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04 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 04 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Soldiers Capture Rocket Attack Suspect Near Fallujah AFPS 04 Feb 2004 -- Soldiers conducting a cordon-and-search operation near Fallujah, Iraq, captured a man suspected of conducting rocket attacks on coalition field operating bases, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials announced in a news release today.
  • 4TH ID'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY CENTCOM Release 04 Feb 2004-- Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse, over the past 24 hours, conducted 194 patrols, three raids and captured 21 individuals. Fifteen of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard.
  • ICDC, TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" PROTECT AL ANBAR CENTCOM Release 04 Feb 2004-- The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the 82nd Airborne Division and it's subordinate units, also know as Task Force "All American", continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province.

  • US military opens new HQ in Kabul PLA Daily 04 Feb 2004 -- The US military on Tuesday unveiled anew headquarters here as its commander pledged more efforts to create a securer environment for the post-war reconstruction in Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN/KING VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- Afghanistan's former king, Mohammad Zaher Shah, is in India for medical treatment.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S. Committed to Prevention of Genocide, Official Says Washington File 04 Feb 2004 -- In a January 26 speech to the Stockholm International Forum, Pierre-Richard Prosper, Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues, said that the United States will work with the international community to make certain that all countries guard against genocide and "those who would exterminate liberty and innocent life."
  • Rumsfeld Says Better Management Needed for Force AFPS 04 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld highlighted efforts being made to transform the military even as the war on terror continues.
  • Spain Stands With United States Against Terror AFPS 04 Feb 2004 -- Spain stands with the United States in the fight against terrorism, Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar told a joint session of Congress today.
  • U.S. Strike Group Visits Darwin, Australia 7th Fleet Release 04 Feb 2004-- In their first port visit of 2004, U.S. warships of Expeditionary Strike Group 1 (ESG 1) arrived here Feb. 4 for a well-earned rest following active deployment to the war on terrorism. San Diego-based ships USS Peleliu (LHA 5), USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Germantown (LSD 42), as well as the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) arrived to a warm welcome in this community in northeast Australia. USS Jarrett (FFG 33) arrived in Broome, Australia, earlier this week.

  • Revolution in military affairs is about technology: Fernandes IRNA 04 Feb 2004 -- India`s Defense Minister George Fernandes on Wednesday said the revolution in military affairs is about technology and not manpower.
  • US will prove to be a threat to India: Gen Padmanabhan IRNA 04 Feb 2004 -- Former chief of army staff (COAS) of India General S. Padmanabhan has predicted the India-United States bonhomie currently in full vigor will not last long.

  • LAUNCH OF THE DEFENCE CAPABILITY PLAN 2004-2014 Australian Ministry of Defence 04 Feb 2004 -- Today's release of the public version of the Defence Capability Plan is another step towards ensuring that the Australian Defence Force will continue to have the equipment and systems that it needs to do its job.

  • White House Daily Briefing, February 4, 2004 Washington File 04 Feb 2004 -- 9/11 Commission extension, Massachusetts court decision on gay marriage, Ricin at White House mail facility, India and Pakistan, Commission to study intelligence capabilities, President's remarks in South Carolina, Iraq/transfer of sovereignty
  • State Department Noon Briefing, February 4, 2004 Washington File 04 Feb 2004 -- Israel/Palestinians, Iraq, Department, Pakistan, Syria, North Korea, Cyprus, Sudan, France

Defense Industry

  • GE Awarded $80 Million Contract for T-50 Production Program GE Aviation 04 Feb 2004 -- The Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd. (STW) has awarded GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) an engine production contract valued at $80 million for F404-GE-102 engines for the T-50 advanced jet trainer/fighter lead-in trainer (AJT/LIFT).
  • IAI and Hindustan Aeronautics Sign Agreement for Avionics Package for "DHRUV" Advanced Light Helicopter Program Israel Aerospace Industries 04 Feb 2004 -- Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd. (IAI) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have announced the signing of two agreements, involving HAL's designed and manufactured "Dhruv" Advanced Light Helicopter program, that will expand cooperation between the two companies.
  • Moving Line Could Save $300 Million For Lockheed Martin F-35 Lockheed Martin 04 Feb 2004 -- The first-ever continuous moving assembly line for a combat fighter jet is under consideration by the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Joint Strike Fighter team. Adopting such an approach could increase production efficiency, reduce floor space and avoid an estimated $300 million in expenses over the life of the program.
  • ATK supports successful flight test of a Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor boost vehicle ATK 04 Feb 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) supplied three solid rocket motors used in the successful flight test of an Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor boost vehicle. The Integrated Flight Test-13b (IFT-13b) was conducted on January 26, and originated from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The launch was the third consecutive success of the ATK-powered boost vehicle.

Other Conflicts

  • Security Council to focus on African conflicts this month - new President UN News Centre 04 Feb 2004 -- Wars in Africa will command the attention of the United Nations Security Council, but the 15-member panel will also closely track events in Iraq and the Middle East, the President for February said today.

  • LIBERIA CONFERENCE SCENESETTER VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations is hosting an international conference this week to appeal for funds to rebuild Liberia after years of civil war. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell are among those leading the appeal.
  • Liberia's reconstruction needs to be focus of UN meeting in New York UN News Centre 04 Feb 2004 -- Donor governments and international financial institutions are set to gather tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York for a conference on Liberia aimed at addressing almost $500 million worth of reconstruction needs following the West African country's devastating 14-year-long civil war.
  • LIBERIA: UNMIL orders armed factions to remove roadblocks in the interior IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- The UN peacekeeping force in Liberia said on Wednesday it was increasing its patrols in the interior and had ordered the country's three armed factions to remove all their remaining roadblocks.
  • U-S-Liberia Donors VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- International donors convene at U-N headquarters in New York Thursday for a two-day meeting aimed at raising nearly 500 million dollars for post-war reconstruction in Liberia. U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell will address the conference on Friday.

  • Annan hopes Sharon's decision on Gaza pullout offers new dynamic to peace efforts UN News Centre 04 Feb 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he was "intrigued" by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's decision to withdraw settlers from Gaza, adding that he was hopeful the move would provide a new dynamic in pushing the Middle East peace process forward.
  • SHARON / SETTLERS VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- Political analysts are expressing surprise and skepticism at Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's announcement that he is preparing to remove all the Israeli settlements from Gaza.

  • Annan to ask Cyprus parties for talks 'shortly' UN News Centre 04 Feb 2004 -- Following a series of consultations with a number of the parties to the Cyprus problem during his recent trip to Europe, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he intends to ask them to talks soon.
  • U-N/CYPRUS VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan says he is close to announcing a date for a new round of talks on the reunification of Cyprus. From U-N headquarters, Peter Heinlein reports Mr. Annan is pushing for a settlement of the Cyprus dispute by the end of March.

  • Security Council extends UN mission in Côte d'Ivoire and considers its expansion UN News Centre 04 Feb 2004 -- The Security Council today unanimously agreed to a short extension of the United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (MINUCI) while suggesting that it might later be expanded into a full-fledged peacekeeping operation.
  • SIERRA LEONE: Disarmament and rehabilation completed after five years IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- Sierra Leone this week completed a five-year programme to disarm and rehabilitate more than 70,000 combatants who took part in the country's brutal civil war.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Authorities target alleged mercenaries IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- South Africa is getting tough with former members of its armed forces and citizens involved in mercenary activities outside its borders.
  • India, Nepal holds secretary level talks in Kathmandu IRNA 04 Feb 2004 -- After the Bhutanese action against Indian separatists, New Delhi now wants Nepal to launch operations against Maoist insurgents in its territory, local press reported here on Wednesday.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Interview with UNMEE force commander Maj-Gen Robert Gordon IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- Maj-Gen Robert Gordon is the commander of the UN peacekeeping force of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) operating in the buffer zone between the two countries. He was in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to chair the latest meeting of the Military Coordination Committee (MCC) for talks between Ethiopia and Eritrea held on Monday.
  • TAJIKISTAN: More than US $13 million required for demining over 5 years IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- Dushanbe needs at least US $13.5 million in aid over the next five years to remove landmines from its territory, Jonmahmad Rajabov, head of the Tajik Mine Action Centre (TMAC), told IRIN on Wednesday. "This amount could well increase as there is no accurate estimate of how many mines are out there," he said, from the Tajik capital.
  • SOMALIA: Stay the course, Musyoka tells leaders IRIN 04 Feb 2004 -- Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka, who is also the chairman of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) ministerial facilitation committee for the Somali peace talks, has called on Somali leaders to stay the course and guard against setbacks.
  • SUDAN / CONFLICT VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- Sudan's main rebel group has accused the Sudanese government of violating a cease-fire agreement the two signed in 2002. The rebels say this could scuttle the Sudanese peace talks.
  • INDIA/BLEACH FREED VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- India has released from prison a British man who had been sentenced to life in the 1990s for smuggling weapons to rebel groups in the east of the country. VThe British government intervened on his behalf.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 04 Feb 2004 -- Iraq role for NATO may slip into 2005 / Bosnia to slash military to boost NATO ties / Croat war-crimes suspect living in France / Kofi Annan says U.S. has agreed to support UN plan for Iraq elections / Russian and Greek officials discuss security cooperation for 2004 Olympic Games / Australia to form squadron of unmanned aircraft
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 04 Feb 2004 -- German daily: NATO's involvement in Afghanistan to be enhanced / Foreign commanders visit CBRN battalion in Liberec / U.S. plans to cut troops in Europe by a third

  • U.S.: Foreign Aid Likely To Suffer In Proposed Budget RFE/RL 04 Feb 2004 -- Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. government has used foreign aid as a tool to encourage former communist nations to embrace democracy and market economies. But considering its record budget deficit, expensive military campaigns in both Iraq and Afghanistan and the ongoing war against terrorism, the U.S. is looking to trim traditional foreign assistance programs. The budget presented earlier this week by U.S. President George W. Bush proposes a 13 percent reduction in such aid.
  • ALGERIA/ELECTION VOA 04 Feb 2004 -- Algeria's president has invited foreign observers to monitor the coming presidential election. The Algerian leader was elected five-years ago amid speculation that the election was rigged.

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