23 January 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Jan 2004 [PDF]
- 4TH ID's 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 23 Jan 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have, over the past 24 hours, conducted 184 patrols, eight raids and captured 31 individuals.
- RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 03 23 Jan 2004 -- NATO'S ROLE BEYOND KONDUZ / THE ROAD TO KONDUZ / MOVING BEYOND KONDUZ / AFGHAN LEADER REGISTERS TO VOTE, URGES OTHERS TO DO THE SAME... / ...AS AFGHAN VOTER REGISTRATION CONTINUES / AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTER, EU OFFICIAL DISCUSS SECURITY / EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE DEBATES AFGHANISTAN / OUTGOING UN ENVOY WARNS OF SERIOUS IMPEDIMENTS TO IMPLEMENTING AFGHAN CONSTITUTION / AFGHANISTAN'S ISLAMIC SOLIDARITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS BROADCAST OF FEMALE SINGER'S PERFORMANCE / HERAT GOVERNOR OPPOSES FEMALE SINGING APPEARANCES ON AFGHAN TV / AFGHAN DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS MORE THAN 2,500 SOLDIERS HAVE DESERTED / CZECH CABINET APPROVES TROOP DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN / REBELLIOUS AFGHAN COMMANDER VOWS TO COOPERATE WITH KABUL / TENSIONS MOUNT IN WESTERN AFGHAN PROVINCE / KABUL DAILY CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF ROGUE GOVERNORS / GOVERNOR REPLACED IN SOUTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCE / AFGHAN MINISTER DISCUSSES SECURITY WITH PAKTIKA PROVINCE OFFICIALS / ROCKETS FIRED AT U.S. BASE IN EASTERN AFGHANISTAN / TWO AFGHAN SOLDIERS AND THREE SUSPECTED NEO-TALIBAN KILLED IN KANDAHAR / 11 AFGHAN CIVILIANS REPORTED KILLED IN BOMBING BLAMED ON U.S... / ...AS AFGHAN, U.S. OFFICIALS DISPUTE THE ACCOUNT / AFGHANISTAN RELEASES 49 JAILED PAKISTANIS / INDEPENDENT TV ESTABLISHED IN NORTHERN AFGHAN PROVINCE / WHOOPING COUGH KILLS 16 AFGHAN CHILDREN / IS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Department Announces 2005 Budget Request 23 Jan 2004 -- The Defense Department today announced the president's request for a fiscal 2005 defense budget of $401.7 billion in discretionary funding authority. This represents a seven percent increase over fiscal 2004 funding levels, after taking into account congressionally-directed recissions.
- Bush to Ask for $401.7 Billion for Defense in 2005 AFPS 23 Jan 2004 -- In a break from past practice, the Defense Department announced that President Bush will request a $401.7 billion defense budget for fiscal 2005.
- DoD Selects Foreign Defense Equipment for Testing 23 Jan 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it has selected 29 new start projects and 26 previously approved continuing projects to receive fiscal 2004 funding under the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program. Authorized by Congress since 1980, the FCT Program is administered by the deputy under secretary of defense (advanced systems and concepts), Office of the under secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics).
- U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Relocation Announced 23 Jan 2004 -- The Navy has decided to relocate U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USNAVSO) from Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, to Naval Station Mayport, Fla.
- PENTAGON / HALLIBURTON VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- A U-S company with connections to the White House says it may have overcharged the Pentagon by some six million dollars for work in Iraq. The disclosure was made by the energy giant Halliburton, which used to be headed by Vice President Dick Cheney.
- USS George Washington Rejoins War on Terrorism Navy Newsstand 23 Jan 2004-- Jan. 20, more than 5,000 Sailors said goodbye to their families and friends as USS George Washington (CVN 73), the embarked Carrier Air Wing 7, Commander Carrier Group 8 and Destroyer Squadron 28 departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and possibly the Persian Gulf.
- USS HELENA (SSN 725) returns from deployment, earns Battle "E" and Supply Blue "E" SUBPAC Release 23 Jan 2004-- Following a successful six-month deployment in the Seventh Fleet area of operations, USS HELENA (SSN 725) returned home to San Diego in mid-December in time to spend the holidays with their families. Upon their return, HELENA was awarded the 2003 Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven Battle Efficiency "E" and Supply Blue "E."
- Guard Retention Concerns DoD, But Exodus Not Expected AFPS 23 Jan 2004 -- Though the Army National Guard and Army Reserve specifically and the reserve components in general have been meeting their recruiting and retention goals, DoD officials still are concerned and are looking for ways to address retention.
- Exercise to Test Space Shuttle Rescue Capabilities AFPS 23 Jan 2004 -- Lajes Field's capabilities to save a downed space shuttle crew will be put to the test during a daylong exercise here Jan. 30.
- Requirement Expires for Tricare Standard Nonavailability Statements AFPS 23 Jan 2004 -- People covered by the Tricare Standard military health care plan no longer need approval from their military treatment facility to seek inpatient care at civilian hospitals.
- US considering multiple strikes against Hizbullah, says Jane`s IRNA 23 Jan 2004 -- US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was reported Friday to be considering plans to expand US global war on terrorism with multi-pronged attacks against suspected militant bases in countries such as Lebanon and Somalia.
- Naval Station Rota Provides Humanitarian Relief Navy Newsstand 23 Jan 2004-- The generosity of the Naval Station Rota community reaches far beyond the boundaries of the base. Items that don't sell quickly at the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Thrift Store here often benefit people in far-flung corners of the Earth, such as various locations in Afghanistan and Djibouti (a small eastern African country bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea).
- Big E Deck Department Utilizes 5th UNREP Rig Navy Newsstand 23 Jan 2004-- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) conducted an underway replenishment (UNREP) with USS Detroit (AOE 6) Jan. 9 in a way that allowed the ship to take on approximately 25 percent more cargo than a typical UNREP.
- Thorn Takes Final Med Cruise Navy Newsstand 23 Jan 2004-- During a planned port call in Rota, after nearly two months underway, the crew of USS Thorn (DD 998) is reflecting on what the ship has meant to them. Thorn is currently on its final Mediterranean Cruise, as it prepares to decommission in August after 23 years of fleet service.
- 22d MEU trains for embassy reinforcement mission Marine Corps News 23 Jan 2004-- In 1996, ABC News referred to the U.S. Embassy to Liberia in Monrovia as that war-torn country's 'last bastion of sanity.' Keeping the embassy grounds safe and ensuring the civil war raging through the country stayed outside its walls were Marines from the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
- GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY HELD FOR RUNWAY Marine Corps News 23 Jan 2004-- Philippine and U.S. Government officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the repair and rehabilitation of the runway here, Jan. 21.
- Hijudai Arty Relo ready to launch Marine Corps News 23 Jan 2004-- Marines from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, stationed in Hawaii, currently with 3rd Bn, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division on Okinawa as part of the unit deployment program (UDP) headed out to the field in the Hijudai Maneuver Area today to prepare for an artillery relocation exercise.
- Desert Talon prepares Marines for Iraq Marine Corps News 23 Jan 2004-- Marines from aviation units throughout the United States checked in here Jan. 17 for exercise Desert Talon 1-04.
- U.S. Says Iran Should Return Al Qaeda Members to Country of Origin Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- White House Report, Jan. 23: Iran, Iraq/Baker/United Nations, Week Ahead
- State Department Noon Briefing, January 23, 2004 Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- The purpose of NATO has been refocused at the beginning of the 21st century, says Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, in response to the rise of international terrorist groups and their potential to obtain and use weapons of mass destruction.
- Hagel Urges Greater NATO Involvement in Middle East Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- The purpose of NATO has been refocused at the beginning of the 21st century, says Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, in response to the rise of international terrorist groups and their potential to obtain and use weapons of mass destruction.
- White House Daily Briefing, January 23, 2004 Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- Special Envoy Baker, Iraq, Halliburton, Omnibus bill, report of infiltration of Democratic computers, Iran, space program, immigration, homeland security, budget, judicial nominees, food safety, deficit, pensions
- Boeing Awarded $472 Million for Next-Generation Military Satellite System Boeing 23 Jan 2004 -- In partnership with the U.S. Air Force, Boeing [NYSE:BA] will develop a system design and demonstrate critical technologies for a secure, high-capacity global communications network serving the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and the intelligence community.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Jan 2004
- U.S. Welcomes Turkey's Support for UN Cyprus Plan Washington File 23 Jan 2004 -- "The United States welcomes Turkey's support for the resumption of the UN Secretary General's Good Offices Mission" regarding Cyprus, said State Department Deputy Spokesman J. Adam Ereli January 23.
- DRC: UN to investigate reported massacre IRIN 23 Jan 2004 -- The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUC, is to send a team to investigate a reported massacre in Ituri District, eastern DRC, a MONUC official told IRIN.
- Progress is being made on security for West Africa, UN official reports UN News Centre 23 Jan 2004 -- Appreciable progress has been made in addressing United Nations Security Council recommendations on strengthening security for four West African countries, but more remains to be done, a senior UN official said today.
- Burundi, DR of Congo making progress towards peace, UN report says UN News Centre 23 Jan 2004 -- The Transitional Government and the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), handling a difficult post-conflict situation, must make a clear priority list of their requirements for security, human rights, the rule of law and elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today.
- SUDAN / PEACE TALKS VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- Sudan's main rebel group says it is close to agreeing with the government on one of the most divisive issues left in the peace negotiations -- who will administer three disputed areas of Sudan.
- KASHMIR/VAJPAYEE VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- Separatist leaders from the disputed region of Kashmir are expected to meet with India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee later Friday. The meeting comes after historic first talks between the separatists and a senior Indian official, which have raised hopes that the two sides can bring an end to 14 years of bloodshed.
- INDIA KASHMIR TALKS VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- Separatist leaders from Kashmir have held their first ever meeting with India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The meeting, described as a courtesy call, comes a day after the government and the separatists denounced violence in Kashmir and agreed to take steps toward ending 14 years of fighting in the disputed region.
- RUSSIA / FRANCE VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- France's foreign minister startled his Russian hosts during a speech in Moscow on Friday in which he said the ongoing conflict in Chechnya can end only through political dialogue. The comments came near the end of his two-day visit to Russia.
- LIBERIA/CHILD SOLDIERS VOA 23 Jan 2004 -- African soccer icon George Weah is back home in Liberia to try to help children recover from the effects of civil war, including being recruited as child soldiers.
- SUDAN-CHAD: 18,000 more refugees from Darfur flood into Chad IRIN 23 Jan 2004 -- A further 18,000 Sudanese refugees flooded into eastern Chad over the past week following further heavy fighting in Sudan's western Darfur region, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 23 Jan 2004 -- INTERVIEW-NATO chief seeks security dialogue with Middle East / NATO eyes improved contacts with Middle East / NATO leaders meeting in Suffolk to explore response force / Japanese air force personnel arrive in Kuwait to support humanitarian mission in Iraq
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 23 Jan 2004 -- Daily: "NATO chief seeks to repair Alliance"
- U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman Team $472 Million Contract For Transformational Communications Program Lockheed Martin 23 Jan 2004 -- A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]/Northrop Grumman [NYSE: NOC] team has been awarded one of two industry contracts valued at approximately $472 million to enter the Risk Reduction and System Definition phase of the U.S. Air Force's Transformational Communications MILSATCOM (TCM) Space Segment. TCM will provide thousands of users with significantly improved, highly mobile, beyond line-of-sight protected communications to support the future battlefield.
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