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19 April 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Apr 2004 [PDF]
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  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
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  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 19 Apr 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Daniel Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • Kimmitt Says Peaceful Resolution to Fallujah Impasse Being Sought Washington File 19 Apr 2004 -- A senior U.S. military commander says the coalition is trying to resolve the situation in the Iraqi city of Fallujah peacefully, but the Marines are ready to resume offensive military operations if political negotiations do not succeed.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- In Iraq, a U-S military commander says an agreement has been reached with leaders in the city of Fallujah that could ease a two week standoff between Sunni militants and 12-hundred American Marines encircling the city.
  • Cease-Fire Agreement Reached In Fallujah; 13 U.S. troops Killed In Iraq AFPS 19 Apr 2004 -- U.S., coalition and Iraqi officials have agreed "to implement a full and unbroken cease-fire" in the city of Fallujah, chief Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor said today in Baghdad.
  • Coalition Announces Agreement In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 19 Apr 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq today announced an agreement to defuse tension in the flashpoint Sunni city of Al-Fallujah that includes joint patrols with Iraqi security forces.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- A U-S military commander in Iraq says an agreement has been reached with leaders in the city of Fallujah that could ease a two week standoff between Sunni militants and 12-hundred American Marines encircling the city.
  • U.S. Announces Agreement In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 19 Apr 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition says it has reached an agreement with local community leaders to defuse tension in the western Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah.
  • MARINES ADJUST CORDON IN FALLUJAH TO ASSIST AMBULANCES CENTCOM Release 19 Apr 2004-- Dialogue continued April 17 between representatives of the Coalition Provisional Authority, senior coalition military leaders and a delegation of civic leaders from Fallujah.
  • Barrier around Fallujah intended to stop insurgents' supplies, mobility Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- Marine Corps and Army engineers finished construction of a barrier around much of Fallujah April 15, 2004, which blocks off the majority of pathways leading into or out of the city, and is expected to deter insurgents from bringing in weapons and gear.
  • ANTI - IRAQI FORCES FIRE ON MARINES FROM MOSQUE CENTCOM Release 19 Apr 2004-- Anti-Iraq forces took up military positions in a mosque and a nearby building in Fallujah April 18.
  • Cash for Guns yields rewards for Cavalry Army News Service 19 Apr 2004-- Small arms, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades have been collected for destruction by the 1st Cavalry Division in a program that exchanges money for weapons and information.
  • Marines recall Ar Ramadi battle Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- Lance Cpl. Deschon E. Otey's nights are still plagued by thoughts from four days of intense fighting.
  • Marine fought for several days, despite gunshot wound Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr. didn't even realize he was shot until someone told him.
  • Protective gear proves itself again and again Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- It's heavy, hot and cumbersome. It also saves lives.

  • Marines attached to Afghan National Army Training Det. return from Kandahar deployment Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- The Marines of the Afghanistan National Army Training Detachment have concluded nearly 2 months of combat operations with the Commando Battalion, Quick Reaction Force Brigade, Afghanistan National Army, in southern Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN WORRIES VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- Almost obscured by the Iraq situation in newspaper editorials, a number of U-S papers continue to monitor stabilization efforts in Afghanistan. Many are troubled by what they see
  • AFGHANISTAN / ARRESTS VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- Afghanistan's police and NATO-led peacekeeping forces have arrested eight Islamic militants with suspected links to the al-Qaida terror network and renegade Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and his Hezb-I-Islami faction.
  • COMBINED FORCES COMMAND AFGHANISTAN PRESS RELEASE CENTCOM Release 19 Apr 2004-- In coordination with the Islamic Transitional Government of Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan continues to train the Afghan National Army, provide civil affairs support, and disrupt, deny, and destroy terrorist and anti-ITGA forces in order to establish a stable and secure Afghanistan.

  • PAKISTAN/AL-QAIDA VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- Hundreds of Pakistani tribesmen are continuing their hunt for suspected terrorists in a remote region near the Afghan border. A government deadline for tribal leaders to flush the militants out, or face military action expires on Tuesday.

  • PENTAGON/AFRICA VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- Ten-years ago, following the deaths of 18 American soldiers in a single battle in Somalia, it seemed U-S forces could not disengage from Africa quickly enough - a policy decision that meant tragically there would be no U-S intervention when genocide erupted in Rwanda. Now, though, the Pentagon appears firmly settled on a new course of involvement in Africa - a decision accelerated by the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

  • Combined Joint Task Force - Haiti names camp after one of its own Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- In a brief ceremony here April 13, Combined Joint Task Force - Haiti's commander, Marine Brig. Gen. Ronald S. Coleman officially named his compound Camp Cintron.
  • CJTF-Haiti helps clean up streets by repairing prison Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- The nation's largest prison was symbolically reopened here on April 14 when Leon Charles, director general of the Haitian National Police and Brigadier Gen. Ronald S. Coleman, commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Haiti toured the facility upon completion of its refurbishment. The prison, which was heavily damaged during the civil unrest, underwent more than $40 thousand worth of renovations, fixing problems ranging from plumbing and electrical work to the roof. The work was done by Haitian laborers under a contract with CJTF-Haiti.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Secretary of Defense Interview with Bob Woodward - 20 Sept, 2003 19 Apr 2004 -- Interview with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. Also participating was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Lawrence Di Rita
  • Transcript: Secretary of Defense Interview with Bob Woodward - 23 Oct, 2003 19 Apr 2004 -- Interview with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. Also participating was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Lawrence Di Rita and the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Lt. Gen. John Craddock

  • Kitty Hawk Departs Singapore Navy Newsstand 19 Apr 2004-- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departed the island city-state of Singapore April 12, after four days in port, with thousands of ship and air wing Sailors having enjoyed their time ashore.
  • 11th MEU TRAP team brings downed pilots home Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady became a household name when he evaded capture by Bosnian Serb forces for six harrying days after his F-16 Falcon jet was shot down while patrolling over the country. United States Marines were the ones to go in and rescue him.
  • II MEF units recognize need for IED training Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- The possibility of death is a reality Marines must constantly face as they embark upon Security and Stabilization Operations in Iraq. The prime source of death has been Improvised Explosive Devices, according to instructors at Engineer Training Area 3 here.
  • Exercise Completes Two years of GTEP Training Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- Georgian soldiers from Phase IIIE of the Georgia Train and Equip Program completed their final training exercise Thursday with a combined mechanized company live fire attack at the Vasiani training area.
  • Corps filling some GWOT billets with retirees Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- The Marine Corps is looking for a few good retirees -- about 150, to be exact.
  • Former DoD Comptroller Cites Transformational Accomplishments AFPS 19 Apr 2004 -- Before his resignation took effect last week, the Defense Department's former comptroller cited transformation as the main focus during his three-year tour.
  • PENTAGON / PEACEKEEPING VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- The Bush administration is planning a new drive to boost the supply of foreign troops available for peacekeeping missions worldwide. If successful, the initiative could ease the pressure on U-S forces to participate in such operations.
  • Pentagon Plans Test of Atmospheric Dispersion 19 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that an atmospheric dispersion survey will be held in and around the Pentagon from April 19 to May 15, 2004. The survey will advance knowledge about the weather conditions and movement of simulated airborne contaminants around and inside the Pentagon. The resulting data will be used to improve, refine and verify a computer model that simulates the atmospheric transport of potential contaminants around the Pentagon.
  • VMU-2 gives ground commanders an eye in the sky Marine Corps News 19 Apr 2004-- As infantry Marines fight through the streets of Fallujah they have an ally in the sky. They may not be able to see or even hear them most times, but their help is invaluable.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 19, 2004 Washington File 19 Apr 2004 -- Iraq, Serbia/Kosovo, Armitage/travel, Deputy Secretary/Middle East region, Israel/Palestinians, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, North Korea/China, Burma, Sudan, South Africa

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $26 Million Contract for Advanced Life Support Technologies and Research General Dynamics 19 Apr 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for Advanced Life Support Technologies and Research (ALSTAR). The total potential value of the contract if all options are exercised is $26 million. Through ALSTAR, General Dynamics will provide research, support and evaluation of new life support technologies, spatial disorientation, warfighter fatigue, acceleration and altitude protection; and biodynamics research, modeling and simulation.
  • Lockheed Martin Adds Raytheon to Team for UCAR Unmanned Aircraft Development Program Lockheed Martin 19 Apr 2004 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Unmanned Combat Armed Rotorcraft (UCAR) development team is strengthening its technical diversity and sensor systems capabilities by adding Raytheon Company [NYSE: RTN].
  • Lockheed Martin Wins $7.8 Million Contract to Develop Survivability Software for U.S. Army Rotorcraft Lockheed Martin 19 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was awarded a $7.8 million research and development contract from the U.S. Army to develop software to aid the survivability of manned and unmanned rotorcraft in combat situations.
  • Northrop Grumman Applies New Coating to Operational B-2 Northrop Grumman 19 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully applied a specially formulated coating developed to help improve the B-2 stealth bomber's combat readiness to an operational aircraft for the first time. The coating was applied at the company's Antelope Valley Manufacturing Center here using a robotic paint system.
  • Northrop Grumman-Led Team Receives Contract To Develop Next Phase of Space Based Radar Northrop Grumman 19 Apr 2004 -- A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $220 million, 24-month contract to develop the first phase of the Space Based Radar (SBR) program, which is designed to provide integrated, global, persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as real-time support, to U.S. military and intelligence community operations.

Other Conflicts

  • World Court Opens Case Of Yugoslav Air War RFE/RL 19 Apr 2004 -- The World Court today opened hearings into a case by Serbia and Montenegro on the legality of NATO's 1999 air war to end a Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanians.
  • YUGO WAR CRIMES VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes Tribunal in The Hague have overturned the court's only genocide conviction. They found former Bosnian-Serb General Radislav Krstic guilty instead of the lesser crime of complicity in genocide for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and reduced his sentence by about one quarter.

  • U-N / MIDDLE EAST VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has held an emergency session on Israel's assassination of a second top Hamas leader in a month. The Palestinian envoy accused the Council -- and the United States in particular -- of encouraging Israel to continue its targeted killings.
  • Security Council discusses killing of Hamas leader UN News Centre 19 Apr 2004 -- Less than a month after several countries in the United Nations Security Council condemned the killing of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the 15-member body met today to discuss the assassination by Israel of his replacement, Abdelaziz Rantissi, over the weekend.
  • U-S / ISRAEL / HAMAS VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- The Bush administration said Monday said it would like to see the radical Palestinian faction Hamas "put out of business." But it reiterated its opposition to Israeli targeted killings, in the wake of Saturday's assassination in Gaza of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi.
  • Middle East: Hamas Vows Revenge As Israel Criticized For Killing Al-Rantisi RFE/RL 19 Apr 2004 -- Hamas yesterday threatened a "volcano of revenge" against Israel following the killing of its leader, Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi.
  • Middle East: U.S. Throws Weight Behind Controversial Israeli Acts RFE/RL 19 Apr 2004 -- In less than a week, the United States has thrown its weight behind two controversial acts by Israel and in so doing may have helped set off a major shift in the debate over Middle East peace. First, U.S. President George W. Bush endorsed a hotly contested Israeli plan for Gaza and the West Bank in what analysts say amounted to an overhaul of decades of U.S. policy. Then, faced with international reproach, the Bush administration declined to condemn Israel's assassination of the leader of Palestinian militant group Hamas.
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launched mortar and rocket attacks at Jewish settlements on Monday, amid rising anger over Israel's killing of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi. Meanwhile, support is growing within Israel for the Prime Minister's plan to remove all settlements and troops from the territory.

  • UNICEF calls for Sri Lanka's rebels to end recruitment of child soldiers UN News Centre 19 Apr 2004 -- Confirming the deaths of two child soldiers last week during fighting between two factions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called on the rebel group to free its remaining child soldiers and not to re-recruit those it has already released.
  • Acknowledging past abuses vital to successful national reconciliation, Annan says UN News Centre 19 Apr 2004 -- Peacekeeping, peacebuilding and reconciliation need a fair and just review of past abuses to comfort victims and improve factional relations, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the 113-year-old international association of parliaments of sovereign states.
  • BURKINA FASO: Alleged coup plotter jailed for 10 years IRIN 19 Apr 2004 -- Army captain Luther Ouali Diapagri, the alleged leader of a plot to overthrow Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore, has been jailed for 10 years by a military court after being convicted of treason and endangering state security.
  • LIBERIA: Bitter LURD fighters say their leaders betrayed them IRIN 19 Apr 2004 -- Former fighters of Liberia's LURD rebel movement say they are happy enough to hand over their guns to UN peacekeeping troops, but many grumble that they have been forgotten and abandoned by their own political leaders.
  • SUDAN / UNREST VOA 19 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations says violent clashes between Sudanese government troops, pro-government militias, and rebels in southern Sudan have caused at least 50-thousand people to flee their homes in the past month. The government in Khartoum and southern rebels face an April 21st deadline to reach a comprehensive peace accord or face U-S sanctions.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 19 Apr 2004 -- Spain pulls troops from Iraq / France backs calls for UN resolution on Iraq / Pakistan tribal force begins hunt for al-Qaida supporters / Bosnia Serb police seek war crimes fugitives / Defiant Serbian general says he won't face UN court / UN High Commissioner for Refugees says he hopes to see 1 million Afghan returnees this year / U.S. says Taliban's Afghan offensive weakening / Israel kills top Hamas leader in missile strike
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 19 Apr 2004 -- Official: NATO to unveil new deal for Middle East in June / NATO says eight militants arrested in Afghan raid / Netherlands increases action radius of ISAF helicopters in Afghanistan / Poland says not able to make up the difference for Spanish pullout

  • Boeing Delta II Launch of NASA Satellite Scrubbed Boeing 19 Apr 2004 -- Today's launch of a Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket carrying the NASA Gravity Probe B satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., has been scrubbed for 24 hours.
  • ILS Scores Triple Play: Contracts To Launch 3 Satellites For SES Global Companies Lockheed Martin 19 Apr 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) announced today a contract with SES AMERICOM and SES ASTRA, both SES GLOBAL companies, to launch three satellites in 2005 and 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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