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04 May 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Troops gear up to replace units extended in Iraq Army News Service 04 May 2004-- Within the next 70 days, about 10,000 troops will be deploying to Iraq to replace units that were extended beyond their one-year tour of duty, and for many of those going it will be their second time in the combat zone.
  • PENTAGON/TROOPS VOA 04 May 2004 -- The U-S military plans to maintain a higher troop presence in Iraq through the end of 2005 as defense officials brace for more trouble in the country.
  • Abizaid Asks to Maintain Higher Force Level in Iraq AFPS 04 May 2004 -- An Army brigade and two Marine expeditionary units will replace units of the 1st Armored Division and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Iraq, Defense, Joint Staff and Army officials said.
  • Improvements to LandWarNet will increase fighting power Army News Service 04 May 2004-- Lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan are quickly shaping improvements in LandWarNet, the networking system that connects Soldiers using technology to the information they need to better defeat enemies.
  • North Dakota Guard Returns Home National Guard Bureau News 04 May 2004-- Families and entire communities had maintained a constant vigil since a cold morning in January 2003 when 170 North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers departed in a convoy for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., 1,000 miles away. The members of the 957th Multi-Role Bridge Company ultimately went to Iraq.
  • DSRV Mystic departs for PACIFIC REACH SUBPAC Release 04 May 2004-- The Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) Mystic was loaded onto a transport plane and flown to South Korea this weekend to participate in Pacific Reach 2004. The U.S. Navy will join with the navies from South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Australia for Pacific Reach 2004 that runs through May 13 in Jinhae, South Korea.
  • NAVAIR China Lake Demos eSWA Navy Newsstand 04 May 2004-- Industry and Navy representatives gathered at China Lake April 28 and 29 to demonstrate the enterprise Strike Warfare Architecture (eSWA), a netcentric approach to strike warfare planning and execution.
  • Wasp Kicks Back With Liberty in Seychelles Navy Newsstand 04 May 2004-- Two days after crossing the equator, the crew of USS Wasp (LHD 1) visited the resort island of Mahe in the Republic of Seychelles April 19-23, for a little sun and relaxation.
  • V-22 Surpasses 2,000 Flight Hours Navy Newsstand 04 May 2004-- April 22, during a flight by one of Tilt-Rotor Operational Test Squadron (VMX) 22's Block A (newest model) MV-22s, the V-22 fleet surpassed the 2,000-flight hour milestone since the program's return to flight in May of 2002.
  • Maintenance center enters second phase of hardening its rolling stock Marine Corps News 04 May 2004-- Maintenance Center Albany recently completed the armoring of 192 High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle undercarriages for the Corps' 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is deployed to Afghanistan.

Defense Industry

  • CACI Awarded $55 Million Subcontract to Provide Integrated Logistics Support for Naval Surface Ships CACI 04 May 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) today announced that it has been awarded a 12-year, $55 million subcontract by Anteon Corporation, in Fairfax, Virginia, under a contract vehicle with the Naval Sea Systems Command, to provide integrated logistics support for the U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. The recompete award includes a two-year base, three one-year options, and seven one-year, performance-based award terms. CACI was already performing this work at offices in Chantilly, Virginia; the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard; Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; and Pascagoula, Mississippi, and transitioned to the new effort on May 1. The award expands both the scope and value of CACI's work with the Navy and increases the company's core logistics and engineering line of business.
  • MH-60S Passes 50K Flight Hour Waypoint Sikorsky 04 May 2004 -- The U.S. Navy MH-60S fleet combat support helicopter passed a significant milestone recently by eclipsing the 50,000 flight hour mark.
  • Boeing Acquires UAV Developer Frontier Systems Inc. Boeing 04 May 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced Tuesday it has acquired Frontier Systems Inc., developer of the A-160 Hummingbird and Maverick unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

Other Conflicts

  • Quartet Sees "Opportunity" in Israel's Gaza Withdrawal Washington File 04 May 2004 -- Saying that an Israeli pullout from Gaza "must lead to a full Israeli withdrawal and complete end of occupation," the United Nations, European Union, Russia and the United States, collectively known as the Quartet, noted that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's announced intention to withdraw from all Gaza settlements and part of the West Bank "has the possibility of restarting progress on the road map" peace plan.
  • Meeting at UN, Quartet issues positive reaction to Israel's Gaza withdrawal plan UN News Centre 04 May 2004 -- Meeting today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the so-called Quartet issued a positive reaction to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw all Israeli settlements from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, calling it a "rare moment of opportunity" and a possible restart to its Road Map peace plan for the Middle East.
  • Gaza Withdrawal Could Restart Mideast Peace Process, Quartet Says Washington File 04 May 2004 -- The United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States, collectively known as the Quartet, said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's announced intention to withdraw from all Gaza settlements and parts of the West Bank "should provide a rare moment of opportunity in the search for peace in the Middle East" and "has the possibility of restarting progress" on the roadmap peace plan.
  • MIDEAST / U-S DIPLOMATS VOA 04 May 2004 -- More than 50 former U-S diplomats have made public an open letter protesting President Bush's Mideast policy, which they say is costing the United States its credibility and prestige.
  • U-N / MIDDLE EAST QUARTET VOA 04 May 2004 -- The so-called quartet of peace mediators have reaffirmed their faith in the "Road Map" plan for a settlement of the Israeli Palestinian dispute.
  • ISRAEL POLITICS VOA 04 May 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is meeting with his coalition partners to try to come up with an amended disengagement plan he hopes can win enough support to be implemented. Sunday, Mr. Sharon's Likud Party voted down his original plan to dismantle all Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and portions of the West Bank.

  • BURUNDI: Government accedes to ex-rebel movement's demands IRIN 04 May 2004 -- The transitional government of Burundi is ready to meet the demands made by the former main rebel movement in the country, the Conseil national pour la defense de la democratie-Forces pour la defense de la democratie (CNDD-FDD), a government official announced on Tuesday.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Leaked UN report says 120 killed by government during Abidjan protest IRIN 04 May 2004 -- At least 120 people were killed by the government security forces and their militia allies after opposition parties in Cote d'Ivoire tried to stage a banned demonstration against President Laurent Gbagbo in Abidjan at the end of March, according to a leaked report by UN human rights investigators.
  • Security Council calls on Ethiopia, Eritrea to cooperate with UN mission UN News Centre 04 May 2004 -- Citing dwindling cooperation with the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), members of the Security Council today called on both Horn of Africa countries to work fully with the mission in fulfilling its mandate and with one another to explore ways of moving forward the stalled border demarcation process.
  • SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 04 May 2004 -- The U-N food agency says the government of Sudan must cooperate to avert famine in the western region of Darfur, where factional fighting has driven one-million people from their homes.
  • Georgia: Tensions Continue To Rise Between Central Government And Adjaria RFE/RL 04 May 2004 -- Violent clashes broke out in Adjaria today as the head of the renegade Georgian region, Aslan Abashidze, warned that the situation could explode into a full-blown conflict. Abashidze defended his decision to blow up bridges linking his region to the rest of Georgia as a defensive measure against an anticipated offensive from Tbilisi. Meanwhile, in the capital, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili called on Russia to restrain some of its military personnel, who he claimed were helping the Adjar authorities in their rebellion.
  • NIGERIA: Dozens killed in fresh sectarian attack in Plateau state IRIN 04 May 2004 -- A Christian militia force attacked a predominantly Muslim town in central Nigeria at the weekend, killing at least 67 people and injuring many others, police and residents said on Tuesday.
  • NIGERIA / CLASHES VOA 04 May 2004 -- Nigerian police say the latest upsurge of sectarian violence in the country's central plateau state has claimed at least 80 lives.The bloodletting between Muslim and Christian communities is in its third month.
  • THAILAND/SECURITY VOA 04 May 2004 -- A top-level Malaysian delegation is in Bangkok for talks with the Thai government on the recent outbreak of violence in Thailand's predominately-Muslim southern provinces.
  • SRI LANKA/PEACE TALKS VOA 04 May 2004 -- In Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels say they are ready to resume peace talks with the government. The guerrilla group's announcement followed a meeting with Norwegian peace mediators, who returned to Sri Lanka following a six-month absence.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 04 May 2004 -- Germany says protection of U.S. bases to end / Spain asks for NATO plane for royal wedding / Nine Turks charged in alleged plot to bomb NATO summit / Six Gulf states to sign anti-terrorism pact / Failure looms for NATO in Afghan expansion drive / Spain backs away from pledge to send more troops to Afghanistan / Serbs seek truth after assassin suspect's surrender / Police arrest two for roles in violent protests in Kosovo
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 04 May 2004 -- Computer war games give Europeans grim message of nuclear terror threat / Former Swedish Kosovo commander says region needs peacekeepers / Bush administration revamping plans for Greater Middle East Initiative

  • NAMIBIA/FAMINE VOA 04 May 2004 -- The World Food Program and the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, say about one-third of Namibia's population is facing a humanitarian crisis brought on by three years of drought and intermittent flooding. The agencies call Namibia a forgotten emergency.
  • Sea Launch Successfully Delivers DIRECTV 7S to Orbit Boeing 04 May 2004 -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the DIRECTV 7S broadcast satellite to orbit from its ocean-based platform on the Equator, marking ten consecutive successes for this highly reliable system. Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.
  • Lockheed Martin Wins $108 Million in Delivery Orders for NASA ODIN Contract Lockheed Martin 04 May 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has been awarded four delivery orders by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration worth approximately $108.8 million under its Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) contracting vehicle.

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