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11 March 2003 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Rhein-Main AB handling record-setting arrivals, departures USAFENS 11 Mar 2003 -- As the shortest month, February is not normally thought of as a record-setting month, but the 726th Air Mobility Squadron here has made it one, shattering several of its own records in the process.
  • 15th MEU (SOC) Marines bring steel beach to the field USMC News 11 Mar 2003 -- Withstanding a severe sand storm that toppled down several tents March 8th, Marines and Sailors of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) reverted back to an American norm by having an outdoor barbeque supported by the Sailors and Marines of the USS Tarawa (LHA-1) on a warm and sunny day March 10.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • White House Daily Briefing White House 11 Mar 2003
  • DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 11 Mar 2003 -- "We hope to see the United Nations act. The credibility of the U.N. is important to the world. But if the Security Council fails this test of resolve, a coalition will be ready to act nonetheless. The question before the United Nations is clear: Is Saddam Hussein taking this final opportunity that was offered by Resolution 1441 to disarm or not? And the answer to the question, it strikes me, is increasingly obvious. He makes a show of destroying a handful of missiles; missiles which he claimed in his declaration did not violate U.N. restrictions, but now admits that they do violate U.N. restrictions. Yet even as he destroys those missiles, he's ordered the continued production of the very same types of missiles."
  • AIR FORCE TESTS MASSIVE ORDNANCE AIR BLAST (MOAB) 11 Mar 2003 -- Today the Air Force tested its Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon at the Eglin Air Force Base Air Armament Center's western test range.
  • PENTAGON /RUMSFELD VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- The U-S Air Force has tested a massive new conventional bomb that could be used with devastating effect in any war with Iraq. Word of the test came as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld revealed private communications with the Iraqi military on how to escape attack.
  • ARMY ANNOUNCES STRYKER INITIAL OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION Army Release 11 Mar 2003 -- The Army will conduct an Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) of the Stryker vehicle at Fort Knox, Ky, starting in May 2003, as part of fielding the Stryker system.
  • Essex ARG arrives off the coast of Iwo Jima Seventh Fleet 11 Mar 2003 -- The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived off the coast of Iwo Jima March 10 to support the 58th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which will be held March 12.
  • COTS fix reduces stress in Hueys and their pilots NAVAIR 11 Mar 2003 -- Faced with increasing fatigue cracking in the tail booms of aging UH-1N Huey helicopters, H-1 program engineers here recently applied a commercially available aerodynamic device to help prolong the helicopter's life as well as reduce pilot work load.
  • NAVSEA Maintaining Navy's Culture of Readiness Navy NewStand 11 Mar 2003 -- In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 25, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark said the Navy is making readiness a key element of its culture.
  • TOP HAND program returns AFSPC 10 Mar 2003 -- TOP HAND has returned to Air Force Space Command. After a seven-year absence, the command has reinstated the TOP HAND Selection Board, a program to select the best missile and space operators for key positions in operational testing.
  • 'Star' takes place of honor at Dyess ACCNS 11 Mar 2003 -- After almost 18 years of military service, the first operational B-1 bomber to be delivered to the Air Force made its final flight here recently.
  • New chemical warfare concepts debut at Beale ACCNS 11 Mar 2003 -- When Saddam Hussein's administration used chemical weapons against the Iranians and Kurds just before the Gulf War in 1991, more than 5,000 people died.
  • British exchange pilot lives his dream ACCNS 11 Mar 2003 -- A Royal Air Force pilot from Great Britain finally got the opportunity he's tried for 10 years to secure-to fly with American military pilots as part of the pilot-exchange program.
  • Command announces Red Flag cancellation ACCNS 11 Mar 2003 -- Air Combat Command has cancelled the Red Flag exercise originally scheduled to be held later this month at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., due to emerging Air Force deployment requirements.
  • Leaner Northern Edge exercise under way at Eielson AFPN 11 Mar 2003 -- Approximately 1,600 airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are participating in a scaled-down version of Northern Edge, a joint-service training exercise here and at other Alaska military installations, as well as the port of Valdez. The exercise, which began March 3, ends March 14.
  • Vehicles in Kuwait get Movement Tracking System Army News 11 Mar 2003 -- The Army's new Movement Tracking System, or MTS satellite technology, is being installed on hundreds of tactical wheeled vehicles in Kuwait.
  • Enablers Assist Short-Staffed SOI USMC News 11 Mar 2003 -- A short-staffed School of Infantry began instructor training with reserve Marines here Feb. 17 to shift some of the training package's extra weight off the shoulders of active-duty instructors.
  • "Hustlers" Hang in There USMC News 11 Mar 2003 -- Reserve Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron-772, Marine Aircraft Group-26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing continue support here and overseas since the squadron activated Jan. 28, 2002.
  • CJTF-HOA completes joint readiness exercise USMC News 11 Mar 2003 -- Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) completed a 12-day Joint Readiness Exercise (JRX) today in Djibouti using air, land and sea assets and having planned and controlled numerous live-action, scenario-driven events from its headquarters flagship operating in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Reserves Flock with Birds of Active-Duty Feather USMC News 11 Mar 2003 -- Marine Wing Support Squadron-471, Marine Wing Support Group-27, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing packed up and humped south to fill immediate positions emptied when MWSS-272, MWSG-27, 2nd MAW deployed. MWSS-471 activated here Jan. 31 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and other contingencies that may arise.

Defense Industry

  • ATK Composite Structures Fly on Delta IV Rocket ATK 11 Mar 2003 -- High-strength, lightweight composite structures produced by ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) flew on a Boeing (NYSE:BA) Delta IV rocket launched yesterday from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a mission to deploy the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft, DSCS III A3.
  • First Deployment of Lockheed Martin Reconnaissance System Accelerates Navy's Time-Critical Targeting Ability Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2003 -- The first operational deployment of Lockheed Martin's digital reconnaissance image processing system has significantly enhanced the U.S. Navy's ability to identify and engage time-critical targets.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN ACQUIRES LEIGH AEROSYSTEMS ASSETS Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2003 -- In a move that will expand Lockheed Martin's capability to provide warfighters with more precise, longer range weapons at low cost, the Corporation today acquired certain assets of Leigh Aerosystems of Carlsbad, Calif. Lockheed Martin's acquisition will enhance its viability in the strike weapons marketplace, both domestically and internationally. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Other Conflicts

  • Annan says 'end of the road' reached as Cyprus talks produce no deal UN News Centre 11 Mar 2003 -- Following marathon talks in The Hague, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the "end of the road" has been reached after Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders failed to agree on a plan that would enable a united Cyprus to join the European Union later this year.
  • U-S React-Cyprus VOA 12 Mar 2003 -- The United States Tuesday lamented the breakdown of United Nations-led efforts at the Hague to resolve the Cyprus dispute, with the State Department putting blame on Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
  • U.S. Disappointed by Failure of U.N. Cyprus Meeting Washington File 11 Mar 2003 -- The United States is "deeply disappointed" that U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's discussions with Greek Cypriot leader Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash in The Hague "did not result in an agreement to put [Annan's] plan to referenda in both communities," State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said March 11.
  • E-U / CYPRUS / TURKEY VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- The European Union says it regrets the collapse of United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus before it joins the bloc next year. Following the failure of the talks in the Netherlands early Tuesday, the United Nations says it is ending its efforts to broker a deal on the divided island.

  • US / IVORY COAST VOA 12 Mar 2003 -- The United States has welcomed the agreement on a power-sharing government aimed at ending the civil conflict in Ivory Coast and says the world community would neither accept nor understand a return to violence there.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Consensus prime minister sworn in IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- More than a month after his nomination in Paris by Ivorian political parties and rebel groups, Prime Minister Seydou Elimane Diarra was officially sworn in on Monday in Cote d'Ivoire's economic capital, Abidjan.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinian gunmen who were attempting to infiltrate a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. Elsewhere in Gaza, another Palestinian was killed when Israeli forces demolished a home belonging to a Hamas member.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- One Israeli soldier and a Palestinian were killed in separate clashes, overnight, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • DRC: MONUC delegation to assess Bunia IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Amos Namanga Ngongi, on Monday dispatched a delegation to assess the situation in Bunia, following violent clashes between the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) rebel group, according to the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, MONUC.
  • DRC: Human Rights Watch warns against revenge killings of civilians in Ituri IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- All parties involved in the renewed combat in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "must prevent killings and other abuses of civilians by their troops", Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.
  • DRC: Focus on the proliferation of small arms in northeast IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- Africa's Great Lakes region is awash with small arms and no place more so than northeastern DRC, where traffickers are doing brisk business to the detriment of millions of peoples, three Kinshasa-based researchers commissioned by the NGO Pax Christi/Netherlands say in a preliminary report.
  • DRC-UGANDA: UPDF claims "foreign force" backed UPC in Bunia IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- Days after the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) ousted the Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) rebel group from the city of Bunia in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UPDF spokesman, Maj Shaban Bantariza, has alleged that a "foreign force" was fighting alongside the UPC.
  • DRC-UGANDA: MPs question Ugandan army's presence in Bunia IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- Growing dissent is emerging among Ugandan members of parliament over the continued presence and redeployment of the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of fighting that erupted on Thursday in the city of Bunia, resulting in the ouster by the UPDF of the Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) rebel group.
  • DRC: RCD-Goma rebels call for UN condemnation of Kinshasa and Kampala IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- The Rwandan-backed Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (RCD-Goma) rebel movement petitioned the UN Security Council on Saturday to impose sanctions on the Kinshasa government for its alleged involvement in last week's fighting in the city of Bunia, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • LIBERIA: Thousands trapped without medical care, MSF says IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- The volatile situation in eastern Liberia, near the border with Cote d'Ivoire, has trapped thousands of civilians who are now without medical care, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported on Tuesday.
  • LIBERIA / AID WORKER VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- The U-N refugee agency confirmed Tuesday the death of a Norwegian aid worker who had been missing for more than a week in Liberia. It brings to three the number of aid workers killed in an ambush.

  • SOMALIA: TNG, faction leaders again threaten walkout IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- Somalia's Transitional National Government (TNG) has reiterated that it will not take part in the peace talks underway in Kenya as long as Ethiopia is involved in the process.
  • BURUNDI: Rebels attack village, displace 3,000 people IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- Some 3,000 residents of Rukaramu, an area 10 km northwest of the capital, Bujumbura, have been living in the open since Sunday for fear of attacks by rebels of the Forces nationales de liberation (FNL) loyal to Agathon Rwasa, according to local authorities.
  • GHANA: Counting the cost of the Dagbon crisis IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- A year-long crisis in the Dagbon kingdom of northern Ghana has adversely affected the socio-economic development of the area and its people, in addition to its security implications, a senior Ghanaian official said.
  • BURKINA FASO: Returnees top 150,000 mark - government IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- Some 158,144 Burkinabe have returned home from Cote d'Ivoire since 19 September 2002, when a rebel war broke in the neighbouring country, according to Burkina Faso's minister of social welfare and national solidarity, Mariam Lamizana.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-CONGO: UN worried by the volatile situation in CAR IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is "extremely worried" by the volatile situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), UN News reported on Friday. The UN agency reported that a new influx of asylum seekers from the CAR had entered the Republic of Congo (ROC).
  • UGANDA: Museveni orders temporary ceasefire IRIN 11 Mar 2003 -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda on Monday declared a five-day cessation of hostilities in Wipolo and Koyo Lalogi, two locations in the northern Pader district, to enable the government peace team to meet commanders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 11 Mar 2003
  • SHAPE News Summary Analysis SHAPE 11 Mar 2003
  • SALVADOR / PROTEST VOA 12 Mar 2003 -- Thousands of Salvadorans are gearing up for a march Thursday against the government's privatization policies. The protest comes as a group of doctors and other hospital workers in El Salvador continue their six-month strike. The protests and strike are examples of a region-wide backlash against the sale to private companies of state operated services.
  • BUSH / AFGHANISTAN VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- President Bush has personally apologized to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the treatment he received during a recent appearance before the U-S Senate.
  • LOUIS KLAREVAS VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- Talks on resolving the division of Cyprus have collapsed after Greek and Turkish community leaders failed to agree on a United Nations power-sharing accord. U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the failure early today following marathon talks in The Hague with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
  • TURKEY / PRIME MINISTER VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul resigned Tuesday, clearing the way for Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party, to take charge of the country. Mr. Erdogan qualified to become prime minister after winning a parliamentary seat in a by-election in the southeastern province of Siirt.
  • ZIMBAWE / POLITICS VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- For three days last week, about 50 Zimbabweans met in South Africa to discuss the economic and political situation in their country, as well as what steps are necessary to establish real democracy there.
  • CUBAN EXILES / ATTITUDES VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- For decades, Cuban exiles in south Florida have staunchly backed the longstanding U-S economic embargo of Cuba as a means of pressing Havana for democratic reform. But recent surveys of exiles show a shift in attitudes. Growing numbers of exiles say they support at least limited engagement with Cuba, despite the fact that President Fidel Castro remains in power.
  • ZIMBABWE / FOOD VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- In the past two weeks torrential rains have broken a two-year drought in Zimbabwe. Many are now asking if the wet spell is going to have any impact on Zimbabwe's precarious food situation.
  • INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- In just a few hours (1330 UTC), the world's first permanent international criminal court will go from being a political body to a judicial reality. The court's first 18 judges will be sworn in in a high-level ceremony in The Hague, in spite of U-S opposition to the court.
  • CHINA U-S FALUN GONG VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- A U-S citizen is facing trial in China on accusations of tapping into state television broadcasts for the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.
  • CHINA / NPC LEGAL REPORT VOA 11 Mar 2003 -- China's top law enforcement officials are promising there will be no let up in the get tough on crime policy - in which millions of people had been jailed in the past five years.

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