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05 December 2003 Military News

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  • Nations Pursue Joint Program Office to Manage Global Boeing Harrier II Fleet Boeing 05 Dec 2003 -- During the final delivery ceremony, celebrating the success of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Harrier II production program here today, the United States, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom pledged to pursue a joint initiative to mutually advance the interests of their Harrier fleets.
  • EADS technology supports development of an air defence system in Malaysia EADS 05 Dec 2003 -- EADS will develop an air defence system together with the Malaysian company System Consultancy Services Sdn.Bhd. (SCS), Kuala Lumpur.
  • General Dynamics to Upgrade Australian Army Light Armoured Vehicles General Dynamics 05 Dec 2003 -- The Australian Department of Defence has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada a US$9.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract to upgrade its existing fleet of 113 Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV).
  • Oshkosh Truck To Support Critical Missile Defense Program Oshkosh 05 Dec 2003 -- Oshkosh Truck Corporation [NYSE: OSK] announced today that it has been selected by a Northrop Grumman Corporation and Raytheon Company team to supply HEMTT M983 tractors and engineering support for the Kinetic Energy Interceptors (KEI) Contract. Towing a trailer, the HEMTTs are used to position the KEIs in mission critical locations.
  • Inmarsat, EADS And Thales Form Consortium To Bid For Galileo Concession EADS 05 Dec 2003 -- Inmarsat Ventures plc, EADS Space and the Thales Group announced today that they have submitted a joint tender to become the Galileo Concessionaire. The three consortium members are the respective European market leaders in the fields of mobile satellite communications, navigation-based products and services and aerospace.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Major Milestone on SBIRS-High Program Lockheed Martin 05 Dec 2003 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully completed initial delivery of the Integrated Training Suite (ITS), which will provide high fidelity training for operational crews working at the Space-Based Infrared System High (SBIRS-High) Mission Control Station (MCS) at Buckley Air Force Base.
  • Lockheed Martin Completes Integration of First Multi-Mission Mobile Processor for SBIRS-High Lockheed Martin 05 Dec 2003 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully completed the hardware and software integration of the first two Multi-Mission Mobile Processors (M3P) for the Space-Based Infrared System-High (SBIRS-High) program and has progressed to field-testing.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 05 Dec 2003
  • UNHCR/REFUGEES VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency is appealing for more than one-billion-dollars to fund its refugee assistance and protection work next year. The funds are to benefit 20-point-five-million people worldwide.

  • MIDEAST GENEVA ACCORD: A 'GLIMMER OF HOPE' FOR PEACE US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign media Reaction 05 Dec 2003
  • POWELL / MIDEAST PEACE VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell met Friday with the Israeli and Palestinian authors of the unofficial "Geneva Accord" for Middle East peace. Former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin and former Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo say they're encouraged by the reception they received in Washington.
  • POWELL / MIDEAST PEACE VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell met Friday with the Israeli and Palestinian authors of the unofficial "Geneva Accord" for Middle East peace. Former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin and former Palestinian Information Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo say they're encouraged by the reception they received in Washington.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- Israel's deputy prime minister says there is no chance of peace with the Palestinians and Israel needs to take unilateral steps to draw its own borders. The comments come as the Israeli and Palestinian architects of an unofficial peace initiative meet with U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington.

  • RUSSIA/BLAST VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- Security has been increased across the North Caucasus after an explosion on a commuter train near Chechnya, in which 37 people died and about 150 others were injured. Russian President Vladimir Putin blames terrorists for the bombing, and vows to punish the culprits.
  • Russia: 40 Killed As Bomb Rips Through Passenger Train In Southern Russia RFE/RL 05 Dec 2003 -- At least 40 people were killed and dozens injured today when a blast ripped through a passenger train in Russia's southern Stavropol Krai, not far from the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
  • RUSSIA TRAIN VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- At least 32 people are dead and about 60 others injured after an explosion tore through a commuter train in southern Russia, near Chechnya.

  • UN refugee agency joins disarmament programme in Liberia UN News Centre 05 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations refugee agency has joined the UN inter-agency programme of disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration (DDRR) in war-torn Liberia, announcing it would offer assistance to 40,000 former combatants in the West African country and in its neighbours.
  • LIBERIA-SIERRA LEONE: Interpol warrant for Taylor illegal, says defence lawyer IRIN 05 Dec 2003 -- Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for former Liberian president Charles Taylor at the request of the UN-backed Special Court in Sierra Leone, but legal experts said it was unlikely to see him dragged out of political asylum in Nigeria.
  • LIBERIA: UNMIL retrains first batch of Liberian police IRIN 05 Dec 2003 -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) on Friday completed the training of 20 Liberian police officers and deployed them alongside UN police in various areas of the capital, Monrovia.
  • SUDAN/PEACE TALKS VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- Sudanese First Vice President Ali Osman Taha and rebel leader John Garang are expected to resume their peace talks in Kenya Saturday.
  • SUDAN: Rebel group sends first-ever delegation to Khartoum IRIN 05 Dec 2003 -- The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) has sent a high profile "goodwill delegation" to meet government officials in Khartoum, as peace talks shifted into final gear in the Kenyan town of Naivasha.
  • Ivory Coast Protests VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- The government of France says it is closely following the violence in its former colony of Ivory Coast. Protesters have demonstrated for several days in Abidjan, the business capital of the West African country. They are protesting the French military presence in Ivory Coast. Riot police fired tear gas as they fought with young demonstrators near the main French military base in Abidjan. On Tuesday the gvernment banned demonstrations, but the protests continued.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: First steps taken towards lowering military tension IRIN 05 Dec 2003 -- The government army and rebel forces occupying the north of Cote d'Ivoire each withdrew from frontline positions close to the French-patrolled buffer zone between them on Friday ahead of talks on disarmament next week.
  • BOSNIA / WAR CRIMES VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- War crimes judges have sentenced a Bosnian-Serb General to 20 years in prison for his role in the siege of Sarajevo. Judges found General Stanislav Galic guilty of terrorizing the city's residents through a two-year campaign of shelling and sniping.
  • BURUNDI: Zuma appeals to UN to take over peacekeeping operations IRIN 05 Dec 2003 -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who is also the facilitator of the Burundi peace process, appealed on Thursday to the UN Security Council to take over peacekeeping operations in the central African nation, saying the level of violence in the country had fallen sharply this year, UN News reported.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 05 Dec 2003 -- Powell reopens NATO debate on Iraq, but no quick decisions likely / Colin Powell hopes for more German help in Iraq next year / Iraq's Baath Party re-emerges in new guise / Russia counters criticism over Georgia, Moldova and tells NATO to ratify arms treaty / West partly to blame for likely win of nationalists linked to Milosevic in Serbian elections / NATO to consult with EU on Bosnia peacekeeping / Pentagon weighs contentious peacekeeping plans
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 05 Dec 2003 -- France testing army corps for NATO or EU operations / Minister: Iraq welcomes greater NATO role / Bulgaria, Lithuania expect NATO membership earlier than planned

  • State Department Briefing, December 5, 2003 Washington File 05 Dec 2003 -- Israel/Palestinians, India/Pakistan, Syria/Israel, Iraq, Nigeria/Liberia, Russia, Cuba, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan

  • ZIMBABWE/POLITICS VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has ruled out any talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, the M-D-C. He made the comments in a speech to more than two-thousand delegates at the annual congress of the ruling Zanu-P-F party
  • NIGERIA/COMMONWEALTH VOA 05 Dec 2003 -- The Commonwealth summit has opened in Nigeria, where Zimbabwe's suspension from the group is dividing heads of state.
  • ZIMBABWE: Mugabe overshadows Commonwealth summit IRIN 05 Dec 2003 -- Commonwealth leaders on Friday set up a six-nation panel to meet on the sidelines of the Abuja summit to discuss the contentious issue of Zimbabwe's suspension, news reports said.
  • CENTRAL ASIA: Weekly news wrap IRIN 05 Dec 2003 -- The Uzbek government was hushing up foot-and-mouth disease to protect its reputation, a local media report said on Tuesday. According to some veterinary sources, cases of foot-and-mouth disease were recently detected among cattle in the country. Neighbouring Kazakhstan has also been trying to keep its record on the disease "clean" in an attempt to secure its meat exports to neighbouring Russia. However, Russian authorities recently banned meat imports from Kazakhstan, asserting that "suspect" products could otherwise find their way into Russia via the Central Asian nation's vast territory.



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