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22 April 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Apr 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 22 Apr 2004 -- Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations, Dan Senor, Senior Advisor, CPA
  • Task Force Danger Soldiers capture suspect, weapons CENTCOM Release 22 Apr 2004-- Task Force Danger Soldiers captured a suspected anti-Coalition insurgent and destroyed weapons sites during operations April 21.
  • Reserve components among units extended in Iraq Army News Service 22 Apr 2004-- More than 4,100 Army National Guard Soldiers belonging to units from 14 states will remain on duty in Iraq and Kuwait for an additional three months or so to support the global war against terrorism.
  • IRAQ SITREP-UPDATE VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- American Marines appear to be preparing for an assault on the Iraqi town of Fallujah, where military commanders are warning they are poised to resume battle if Sunni insurgents do not quickly comply with an agreement and begin handing in heavy weapons.
  • Leaders in Fallujah Have 'Days, Not Weeks' to Comply AFPS 22 Apr 2004 -- It's a matter of "days not weeks" for Fallujans to demonstrate they are serious about honoring the agreement they made earlier this week, Coalition Provisional Authority spokesmen in Iraq said today.
  • IRAQ SITREP VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- More American Marines have moved to the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Fallujah where military commanders are again warning they are poised to resume an assault on the city if Sunni militants there do not comply with an agreement to begin handing in heavy weapons.
  • Fallujah Rebels Warned to Turn in Weapons VOA News 22 Apr 2004 -- A U.S. general has warned insurgents in the Iraqi town of Fallujah they have only days to give up their weapons or face a renewed U.S. offensive.

  • Afghanistan: UN concerned at possible stumbling blocks in way of disarmament UN News Centre 22 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations mission in Afghanistan today voiced concern that some militia commanders were slow in handing over lists of their soldiers, posing potential stumbling blocks to achieving the goal of disarming 40 per cent of the militias by September. It said that whatever measures were needed would be taken.
  • AFGHANISTAN BOMBING VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- Afghanistan is seeing a sudden rise in terrorist activity, with one bombing reported Wednesday and two failed bomb plots.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Real-Time Operating System Selected For Boom Control On Boeing 767 Tanker Aircraft BAE Systems 22 Apr 2004 -- An open-architecture real-time operating system by BAE Systems has been selected for use on the boom control on the Boeing Companys new 767 Tanker Transport. Smiths Aerospace has selected the BAE Systems CsLEOS real-time operating system to underpin the actuator control electronics on the aerial refuelling aircraft.
  • TIPS Team Welcomes NATO AGS Downselection EADS 22 Apr 2004 -- NATO has selected the TIPS Industry consortium to provide its long needed Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system.
  • General Dynamics Receives $17 Million Order for Enhanced-Capability Reactive Armor for Bradley Fighting Vehicles General Dynamics 22 Apr 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a $17 million order from the U.S. Army’s TACOM/ARDEC Picatinny Arsenal (Picatinny, N.J.) for the production of 60 enhanced-capability reactive armor vehicle sets for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Work will be completed by July 2005.
  • Greater protection for our troops on the ground Rheinmetall Defence 22 Apr 2004 -- From Kassel straight to the Hindu Kush: forming part of Germany's contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, the first of a total of twelve Duro 3 mobile medical team vehicles were transferred to the Bundeswehr. Lieutenant General Hans-Heinrich Dieter, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Bundeswehr, took formal delivery of the Rheinmetall Landsysteme-made vehicle at a ceremony at the company's Kassel plant.
  • Rheinmetall DeTec consolidates its competencies in a bid for greater global competitiveness Rheinmetall Defence 22 Apr 2004 -- Reacting to changing market conditions, Rheinmetall DeTec AG has moved to reorganise its Weapon and Ammunition division. By merging Rheinmetall W&M GmbH of Unterlüß (the previous parent company) with a number of other components to form the new company Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH in Ratingen, Rheinmetall DeTec AG – already Europe's leading supplier of ground forces equipment – aims to sharpen further its international competitive edge.
  • TIPS Team Welcomes NATO AGS Downselection Northrop Grumman 22 Apr 2004 -- NATO has selected the TIPS Industry consortium to provide its long needed Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system.

Other Conflicts

  • UN Security Council condemns recruitment of child soldiers UN News Centre 22 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today condemned the recruitment of child soldiers and called on Secretary-General Kofi Annan to create a monitoring mechanism, preferably within three months, "to provide timely objective, accurate and reliable information on the recruitment and use of child soldiers in violation of applicable international law."

  • UGANDA: Security in the north tightened, says army IRIN 22 Apr 2004 -- The Ugandan army has said that the recent foiling of an attempt by rebels to attack northern Uganda's largest internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp, near Gulu town, is evidence that "security in the north is now tighter than ever".
  • BURUNDI: Rebel group vows to stop hostilities IRIN 22 Apr 2004 -- At the end of a four-day meeting in the Tanzanian town of Kigoma, the Burundian rebel Forces nationales de liberation (FNL) faction led by Agathon Rwasa announced on Wednesday that it had decided to suspend hostilities against the transitional government of Burundi.
  • GREAT LAKES: Kigali denies massing troops on Burundi border IRIN 22 Apr 2004 -- A senior military official denied on Thursday reports that Rwanda had massed troops on its border with Burundi in anticipation of an attack by Hutu rebels based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
  • Security Council Willing to Support Cyprus Plan, U.S. Says Washington File 22 Apr 2004 -- The United States says that despite the Russian veto of a Security Council draft resolution, it believes the Security Council will agree to a new U.N. mission in Cyprus and arms embargo if the U.N.-brokered settlement plan for Cyprus is approved April 24.
  • Middle East: U.S. Faces Uphill Battle To Win Support For Regional Democracy Plan RFE/RL 22 Apr 2004 -- With Muslim resentment of the United States growing, Washington is hoping to enlist European help in jumpstarting an ambitious U.S. plan to promote economic reform and democracy in the Arab world. But Europe has deep misgivings about the Greater Middle East Democracy Initiative, and appears unlikely to fully back the plan at summit meetings this June.
  • Israel: Organization Of Islamic Conference Condemns U.S. Support For Israeli Plan RFE/RL 22 Apr 2004 -- Members of the world's largest Islamic grouping -- the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference -- met in Malaysia today to discuss developments in the Middle East and the latest violence in Iraq.
  • Cyprus: Turkish, Greek Cypriots Vote On Reunification Plan Amid General Pessimism RFE/RL 22 Apr 2004 -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday made a last-minute call to the people of Cyprus, urging them to endorse his reunification plan before the island joins the European Union in 10 days. His blueprint will be put to a vote of national confidence this weekend on both parts of the island. However, it looks likely that the proposed arrangement will be rejected.
  • SUDAN/MEDIATORS VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- Mediators at the Sudan peace talks in Naivasha, Kenya, say they will work closely with the Sudanese government and the southern-based rebel group, the Sudan People's Liberation Army, to help break the deadlock to reach a much-delayed peace accord. But finding a compromise acceptable to both sides may be difficult.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- Israeli troops shot and killed three wanted militants in a West Bank raid early Thursday in the third day of renewed clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.
  • LIBERIA/DISARMAMENT VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- The United Nations is reporting that only half of the combatants participating in the disarmament campaign in Liberia are handing in weapons. This is renewing fears that rebel leaders have collected guns to be shipped to other west African nations.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 22 Apr 2004 -- NATO may appoint envoy to help put Kosovo on track / Heads of southeast Europe meet to further improve regional cooperation / Authorities find explosives in Afghan capital and arrest two people / Islamic nations open meeting on Iraq, Israel / EU
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis 22 Apr 2004 -- Bulgarian daily carries interview with Gen. Jones / French commentary examines NATO's evolving role / French expert calls on President Chirac to rebuild trust with U.S.

  • Canada Lawmakers Recognize Armenian Genocide RFE/RL 22 Apr 2004 -- Canada's parliament yesterday backed a motion declaring that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians during World War I.
  • RUSSIA/E-U VOA 22 Apr 2004 -- Russian government officials are preparing to host a two-day meeting in Moscow with European Commission officials, including commission President Romano Prodi. The talks are aimed at ensuring smooth relations with Russia as the European Union prepares to welcome 10 new members, including former Soviet satellite states.
  • Sea Launch Sets Sail for DIRECTV 7S Mission Boeing 22 Apr 2004 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander departed Sea Launch Home Port this week for the equatorial launch site in the Pacific Ocean. Sea Launch is preparing to launch the DIRECTV 7S broadcast satellite for DIRECTV, Inc., on May 4, at the opening of a two-hour launch window, at 5:22 am PDT (12:22:00 GMT).
  • Amazonas, Hispasat most powerful satellite, nearly completed by EADS Astrium EADS 22 Apr 2004 -- The Amazonas Latin American satellite will be the fifth satellite launched by Hispasat. It will operate in geostationary orbit, at the 61°W orbital position over the Amazon basin, and will provide both fixed and broadcast communications services through 32 simultaneous operational transponders in Ku-band and 19 simultaneous operational transponders in C-band, over a 15-year mission lifetime. The services offered will include TV broadcasting, business services including VSAT and data broadcasting.

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