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02 March 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 02 Mar 2004 [PDF]
  • Task Force 1st Armored Division Soldier Killed in IED Attack [CJTF-7 News Release] March 2, 2004

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing from Iraq 02 Mar 2004 -- Participating were Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of operations, Combined Joint Task Force 7, and Dan Senor, senior advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority
  • Task Force Olympia collects weapons in northern Iraq CENTCOM Release 02 Mar 2004-- Task Force Olympia and Iraqi security forces assisted local citizens struck by an improvised explosive device Monday and continued the effort to remove weapons, explosives and other unexploded ordnance from northern Iraq. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment assisted Iraqi citizens whose vehicle was damaged by an explosion near Tall Afar. The explosion came from what was later determined to be a land mine or unexploded ordnance. There were no injuries.
  • Attackers lead soldiers to weapons, cash cache CENTCOM Release 02 Mar 2004-- Soldiers from Task Force 1st Armored Division's 2nd Squadron, 12th Cavalry captured two suspected insurgents and confiscated their weapons cache Sunday.
  • 4ID AND TF IRONHORSE OPERATIONS UPDATE CENTCOM Release 02 Mar 2004-- 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse has, over the past 24 hours, conducted 186 patrols and four raids and captured eight individuals.
  • IRAQ/BLASTS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- In Iraq, a series of explosions and suicide bombings in Baghdad and Karbala turned one of the holiest days in Shiite Islam into a day of bloodshed. The Iraqi Governing Council declared three days of national mourning and postponed the signing of an interim constitution for the transition to general elections. Shi'ite and Sunni leaders together condemned the attacks they say were aimed at stirring civil war.
  • Blasts in Baghdad, Karbala Kill 143 Shiia Pilgrims AFPS 02 Mar 2004 -- At least 143 Iraqis were killed in terrorist attacks today in Baghdad and Karbala, coalition officials said at a Baghdad news conference.
  • IRAQ/BLASTS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- Iraqi Shi'ite and Sunni leaders have jointly condemned the attacks in Karbala and Baghdad. The Iraqi Governing Council has declared three days of national mourning. At least 140 people were killed and several hundred more wounded in the multiple explosions near shrines where Shi'ite pilgrims had gathered to celebrate the last day of Ashura. The Iraqi police have apprehended one suspect in the Iraqi capital and six in Karbala.
  • Dozens Of Worshipers Killed In Karbala, Baghdad Blasts RFE/RL 02 Mar 2004 -- Dozens of people were killed and many more injured in multiple blasts today in the Iraqi city of Karbala and the capital Baghdad, as Shi'a Muslims were observing their holiest day of the year.
  • IRAQ/BLASTS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- Multiple explosions tore through crowds of Shi'ite worshipers outside two major shrines in Baghdad and the holy city of Karbala. Reports indicate more than 120 people were killed and dozens more injured during the last day of the Shiite Muslim observance of Ashura.

  • Pakistan rejects report of deal with US on Osama hunt PLA Daily 02 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan Monday categorically rejected reports that it would allow US troops to use Pakistani territory to hunt for Osama bin Laden, the elusive al-Qaeda leader.

  • BUSH / HAITI VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- President Bush telephoned the leaders of France and Brazil to discuss efforts to restore peace in Haiti. The Bush Administration is continuing to deny claims by Haiti's former president that U-S troops drove him from power.
  • U-S / HAITI VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- The United States is rejecting claims to power by Haitian rebels and is calling on them to disarm and return home. The statement came after rebel leader Guy Philippe declared himself Haiti's new military chief.
  • HAITI / REBEL LEADER VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- One day after entering Port-au-Prince, Haiti's rebel leader says he has a mandate from the people to guarantee security in the country. Guy Philippe backed away from previous pledges to lay down his arms as soon as a new president is installed.
  • BUSH HAITI VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- President Bush telephoned the leaders of France and Brazil to discuss efforts to restore peace in Haiti. The Bush Administration is continuing to deny claims by Haiti's former president that U-S troops drove him from power.
  • France to dispatch 140 more troops to Haiti PLA Daily 02 Mar 2004 -- France has decided to dispatch 140 foreign legionnaires from French Guyana to reinforce its deployment in Haiti, announced the general staff of France's armed forces on Monday.
  • HAITI: MULTINATIONAL FORCES MUST STAY 'AS LONG AS IT TAKES' US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 02 Mar 2004

  • CFC-A PRESS RELEASE CENTCOM Release 02 Mar 2004-- In coordination with the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan continues to train the Afghan National Army, provide civil affairs support, and disrupt, deny, and destroy terrorist and anti-ITGA forces in order to establish a stable and secure Afghanistan.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Louisiana Guard Transformation National Guard Bureau News 02 Mar 2004-- Nearly a year has passed since National Guard leaders from the 54 states and U.S. territories gathered together in Columbus, Ohio to listen to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum's historic initiative for transforming their organization.
  • Maryland Guard Transformation National Guard Bureau News 02 Mar 2004-- Walking through training facilities, readiness centers and staff offices of the Maryland National Guard, most wouldn't notice much of a change from years past, but start talking to the soldiers and airmen who sit at those desks or run the equipment and an entirely different message begins to emerge.
  • Predators move to Balad AFPN 02 Mar 2004-- The unit came packed and ready to position themselves autonomously, so they could pursue their prey quietly, unseen for hours.
  • President Bush Signs New U.S. Landmine Policy Washington File 02 Mar 2004 -- Following is a fact sheet that answers questions concerning the new U.S. landmine policies prepared by the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs February 27
  • Zakheim: $1 Billion Shift Needed For Afghan, Iraqi Programs AFPS 02 Mar 2004 -- The Defense Department's top money manager told Senate officials March 1 that DoD wants to transfer about $1 billion within its budget to fund three security, humanitarian and reconstruction programs in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Guard artillerymen finish MP training Army News Service 02 Mar 2004-- Spec. Michael Speed is about to become one of the new sheriffs in town. So are Specs. David Dillivan and Billy McCormick. So are nearly 200 more Army National Guard artillery Soldiers from Tennessee who, come March, will join active Army military police forces a long way from their homes.
  • USS Greeneville Returns from Navy's First ESG Deployment Navy Newsstand 02 Mar 2004-- USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to its homeport of Pearl Harbor Feb. 27, following six months at sea with the Navy's first Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).
  • USS Coronado Deploys to Western Pacific Navy Newsstand 02 Mar 2004-- The command ship USS Coronado (AGF 11) will deploy March 5 from San Diego to the Western Pacific. Coronado will provide a command platform for the Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet staff and serve as a temporary replacement for USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) while it undergoes a maintenance period. Blue Ridge is currently forward deployed in Yokosuka, Japan.
  • 3rd Radio Battalion says good bye, again Marine Corps News 02 Mar 2004-- Having loaded their gear and prepared for another deployment to Iraq, 3rd Radio Battalion has said goodbye to family and friends, for the third time in two years.
  • 1ST BRIGADE OF V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION CONDUCTS SECOND FORUM FOR STUDENTS AT BAGHDAD UNIVERSITY V Corps Release 02 Mar 2004-- Soldiers of the "Ready First" 1st Brigade Combat Team of V Corps' 1st Armored Division met with Iraq's future leaders at a second student forum here Feb. 23. The gathering was a follow-on to the success of the first such forum, conducted at the Palestine Hotel in December.

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 2, 2004 Washington File 02 Mar 2004 -- Haiti/Aristide, Senator Kerry's comments, Iraq/attacks, gay marriage, gun ban extension, Venezuela, immigration proposal, WMD/U.N. report, Justice Scalia
  • State Department Briefing, March 2, 2004 Washington File 02 Mar 2004 -- Sudan/humanitarian situation in Darfur, Chad, Iraq, Middle East, South Korea, Israel/Palestinians, Haiti, Venezuela, Cyprus, China

  • Statement by the Secretary General NATO 02 Mar 2004 -- "I have the pleasure to announce that all Parties to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have notified the Government of the United States of America of their acceptance of the Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty on the Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, Romania, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Slovenia, signed in Brussels on 26 March 2003."

  • Russia: Moscow Failing To Abide By Key CFE Treaty RFE/RL 02 Mar 2004 -- One of the most important tools in cutting back the arsenals and armies of the Cold War is the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE). Signed in 1990, the CFE sets limits on the weapons and military personnel a country can deploy. But one signatory, Russia, has failed to comply with the treaty regarding its own troop deployments in Moldova and Georgia.

  • TAIWAN AIR FORCE VOWS TO IMPROVE AIR BASE SECURITY CNA 02 Mar 2004 -- The Air Force General Headquarters (AFGH) said Tuesday it will conduct an overall review of security measures at various air bases and make necessary improvements.
  • ARMS PURCHASES FOR NATIONAL SECURITY: PREMIER CNA 02 Mar 2004 -- Premier Yu Shyi-kun said Tuesday that the government's planned arms purchases are not for an arms race but for national security.

  • Australia sends aircraft to assist Fiji in maritime surveillance PLA Daily 02 Mar 2004 -- Fiji's efforts to effectively patrol its territorial borders will be significantly enhanced with the arrival in Nadi Tuesday of a Royal Australian Air force Hawker Siddeley (HS748) aircraft.
  • Australian Defense Force signs contract with Boeing PLA Daily 02 Mar 2004 -- The Australian Defense Force (ADF)signed a contract with Boeing Monday for a most advanced air defense command and control system.
  • French aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" to leave for Indian Ocean PLA Daily 02 Mar 2004 -- French nuclear aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" will weight anchor on Monday evening from Toulon for the Indian Ocean for a mission of three months, announced French Navy in Toulon.

Defense Industry

  • CACI Awarded $70 Million Subcontract to Provide Integrated Logistics Support to U.S. Navy Fleet CACI 02 Mar 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) today announced that it has been awarded an estimated $70 million subcontract from EG&G Technical Services of Gaithersburg, Maryland, a division of the URS Corporation of San Francisco, California, to support the U.S. Navy's Fleet Technical Support Center, Atlantic (FTSCLANT). Under terms of the contract, CACI will provide integrated logistics, project management, training, and other services to ensure that the Atlantic Fleet is properly equipped and operational. This award continues CACI's long-time work in naval logistics and extends the company's core line of engineering and logistics business.
  • Crews 'Ecstatic' About Testing That Brings Lockheed Martin C-130J Nearer To U.S. Air Force Deployment Lockheed Martin 02 Mar 2004 -- During an intensive series of flight tests at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, Air Mobility Command (AMC) took the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130J Super Hercules closer to full operational capability with the U.S. Air Force. The highly successful trials, called Procedures Development and Evaluation (PD&E), culminated on the night of February 23 with a seven-aircraft, low level formation flight utilizing night vision goggles.
  • Northrop Grumman Shipyard Brings Historic Aircraft Carrier Back to Life Northrop Grumman 02 Mar 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) helped restore the historic aircraft carrier USS Midway (CVA-41) for the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum. The Midway was built by Northrop Grumman's Newport News sector and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1945. After serving nearly 50 years, the ship was decommissioned in 1992 and is now being converted into a museum and memorial.
  • ILS To Launch NRO Mission As First Atlas V Flight From Upgraded Pad Lockheed Martin 02 Mar 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS), a Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT) joint venture, has been given the green light for what will be the first Atlas V launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch will be from Space Launch Complex (SLC) 3-East, which is being refurbished to support a late 2005 launch for this national security mission.

Other Conflicts

  • U-S / SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- The United States Tuesday expressed "grave concern" about the situation in Sudan's western Darfur region, where it says fighting between Sudanese government forces and local rebels threatens the lives, or livelihood, of as many as a million people. The State Department urged a series of steps to ease the situation, including immediate efforts toward a humanitarian cease-fire.
  • CHAD / REFUGEES VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- The chief of the U-N refugee agency says violence in western Sudan is aggravating an already serious refugee crisis in neighboring Chad. The U-N High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers visited the remote refugee camp at Farchana, Chad
  • PAKISTAN / ATTACK VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- In Pakistan, gunmen have killed at least 37 people in an attack on a procession of Shi'ite Muslim mourners marking a major religious holiday. More than 100 worshippers were injured; hospital officials say the death toll could rise because some of the wounded are in critical condition.
  • BRITAIN / MIDEAST VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- The foreign ministers of Israel and Britain have met in London to talk about restarting the peace process in the Middle East. The two men also condemned terrorist attacks against Si'ite Muslim communities in Iraq and Pakistan.
  • BURUNDI: Rebel leader Karatasi ends 39-year exile IRIN 02 Mar 2004 -- The chairman of the Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People (Palipehutu), Etienne Karatasi, returned to Burundi on Friday following 39 years of exile in Denmark, Agence Burundaise de Presse (ABP) reported.
  • PAKISTAN / ATTACK VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- In Pakistan, gunmen have killed at least nine people in an attack on a procession of Shiite Muslim mourners marking a major religious holiday. Hospital officials say the death toll could rise because some people have been seriously wounded.
  • SIERRA LEONE / REFUGEES VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- A group of Sierra Leonean refugees is to travel (is traveling) home from Liberia by road Tuesday. It is the first such trip in nearly two years. The United Nations refugee agency says the route is now safe, following the end of the Liberian civil war and the deployment of peacekeeping troops in the region.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- Unidentified gunmen have shot and killed a senior advisor to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and no suspects have been arrested. The incident has added to fears of growing lawlessness in Palestinian areas.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 02 Mar 2004 -- East Europeans to join NATO exercise for first time / Finland could join NATO quickly and cheaply / Corpse of President Trajkovski identified, funeral on Friday / Macedonia (sic) asks NATO to help investigate crash / Albania pledges to intensify fight against organized crime / Kyrgyzstan, host of U.S. military base, an easy place to operate for terrorists, convicts say in interrogations / Britain's foreign secretary seeks to reassure Arab countries that democratic reform will not be imposed on theme
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 02 Mar 2004 -- NATO to invite President Putin to summit / NATO to provide "full support" for investigation of president's death / Report: "NATO should take lead role in Iraq" / EU cautious on U.S. plan to reform Middle East

  • SRI LANKA BUDDHIST ELECTIONS VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- Dozens of Buddhist monks are contesting next month's general elections in Sri Lanka in a bid to become an influential political force. But their plunge into politics has drawn fire from several quarters in the predominantly Buddhist country.
  • BURMA/POLITICAL REFORM VOA 02 Mar 2004 -- A United Nations envoy is visiting Burma to encourage the military government to follow through on plans for political reforms. While skeptics remain, analysts and Rangoon-based business owners see the plan as the best opportunity for political change in recent years.
  • Rosetta Successfully Launched - EADS SPACE has a major role in this mission EADS 02 Mar 2004 -- This morning, at 8:17:44 CET, the European Ariane 5 lifted off successfully from the spaceport in Kourou (French Guiana). The cometary probe Rosetta, built under the leadership of EADS Astrium is now on its long journey to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
  • ILS, Alcatel Sign Contract To Launch WORLDSAT 3 Satellite Lockheed Martin 02 Mar 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) will provide a Russian Proton rocket to launch the WORLDSAT 3 communications satellite, under a contract with Alcatel Space of Paris announced today.

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