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22 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Alabama National Guardsmen deploy in support of War on Terror NORTHCOM 22 Jan 2003 -- The Department of Defense's efforts for homeland security recently received a shot in the arm as members from the Army National Guard's 167th Theater Support Command joined the U.S. Northern Command's Norfolk-based Standing Joint Force Headquarters - Homeland Security (JFHQ-HLS).

Defense Policy / Programs

  • GTEP, a unique mission for the Corps USMC News 22 Jan 2003 -- U.S. Marines recently arrived in the country of Georgia to participate in a program designed to train and equip selected units of the Georgian military. The Georgian Train and Equip Program (GTEP) will have U.S. Marines in Georgia for more than a year.
  • Patuxent River to Host Second UAV Flight Demonstration NAVAIR 22 Jan 2003 -- The second demonstration of multiple unmanned aerial vehicle systems is set to be held Monday, July 14, 2003, at the Webster Field Annex of Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, located in St. Mary's County Maryland.
  • Transcript: Rumsfeld, Myers Briefing at FPC, January 22, 2003 Washington File 22 Jan 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Air Force General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed at the Washington Foreign Press Center
  • Comfort Leaves Spanish Media, VIPs in Awe Navy News Service 22 Jan 2003 -- At 894-feet long and weighing more than 70,000 tons, Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is more than impressive; it's imposing. Painted white with huge red crosses, the ship brings mobile, rapid medical response capability, including acute medical and surgical care, to any potentially hostile area to support American armed forces.
  • NATO / ROBERTSON VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- NATO Secretary General George Robertson says he will step down in December, despite pressure to stay in his job for another year

Defense Industry

  • Northrop Grumman Awarded $47.4 Million for Additional F/A-18 Structures Work Northrop Grumman 22 Jan 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $47.4 million contract by the U.S. Navy for continued production of replacement structural assemblies and spare parts for the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter that will extend the service life of aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy and the Canadian Defence Force.
  • Korean Navy orders five Goalkeepers systems Thales 22 Jan 2003 -- Thales Nederland and the Commanding General of the Defense Procurement Agency of the Korean Ministry of Defense have signed contracts for the delivery of five Goalkeeper systems to the Korean Navy. The total contract value is about 51 million euros. The first systems are to be delivered within 28 months.

Other Conflicts

  • FRANCE/IVORY COAST VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- An Ivorian official involved in peace talks with rebel factions near Paris, has accused the French mediator of trying to organize a coup d'etat in Ivory Coast. The president of the country's National Assembly says he walked out of the talks in protest
  • IVORY COAST / CHILDREN VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- The civil war in Ivory Coast has been especially hard on the West African nation's children. Tens of thousands of young people are now without basic health services and have had little schooling since the conflict began four months ago
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: French soldiers and rebels clash again IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- French soldiers and unidentified rebels clashed in the western Ivorian town of Duekoue on Tuesday, leaving two French soldiers wounded, the French army spokesman, Lt-Col Ange-Antoine Lecia told IRIN on Wednesday. Lecia, who said the skirmish was light and lasted about 10 minutes, estimated that about 10 rebels were "put out of service". He could not say to which rebel group the fighters belonged to.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Humanitarian needs are enormous, says UN envoy IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- Enormous humanitarian needs resulting from the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire have put UN agencies and other aid organisations under extreme pressure to meet the needs of those affected, but they lack adequate capacity, UN humanitarian envoy for Cote d'Ivoire Carolyn McAskie told IRIN on Tuesday.
  • PALESTINIAN TALKS VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- At the invitation of the Egyptian government, Palestinian factions have agreed to attend a meeting in Cairo to discuss the future of the 28-month old intifada. One of Egypt's goals in proposing the meeting was to discuss halting attacks against Israeli civilians. But some of the Palestinians invited have already said they are not coming to discuss a ceasefire.

  • SUDAN TALKS VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- Representatives of the Sudanese government and the country's main rebel group are expected to formally resume peace talks on Thursday, following informal discussions in Nairobi today (Wednesday).
  • SUDAN: Humanitarian access granted for Kassala State, Southern Blue Nile IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations has made separate bilateral agreements with the government of Sudan and the country's main rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army, to allow it to provide humanitarian aid in Kassala State and Southern Blue Nile.
  • KENYA-UGANDA: IOM assists Ugandan rebels to get amnesty IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) office in Kenya launched a programme on Monday to screen former Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels who wish to apply for an amnesty and return to Uganda.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: 80 Gabonese soldiers go home IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- Central African Republic (CAR) Communications Minister Gabriel Koyambounou told IRIN on Wednesday that 80 of the 231 Gabonese soldiers deployed for peacekeeping operations in his country had gone home.
  • BURUNDI: CNDD-FDD appeals to rival faction to work for peace IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- A former rebel group, which signed a ceasefire accord with the transitional government, has called on its breakaway faction to stop recruiting fighters and instead work for peace.
  • ANGOLA: Year-ender 2002 - Political challenges for the future IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- Commentators widely agreed that the removal of UNITA strongman Jonas Savimbi from the political stage provided the oil-rich country with a window of opportunity for lasting peace. But the death of Savimbi on 22 February 2002 and the truce that immediatedly followed may not be enough to ensure sustained peace, analysts warn.
  • WESTERN SAHARA: Two months MINURSO extension recommended IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended the extension, by two months, of the UN mission in Western Sahara in order to give time to the conflicting parties to consider a recent UN-backed settlement plan.
  • LIBERIA: Internally displaced want elections postponed IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- Internally displaced Liberians (IDPs) from three war-affected counties in western Liberia on Monday petitioned Liberia's Supreme Court to postpone general and presidential elections due on 14 October, unless a national census is conducted.
  • DRC-CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bemba to withdraw forces from CAR IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- The leader of the Mouvement de liberation du Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, announced on Tuesday he would withdraw his troops from the Central African Republic (CAR) in February.
  • SIERRA LEONE: UNHCR top official meets President IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Mary Ann Wyrsch, who is on an assessment mission of refugee camp operations in West Africa, on Tuesday met various officials including Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, in the capital, Freetown, the UN reported.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 22 Jan 2003
  • SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 22 Jan 2003
  • INDONESIA AID VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- International aid donors are wrapping up a meeting in Bali by pledging more than two-and-one-half-billion dollars in loans to Indonesia. As Tim Johnston reports from Jakarta, the Indonesian government says it will try to end its reliance on foreign assistance. s
  • EDITORIAL: ASSISTING AFGHAN REFUGEES VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- Afghans have shown their faith in the new Afghan government by returning home in record numbers. Since the establishment of an interim Afghan government in December 2001, more than two-million refugees have returned. Many were desperately in need of food. Last year, the United Nations World Food Program, largely through contributions by the United States, managed to avert a famine in Afghanistan. While there should be enough food to meet the needs of the Afghan people through the winter, the World Food Program needs new contributions to assist the most vulnerable after March
  • ZIMBABWE POLITICS VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- At a moment of intense diplomatic activity in Zimbabwe, South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma held talks with her counterpart in Harare Wednesday
  • U-N /CONGO BRAZZAVILLE VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- U-N aid agencies are trying to increase gain more attention for the Republic of Congo, as a way to increase international support for a country they say is all but forgotten
  • U-S-Libya Human Rights VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- The United States Wednesday lamented Libya's election as chair of the U-N Human Rights Commission, saying it is "unconscionable" that countries would support a "serious" human rights violator such as Libya to head the top international human rights body
  • FRANCE / GERMANY VOA 22 Jan 2003 -- France and Germany are celebrating the 40th anniversary of a treaty that ended centuries of mutual antagonism. The two countries aim to forge even closer bonds in the coming years
  • U.S. "Disappointed" that Libya to Chair U.N. Human Rights Commission Washington File 22 Jan 2003 -- State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the U.S. is "disappointed" that Libya will take over the chairmanship of the UN Human Rights Commission. Boucher was speaking at the January 22 regular noon briefing at the State Department
  • SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE: President dissolves parliament IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- Sao Tome and Principe President Fradique de Menezes, dissolved parliament on Tuesday and called early legislative elections, following a standoff with the assembly over constitutional reforms.
  • SOMALIA: Aydid opposed to presidential system IRIN 22 Jan 2003 -- Mogadishu-based faction leader Husayn Aydid has called on the Somali delegates meeting in the Kenyan town of Eldoret not to set up a presidential system of government.
  • Beginning of Electrical And Functional Tests on the ATV EADS 22 Jan 2003 -- With the start of the electrical and functional test campaign at EADS LAUNCH VEHICLES site at Les Mureaux, the development of the European space cargo ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) is at a crucial point. The tests, which are intended to qualify electrical systems and validate flight software, will continue until mid-2004.

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