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10 May 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Background Briefing on Court-Martial of U.S. Soldiers 10 May 2004 -- U. S. Military Attorney

  • Experimental vessel returns from operations in Middle East Army News Service 10 May 2004-- The U.S. Army's experimental Theater Support Vessel USAV Spearhead, TSV-1X, made its first port call at its home base of Fort Eustis April 30.
  • Unified Quest 04 focuses on joint capabilities Army News Service 10 May 2004-- Faced with the challenge of moving two large units through a city surrounded and largely controlled by American and allied forces, the commander of a mock enemy army employed ingenuity and steely resolve to push his troops forward.
  • USS Columbia returns from surge deployment to Western Pacific SUBPAC Release 12 May 2004-- Following a three month surge deployment to the Western Pacific, the crewmembers of USS Columbia (SSN 771) returned to their homeport of Pearl Harbor Monday, May 10.
  • 1/3 prepares for 31st MEU Marine Corps News 10 May 2004-- Since learning of their upcoming deployment to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan, the Lava Dogs of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, have tackled numerous training evolutions in their preparation for the Special Operations Capable (SOC) designation.

  • BUSH FOREIGN AID VOA 10 May 2004 -- President Bush is urging more developing countries to adopt economic and political reforms, saying it will qualify them for increased American aid. Mr. Bush honored the first sixteen countries to become eligible for a new aid program that rewards reforms with development assistance.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 10, 2004 Washington File 10 May 2004 -- Millennium Challenge Corporation/briefing, Iraq, Pakistan, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Israel/Palestinians, Sudan, Haiti
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 10 Washington File 10 May 2004 -- President's call to Panamanian President, Bush/upcoming schedule, Iraq/prisoner abuse, Rumsfeld/Iraq, Syria

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS North America Completes Acquisition Of STI Government Systems BAE Systems 10 May 2004 -- BAE Systems North America today completed its acquisition of Honolulu-based STI Government Systems following receipt of regulatory approval. The $27 million cash transaction complements BAE Systems technology in photonics, information technologies and systems integration.
  • Boeing-Developed Composite Rotor Blade Spins Forward Boeing 10 May 2004 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] has successfully completed testing of a newly developed composite rotor blade for use on the AH-64D Apache Longbow multi-role combat helicopter.
  • EADS/LFK presents Taurus KEPD 350 at ILA 2004 EADS 10 May 2004 -- “Recently our precision stand-off guided missile system Taurus KEPD 350 has proven its full system capabilities under operational conditions in the final system verification campaign at the Overberg test range in South Africa. Within the framework of the campaign the complete mission sequence from mission planning to high precision combat of a bunker target was successfully demonstrated. The missiles and the mission planning system were identical to the series configuration”, said Werner Kaltenegger, CEO of EADS/LFK, at a meeting with customers which took place alongside ILA 2004.
  • EADS presents the TRML – 3D radar system at ILA EADS 10 May 2004 -- The Surveilance and Target Acquisition Radar System (TRML - 3D) from EADS Defence and Communications Systems is a self contained mobile 3D radar system with an integrated secondary radar system and operator workstations contained in one vehicle. The system was created to be rapidly deployable and highly mobile for fast camp and decampment.
  • EADS Defence Electronics’ systems protect Tiger and NH90 helicopters – €200m contracts signed EADS 10 May 2004 -- EADS Defence Electronics will deliver advanced self-protection systems to the Eurocopter Tiger and NH90 helicopter programmes in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Portugal and Finland.
  • German-U.S. experimental aircraft X-31 at the ILA Berlin EADS 10 May 2004 -- The X-31, the only international programme within the legendary U.S. “X”-series experimental aircraft, is displayed from May 10 to 16 at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) Berlin. This rare technology demonstrator aircraft and outstanding proof for pioneering transatlantic efforts in the field of aviation truly is one of the attractions in this year’s ILA static display area. Thanks to the joint efforts of EADS Military Aircraft and the German Armed Forces the X-31 could be brought to Berlin.
  • SAMOC: Integrated Air Defence Systems EADS 10 May 2004 -- As the Armed Forces move into the new field of combat, they are expecting a systems-of-systems solutions that enables speed of command, efficiency and flexibility. What is needed is a cost effective integrated air defence system that can counter the increasing threat of low level airborne threats, including target drones, cruise missiles, and low altitude attack helicopters.
  • Eurofighter production aircraft now in service with German Air Force fighter wing EADS 10 May 2004 -- The first Eurofighter production aircraft were officially "called on duty" at Rostock-Laage (Northern Germany), home of the Fighter Wing (Jagdgeschwader/JG) 73 "Steinhoff" on 30 April 2004. The twin-seater aircraft were previously deployed from Manching (Bavaria), where they had been final-assembled by EADS and afterwards were used for the service instructor-pilots training (SIPT) of the Luftwaffe.
  • General Dynamics Prepares Submarine Jimmy Carter for June 5 Christening General Dynamics 10 May 2004 -- The third and final Seawolf-class attack submarine, Jimmy Carter (SSN-23), was moved outdoors for the first time over the weekend at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard here. Electric Boat is a wholly subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • Deepwater Team Delivers 10 Legacy Cutters With Updated Communications To U.S. Coast Guard Lockheed Martin 10 May 2004 -- Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS) has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard 10 cutters with upgraded communications systems that will support the service's coastal protection and homeland security missions.
  • General Dynamics Receives $94.8 Million Contract for Advanced Crew Served Weapon System Development and Demonstration General Dynamics 10 May 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received a cost-plus-award-fee contract with a total potential value of $94.8 million from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armament Command for system development and demonstration of the XM307 Advanced Crew Served Weapon (ACSW) system. The award funds development work through December 2007.
  • Raytheon Successfully Integrates and Tests its SeaVue Radar and MTS Aboard Predator B Raytheon 10 May 2004 -- Raytheon Company has successfully integrated and demonstrated its SeaVue maritime surveillance radar and AAS-52 Multi-spectral Targeting System (MTS-A) aboard a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Mariner unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a derivative of the Generals Atomics Predator B UAV.
  • Successful demonstration of MEADS system performance EADS 10 May 2004 -- A successful system demonstration on 6 May 2004 in Pratica di Mare near Rome (Italy) signalled the end of the three-year Risk Reduction Effort phase (RRE phase) for the MEADS ground-based air defence system. The required performance levels were achieved 100 percent. Representatives from the three countries involved in the MEADS program (Germany, Italy and the USA) took part in the system demonstration.
  • Satellites Support International Missions of the German Armed Forces EADS 10 May 2004 -- In the future, the armed forces of the European states will increasingly base their operations on satellites. Thus, EADS Astrium, the leading European space company, is studying missions in the fields of application, i.e. communication, reconnaissance, early warning and missile defence. The enhanced evaluation of radar data from reconnaissance satellites with the help of a global 3D map is also under preparation.
  • SATCOMBw: Satellite Communications for the German Armed Forces EADS 10 May 2004 -- In today’s military global operations, an appropriate, efficient, rapid, secure communications capability is of paramount importance for national security, the backbone of strategic command infrastructure. In response to a Request for Proposal by the German MoD (Deutsche Bundeswehr) for provision of military communications capacity, EADS SPACE Services GmbH of Munich has brought together an outstanding team to bid for the contract, called SATCOMBw Stage 2.

Other Conflicts

  • Chief of UN mission calls on militias in DR of Congo to join Ituri peace process UN News Centre 10 May 2004 -- The chief of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today called on militias in the east of the country to join the UN-backed peace process in Ituri province, where some 50,000 people have been killed and half a million uprooted from their homes.
  • Progress in Timor-Leste 'encouraging', Security Council told UN News Centre 10 May 2004 -- Cautioning that the peacekeeping developments in recently-independent Timor-Leste are better characterized as encouraging than as successful, the top United Nations envoy to the country today took his leave of a mission that is being gradually downsized.
  • UN mission expresses shock that Eritrea alleges old and new offences UN News Centre 10 May 2004 -- The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has expressed grave concern that new and old accusations of infractions levelled by an Eritrean panel has made the mission part of the problem in the Horn of Africa and could turn the Eritrean public against the three-year-old peacekeeping mission.
  • U-S-SUDAN-DARFUR VOA 10 May 2004 -- The United States expressed renewed concern Monday about continuing violence in Sudan's western Darfur region despite the nominal cease-fire between the Sudanese government and local rebels reached more than a month ago.
  • NIGERIA: Red Cross cares for 7,500 displaced by latest Plateau violence, tension continues IRIN 10 May 2004 -- A total of 7,500 people displaced from their home's following a murderous attack by Christian militiamen on the mainly Muslim town of Yelwa in central Nigeria have been evacuated and put in the care of the Nigerian Red Cross, officials said on Monday.
  • Russia: Kadyrov's Death A Blow To Kremlin's Chechnya Policy RFE/RL 10 May 2004 -- Chechnya's pro-Moscow president, Akhmad-hadji Kadyrov, was buried today in his hometown after being killed in a bomb blast in Grozny yesterday. The explosion in the republican capital took place during annual celebrations marking the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. The assassination marks a sharp setback for Moscow's Chechen policy.
  • CHAD / SUDAN VOA 10 May 2004 -- International observers say recent raids by Sudanese-backed Arab militias into neighboring Chad are severely threatening regional stability and the ability of humanitarian aid workers to reach more than a million starving people displaced by fighting in Darfur in western Sudan.
  • TIMOR/INDONESIA ARREST VOA 10 May 2004 -- An internationally-backed court in East Timor has issued an arrest warrant for a leading contender in Indonesia's upcoming presidential elections. The warrant charges the former head of the Indonesian armed forces with crimes against humanity for acts committed in 1999, when East Timor was voting for independence from Indonesia.
  • SRI LANKA/PEACE TALKS VOA 10 May 2004 -- Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen (PRONO: yahn PEHTER-sen) is visiting Sri Lanka to push efforts to restart a peace process between the government and Tamil rebels. The Sri Lankan government says it remains committed to ending the island's long ethnic conflict.
  • ERITREA/BORDER VOA 10 May 2004 -- The head of the United Nations mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea concedes that some U-N peacekeeping troops patrolling the contested border have misbehaved, but he insists that a recent broadcast by the Eritrean government describing serious allegations of misconduct by the mission is unfair and in some cases exaggerated.
  • RUSSIA/CHECHNYA VOA 10 May 2004 -- Pro-Moscow Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, killed in a bomb attack at a crowded stadium in the Chechen capital, Grozny, on Sunday, has been buried in his home village in Chechnya.
  • IVORY COAST/REBELS VOA 10 May 2004 -- A rebel leader from western Ivory Coast has been detained in the southern government-run commercial capital, Abidjan, adding to fears that the stalled power-sharing peace deal is in more jeopardy.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 10 May 2004 -- NATO chief stresses proposal for closer ties with Middle East, says NATO not imposing / NATO officials arrive in Mauritania for terror talks / U.N. vehicle destroyed, driver hurt, by explosion in eastern Afghanistan / Senior Taliban commander arrested in Afghan south / UN in Kosovo say Amnesty's sex report out of date
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 10 May 2004 -- Blast kills Chechen President at stadium / NATO balking at Iraq mission / NATO exercise viewed by Bulgarian media / 20,000 demonstrators protest Iraq prison abuse; warn NATO Summit, Bush

  • EGYPT / ARAB LEAGUE VOA 10 May 2004 -- In what Arab foreign ministers are calling a critically important document, agreement has been reached on language endorsing greater democracy and human rights throughout the Arab world.
  • SAF/ARISTIDE VOA 10 May 2004 -- The South African department of foreign affairs says former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide has made a formal request to "visit South Africa until his personal situation normalizes." The cabinet will consider the request later this week and is expected to approve.
  • Cassini/Huygens: Approaching Saturn - “the Lord of the Rings” EADS 10 May 2004 -- The insertion of the joint US/European spacecraft duo, Cassini/Huygens, into orbit round Saturn on 1 July 2004 marks the arrival of "Made in Ottobrunn" technology at the "Lord of the Rings".
  • Infoterra GmbH Initiates Commercial Exploitation of TerraSAR-X EADS 10 May 2004 -- Only from 2006, TerraSAR-X will be delivering Earth observation data of a new quality, however, its´ commercial exploitation starts now: two years prior to the scheduled launch date.
  • CryoSat - A Satellite on an Icy Mission EADS 10 May 2004 -- CryoSat, the ice research satellite developed and built by EADS Astrium for the European Space Agency ESA, is rapidly nearing completion. Full CryoSat integration has been completed in the Friedrichshafen-based satellite centre. Final tests are currently underway.
  • Three Billion Euros Contract For 30 Ariane 5 Launchers EADS 10 May 2004 -- At the Berlin Airshow, in the presence of the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the French Minister of Research François d' Aubert, Jean-Yves Le Gall, CEO of ARIANESPACE, Josef Kind and Hervé Guillou, respectively President and CEO of EADS SPACE Transportation, signed the contract for the production of 30 Ariane 5 launchers.
  • ATV Automated Transfer Vehicle EADS 10 May 2004 -- The Automated Transfer Vehicle, (ATV), is one of Europe’s major contributions to the International Space Station (ISS). The ATV represents a logistics vehicle designed to ferry supplies to the International Space Station and, once docked, to raise its orbit. The first ATV is supposed be launched in 2005.
  • European high technology for the International Space Station EADS 10 May 2004 -- Assembly of the International Space Station has come to a halt after the Columbia accident early last year. Although there will be a delay of at least 24 months in the further assembly of the station in space, preparation on Earth continues according to plan.
  • From the SS-19 to the commercial launch vehicle Rockot - successful German-Russian space co-operation through EADS SPACE Transportation and Eurockot EADS 10 May 2004 -- Eurockot Launch Services GmbH, Bremen, Germany, a joint venture of EADS SPACE Transportation and Khrunichev, is an excellent example of successful German-Russian industrial co-operation in the space sector.
  • Herschel - Looking at the Birth of Stars EADS 10 May 2004 -- With the Herschel space telescope, the European Space Agency ESA will be able to look billions of light- years out into space to investigate the formation of stars. From 2007, Herschel will observe the evolution of stars and galaxies in the infrared spectrum with unprecedented resolution.
  • PHOENIX: Future prospects in space transport through reusable launch systems EADS 10 May 2004 -- Sagging commercial satellite markets and distorted competitive conditions in the launch services sector show that conventional, expendable launch vehicles need to be adjusted to meet the market's demand for improved profitability, efficiency and versatility.
  • EADS welcomes contract signature for 30 Ariane 5 launchers at ILA 2004 in Berlin EADS 10 May 2004 -- EADS sees great significance in the signing of a contract between Arianespace and EADS SPACE Transportation for the production and delivery of 30 Ariane 5 launchers between 2005 and 2010.

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