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27 January 2003 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • Coast Guard Calls In Reserve Forces USCG 27 Jan 2003 -- More than 170 reservists throughout the Fifth Coast Guard District -from New Jersey down to North Carolina - reported for duty this weekend at Wilmington, N.C., to assist with port security during the Department of Defense's ongoing military loading operations.
  • Maritime Administration Activates Ready Reserve Force Ships MARAD 27 Jan 2003 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it activated 13 Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ships on Friday, Jan. 24 to support Operation Enduring Freedom. The activations follow orders received from the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command.
  • Navy Amphibious Command Deploys to Kuwait NNS 27 Jan 2003 -- A joint-service American military force of more than 1,000 personnel recently arrived in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom
  • AFGHANISTAN: IDPs in Kabul face bleak conditions IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- As winter temperatures drop, conditions for some 4,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) within the Afghan capital, Kabul, remain bleak. The city has seen a major influx of returnees, many of whom lack adequate shelter and food.
  • AFGHANISTAN: UNHCR temporarily suspends work in Nangarhar IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has temporarily suspended its activities in three separate districts of the eastern province of Nangarhar. The announcement follows Sunday’s attack on a two-vehicle convoy of the agency, leaving two dead and one injured.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Daily Briefing White House 27 Jan 2003
  • New SGS facility: two tiers before mast NAVAIR 27 Jan 2003 -- The Ship Ground Station here is the only land-based test facility in the world offering collocated shipboard combat and airborne mission systems for ship/air integration and interoperability testing. And USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) is helping to increase that ability. At least parts of her are helping.
  • President Nominates New NGB Chief NORTHCOM 27 Jan 2003 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the president has nominated Army National Guard Maj. Gen. H. Steven Blum for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general with assignment as the chief of the National Guard Bureau. Blum is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for Headquarters U.S. Northern Command and Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command
  • Fifth Air Force participates in Fuji-Yama Sakura PACAFNS 27 Jan 2003 -- Units from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, with the Japan Air Self Defense Force and Ground Self Defense Forces will conduct exercise Fuji-Yama Sakura XLIII at various U.S. and Japanese military installations throughout Japan, until Jan 31, 2003
  • Moondogs arrive in Iwakuni USMC News 27 Jan 2003 -- The Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3 Moondogs arrived on Station Jan. 17 for a six-month tour under the Unit Deployment program.
  • Communication is Key for CLE-HOA USMC News 27 Jan 2003 -- It is how Marines pass vital information from the highest rank down to the private. There can't be any misunderstandings - everyone has to be on the same page of music, or a Marine's life could be at stake. The art form is communication.
  • Kitty Hawk begins anthrax vaccinations NNS 27 Jan 2003 -- USS Kitty Hawk's (CV 63) medical department is currently conducting anthrax vaccinations for the ship's crew
  • ICAN Performs Well During Nimitz Exercise NAVSEA 27 Jan 2003 -- The advanced capabilities of one of the Navy's newest integrated shipboard network systems, that will improve shipboard efficiency and reduce Sailors' workloads, were demonstrated during a recent exercise aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Integrated Communications and Advanced Networks (ICAN) was highlighted during this exercise in preparation for Nimitz's Composite Unit Training Exercise and upcoming deployment
  • Blue Ridge, Hickam AFB Demonstrate Joint Fires Network Capabilities NAVSEA 27 Jan 2003 -- The capabilities of components of the Joint Fires Network (JFN) were put through their paces during a recent exercise in the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibility.
  • NAVSEA Sets 'Sea Enterprise' Revolution in Motions NAVSEA 27 Jan 2003 -- Sea Enterprise is a major revolution in the way the Navy supports ships at sea, and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is working to support that revolution, said its commander
  • Giant Shadow Experiment Tests New SSGN Capabilities NAVSEA 27 Jan 2003 -- The waters off the coast of the Bahamas became a giant laboratory this week as Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) tested the capabilities of the Navy's future guided missile submarines (SSGNs).

Defense Industry

  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED CONTRACT TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL AIR SOVEREIGNTY OPERATIONS CENTER PROGRAM Lockheed Martin 27 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a $7.2 million contract to provide continued support for the U.S. government's Air Sovereignty Operations Center (ASOC) International Modernization and Sustainment Support (AIMSS) program. The three-year follow-on project will help eastern European democracies manage their commercial and military airspace through ASOC technology developed by Lockheed Martin.
  • First successful flight of EADS reconnaissance electronics on board Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle EADS 27 Jan 2003 -- EADS and Northrop Grumman have expanded their transatlantic co-operation in the defence business. The first successful demonstration of an EADS electronic intelligence (ELINT) sensor could be conducted on board a U.S. Air Forces’ Global Hawk aircraft (RQ-4A) developed and built by Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems. As reported by EADS on monday, the demonstration and flights test were conducted by officials of the U.S. Air Force and the German Defence Ministry on the Edwards Air Force Base, California, at the end of 2002.
  • Boeing Delta II Ready to Launch Pair of Satellites for U.S. Air Force Boeing 27 Jan 2003 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket stands ready at Space Launch Complex 17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., for its launch on Jan. 29.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DEMONSTRATES NEW SATELLITE RANGE EXTENSION CAPABILITY FOR MDA/NAVY DEFENSE APPLICATIONS Lockheed Martin 27 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company today announced that it has successfully tested a proof-of-concept system that will extend the range and effectiveness of the U.S. Navy's Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) by thousands of square miles CEC significantly improves battle force anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) capabilities by integrating the sensor data of cooperating ships and aircraft into a single, real-time, fire-control-quality composite track picture that supports integrated engagements.

Other Conflicts

  • THE BEGINNINGS OF PEACE VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- In Cyprus, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Sudan peace seems closer at hand than at any time in recent history. After more than two decades of conflict in each of these countries why is peace being given a chance now? What criteria must be met before serious peace talks can take place? What role should the international community play in mediating such talks?

  • IVORY COAST / UNREST VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is appealing for calm as hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of the main city, Abidjan, for a third day to protest a peace accord with the rebels
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Abidjan rocked by protestors IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- Cote d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan, was rocked over weekend by protesters who took to the streets to denounce the Ivorian round-table agreement signed on Friday. The protesters, who at times turned violent, set up roadblocks, burnt tires on the city's main streets and attacked several French interests.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Interview with Col Basile Sillou, CEMAC peacekeeping force chief of staff IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- The Central African Republic (CAR) government has been fighting supporters of the former army chief of staff, Francois Bozize, since 25 October 2002 when they invaded the capital, Bangui.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Rebels authorise UN humanitarian mission IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- Rebels in north and centre of the Central African Republic (CAR) have cleared the UN to undertake a humanitarian assessment mission early in February into zones under their control.
  • DRC: President urges rebel groups to become political parties IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- President Joseph Kabila has urged rebel movements to stop fighting and join the democratic process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by transforming themselves into political parties.
  • DRC: UN panel on resource plunder given new six-month mandate IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- The UN Security Council unanimously approved on Friday a new six-month mandate for the panel of experts investigating the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN News reported.
  • SOMALIA / REFUGEES / PEACE VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- Peace talks in Kenya aimed at bringing an end to Somalia's long civil war are entering their fourth month. But delegates report that little progress has been made
  • SOMALIA: Leaders' committee proposes delegates for Somaliland IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- Somali leaders attending the peace talks in the Kenyan town of Eldoret have proposed that extra delegates be allocated to represent the self-declared republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia, according to one of the leaders.
  • ANGOLA: WFP concerned over increase in people leaving camps IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- The World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday said it was concerned over the number of former UNITA soldiers and their families leaving quartering camps in Angola.
  • NEPAL KILLINGS VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- Police in Nepal have arrested one man in connection with the killing of the country's Armed Police Force chief. Authorities believe that Maoist rebels are responsible for the attack
  • PANAMA/COLOMBIA VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- In Panama, heavily armed national police squads are patrolling parts of the Darien region, which borders Colombia, after incidents last week that left at least four Panamanian indigenous leaders dead. There is growing concern that the conflict in neighboring Colombia may be spreading deeper into Panamanian territory
  • SUDAN: Heavy fighting in Western Upper Nile IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- Heavy fighting tool place on Sunday between Sudanese government forces and the country's main rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, in Western Upper Nile (Wahdah State).
  • BURUNDI: Buyoya in talks with rebel leaders IRIN 27 Jan 2003 -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, mediator of the Burundi peace process, facilitated meetings between Burundian President Pierre Buyoya and three rebel leaders on 25 and 26 January, news agencies reported. The meetings were held at the presidential guesthouse in the administrative capital, Pretoria.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 27 Jan 2003
  • SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 27 Jan 2003
  • BUSH CHALLENGES VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- President Bush faces a daunting array of challenges, both international and domestic, as he prepares for his State of the Union Address Tuesday night
  • BUSH/STATE OF THE UNION VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- President Bush goes before Congress and the American people later today (Tuesday 9pm EST) to deliver his State of the Union address. V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports, he will try to build support for action against Iraq, and boost confidence in his handling of the U-S economy.
  • ISRAEL / ELECTION OVERNITER VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is widely expected to be re-elected for a second term in Tuesday's elections. Opinion polls give him a wide margin over his main challenger, Labor Party leader Amram Mitzna. But as Ross Dunn reports from Jerusalem, Mr. Sharon's ruling Likud Party is likely to face a more difficult task in forming a stable coalition government
  • U-S / HAITI VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- Members of a U-S congressional delegation are warning that protracted instability and chaos in Haiti could provoke an exodus of illegal immigrants. The delegation just returned from the Caribbean nation
  • SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA DISPUTE VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- Malaysia is denying that it had threatened to go to war with Singapore because of disputes over water and a small but strategic island
  • MONDAY'S EDITORIALS VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- While opposition to a war with Iraq grows in the U-S press, some papers are decrying French and German indecision on the issue. Other commentaries deal with U-S Homeland Security; Israel's election; and Libya's Chairmanship of a U-N Commission
  • ISRAEL / ELECTION VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- One day before general elections in Israel, the candidates have made their final plea for votes while the military is on high alert and has imposed a ban on Palestinian travel from the West Bank and Gaza Strip in an effort to avert possible militant attacks
  • ISRAEL / ELECTION PREVIEW VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- Israeli voters go to the polls tomorrow (Tuesday) to elect a new parliament, which will in turn decide the make-up of a new government. Opinion polls show the right-of-center Likud Party of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is the strong favorite. But Likud is not expected to win an outright majority so a coalition government is all but inevitable
  • VENEZUELA'S TROUBLES VOA 27 Jan 2003 -- The general strike in Venezuela that has crippled that nation's critical oil industry, is nearing the two-month mark. But Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez says his government is well on the way to resuming normal oil production
  • ATK Solid Propulsion and Composite Technology Supports Successful Launch Of Pegasus XL Rocket ATK 27 Jan 2003 -- Solid propulsion Orion rocket motors produced by ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) helped launch an Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) Pegasus(R) XL vehicle on Jan. 25 that placed into orbit a NASA solar research satellite.
  • ORBITAL'S PEGASUS ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NASA'S SORCE SATELLITE Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Jan 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced that on Saturday, January 25, it successfully launched the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite into its targeted orbit aboard the company's Pegasus® rocket.



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