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07 May 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 07 May 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 07 May 2004 -- Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, Deputy Director for Coalition Operations; and Dan Senor, Senior Adviser, CPA
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 07 May 2004 -- American commanders in Iraq say their soldiers are continuing to take fire from armed militias in several Shiite holy cities in the south, despite having been able to install a new governor in Najaf. In Washington, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took full responsibility for the abusive treatment of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.
  • Soldier Killed, Two Others Wounded in Baghdad Attack AFPS 07 May 2004 -- Terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may be responsible for the latest death of a U.S. soldier, Coalition Provisional Authority officials said at a Baghdad news conference today.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 07 May 2004 -- American commanders in Iraq say their soldiers are continuing to take fire from armed militias in several Shiite holy cities in the south, despite having been able to install a new governor in Najaf. And the cleric who has led a month-long Shiite rebellion addressed followers Friday about the abusive treatment of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of American soldiers.
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 07 May 2004 -- U-S forces tightened their grip on the Iraqi holy city of Najaf as a senior cleric reportedly appealed to the Shi'ite insurgents to leave the city. The leader of the insurgency, Moqtada al-Sadr, delivered a defiant sermon at a mosque in the nearby town of Kufa.
  • U.S. Troops In Iraqi Holy City RFE/RL 07 May 2004 -- U.S. troops are maintaining positions in and around Iraq's holy Shi'a city of Al-Najaf today, one day after the military said it killed about 40 fighters loyal to radical Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in nearby Kufa.

  • Russia Prepared To Write Off Some Afghan Debt RFE/RL 07 May 2004 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that his country is ready to write off some of Afghanistan's debt, but only through negotiations within the framework of the Paris Club of creditor nations.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Secretary Rumsfeld Announces DoD Detention Operations Review 07 May 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced today that four distinguished citizens have agreed to review Department of Defense detention operations. They will provide independent, professional advice to the Secretary on issues related to recent allegations of mistreatment of detainees. They will address issues such as force structure, training of regular and reserve personnel, organization, detention policy and procedures, interrogation policy and procedures, command relationships and operational practices.
  • MD, PA First Army Guard Units to Fly Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle National Guard Bureau Release 07 May 2004-- Ask commanders on the ground either in Iraq or Afghanistan what the absolute "must have" item is this year, and more than anything else, most will tell you they want a small, tactical, unmanned aerial vehicle (TUAV) called the Shadow, along with the trained Soldiers to operate it.
  • Cruiser Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Battle of Anzio Navy Newsstand 07 May 2004-- The guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Anzio during a pierside ceremony May 4 at Naval Station Norfolk.
  • V-22 Icing Detachment Returns from Halifax Navy Newsstand 07 May 2004-- Osprey No. 24 returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River on the afternoon of April 29, after spending six months conducting aircraft icing tests from Canadian Forces Base Shearwater near Halifax, Nova Scotia. During the detachment, Osprey No. 24 logged 67 hours, 37 of which were in actual icing conditions.
  • Non-Skid Technology ensures Fleet Readiness NAVSEA News Wire 07 May 2004-- USS John F Kennedy (CV 67) is currently testing a newly developed rapid cure repair system kit for non-skid surfaces. The Fleet saves time and money with this repair kit and such a product serves as another enabler to the success of the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Current materials take up to seven full days to cure and aren't tolerant of operational conditions. Until recently, the Fleet had no rapid cure non-skid system for installation by the ship's force. The past method was time-consuming and interfered with flight operations and readiness.
  • NUWC to use High Speed Ferry For Tests NAVSEA News Wire 07 May 2004-- The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is scheduled to conduct tests on an advanced launcher system at its shallow water test range in Narragansett Bay beginning the third week in May. NUWC will be supported in this testing by SEA CORP (Systems Engineering Associates Corporation) of Middletown, R.I. This latest series will further refine the test data and, for the first time, launch projectiles into the sea at high speeds. The data gathered Using the high-speed commercial ferry Millenium as a platform, the Navy research center will conduct tests in support of the Advanced Surface Launcher Program.
  • Secretary of the Navy honors Naval Heroes NAVSEA News Wire 07 May 2004-- Secretary of the Navy Gordon England has selected names for five new U.S. Navy destroyers honoring legendary American naval heroes. The new Arleigh Burke class, Aegis guided missile destroyers will bear the names of leaders from the early American Navy and those who led the Navy to victory in the Battle of Manila Bay and the Spanish-American War.

  • Koreas agree to discuss easing military tensions Korea-net 07 May 2004 -- After four days of deadlocked meetings, South and North Korea finally agreed on Friday(May 7) to hold cross-border high-level defense talks, which may work toward easing military tensions on the severed peninsula.

  • Five Dead In Ukrainian Arms-Depot Blasts RFE/RL 07 May 2004 -- A series of explosions at a munitions depot near the southeastern town of Melitopol in Ukraine has killed at least five people and injured nine.

  • ITALY/NATO VOA 07 May 2004 -- NATO's relations with Mediterranean countries and the wider region of the Middle East was the focus of a conference held Friday at the NATO Defense College in Rome.

  • White House Daily Briefing, May 7 Washington File 07 May 2004 -- President's schedule, Rumsfeld/congressional hearings, economy, Rice to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister May 17, campaign events, Bush/interviews, Iraq/prisoner abuse, week ahead
  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 7 Washington File 07 May 2004 -- Powell's travel to Jordan/World Economic Forum, Armitage meeting/Greek minister of public order, Middle East, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, Syria, North Korea, status of detainees in Guantanamo/Geneva Convention, Cyprus, Greece

Defense Industry

  • Boeing Delivers First MH-47G Special Operations Chinook Boeing 07 May 2004 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] delivered the first MH-47G Special Operations Chinook helicopter to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Thursday during a ceremony in Philadelphia.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $121 Million Order to Retrofit M1A2 Abrams Tanks General Dynamics 07 May 2004 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $121 million delivery order as part of a contract valued at $244 million to retrofit 65 M1A2 Abrams tanks to the M1A2 SEP (System Enhancement Program) configuration.
  • U.S. Joint Forces Command Extends General Dynamics Contract for Engineering and Technical Support General Dynamics 07 May 2004 -- General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded an $18 million contract modification to continue its support of the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Experimentation Program. Work will be performed in Suffolk, Va., and includes continued research and development, engineering, formulation and analysis of joint operational concepts.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $15.7 Million Ammunition Contract General Dynamics 07 May 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced today that the Department of the Army–Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill., has awarded the company a $15.7 million firm-fixed-price contract to produce 1,468,550 rounds of 30mm PGU-15/B Target Practice (TP) Cartridges.
  • European Nations Selected for NATO Milsatcom Solution EADS 07 May 2004 -- The Ministries of Defence of France, Italy and the United Kingdom have been jointly selected by NATO to provide its new Satellite Communications capability from 2005 through to 2019. The NATO SATCOM Post-2000 capability requirement for SHF and UHF space segment is to be provided through the existing national programmes – Syracuse in France, Sicral in Italy and Skynet in the UK.

Other Conflicts

  • U-N/Sudan/Darfur VOA 07 May 2004 -- U-N and U-S officials are sounding alarm bells about reports of ethnic cleansing in Sudan, calling it one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Government-backed Arab militias are accused of carrying out a scorched-earth campaign against black Africans in the Darfur region.
  • SUDAN: Peace agreement could be signed "within days" - officials IRIN 07 May 2004 -- The Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) are on the brink of reaching an agreement on the contentious issues of power-sharing and the legal status of the capital, Khartoum, a Sudanese official told IRIN on Friday.
  • UN: Security Council To Hear Details On Sudan Amid Mounting Alarm RFE/RL 07 May 2004 -- The UN Security Council hears a report today from a top humanitarian official about the escalating crisis in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. The meeting takes place at a time of mounting calls for Sudan's government to act against rampaging militias accused of widespread ethnic cleansing. A leading human rights watchdog today releases a report accusing the government of orchestrating the campaign and warns the situation could become far worse.

  • NIGERIA: Muslim death toll in raid on Yelwa tops 600 - Red Cross IRIN 07 May 2004 -- More than 600 people were killed when militiamen from a mainly Christian ethnic group attacked Muslims in a small town in central Nigeria last weekend, a Red Cross official said Friday.
  • NIGERIA / CLASHES VOAL 07 May 2004 -- Red Cross officials in Nigeria say civilians injured in recent sectarian violence in central Plateau state are too scared to seek medical treatment outside their town. The Red Cross estimates as many as 600 people may have been killed in attacks on the town of Yelwa by Christian tribe militias in the past week.

  • POWELL / MIDEAST VOA 07 May 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Friday that the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal has been "very destructive" to U-S foreign policy objectives. Mr. Powell has scheduled a trip to Jordan late next week to try to shift attention back to what officials say is a "positive" U-S agenda in the Middle East.
  • UN force in Lebanon probes latest exchange of fire across troops withdrawal line UN News Centre 07 May 2004 -- The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon is investigating the latest exchange of fire today between Hezbollah and Israeli Defence Forces in the Shabaa Farms area, while Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged both parties to exercise restraint.
  • ISRAEL / HEZBOLLAH VOA 07 May 2004 -- Israeli forces have struck at suspected guerrilla positions in southern Lebanon, after an exchange of rocket and artillery fire with Hezbollah fighters. The attack came after two hours of heavy artillery exchanges between the two sides that erupted at daybreak in the disputed Shebaa Farms border region.

  • Adjar Legislature Abolishes Presidential Post RFE/RL 07 May 2004 -- The parliament of Georgia's Adjar Autonomous Republic has voted to abolish the post of executive leader.
  • THAILAND/UNREST VOA 07 May 2004 -- Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has promised jobs and security to local Muslim communities in violence-plagued southern Thailand. Mr. Thaksin also removed the police chief, after last week's militant attack on security posts left more than a hundred people dead.
  • NEPAL/RESIGNATION VOA 07 May 2004 -- Nepal's prime minister has offered his resignation after 11 months in office, amid weeks of violent protests in the capital. Surya Bahadur Thapa announced his decision on state-run television and radio, but it is not yet clear whether the resignation has been accepted by the king.
  • GREECE / TURKEY VOA 07 May 2004 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Greece for a historic visit marking the continuing thaw in relations between the two long time rival countries.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 07 May 2004 -- NATO opens talks on watered-down Mideast ambitions / NATO commanders make little progress on Afghan force / Prime Minister Zapatero still undecided whether to boost Spanish troops in Afghanistan / International presence responsible for growth of sex-industry in Kosovo, report says / No decision to send more UK troops to Iraq
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 07 May 2004 -- Norway to send troops to Afghanistan / Slovenia to beef up Afghanistan contingent / Prime Minister Erdogan denies story on Bush request for troops to Kabul / German Defense Minister defends German KFOR soldiers

  • PHILIPPINES ELECTIONS / CAMPAIGN VOA 07 May 2004 -- Campaigning for national elections in the Philippines is wrapping up, with candidates holding final rallies prior to Monday's vote. Frontrunners President Gloria Arroyo and opposition leader Fernando Poe Junior, will hold final rallies on Saturday.

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