06 April 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 06 Apr 2004 [PDF]
- Four Marines Killed in Action [CJTF-7 News Release] April 6, 2004
- Three Task Force 1st Armored Division Soldiers Killed During Separate Incidents [CJTF-7 News Release] April 6, 2004
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- IRAQ WRAP VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- U-S military officials say as many as a dozen Marines may have been killed when Iraqi insurgents attacked their position in the town of Ramadi late Tuesday -- after a day of battles between American forces and Shiite militias in other parts of the country as well. As many as 100 Iraqis have also been reported killed after three days of some of the worst fighting in Iraq in months.
- Coalition Forces, Iraqis Suffer Losses In Clashes RFE/RL 06 Apr 2004 -- Coalition troops clashed with insurgents throughout Iraq today, on a third day of violence sparked by protests in support of an influential Shi'ite Muslim cleric.
- U.S. Forces Conducting Raids in Fallujah AFPS 06 Apr 2004 -- U.S. forces have been conducting raids in Fallujah and have captured a number of high-value targets, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in Norfolk, Va., today.
- Four Marines, Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq AFPS 06 Apr 2004 -- Four Marines with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed April 5 as a result of enemy action while conducting security and stabilization operations in Iraq's Anbar province, a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported today.
- RUMSFELD / IRAQ VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says U-S soldiers have surrounded the Iraqi city of Fallujah in an effort to crush the insurgency there after last week's slaying and mutilation of four American civilians.
- Reserve Marines bring civilian skills to OIF II fight Marine Corps News 06 Apr 2004-- In a world where time is money and the business market waits for no man, how do you keep your clients happy when you have to leave them for an unspecified amount of time?
- TWELVE DETAINED IN RAID CENTCOM Release 06 Apr 2004-- 1st Infantry Division soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery conducted a raid near Baqubah April 6 at about 4:45 a.m. to capture the leader and members of a insurgent cell.
- Pakistan angrily reacts to US envoy`s remarks over Taliban IRNA 06 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan angrily reacted on Tuesday to remarks by US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmey Khalilzad on the Taliban`s activities in Pakistan, describing his remarks as irresponsible.
- PAKISTAN / AFGHANISTAN / U-S VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- Pakistan officials are angrily rejecting criticism by the U-S ambassador to Afghanistan about Islamabad's anti-terror efforts.
- U-S / AFGHANISTAN VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- The U-S ambassador to Afghanistan says Pakistan misunderstood remarks he made earlier about Islamabad's efforts to clean out terrorist sanctuaries along the border area. The ambassador's remarks ignited a firestorm in Pakistan.
- U.S. Ambassador: Afghan Success Requires 'Sustained Commitment' AFPS 06 Apr 2004 -- Life in Afghanistan, "the first theater in the war against terror," is looking up, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad noted here April 5.
- Drugs remain serious threat to stability in Afghanistan, Security Council warns UN News Centre 06 Apr 2004 -- Stressing its fears that opium poppy cultivation could undermine the rule of law, security and economic development in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council today called for greater international efforts to combat the illicit drug industry as it endorsed the results of last week's reconstruction conference in Berlin.
- Powell Visit Haiti, Says U.N. Action Averted 'Bloodbath' AFPS 06 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell met with Haitian leaders and received briefings on the U.S. efforts in the country during an April 5 visit to the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Submits Environmental Training Changes to Congress AFPS 06 Apr 2004 -- The Defense Department will try for a third time to get three provisions of the DoD Readiness and Range Preservation Initiative passed by Congress.
- DoD Assists Anti-Drug Efforts in Colombia, Afghanistan AFPS 06 Apr 2004 -- Mindful that terrorist groups use the drug trade to fund operations, the Defense Department is helping local governments fight narco-trafficking in Colombia and Afghanistan, senior U.S. officials noted on Capitol Hill April 2.
- 7th Comm loses father figure as non-combat related death claims Marine communicator Marine Corps News 06 Apr 2004-- Despite its inevitability, the loss of a loved one is something no one wants to experience. The 7th Communication Battalion family recently lost a leader, father and a friend in Master Sgt. Timothy Toney
- 3rd ID testing new 'unit of action' at NTC Army News Service 06 Apr 2004-- How can fewer tanks, fewer Bradleys and fewer howitzers add up to a more lethal unit?
- Baghdad International Police Academy graduates second class Army News Service 06 Apr 2004-- After completing eight physically and mentally demanding weeks of training, 479 men and women officially joined the Iraqi Police Service during a graduation ceremony at the Baghdad Police Academy April 1st.
- Camp dedicated to fallen 2nd ACR scout ARCENT Release 06 Apr 2004-- Camp Muleskinner, home of the 2nd Armored Cavalry's Regiment's support squadron was renamed in honor a fallen trooper April 1.
- First Obsolete Warship Slated as Artificial Reef Navy Newsstand 06 Apr 2004-- The Navy announced April 5 that it will transfer the former aircraft carrier ex-USS Oriskany (CV 34) to the State of Florida for use as an artificial reef.
- Information Operations Teams Support Navy Surge Navy Newsstand 06 Apr 2004-- Fleet Information Warfare Center's (FIWC) Information Operations and Information Warfare (IO/IW) teams are supporting the new "surge ready" Navy by upgrading their deployments with and training strike group commanders, fleet commanders and Joint Task Force commanders.
- New Submarine Squadron Stands Up on Subase Bangor Navy Newsstand 06 Apr 2004-- Commander, Submarine Squadron (CSS) 19 stood up April 1 to augment CSS 17 with supporting boats on the waterfront at Naval Submarine Base (Subase) Bangor.
- Kitty Hawk Sailors Enjoy Port Visit to Korea Navy Newsstand 06 Apr 2004-- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Sailors had an excellent opportunity to take advantage of a five-day port visit to Busan, Korea, March 15, to explore this southern port.
- Kennedy Strike Group Now Surge-Ready Navy Newsstand 06 Apr 2004-- The USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group (JFK CSG) is helping the Navy forge a new path into the future. JFK CSG, which completed its month-long Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) March 17 with a port visit to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., is the first strike group to fully start its training under the new Fleet Response Plan.
- II MEF CG visits 24th MEU, USS Saipan during ESGINT Marine Corps News 06 Apr 2004-- The Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. H. P. "Pete" Osman paid a visit to the Marines and Sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and USS Saipan (LHA-2) April 5.
- CMC visits OEF Marines and Sailors Marine Corps News 06 Apr 2004-- General Michael W. Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps, visited Marines and Sailors of five Marine units currently serving here in support of Operation Enduring Freedom April 5.
- Pendleton Marines cordon Fallujah Marine Corps News 06 Apr 2004-- Two Marine battalions shut down access to the Iraqi city of Fallujah by early Monday morning in an effort to isolate and root out terrorists there.
- Transcript: News Conference with Secretary Rumsfeld and NATO Secretary General 06 Apr 2004
- Transcript: Roundtable on Range and Readiness Preservation Initiative 06 Apr 2004
- White House Daily Briefing, April 6, 2004 Washington File 06 Apr 2004 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan briefed reporters on Air Force One April 6 as they accompanied President Bush on a trip to El Dorado, Arkansas.
- State Department Noon Briefing, April 6, 2004 Washington File 06 Apr 2004 -- Hong Kong/China, Iran/Iraq, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, North Korea/South Korea/Japan, Sudan/Kenya, Israel/Palestinians, Pakistan/AfghanistanRussia
- ATK Receives $38 Million Contracts for Tactical Tank Ammunition ATK 06 Apr 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) has received new contracts in excess of $38 million from the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at the Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. Under the contracts, ATK will provide 120mm tactical ammunition for the Army’s M1A1/A2 Abrams main battle tanks. Deliveries will be completed by November 2005. The Project Manager, Maneuver Ammunition Systems, manages the contract for the Army and Marine Corps.
- Boeing Receives $18.9 Million Contract for Army Air Defense System Boeing 06 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] recently received $6.5 million initial funding for an $18.9 million contract supporting development of the Surface Launched AMRAAM weapon system (SLAMRAAM).
- Boeing Industry Team Delivers Proposal for Tactical Radio System Boeing 06 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and a team of industry leaders has delivered its proposal to meet the Department of Defense's (DoD) emerging airborne, maritime and fixed station tactical radio requirements.
- Lockheed Martin Joint Common Missile Team Demonstrates Insensitive Munitions Capability of Tactical Propulsion System Lockheed Martin 06 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], with teammates Aerojet and Roxel UK, today announced the successful demonstration of insensitive munitions capability in the Lockheed Martin tactical Joint Common Missile (JCM) rocket motor using a Class 1.3 minimum-smoke propellant.
- Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship Team Unveils Its High Performance Baseline 3+ Design Lockheed Martin 06 Apr 2004 -- The Lockheed Martin-led Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) team today unveiled the latest version of its semi-planing monohull design at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space exposition in Washington, DC. The ship is faster, more agile and more maneuverable than originally envisioned and maintains its advantages as a low-cost, low-risk design.
- Lockheed Martin and Team Members Complete Developmental Testing of Integrated Self-Defense System on MH-60R Helicopter Lockheed Martin 06 Apr 2004 -- A multi-disciplinary team, including representatives from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], has successfully completed developmental testing of the Integrated Self-Defense (ISD) system on the MH-60R helicopter being built for the U.S. Navy.
- Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Receive Contracts to Complete MH-60R Lot 2 Low-Rate Production Lockheed Martin 06 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] and Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [NYSE:UTX], have received contracts totaling $152.2 million to complete production of four MH-60R maritime helicopters for the U.S. Navy. The low-rate production contract (LRIP 2) covers four helicopters scheduled for delivery to the Navy in 2006.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN LEADS INDUSTRY TEAM IN COMPETITION FOR AMF JTRS PROGRAM Lockheed Martin 06 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] team competing for the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS) has submitted its proposal for the program's first competitive phase to develop transformational software-defined military radio communications. The system will be integrated on airborne and maritime platforms and fixed ground sites around the world.
- Lockheed Martin-built GPS Satellite Declared Fully Operational Lockheed Martin 06 Apr 2004 -- A U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team has completed on-orbit checkout of the upgraded Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite launched successfully March 20 from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft, designated GPS IIR-11, has been declared fully operational for navigation users around the globe.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 06 Apr 2004
- BURKINA FASO: 15 go on trial for plotting coup against Compaore IRIN 06 Apr 2004 -- Thirteen military officers and two civilians went on trial before a military tribunal in Burkina Faso on Tuesday, charged with plotting to overthrow President Blaise Compaore last year.
- CHAD-SUDAN: After a week of standstill, Darfur talks could be suspended IRIN 06 Apr 2004 -- One week after arriving in Chad for peace negotiations, the Sudan government and two armed movements in Darfur province have still not held direct talks on how to end a bitter armed conflict which has brought misery to more than a million people.
- EU / ETHIOPIA/ ERITREA VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- Eritrea has rejected an appeal by the European Union to allow U-N mediation in a dispute over the location of its border with Ethiopia.
- PALESTINIANS / ISRAELI DISENGAGEMENT VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he wants Israel to pull out of the Gaza Strip and some parts of the West Bank as part of a unilateral disengagement from the Palestinians. Mr. Sharon is seeking support for the plan within his own party and coalition government and is to present his ideas next week to President Bush during a visit to Washington.
- DRC / UNREST VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- U-N peacekeepers clashed with former rebel troops late Monday in the eastern city of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving one Congolese soldier dead. The country is on high alert following an alleged coup attempt at the end of March.
- BURKINA FASO / TRIAL VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- A trial of 13 alleged coup plotters is under way in Burkina Faso.
- NEPAL/MAOISTS VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- A three-day general strike called by Maoist rebels has shut down much of Nepal. The rebels have stepped up their eight-year campaign to replace Nepal's constitutional monarchy with a communist republic.
- BRITAIN / UGANDA VOA 06 Apr 2004 -- Britain's foreign aid chief is visiting Uganda to press for an end to an 18-year war between a northern rebel army and the government of President Yoweri Museveni.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 06 Apr 2004 -- NATO-Russia Council discusses military role in fighting terrorism / U.S. ambassador says America may move against terrorist sanctuaries if Pakistan doesn't / Afghans and U.S. soldiers torch huge haul of hashish and opium / Qatar tells Arabs to consider U.S. reform proposals
- SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 06 Apr 2004 -- NATO-Russia cooperation pact may be signed soon / EU prepares Bosnia peacekeeping mission / EU rallies behind plan for crisis battle groups / NATO will continue using force in hunt for Karadzic / U.S. considers Iraq reinforcements / Experts: Terrorists shift focus to Europe
- Lithuania: Paksas Becomes First European President To Be Removed From Office RFE/RL 06 Apr 2004 -- The Lithuanian Parliament voted by a narrow margin today to remove President Rolandas Paksas from office, ending a nearly seven-month scandal in the tiny Baltic nation and making Paksas the first European president to be removed from office.
- Ingush President Survives Assassination Attempt RFE/RL 06 Apr 2004 -- A powerful car-bomb blast blamed on a suicide attacker hit the motorcade of the leader of Russia's southern republic of Ingushetia.
- Lithuanian President Impeached RFE/RL 06 Apr 2004 -- Lithuania's parliament has voted to impeach President Rolandas Paksas.
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