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02 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing with the Fiscal Year 2005 Budget 02 Feb 2004 -- Presenter: Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller Dr. Dov Zakheim
  • Fiscal 2005 Department of Defense Budget Release 02 Feb 2004 -- President George W. Bush today sent Congress his fiscal 2005 defense budget. The budget requests $401.7 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense (DoD). This represents a seven percent increase over fiscal 2004 funding levels, after taking into account Congressionally directed rescissions.
  • Defense Comptroller Says Budget Decisions Driven By War on Terrorism Washington File 02 Feb 2004 -- Under Secretary of Defense Dov Zakheim says the new $401.7 billion defense budget reflects the fact that "we are still in a war on terrorism."
  • Bush Proposes $2.4 Trillion Budget Emphasizing Defense, Security Washington File 02 Feb 2004 -- President Bush has proposed a $2.4 trillion budget for the fiscal year beginning in October 1 (FY05) that would boost defense, homeland security and international assistance spending while bringing closer his stated goal of halving the federal budget deficit over the next five years.
  • Basic Training Brigade tests intensified schedules Army News Service 02 Feb 2004-- The Basic Combat Training Brigade at Fort Benning is piloting two programs of instruction that provide more time in the field and focus more on warrior skills.
  • U.S. Navy, Bahraini Coast Guard Pull 3 Fishermen to Safety Navy Newsstand 02 Feb 2004-- Sailors from Naval Security Force in Bahrain pulled three fishermen to safety after their boat capsized near the Mina Salman pier.
  • E-2 Hawkeye Enters Into Second Multi-year Procurement Navy Newsstand 02 Feb 2004-- The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) E-2 Program announced it signed a second multi-year procurement contract with the Northrop Grumman Corporation for the E-2 Hawkeye 2000, Jan. 22.
  • Terror War Needs Funded in Proposed 2005 Defense Budget AFPS 02 Feb 2004 -- Top priority in the president's fiscal 2005 defense budget request goes to funding -- and winning -- the war on terror, Pentagon Comptroller Dov Zakheim told reporters here today.
  • Budget Request Funds Current Readiness, Transformation AFPS 02 Feb 2004 -- The $401.7 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2005 fully funds current readiness while maintaining course for transforming the military, DoD officials said here today.
  • PENTAGON/BUDGET VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- President Bush has sent Congress a proposed defense spending plan for fiscal year 2005 starting next October that totals just over 400-billion dollars.

  • Number of US Marines in Japan to be temporarily reduced PLA DAily 02 Feb 2004 -- The number of US Marines in Okinawa,south Japan, may be kept at 14,000 for a prolonged period, as about 3,000 troops who are to leave for Iraq may not return to the island prefecture, Kyodo News reported Saturday.

  • Uganda to host AU defense minister meeting PLA DAily 02 Feb 2004 -- Uganda will host a meeting of 13 defense ministers from eastern Africa in February.

  • US pressing EU to uphold arms embargo against China PLA DAily 02 Feb 2004 -- The Bush administration has quietly lodged a series of formal protests with the European Union and its members in an attempt to persuade the body not to lift its 14-year ban on weapons trade with China, the Washington Post reported.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, February 2, 2004 Washington File 02 Feb 2004 -- Millennium Challenge Corporation, State Department/FY05 budget, Iraq/Fulbright program, Powell meeting with UN Secretary General, Powell's meeting with Executive Director of World Food Program, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel/Palestinians, Iraq, China/Taiwan, Turkey, Cyprus, HIV/AIDS, Saudi Arabia

  • White House Press Briefing, February 2, 2004 Washington File 02 Feb 2004 -- Millennium Challenge Account, president's schedule, independent commission, president's lunch with Dr. Kay, aviation security/threats, Ireland, Russia, budget

Defense Industry

  • Israel Aircraft Industries to Unveil New "I-SEE" Mini UAV At Two Asian Defense and Aerospace Exhibitions Israel Aerospace Industries 02 Feb 2004 -- Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) Malat Division will unveil a new mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called "I-SEE" at two Asian defense and aerospace shows that will be held in February.
  • ATK Awarded $89 Million Under Long-term Small-caliber Ammunition Contract ATK 02 Feb 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK), the nation’s largest supplier of ammunition, has received an $89 million order from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command (JMC), Rock Island, Ill., to supply small-caliber ammunition to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The ammunition will be produced by ATK Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Company, at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. This is the sixth annual procurement from JMC under a ten-year basic production contract.
  • Skynet 5 PFI Wins Accolades EADS 02 Feb 2004 -- On Thursday, 29 January 2004 at the Infrastructure Journal annual awards, the Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, which was signed by EADS’ Paradigm Secure Communications and the UK Ministry of Defence in October last year, was acclaimed as “PPP Deal of the Year 2003”.
  • Lockheed Martin's Line-of-Sight Antitank System Successful in Two Tests at White Sands Missile Range Lockheed Martin 02 Feb 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted two test firings of the Line-of-Sight Antitank Weapon System (LOSAT) at White Sands Missile Range, NM, on January 8. During both tests, a Kinetic Energy Missile (KEM) was fired from the LOSAT fire unit.
  • Pratt & Whitney's F135 for the Joint Strike Fighter Runs to Full Afterburner Pratt & Whitney 02 Feb 2004 -- Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) first F135 production configuration test engine (FX631) has successfully completed its first test run to full power with full afterburner. The F135 will power the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
  • Sikorsky Submits VH-92 Proposal for Presidential Helicopter Mission Sikorsky 02 Feb 2004 -- The Sikorsky-led VH-92 Team today submitted to the government its fully-compliant proposal for the next generation presidential helicopter, a major milestone in the company's effort to continue its service to the Commander in Chief.

Other Conflicts

  • ISRAEL / SETTLEMENTS VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he has begun preparations for the removal of 17 Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip. Ross Dunn reports from Jerusalem that Mr. Sharon says the plan is part of a long-term vision in which he believes no Jews would remain in the territory.
  • ISRAEL PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- Israeli troops shot and killed four Palestinians in a raid on Monday in the Rafa refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

  • UN chairs meeting with military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea UN News Centre 03 Feb 2004 -- Senior military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea attending a meeting in Nairobi chaired by the United Nations today agreed to steps aimed at promoting stability between their two countries, which fought a bitter war from 1998-2000.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Landmines kill two in buffer zone IRIN 02 Feb 2004 -- Two men were killed and two others injured by landmines in the demilitarised zone separating Ethiopia and Eritrea, United Nations peacekeepers said on Friday. They were killed in two separate incidents on 25 January, the first such incident inside the 25-km temporary security zone between the two countries.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: UN special envoy officially appointed IRIN 02 Feb 2004 -- Former Canadian Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy has been officially appointed UN special envoy to help defuse the standoff between Ethiopia and Eritrea. A statement released by Secretary-General Kofi Annan's spokesman on Friday said Axworthy would help to overcome the current deadlock in their peace process.

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Normality of a sort returns to rebel stronghold IRIN 02 Feb 2004 -- It has taken sixteen months, but taxis are now back on the streets of Korhogo, one of the largest rebel-held towns in the north of Cote d'Ivoire.
  • FRANCE / IVORY COAST VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin says he is confident an international peacekeeping force will be deployed in Ivory Coast within the coming weeks. Mr. de Villepin spoke at the beginning of a busy week of French-led diplomacy aimed at giving new momentum to the stalled French-mediated peace process in Ivory Coast.

  • CONGO: DDR programme only partially completed IRIN 02 Feb 2004 -- After several civil wars between 1997 and 2003 the Republic of Congo (ROC) still faces a major challenge: to establish a lasting peace and reintegrate former combatants into civil society.
  • DRC-RWANDA: Rebel group denies preventing returnees from leaving Congo IRIN 02 Feb 2004 -- A Rwandan rebel movement based in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Forces democratiques de liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), has dismissed as unfounded reports that it had prevented some 3,000 former combatants and civilians from returning to Rwanda.
  • CONGO/POLITICS VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- Congo's two largest groups of former rebels and civilian opposition have accused president Joseph Kabila of creating autocratic rule, following a high-court ruling giving him broad powers to make appointments.
  • NEPAL STRIKE VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- In Nepal, an opposition-sponsored general strike has paralyzed life in the capital Kathmandu and led to clashes between police and demonstrators.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 02 Feb 2004 -- Kosovo testing ground for NATO's new military concept / Serb war crimes suspect surrenders / Chief of military intelligence claims al-Qaida active in Kosovo / German defence chief sees growing terror threat in Afghanistan / NATO secretary general says NATO will help sovereign Iraq if asked / Security Council gives new powers to name countries refusing to enforce sanctions against al-Qaida and Taliban
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 02 Feb 2004 -- Gen. Jones' Kosovo statements noted / NATO Secretary General de Hoop Scheffer in CNN interview / Netherlands to deploy six Apache helicopters in Afghanistan / U.S., Europe deadlock over satellite navigation

  • NUCLEAR FREE MIDDLE EAST VOA 02 Feb 2004 -- Faced with the possibility of United Nations sanctions, in late 2003 Iran agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment program and allow nuclear inspections. A few weeks later, Libya renounced its W-M-D aspirations and began to provide information to U-S, British and U-N officials about its suppliers. Arms control specialists say the outlook for a nuclear-free Middle East is much better than it was one year ago. But as V-O-A's Serena Parker reports, complicating matters is a double-standard in the region: Israel's possession of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
  • Lockheed Martin-built AMC-10 satellite ready for launch from Cape aboard Atlas IIAS Lockheed Martin 02 Feb 2004 -- The AMC-10 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for SES AMERICOM of Princeton, NJ, is ready for launch on Feb. 5 from Cape Canaveral aboard an Atlas IIAS rocket provided by International Launch Services, a Lockheed Martin joint venture.

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