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13 April 2004 Military News

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Defense Industry
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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Actionable Intelligence relies on every Soldier Army News Service 13 Apr 2004-- Actionable Intelligence means providing commanders and Soldiers a high level of situational understanding, delivered with speed, accuracy and timeliness, in order to conduct successful operations, according to the charter of the focus area task force on the subject.
  • Initiatives seek to transform Army intelligence capabilities Army News Service 13 Apr 2004-- While more than 100 fixes are already in place to boost Army intelligence capabilities in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, more initiatives are on the way.
  • ATF trains military on post-blast investigations Army News Service 13 Apr 2004-- Military members who specialize in the explosive ordnance disposal field will get the chance to enhance their skills from their civilian counterparts.
  • Wasp Enjoys Liberty Port Visit in Jebel Ali Navy Newsstand 13 Apr 2004-- After being out to sea for a month, the crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) enjoyed a port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, April 5-8.
  • GW's Easter in Arabian Gulf Navy Newsstand 13 Apr 2004-- USS George Washington (CVN 73) Sailors celebrated Easter with a colorful holiday of fellowship and gratefulness April 11.
  • Truman Wins East Coast Battle 'E' Navy Newsstand 13 Apr 2004-- April 7, USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was awarded the East Coast Battle Efficiency Award by Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Fleet, for the calendar year 2003.
  • USS Hyman G. Rickover Returns from Deployment Navy Newsstand 13 Apr 2004-- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) returned to Norfolk Naval Station April 10 after a six-month deployment.
  • Saipan ESG Conducts Group Sail Navy Newsstand 13 Apr 2004-- USS Saipan (LHA 2), commanded by Capt. Christopher Hase, along with the surface ships that will make up the Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), took a major step in learning to work together as a team, conducting a Group Sail March 15-19.
  • Blue Ridge earns second consecutive Battle "E" 7th Fleet Release 13 Apr 2004-- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) earned the Battle Efficiency Award for the second year in a row March 31. The award recognizes a ship for superior performance and a day-to-day demonstration of excellence.

  • AIR FORCE PILOTS FORCED TO LAND F-5F ON BELLY CNA 13 Apr 2004 -- The pilot and co-pilot of an ROC Air Force F-5F jet fighter were forced to land their plane on its belly Tuesday morning at an air base in central Taiwan when the plane's landing gear failed to open, the Air Force General Headquarters reported.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 13, 2004 Washington File 13 Apr 2004 -- Cyprus/Greece/Turkey, Iraq, Vietnam, Israel/Palestinians, Burma, North Korea, Sudan

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $9.8 Million Demilitarization Delivery Order General Dynamics 13 Apr 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a delivery order valued at $9.8 million for the demilitarization of nine families of conventional ammunition for the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill. This order, part of a $66 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, calls for the demilitarization of 6,800 tons of conventional ammunition, including pyrotechnics, bombs, high-explosive cartridges, Explosive D, small-caliber and improved conventional ammunition, bulk propellant, propelling charges and fuzes.
  • U.S Navy Awards General Dynamics $7.7 Million Contract Modification for Submarine Maintenance General Dynamics 13 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) a $7.7 million modification to an existing contract for submarine maintenance and repair work. The initial contract, awarded in October 2001, will be worth $152.9 million over five years if all options are exercised and funded.
  • Hamilton Sundstrand to continue to provide electric system for V-22 Osprey Hamilton Sundstrand 13 Apr 2004 -- Hamilton Sundstrand announced today that it has been selected by The Boeing Company to supply the electric power system for Lot 8 Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey aircraft.
  • Boeing Receives Contract for PAC-3 Seeker Production Boeing 13 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a contract from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for additional production of 159 PAC-3 Missile seekers to be manufactured between February 2005 and February 2006. The seekers will be built at the Boeing facility in Huntsville, Alabama. This work is in addition to the current contract for 100 seekers. Terms of the contract will not be disclosed.

Other Conflicts

  • Annan urges universal adherence to anti-landmine treaty UN News Centre 13 Apr 2004 -- Noting that 50 countries have not yet joined up, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for the universalization of the global anti-landmine treaty, which will have a major review conference at the end of the year.

  • U-S / MIDEAST TALKS VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has arrived in Washington for a critical meeting with President Bush Wednesday on his plan for "disengagement" from the Palestinians. On the eve of the meeting the Bush administration warmly welcomed his proposal for withdrawal from the Gaza strip, but was non-committal on his apparent aim to retain major settlement blocs in the West Bank.
  • U-N/KOSOVO VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- A senior United Nations official has accused ethnic Albanian extremists of conducting an organized campaign of violence against minorities in Kosovo last month.
  • Delay possible for Cyprus vote, Annan says UN News Centre 13 Apr 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today left open the possibility of delaying the simultaneous referendum on a plan to reunite Cyprus before its entry into the European Union on 1 May, but said the proposal's prospects were "really up to the people."
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Northern rebels play down talk of secession IRIN 13 Apr 2004 -- Rebel forces occupying the north of Cote d'Ivoire have played down suggestions that they may declare a state following the latest setback to implementing a year-old peace agreement.
  • COLOMBIA / UN VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- The U-N's Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights has criticized the Colombian government for undermining the rule of law, and condemned the ongoing violence and killings by Colombia's rebel and paramilitary groups.
  • SUDAN/PEACE TALKS VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Sudan's foreign affairs minister, Mustafa Ismail, says he is hopeful that his country will wrap up peace talks with Sudan's main rebel group, before a U-S-set deadline of April 21st.
  • LIBERIA/DISARMAMENT VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations is working to raise funds to assist with job training of rebels in Liberia who hand over their weapons as part of the disarmament campaign due to begin Thursday.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Israeli forces launched new raids into the West Bank on Tuesday in search of wanted Palestinians, sparking fierce gun battles. The operations came after Israel said it had prevented 10 Palestinian suicide bombings over the Jewish Passover holiday, including one intended to infect victims with AIDS.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 13 Apr 2004 -- Police arrest a war veteran suspected of organizing riots in Kosovo / Serbian government passes draft proposal for Kosovo / Peacekeepers arrest four in Kosovo UN police murder / President Mubarak looks to President Bush for support in promoting reform in Middle East / U.S. needs help of former senior Iraqi military, commanders say
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 13 Apr 2004 -- Putin doubts expanded NATO meets new threats / Putin asks NATO to help build trust / EU-led forces 'could intervene' in Sudan conflict / A coalition showing signs of fracture / Iraqi battalion refuses to 'Fight Iraqis' / US military turns to Saddam's ex-officers

  • U-S / ARMENIA UNREST VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- The United States expressed concern Tuesday about rising political tensions in Armenia, where government security forces have dealt harshly with protesters calling for the resignation of President Robert Kocharian.
  • BURMA RELEASE VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Burma's military government has released two senior opposition leaders after nearly one year of house arrest. But the spiritual leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains restricted to her home.
  • S-A/F/ELECTIONS VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- South Africans go to the polls Wednesday for their third democratic election. The government has declared voting day a national holiday, so people will have time off to cast their ballots.
  • BURMA RELEASE VOA 13 Apr 2004 -- Burma's military government has released two senior opposition leaders after nearly one year of house arrest. But the chairman of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains restricted to her home.

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