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28 January 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • 2-17TH CAVALRY GETS READY FOR MOVEMENT BACK TO FORT CAMPBELL CENTCOM Release 28 Jan 2004-- The 2-17th Cavalry Regiment, an aerial reconnaissance asset of the 101st Aviation Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is now at Camp Doha, Kuwait, preparing for redeployment. The unit has been in theater since February 2003.
  • New 'convoy' range to help deploying troops Army News Service 28 Jan 2004-- A new live-fire range to train deploying troops on convoy operations opened this month at Fort Sill, Okla.
  • Enterprise Takes Part in Exercise Sea Saber Navy Newsstand 28 Jan 2004-- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) recently finished Exercise Sea Saber, a multi-nation maritime interdiction training exercise held Jan. 11-17, to improve measures against the trafficking of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Northern Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf.
  • Artillery, armor units training to deploy as MPs Army News Service 28 Jan 2004-- Artillerymen normally pride themselves on their weapons, so when about 2,500 National Guard members were informed they were being deployed without their howitzers, it came as a shock.
  • Norfolk Submarine Commands Honored with Battle "E" Award Navy Newsstand 28 Jan 2004-- In January, three Norfolk-based submarine commands took top honors in the 2003 Battle Efficiency award competition.
  • Alaskan wing deploys to Singapore for Commando Sling PACAF Release 28 Jan 2004-- A contingent from the 3rd Wing here deployed to the Republic of Singapore Jan. 24 to join that nation's air force in an annual air-to-air combat exercise.
  • Airmen test skills on Korean peninsula AFPN 28 Jan 2004-- More than 100 airmen, 12 F-15 Eagles and three KC-135 Stratotankers returned to Kadena Air Base, Japan, on Jan. 27 after a four-day deployment here. The mission was a test of the 18th Wing's ability to deploy during a scheduled operational readiness exercise that began at Kadena on Jan. 24 and is scheduled to end Jan. 30.
  • DoD to Transform Reserve And Guard by Rebalancing Mission AFPS 28 Jan 2004 -- A "window of opportunity to transform and change our Guard and Reserve forever" exists this year and next, and the Defense Department has several initiatives under way to rebalance Guard and Reserve forces, the department's top reserve affairs official said here this week.
  • Army Chief 'Adamantly Opposes' Added End Strength AFPS 28 Jan 2004 -- The Army chief of staff "adamantly opposes" an end- strength increase to the size of his service.
  • MAMMOTH PORT OPERATION MOVES V CORPS EQUIPMENT FOR OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM V Corps Release 28 Jan 2004-- Belgium is a land famous for its diamonds and chocolate, but in V Corps, it's equally famous as a hard-working seaport city that serves as a pivotal movement point for thousands of tons of equipment moving to and from the corps' many deployments.
  • USS Vincennes Sailors become seaworthy with TSTA 7th Fleet Release 28 Jan 2004-- Sailors aboard USS Vincennes (CG 49) are getting themselves and their ship better prepared for combat with the aid of a Tailored Ship Training Availability (TSTA).
  • Fort Mac Sailors learn from 'eye-opening' course 7th Fleet Release 28 Jan 2004-- USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) crewmembers attended a force protection training school to enhance their watch-standing skills while the ship was here for its annual Training Availability (TRAV) Jan. 12-24.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, January 28, 2004 Washington File 28 Jan 2004 -- Israel/Palestinians, Nigeria, North Korea, Burma, Canada, Turkey/Syria/Israel, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Russia, China
  • White House Briefing, January 28, 2004 Washington File 28 Jan 2004 -- Readout of meeting with Turkey's prime minister, Iraq/WMD/Kay's remarks, 9/11 Commission, pension bill, Bush trip to NH, Russia/U.S. troops

Defense Industry

  • ATK to Acquire Mission Research Corporation ATK 28 Jan 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has agreed to acquire Mission Research Corporation (MRC) in a strategic transaction that will enable an advanced aerospace and defense technology pipeline spanning concept development to full-scale production.
  • Greek Government to Buy General Dynamics Combat Search and Rescue Radios General Dynamics 28 Jan 2004 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has contracted with Athens, Greece-based TEOTEC S.A. to provide 650 AN/PRC-112G HOOK2TM combat search and rescue (CSAR) radios to the Greek Main Armaments Directorate – General Directorate of Defence Investments for the Hellenic Air Force. The contract includes an option to purchase 300 additional radios.
  • General Dynamics Completes Third Successful Guided-Rocket Flight Test General Dynamics 28 Jan 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today announced the third successful System Design and Development (SDD) flight test of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). Fired from a ground-based M260 rocket launcher, the guided 70mm rocket achieved a direct hit on a stationary, laser-designated target 1500 meters away. This was the third in a series of flight tests to demonstrate the basic rocket design’s effectiveness over the operational range.
  • General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas Signs Spanish Contracts Valued at $672 Million General Dynamics 28 Jan 2004 -- General Dynamics Santa Bárbara Sistemas, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), signed two contracts in December 2003 valued at approximately $672 million (535 million euros) to finance the acquisition of an updated version of the Pizarro Infantry Fighting Vehicle and to modernize 95 BMR wheeled armoured vehicles, both of which are for the Spanish Army.
  • General Dynamics Network Systems Awarded $6 Million to Enhance Army Communication Systems General Dynamics 28 Jan 2004 -- The U.S. Army has awarded General Dynamics Network Systems orders totaling approximately $6 million to enhance Army communication systems around the world. General Dynamics Network Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST MAJOR ISC2 MISSION RELEASE TO CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN Lockheed Martin 28 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] has delivered the first major component of the Integrated Space Command and Control (ISC2) system to the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). This initial spiral of the Combatant Commanders' Integrated C2 System (CCIC2S) lays the foundation of the first ever common, global space and strategic C2 architecture that will eventually tie together scores of systems for airspace surveillance, missile defense, and space controls.
  • Norway Selects Raytheon-Lockheed Martin JAVELIN Anti-Tank Weapon System Lockheed Martin 28 Jan 2004 -- The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has selected the Javelin weapon system, manufactured by the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture, as its medium-range, anti-armor missile. This marks the fifth country to have selected Javelin in 2003, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
  • Lockheed Martin Selects Northrop Grumman As Teammate To Compete For Space Based Radar Multi-Satellite System Lockheed Martin 28 Jan 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) as a teammate in the competition to develop the Space Based Radar (SBR) system for the U.S. Air Force.

Other Conflicts

  • Annan, European officials agree on need to re-energize Middle East peace process UN News Centre 28 Jan 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and European Union (EU) officials discussed in Brussels today the urgent need to support the Middle East peace process and assist the Palestinian Authority.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 28 Jan 2004 -- Israeli soldiers killed at least nine Palestinians during gun battles that erupted when tanks raided the edge of Gaza City on Wednesday.

  • Cyprus: Greek Cypriot Leader Pours Cold Water On Turkish Offer To Resume Talks RFE/RL 28 Jan 2004 -- Hopes for a solution to the three-decade-old division of Cyprus were rekindled after Turkey last week said it favored a resumption of reunification talks under the aegis of the United Nations. But yesterday, such hopes were dealt a setback when the Greek Cypriot leader, breaking a three-day silence, blamed Ankara for allegedly sending contradictory signals. In Strasbourg today, Tassos Papadopoulos poured more cold water on Ankara's overtures
  • Kosovo is good lesson in international action against ethnic conflict - UN official UN News Centre 28 Jan 2004 -- The inter-ethnic conflict in Kosovo provides good lessons about both the successes and pitfalls of international action in halting ethnic cleansing and preventing it from occurring again, a senior United Nations official told a conference on genocide today.
  • Annan to host talks Nigeria-Cameroon summit meeting on border dispute UN News Centre 28 Jan 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will host talks at the end of this month between the leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon as part of continuing efforts to resolve a border dispute between the two countries, a UN spokesman announced today.
  • SOMALIA: Traditional leader arrested in Somaliland IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- The authorities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have arrested Boqor (meaning king) Usman Mahmud, a prominent traditional elder, according to a senior government official.
  • ERITREA: Gov't welcomes US statement, but calls for positive action IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- The Eritrean government has welcomed a statement by the US State Department on the border situation with Ethiopia, but urges positive action.
  • UGANDA: The 18-year old war that refuses to go away IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- For 18 years, a familiar scene has repeated itself in northern Uganda. Hours after nightfall and without any warning, rebels armed with AK-47 assault rifles march into a village, round everyone up, loot food and burn the village down.
  • GHANA: New training centre opened for African peacekeepers IRIN 27 Jan 2004 -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is Ghanaian, but that's not the only reason that a new centre for training African peacekeeping troops, has been opened in the capital of his own country.
  • SRI LANKA/TIGERS VOA 28 Jan 2004 -- A Tamil rebel delegation is visiting Norway and other European countries to discuss the deadlocked peace process in Sri Lanka. The rebels also are seeking humanitarian aid for the war-ravaged north and east.
  • RWANDA/TRIBUNAL VOA 28 Jan 2004 -- Defense lawyers at the U-N tribunal on Rwanda's genocide have called a strike because they say their rights and the rights of their clients are not being respected.
  • THAILAND MUSLIMS VOA 28 Jan 2004 -- More than one thousand schools in Thailand's Muslim dominated southern provinces have been closed after a spate of violence. Some analysts think unnamed groups are attempting to stir up sectarian violence between the nation's Buddhist and Muslim communities..

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 28 Jan 2004 -- INTERVIEW-NATO faces overstretch in Afghanistan and Iraq / NATO stresses commitment to Afghan mission after fatal attack on Canadians / U.N. envoy says will not play big role in Iraq / Slovak police officers to take part in training of Iraqi policemen in Jordan / Briton poised to be first head of EU defence agency
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 28 Jan 2004 -- NATO faces Afghan test, Gen. Jones warns / British soldier killed in Kabul suicide blast / SFOR troops arrest suspected Karadzic bodyguard

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