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16 March 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Mar 2004 [PDF]

  • Translator Killed, Family Members Injured in Mosul Attack AFPS 16 Mar 2004 -- A translator for coalition forces in northern Iraq was killed and two family members were injured today in an attack in Mosul, Iraq.
  • 1ID AND TASK FORCE DANGER OPERATIONS CENTCOM Release 16 Mar 2004-- 1st Infantry Division and Task Force Danger conducted 15 patrols Monday and Tuesday as the transfer of authority with Task Force Ironhorse began.
  • 4ID, TASK FORCE IRONHORSE OPERATIONS UPDATE CENTCOM Release 16 Mar 2004-- 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 126 patrols and four raids, and captured 14 individuals Sunday and Monday.

  • PENTAGON / AFRICA TERROR VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Mystery surrounds the fate of a notorious al-Qaida-linked North African terrorist who may have been caught up in fighting with government troops in Chad.

  • PAKISTAN / AFGHAN REBELS VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Pakistan says four of its paramilitary soldiers were killed and two injured during a day-long operation in the country's semi-autonomous tribal region Tuesday. Three suspected militants were also killed.

  • Situation Report for Media: Multinational Interim Force-Haiti SOUTHCOM Release 16 Mar 2004 [PDF]-- Following are significant events and activities of the Multinational Interim Force (MIF) and Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) -Haiti and associated agencies during the last 24 hours
  • UN Special Envoy starts round of meetings with Haitian leadership UN News Centre 16 Mar 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy to Haiti today began consulting with the country's leaders on the political and security problems to be addressed in the wake of the departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
  • U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Warns Against Violence in Haiti Washington File 16 Mar 2004 -- Anyone planning violence against the U.S.-led Multinational Interim Force in Haiti or against Haitian civilians will be "dealt with accordingly," warns Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • First T-6A Arrives at NAVAIR Patuxent River River for Testing Navy Newsstand 16 Mar 2004-- The first T-6A Texan II was officially welcomed at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Patuxent River during an aircraft acceptance ceremony March 11.
  • Reserve numbers lower for OIF II Marine Corps News 16 Mar 2004-- Although mobilized Marine reserve personnel are slowly dropping numbers, they're still playing an active role in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
  • Joint-range extension linking global network AFPN 16 Mar 2004-- An Electronic Systems Center-developed product, now deployed in operational theaters worldwide, is linking information cells together into a global network to give warfighters broader communication ability.
  • USAFE to activate 712th Air Base Group at Morn USAFE News 16 Mar 2004-- U.S. Air Forces in Europe will activate the 712th Air Base Group as U.S. host unit at Morn Air Base, Spain, March 22.
  • Incirlik group now a wing USAFE News 16 Mar 2004-- The 39th Air Base Group deactivated and the 39th Air Base Wing activated during a ceremony here March 12.
  • National Guard Soldiers Train with Japanese Army AFPS 16 Mar 2004 -- As most Maryland residents put away their winter clothes and start their annual spring cleaning, 232 members of the Maryland Army National Guard packed their warmest winter gear and equipment and traveled halfway across the globe to participate in some extreme cold-weather training with Japan's northern army.
  • Technology Takes Training Into Future Navy Newsstand 16 Mar 2004-- More than 12,000 Sailors from three Carrier Strike Groups (CSG) participated in the first Multiple Battle Group In Port Exercise Feb. 23-27.
  • DoD Continues Efforts To Reduce WMD Proliferation Threat AFPS 16 Mar 2004 -- The Defense Department continues to work with Russia, former Soviet states, and other countries to prevent the proliferation of deadly weapons of mass destruction and to keep them out of terrorists' hands, a senior DoD official told a Senate Armed Services Committee panel last week.

  • MND PLAYS DOWN CHINA-FRANCE NAVAL EXERCISE CNA 16 Mar 2004 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) played down a rare mainland Chinese-French joint naval exercise Tuesday, saying it is mainly to practice maritime emergency search and rescue skills.
  • ROC PROTESTS AGAINST CHINA-FRANCE JOINT NAVAL EXERCISE CNA 16 Mar 2004 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) lodged a strong protest to France and mainland China Tuesday for their ongoing large-scale joint naval exercise that coincides with Taiwan's presidential race.
  • MILITARY ON FULL ALERT AHEAD OF PRESIDENTIAL POLL: MND CNA 16 Mar 2004 -- The military has heightened its alert in the run-up to the March 20 presidential election and Taiwan's first nationwide referendum to be held simultaneously, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Tuesday.
  • AVENGER SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILES DEPLOYED IN TAIPEI: MND CNA 16 Mar 2004 -- The Ministry of National Defense confirmed Tuesday that a number of Avenger surface-to-air missiles have been deployed in Taipei City and around the greater Taipei area since late last year.

  • NATO to expand Operation Active Endeavour to the whole Mediterranean NATO 16 Mar 2004 -- NATO is resolved to help deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorism through maritime operations in the Area of Operations (AO) of Operation Active Endeavour (OAE) and to demonstrate Alliance resolve and presence in the campaign against terrorism under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, while underpinning the NATO Military Concept for Defence against Terrorism through specific actions.

  • U.S./Spain: Washington Takes Wait-And-See Approach To Changes In Madrid RFE/RL 16 Mar 2004 -- Under outgoing Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, Spain was one of Europe's strongest supporters of U.S. President George W. Bush and the Iraq war. But after bomb attacks with possible ties to Islamists killed 200 people in Madrid last week, Spaniards responded by electing a new government that is now threatening to pull out of Iraq and turn its foreign policy away from Washington.
  • Powell Says Guantanamo Detainees Treated Humanely Washington File 16 Mar 2004 -- Tells British journalist of progress achieved in Iraq, Afghanistan

  • White House Daily Briefing, March 16, 2004 Washington File 16 Mar 2004 -- War on terror--Spain, Medicare, Egypt/Saudi Arabia, 9/11 Commission,Prime Minister Blair, Missionaries killed in Iraq, Korea, Senator Kerry
  • White House Report, March 16: Iraq, Terrorism, Spain, Aristide Washington File 16 Mar 2004 -- White House Says U.N. Will Play Vital Role in Future of Iraq / INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS IN WAR ON TERROR CITED / TERRORIST ATTACKS MUST BE MET WITH RESOLVE, DETERMINATION / WHITE HOUSE CRITICAL OF ARISTIDE'S TRIP TO JAMAICA

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Receives $66.6 Million Order for 70mm Rockets General Dynamics 16 Mar 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), received a $66.6 million order from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., for the production of unguided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) 70mm rockets, motors and warheads for the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers. This order extends deliveries through 2006 on a contract awarded to General Dynamics in 1999. Total contract value to date is $960 million.
  • Helipro Joins the IAI-ARGOS Team to Provide Support for IAI Tamam' Day/Night Optronics Payload Israel Aerospace Industries 16 Mar 2004 -- Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. Tamam Division and Argos Vision Systems have reached agreement with Helipro International to provide full product support for Tamam' POP 200 day/night/laser pointer optronics payload for the law enforcement market.

Other Conflicts

  • West African peace mandates must help establish good governance - UN report UN News Centre 16 Mar 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appealed to the Security Council to allow peacekeeping missions in West Africa enough time in post-conflict countries to help establish good local governance and ensure national involvement in fostering reconciliation in the region.
  • LIBERIA / MEDIA VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Although the shooting war has ended in Liberia, a new war of words has emerged between United Nations officials and Liberian journalists.
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 16 Mar 2004 -- Israeli attack helicopters Tuesday fired missiles at targets in Gaza City, killing at least two people. The raids came just hours after Israel's security Cabinet approved a military response to a double suicide bombing in the port of Ashdod on Sunday.
  • SUDAN-CHAD: Cross-border conflict escalates IRIN 16 Mar 2004 -- Chadian troops have successfully crossed into Darfur, western Sudan, to rescue cattle stolen by Sudanese militias known as Janjawid, according to UN sources.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 16 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Sixth Fleet commander visits Athens as Greece boosts Olympic security / NATO-sponsored training program begins in Azerbaijan / Terrorism tops EU agenda after Madrid blasts Bin Laden nearly caught in Afghanistan / Japan calls for greater Asia-Europe cooperation on security / Spanish pullout plan triggers no rush to quit Iraq / Bosnia appoints defence minister / Arabs must study not reject U.S. reform plan
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 16 Mar 2004 -- Gen. Jones provides reassurances on security, equality to Estonia / Report police "identify" Madrid bombers / Survey finds hope in occupied Iraq

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