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01 March 2004 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 01 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • Iraqi Police Foil Terrorist Attack AFPS 01 Mar 2004 -- Iraqi police nabbed two persons Feb. 29 who were apparently preparing to launch a rocket-propelled-grenade attack on a local council meeting in Bajar, northern Iraq.
  • Georgia to send second contingent of soldiers to Iraq in March PLA Daily 01 Mar 2004 -- Georgia will send 155 soldiers to Iraq on March 2 to continue the mission as part of the US-led coalition force there, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.
  • UK troops in Iraq complain lack of planning by officers: report PLA Daily 01 Mar 2004 -- Thousands of British soldiers have complained that they were failed by their senior officers whose lack of planning had led to equipment supply failure during the war in Iraq, the British Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported on Sunday.

  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers 01 Mar 2004 -- Participating were Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Powell Says Multinational Force in Haiti Aims to Restore Stability Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says a U.S.-led multinational military force sent to Haiti is designed to restore stability in that embattled Caribbean nation, following the February 29 resignation of Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the establishment of a new interim Haitian government.
  • U.S. Denies Forcing Former Haitian President Aristide to Leave Haiti Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- The Bush administration has strongly rejected allegations that U.S. military forces kidnapped former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to force him to resign his office and go into exile.
  • Rumsfeld Says Haiti Shows Need for Peacekeeping Operations Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the current political situation in Haiti demonstrates "the need for greater international capacity" to carry out global peacekeeping operations.
  • U.N. Sends Peacekeeping Force to Haiti Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- Responding to the deteriorating political and security situation in Haiti and the resignation of its president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on February 29 to send an interim peacekeeping force immediately to help secure and stabilize the country.
  • Rumsfeld Discusses Haiti Deployment AFPS 01 Mar 2004 -- Between 1,500 and 2,000 Marines will deploy to Haiti as part of peacekeeping operations in that nation, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon news conference today.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Pretoria has "no problem" granting Aristide asylum IRIN 01 Mar 2004 -- South Africa could be the final destination of ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, but the government has yet to receive a formal request, Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said on Monday.
  • Marines Take on Haitian Peacekeeping Mission AFPS 01 Mar 2004 -- More than 200 Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., have landed at Port-au-Prince airport and are setting up to provide security in the Haitian capital, Defense Department officials said today.
  • HAITI / REBELS VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- A Haitian rebel leader whose forces overran more than half of the country entered Port-au-Prince Monday and promptly made contact with the country's opposition political umbrella group.
  • PENTAGON/HAITI VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says U-S forces are continuing to arrive in Haiti to take the lead in formation of an interim peacekeeping force expected to total some 5000, but he expects the American presence to be relatively short-lived.
  • POWELL / ARISTIDE VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says exiled former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide bears a large, if not the major, part of the blame for the political crisis that forced him out of office. At a news conference Monday, Mr. Powell provided further details of the weekend negotiations that led to the Haitian leader's departure, which the secretary stressed was voluntary.
  • POWELL-HAITI VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he does not expect the United States and other foreign troops who entered Haiti after the departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to be involved in much fighting. He says the international presence should quickly shift from a combat to policing role.
  • FRANCE/HAITI VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- French troops are in Haiti to supplement U-S Marines in the island's capital of Port-au-Prince, and to lay the groundwork for a multi-national force.
  • US, Canada, France to send troops to Haiti PLA Daily 01 Mar 2004 -- As US President George W. Bush had ordered a contingent of US Marines to Haiti on Sunday, Canada and France were also committed to send troops to the chaotic Caribbean country.
  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Bangui grants Aristide temporary asylum IRIN 01 Mar 2004 -- Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide who resigned on Saturday after an uprising by the population arrived in Bangui, the Central African Republic (CAR) capital, on Monday, state-owned Radio Centrafrique reported.
  • SAF / ARISTIDE VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- The South African government says it will, if asked, consider granting asylum to Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who fled country Sunday and is in the Central African Republic.

  • Afghan Military Recruits Clash With Shi'a In Kabul RFE/RL 01 Mar 2004 -- Afghan military recruits today clashed with a religious procession of Shia Muslims observing Ashura ceremonies in Kabul, causing casualties.
  • UN announces stepped-up efforts to train Afghan police for elections UN News Centre 01 Mar 2004 -- Efforts to train 20,000 police officers for Afghanistan's elections are gathering additional momentum this month with a series of expanded intensive courses in the north and the southeast, according to the United Nations mission in the country (UNAMA).
  • Eight Al-Qaeda men held in Pak province IRNA 01 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan`s law-enforcement agencies have arrested eight Al-Qaeda suspects in the last 48 hours in Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP).
  • Pakistan rejects deal with US on Bin Laden hunt IRNA 01 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan has rejected reports that it would allow American troops inside Pakistani territory to hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
  • U-S / DRUG REPORT VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- The State Department Monday said opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan soared to near-record levels last year, though U-S officials say the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai is solidly committed to fighting the drug trade. The State Department's annual International Narcotics Control Strategy report also said there is some progress in the drug fight in the Andean region of South America.
  • Afghanistan: Self-Immolation Of Women On The Rise In Western Provinces RFE/RL 01 Mar 2004 -- The Afghan government is expressing concern over the growing number of women in Herat Province who have killed themselves through self-immolation. Suraya Sobah Rang, Afghanistan's deputy women's affairs minister, says forced marriages and a continued lack of access to education is contributing to the growing despair among Herat's women.
  • PAKISTAN TRIBAL AREA VOA 01 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan plans to investigate the reported deaths of 11 civilians in its semi-autonomous tribal area, following what the army says was a shoot-out with suspected militants. The military also denies a report that U-S forces will be allowed to search for alleged terrorists in the region.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transfer of Detainees Complete 01 Mar 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred seven Russian detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for continued detention by the Russian government.

  • Alert Orders Announced For National Guard Rotations 01 Mar 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld approved the alerting of approximately 18,000 National Guard soldiers for likely inclusion in the rotation of forces to support operations in Iraq. If needed, these forces would replace deployed units starting in late 2004 and early 2005.
  • Blum pledges to make more Guard accessible to governors Army News Service 01 Mar 2004-- Governors will be able to call on at least 50 percent of their National Guard forces for homeland defense missions and other state emergencies because of a plan to realign Army and Air Guard units during the next few years.
  • Boxer Starts Marines Off Right for Operation Iraqi Freedom Navy Newsstand 01 Mar 2004-- A little more than a month after leaving San Diego for the second time in less than a year, USS Boxer (LHD 4) arrived on station in the Persian Gulf and began offloading the aircraft, vehicles and other equipment Feb. 20-25, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • 1ST ARMORED DIVISION ENGINEERS JOIN WITH GERMAN UNIVERSITY TO PUT MORE BOOKS ON BAGHDAD UNIVERSITY SHELVES V Corps Release 01 Mar 2004-- Combat engineers from V Corps' Task Force 1st Armored Division and a German University located at the unit's home station got together recently to add to the reference material on German language and culture available to students at the Baghdad University College of Languages.
  • SIGNAL SOLDIERS WITH V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION GET BACK TO BASICS V Corps Release 01 Mar 2004-- Training and readiness play vital roles in today's Army. But as important as it is for soldiers go get "high-speed" training , it's just as important to get back to basics.
  • ESSM approved for Full Rate Production NAVSEA News Wire 01 Mar 2004-- On January 12, 2004 the Honorable John J. Young, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Development, approved the Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM) to enter into full rate production. The ESSM is now being manufactured with the first U.S. rounds destined for the Aegis DDG community. USS Chaffee (DDG-90) was the first ship to receive tactical rounds in February and the USS McCampbell (DDG-85) will load out in March. Soon ESSM will also be employed aboard converted Aegis cruiser, CVs, and CVNs.
  • NSWC Crane and USS Ramage performs IROS3 Demonstration NAVSEA News Wire 01 Mar 2004-- NSWC Crane teamed with the ship force to perform an Integrated Radar Optical Surveillance and Sighting System, IROS3 detect-to-engage sequence demonstration for Commander U.S. Second Fleet, Vice Admiral G. Roughead aboard the USS Ramage (DDG-61), at the Norfolk Naval Station in January 2004.
  • NMCB 25 Multitasked in Philippines Exercise Navy Newsstand 01 Mar 2004-- During the month of February, Naval Reserve Seabees and Philippine armed forces construction teams worked side-by-side to complete three Engineering Civic Action Projects (ENCAP) within the humanitarian and civic assistance phase of Exercise Balikatan 2004.
  • Nimitz Begins Planned Incremental Availability Navy Newsstand 01 Mar 2004-- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) officially kicked off its planned incremental availability (PIA) Feb. 23 to begin a six-month maintenance period to prepare the ship for its next deployment.
  • States to Benefit From Guard Rebalancing AFPS 01 Mar 2004 -- Governors will be able to call on at least 50 percent of their National Guard forces for homeland defense missions and other state emergencies because of a plan to realign Army and Air Guard units during the next few years, the chief of the National Guard Bureau promised in late February.
  • DoD to Establish Program to Attract Highly Qualified Experts 01 Mar 2004 -- The Department of Defense today unveiled a new policy to attract experts with state-of-the-art knowledge in fields of importance to the department's mission. This new policy provides DoD with the ability to attract and retain talented men and women with the expertise and corporate knowledge to fill critical positions. This is a stand-alone provision under the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2004.
  • Wolfowitz Addresses Guard, Reserve Deployment Concerns AFPS 01 Mar 2004 -- Though reserve component forces are going through a stressful time, the Defense Department is working hard to improve the situation, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told Guard and Reserve leaders here today.

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 1, 2004 Washington File 01 Mar 2004 -- President Aznar phone call, Haiti, European Union tariffs, Middle East, Iraq, Venezuela, Homeland Security, jobs/economy, Justice Scalia, assault weapons

  • NATO to conduct its annual crisis management exercise CMX 2004 from 4 to 10 march 2004 NATO 01 Mar 2004 -- The 19 NATO nations will conduct their annual crisis management exercise (CMX 2004) from 4 to 10 March 2004. CMX 2004 is sponsored by NATO's Secretary General. It is jointly run by the International Staff and the International Military Staff, and the two NATO Strategic Commands - Allied Command Operations and Allied Command Transformation.
  • NATO Statement on the EU Commission - US Agreement on GPS/Galileo cooperation NATO 01 Mar 2004 -- "NATO welcomes the agreements reached between the United States and the European Commission on overall principles governing Galileo/GPS cooperation. "

  • Putin: Military Must Fix Flaws Exposed In Exercises RFE/RL 01 Mar 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today urged the military to identify and correct the errors that occurred in last month's military exercises, which were observed by the president.

  • LAST INDIGENOUS FRIGATE ORDERED BY NAVY TO BE DELIVERED CNA 01 Mar 2004 -- The last of eight high-speed missile frigates ordered by the navy will be delivered March 9, a China Shipbuilding Corp. (CSBC) official said Monday in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.
  • FORMER NAVY CAPTAIN GIVES TESTIMONY IN EMBEZZLEMENT TRIAL CNA 01 Mar 2004 -- A former navy captain who was involved in the death of the former chief of the navy's arms procurement department, Captain Yin Ching-feng, appeared at a local court Monday to give testimony in the trial of a former coworker accused of stealing public funds while working at Navy General Headquarters in 1992.
  • SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO BE FORMED TO REVIEW MILITARY SERVICE SYSTEM CNA 01 Mar 2004 -- The Cabinet has directed the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to form a joint task force to push for improvements to the nation's military service system, Vice Defense Minister Chen Ti-tuan said Monday.

  • China and the United States strengthen military exchanges PLA Daily 01 Mar 2004 -- On February 24-28, the Command Ship "Blue Ridge" of the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy, under its Commander Vice Admiral Willard, paid its third visit to Shanghai.
  • African leaders ends extraordinary summit after agreement on common defense PLA Daily 01 Mar 2004 -- More than 40 heads of state and government of African countries ended their extraordinary summit here Saturday after they reached an agreement on common defense.
  • Joint Military Maneuvers in MDL Area KCNA 01 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. troops in south Korea and the south Korean army stage joint military maneuvers in the area of the Military Demarcation Line, according foreign news reports. The field maneuvers dubbed Iron Artep which began last week will last till March 5, they said.

Defense Industry

  • ATK Receives Orders Worth $67 Million for Tank Training Ammunition ATK 01 Mar 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has received orders worth $67 million from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill., to continue production of 120mm training ammunition used by the Army’s M1A1/A2 Abrams main battle tank and to continue to provide logistics support for the ammunition.
  • Boeing Wins Two Key JDAM Contracts Worth $857 Million Boeing 01 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] Integrated Defense Systems two key Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) contracts recently.
  • CACI Completes Acquisition of CMS Information Services, Inc. CACI 01 Mar 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has closed its transaction to purchase 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. The company specializes in enterprise network solutions, enterprise financial management systems, and software engineering and integration. Terms were not disclosed, but the transaction is anticipated to be accretive to CACI's fiscal year ending June 30, 2004.
  • EADS signs Series Contract for Air Defence Management System SAMOC EADS 01 Mar 2004 -- EADS Defence and Communications Systems has signed a contract with the German Procurement Agency (BWB) to begin the series production of the Surface-to-Air Missile Operations Centre (SAMOC) for the German Air Force.
  • Northrop Grumman and Information Builders Partner To Offer Improved Homeland Security Northrop Grumman 01 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Information Builders, an experienced provider of enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting, have formed a strategic alliance to provide national security solutions to federal, state and local government agencies.
  • Aerojet, Roxel Team Achieves Key Milestone On Rocket Motor for Joint Common Missile Lockheed Martin 01 Mar 2004 -- Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. company [NYSE: GY], announced today a successful rocket motor demonstration in support of the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] bid for the U.S. Army and Navy's Joint Common Missile (JCM) program. The demonstration validated the capability of the team's single motor configuration to satisfy range and environmental requirements for both the rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft platforms that will carry the JCM.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 16th Joint STARS Aircraft to the U.S. Air Force Northrop Grumman 01 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered the 16th E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft to the U.S. Air Force, a month ahead of schedule. The company is the Air Force's Joint STARS prime contractor.

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 01 Mar 2004 -- NATO plans north Afghanistan security zone / U.S. seeks access to Africa bases amid terror fears / New U.S. effort steps up hunt for bin Laden / Egypt and Saudi Arabia to urge Arabs to reform ahead of U.S. Middle East plan / Turkey's military warns Iraq Kurds not to form army
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 01 Mar 2004 -- Report: NATO studying options to protect Slovenia's skies / Russian reconnaissance planes fly missions over Baltics / Russia, NATO agencies to examine narcotics trade in Afghanistan / U.S. NATO envoy on indicted war criminals, plan for EU takeover of SFOR / Skopje looks for clue in death of President Trajkovski

  • Sea Launch and Inmarsat Sign Launch Agreement Boeing 01 Mar 2004 -- Sea Launch Company, LLC, and Inmarsat Ltd, the Total Communications Network TM announce the signing of a launch services agreement under which Sea Launch will be the contractor for the launch of the second Inmarsat I-4 satellite, presently planned for 2005. The agreement, signed on December 16, 2003, includes an option for an additional launch at a later date and for Sea Launch to be the backup on the first Inmarsat I-4 launch, currently planned for late 2004.

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