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12 February 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 12 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 12 Feb 2004 -- "Today the Coalition Provisional Authority and Combined Join Task Force 7 announce that the award for information leading to the apprehension of Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi, a suspected leader of terrorists in Iraq, will increase to $10 million."
  • Coalition Forces Will Not Leave Iraq Prematurely, Rumsfeld Says Washington File 12 Feb 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wants to dispel any impression that coalition forces might leave Iraq prematurely.
  • ICDC Building Attacked as Gen. Abizaid Visits CENTCOM Release 12 Feb 2004-- A local headquarters of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps was attacked at approximately 1:30 p.m. today while the Commander U.S. Central Command, Gen. John Abizaid was visiting with Iraqi officials there.
  • 4TH INFANTRY OPERATIONS FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS CENTCOM Release 12 Feb 2004-- As part of "Operation Saber Turner Phase II", soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Cavalry Regiment raided a location in Yathrib and captured two individuals suspected of financing and planning rocket and improvised explosive device attacks against Coalition forces and innocent Iraqi citizens.
  • Reserve MPs keeping convoy routes clear Army News Service 12 Feb 2004-- Hardly a day goes by when the soldiers of the 341st Military Police Company don't experience some sort of hostile activity.
  • Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers; Coalition Campaign Targets Zarqawi AFPS 12 Feb 2004 -- Two Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers are dead and another is wounded after a roadside bomb attack in western Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 11.
  • Abizaid, Swannack Escape Injury in Fallujah Attack AFPS 12 Feb 2004 -- The top military commander in Southwest Asia and the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division escaped injury today when their convoy was attacked while entering an Iraqi Civil Defense Corps battalion headquarters in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • IRAQ / ATTACK VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- The top-ranking U-S general in the Middle East has escaped unharmed from an attack west of Baghdad, in the restive Sunni triangle.
  • IRAQ / REWARD VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- U-S officials in Iraq say they are doubling the reward for information leading to the capture of a suspected Jordanian terrorist they consider the most dangerous man in Iraq.
  • Attack leaves five Spanish soldiers injured in Iraq PLA Daily 12 Feb 2004 -- Five Spanish soldiers were slightly injured Wednesday in a blast near their base in the southernIraqi city of Diwaniyah, but they are currently in no danger,Spanish military authorities said.
  • IRAQ / VIOLENCE VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Two American soldiers were killed in Baghdad late Wednesday following a deadly bombing that killed more than fifty people. American authorities and members of Iraq's governing council say their plans will not be halted by the continued violence.

  • Afghanistan: EU Parliament Debate Largely Pessimistic About Country's Future RFE/RL 12 Feb 2004 -- The European Parliament held a debate on Afghanistan today. Although the parliament supports EU involvement in the country, many deputies today questioned whether recent moves toward democracy are sustainable. The continued repression of women, the fragile security situation, the growing drugs trade, the role of Islamic fundamentalism, and conflicting international agendas for Afghanistan were cited as forming a "vicious circle" that will not be easy to break.
  • PAKISTAN / AFGHANISTAN VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan has admitted for the first time that some anti-government activities in neighboring Afghanistan are originating from Pakistani soil.
  • Something happening in Afghanistan from Pakistan: Musharraf IRNA 12 Feb 2004 -- Pakistani President General Pervez Musharra said Thursday that something has happened in Afghanistan from Pakistani side but rejected the notion that everything happening in the neighbouring is from Pakistan.
  • PAKISTAN /AFGHANISTAN VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan has admitted for the first time that some anti-government activities in neighboring Afghanistan are originating from Pakistani soil.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 06 12 Feb 2004 -- DRUGS: AFGHANISTAN'S NEGLECTED TIME BOMB / AFGHAN LEADER OPENS CONFERENCE ON NARCOTICS... / ...AS OFFICIAL SUGGESTS FORCE THE ONLY MEANS TO COMBAT PROBLEM... / ...AND SAYS WAR ON NARCOTICS HAS BEGUN... / ...BUT CALLS FOR RECOGNITION OF HIS COUNTRY'S NARCOTICS PROBLEM / POPPY CULTIVATION ON THE RISE IN KAPISA PROVINCE / TWENTY DIE IN CLASHES BETWEEN WARLORDS IN NORTH... / THAT OFFICIAL BLAMES ON NARCOTICS TURF WAR / UN'S ANTIDRUG CHIEF URGES FOREIGN-TROOP INVOLVEMENT IN AFGHAN WAR ON DRUGS / CANADA ASSUMES COMMAND OF ISAF... / BUT OTTAWA MIGHT CURTAIL CANADA'S PRESENCE... / ...AS NATO SAYS FURTHER EXPANSIONS PLANNED IN AFGHANISTAN / KARZAI DISMISSES INTELLIGENCE CHIEF... / ...AND APPOINTS A NEW ONE / COALITION SPOKESMAN URGES LOW-RANKING AFGHAN MILITANTS TO ABANDON THE FIGHT / ISLAMABAD HANDS OVER AFGHAN WARLORD TO KABUL / AFGHAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL QUESTIONS VALIDITY OF REPORT ON DEATHS / CHIEF JUSTICE WARNS AGAINST BROADCAST OF FEMALE SINGERS / UN CHIEF PICKS FRENCH DIPLOMAT AS ENVOY TO AFGHANISTAN / FORMER AFGHAN MONARCH IN INDIA FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT... / ...BUT IS RECOVERING / AFGHAN OFFICIAL REQUESTS AID FROM ISRAEL / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY

Defense Policy / Programs

  • PENTAGON/ARREST VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- A member of the U-S National Guard has been arrested in the western state of Washington and charged with trying to provide information to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
  • The German-American Relationship After Iraq US Dept. of State 12 Feb 2004 -- John R. Bolton, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Conference of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
  • Defense Leaders Urge Proper Funding to Face Threats AFPS 12 Feb 2004 -- Acknowledging that the president's budget request for fiscal 2005 represents "an enormous amount of money," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress today it funds investments that ensure the nation's ability to face future threats, including those posed by terrorists.
  • USS Enterprise Begins Operations with U.S. 6th Fleet Navy Newsstand 12 Feb 2004-- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) entered the waters of the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) Feb. 5, after transiting the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea following almost four months of operations in the Middle East. For the crew, this transition is yet another milestone in what so far has been a remarkable deployment that began in late August 2003.
  • USS Portsmouth Returns Home, Earns Awards Navy Newsstand 12 Feb 2004-- Following a successful six-month Western Pacific deployment, USS Portsmouth (SSN 707) returned home to San Diego Feb. 11. Upon their return, Portsmouth was awarded the 2003 Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 Tactical White 'T,' Communications Green 'C' and the Damage Control Red 'DC.'
  • USS Boxer Stops in Singapore Navy Newsstand 12 Feb 2004-- USS Boxer (LHD 4), currently on its second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, arrived in Singapore for a routine port visit Feb. 6.
  • GW Sailors Sail into Souda Bay Navy Newsstand 12 Feb 2004-- USS George Washington (CVN 73) was back at sea Feb. 10 following a four-day port visit to Souda Bay, Crete.
  • Thunderbolts leave Iwakuni for Cope Tiger Marine Corps News 12 Feb 2004-- Marine (All-Weather) Fighter Attack Squadron 251 started preparing for their first deployment out of Iwakuni during their Western Pacific deployment Feb. 6.
  • 3rd MAW embarkation Marines pack essential gear Marine Corps News 12 Feb 2004-- For a normal deployment to the Middle East or any operation the Marine Corps supports, time is valuable to Marines when they are not given much of it to accomplish their mission.
  • ANTILLEAN ANTI-TERRORISM: U.S., Dutch Marines join forces to train in Curacao Marine Corps News 12 Feb 2004-- The many facets of the Global War on Terror has carried Marines to various parts of the planet, from Afghanistan to the Philippines to the Horn of Africa. This year, it took a group of reservists to the Caribbean island of Curacao, where they trained to combat the gathering threat of Narco-Terrorism.
  • NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- President Bush Wednesday outlined proposed new steps to counter nuclear proliferation. The anti-proliferation initiative follows news that a Pakistan-based network peddled sensitive nuclear weapons technology abroad. Stemming the flow of such technology is a difficult task.
  • U.S.: Bush Proposes Major New Initiatives To Stop Nuclear Proliferation RFE/RL 12 Feb 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush, declaring that terrorists armed with nuclear material could pose "the greatest threat to mankind," is proposing a new initiative to restrict sales of nuclear technology and limit the number of nations allowed to produce nuclear fuel. Bush has outlined a seven-point plan that includes a ban on any new states acquiring uranium-reprocessing capabilities. The U.S. proposal is likely to be controversial since it undercuts a key provision of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which allows countries that promise not to develop nuclear weapons to receive broad help in producing their own civilian nuclear power.

  • Speech by NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer At the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, UK NATO 12 Feb 2004

  • White House Briefing, February 12, 2004 Washington File 12 Feb 2004 -- Bush schedule for day in Pennsylvania and at the White House, meeting Feb. 13 with U.S. governors on their Iraq visit, Senate expected to vote on U.S. highway legislation/veto threatened, Bush Alabama dental records/service in National Guard, 9/11 Commission, Bush economic policy/importance of creating jobs in U.S.

  • No "exact date" yet for lifting arms embargo on China: Solana PLA Daily 12 Feb 2004 -- EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana said Wednesday that the discussions on lifting arms embargo against China within the European Union (EU) are "on right track," but he could not tell the "exact date" for the lifting at present.

Defense Industry

  • CACI Awarded $30 Million Contract to Enhance U.S. Naval Aviation Training and Readiness CACI 12 Feb 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) today announced that it has been awarded a $30 million contract by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland to support its Naval aviation manpower, readiness, and training services. The period of performance on the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract began on January 1, 2004 and lasts for one base year with two option years. The award extends the company's longtime role as an engineering, training, and logistics solutions provider for the U.S. Navy, as well as its experience sustaining military troop preparedness.
  • CACI Announces Intent to Acquire CMS Information Services, Inc. CACI 12 Feb 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of CMS Information Services, Inc. (CMS). CMS, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, is an information technology consulting firm that serves government agencies, primarily in the national defense sector. CMS specializes in enterprise network solutions, enterprise financial management systems, and software engineering and integration. Closing is anticipated during the quarter.
  • General Dynamics Captures AUD $9.2 Million in Australian Army Work General Dynamics 12 Feb 2004 -- General Dynamics Land Systems - Australia (GDLS-A) captured two contracts worth AUD $9.2 million (USD $7.2 million) for repair and supply support to the Australian Army.
  • Nord-Micro teams with Ratier-Figeac on A400M Propeller program Hamilton Sundstrand 12 Feb 2004 -- Nord-Micro of Frankfurt, Germany, a Hamilton Sundstrand business unit, will participate in the propeller program for the A400M Military Transport Aircraft that was awarded to Ratier-Figeac on July 24, 2003. Ratier-Figeac of Figeac, France, is also a Hamilton Sundstrand business.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives Contract to Integrate Sniper XR Targeting Pod onto A-10 Thunderbolt Lockheed Martin 12 Feb 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded a contract to integrate the Sniper XR targeting pod on the A-10 aircraft in support of the A-10 Precision Engagement (PE) Program. The contract award follows a successful demonstration of the Sniper system during the A/OA-10 Precision Engagement upgrade program's critical design review.
  • Northrop Grumman High-Level Battle Management Exercises Prove Network Centric Warfare Concepts Northrop Grumman 12 Feb 2004 -- A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has refined the definition and functionality of its proposed architecture for a next generation U.S. Air Force battle management system with an exercise involving live and simulated military components.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Planning Contract for USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Northrop Grumman 12 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a planning contract valued at approximately $139 million for continued preparations for the overhaul and refueling of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
  • Oshkosh Truck Awarded $185.9 Million Order by U.S. Marine Corps for Defense Trucks Oshkosh 12 Feb 2004 -- Oshkosh Truck Corporation (NYSE:OSK), a leading manufacturer of trucks and truck bodies, announced today that the company has received approval from the U.S. Marine Corps for full-rate production of Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) wrecker and dump truck models. This approval was accompanied by a contract modification, funded at $185.9 million, for 700 trucks.
  • RAFAEL Introduce Full Spectrum Solutions at Asian Aerospace Rafael 12 Feb 2004 -- RAFAEL Armament Development Authority Ltd, will display its full spectrum of air defense solutions at the Asian Aerospace Exhibition in Singapore, 24-29 February, 2004. These solutions include a complete Sensor-to-Shooter concept, Helicopter Survivability and Upgrades and Aircraft Survivability.
  • U.S. Army to Deploy Lockheed Martin Aerostat Surveillance Systems in Iraq Lockheed Martin 12 Feb 2004 -- 56K tethered aerostat surveillance systemsThe U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $1.6 million contract to provide the first of two 56,000-cubic-foot tethered aerostat surveillance systems for deployment in Iraq. The aerostats, equipped with various sensors, will provide a persistent surveillance capability in the defense of ground forces and high-value assets in Baghdad.
  • E-10A Multi-Sensor Command and Control Aircraft Program Concludes System Requirements Review Northrop Grumman 12 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force and the Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team developing the service's E-10A Multi-Sensor Command and Control Aircraft (MC2A) have successfully completed the program's systems requirements review (SRR).
  • First Lockheed Martin-Built Milstar Satellite Marks 10 Years In Service Lockheed Martin 12 Feb 2004 -- The first U.S. Air Force Milstar communications satellite, built by a team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], has achieved its 10-year design life of on-orbit service, providing our nation's warfighters with secure and reliable communications during military operations since 1994.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 12 Feb 2004
  • GHANA: Rawlings makes brief first appearance at reconciliation commission IRIN 12 Feb 2004 -- Former Ghanaian president, Jerry John Rawlings made a short but tumultuous first appearance before the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) on Thursday to answer questions about controversial killings that took place during his tenure as military head of state 20 years ago.
  • UN assessment team maps out drawdown of mission in Sierra Leone UN News Centre 12 Feb 2004 -- An assessment team is in Sierra Leone evaluating the benchmarks for the reduction of the United Nations mission (UNAMSIL) in the country by the end of the year in the increasingly stable security situation there after a decade of conflict.
  • UN military observer killed in DR of Congo ambush UN News Centre 12 Feb 2004 -- A United Nations military observer was killed today in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during the ambush of a UN convoy as it returned from investigating allegations of extortion by local militia members.
  • POWELL/HAITI VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that, while the United States is disappointed with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's performance in office, it does not have a policy of "regime change" with regard to the political crisis in Haiti. There will be a multi-lateral meeting on Haiti at the State Department Friday.
  • U-N/CYPRUS VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has submitted a new timetable that would allow a united Cyprus to join the European Union in May. Mr. Denktash made the proposal during talks at the United Nations with Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulous. The talks are continuing, with U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan acting as mediator.
  • ETHIOPIA/MASSACRE VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- The Ethiopian government is sending troops to the troubled western state of Gambella, where ethnic violence has claimed as many as 200 lives in a single day.
  • SOMALIA: Peace process on course, says Kenyan ambassador IRIN 12 Feb 2004 -- The peace process under way in Kenya is on course and will move into its final phase soon, according to the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia.
  • ETHIOPIA: 10,000 flee yet more fighting in the west IRIN 12 Feb 2004 -- Ten thousand people have fled ethnic fighting in western Ethiopia that has claimed more than 250 lives, according to government officials. Clashes had erupted at a gold mine, in which 196 people were killed in a single day; the killings being one of the worst instances of ethnic violence seen in Ethiopia in recent years, the government said on Wednesday.
  • SUDAN: Background to the peace process IRIN 12 Feb 2004 -- As the Sudanese government and the main rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) prepare to resume their meetings on 17 February for what many hope will mark the final stage of their 18-month peace process, rumblings of discontent in some parts of the country could have far-reaching repercussions on the gains already made during their talks in Kenya.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Israel is on high alert for possible attacks by Palestinian militant groups who are vowing revenge for Israeli raids in the Gaza Strip Wednesday in which 15 Palestinians were killed and scores more were injured.
  • UGANDA/CONFLICT VOA 12 Feb 2004 -- Security officials in Northern Uganda are demanding the expulsion of a Roman Catholic priest who, they say, is spreading false information about a recent fire at a northern refugee camp. Church workers say the cleric is being targeted for his long-running criticism of the army.
  • Russia seeking acceptable solution on WW2 peace treaty with Japan:diplomat PLA Daily 12 Feb 2004 -- A senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday that his country would continue searching for an "acceptable" solution to the still outstanding World War II peace treaty with Japan.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 12 Feb 2004 -- Serbs stung by "Karadzic in Belgrade" claim / U.S. considers stop-gap Afghan national guard / CIA posts Web site notice seeking Iraq WMD info / U.S. military could store weapons in Australia / Pakistani tribesmen vow to hunt foreign militants / Georgian and Russian presidents meet, aiming to improve relations
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 12 Feb 2004 -- Former ISAF commander on potential suicide bombers in Kabul / EU's Patten calls for more troops in Afghanistan to secure reconstruction / Powell: NATO allies showing increasing acceptance of NATO role in Iraq / Daily: Idea of "Greater Middle East Initiative" gaining traction / Do not forget Kosovo's troubles, urges UN

  • Greens criticize France, UK, US for double standards over WMD IRNA 12 Feb 2004 -- During a debate on nuclear disarmament in the European Parliament in Strasbourg Wednesday afternoon, two Green MEPs, Caroline Lucas and Patricia McKenna, accused the UK and France of being hypocritical by endorsing the principle of nuclear disarmament while simultaneously upgrading their own nuclear arsenals.

  • Northrop Grumman to Provide Antenna for Italy's Shallow Radar Experiment on NASA's Mission to Mars Northrop Grumman 12 Feb 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the Alenia Spazio, Rome, Italy, to provide a di-pole antenna for Alenia's SHARAD (SHAllow RADar) experiment to be flown on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2005.
  • Rosetta – Masterpiece of Technology with a Cosmic Message EADS 12 Feb 2004 -- Two weeks before launch of the European comet probe Rosetta, the final preparations are underway at the launch site Kourou, French-Guyana. Under the management of space technology engineers of the European space company EADS Astrium, the spacecraft has been thoroughly tested and integrated into Ariane 5. This requires meticulous care since the launch window for the start to a journey lasting ten years will open for the first time on February 26, 2004. Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit the nucleus of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and to deploy a lander on the comet's surface.
  • Rosetta - In Search of Pristine Matter EADS 12 Feb 2004 -- It is a journey far into our solar system, a journey into the unknown and also a journey into the past. With the Rosetta launch, one of the most exciting European space projects will be able to start at the second attempt after the launch had to be postponed for more than one year. Rosetta is to set off in February 2004 in search of pristine matter and help find answers on how life came into being. The launch window for the interplanetary mission opens on February 26.



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