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18 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 18 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • IRAQ / AL-QAIDA VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The U-S military said Wednesday soldiers have arrested seven militants with suspected ties to al-Qaida.
  • IRAQ / BOMBING VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- A car bomb attack early Wednesday at a Polish military base south of Baghdad killed at least 11 people and injured scores of others.

  • Provincial Teams Securing, Rebuilding Afghanistan AFPS 18 Feb 2004 -- Officials are happy with the progress of 11 provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan and are looking to expand the program throughout the country.
  • Afghanistan: U.S. Optimistic About Defeating Extremists RFE/RL 18 Feb 2004 -- U.S. officials in Afghanistan yesterday painted an upbeat picture of the fight there against former Taliban and Al-Qaeda elements.
  • AFGHANISTAN U-N VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The top U-N envoy to Afghanistan says he hopes national elections can be held by June as originally planned, but he cautions that rushing the process to meet the deadline would be a mistake.
  • AFGHANISTAN/ELECTIONS VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- A senior U-S official says the timetable for Afghanistan's elections - set for June - may have to be changed. But there is still a strong desire to keep to the original schedule.
  • Slovak to send more troops to Afghanistan PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- The Slovak government approved a plan of dispatching additional troops to Afghanistan on Tuesday. The 17-member new contingent consists of 16 engineers and one army officer is expected to leave by the end of May.
  • Disappearing the Dead: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Idea of a 'New Warfare' Project on Defense Alternatives 18 Feb 2004 -- The report examines the Pentagon's treatment of the civilian casualty issue since 9/11, outlines the DoD's "perception management" campaign regarding the issue, and critiques the concept of a "new warfare" as misleading.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • USS Yorktown Deploys as Part of Expeditionary Strike Group Navy Newsstand 18 Feb 2004-- The guided-missile cruiser USS Yorktown (CG 48) and its crew of approximately 400 deployed Feb. 17 from its homeport at Naval Station Pascagoula to be part of the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), which is making its maiden deployment as an ESG in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • GW Visits Souda Bay Navy Newsstand 18 Feb 2004-- Sailors and crew of USS George Washington (CVN 73) got a much-needed rest Feb. 6-10, when the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier visited Souda Bay before resuming her transit to the Central Command Area of Responsibility to continue her mission.
  • Group turning crumbling symbol into a military airfield AFPN 18 Feb 2004-- Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group civil engineers are turning what was once a crumbling symbol of oppression into a military airfield that supports operations aimed at eliminating terrorists.
  • Industry mobilizing to produce up-armored Humvees Army News Service 18 Feb 2004-- Humvee production in February has ramped up from 25 to 30 vehicles daily at an AM General factory in order to meet the demand in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • First 101st helicopters, vehicles back from Iraq Army News Service 18 Feb 2004-- Things have come full-circle for the Soldiers of 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation.
  • Screaming Eagles Retrieve Aircraft at Jacksonville Port AFPS 18 Feb 2004 -- Things have come full circle for the soldiers of 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment. Just over a year ago at Jacksonville, they loaded the helicopters of the "Screaming Eagle" 101st Airborne Division on cargo vessels bound for Kuwait. This week, these same aircraft arrived back at Jacksonville, and many of the same soldiers, now combat-hardened, were waiting for them.
  • PENTAGON/HUMAN TRAFFICKING VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The U-S Defense Department is throwing its might against the global problem of sex trafficking. But the target is not any foreign country, but preventing any wrongdoing or even the appearance of wrongdoing within the American military community itself.
  • Transportation Command's Priority: Supporting Warfighters AFPS 18 Feb 2004 -- Supporting the warfighter is "job No. 1" for U.S. Transportation Command, the TRANSCOM deputy commander said here today.
  • Middle East: U.S. Pushes For NATO Role In Surrounding Region RFE/RL 18 Feb 2004 -- Increasing U.S. pressure for a long-term NATO role in the "Greater Middle East" region stretching from Afghanistan to Morocco has prompted a lively debate within the alliance.
  • US military aircraft to use Japan civilian airport PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- US military aircraft will make a refueling stop at a civilian airport in south Japan's Okinawa Prefecture on their way to and from a joint US-Philippine war exercise planned in the Philippines this month.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, February 18, 2004 Washington File 18 Feb 2004 -- Haiti, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Israel/Palestinians, Iraq, Iran, India/Pakistan, Cyprus, Yemen/Saudi Arabia, North Korea
  • White House Daily Press Briefing, February 18, 2004 Washington File 18 Feb 2004 -- Haiti, Kentucky special election, economic report/projected job numbers, gay marriage/President's view, Welfare Reform Act/renewal, President's credibility, Iraq/Jerry Bremer, Japan/oil field development with Iran, energy bill, Tunisia, Democratic candidates/attacking the President, Venezuela

  • US may supply Taiwan with Aegis missile system PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- According to Washington Times the US may supply Taiwan with ship-borne missile defense system. Officials at the Pentagon and US State Department said the United States was considering selling ship-borne missile defense system to Taiwan.

  • Russia: War Games Misfire, But Public Officials, State Media So Far Largely Silent RFE/RL 18 Feb 2004 -- Military war games designed to highlight Russia's ballistic missile capability have turned into a major embarrassment. Yesterday, two submarine-fired intercontinental missiles failed to launch, as Russian President Vladimir Putin looked on. Today, another missile self-destructed as it veered off course shortly after being fired. Accounts of the mishaps are filtering into the Russian press and are once again raising questions about the state of the Russian military. The authorities, following past practice, are so far keeping silent.
  • Putin inspects Russia's naval exercise PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday went out to the Barents Sea aboard a nuclear submarine to inspect an ongoing naval exercise, which is said to be the largest of its kind since the Soviet era.

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $11.8 Million Contract for F/A-18 E/F Auxiliary Fuel Tanks General Dynamics 18 Feb 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received an $11.8 million firm-fixed price contract from Boeing (NYSE: BA), based in St. Louis, for the production of 480-gallon external auxiliary fuel tanks for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. This contract for 140 units extends through Feb. 2006.
  • Team US101 Helicopter Completes Navy Evaluation for Presidential Transport Lockheed Martin 18 Feb 2004 -- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps test pilots have completed a three-week Naval Preliminary Evaluation (NPE) of the EH101 medium-lift helicopter -- a variant of the US101 aircraft competing to become the next rotary wing platform to fly the president of the United States.
  • Boeing/Insitu UAV Demonstrates Next-Generation Software, Autonomy Technology Boeing 18 Feb 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and researchers from Cornell University recently demonstrated leading-edge software and autonomy technologies aboard ScanEagle, a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). ScanEagle's demonstration flight proved a UAV can be rapidly reconfigured and its mission capabilities updated without modifying and re-validating the flight control software.
  • EADS CASA signs contract to supply Maritime Patrol Aircraft to the U.S. Coast Guard EADS 18 Feb 2004 -- EADS CASA and Lockheed Martin today signed in Madrid a $87.4 million contract that formalises EADS CASA participation in the United States Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) Program.

Other Conflicts

  • EU: Palestinian Prime Minister In Brussels To Rally Support For Mideast Peace Process RFE/RL 18 Feb 2004 -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei wrapped up a two-day visit to Brussels today intended to rally European Union support for the road map to peace in the Middle East. However, EU officials appeared wary to offer concrete suggestions as to how precisely the stalled peace process can be revived.
  • International Court of Justice to open hearings on Israeli wall case next week UN News Centre 18 Feb 2004 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today announced that it will hold three days of hearings starting Monday in the request for an advisory opinion on the consequences of the construction of a wall in the occupied Palestinian territory.
  • Announcement of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza should be welcomed - UN envoy UN News Centre 18 Feb 2004 -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's announcement that Israel will withdraw the military and settlements from the Gaza Strip should be welcomed by all, as it sets the stage for the possible resumption of a "vigorous" peace process, the senior United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Terje Roed-Larsen, told the Security Council today.
  • U-N / MIDDLE EAST VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The top U-N Middle East envoy has welcomed Israel's plan to withdraw settlers from the Gaza Strip. But the envoy cautioned that a unilateral pullout -- without Palestinian and international cooperation -- would be counter-productive.
  • France suggests to send peacekeeping force to Gaza Strip PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- French Foreign Minister Dominique deVillepin suggested Tuesday to send an international peacekeeping force to the Gaza Strip after Israel dismantles 17 settlements there in line with Israeli Primer Minister Ariel Sharon's plan.
  • I-C-R-C /ISRAEL BARRIER VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross has sharply criticized the West Bank security barrier Israel is building, saying construction of the barrier in the occupied territories violates international humanitarian law. The International Court of Justice is to begin hearings on the barrier next week.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- Three senior U-S envoys arrive in Israel today for talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon about his plan for unilateral disengagement from the Palestinian territories.

  • U.S. Continues Efforts to Help End Violence in Haiti Washington File 18 Feb 2004 -- The United States is continuing to work very closely with countries in the Caribbean and the Organization of American States (OAS) to bring about a peaceful resolution to the violence in Haiti, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan told reporters February 18.
  • U-S-HAITI VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The United States Wednesday continued intensive diplomatic contacts on Haiti's political crisis. Administration officials continue to reject military intervention to put down the violence, but also say the United States will not allow Haiti's elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to be driven from office by armed gangs.
  • France considers sending peacekeeping force to Haiti: FM PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- France envisions sending a multinational peacekeeping force to Haiti to end the 12-day-old uprising, which has claimed at least 56 lives, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Tuesday.
  • HAITI UNREST VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- Haitian authorities on Tuesday appealed for international assistance to help police fight an armed rebellion in the country's north, but stopped short of asking for direct foreign military intervention to end the crisis. Diplomats in the capital say they are willing to provide Haiti with technical and humanitarian assistance, but it is up to Haiti's government and opposition to solve the country's deep-rooted political crisis that has now erupted into violence.

  • SUDAN: Pro-government militias massacre 81 in Western Darfur, says rights group IRIN 18 Feb 2004 -- A US-based human rights group has claimed that 81 civilians in the war-affected Western Darfur region Sudan were last week massacred by Arab militia groups aligned with the Sudanese government.
  • SUDAN: Peace talks resume in Kenya IRIN 18 Feb 2004 -- A possible final round of Sudanese talks resumed in Kenya on Tuesday, with both warring parties reaffirming their commitment to signing a peace peace deal to end the country's 20-year civil war.

  • COTE D IVOIRE: Two Burkinabe killed in latest ethnic clashes in west IRIN 18 Feb 2004 -- Two Burkinabe immigrants have been killed and at least seven others have been seriously wounded in machete attacks by youths of the local Guere tribe in the government-controlled town of Duekoue in western Cote d'Ivoire, hospital and police officials said on Wednesday.
  • IVORY COAST / U-N VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- U-N officials, rebels and the ruling party in Ivory Coast have welcomed U-S support for a United Nations force of six thousand peacekeepers in the divided west African country.

  • 60 anti-gov't guerrillas killed in fierce fighting in Nepal PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- The Nepali government security forces on Tuesday recovered 60 bodies of the anti-government guerrillas after 48 hours of fighting between the two sides in western Nepal, Radio Nepal reported Tuesday night.
  • NEPAL CRISIS REPORT VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The government of Nepal has come under fire from an international think-tank for distributing weapons to villagers. The International Crisis Group says the plan, which is intended to help counter attacks by communist guerrillas, may lead to greater violence across the country.

  • Proliferation of small arms poses threat to Kenya: official PLA Daily 18 Feb 2004 -- Proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Kenya have become much more destructive to the East African country, a senior government official disclosed here Tuesday.
  • DRC: MONUC focusing troop deployment in eastern regions IRIN 18 Feb 2004 -- MONUC, known as the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is now focusing its troop deployment in the eastern regions of the vast central African country following improved security conditions elsewhere, the head of the mission, William Swing, told reporters on Wednesday.
  • LIBERIA: UN says no disarmament before full deployment of peacekeepers IRIN 18 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations has said categorically that it will not resume its suspended disarmament programme in Liberia until UN peacekeeping troops are fully deployed right across the West African country.
  • GREAT LAKES: More effort needed to achieve regional stability - UN official says IRIN 18 Feb 2004 -- Despite significant progress in the peace processes in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), much more work needs to done to ensure stability in the Great Lakes region, on official told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.
  • NIGERIA / CAMEROON VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- Nigerian and Cameroonian officials are going to the disputed border region, which includes the potentially oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to assess the possible impact of a land exchange. Nigeria, so far, has been stalling in carrying out a court order to return the disputed area to Cameroon.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 18 Feb 2004 -- U.S. congressman warns EU on defense plans / NATO chief says alliance will be ready if asked to help in Iraq / Kosovo leader fears a backsliding Serbia / EU foreign policy chief Solana says cooperation with war crimes court crucial for Croatia's EU bid / Mystery surrounds Russia missile exercises / U.S. agrees to deployment of more than 6,000 UN peacekeepers in Ivory Coast
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 18 Feb 2004 -- EU urges tougher action on drugs, more security for Afghan elections / U.S. general maps new tactic to pursue Taliban and Al Qaeda / Baltic states insist on air defenses from NATO

  • U-S-VENEZUELA VOA 18 Feb 2004 -- The State Department is "categorically" rejecting renewed charges by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that the United States supported the 2002 coup against him and is trying to oust him again by backing a recall referendum on his rule.
  • ATK Awarded $97 Million Contract to Supply Orion Rocket Motors to Orbital Sciences Corporation ATK 18 Feb 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has received contracts worth over $97 million to produce first, second, and third stage Orion motors for Orbital Sciences Corporation. Work under the two-year contracts will be performed at the ATK Thiokol Propulsion Bacchus Plant in Magna, Utah.

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