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31 January 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • ADDITIONAL III CORPS UNITS AT FORT HOOD RECEIVE DEPLOYMENT ORDERS III Corps 31 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 deploy.
  • GEORGIA/U-S/TERRORISM VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- second group of Georgian recruits has begun training in an anti-terrorism program led by the U-S military. The program aims to eradicate Islamic militants officials believe may be hiding out in the Pankisi Gorge region of Georgia, near Chechnya
  • AFGHAN/BLAST VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- A powerful explosion has killed at least 18 people traveling on a bus in southern Afghanistan. As Ayaz Gul reports from neighboring Pakistan, Afghan authorities blame anti-government fighters for the attack
  • Chopper Crash Kills 4 Americans; Land Mine Kills 18 Afghans AFPS 31 Jan 2003 -- All four crewmembers of an Army MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter died following a crash in Afghanistan Jan. 30.
  • Bush Tells Congress Kosovo Force to Reduce Gradually Washington File 31 Jan 2003 -- President Bush sent a letter to Congressional leaders January 31 with a Congressionally mandated report regarding the continued deployment of U.S. military personnel serving as the U.S. contribution to the NATO-led international security force in Kosovo.
  • Reserve Cargo Handling Battalions Mobilize to Support War on Terrorism NNS 31 Jan 2003 -- Hundreds of Naval Reservists attached to Naval Cargo Handling Battalions (NCHB) across the United States have been recalled to active duty in support of the war on terrorism
  • 4th Force set to deploy USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- Local Marines were called to active duty recently in support of the nation's ongoing war against terrorism
  • 6th Communication Battalion activates, heads to Camp Lejeune USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- With a reserve activation almost as big as in the early 90's another Marine Corps Reserve unit in New York has been activated. This week the Sixth Communication Battalion at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Wednesday, 29 January 2003 the Marines of 6th Comm. reported to ensure all their professional and personal affairs were in order before they deploy. The Marines will be deploying to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

  • AFGHANISTAN: New institutional environment for drug control IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- Afghanistan’s newly established counter narcotics directorate (CND) said it would make the country drug-free within three seasons. "We are working with UN, UK, US and Afghanistan government to finalise a new anti drug strategy," Mirwais Yasini Director General of CND told IRIN in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Mine clearance continues despite bomb attack IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- UN officials say mine-clearance operations will continue despite a bomb blast at a UN building in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif on 26 January. "We are not suspending our operations and work will continue as normal," Abdul Latif Matin, the operations officer for the UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (MACA), told IRIN in the capital, Kabul, on Friday.
  • PAKISTAN: UNHCR concerned over refugee arrests IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed deep concern over the arrest of some 270 Afghan refugees over the past week in the city of Rawalpindi in Pakistan's Punjab Province. "We have written expressing concern to the authorities and have been in touch with them in the provincial capital, Lahore," spokesman for UNHCR in the capital, Islamabad, Jack Redden told IRIN on Friday.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • MANNED GROUND COMBAT VEHICLES DESIGN TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR FUTURE COMBAT SYSTEMS Army 31 Jan 2003 -- In conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), The Army announces the creation of a cooperative design team to develop and integrate the Manned Ground combat Vehicle (MGV) platforms of the Future Combat System (FCS), as part of The Army's Lead System Integrator (LSI) contract.
  • Command implements smallpox vaccination plan AMCNS 31 Jan 2003 -- Air Mobility Command is taking every precaution to ensure its people deploying into harm's way are protected from one of the Department of Defense's newest perceived threats, smallpox.
  • Commentary: Be a bandwidth nibbler, not a Kobayashi ArmY News 31 Jan 2003 -- Soldiers deploying today need every bit of bandwidth for their network-centric operations. The old method of attaching large files to an e-mail and broadcasting it via sequential chain-mail to entire garrisons, major commands, or the Army-wide workforce requires huge chunks of bandwidth and brings networks and in-boxes to a crawl
  • Chemical agents - how to MOPP up USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- since the development of chemical, biological adn nuclear weapons, Marines have trained to protect themselves from its effects and carry on with the mission. Part one of this three-part series emphasizes the history, creation and symptms of exposure to agents used as weapons
  • 1/3 storms Bellows, MCBH USMC 31 Jan 2003 -- An American embassy in an unstable country has several innocent people trapped inside. Marines are given the mission to insert themselves tactically within the walls of the embassy and evacuate the individuals before armies of angry nationals raid the building.

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Signs Army Contract for First Lot of Modernized Chinooks Boeing 31 Jan 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command have signed the first Low Rate Initial Production contract valued at about $140 million including options for remanufacturing seven CH-47 Chinooks to the new CH-47F and MH-47G Special Operations configurations.
  • EADS acquires BAE SYSTEMS 25 percent stake in Astrium and takes full control of Paradigm BAE Systems 31 Jan 2003 -- EADS (stock exchange symbol: EAD), is acquiring BAE Systems (stock exchange symbol: BA.L) 25 percent interest (27.5 percent economic share) in Astrium, Europe's leading space company. The transaction signed on 30 January 2003, will be implemented when all regulatory clearances have been obtained. Full control of Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd., formerly held by BAE Systems and EADS, has been transferred to EADS.
  • EADS acquires BAE SYSTEMS 25 percent stake in Astrium and takes full control of Paradigm EADS 31 Jan 2003 -- EADS (stock exchange symbol: EAD), is acquiring BAE SYSTEMS (stock exchange symbol: BA.L) 25 percent interest (27.5 percent economic share) in Astrium, Europe’s leading space company. The transaction, signed on 30 January 2003, will be implemented when all regulatory clearances have been obtained. Full control of Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd., formerly held by BAE SYSTEMS and EADS, has been transferred to EADS.
  • ORBITAL SELECTED FOR $475 MILLION LAUNCH VEHICLE PROGRAM Orbital Sciences Corp. 31 Jan 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it has been awarded a major contract by the U.S. Air Force to provide space launch and missile defense target vehicles using deactivated Peacekeeper ICBM assets under the Orbital/Suborbital Program-2 (OSP-2).
  • ThalesRaytheonSystems, receives added $38 million for weapon locating radars for India Thales 31 Jan 2003 -- ThalesRaytheonSystems, has received a $38 million contract modification award, which increases the quantity of AN/TPQ-37(V)3 Weapon Locating Radars sold to India in a Foreign Military Sale contract, as well as training, technical support and spare parts through the first quarter of 2008. This contract modification brings the overall contract value to $142.4 million.

Other Conflicts

  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY GEORGIA United Nations 31 Jan 2003
  • Great Lakes: UN adopts resolution to end use of child soldiers IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- The UN Security Council has called on all parties to armed conflict, who are recruiting or using children in violation of their international obligations, to immediately halt such practices, according to the UN.
  • DR of Congo: WFP launches emergency airlift to feed 115,000 in east of country UN News Centre 31 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency airlift to provide food for over 100,000 desperate and hungry people in the town of Bunia, who were forced from their homes by fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • DRC: WFP airlift to assist 115,000 IDPs in Bunia IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun an emergency operation to airlift food to more than 100,000 people in the town of Bunia, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who have been displaced by fighting, WFP announced on Friday.
  • FRANCE / IVORY COAST VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- The French government has advised some of its citizens in the Ivory Coast to leave. An agreement to end the four-month Ivorian civil war seems on the verge of collapse, and there has been anti-French rioting. The government of French President Jacques Chirac is being criticized for mishandling the situation.
  • IVORY COAST / UNREST VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- Hundreds of demonstrators stormed the airport at Ivory Coast's main city, Abidjan, on Friday. The demonstrations are part of continuing protests over a new peace accord that some Ivorians say grants too many concessions to rebels

  • ETHIOPIA: African Union summit about to open in Addis Ababa IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- Ethiopia has said it will welcome Eritrean President Isayas Afeworki if he comes to the capital, Addis Ababa, for the African Union (AU) summit, which will convene on Saturday. Haile Kiros, who in charge of the preparations for the summit for Ethiopia, which is hosting the four-day meeting, said differences had to be put aside for the sake of Africa.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Newly laid mines discovered in buffer zone IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- Newly laid landmines have been discovered in the 25-km security buffer zone separating Ethiopia and Eritrea, according to the UN. The mines had been discovered in the western part of the buffer zone, but were believed to be the work of local armed factions rather than that of the army of either country, the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said on Friday. It added that it did not know who was to blame, but believed "elements" rather than the regular forces of the two countries were responsible.
  • WFP/BURUNDI VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- The United Nations World Food Program says it has not been able to reach an estimated 50-thousand people in Burundi, who have fled renewed fighting in the central part of the country (Gitega and Ruyigi).
  • BURUNDI: Military launches widespread offensive IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- For 13 days now the Burundian military has been engaged in a widespread offensive throughout Nyabitsinda, Kinyinya and Gisuru communes (Moso region in Ruyigi Province), initially in response to a rebel ambush and killing on 18 January of 10 soldiers in Gisuru.
  • SUDAN: Peace talks, humanitarian action IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- While various attempts have been made in the past to bring an end to the civil war in Sudan, ongoing negotiations being held in Kenya under the auspices of the regional Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), have been viewed by many as offering the best chance of bringing peace to Africa's largest country since the current phase of conflict began in 1983.
  • SUDAN: Rights group allowed official visit IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- The rights group, Amnesty International (AI), has welcomed the opportunity to visit Sudan this month for the first time in 13 years.
  • SRI LANKA/UNICEF VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- The top official of the United Nations Children's Fund is in Sri Lanka to assess the needs of children affected by nearly two decades of warfare in the north and east of the island. As Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, the visit comes amid reports that Tamil Tiger rebels continue to recruit child soldiers into their ranks
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- Two Palestinians were killed during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank town of Jenin early Friday. The operation is part of a sweep by Israeli security forces, tracking down suspected militants in the Palestinian territories
  • RWANDA: Released genocide suspects begin re-education IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- Some 19,000 genocide prisoners granted provisional release by President Paul Kagame began two months of re-education on Friday at solidarity camps throughout the country's 11 provinces and the City of Kigali.
  • UGANDA: Improved human rights record tainted by conflict, says HRW IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- Uganda's human rights record improved throughout 2002, but this achievement was tainted by the National Resistance Movement government's continued involvement in regional conflicts, and its repression of opposition political parties, according to an international rights watchdog.
  • ANGOLA: Strong response needed to humanitarian crisis - Morris IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- As Angola inches towards almost a year of peace, conditions in the country remain extremely difficult with millions of people still facing uncertain food supplies, no schools and a poor infrastructure, executive director of the World Food Programme, (WFP) James Morris said on Friday.
  • GUINEA: Ivorian crisis prompts influx IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- The ongoing crisis in Cote d’Ivoire has prompted an influx of various categories of displaced persons into Guinea, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Friday.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 31 Jan 2003
  • SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 31 Jan 2003
  • U.N. Envoy Outlines 2003 Challenges for Afghanistan Washington File 31 Jan 2003 -- The three challenges for Afghanistan in 2003 are to strengthen and build key government institutions, address the political and security uncertainties, and meet the rising expectation of Afghans, the U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan said January 31.
  • ARAB REFORM VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- A United Nations report found that there is less freedom in Arab countries than anywhere else. The report, written by a panel of Arab scholars and intellectuals, concluded that Arab countries will stagnate without democratization. Secretary of State Colin Powell and other U-S officials have joined the call for democracy in the region. President George W. Bush has promised that if the United States leads a coalition to disarm Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a democratic Iraq will be a primary goal. What efforts are being made to promote democracy and freedom in the Arab world and can they succeed?
  • UN envoy in Angola call for 'spirit of new partnerships' UN News Centre 31 Jan 2003 -- With demobilization programmes under way and elections imminent in Angola, the United Nations top envoy has called for a "spirit of new partnership" to help the war-torn country overcome any new challenges that lie ahead.
  • Amid 'remarkable' gains, challenges persist in Afghanistan, Security Council told UN News Centre 31 Jan 2003 -- The top United Nations envoy for Afghanistan told the Security Council today that while impressive gains had been made over the past year, the country still faced tough challenges and the peace process was "far from secure" amid worrying reports that support for the remnants of the Taliban might be growing in some areas
  • EDITORIAL: POWELL ON VENEZUELA VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- A general strike marked by daily street protests for and against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is now in its second month. Venezuela's political crisis presents major challenges to democratic stability and has significant implications for the Western hemisphere. The Venezuelan people urgently need to resolve the current impasse. The international community has demonstrated that it is prepared to assist Venezuela in finding a solution to the crisis. In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, "The situation in Venezuela grows worse by the day. The people of Venezuela see their democracy and their hopes for prosperity growing weaker."
  • U-N / AFGHANISTAN / BRAHIMI VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- A U-N official has told the Security Council he is encouraged by improvements made in Afghanistan during the past year. But V-O-A's Jenny Badner reports, there is concern about future support to continue the progress
  • ISRAEL ELECTIONS VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Likud party won big in this week's parliamentary elections. Now the question on the minds of many U-S editorial writers is what can be done about the continued violence in the Middle East
  • Harvard Scholar Says "Regime Change Must Occur" in Zimbabwe Washington File 31 Jan 2003 -- Robert Rotberg, Harvard University scholar and President of the World Peace Foundation, has termed Zimbabwe a "man-made disaster" and called for "regime change" as the most likely way to pull the nation back from the brink of catastrophe
  • THAILAND / CAMBODIA VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- The owner of Cambodia's only independent radio station was charged Friday with inciting the violent anti-Thai riots that erupted in the capital earlier this week. Nancy-Amelia Collins in Bangkok reports that Cambodia has taken full responsibility for the riots and is working to repair relations with its neighbor
  • VENEZUELA/MEETING VOA 31 Jan 2003 -- In Venezuela, diplomats from six nations, the so-called "friends of Venezuela," are meeting to find a solution to the country's crisis. One of the main goals is to bring Venezuelan political leaders together in dialogue. But, as V-O-A's Greg Flakus reports from Caracas, the rhetoric from both opponents and supporters of President Hugo Chavez remains strident
  • CENTRAL ASIA: Weekly news wrap IRIN 31 Jan 2003 -- In Central Asia this week, experts at an international conference on foreign investment in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, concluded that despite increased Western interest in the region after 11 September, Central Asian economies remain one of the least attractive to foreign investors.

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