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02 December 2003 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • VP-66 Earns Top P-3 Squadron Honors Navy Newsstand 02 Dec 2003-- Reserve Patrol Squadron (VP) 66 won the 2003 Reserve P-3 Liberty Bell competition held at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., from Oct. 21-23.
  • Navy Cleans up Oahu Navy Newsstand 02 Dec 2003-- Navy Region Hawaii is using 21st century science to clean up a 20th century problem - PCBs. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, Navy Region is cleaning up PCB-laced soil from Navy installations all around Oahu.

  • DoD Announces Detainee Allowed Access to Lawyer 02 Dec 2003 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Yaser Esam Hamdi, an enemy combatant detained at the Charleston Consolidated Naval Brig in Charleston, S.C., will be allowed access to a lawyer subject to appropriate security restrictions. Arrangements for that access will be developed over the next few days.

  • Reshaping the Heart of the Nation's Deterrence Paradigm AFPS 02 Dec 2003 -- During the Cold War, deterrence was at the heart of American strategy. The nuclear weapon triad of land-based missiles, bombers and submarine-launched missiles deterred the Soviet Union from attacking the United States and its allies.
  • PENTAGON/BOEING VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- The Pentagon has put a hold on implementation of a controversial multi-billion dollar deal with aircraft maker, Boeing, for new tanker aircraft pending an investigation into possible improprieties in connection with the contract.
  • Global Military Posture's Part in Transformation AFPS 02 Dec 2003 -- Transformation is more than just new capabilities. Inherent in transformation is a physical change of the global military posture, said Andrew Hoehn, deputy assistant defense secretary for strategy, today.

  • Rumsfeld Calls NATO Defense Ministers Conference a Success AFPS 02 Dec 2003 -- As the NATO defense ministers wrapped up their two-day conference here today, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld termed the meetings "very successful" and said he looked forward to continued progress on the issues facing the alliance.
  • NATO / RUMSFELD VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- U-S Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says NATO allies providing troops in Iraq have pledged to continue their military mission in the country despite recent deadly clashes with Iraqi insurgents. As V-O-A correspondent Meredith Buel reports from Brussels, Mr. Rumsfeld made his comments on the final day of a meeting of NATO defense ministers.
  • Statement: Meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Defence Ministers Session NATO 02 Dec 2003 -- The NATO-Ukraine Commission including Representatives of the Invitees met today in Defence Ministers Session at NATO HQ. Ministers discussed the progress that has been made in 2003 in implementing defence and security sector reforms in Ukraine and set the priorities for their work in 2004.
  • Statement: Meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Defence Ministers Session NATO 02 Dec 2003
  • NATO: Roles Reconsidered In Afghanistan, Balkans, Iraq RFE/RL 02 Dec 2003 -- The NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday agreed to further cuts in troop levels in Bosnia. At the same time, U.S. and NATO officials raised the possibility of greater NATO involvement in Afghanistan. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said the United States was also open to expanding NATO's role in Iraq, although officials yesterday recognized there is little support for the latter within the alliance.
  • NATO: Defense Ministers Meeting Overshadowed By EU Military Plans RFE/RL 02 Dec 2003 -- The NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday was overshadowed by news over the weekend that France, Germany, and Britain had come to an understanding on the EU's defense plans. Both U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and outgoing NATO Secretary-General Lord George Robertson indicated that while abler EU military capabilities and even a mutual-defense clause in the EU's new constitution are acceptable, an EU operational planning staff independent of NATO is not.

  • SFOR Reductions NATO SFOR 02 Dec 2003 -- SFOR can confirm that due to the improved security situation in Bosnia and Herzegovnia it will reduce to a deterrent force of around 7,000 troops by next June.

  • India, Brazil sign pact on defense ties IRNA 02 Dec 2003 -- India and Brazil signed an agreement on defense cooperation Monday evening following delegation level talks and a meeting earlier in the day between Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes, and his Brazilian counterpart, Jose Vieges Filho.

  • EU not to lift arms embargo on China IRNA 02 Dec 2003 -- The European Commission, the EU`s executive arm, said Tuesday that the European bloc cannot consider lifting an arms embargo before China shows progress on human rights.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • MIDEAST PEACE INITIATIVE VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- Reactions to Monday's signing in Geneva of an unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace plan are mixed. The initiative, known as the Geneva Accord, is hailed as a ray of hope by many present and former world leaders and U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell is expected to meet with the plan's architects later this week. But, Israel's government and many conservatives condemn the initiative and play down its importance, while Palestinian militant groups reject the plan and Yasser Arafat seems to be taking a wait and see attitude.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- Israeli troops shot dead an armed Palestinian and destroyed two homes in the West Bank today (Tuesday) as part of continuing operations against suspected militants. The raids come as Palestinian militant groups prepare to meet in Egypt this week to consider a possible suspension of attacks against Israel.

  • HAGUE / WAR CRIMES VERDICT VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- War crimes judges in The Hague have sentenced a Bosnian Serb army officer to 27 years in prison for massacres at Srebrenica. The sentence is higher than what prosecutors wanted for Momir Nikolic, the first Bosnian Serb army officer who cooperated with them and admitted his role in the 1995 execution of more than seven-thousand Muslim men.
  • BOSNIA/WAR CRIMES VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- The trial of two former Bosnian Muslim army commanders has opened in The Hague. It is the first trial of senior Bosnian Muslims to be held at the United Nations war crimes tribunal, where the men are charged with atrocities against Croats and Serbs.

  • Tensions rising in Côte d'Ivoire, UN relief official says UN News Centre 02 Dec 2003 -- United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland expressed concern today about the rising tensions in Côte d'Ivoire and the impact of possible renewed civil conflict on civilians there.
  • IVORY COAST / PROTESTS VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- The president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, says he understands young militants and army officers calling for renewed fighting against rebels controlling half the country. His comments came as protesters attacked the headquarters of French peacekeepers for a second day.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Demonstrations against French troops continue IRIN 02 Dec 2003 -- Several hundred pro-government youths staged a protest demonstration outside the French military base in Abidjan on Tuesday for the second day running, while President Laurent Gbagbo expressed sympathy with their demands for a resumption of war against rebels occupying the north of Cote d'Ivoire.
  • Cameroon and Nigeria set to adopt UN-sponsored withdrawal plan UN News Centre 02 Dec 2003 -- A United Nations-chaired panel set up to peacefully resolve the border dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria is about to adopt its plan for the scheduled withdrawal of troops from the Lake Chad area and to improve cooperation between the two countries.
  • LIBERIA: ICRC uses airstrip to relaunch operations in Lofa county IRIN 02 Dec 2003 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said it has rehabilitated the airstrip in the northern town of Voinjama near the frontier with Guinea in order to support a series of new health and water projects in Lofa county.
  • SOMALIA: Retreat must not be parallel conference, says SRRC IRIN 02 Dec 2003 -- Members of the Somali Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SRRC) attending peace talks in Kenya have called on the conference organisers not to allow a proposed retreat for Somali leaders to become a parallel conference.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 02 Dec 2003 -- Defence chief encourages NATO allies to provide more help in Iraq / NATO and Russia establish new Hotline link / Hungary and Italy in talks with Slovenia to provide air defence / Russia says Moldova peace deal failure hurts OSCE / Bosnia moves a step closer to single army and NATO / Japan may delay approval of troops for Iraq
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 02 Dec 2003 -- Slovenia to contribute 25-strong unit to CBRN / NATO ministerial meeting viewed

  • LITHUANIA / IMPEACH VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- Lithuania's Parliament moved to begin impeachment proceedings against President Rolandas Paksas on Tuesday by approving a report which found he has links with organized crime. The action comes as senior leaders urge the president to resign voluntarily.
  • U-N / REFUGEES VOA 02 Dec 2003 -- A new study by the United Nations shows a significant downward trend in the number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries. Lisa Schlein in Geneva reports that a study from the U-N refugee agency shows that the number of asylum seekers from the Russian Federation now tops those coming from war-torn Iraq.
  • NIGERIA: Commonwealth leaders arrive, rights groups criticize Obasanjo IRIN 02 Dec 2003 -- Commonwealth leaders began arriving in Nigeria on Tuesday for the bi-ennial heads of states meeting amid allegations by critics of growing misrule from President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government by critics.
  • MAURITANIA: Lawyers walk-out in protest at opposition trial IRIN 02 Dec 2003 -- Lawyers defending Mauritanian opposition leader Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla against charges of threatening state security, walked out of court on Tuesday in the capital, Nouakchott, forcing a temporary suspension of hearings.

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