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20 February 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Feb 2004 [PDF]

  • Bomb Kills 2 Soldiers; Coalition Operations Continue AFPS 20 Feb 2004 -- Two Task Force All American soldiers were killed and one was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near Khaldiyah, Iraq, Feb. 19.
  • 4TH INFANTRY OPERATIONS FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS CENTCOM Release 20 Feb 2004-- During the past 24 hours 4thID soldiers raided three locations and captured six individuals, four of them suspected of involvement in anti-Coalition activity.
  • Iraqi guards working with 3rd ACR to secure border Army News Service 20 Feb 2004-- More than 15,000 pilgrims have passed through the Ar Ar border crossing during the past couple of weeks and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment has helped the Iraqi border guards keep the western boundary secure.
  • More pay goes to 1,500 Soldiers in war zone Army News Service 20 Feb 2004-- About 1,500 Soldiers are eligible to receive an extra $1,000 a month for being involuntarily extended in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • COALITION FORCES EXPAND PROVINCIAL RECONSTRUCTION TEAMS IN AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM Release 20 Feb 2004-- The Asadabad Provincial Reconstruction Team officially opened its doors Thursday, Feb. 19, following a ceremony at the Civil Military Operations Center in Asadabad. The Asadabad PRT will serve the provinces of Konar and Nurestan.
  • AFGHANISTAN: UN plans massive voter registration campaign in May IRIN 20 Feb 2004 -- Pushing her way through a crowd of all-enveloping burqa covered women, Freshta Doust, a 23-year-old married university student became the one millionth Afghan voter to register in the UN-supervised voter registration drive for the country's first democratic nationwide elections set for June.
  • PAKISTAN/MILITARY OPERATION VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- Pakistan is stepping up efforts to hunt down suspected terrorists believed to be hiding in its semi-autonomous tribal area. The move comes amid what the U-S military is describing as an intense hunt for fugitive leaders of the al-Qaida terror network.

  • US military team to assess embassy security in Haiti PLA Daily 20 Feb 2004 -- The United States announced Thursday that a military team of three or four people will leave for Haiti within the next 48 hours to make first-hand assessment of the security situation at the US embassy in the Haitian capitalof Port-au-Prince.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S. Rolls Out New Electronic Defense Export Licensing System Washington File 20 Feb 2004 -- The U.S. Department of State has launched its new electronic licensing system for defense exports that will make coordination of the licensing process with the Department of Defense and other federal agencies more efficient and effective, says Assistant Secretary of State Lincoln Bloomfield.
  • NORAD, NORTHCOM Simulate Scenarios, Respond in Real Time AFPS 20 Feb 2004 -- A major hurricane, a nuclear accident and a nuclear detonation -- all simulated, and all occurring in Texas -- are among the challenges facing U.S. Northern Command forces during exercise Unified Defense '04.
  • Units claw into Cope Tiger Marine Corps News 20 Feb 2004-- Various units from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni began arriving here to participate in Exercise Cope Tiger, Feb. 10.
  • Mount Whitney Returns To The Fight After Shipyard Period Navy Newsstand 20 Feb 2004-- After a seven-month overhaul at the Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO) shipyard in downtown Norfolk, USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) pulled into its home berth at Naval Station Norfolk Feb. 13.
  • New Training Command Established Aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Navy Newsstand 20 Feb 2004-- A standup ceremony was held Feb. 10 aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, marking the official establishment of Officer Training Command Pensacola (OTCP).
  • U.S. 7th Fleet Welcomes VFA-102 Navy Newsstand 20 Feb 2004-- Vice Adm. Robert Willard, U.S. 7th Fleet commander, visited the "Diamondbacks" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 Jan. 28, to welcome the squadron to the fleet.
  • Miami Returns From Deployment Navy Newsstand 20 Feb 2004-- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) returned to Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London Feb. 12, following a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and U.S. Central Command's Area of Responsibility.

  • State Department Press Briefing, February 20, 2004 Washington File 20 Feb 2004 -- Haiti, Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, Syria, Israel/Syria, Israel/Palestinians, Cyprus/Turkey, North Korea, Department
  • White House Briefing, February 20, 2004 Washington File 20 Feb 2004 -- Japan/security alert, Iraq/transfer of sovereignty, Global AIDS Fund, same-sex marriage, president's meeting with Middle East envoys, California/border crossings, presidential travel/campaign travel

  • Indian Air Force MiG 21 plane crashes in Gujarat, one killed IRNA 20 Feb 2004 -- Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 fighter plane crashed in Lakha Bhawana, 25 kms from Jamnagar in the Western Indian state of Gujarat Friday morning, killing one civilian and injuring 12 persons, local media reported.
  • Indo-US joint combat exercise will strengthen ties: Law IRNA 20 Feb 2004 -- US Pacific Air Force spokesman Major James W Law on Friday said Indo-US joint combat exercise would further strengthen Indo-American ties.
  • SPECIAL WEAPONRY PROCUREMENT PLAN NOT EXPECTED TO BE FINALIZED SOON CNA 20 Feb 2004 -- Special budget plans for Taiwan's additional procurement of advanced weapons systems, including submarines, are not expected to be finalized before May 20, Minister of National Defense Tang Yiau-min said Friday.

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Conducts First SLAM-ER Flight on F-15 Boeing 20 Feb 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] successfully conducted the first flight of its Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missile recently aboard an F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.
  • Boeing President & CEO Harry Stonecipher Statement to Employees on the US Air Force Tanker Program Boeing 20 Feb 2004 -- In a message to employees today, Boeing President & CEO Harry Stonecipher provided the following update on the U.S. Air Force 767 Tanker program:
  • Maiden Flight of the Australian ARH Tiger EADS 20 Feb 2004 -- The first Tiger production helicopter ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) version, for Australia, performed its maiden flight at Eurocopter's Marignane plant on 20 February 2004. This 50 minute flight gave the flight test pilot, Jacques Larra, and the flight test engineer, Bernard Jansonnie, the opportunity to check that all systems were operating correctly and to check out the complete flight envelope.
  • Lockheed Martin, CACI, EAI, Fluor and IEM Team for DoD Installation Protection Program Lockheed Martin 20 Feb 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced a team with world class capabilities and experience to address the critical and diverse needs for the Department of Defense Installation Protection Program (IPP).
  • ATK supports launch of Lockheed Martin Titan IV B rocket ATK 20 Feb 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the recent launch of a Lockheed Martin Titan IV B rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., that successfully placed into orbit a Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite.

Other Conflicts

  • Powell Says Haitians Must Resolve Their Political Differences Washington File 20 Feb 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the Haitian people must resolve their differences and arrive at a political solution to the current unrest.
  • U.S. Commends OAS, CARICOM Efforts to End Haitian Crisis Washington File 20 Feb 2004 -- John Maisto, the U.S. permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), has commended the efforts of the OAS and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to support a solution to the current crisis in Haiti.
  • OAS Resolution Condemns Violence in Haiti, Supports CARICOM Plan Washington File 20 Feb 2004 -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) issued Resolution 861 on February 19, strongly condemning the current violence in Haiti and expressing support for an initiative crafted by the Caribbean community (CARICOM) that aims to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis there.
  • HAITI UNREST VOA 21 Feb 2004 -- At least 12 people have been wounded in Haiti, Friday, where a demonstration against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide ended in violence.
  • Annan will name Special Adviser on Haiti, UN official says UN News Centre 20 Feb 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan intends to name a Special Adviser for Haiti to establish high-level contacts with the mediating regional organizations during the Caribbean country's political crisis and to advise him on possible future United Nations work there, a senior UN official said today.
  • Sending forces to Haiti not on the agenda, says French Defense Ministry PLA Daily 20 Feb 2004 -- The French Defense Ministry declared Thursday that sending massive military forces to Haiti is not yet on the agenda and that France gives priority to political and diplomatic solutions.

  • IVORY COAST / DISARMAMENT VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- The prime minister in Ivory Coast says rebel disarmament will begin next month, more than one year after the signing of a peace accord to reunite the divided west African country. But as V-O-A's Nico Colombant reports from Abidjan, northern-based rebels say there also must be progress in implementing the peace deal before full disarmament takes place.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: US drops opposition to UN peacekeeping force IRIN 20 Feb 2004 -- The US government has dropped its opposition to the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops to Cote d'Ivoire and hopes that Congress will now vote in favour of the move, John Negroponte, the US Ambassador to the United Nations has said.
  • France welcomes US green flight for UN peacekeeping in Cote d'Ivoire PLA Daily 20 Feb 2004 -- Cote d'Ivoire "enters into a new phase" after the United States agreed to the deployment of more than 6,000 United Nations peacekeepers to help end its civil war, French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said in an interview published Thursday.

  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS / BARRIER VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- The International Court of Justice in The Hague begins hearings Monday on the legality of the barrier Israel is building in and around the Palestinian territory of the West Bank. Israel says it has a right to build the barrier to protect its citizens against terrorist attacks. Palestinians say the barrier violates international and humanitarian law, and they are asking the Court to advise on the barrier's legal consequences.
  • Cyprus parties continue talks in Nicosia - UN UN News Centre 20 Feb 2004 -- Talks continued in Cyprus today 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.
  • LIBERIA: UN discontinues immediate $75 cash payment to disarmed fighters IRIN 20 Feb 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia said on Friday that it would no longer pay cash up front to former combatants who hand in their guns once its stalled disarmament programme resumes in March or April.
  • SENEGAL / U-N MISSION VOA 20 Feb 2004 -- The heads of the U-N peace missions in West Africa are meeting today (Friday) to coordinate their operations throughout the region.
  • Annan recommends extension of UN peacekeepers in East Timor PLA Daily 20 Feb 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended a one-year extension of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMISET) in East Timor in order to consolidate its peace and stability.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 20 Feb 2004 -- NATO chief promises Athens help for Olympic security / German defense minister calls for arrest of top war crimes suspects / NATO raids Karadzic daughter's radio station / Turkey willing to consider sending troops to NATO mission in Afghanistan / NATO says helping in Iraq, no date for own troops / EU says no to CIA-style agency in Europe / Russia says new missile will beat any U.S. defences
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 20 Feb 2004 -- Security concerns for Athens Olympics may lead to request for NATO's help / Report: Bulgaria to appoint two generals in NATO's commands / Serbia's NATO ambitions hinge on Karadzic arrest: NATO chief / Police arrest officer from Azerbaijan over murder

  • AL-HURRA TV: ARABS SAY 'COSMETICS' WON'T CHANGE 'UGLY' U.S. POLICIES US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 20 Feb 2004

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