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19 February 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 19 Feb 2004 -- U.S. Presidential Envoy to Iraq, L. Paul Bremer
  • Transcript: Special Defense Department Briefing Operational Update 19 Feb 2004 -- Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Joint Staff, Brig. Gen. David Rodriguez and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Public Affairs, Lawrence DiRita
  • Soldiers Capture Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Iraq AFPS 19 Feb 2004 -- News releases from Combined Joint Task Force 7 in Iraq have provided details of recent coalition successes in capturing insurgents and taking weapons out of circulation.
  • Officials Report on Troop Rotation, Problems Identifying Terrorists AFPS 19 Feb 2004 -- The rotation of troops into and out of Iraq is in full swing, DoD officials said today.
  • US issues Iraq insurgents wanted list PLA Daily 19 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. military on Tuesday issued for the first time a wanted list of dozens of key figures suspected of leading the anti-U.S. insurgency in Iraq, including a $1 million reward for a senior Baath Party figure believed to be running guerrilla cells.

  • AFGHAN-IRAQ-ELECTIONS VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Afghanistan and Iraq have both been battlegrounds in recent times. Many of the conditions in Afghanistan mirror those of Iraq. But even as the United States wins international support to delay holding elections in Iraq, it is pushing for elections to be held in Afghanistan in 4 months.
  • RFE/RL Afghanistan Report, Vol 3, Number 07 19 Feb 2004 -- SOVIET MILITARY WITHDRAWAL HOLDS LESSONS FOR FUTURE / EU PARLIAMENT DEBATE LARGELY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT AFGHANISTAN'S FUTURE... / ...AS EU DELEGATIONS VISITS KABUL... / ...TO DISCUSS TIMING OF ELECTIONS, SECURITY / AFGHAN FOREIGN MINISTER PUTS ELECTIONS IN DOUBT / SENIOR AFGHAN SECURITY OFFICIAL SLAIN... / ...AND NEO-TALIBAN CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY / KABUL PAPER LAMENTS LACK OF SECURITY / NEO-TALIBAN 'SPOKESMAN' APPEARS TO DISMISS U.S. OVERTURE... / ...AS FORMER TALIBAN FOLLOWERS ATTEMPTING TO ASSIMILATE INTO CIVILIAN LIFE / COALITION SIGNALS CHANGE OF TACTICS IN AFGHANISTAN... / ...AND CLOSE COOPERATION WITH PAKISTAN / ISLAMABAD CONCEDES POSSIBLE CROSS-BORDER RAIDS INTO AFGHANISTAN / PAKISTAN ARRESTS TWO SUSPECTED TERRORISTS NEAR AFGHAN BORDER /KARZAI AND VILLEPIN DISCUSS NATO EXPANSION AND ELECTIONS / GERMANY TO HOST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFGHANISTAN / TAJIKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN SIGN BRIDGE AGREEMENT / THIS WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN'S HISTORY /

  • PENTAGON / HAITI VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- The Pentagon is dispatching a small military team to Haiti to assess security conditions at the American Embassy.

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $66 Million Tank Ammunition Contract General Dynamics 19 Feb 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $66 million shared-source multiyear ammunition contract for the supply of 120mm M831A1 High Explosive Anti-Tank and M865 Kinetic Energy Tank Training Ammunition by the Department of the Army Headquarters, Joint Munitions Command at Rock Island, Ill. If all options are exercised, the value of the contract could exceed $218 million over the four-year contract period.
  • Northrop Grumman Breaks Ground on $35 Million Expansion Project Northrop Grumman 19 Feb 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently broke ground on a $35 million West Bay Expansion Project during a ceremony at its Ship Systems sector's Pascagoula facility.
  • Rafale Programme :Thales welcomes award of F3 Development Contract Thales 19 Feb 2004 -- Thales welcomes the award by the French Ministry of Defence of a contract to develop the F3 standard for the Rafale programme.
  • General Dynamics and Aeronautics Defense Systems, LTD Sign Strategic Alliance Agreement General Dynamics 19 Feb 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has formed a strategic alliance with Aeronautics Defense Systems, LTD. The alliance allows General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems to offer Aeronautics’ unmanned aerial systems technologies, including the Unmanned Multi-Application System (UMASä), to the U.S. market and select international customers.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN-DEVELOPED NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM SUPPORTS MDA WAR GAME Lockheed Martin 19 Feb 2004 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led Missile Defense National Team recently demonstrated a system architecture that links Joint services, Combatant Commands and disparate systems and sensors in a major Missile Defense Agency (MDA) war game. The National Team's Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) system, the integrating architecture for missile defense, enabled war game participants to plan, coordinate and execute an effective defense against a simulated missile attack in a multi-week war game conducted in late 2003.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $505 Million for PAC-3 Missile Production Lockheed Martin 19 Feb 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received production contracts totaling $505 million for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles and related support equipment. The battle-proven PAC-3 Missile is currently the world's only fielded hit-to-kill, pure kinetic energy air defense missile.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 19 Feb 2004
  • Powell-Haiti VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- An international delegation from the United States, Canada, France and the Caribbean grouping CARICOM will go to Haiti Saturday to give President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his political rivals a plan aimed at defusing the country's political crisis. The plan is said to complement the existing set of peace proposals from CARICOM.
  • Haiti / O-A-S VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- With the armed uprising against the government of Haiti entering its third week, diplomatic efforts are continuing to secure an end to the violence. Late Thursday, in Washington, the Organization of American States (O-A-S) called on President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to respect human rights and hold a political dialogue with his country's political opposition.
  • HAITI / ARISTIDE VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- Haiti's embattled president says he is prepared to die rather than give in to rebel demands that he leave office.
  • POWELL-HAITI VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday the United States is working with other concerned parties on a plan for a political solution to the turmoil in Haiti. Senior U-S officials say the plan would provide a pathway to implementing the Haitian peace formula of the Caribbean grouping CARICOM.

  • PRESS BRIEFING BY OUTGOING LEBANON FORCE COMMANDER United Nations 19 Feb 2004
  • U-S / ISRAEL / BARRIER VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- The International Court of Justice in The Hague on Monday will begin hearings on the legality of Israel's security barrier. The Israeli government says the barrier is needed to protect citizens from suicide bombers. The Palestinians say the move is a land grab.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- A high-level U-S delegation has met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to discuss his proposal to withdraw settlers from the Gaza Strip.

  • Somali leaders must match political progress with improved security, Annan says UN News Centre 19 Feb 2004 -- With the selection of a Somali transitional national parliament on the horizon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the leaders of the Horn of Africa country to ensure that political progress is accompanied by a tangible improvement in security.
  • SOMALIA / PEACE VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Late last month, a group of powerful Somali warlords and clan leaders reached a landmark agreement on forming a unified government in the Horn of African country. For many people in Somalia, the deal has raised hope that peace and order, which has eluded the country for more than a decade, could soon be restored. But not everyone believes that creating a government run by warlords will end the suffering and bloodshed.

  • Hailing progress in talks between India and Pakistan, Annan urges leaders to stay course UN News Centre 19 Feb 2004 -- Encouraged by the "steady progress" being made in the bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the two South Asian neighbours to press forward in tackling sensitive issues.
  • Yugoslavia: Prosecution Wrapping Up Its Case, But Milosevic Trial Expected To Last Many Years Longer RE/RL 19 Feb 2004 -- The trial of Slobodan Milosevic, the first former head of state to face international justice, began in February 2002. Two years later, prosecutors are set to wrap up their case against the former Yugoslav president, who stands accused of masterminding the bloody wars in the Balkans in the 1990s.
  • Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet as talks resume under UN auspices UN News Centre 19 Feb 2004 -- The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders met for direct talks today in Cyprus as negotiations resumed on a plan by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to reunify the island nation before its entry into the European Union on 1 May.
  • RWANDA/GENOCIDE TRIALS VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- The U-N court trying those accused of masterminding Rwanda's 1994 genocide says it may transfer some of its cases to courts in Rwanda.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: UN special envoy arrives in Addis Ababa IRIN 19 Feb 2004 -- Lloyd Axworthy, who has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to seek a solution to the deadlock in the stalled peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday. He told reporters hours later that it had not been determined when he would see Eritrean President Isayas Afeworki
  • SUDAN / DARFUR AID VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- A U-N-led team of humanitarian experts is visiting western Sudan to determine how to deliver emergency aid to hundreds-of-thousands of people in an area torn by fighting.
  • CYPRUS / U-N TALKS VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- U-N-led peace negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders are underway in Nicosia. Nathan Morley reports from the city, the talks are aimed at finding a political settlement that would enable a reunited Cyprus to join the European Union in May.
  • THAILAND - MUSLIM SCHOOLS VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Hundreds of schools in Thailand's southern provinces have been closed as the region sees new violence. The prime minister has called an emergency security meeting to restore peace.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • SOLDIERS OF V CORPS' 30TH MEDICAL BRIGADE COME HOME FROM YEAR IN SOUTHWEST ASIA V Corps Release 19 Feb 2004-- Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of V Corps' 30th Medical Brigade were given a celebrity's welcome by families and friends when they arrived at the Wilson Theater on Nachrichten Kaserne here Feb. 18 for a homecoming ceremony marking the end of a year-long deployment in Southwest Asia.
  • Cole Protects Mediterranean from Terrorists Navy Newsstand 19 Feb 2004-- USS Cole (DDG 67) came into port at Naval Station Rota Nov. 11 for one of many stops in the Mediterranean Sea as part of Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM), a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command to protect the surrounding areas from terrorism.
  • Multi-Sail helps FDNF ships work together 7th Fleet Release 19 Feb 2004-- A pre-deployment exercise held by ships of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) wrapped up off the coast of Japan Feb 6.
  • USS Port Royal takes a break Down Under 7th Fleet Release 19 Feb 2004-- USS Port Royal (CG 73), one of seven U.S. warships that make up Expeditionary Strike Group 1 (ESG-1), arrived here Feb. 18 for a well-earned rest following an active deployment in support of the continuing war on terrorism.
  • New Civilian Personnel System Moves Forward AFPS 19 Feb 2004 -- The Pentagon's personnel chief said he hopes to bring the first 300,000 civilian Defense Department employees under the new National Security Personnel System within the next six months.
  • Myers Stresses Transformation in War on Terror AFPS 19 Feb 2004 -- The United States is doing "pretty well" in the war on terror, but more needs to be done and more progress is necessary to transform American military capabilities, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said Feb. 18.
  • U-S / GUANTANAMO RELEASE VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- The Bush administration says it is moving as quickly as possible to resolve the cases of those still held as terrorist suspects at the U-S naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The State Department confirmed Thursday that six detainees -- five Britons and a Danish citizen -- are being turned over to legal authorities in those countries.
  • GUANTANAMO RELEASES/ LAWYERS VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Lawyers for two of the British terror suspects being released from a U-S military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, say they will continue to pursue their challenge of the United States government's detention of the men without trial.
  • BRITAIN / GUANTANAMO VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- Britain says five of the nine British citizens held as terrorist suspects by the United States at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be returned home in the coming weeks.
  • PENTAGON / SAO TOME VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- A U-S-financed study into the development of a deepwater port and expanded airfield facilities on Sao Tome has again focused attention on possible American military interest in the West African island nation.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, February 19, 2004 Washington File 19 Feb 2004 -- Department/Cuba, Cyprus, Haiti, Iraq, China/Taiwan, Iran, Pakistan/Iran/Libya, Greece, North Korea
  • White House Report, Feb. 19: Iran, Iraq, Haiti, India/Pakistan Washington File 19 Feb 2004 -- White House Seriously Concerned by Reports of Iranian WMD Activity / IMPORTANCE OF IRAQI SOVEREIGNTY TRANSFER TIMETABLE STRESSED / U.S. CONTINUES WORKING FOR POLITICAL RESOLUTION IN HAITI / WHITE HOUSE WELCOMES DECREASE OF TENSIONS IN SOUTH ASIA
  • White House Daily Briefing, February 19, 2004 Washington File 19 Feb 2004 -- Return of detainees from Guantanamo, Iranian nuclear activities, Haitian political crisis, U.N. role in Iraqi elections, start of recession, corporate scandals, Iraqi Governing Council, India-Kashmir, homosexual marriage, economic report update request, Kerry/AFL-CIO, endorsement, Venezuela, Haiti, abortion, outsourcing, college football scandals

  • MOFA HAILS E.U. DECISION TO MAINTAIN ARMS EMBARGO AGAINST BEIJING CNA 19 Feb 2004 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday it welcomes the passage of a resolution by the European Parliament last week demanding that the European Union (E.U.) maintain its arms embargo against mainland China.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: More funds for peacekeeping efforts IRIN 19 Feb 2004 -- South Africa's Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel on Wednesday allocated R1.1 billion (around US $165 million) for the country's peacekeeping missions on the continent over the next three years.
  • Thai PM admits weapons smuggled to Aceh PLA Daily 19 Feb 2004 -- Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said here on Wednesday that some weapons had been smuggled from Thailand to Indonesia's Aceh for the rebellion movement there.
  • UK to revise senior management structure of reserve forces PLA Daily 19 Feb 2004 -- The British Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced Wednesday that the senior management structure of British reserve forces was to be revised, including the promotion of a territorial army officer to major general.
  • Russia's military exercise fires four missiles, one failed PLA Daily 19 Feb 2004 -- Russia launched four missiles Wednesday as part of its ongoing military exercise, but one of them was self-destructed after veering off course.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 19 Feb 2004 -- NATO foreign ministers to hold April meeting on Afghanistan and Iraq / NATO force confident Afghan elections can proceed / Italian Senate approves funding for continued force in Iraq, Italian president urges stepped up UN role soon / Palestinian prime minister calls for international peacekeepers to follow Israeli pullout from Gaza
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 19 Feb 2004 -- Russian diplomat: NATO stepping up AWACS intelligence / Turkey willing to consider sending troops to ISAF / ISAF commander expects decision soon on expanding mission / Taliban try to frighten Afghan voters in rural areas / French foreign minister on possible NATO involvement in Iraq

  • U-N / FUTURE VOA 19 Feb 2004 -- A high-level U-N official is calling for bold changes in the way the international organization confronts challenges, such as terrorism, weapons proliferation, and peace-building.



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