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26 March 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Minuteman ICBMs Soldier on As Peacekeepers Get Mothballed AFPS 26 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. military will upgrade its Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles while retiring its Peacekeeper missile force, a senior officer told a Senate subcommittee March 25.
  • General Explains Missile Defense Funding Request AFPS 26 Mar 2004 -- The man in charge of safeguarding the United States against a ballistic missile attack warned members of the House Armed Services Committee's Strategic Forces Subcommittee on March 25 that in the coming years the country will face a ballistic threat from a variety of sources.
  • 2003 Suicide Rates Elevated Among Iraqi Freedom Troops; 2004 Rates Dip AFPS 26 Mar 2004 -- A new Army report reveals that soldiers committed suicides at elevated rates during 2003, with those deployed to Iraq and Kuwait experiencing the greatest increase.

  • U.S. Defense Official Places Nigeria in Forefront of African Militaries Washington File 26 Mar 2004 -- U.S. Army Colonel Victor Nelson recently had high praise for the Nigerian military, calling it a force for stability that has earned a reputation as one of the most capable armed forces in Africa.
  • Iraqi air base renamed in honor of revered NCO leader ARCENT Release 26 Mar 2004-- The memory of a 1st Armored Division senior noncommissioned officers' service and sacrifice will live on at one of the U.S. Army's enduring base camps in Iraq.
  • USS Bataan To Return From Operation Iraqi Freedom Navy Newsstand 26 Mar 2004-- The Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) will return to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk March 31, after a 72-day underway period in support of the ongoing Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) troop rotation.
  • Donation of the Harbor Tug Hoga Navy Newsstand 26 Mar 2004-- Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England announced March 25 that under the authority of Title 10 United States Code Section 7306, the historic tugboat Hoga will be donated to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM), a qualified non-profit organization located in North Little Rock, Ark.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, March 26, 2004 Washington File 26 Mar 2004 -- China/Taiwan, Middle East, Israel/Palestinians, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Africa/DRC, Cyprus, Germany, Kuwait, Japan/China, China/Hong Kong
  • White House Daily Briefing, March 26, 2004 Washington File 26 Mar 2004 -- Bush/speech on home ownership, jobs/economy, 9/11 Commission/Condoleezza Rice, tax code, al Zawhiri tape, week ahead

Defense Industry

  • ATK Awarded Additional $140 Million Small-Caliber Ammunition Order ATK 26 Mar 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK), the nation’s largest supplier of ammunition, has received a $140 million order from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command (JMC), Rock Island, Ill., to supply small-caliber ammunition to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The ammunition will be produced by ATK Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Company, at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. This award is part of the government fiscal year 2004 production contract, which is issued incrementally throughout the year.
  • Navy's FORCEnet to Play Key Role in Joint Net-Centric Architecture Lockheed Martin 26 Mar 2004 -- The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command recently launched a coordinated effort with Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, and the Army Chief Information Officer to identify gaps and overlaps among the parallel efforts, which will tie together Navy's FORCEnet, the Air Force's Command and Control Constellation, and the Army Enterprise Architecture.
  • Northrop Grumman to Continue Providing Translators to U.S. Army, Europe Northrop Grumman 26 Mar 2004 -- The U.S. Army, Europe, has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to continue providing linguist support services in Europe. The 42-month contract has a total potential value of $97 million. The contract's six-month base period is valued at $9.5 million with three additional one-year options.
  • Thales reinforces its Land & Joint Systems activities Thales 26 Mar 2004 -- Thales announces the creation of a Land & Joint Systems business group to better serve its customers and drive growth. The creation of this business group, with a strong Franco-British base, provides Thales' Land customers with clear access to reinforced prime contractorship capabilities. It also reinforces Thales' position as a proven international prime contractor and as the leading European C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) company for Joint Operations.

Other Conflicts

  • Bush-Sharon-Mideast VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- President Bush will meet Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the White House April 14th for a critical meeting on Mr. Sharon's plans for removing Israeli settlements from the Gaza strip. The White House announced that Mr. Bush will also meet next month with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah.
  • IVORY COAST PROTEST VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo says an aborted pro-peace march which was to take place Thursday was a renewed attempt to overthrow him. Opposition leaders says his security forces killed more than 100 civilians in two days.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Coalition splinters amid violence IRIN 26 Mar 2004 -- Opposition groups in Cote d'Ivoire vowed to try to march again in the main city on Friday despite violent clashes with security forces in which 25 people were officially killed on Thursday.
  • WEST AFRICA: ECOWAS seeks means to recover 8 million illicit arms in region IRIN 26 Mar 2004 -- West Africa's regional economic bloc has begun working out a framework for the recovery of an estimated eight million illicit weapons and small arms in circulation.
  • NIGERIA: Troops on alert ahead of delayed local elections IRIN 26 Mar 2004 -- Long-delayed local government elections will take place across Nigeria on Saturday, with President Olusegun Obasanjo putting the country's military on alert to quell the election-related violence anticipated in many parts of the country.
  • At UN, memorial conference on Rwandan genocide considers lessons for future UN News Centre 26 Mar 2004 -- Just days ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the United Nations today hosted a memorial conference to mark the occasion, which served as an opportunity to review past mistakes and draw lessons for the future.
  • Security Council calls on Cte d'Ivoire to implement 2003 peace agreement UN News Centre 26 Mar 2004 -- Faced with fatal clashes at opposition demonstrations yesterday in Cte d'Ivoire as the United Nations prepares to deploy peacekeeping forces there, Security Council today expressed grave concern about the events and said political agreement is the only solution to the crisis in the troubled West African country.
  • U-N / RWANDA GENOCIDE VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed remorse for not doing more himself to prevent the Rwanda genocide of ten years ago. Mr. Annan was head of U-N peacekeeping operations at the time. The secretary general's comments came at a memorial conference on Rwanda's ethnic slaughter.
  • EU: Summit Urges Israel To Honor 'Road Map' To Peace RFE/RL 26 Mar 2004 -- EU leaders meeting in Brussels for a second day today approved a statement calling on Israel to respect the terms of the "road map" for peace in the Middle East. The statement condemns the killing of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin earlier this week and says Israel's withdrawal from Gaza must proceed in close consultation with the Palestinian Authority.
  • NATO: Bush Meeting With Eastern, Central European Leaders To Mark Expansion RFE/RL 26 Mar 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush is set to meet on 29 March with the leaders of seven nations for a celebration of their formal entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • IVORY COAST PROTEST VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- The largest city in Ivory Coast, Abidjan, is under heavy military guard, after at least 25 people were killed during an aborted opposition protest Thursday.
  • MEXICO/ISRAEL VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- Israel's public security minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, says Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is not considered a target for assassination. The Israeli official is visiting for talks with Mexican security officials.
  • SRI LANKA/REBELS VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have vowed to get rid of a commander who led an unprecedented split in the movement. The rift among the rebels could make it more difficult to get a stalled peace process back on track.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- Israeli police are restricting access to Muslim Friday prayers at Jerusalem's holiest shrine this week. The move comes amid heightened fears of unrest and possible retaliatory attacks by Palestinian militants for Monday's killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in an Israeli missile strike.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Opposition parties suspend role in government IRIN 26 Mar 2004 -- Ivory Coast's rebels and opposition parties said on Thursday they had suspended their participation in the transitional government after the killing of their supporters who had been protesting for peace in the main city of Abidjan.
  • BURUNDI: AU urges UN to deploy troops IRIN 26 Mar 2004 -- The African Union (AU) has renewed for another month the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in Burundi, and appealed to the UN Security Council to authorise the early deployment of UN troops to the country as proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the AU reported on Thursday.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 26 Mar 2004 -- U.S. plans for smaller, agile force in Europe / EU raps Kosovo Albanian leadership over clashes / Portugal to ask NATO for air surveillance at Euro 2004 / Russian minister warns NATO on military doctrine / Bulgaria approves new defense strategy / Belgian fighters to patrol Baltic air space / Retired brass urge delay in U.S. antimissile shield
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 26 Mar 2004 -- Denmark's Defense Minister: Danish fire-rescue team, Belgian F-16s for Baltics / EU Foreign Policy Chief Solana hits back after stormy Kosovo trip / Ambassador Bremer to appoint Iraqi national security adviser / EU reaches accord on terrorism / Libya to join U.S. and UK in "war on terror"

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Guns still for hire for troubled continent IRIN 26 Mar 2004 -- Of 67 alleged mercenaries arrested in Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe earlier this month, at least 27 were former members of the South African Defence Force (SADF). The case has demonstrated the leading role South Africa continues to play in providing trained personnel for hire in the troubled continent.
  • U-N / BURMA VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- A special U-N investigator on Burma is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • INDONESIA POLITICS VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- Campaigning for Indonesia's parliamentary elections has entered its final week and two dozen political parties are rallying in the streets. There are concerns election preparations in the world's fourth most populous nation may not be complete by election day, April 5th.
  • TURKEY / ELECTIONS VOA 26 Mar 2004 -- Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party is widely expected to win municipal elections March 28th. But the Islam-rooted party faces a serious challenge in Turkey's Kurdish dominated southeastern provinces.

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