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20 April 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 20 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • Task Force Olympia Soldier Dies from Injuries Following IED Attack [CJTF-7 News Release] April 20, 2004
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties

  • Transcript: Defense Department Operational Update Briefing 20 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; and General Peter Pace, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 20 Apr 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director For Coalition Operations; and Daniel Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • U.S. Prepared To Maintain Troop Levels In Iraq RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that the United States is prepared to maintain its troops in Iraq at 135,000 and even increase them if requested by the senior military commander in the region, U.S. General John Abizaid.
  • PENTAGON/IRAQ VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the latest fighting in Iraq reflects what he calls a "final stand" by "enemies of freedom" ahead of the planned June 30th turnover of sovereignty to a new Iraqi government.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- In Iraq, at least 21 prisoners have been killed when suspected anti-coalition rebels shelled Baghdad's largest prison in what a U-S general says might have been a botched attempt to free insurgents detained for taking part in the uprising against coalition forces.
  • Insurgents Attack From Mosque as Fallujah Peace Talks Continue AFPS 20 Apr 2004 -- Even as coalition and Iraqi officials are trying to move forward with peace talks in Fallujah, U.S. Central Command reported today that insurgents attacked coalition forces from a mosque in the city April 18.
  • Al-Fallujah Mostly Quiet Following Truce RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- The situation in the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah, where U.S. troops continue to surround the city after fierce fighting with insurgents earlier this month, was mostly quiet today as coalition officials and local leaders were seeking to implement a truce.
  • Iraq: Disarmament Deal Aims To Defuse Tensions In Al-Fallujah RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq has announced an agreement aimed at defusing a standoff at the besieged town of Al-Fallujah. The accord calls for all anti-coalition fighters in the town to surrender their heavy weapons. But U.S. officials are warning that U.S. Marines who surround Al-Fallujah could launch offensive operations if the insurgents do not disarm promptly.

  • PAKISTAN/KHALILZAD VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- The United States' ambassador to Afghanistan has tempered his recent criticism of neighboring Pakistan, after the Pakistanis lodged a formal protest with Washington.
  • AFGHANISTAN/AID VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- International donors are meeting in Afghanistan to discuss how to use more than eight-billion dollars in promised aid. The conference began with a pledge by Afghanistan's president to overhaul his cabinet and make his government more efficient.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Revised Military Commissions Instructions Issued 20 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that minor adjustments were made to Military Commission Instructions No. 3, 4, and 6.
  • Key Military Commission Officials Announced 20 Apr 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced the names of two key military commission officials today. Army Col. Robert L. Swann has been selected as the chief prosecutor (succeeding Army Col. Fred Borch). Navy Lt. Susan McGarvey has been selected as the acting military commissions judge advocate spokesperson (succeeding Air Force Maj. John Smith).
  • Historic Outfit National Guard Bureau 20 Apr 2004-- It would be perfectly all right with Lt. Col. Blake Ortner if people do not compare apples with watermelons when they talk about how a historic Virginia Army National Guard infantry outfit is again training to go to war.
  • USS Hampton Surfaces on "Top of the World" Navy Newsstand 20 Apr 2004-- The fast-attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767), along with the Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless, surfaced through the ice at the North Pole April 19.

  • Terror War Demonstrates Need to Update Doctrine AFPS 20 Apr 2004 -- Current military doctrine needs an overhaul to better address the challenges confronting U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, the commander of the 18th Airborne Corps told the American Forces Press Service last week at the corps headquarters at Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • USS Cheyenne Submariners Welcome New Firefighting Gear Navy Newsstand 20 Apr 2004-- The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) finished the implementation of its Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) firefighting equipment April 9.

  • Key reshuffle in Pak Army this year - report IRNA 20 Apr 2004 -- Notwithstanding whether or not President General Pervez Musharraf will quit as army chief, the Pakistan army will get two full generals, five lieutenant generals with dozens of promotions this year, a local publication wrote Tuesday.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, April 20, 2004 Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- Libya, Israel/Palestinians, Jordan, Syria, Cyprus, Iraq, Thailand, Italy, Lebanon, North Korea, Sudan, China
  • White House Daily Briefing, April 20, 2004 Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- Bush phone call/Spain, president's schedule, RNC/fundraiser, Iraq/coalition partners, Iraq/UNSC role, Jordan/King Abdullah postpones visit, Honduras, Patriot Act, Woodward's book/allegations

Defense Industry

  • GE Jet Engine Selected by EADS/Airbus for Australian Tanker GE Aviation 20 Apr 2004 -- The Australian Defense Forces has ordered five EADS/Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft powered by General Electric Co. (GE) jet engines for the Royal Australian Air Force. The engine order is valued at more than $100 million USD.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract For Space Based Radar Phase A Concept Development Lockheed Martin 20 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was awarded a $220 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for the concept development phase of the Space Based Radar (SBR) program. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded the 24-month study contract to continue the definition of SBR system requirements and evaluate alternative design concepts for the SBR system architecture. Final selection of the prime contractor for the multi-billion dollar program will be made in 2006, with initial launch scheduled for 2012.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Payload Critical Design Review For Advanced EHF Program Northrop Grumman 20 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed on schedule the payload critical design review (CDR), a major program accomplishment for the Department of Defense's next-generation Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) communications satellite system.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 20 Apr 2004
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY MINE ACTION SERVICE United Nations 20 Apr 2004
  • UN Corrects Chechnya Report On Moscow's Insistence RFE/RL 20 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations today granted Russia's demand to describe the situation in Chechnya as "not an armed conflict" within the meaning of international treaties.
  • U-S / STATE / MIDEAST VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- The Bush administration says its endorsement of Israel's withdrawal plan from Gaza in no way prejudges the outcome of future negotiations for a Palestinian state.
  • ISRAEL / GAZA VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Five Palestinians are dead after fierce clashes with Israeli soldiers Tuesday in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli officials said the troops went into the area in a bid to prevent more mortar and rocket attacks against Israel.
  • LIBERIA: Men, women and children disarm in MODEL stronghold IRIN 20 Apr 2004 -- Men women and child fighters from the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) lined up peacefully to hand in their weapons on Tuesday as the UN peacekeepers opened a second disarmament camp in the port city of Buchanan.
  • UN official says leaders have chance to remove landmines 'once and for all' UN News Centre 20 Apr 2004 -- Urging the world's leaders to seize the opportunity to remove landmines forever, the head of the United Nations anti-mine service said today that countries must use a major conference later this year to map out the strategy towards reaching that target.
  • Annan recommends proposed UN mission to Haiti begin sending troops in May UN News Centre 20 Apr 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed sending United Nations military and police forces to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, beginning in the latter half of May as the vanguard of an 8,300-strong United Nations stabilization mission that will take over from the United States-led multilateral interim force (MIF) on 1 June.
  • U.S. Urges Continued Support for Roadmap to Mideast Peace Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- Urging both Israelis and Palestinians to "exercise maximum restraint," U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham said April 19 that the Security Council also should not take any action over the assassination of the new Hamas leader Abdelaziz Rantissi that would drive the two sides away from the roadmap for Middle East peace.
  • U.S. Urges U.N. Security Council Resolution before Cyprus Vote Washington File 20 Apr 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said April 20 that the United States wants the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution on Cyprus before the April 24 referenda there in order to show the United Nations "is putting its weight behind" the settlement plan proposed by Secretary General Kofi Annan.
  • LIBERIA / ARMS VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- The U-N disarmament program in Liberia has expanded to the port city of Buchanan, five days after the process began in the central city of Gbarnga. Officials say the program is now going well, after problems forced it to be suspended in December.
  • SUDAN / U-N VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- A United Nations human rights investigative team says it has received permission from the Sudanese government to travel to Darfur in western Sudan, within days, to look into allegations of atrocities committed by government troops and militias allied to Khartoum. At the same time, the Sudanese government, citing security concerns, has delayed a U-N humanitarian team's mission to Darfur by a week.
  • AFRICA / ARMS VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- In Kenya, senior officials from 10 countries in Eastern and Central Africa began a two-day conference Tuesday on ending the illegal in trade small arms and light weapons.
  • SOMALIA: Stalled peace talks to resume in one week IRIN 20 Apr 2004 -- The Somali reconciliation conference sponsored by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is scheduled to reconvene in a week's time, according to an IGAD source close to the talks.
  • SUDAN/PEACE TALKS VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Sudanese government and rebel officials involved in the Sudanese peace talks in Nairobi say they are confident the United States will not impose sanctions on the Sudanese government or rebels, as may be required under U-S law.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- Israel's defense minister is predicting a moderate and pragmatic Palestinian leadership is likely to emerge after Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, the Israeli foreign minister joined the ranks of government ministers in favor of a unilateral Israeli pullout from Gaza and parts of the West Bank.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 20 Apr 2004 -- NATO chief says Ukraine must work on democracy, rights / NATO wants to unveil Gulf cooperation pact in June / NATO: no plans to discuss gap left by Spanish troops in Iraq / Honduras to pull its troops out of Iraq / Bush plans foreign peacekeeping forces fund
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 20 Apr 2004 -- Daily: Spanish pullout may undermine efforts to involve NATO in Iraq / President Karzai announces Cabinet shakeup / Russian experts ponder feasibility of operation to destroy Afghan poppy fields

  • BRITAIN/E-U VOTE VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- In a major reversal of policy, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced on Tuesday that he has agreed to a referendum on the proposed constitution for the European Union.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Support The Launch of Gravity Probe-B ATK 20 Apr 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) rocket motors and composite technologies supported today’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. that will place NASA’s Gravity Probe-B spacecraft into orbit.
  • Boeing Delta II Helps NASA Test Two Einstein Predictions Boeing 20 Apr 2004 -- Gravity Probe B, a NASA satellite that will validate two key aspects of Einstein's general theory of relativity, was launched today aboard a Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket.
  • JSAT Corporation Awards Lockheed Martin Contract For Second A2100 Satellite Lockheed Martin 20 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract by JSAT Corporation of Japan to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite, designated JCSAT-10, which will provide communications services throughout Japan and Asia following its scheduled launch in 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.



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