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15 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • West Coast Amphibious Ships Deploy in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom Navy Newsstand 15 Jan 2003-- Seven San Diego-based amphibious warships have received orders to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ships will depart San Diego Jan. 17.
  • Special Navy Unit Reflects on GTMO Deployment Navy Newsstand 15 Jan 2003-- "I got called on a Wednesday, and I was at the mobilization station by Saturday," said Fireman Robert Scarro, a Naval Reservist assigned to Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU) 204, ". . .so it took a few days for things to sink in."
  • 3rd ID fires Bradley Linebackers in Kuwait Army News Service 15 Jan 2003-- Air Defense Artillery "Bulldogs" and other elements of the 3rd Infantry Division proved how lethal they can be Jan. 2 through 13 during a live-fire training exercise in Kuwait
  • AFGHANISTAN: Constitutional process proceeding IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- Afghan constitutional experts and former lawmakers have had mixed reactions to the announcement that the first draft of the country's new constitution will be made public in March, following a consultative process by the nine-member Constitutional Drafting Commission inaugurated late last year.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Chronology of humanitarian and related developments in 2002 IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- DECEMBER 22, 2001: Hamid Karzai, an ethnic Pashtun who leads one of the largest tribes in southern Afghanistan, is sworn in as chairman of a six-month interim government. Karzai faces the task of trying to unite a country wracked by more than two decades of war and poverty.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Daily Briefing White House 15 Jan 2003
  • TR Battle Group Begins COMPTUEX Navy Newsstand 15 Jan 2003-- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) began its Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) Jan. 13 to complete another qualification in preparation for deployment.
  • Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft: The Future of Maritime Patrol NAVAIR News 15 Jan 2003-- Since its humble beginnings in WWII, the U.S. Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) has long been a transformational power. Originally intended to survey and monitor the blue water ocean, the MPRF has continually evolved over the years, developing and integrating new technologies and systems that allow it to go beyond providing for dominance over undersea and surface threats by way of its traditional roles in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), to conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and command, control and communications (C3) missions in support of blue water, littoral, land, and amphibious operations.
  • Dyess aircrews poised for bomb runs over Iraq AFPN 15 Jan 2003-- While the United States prepares for a possible war with Iraq, aircrews at this B-1B Lancer base have not changed their training routine.
  • ACC begins F/A-22 operations AFPN 15 Jan 2003-- Air Combat Command entered a new era Jan. 14 as America's newest fighter-attack aircraft touched down here.
  • PACAF to deploy forces PACAF News 15 Jan 2003-- Approximately 60 people from the 56th Air Operations Squadron, 56th Air Communications Squadron and the Pacific Air Forces Air Intelligence Squadron, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, will deploy to Yokota Air Base, Japan and set-up a deployable, Joint Air Operations Center Jan. 15-30.
  • VIEQUES / NAVY BOMBING VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- The U-S Navy has resumed training exercises off the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, one day after local protesters squared off with military personnel along the perimeter of the controversial firing range
  • Military Poverty VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- The U-S Military is preparing for possible war in Iraq. But the armed services are also struggling with a more domestic issue. By the Pentagon's own estimate, thousands of military families live in poverty. As Brian Mann reports from Fort Drum, in New York, despite recent salary increases, many enlisted men and women say they can't afford food and other basic needs
  • Defense Department Briefing Transcript Washington File 15 Jan 2003-- Rumsfeld: The president has repeatedly made clear -- and it bears repeating -- that the burden of proof is not on the United States, it's not on the United Nations or the international community to prove that Iraq has these weapons. The burden of proof is on the Iraqi regime to prove that it is disarming, and to show the inspectors where the weapons are.
  • Wolfowitz Visits Afghanistan, Germany, Belgium Washington File 15 Jan 2003-- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz arrived in Afghanistan Jan. 14 after a 14-hour flight aboard an Air Force C-17 transport plane from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
  • "International Cooperation Deters Illegal Fishing," by Cdr. John Davis Washington File 15 Jan 2003-- Multinational cooperation is essential in enforcing conservation of fisheries over the vast distances of the ocean, says Commander John Davis, chief of fisheries enforcement for the U.S. Coast Guard. Davis describes how U.S. cooperation with Russian and Chinese authorities has achieved a steep drop in illegal driftnet fishing in the North Pacific.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • U-S / ISRAEL CLOSURES VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- The United States took issue Wednesday with Israel's decision to close down two Palestinian colleges as part of its response to Palestinian suicide bombings in Tel Aviv earlier this month
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- Three Palestinians have been killed in Israeli security sweeps in the West Bank overnight and the military demolished the homes of four Palestinians convicted of carrying out a series of attacks against Israelis

  • IVORY COAST VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- Talks near Paris this week seek to end a conflict in Ivory Coast that began last September when renegade soldiers launched a failed coup attempt against President Laurent Gbagbo. As V-O-A's Luis Ramirez reports from Abidjan, Ivorians hope the talks will help resolve longstanding political issues that have deepened ethnic divides in the once-stable West-African country
  • FRANCE/IVORY COAST VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- The political parties and the rebel factions of the Ivory Coast sat down to talk peace in Paris today. Their talks, which will continue until January 23rd, are expected to be difficult. France and others have warned that the stability of Ivory Coast and the entire West African region is threatened by the civil war which has lasted four months and killed hundreds.
  • Ivorian Envoy Wants Liberian Mercenaries Extradited IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- Cote d'Ivoire's consul general to Liberia Prosper Kotchi has called on the Ivorian and Liberian governments to work collaboratively for the extradition of Liberian mercenaries involved in the conflict in his country.
  • WEST AFRICA: UN Special Envoy to begin mission tomorrow IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Carolyn McAskie, is expected in Abidjan on Thursday as she begins a West African mission on the Ivorian crisis and its consequences for the region.
  • BURUNDI: Zuma urges AU to deploy multinational peace force IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma urged the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday to deploy a multinational peacekeeping force in Burundi as soon as possible to enforce the current ceasefire, the South African Press Association (Sapa) reported.
  • BURUNDI: Army arrests two soldiers in connection with ambush IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- The Burundian army has arrested two of its soldiers in connection with an ambush last week in the capital, Bujumbura, in which 12 people were killed, according to a report by the human rights group Iteka on Tuesday.
  • Burundi: All-party ceasefire urged before peacekeepers deploy IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- A peace agreement signed by all the warring parties in Burundi would need to be in place before a proposed peacekeeping force could be sent, a South African security analyst told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • CYPRUS / TALKS VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- The leaders of Cyprus' Greek and Turkish communities have resumed United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at reunifying the island before it joins the European Union in 2004. V-O-A's Roger Wilkison reports the meeting came a day after tens of thousands of Turkish Cypriots called on their leader to approve the U-N reunification plan or resign
  • DRC: MONUC confirms cannibalism in Mambasa, Mangina IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known as MONUC, confirmed on Wednesday that rebel groups in the northeast of the country had been engaging in acts of cannibalism.
  • ANGOLA: Reintegration of child soldiers underway IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- United Nations officials in Angola on Wednesday said the reintegration of former child soldiers into civil society was underway despite the scale of the problem confronting the humanitarian community.

News Reports

  • BUSH AFRICA VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- President Bush wants to extend duty-free status for some African imports to the United States. V-O-A's Scott Stearns reports, the president also announced more assistance for 30 million people facing hunger
  • ECUADOR-PRESIDENT VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- Ecuador swore in a new president on Wednesday -- an army colonel who three years ago helped stage a coup that unseated then unpopular president Jamil Mahuad (zhah MEEL mah WAHD).
  • AFRICA/U-S/TRADE VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- A conference on trade between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries has begun in Mauritius. As V-O-A Southern Africa Correspondent Challiss McDonough reports from Johannesburg, the top U-S trade official opened the summit on a controversial note.
  • UN / CONGO / HUMAN RIGHTS VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- U-N investigators have confirmed in a new report that civilians, many of them members of the Pygmy community in northeastern Congo, have suffered horrific human rights abuses, including cannibalism, systematic rape, torture and kidnapping by rebel fighters
  • ZIMBABWE ARRESTS VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- There has been a wave of arrests of opposition politicians and activists in Zimbabwe. Peta Thornycroft reports from Harare, the crackdown follows reports President Robert Mugabe might retire early, and his firm denial of those reports on Tuesday
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: France to provide €120,000 in aid of coup-attempt victims IRIN 15 Jan 2003 -- The French government has announced it would allocate €120,000 in medical aid to the Central African Republic (CAR), which has been shaken by violence since the eruption of fighting on 25 October 2002.
  • Boeing Rocketdyne to Provide Crew Escape Propulsion System Boeing 15 Jan 2003 -- The Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] has been selected to provide the liquid propulsion system for Lockheed Martin's Pad Abort Demonstration (PAD) for NASA's Orbital Space Plane program.

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