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06 May 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • PENTAGON/SAO TOME VOA 06 May 2004 -- The United States is moving quickly to cement its security relations with Sao Tome, where an oil production boom is expected to make the tiny West African island nation strategically important.
  • Houston Marine receives Navy Cross Marine Corps News 06 May 2004-- Marine Pfc. Joseph B. Perez received the Navy Cross Medal from the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, during an awards ceremony Thursday at Marine Corps Air-Ground Training Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • Mt. Pleasant Marine receives Silver Star Marine Corps News 06 May 2004-- Marine Lance Cpl. Armand E. McCormick, 22, received the Silver Star Medal from the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, during an awards ceremony May 5 at Marine Air Ground Combat Training Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • Klamath Falls, Oregan Marine, receives Silver Star Marine Corps News 06 May 2004-- Marine Cpl. Robert P. Kerman received the Silver Star from the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, during an awards ceremony Thursday at Marine Air Ground Combat Training Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • Rochester, N.Y. Marine, receives Navy Cross Marine Corps News 06 May 2004-- Marine Capt. Brian R. Chontosh received the Navy Cross Medal from the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, during an awards ceremony Thursday at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • USS Chancellorsville Assists Stranded Fishermen Navy Newsstand 06 May 2004-- USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) provided humanitarian assistance to an Indonesian fishing vessel May 4 in the Molucca Sea.
  • Kearsarge Completes Sea Trials, Ready to Sail Navy Newsstand 06 May 2004-- Four months, hundreds of maintenance and modernization items and countless training hours later, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned to Naval Station Norfolk following the completion of sea trials April 26-28.
  • Tarawa Pushes Through CART II Navy Newsstand 06 May 2004-- After a successful Light Off Assessment, the crew of USS Tarawa (LHA 1) headed to sea April 19-22 to take on the next challenge in preparing for their next deployment, the second phase of the Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART II).

  • Ballistic Missile Defense in Korea to be Strengthened US Forces Korea 06 May 2004 -- Earlier this week Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was informed by the Secretary of the Army that additional Patriot assets will be stationed in the Republic of Korea (ROK) to augment the ballistic missile defense capabilities already in the region.

  • State Department Daily Briefing, May 6 Washington File 06 May 2004 -- G-8 ministerial meeting, Iraq, Bulgaria, Georgia, Jordan, Cuba, Cyprus, Greece
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 6 Washington File 06 May 2004 -- Bush phone call to Mubarak, Iraq/prisoner abuse/Rumsfeld

Defense Industry

  • ATK Awarded Additional $38 Million Small-Caliber Ammunition Order ATK 06 May 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK), the nation’s largest supplier of ammunition, has received a $38 million order from the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command (JMC), Rock Island, Ill., to supply small-caliber ammunition to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The ammunition will be produced by ATK Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Company at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo. This award is part of the GFY04 production contract, which is issued incrementally throughout the year.
  • ATK Receives More Than $14 Million in TNT Production Orders ATK 06 May 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK), a leading supplier of advanced weapon and space systems, has received orders in excess of $14 million from the U.S. Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., to supply TNT to the U.S. Department of Defense. The orders are part of the five-year contract announced last year. Work is being performed at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (AAP) in Radford, Va., the future home to one of the nation’s most advanced, flexible energetics facilities.
  • Boeing Delivers 7,000th Harpoon Boeing 06 May 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] officials delivered the 7,000th Harpoon missile to the Egyptian Navy at the Boeing facility in St. Charles, Mo., Tuesday. During a handover ceremony, both Boeing and U.S. Navy representatives congratulated the allied Naval service and thanked them for their support and friendship for more than 30 years.
  • GE Marine to Supply IHI with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Japan's 15DDG AEGIS Destroyer GE Marine 06 May 2004 -- GE Marine will supply Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, Co., Ltd. (IHI), Tokyo, Japan with four LM2500 gas turbines. The engines will be placed into propulsion modules by IHI to power the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF) 15DDG AEGIS destroyer. The destroyer will be built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.'s Nagasaki, Japan shipyard.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $299 Million For Submarine Work, Materials General Dynamics 06 May 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat $299 million for nuclear-submarine work and materials. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Lockheed Martin Successfully Demonstrates Two Open Architecture Capabilities for Aegis Weapon System Lockheed Martin 06 May 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully migrated two key elements of the Aegis Weapon System to an open architecture environment, a move that will significantly enhance the capabilities and service life of the U.S. Navy's premier surface combat system while also reducing its cost.
  • U.S. Navy-Northrop Grumman Team Demonstrates Future Warfare Strategy Northrop Grumman 06 May 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Navy have advanced, with a recent exercise, the service's warfighting goal of interconnecting sensors, manned and unmanned aircraft, ships and offensive weapon platforms in real time to locate and strike targets.
  • Northrop Grumman and Romanian Defense Ministry Sign Contract to Support Romanian National Defense Initiatives Northrop Grumman 06 May 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently signed a contract with the Ministry of National Defense of Romania to provide a wide range of services and projects supporting Romanian national defense efforts.
  • Lockheed Martin and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Demonstrate Integrated Maritime Surveillance System Lockheed Martin 06 May 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated their low-cost, low-risk, highly capable solution for the U.S. Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program at a recent flight exercise in San Diego.
  • Northrop Grumman-Built High-Energy Laser Destroys Large-Caliber Rocket in History-Making Test Northrop Grumman 06 May 2004 -- As the scope of battlefield threats continues to expand, so does the versatility of a high-energy laser system to defeat them. The U.S. Army's Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) testbed destroyed a rocket on May 4 that's larger, faster and that flies higher than previous threats destroyed by the laser weapon demonstrator. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) built the demonstrator for the Army and the Israel Ministry of Defence (IMoD).

Other Conflicts

  • U.S. Welcomes Peaceful Resolution of Ajara Crisis in Georgia Washington File 06 May 2004 -- The United States welcomed the peaceful restoration of national authority in Georgia's Autonomous Republic of Ajara, which State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher called "an important step toward restoring the rule of law and democratic governance" there.
  • OSCE: Georgia Showed "Political Maturity" in Ending Ajara Crisis Washington File 06 May 2004 -- Georgia's success in peacefully resolving the crisis in the autonomous region of Ajara "has once again shown the world an example of political maturity and adherence to democratic standards," said Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy -- chairman-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe -- May 6.
  • Georgia: Adjar Standoff Ends With Abashidze Relinquishing Power RFE/RL 06 May 2004 -- After days of mounting tensions, the crisis in Ajara was defused peacefully overnight, when the Georgian region's defiant leader, Aslan Abashidze, left for Moscow following a popular uprising and a push from the Russian authorities.
  • Georgian President In Adjaria After Abashidze Flees RFE/RL 06 May 2004 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili early today addressed a cheering crowd in Adjaria after announcing Aslan Abashidze, leader of the autonomous province, had resigned and fled.
  • GEORGIA / POLITICS VOA 06 May 2004 -- Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has praised the people of Ajaria for their bravery in protesting against autonomous leader Aslan Abashidze, who resigned overnight and left Ajaria for Moscow. He also offered unusual thanks to Russia, which he has long viewed as siding with Ajaria.

  • U-N-G-A/Palestinians VOA 06 May 2004 -- The U-N General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a non-binding resolution affirming Palestinian sovereignty over the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The United States and Israel were among a handful of countries voting against the measure.
  • General Assembly overwhelmingly affirms Palestinians right to sovereignty UN News Centre 06 May 2004 -- The 191-member United Nations General Assembly today overwhelmingly affirmed the need to enable the Palestinian people "to exercise sovereignty and to achieve independence in their State, Palestine."
  • BUSH / JORDAN VOA 06 May 2004 -- President Bush has told Jordan's King Abdullah that America is neutral in efforts to negotiate an end to Israeli-Palestinian violence. King Abdullah postponed this visit two weeks ago because of questions over Washington's support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for Jewish settlements.
  • ISRAEL/DISENGAGEMENT PLAN VOA 06 May 2004 -- Israel's largest newspaper is reporting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government has presented a new peace proposal to the United States and Europe. Sunday, Mr. Sharon's party rejected a more limited proposal.

  • U.S. Pleased with Renewal of Talks on Transnistrian Conflict Washington File 06 May 2004 -- The United States is pleased that negotiations on the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict resumed on April 26-27, but is disappointed by the "unconstructive nature of the Transnistrians' recent proposal" as well as the continued stalemate on withdrawal of Russian military forces from Moldova, U.S. diplomat Douglas Davidson told the OSCE Permanent Council May 6.
  • CONGRESS/SUDAN VOA 06 May 2004 -- The government of Sudan has come under sharp criticism in the U-S Congress for human rights violations and what lawmakers call "scorched earth" policies in its western Darfur region. Sudan was the subject of a House International Relations Committee hearing on Thursday
  • Recruitment campaign for 3,500 new police in Liberia begins - UN mission UN News Centre 06 May 2004 -- Recruitment has begun for 3,500 new police officers in Liberia as part of the effort to help re-establish the rule of law in the West Africa country, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) said today.
  • IVORY COAST / U-N VOA 06 May 2004 -- The ruling party in Ivory Coast has rejected a U-N report leaked to French media that accuses the government of directing deadly attacks against opposition and rebel supporters last March.
  • SOMALIA/PEACE TALKS VOA 06 May 2004 -- The slow-moving Somalia peace talks, often marred by walkouts, suffered a further setback when the next phase of talks was postponed indefinitely. Mediators blame logistical problems for the delay.
  • Sudan: Humanitarian Crisis Deepens As Militias Drive Villagers From Homes RFE/RL 06 May 2004 -- Aid groups say Sudan faces a humanitarian crisis as fighting in the west of the country continues to displace hundreds of thousands of people. The situation is prompting new world attention to events in the African nation.
  • THAILAND / UNREST VOA 06 May 2004 -- The prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, has begun a three-day visit to the country's troubled southern Muslim provinces. The trip comes as police issue their first arrest warrant in last week's deadly attacks on Thai security posts by suspected Muslim militants that left 108 people dead.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 06 May 2004 -- NATO considers Spanish request for royal wedding protection / NATO picks European proposal for improved satellite communications / Investigators say crew's error caused airplane crash that killed Macedonian (sic) president / Car bomb blasts entrance to Baghdad's Green Zone / U.S. Coast Guard evaluating threat of waterborne suicide attacks in Persian Gulf / North Korea to test long-range missile engine
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 06 May 2004 -- NATO chief renews call for nations to commit more forces to ISAF / Japan seeking cooperation with NATO in Afghan disarmament / Pentagon forced to withdraw leaflet linking aid to information on Taliban / Georgian leader wins power struggle

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