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05 April 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • UPDATE ON COALITION CASUALTIES [CJTF-7 News Release] April 5, 2004
  • TASK FORCE OLYMPIA SOLDIER KILLED [CJTF-7 News Release] April 5, 2004
  • ONE U.S. SOLDIER KILLED IN ATTACK [CJTF-7 News Release] April 5, 2004
  • ONE MARINE KILLED IN ACTION [CJTF-7 News Release] April 5, 2004
  • Task Force 1st Armored Division Conducts Operations in Sadr City
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Transcript: U.S. Central Command Background Briefing 05 Apr 2004 -- "We are currently, as I think you know, conducting operations in and around Fallujah. I won't say we've locked the city down, but we've established a cordon around the city to monitor trafficking going in and out, and are beginning to conduct operations to go seek out those that committed which are tragic acts (...) The events of the weekend surrounding Muqtada Sadr are concerning to us. (...) This started in An Najaf with a large demonstration that got out of control. "
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 05 Apr 2004 -- "Today the Iraqi police service formally arrested Mustafa al-Yacoubi, this pursuant to a valid arrest warrant issued by an Iraqi judge. Mr. al-Yacoubi was arrested in connection with the brutal murder of Ayatollah As Seyed Ala-Majid al-Khoei, who was repeatedly stabbed and shot to death last April in front of one of the world's holiest shrines. (...) In the Al Anbar province, Iraqi security forces and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force initiated Operation Vigilant Resolve to confront anti-coalition and anti-Iraqi elements in the Fallujah area. The joint force, currently consisting of over 1,300 personnel from the 1st MEF, Iraqi armed forces and the Iraqi Civil Defense Services, have established a series of traffic control points around the city of Fallujah, along with additional assets to regulate passage and establish a cordon in and out of the city. (...) Over the past 36 hours, there have been a number of demonstrations and incidents throughout the central and southern zones of Iraq, some of which turned violent, as elements of Mahdi Army incited and perpetrated violence against Iraqi citizens, Iraqi security forces and the coalition."
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- For the second day, Iraqi demonstrators -- many of them disciples of a Shiite cleric -- have clashed with U-S troops in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. At least eight American troops and more than 50 Iraqis have been reported killed in the rioting. But the United States says it remains firmly committed to handing over power on June 30th, despite new questions about Iraq's overall stability.
  • No 'Plus-Up' Planned for Troop Levels in Iraq AFPS 05 Apr 2004 -- U.S. Central Command officials are studying all aspects of the recent surge of violence in Iraq, and believe they are prepared to counter it. The command has not requested any additional forces for operations in Iraq.
  • Warrant Issued for Anti-Coalition Cleric's Arrest AFPS 05 Apr 2004 -- An Iraqi judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of anti-coalition Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in connection with the death of Ayatollah Sayed al Khoei last year, coalition authorities revealed today.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- For the second day, Iraqi demonstrators - many of them disciples of a Shiite cleric - have clashed with U-S troops in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities. At least eight American troops and more than 50 Iraqis have been reported killed in the on-going rioting. But the United States remains firmly committed to hand over power on June 30th, despite new questions about Iraq's overall stability.
  • Iraqis Take Over Government Building In Al-Basrah RFE/RL 05 Apr 2004 -- The British Defense Ministry says a group of Shi'ite Muslims has taken over a government building in the southern Iraqi city of Al-Basrah.
  • U.S. Helicopters Fire On Al-Sadr Militia In Baghdad RFE/RL 05 Apr 2004 -- Fresh violence broke out today across Iraq -- in Baghdad, in the British-controlled southern port of Al-Basrah, in the central holy Shi'a city of Karbala, and in Al-Fallujah, west of the capital.
  • IRAQ / VIOLENCE VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Reports from Baghdad say U-S forces have launched a helicopter strike against militiamen who follow a Shiite cleric branded as an outlaw by the U-S administrator in Iraq. Fighting between coalition forces and the Shiite militias has killed nearly 80 people since Sunday.

  • Afghanistan: UN mission welcomes result of international donors' conference UN News Centre 04 Apr 2004 -- Hailing the Berlin Declaration that followed last week's international conference on Afghanistan, the United Nations mission to the country said it welcomed the agreement of the world's donors to pledge double the amount offered in the Tokyo Conference two years ago.
  • AFGHANISTAN / ARREST VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- U-S military officials in Afghanistan say they are holding a senior Afghan commander suspected of involvement in suicide bomb attacks against international peacekeeping forces.
  • BAMYAN UNIVERSITY REOPENS IN AFGHANISTAN CENTCOM Release 05 Apr 2004-- Bamyan University staff and dignitaries celebrate today the reopening in Bamyan of the university which had been closed for more than five years.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 05 Apr 2004-- Anti-coalition militia threw grenades at a coalition convoy on Wednesday and Soldiers from the 1-501st killed one and detained two of the assailants. There were no coalition casualties.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN RELEASE CENTCOM Release 05 Apr 2004-- Coalition forces yesterday found four caches of weapons and munitions in southeast Afghanistan
  • Aviation unveils life without Comanche Army News Service 05 Apr 2004-- The Army's aviation fleet is undergoing a total overhaul, and the main priority is increasing survivability to protect the aircraft and the Soldiers it carries.

  • U.S. Support for Haiti US Dept. of State 05 Apr 2004 -- These specific initiatives, announced during Secretary of State Colin L. Powell's April 5 visit to Haiti, underscore the U.S. commitment and rapid response to helping Haiti's security, economic recovery and national reconciliation.
  • POWELL / HAITI VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States will provide full support for Haiti's interim government. Mr. Powell's remarks came Monday in Port-au-Prince where Haiti's interim prime minister announced that general elections will be held next year.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • DoD Releases Selected Acquisition Reports 05 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense has released details on major defense acquisition program cost and schedule changes since the September 2003 reporting period. This information is based on the Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) submitted to the Congress for the Dec. 31, 2003 reporting period.
  • High op tempo leaves some Marines pondering departure, causes concern for Corps' leaders Marine Corps News 05 Apr 2004-- "Third time's a charm" may not apply for some Marines in the 1st Force Service Support Group, who have been a part of all three of the Corps' most recent combat deployments.
  • Surveys confirm retention concerns Army News Service 05 Apr 2004-- Recent surveys tell of broad concern that the Army faces potential challenges in retaining Soldiers when their enlistments are up.
  • Coalition soldiers train Iraqi Armed Forces to join fight Army News Service 05 Apr 2004-- Iraqi Armed Forces soldiers are quickly learning, with the assistance of coalition forces, what type of training is required to become an effective fighting force.
  • Navy's Experimental Ship, HSV Swift, Visits Old Town Alexandria Navy Newsstand 05 Apr 2004-- The future of naval combat was on display in the Washington D.C. area, when the U.S. Navy's contracted high-speed vessel (HSV) Swift, pulled pierside in Old Town Alexandria, Va., March 30-April 3.
  • Fightertown SAR rescues downed pilot Marine Corps News 05 Apr 2004-- What began as a simple training exercise turned into a serious rescue operation for the Air Station Search and Rescue team, March 24.
  • Joint Task Force Civil Support Ready When Terror Hits Home Marine Corps News 05 Apr 2004-- You're relaxing at home watching your favorite TV show when the program is interrupted by that annoying beep. You know what's coming next. You start reciting the lines that you've heard so many times before: "This is a test of the emergency broadcast system. This is only a test.." But this time, the voice urges you to stay indoors, close all windows and doors, and bring all pets inside. Little do you know that this will be the worst day of your life.
  • Sniper Friendly Fire Investigation Completed CENTCOM Release 05 Apr 2004-- The investigation into the Apr. 14, 2003, death of a Marine Corps corporal as a result of friendly sniper fire is complete. The investigation was thorough and deliberate, and approved by the CENTCOM leadership.
  • F/A-22 important to all Airmen AFPN 05 Apr 2004-- To Air Force people who do not fly or maintain aircraft, the oft-repeated characteristics of the F/A-22 Raptor, "stealth, supercruise, agility, integrated avionics, and supportability" probably mean about as much as "independent front suspension" and "aluminum alloy heads" mean to someone who is not really into cars.
  • Flightline upgrades boost mission AFPN 05 Apr 2004-- New upgrades to the flightline are boosting operational capabilities, helping Airmen accomplish the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing's expanding role to provide intra-theatre airlift for deployed forces.
  • JTAC Airman vital in war on terrorism AFPN 05 Apr 2004-- "Dad, you're still at work?" are the words of Staff Sgt. Jason Cry's 5-year-old son. When Sergeant Cry talks with his son on the phone, he helps the boy understand why Dad was not there for Christmas, or why he cannot be there at night to read him a bedtime story, kiss him on the head and tuck him into bed.
  • Eielson deploys for AEF tasking PACAF Release 05 Apr 2004-- More than 200 members of Eielson's 355th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to a location in Southwest Asia March 26.

  • U.S.-Backed Mission Hails Guatemala's Plan to Cut Military Washington File 05 Apr 2004 -- A U.S.-supported international mission in Guatemala has hailed the Central American nation's decision to cut the present size of its army and military budget by about one-half.

  • Keynote Address by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, at the NATO Russia Council (NRC) conference on the role of the military in combating terrorism NATO 05 Apr 2004

  • White House Daily Briefing, April 5, 2004 Washington File 05 Apr 2004 -- President's schedule, Israeli Prime Minister Sharon/Mideast, Iraq/Shiite uprising/transferring sovereignty to the Iraqi people/security, job training/employment programs, Powell/Iraq/WMD, 9-11 Commission, Bush/interviews

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Falcon Team Submits Future Proof, Value For Money Proposal BAE Systems 05 Apr 2004 -- The BAE SYSTEMS FALCON team has submitted its bid for Increment A of the UK Ministry of Defences FALCON Information Infrastructure requirement, a key further stage in creating Network Enabled Capability (NEC) for the British Armed Forces.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Announces A Trans-Atlantic Capability To Serve The Growing Surface Navies Operating In The Littoral Environment BAE Systems 05 Apr 2004 -- BAE Systems today announced the creation of a trans-Atlantic capability that combines parts of the company that are engaged in the design, manufacture, and integration of proven solutions used by Naval ships operating in the Littoral environment. The move creates a U.S.-based world-leading provider of solutions for use in Littoral waters for Mine Warfare.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Receives $85 Million U.S. Navy Contract For Above Water Sensors Support BAE Systems 05 Apr 2004 -- BAE Systems has been awarded an $85 million U.S. Navy contract to provide technical, program and financial management, and administrative support for the Navys in-service radars and next generation surface ship radar systems. BAE Systems was the sole recipient of the five-year award, which includes one base year and four option years.
  • Lockheed Martin's Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft Offers Latest Mission System Technologies for the U.S. Navy Lockheed Martin 05 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today unveiled its offering for the Navy's Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) program at the Navy League of the United States trade show. Designated Orion21, the company's design brings together the latest network centric mission system technologies while offering the Navy a low risk, proven military capability.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives Eighth F-2 Component Work Contract Lockheed Martin 05 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a contract from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) on March 31 valued at over $130 million to manufacture components for six additional F-2 production aircraft. MHI is the prime contractor for the F-2, Japan's long-range, highly maneuverable support fighter.
  • BAE SYSTEMS To Purchase STI Government Systems BAE Systems 05 Apr 2004 -- BAE Systems North America today announced it has reached a definitive agreement with STI Industries, Inc. (STI), to purchase the assets of STI Government Systems for $27 million in cash. STI Government Systems employs 125 people and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other Conflicts

  • Preparations begin for UN peacekeeping mission in Burundi UN News Centre 04 Apr 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan has begun preparations for an expanded United Nations role in Burundi, saying that much needs to be done to establish a UN peacekeeping mission to support the Transitional Government ahead of the Central African country's elections later this year.
  • As UN starts peacekeeping operation in Cte d'Ivoire, Annan urges reconciliation UN News Centre 04 Apr 2004 -- As troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) transferred to the UN Operation in Cte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) at a ceremony today in the main commercial centre, Abidjan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged reconciliation among all concerned.
  • ERITREA / ETHIOPIA VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- A high-level European delegation is meeting leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia this week to try to break a deadlock over their border dispute. During a stop in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Monday, the E-U delegation urged Eritrea to accept U-N mediation.
  • ISRAEL/SHARON VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, says his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank is the only way to bolster his country's security. Mr. Sharon spoke with Israeli media to mark the start of the Jewish Passover holiday.
  • ETHIOPIA: Government says situation in Gambela improving IRIN 05 Apr 2004 -- The Ethiopian government said on Monday that the situation in the volatile southwestern region of Gambela, where scores of people have been killed in ethnic clashes, mainly between the Anyuak and Nuer, has improved.
  • NEPAL/MAOISTS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- In Nepal, at least nine policemen have been killed in an attack blamed on Maoist rebels. The attacks happened as political protests intensified in the mountain kingdom.
  • KASHMIR/EXPLOSION VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- In Indian Kashmir, about 60 people were injured in a blast suspected to be set off by Muslim militants.
  • RWANDA/GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- Government officials in Rwanda are expressing dismay and disappointment that only one head of state from a Western nation has accepted their invitation to attend Wednesday's national ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
  • SRI LANKA PEACE TALKS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- In Sri Lanka, President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party is trying to get support from smaller allies after her party won the most seats in Friday's parliamentary elections, but fell short of a majority. Meanwhile, Tamil Tiger rebels are warning they could resume their struggle for a separate homeland if the new government does not meet their demands.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 05 Apr 2004 -- Russia hopes to sign new cooperation deal with NATO / Russia and NATO must work together to combat new security threats / EU and NATO enlargement dominate Chancellor Schroeder's brief visit to Russia / Senator Lugar says U.S. may need to delay Iraq handover / Security Council asked to reconsider UN role in Kosovo / Serb party punished for suspected Karadzic links
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 05 Apr 2004 -- NATO vows to beef up fight against terrorism / Fax sent to daily threatens to turn Spain "into an inferno" / EU defense ministers mull joint military body, Bosnia force / Text

  • INDONESIA ELECTIONS VOA 05 Apr 2004 -- In Indonesia, election officials are beginning to count the votes from Monday's elections.Organizers say it is too early to report trends, but they say the vote for the most part was peaceful and without incident.

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