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07 January 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S.: Washington Welcomes Encouraging News From 'Rogue Regimes' RFE/RL 07 Jan 2004 -- In the span of just a few weeks, Iran, Libya, and now North Korea have all signaled, in one form or another, a willingness to cooperate on allaying international concern about their alleged programs to produce weapons of mass destruction. The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is cautiously welcoming the news from the nonproliferation front, though concerns persist about Pakistan.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 7, 2004 Washington File 07 Jan 2004 -- Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, US-VISIT Program, Israeli, Egypt/Iraq, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, Pakistan

  • White House Daily Briefing, January 7, 2004 Washington File 07 Jan 2004 -- Immigration/Mexico, Mars exploration, alert status/cost

Defense Industry

  • Ninth U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Longbow Battalion Certified Combat-Ready Boeing 07 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Army's ninth AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter battalion has been certified combat-ready after completing extensive training with the Boeing [NYSE: BA] helicopter at Fort Hood, Texas.
  • MBDA Contracted to Supply MICA and SCALP EG / STORM SHADOW Missile Systems to the Hellenic Air Force EADS 07 Jan 2004 -- The demanding operational requirements of modern air-to-air combat call for a multi-mission system with a high level of tactical flexibility to suit the latest generation of multi-role / swing role aircraft. In recognition of this MBDA has developed MICA, the multi-mission air-to-air missile system for the Rafale and the latest versions of the Mirage 2000-5 combat aircraft. This missile system has already been ordered by the air forces of several countries including those of France, the UAE, Qatar, Taiwan and Greece.
  • U.S. Navy Awards Northrop Grumman Training System Contracts Northrop Grumman 07 Jan 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector has received a contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) that will allow the company to bid on task orders for flight training systems.
  • Sikorsky Forms All-American VH-92 Team for Presidential Helicopter Competition Sikorsky 07 Jan 2004 -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today the formation of the All-American VH-92 Team, an enhanced set of all-American alliances for its bid to win the next generation Presidential helicopter.
  • Lockheed Martin Wins $760 Million Contract To Develop Next Generation Kill Vehicle For Missile Defense Lockheed Martin 07 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced it has won a contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to further develop and demonstrate the first system capable of destroying multiple ballistic missile threats and decoys with a single launch. The system will carry multiple small kill vehicles that will destroy adversarial missiles and decoys by colliding with them in space.

Other Conflicts

  • SUDAN / OIL AGREEMENT VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- The Sudanese government and the country's southern rebels on Wednesday signed a key agreement on how to share the country's oil wealth, bringing the two sides one step closer to ending their two decades-long civil war.
  • Powell-Sudan VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell has telephoned the top negotiators in the Sudan peace talks in Kenya to urge them on toward a final agreement. The negotiating teams led by Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha and southern rebel leader John Garang concluded a landmark wealth-sharing pact on Wednesday.
  • UN envoy to advocate for resumption of peace talks on Darfur in western Sudan UN News Centre 07 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations envoy to Sudan arrives today in N'Djamena, the capital of neighbouring Chad, to press for the resumption of peace talks on the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan.

  • Security Council urges political dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea UN News Centre 07 Jan 2004 -- Expressing concern about the lack of progress in marking a boundary between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the United Nations Security Council today called on the two Horn of Africa governments to establish a broad political dialogue that would help to improve their relations.
  • ETHIOPIA: German leader due to visit IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is to visit Ethiopia later this month to help try and break the impasse in the stalled Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process.
  • Cte d'Ivoire: Annan hails return of opposition group to Government UN News Centre 07 Jan 2004 -- Voicing hope that the peace process in Cte d'Ivoire will gain new momentum, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the return of the opposition Forces Nouvelles to a meeting of the Government of National Reconciliation for the first time since it suspended its participation in September.
  • COTE D'IVOIRE: Six die, more made homeless by ethnic conflict in west IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- Six people were killed on Monday in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence in the troubled west of Cote d'Ivoire, a spokesman for the French peacekeeping force said on Wednesday.
  • TURKEY / SYRIA VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- Turkey has offered to act as a mediator between Syria and its arch enemy, Israel, in a bid to end decades of hostility between the two Middle Eastern neighbors. As Amberin Zaman reports from Ankara, Turkey made the offer to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is on a historic visit to Turkey.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- Three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops in separate incidents in the West Bank towns of Tulkarem and Nablus.
  • ERITREA-SUDAN: Khartoum knows its claims are baseless, Asmara says IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- Eritrea has again denied arming Sudanese rebels in the Darfur region, describing Khartoum's allegations as baseless.
  • SOMALIA: Somaliland tells Puntland to pull out of disputed region IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- The authorities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have warned neighbouring Puntland to withdraw its forces from the disputed region of Sool, a senior Somaliland official told IRIN on Wednesday.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Annan "gravely concerned" about rampant insecurity IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is "gravely concerned" by the re-emergence of rapes, hold-ups, and violations of the right to life being perpetrated in the hinterland of the Central African Republic (CAR) and in its capital, Bangui, and is appealing to the international community to lend its support to efforts to restore security.
  • COMOROS: High hopes for peace deal IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- Comoran officials on Wednesday were optimistic that a recent agreement aimed at breaking the deadlock between political leaders would pave the way towards permanent stability in the troubled Indian Ocean archipelego.
  • BURUNDI: Ndayizeye appoints members of joint military command IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye signed on Tuesday a decree appointing 33 members of the Joint Military High Command, 20 from the army and 13 from the former rebel movement Conseil national de la defense de la democratie–Forces de defense de la democratie (CNDD-FDD) led by Pierre Nkurunziza.
  • CHAD: No response yet to food appeal for Sudanese refugees IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday that there had been no firm response so far to its appeal for US $13 million to feed nearly 100,000 Sudanese refugees who have flooded over the border into eastern Chad.
  • LIBERIA: UN rethinks disarmament programme IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- The United Nations said on Wednesday that it was reassessing the way it would conduct its planned disarmament programme in Liberia, following a false start in December.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 07 Jan 2004 -- U.S. to free some Iraqi prisoners under new policy / NATO takes over peace-building mission from United States in first step beyond Afghan capital / U.N. chief warns Afghan attacks could hurt election / U.S. air chief in Europe says forces may move farther east and south
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 07 Jan 2004 -- Taliban sorry for "mistake" that killed 16 Afghans, says target was PRT / French Foreign Minister: Europe can boost defense cooperation without sidelining NATO / Second round of talks on EUCOM's transformation plans to begin soon

  • ETHIOPIA: Bomb explodes on fuel tanker IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- A small bomb planted on a fuel tanker travelling into the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has exploded but miraculously no-one was killed, government officials said on Tuesday.
  • U-S / CUBA / IMMIGRATION VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- The Bush administration said Wednesday Cuban intransigence was behind a U-S decision to reject a proposal by Havana for a new round of immigration talks this week. U-S officials say Cuba is refusing to talk about several key issues regarding the bilateral orderly migration accord, but Cuba denies it.
  • SWEDEN / MURDER VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- The man suspected by Stockholm police of killing Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh last September has confessed to the murder, according to the chief prosecutor and the suspect's lawyer.
  • EGYPT / CRASH VOA 07 Jan 2004 -- Searchers for the flight recorders from the chartered Egyptian jetliner that crashed Saturday off the Egyptian coast say they need specialized equipment to retrieve the recorders. It will take several days for the equipment to arrive.
  • GUINEA-BISSAU: World Bank provides $13m to shore up broke government IRIN 07 Jan 2004 -- The World Bank has agreed to provide US$13 million of emergency aid to the cash-strapped transitional government of Guinea-Bissau to help it pay compensation for damage to private property inflicted during the civil war of 1998-99 and to finance a demobilisation programme for former combatants.

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