 -- The U.S. Air Force has ordered five more Lockheed Martin F-16 Mission Training Center (MTC) pilot systems for delivery to Spangdahlem (Germany) and Mountain Home (Idaho) Air Force Bases in 2004. The new units are in addition to the five MTC pilot systems ordered under a fee-for-service contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in June 1999. Production of the MTCs will continue to take place at Lockheed Martin's facility in Akron.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Launches UAV Simulator From Stealthy Affordable Capsule System Northrop Grumman 14 Jan 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed the first of three tests designed to demonstrate that air vehicle payloads such as UAVs can be successfully launched from an inexpensive, expendable capsule after it is released from a submarine.

Other Conflicts

  • PALESTINIANS / CONFERENCE VOA 14 Jan 2003-- Palestinians are not optimistic that the conference taking place in London today on reforming the Palestinian Authority will accomplish anything worthwhile. They say meaningful reform is not a possibility as long as Israel continues its policies of settlements, curfews and military occupation of Palestinian areas
  • BRITAIN / MIDEAST VOA 14 Jan 2003-- Britain is hosting a meeting on Palestinian reform today despite an Israeli travel ban on Palestinian delegates invited to take part
  • PALESTINIANS / CONFERENCE VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- Palestinians are not optimistic that a London conference on reforming the Palestinian Authority will accomplish anything worthwhile. They say meaningful reform is not a possibility as long as Israel continues its policies of settlements, curfews and military occupation of Palestinian areas
  • BRITAIN / MIDEAST VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- Talks in London on Palestinian reforms have ended on what British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw calls a constructive and comprehensive note. The talks came off even though Israel barred several Palestinian delegates from traveling to London

  • IVORY COAST VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- Hopes for peace rose in Ivory Coast as leaders of three rebel factions left their strongholds and headed for Paris to begin a new round of peace negotiations
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Political forces head for Paris IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- Delegations, representing Cote d'Ivoire's government, major political parties and the three rebel groups, are expected in the French capital Paris to begin to solve the four month-old crisis.
  • DRC: Kabila, Masire discuss final stages of inter-Congolese dialogue IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- The facilitator of the inter-Congolese dialogue, Ketumile Masire, has discussed with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the final stages of the inter-Congolese dialogue (ICD).
  • DRC: UN rights commissioner calls for implementation of power-sharing deal IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello has appealed for the speedy implementation of the power-sharing accord signed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 17 December 2002.
  • DRC: MLC arrests soldiers for rights violations IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- The Mouvement de liberation du Congo rebel group (MLC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has arrested five of its soldiers accused of committing human rights violations in Ituri District, in the northeast of the country.
  • SOMALIA PEACE TALKS VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- The official in charge of the Somalia peace talks says progress is being made. But he also warns it will take years to end more than a decade of anarchy and restore order to the country
  • SOMALIA: Peace committees to conclude this month, says mediator IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- Technical committees discussing core issues of the Somali conflict should conclude their work this month, Kenya’s special envoy for Somalia Elijah Mwangale announced on Tuesday.
  • SOMALIA: Another faction leader leaves Eldoret IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- A prominent Mogadishu-based faction leader Muse Sudi Yalahow left the Eldoret peace talks on Monday because he is unhappy over the progress of the meeting.
  • U-S-CYPRUS VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- The United States said Tuesday it supports the goals of tens of thousands of Turkish Cypriots who demonstrated in favor of the United Nations peace plan for the divided island. Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash is holding out for further changes in the U-N plan
  • U-N-H-C-R / IVORY COAST / LIBERIA VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations refugee agency says starting Wednesday it will begin repatriating one-thousand Liberian refugees in Ivory Coast who are caught in a particularly dangerous situation. As Lisa Schlein reports from Geneva, the agency says the Liberian refugees are now living in southwestern Ivory Coast, close to the town of Grabo, which was captured by rebels last week

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bangui denies rebel capture of northwestern city IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- The Central African Republic (CAR) deputy defence minister, Gen Xavier Sylvestre Yangongo, denied on Tuesday reports that rebels had taken the city of Bouar, 454 km northwest of the capital, Bangui.
  • WESTERN SAHARA: UN envoy arrives in Morocco IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- The UN envoy for Western Sahara, James Baker III, arrived in Morocco on Tuesday on a three-day visit to Western Sahara and neighbouring countries in a bid to revive UN efforts to solve the conflict in that region.

News Reports

  • U-N / CHILDREN / ARMED CONFLICT VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations today (Tuesday) issued a report naming countries that violate international standards for the protection of war-affected children. From New York, Mona Ghuneim reports this is the first time the U-N cites offenders by name
  • ZIMBABWE/MUGABE VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has rejected reports that he might retire. As Southern Africa Correspondent Challiss McDonough reports from Johannesburg, the Zimbabwean leader says he will serve out his full term in office
  • U-S-COLOMBIA MILITARY VOA 14 Jan 2003 -- The United States is banning aid to an elite Colombian air force unit that is under investigation in that country for a bombing incident in 1998 that killed 18 civilians. The State Department says the slow pace of the investigation raises questions about the commitment of Colombia's air force to find the facts in the case
  • Miami Will Host Western Hemisphere Security Conference Washington File 14 Jan 2003-- Methods to enhance regional trust and security in the Western Hemisphere will be the subject of a February 3-4 conference in Miami, Florida, which is being held under the auspices of the United States and the Organization of American States (OAS).
  • White House Press Briefing Transcript Washington File 14 Jan 2003-- FLEISCHER: From the beginning, the President has made very clear that the burden is on Saddam Hussein to comply and to disarm. Nothing has changed that. The burden remains with Saddam Hussein. The issue is not how long the inspections will last; the issue is whether Saddam Hussein this time is finally willing to disarm. He's been given a final chance to disarm. And, regrettably, we've seen no evidence that he has made the strategic choice to disarm and to come into compliance with the United Nations. We first saw this is in the Iraqi declaration, which the world agreed was inadequate, and Saddam has not complied and, therefore, time is running out.
  • SWAZILAND: Kingdom meeting its obligations, says foreign minister IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- Swaziland's Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Abednego Ntshangase on Monday claimed there was no reason why the kingdom should lose benefits arising from the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), news reports said.
  • CONGO: Government creates national human rights commission IRIN 14 Jan 2003 -- The National Assembly of the Republic of Congo (ROC) has adopted a law creating a national human rights commission, as stipulated by the country's new constitution, which was approved by referendum in January 2002 and entered into effect in August 2002 following a five-year transition period.
  • Spectrolab Solar Cells Power Latest Mars Exporation Vehicles Boeing 14 Jan 2003 -- High-efficiency solar cells manufactured by Spectrolab, Inc., are providing power to "Spirit," the NASA-built spacecraft that landed on Mars on January 4 to explore the Red Planet.
  • SPACE SHUTTLE TO CONDUCT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH MISSION Lockheed Martin 14 Jan 2003 -- Space Shuttle Columbia is scheduled to lift off from Kennedy Space Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (CST) Thursday, January 16 on a lengthy research mission. Since Columbia is not rendezvousing with the International Space Station, the window for launch is much wider at 2 1/2 hours.

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