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11 May 2004 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 May 2004 [PDF]
  • ONE SOLDIER ASSIGNED TO FIRST MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE KILLED
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty

  • Transcript: Coalition Provisional Authority Briefing 11 May 2004 -- Major General Martin Dempsey, Commander, 1st Armored Division
  • IRAQ POLICE, COALITION FORCES CONDUCT RAIDS IN MOSUL CENTCOM Release 11 May 2004-- More than 50 Iraqi police officers conducted three simultaneous cordon-and-knock operations in southwest Mosul May 7 to attempt to capture three people wanted for attacking Iraqi police in the Tal Ar Ruman neighborhood a week earlier.
  • FALLUJAH BRIGADE PROVIDES ROUTE SECURITY FOR MARINES CENTCOM Release 11 May 2004-- With the 1st Battalion of the Fallujah Brigade providing security all along their route, Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force traveled into downtown Fallujah May 10 to meet with city officials.
  • SOLDIERS OF V CORPS' 1ST ARMORED DIVISION TRAIN FOR URBAN WARFARE IN 'GLASS HOUSE' V Corps Release 11 May 2004-- Navigating down hallways and securing rooms, the Soldiers of of V Corps' C Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, yell out their positions to each other.
  • Task Force Danger 1st Infantry Division Release 11 May 2004-- V Corps' 1st Infantry Division Combat Team and Task Force Danger continue to conduct operations to eliminate anti-Iraqi forces while conducting stability and support operations to set the conditions for Iraqi civil and military self-reliance. The following is a summary of progress over the past two weeks.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 11 May 2004 -- Islamic militants say they have executed an American in Iraq in retaliation for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers. A website that in the past has carried statements and tapes from al-Qaida posted video of a man being beheaded, just hours after the U-S military said an American civilian had been found dead in Baghdad.
  • Iraq: U.S. Forces Step Up Pressure Against Radical Shi'a Cleric RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- The United States is stepping up military pressure on Muqtada al-Sadr, including destroying his headquarters in Baghdad. The moves against al-Sadr and his militia come as mainstream Shi'a religious leaders appear to be exasperated with the radical cleric and might be ready to isolate him politically.
  • IRAQ / WRAP VOA 11 May 2004 -- Battles raged south of Baghdad overnight between coalition forces and loyalists of a wanted radical Shi'ite cleric. Meanwhile, a newly appointed Iraqi governor has proposed a deal to end the standoff between U-S forces and members of the Shi'ite militia.
  • Three Killed In Bomb Attack In Northern Iraq RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- Iraqi police say a bomb has exploded in a crowded market in the northern city of Kirkuk.
  • U.S. Troops Kill 13 Iraqi Militiamen In Fighting RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- A senior U.S. military official says U.S. troops killed 13 members of radical Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia in fighting overnight.

  • 'America's Battalion' brightens Afghan childrens' day Marine Corps News 11 May 2004-- Hundreds of Afghan children, some barefoot, form a single-file line with anxious looks on their faces. Smiles break through the dirt caked to their faces.
  • Marines, Afghan police team up Marine Corps News 11 May 2004-- The Marines of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, have found a new partner in the war on terror. The battalion has joined forces with the Surobi police in both security and civil affairs operations throughout the Surobi District.

  • PAKISTAN/BORDER AREAS VOA 11 May 2004 -- In Pakistan, renegade tribesmen are refusing to provide the government details of suspected foreign militants believed to be hiding in a remote border region. Authorities insist they need the information to determine if the foreigners have links with al Qaida or any other terrorist organization.

  • U.S. Reviews Alleged Abuse of Afghan Policeman by Coalition Forces Washington File 11 May 2004 -- .S. Ambassador Khalilzad pledges thorough military investigation
  • Blast strikes another vehicle carrying electoral workers, UN mission in Afghanistan says UN News Centre 11 May 2004 -- A vehicle carrying four electoral workers in the northeastern part of Afghanistan has been hit by an explosive device, the second such attack in less than a week, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said today.
  • AFGHANISTAN/U-S PRISONERS VOA 11 May 2004 -- The top U-S military commander in Afghanistan says the main U-S-run prison camp there made major changes last year, after two detainees died while in custody.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Army unveils new modified Chinook helicopter Army News Service 11 May 2004-- Army special operations forces received their first MH-47G Chinook helicopter during a rollout ceremony at aircraft manufacturer Boeing's compound in Ridley Park, May 6.
  • Unmanned Vehicle Detachment Works to Recover Aircraft Under Water Navy Newsstand 11 May 2004-- Members from the San Diego-based Unmanned Vehicles Detachment (UMV) embarked aboard MV Kellie Chouest, a 310-foot-long civilian research and salvage vessel, April 25 to recover an F-14D Tomcat that had recently crashed in the waters off of San Diego.
  • 24th MEU tests mobile command and control Marine Corps News 11 May 2004-- Members of Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 24 -- the combat service support element of the 24th MEU-- are testing a new command and control vehicle that is capable of coordinating logistics and Marines on the move.

  • Smoking Soldiers Ignited Ukraine Ammo Disaster RFE/RL 11 May 2004 -- Ukraine's emergency situations minister today said two smoking soldiers set off the ammunition explosions that killed five people in southern Ukraine last week.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 11 Washington File 11 May 2004 -- Iraq, Guantanamo detainees, G-8 Ministerial, Middle East, Syria, North Korea, Israel/Palestinians, Pakistan, Sudan
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 11 Washington File 11 May 2004 -- President's schedule, Syria/Accountability Act, Iraq prisoner photos/investigation, Guantanamo/detainees, General Taguba/Congressional hearing, Cheney/reaction to prisoner abuse photos, No Child Left Behind Act

Defense Industry

  • ATK BTERM II Wins Navy Guided Munition Competition ATK 11 May 2004 -- ATK’s (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) Ballistic Trajectory Extended Range Munition (BTERM) II, an extension of the earlier Autonomous Naval Support Round (ANSR), captured the highly competitive award for development of the Navy five-inch Extended Range Munition (ERM). With a value of $30 million, the contract calls for ATK to perform a 16-month demonstration of an innovative extended range, low cost, gun launched projectile capable of operation in the Mk 45 Mod 4 and Mod 2 naval gun systems.
  • EADS and SAIC to support NATO's Supreme Allied Command Transformation Experimentation Campaign EADS 11 May 2004 -- EADS has been selected as part of the Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) winning team appointed by North Atlantic Treaty Organization`s (NATO) Headquarters to support its Supreme Allied Command Transformation (SACT) Experimentation Campaign .
  • TIPS Industries Celebrate Selection and Outline Way Forward for NATO AGS EADS 11 May 2004 -- TIPS industry leaders gathered today at the International Aerospace Exhibition here to celebrate the team’s selection for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme. NATO announced the Conference of National Armament Directors selection decision on April 16.
  • EADS TO SUPPORT SAIC IN NATO's SUPREME ALLIED COMMAND TRANSFORMATION EXPERIMENTATION CAMPAIGN EADS 11 May 2004 -- EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense, today announced that EADS North America has been selected as part of the Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) winning team selected by North Atlantic Treaty Organizations (NATO) Headquarters’ to support it's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Experimentation Campaign.
  • The first Serial NH90 presented at ILA 2004 in Berlin - A major Achievement for the European Helicopter Industry EADS 11 May 2004 -- This event comes precisely four years after the official production go-ahead was given at ILA 2000 and is commemorated in a ceremony attended by the German Minister of Defence, Dr. Peter Struck, a large number of international, high-ranking government and military officials as well as industry and media representatives. Launch customer for this latest-technology, medium-size class helicopter will be the German Bundeswehr.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $3.7 Million Contract General Dynamics 11 May 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was recently awarded a cost plus fixed fee contract for the design and development of the Steering Control Section for the Cannistered Countermeasure Anti-Torpedo (CCAT) by the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Pennsylvania State University. ARL is developing the CCAT for the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command. The contract, including options, has a potential value of approximately $3.7 million; the period of performance including options extends through 2005. Work will be performed at the company's Healdsburg, Calif., facility.
  • Lockheed Martin UK Unveils Plans for Advanced Software Development & Integration Laboratories Lockheed Martin 11 May 2004 -- Plans for a sophisticated suite of digital simulation and software laboratories were today unveiled by Lockheed Martin UK Ltd.
  • Lockheed Martin's HIMARS Successfully Fires Guided MLRS Rockets in Recent Testing Lockheed Martin 11 May 2004 -- Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) successfully fired nine Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets during two days of testing in late April.
  • EUROHAWK debuts at Berlin International Air Show Northrop Grumman 11 May 2004 -- EADS and Northrop Grumman Corporation today presented the results of last year's demonstration in Nordholz, Germany, of an EADS-developed electronics intelligence sensor operated from a Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk high altitude, long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The two companies also discussed the next steps in their joint efforts on the EUROHAWK(TM) program.
  • Northrop Grumman, Kockums/HDW Announce Enhanced Cooperation for Naval Composite Technology Vessel Programs Northrop Grumman 11 May 2004 -- The future operational effectiveness of U.S. Coast Guard ships in littoral warfare and other key national security missions will be revolutionized in an agreement announced today between Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Ship Systems sector and Kockums AB and its parent company, Howaldtswerke Deutsche Werft AG (HDW).
  • Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle UAV Launched From Ship; Completes Historic Autonomous Flight Boeing 11 May 2004 -- ScanEagle, a long-endurance fully autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed and built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] and The Insitu Group, completed an historic autonomous flight following its launch from a ship.
  • EUROHAWK debuts at Berlin International Air Show EADS 11 May 2004 -- EADS and Northrop Grumman Corporation today presented the results of last year’s demonstration in Nordholz, Germany, of an EADS-developed electronics intelligence sensor operated from a Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk high altitude, long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The two companies also discussed the next steps in their joint efforts on the EUROHAWK TM programme.
  • TIPS Industries Celebrate Selection and Outline Way Forward for NATO AGS Northrop Grumman 11 May 2004 -- TIPS industry leaders gathered today at the International Aerospace Exhibition here to celebrate the team's selection for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme. NATO announced the Conference of National Armament Directors selection decision on April 16.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 11 May 2004
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 11 May 2004 -- Israel says it will not negotiate for the remains of six soldiers killed in Gaza Tuesday after the militant Islamic group Hamas paraded what it said were the body parts in its possession. The International Committee of the Red Cross has agreed to mediate between the two sides, after a day of heavy fighting in which at least eight Palestinians were also killed and 120 more wounded.
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS VOA 11 May 2004 -- Six Israeli soldiers and six Palestinians have been killed in a day of fierce fighting in Gaza City. Israeli troop reinforcements have been sent to the area to restore security and retrieve the body parts of the soldiers killed in a roadside bomb blast. Amid the fighting in Gaza, a senior Israeli official said there is no choice but to evacuate all Jewish settlers from the territory.
  • ISRAEL/ PALESTINIANS VOA 11 May 2004 -- At least six Israeli soldiers and four Palestinians have been killed during fierce fighting in Gaza City. Israeli troops searching for weapons factories in Gaza came under fire from Palestinians, who also detonated a roadside bomb as an Israeli armored car went by.

  • NIGERIA VIOLENCE VOA 11 May 2004 -- The northern Nigerian state of Kano has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew after mob violence by Muslim youths against Christians left up to 10 people dead.
  • NIGERIA / UNREST VOA 11 May 2004 -- Muslim youths have rioted in northern Nigeria after Islamic clerics launched an ultimatum for the government to defend Muslim communities in the violence wracked center of the country.

  • U-N/KOSOVO VOA 11 May 2004 -- A senior U-N envoy says the recent wave of ethnic violence in Kosovo dealt a severe blow to the world body's five-year peacemaking effort there. The comments coincide with the release of a new U-N report that concludes Kosovo's Albanian majority took advantage of the violence to try to rid the region of minority groups.
  • PUTIN / CHECHNYA VOA 11 May 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to Chechnya early Tuesday, two days after pro-Moscow Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov was assassinated in Grozny. On his return to Moscow, he ordered the deployment of additional troops in the separatist region.
  • SOMALIA: Fighting in Bulo Hawa displaces hundreds of families IRIN 11 May 2004 -- Inter-clan fighting in the town of Bulo Hawa, in the north of Gedo Region, southwestern Somalia, near the border with Kenya, has displaced several thousand people, according to a humanitarian source.
  • PHILIPPINES ELECTIONS VOA 11 May 2004 -- In the Philippines, vote counting from Monday's elections is moving predictably slowly, with only a fraction of the votes counted so far. However, unofficial polling shows President Gloria Arroyo leading her main rival, movie star Fernando Poe Junior.
  • INDONESIA/WIRANTO VOA 11 May 2004 -- The controversial former head of Indonesia's armed forces, who has been charged in neighboring East Timor with crimes against humanity, has formally declared his intention to run in July's presidential elections - and has chosen a former human rights official as his running mate.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 11 May 2004 -- Jordanian court convicts three Muslim militants of anti-American terror conspiracy / UN Council, Annan condemn bombing in Chechnya / Pro-Taliban Pakistan tribal leader denies sheltering foreign militants / EU's Patten warns Kosovo of losing much-needed investment / EU leaders lack vision, driven by media, Havel says
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 11 May 2004 -- General Jones talks about Athens Games, Alliance's transformation / UN lists elements to shape transfer resolution / Greece, U.S., EU, NATO address Olympic security, border control

  • EGYPT / ARAB LEAGUE VOA 11 May 2004 -- Arab League foreign ministers late Monday approved a document calling for political and social reform throughout the Arab world. But, as we hear from V-O-A's Greg LaMotte in Cairo while some political analysts say openly discussing issues such as greater human rights is a step in the right direction, others say the newly approved document won't accomplish much because the Arab League does not have the authority to require political and social reforms.
  • Intelsat To Purchase Atlas V Launch Vehicle From ILS Lockheed Martin 11 May 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that Intelsat has agreed to purchase an Atlas V rocket for the launch of a future satellite. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Lockheed Martin's COMSAT General To Be Acquired By Intelsat Lockheed Martin 11 May 2004 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) today announced that Intelsat, Ltd. will acquire Lockheed Martin's COMSAT General business. The purchase price is $90 million in cash, with an option for Intelsat, in certain circumstances, to substitute up to $40 million in stock for cash. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on Lockheed Martin's results or financial position. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is anticipated to be completed by year's end.



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