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06 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

Defense Policy / Programs

  • New Military Commission Orders, Annex Issued 06 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense issued Military Commission Order No. 3, "Special Administrative Measures for Certain Communications Subject to Monitoring," and an amended Annex B to Military Commission Instruction No. 5, "Qualification of Civilian Defense Counsel."
  • Guantanamo Detainees Assigned Defense Counsel 06 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that Guantanamo detainees Ali Hamza Ahmed Sulayman al Bahlul of Yemen and Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi of Sudan have been assigned military defense counsel.
  • Defense Department Updates ASVAB Norms 06 Feb 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that new norms for the enlistment test, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), will be implemented this summer. The ASVAB is a multiple aptitude test battery originally designed to predict training and job performance in military occupations. Since its introduction in 1948, the enlistment test norms have been updated three times.
  • CENTCOM up-armored Humvee requirements being met Army News Service 06 Feb 2004-- Despite the misconception of some members of Congress and the media who have raised the issue in recent weeks, the Army is meeting Central Command's requirements for up-armored Humvees for operations in Iraq and doing it in a timely manner, according to Maj. Gen. N. Ross Thompson III, commanding general for the Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command.
  • MSSG-24 Activates, Prepares to Join 24th MEU Marine Corps News 06 Feb 2004-- Drawing a major step closer to rejoining the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, MEU Service Support Group 24 formally activated here Feb. 6.
  • Davy Jones' Locker to receive the Best NAVSEA News Wire 06 Feb 2004-- The ex-USS Oriskany (CVA-34), the last Essex Class aircraft carrier in the Fleet's inactive ship inventory, served the Navy Fleet for more then 25-years, maintaining a powerful presence during the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. Decommissioned September 1976, the ship is ready to do more sea time, only this time beneath the surface, serving as an artificial reef.
  • Makin Island Keel Laying set for February 14, 2004 NAVSEA News Wire 06 Feb 2004-- The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship Makin Island (LHD 8) is scheduled for its Keel Laying Ceremony on Saturday February 14, 2004. The ceremony will take place at the Northrop Grumman Ship Systems shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, MS, at 9:30 am CST. Makin Island. is the ship that will lead the way as the Navy transforms its "big deck" amphibs to a new generation of amphibious assault ships.
  • Anti-Terror War Requires 'Robust' Special Operations Role AFPS 06 Feb 2004 -- Prosecuting the war against terrorism necessitates taking the fight to the enemy rather than waiting for another 9-11-style assault, a senior DoD civilian leader said here today.
  • Pentagon Decides Against Internet Voting This Year AFPS 06 Feb 2004 -- The Defense Department is deep-sixing an Internet voting program over concerns about security, a Pentagon spokeswoman said today.
  • US Army closes chemical weapons furnace after possible sarin leakage PLA Daily 06 Feb 2004 -- The US Army has shut down a chemical weapons incinerator following an alarm on Wednesday afternoon indicating a possible leak of sarin, a deadly nerve agent.
  • Transcript: Secretary Rumsfeld Press Conference NATO Defense Ministerial 06 Feb 2004 -- "That summit comes at a time of transition for the Alliance. We're transforming not only our capabilities but also the mission as the Alliance takes on increasingly operational roles outside of the traditional areas of their operation. The United States believes that NATO can and should play a larger role in both Afghanistan and Iraq."

  • INDIA / DEFENSE VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- India's booming economy is allowing the government to invest more heavily in the country's defense and technology sectors -- fueling the belief that India could rise to become a regional or global superpower, and change the way the nation thinks of itself.

Defense Industry

  • U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics $15.6 Million Contract Modification for SSGN Work General Dynamics 06 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $15.6 million contract modification to manufacture and procure long-lead-time material required for the conversion of the USS Georgia (SSBN-729) Trident ballistic-missile submarine to a Trident SSGN, a multimission submarine optimized for tactical strike and special-operations support. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • General Dynamics Awarded $89 Million in Defense Contracts General Dynamics 06 Feb 2004 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that four of its business units – General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Charlotte, N.C.; General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Mich.; General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Arlington, Va. – this week were awarded Defense Department contracts worth more than $89 million.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $11 Million Ammunition Contract General Dynamics 06 Feb 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the Department of the Army Headquarters, Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill., has awarded the company an $11.1 million modification to a firm-fixed-price contract to manufacture 25mm M793 TP-T (Target Practice Tracer) cartridges. This award brings the total contract value to $108 million for the M793 program. Work will be performed at the company’s Marion, Ill., facility and is expected to be completed by September 2005.
  • Lockheed Martin Opens Global Vision Center at San Diego SPAWAR Facility Lockheed Martin 06 Feb 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today opened a new Global Vision Center at the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego.
  • Norway Successfully Flight Tests Lockheed Martin PANTERA Advanced Targeting Pod Lockheed Martin 06 Feb 2004 -- Braving heavy snow and low visibility, the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has become the first of Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] international customers to conduct flight tests with PANTERA, the company's Precision Attack Navigation and Targeting pod. Preliminary results indicated excellent PANTERA pod performance, consistent with similar reports from current testing of the comparable Sniper pod by the U.S. Air Force.

Other Conflicts

  • GREAT LAKES: Light arms, a scourge for peaceful development IRIN 06 Feb 2004 -- Over the last 50 years the use of small arms has cost some two million lives in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa, where in some countries guns are as abundant as goods are in supermarkets and where there is a general climate of violence.

  • Russia: Moscow Subway Blast Kills At Least 39, But Circumstances Remain Unclear RFE/RL 06 Feb 2004 -- An explosion in the Moscow subway today killed at least 39 people and injured more than 100 others. Russian officials say the blast was a terrorist attack, apparently caused by a bomb. But investigators say the explosion could also have been accidental. The blast is the latest in a series of attacks in the Russian capital that have been blamed on Chechen rebels and is raising anew the issue of safety on Moscow's public transportation system.
  • At Least 39 Killed In Moscow Metro Blast RFE/RL 06 Feb 2004 -- An explosion on the Moscow metro during the morning rush hour has killed at least 39 people and injured more than 100 others.
  • MOSCOW BLAST VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Chechen separatists of blowing up a Moscow underground commuter train Friday morning, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 100 others. The separatist leader's spokesman has denied the charge.

  • Powell Sees "a Brighter Future" for Liberia Washington File 06 Feb 2004 -- Speaking to the news media February 6 after the Liberian Donors Conference in New York, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell reiterated the United States' full commitment to assisting Gyude Bryant, chairman of the Liberian Transitional Government, in "leading the people of Liberia to a brighter future."
  • Nations Rally to Support Liberia Washington File 06 Feb 2004 -- The international community responded overwhelmingly to Liberia's call for help February 6, overflowing the U.N. room where a donors' conference was being held and pledging 80 percent of its goal of $488 million for reconstruction after only two pledges were made.
  • UN/LIBERIA VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- U-N officials say a two-day Liberia reconstruction conference has drawn a greater than expected donor response. The goal of raising nearly 500-million dollars is likely to be surpassed.

  • Annan calls on Haitians to resolve political differences peacefully UN News Centre 06 Feb 2004 -- Expressing concern about rising bloodshed in Haiti, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on Haitians to resolve their differences peacefully and through constitutional means.

  • EU: Pressure's On Turkey To Move On Cyprus RFE/RL 06 Feb 2004 -- Leading EU officials indicate they believe a breakthrough on Cyprus is close, if not imminent. The statements followed a 4 February formal invitation by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the island's Greek and Turkish communities -- as well as what he has called their "motherlands," Greece and Turkey -- to resume talks. However, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul in Brussels this morning stopped short of embracing the EU's optimism. Instead, he used much of his visit to promote Turkey's own credentials for EU membership.
  • EU / CYPRUS VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- European Union officials say they are confident a deal can be struck to reunite Cyprus before May first, when the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot southern part of the island will join the bloc.

  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bangui needs US $13.5 million for disarmament programme IRIN 06 Feb 2004 -- The Central African Republic (CAR) government requires seven billion francs CFA (US $13.5 million) to disarm, demobilise and rehabilitate some 7,765 former combatants in a programme scheduled to begin in March, a government minister said on Thursday.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Border reopening pegged to deployment of Congolese army IRIN 06 Feb 2004 -- Leaders of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have agreed on the reopening of the common border between the two countries upon the deployment of Congolese troops along the northwest frontier of the DRC, a CAR official said on Thursday.

  • UN/KOSOVO VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations Special Representative for Kosovo says the majority-ethnic Albanian province is making some progress toward building democracy. But he expressed disappointment that the province's minority Serbs are not taking part in that process.
  • ETHIOPIA: Ethnic violence leaves 18 dead in the east IRIN 06 Feb 2004 -- Ethnic violence has left at least 18 people dead and several hundred homes burnt down in eastern Ethiopia, the country's human rights organisation revealed on Friday.
  • SOMALIA: US and EU express support for peace agreement IRIN 06 Feb 2004 -- The US and the EU have expressed support for the recent agreement between the various Somali groups attending a peace conference in Kenya.
  • ISRAEL/SETTLEMENTS VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is considering relocating settlers he might evacuate from the Gaza Strip to settlements in the West Bank, rather than into Israel itself as had been expected.
  • SUDAN / DARFUR REBELS VOA 06 Feb 2004 -- Two rebel groups based in the Darfur region of western Sudan have agreed to participate in talks later this month to allow access for humanitarian aid to the war-torn area. As V-O-A Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi, the Sudanese government has also been invited to participate, but it has not yet accepted the offer.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 06 Feb 2004 -- France ratifies measure to allow former communist nations to join / NATO team lauds efforts in Macedonia (sic) to join alliance / Wrangle looms with EU over NATO presence in Bosnia / NATO under pressure to expand Afghan force / Canada says will keep up to 500 troops in Kabul
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 06 Feb 2004 -- Agreement reached with NATO on participation of French generals / NATO defense ministers meet to discuss Afghanistan, Iraq / U.S. plan to transfer power in Iraq may shift drastically / Minister says France may train Iraqi forces / U.S. says time not ripe for consideration of Kosovo independence

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