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14 May 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Defense Department Background Briefing 14 May 2004 -- "There's been a lot of discussion about the question of the Geneva -- the applicability of the Iraq conflict and the Geneva protocols. There's been questions about what techniques are being used in Iraq. There's been a lot of discussion across a series of hearings over the last 10 days or so that has left room for clarity. So we thought it would be useful to have the people who were much more directly involved in exactly how those procedures were determined and on what basis they were determined come in to talk with you today."

  • Naval Official Reports Review of Detainee Operations AFPS 14 May 2004 -- Shortly after photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison complex appeared in the media, shocking the world, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered a review of operations in the U.S. military detention center at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, S.C.
  • Defense Department Report, May 14: No Detainee Abuse in Guantanamo Washington File 14 May 2004 -- Navy Vice Admiral Albert Church, who recently returned from a visit to the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, says he found no current abuse of detainees being held there.

  • New Commands in Iraq to Replace Combined Joint Task Force AFPS 14 May 2004 -- Two new military commands will stand up in Iraq May 15, replacing the current coalition military organization.

  • PATRIOT MISSILE, TORNADO FRIENDLY FIRE INVESTIGATION COMPLETED CENTCOM Release 14 May 2004-- The investigation into the March 22, 2003 friendly fire incident between a U.S. Patriot missile system and a British Royal Air Force aircraft is complete.
  • Probe Says Tornado Jet Downed in 'Perceived Self-Defense' AFPS 14 May 2004 -- A U.S. Patriot missile crew in Iraq downed a British Royal Air Force Tornado attack fighter jet in "perceived self-defense," U.S. Central Command's investigation of the March 22, 2003, incident has concluded.

  • ARMY ANNOUNCES RECONFIGURATION OF FOURTH STRYKER BRIGADE Army News Release 14 May 2004-- The Army announced today that it will adjust the design of the fourth Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) from a Cavalry to an Infantry configuration.
  • Former NSWC PHD Self Defense Test Ship makes Final Departure Navy News Wire 14 May 2004-- Ex-Decatur, former Self Defense Test Ship (SDTS) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD), was replaced May 28, by Ex-Paul F. Foster (DD 964) and no longer serves the Navy as a test and evaluation platform.
  • USNS Patuxent Escorts Patrol Boats on Trans-Atlantic Journey Navy Newsstand 14 May 2004-- USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) accompanied patrol boats USS Typhoon (PC 5) and USS Sirocco (PC 6) on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean to Naval Station Rota, Spain, and arrived in port with the two PCs May 12.
  • Fletcher finds friends in Chennai 7th Fleet Release 14 May 2004-- The Spruance-class destroyer, USS Fletcher (DD 992), pulled into Chennai, India, on April 29 for a goodwill visit and some rest and relaxation. The ship was met by significant Indian national news media and greeted warmly by local officials and members of the Indian navy.
  • Task Force Recommends Plan to Prevent Sexual Assaults AFPS 14 May 2004 -- A DoD task force has released details of a sweeping plan it recommends to help prevent sexual assaults within the military and provide the best possible care for victims.
  • Transformation Requires Business, Military Cultural Change AFPS 14 May 2004 -- Private-sector information technology providers and military leaders will need to change the way they think and do business if transformation of the force is to be truly successful, a senior U.S. official noted here.

  • White House Daily Briefing, May 14 Washington File 14 May 2004 -- President's schedule, Iraq/al-Zarqawi, campaign finance, Fallujah/Iraqi security force, Congress/Defense funding request, economy/unemployment rate, campaign polls, NSC Rice/Prime Minister Qureia to meet in Germany, Iraq/French troops, week ahead

Defense Industry

  • BAE SYSTEMS Australia To Supply Ground Support Systems To Boeing For Turkish Peace Eagle Program BAE Systems 14 May 2004 -- BAE Systems Australia, as a subcontractor to The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has reached agreement for a contract worth over $A20 million to adapt BAE Systems Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) Mission Support Segment, Operational Mission Simulator and AEW&C Support Facility initially developed under Australias Project Wedgetail into a standard system for the Turkish Peace Eagle Program.
  • Boeing Team Wins $3.89 Billion Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Program Boeing 14 May 2004 -- The U.S. Navy has awarded the Boeing [NYSE: BA]-led industry team a $3.89 billion contract to build the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). The total program acquisition value is estimated at about $20 billion for 108 aircraft.

Other Conflicts

  • SUDAN: UN Secretary-General urges president to disarm Darfur militias IRIN 14 May 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has written to Sudanese President Umar Hasan al-Bashir urging him to disarm the militia whose attacks on civilians in the western region of Darfur have led to a grave humanitarian crisis.
  • NIGERIA: 57,000 people displaced by sectarian violence in two states IRIN 14 May 2004 -- At least 57,000 people have fled their homes following sectarian violence involving Christians and Muslims in northern and central Nigeria, officials said on Friday.
  • CHAD-SUDAN: Janjawid militia in Darfur appears to be out of control IRIN 14 May 2004 -- The Arabic-speaking Janjawid militia groups fighting alongside Sudanese government forces against rebels in Sudan's western Darfur province have been blamed for a series of ceasefire violations within Darfur and have now begun terrorising villages across the border in eastern Chad.
  • Annan responds to Eritrean allegations about UN mission UN News Centre 14 May 2004 -- Calling on Eritrea and Ethiopia to engage constructively with the United Nations mission in the region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today Eritrea's recent verbal attacks on the mission and the restrictions imposed on it could endanger the lives of UN personnel and limit their effectiveness.
  • Security Council condemns incursions into Rwanda and DR of Congo UN News Centre 14 May 2004 -- Calling on Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to strengthen security along their frontier, the United Nations Security Council today condemned incursions by the Rwandan army into the eastern DRC as well as rebel attacks launched from Congolese territory.
  • Timor-Leste: UN mission reduced, with eye towards phase-out by May 2005 UN News Centre 14 May 2004 -- The Security Council decided unanimously today to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) for another six months, reduce its size, put more emphasis on training and advisory services and phase it out by May of next year.
  • U-N/Ivory Coast VOA 14 May 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has condemned human rights abuses in Ivory Coast, especially those that occurred during recent anti-government demonstrations.
  • U-N/EAST TIMOR VOA 14 May 2004 -- The United Nations is reducing the size of its peacekeeping force in East Timor, with an eye to closing it down altogether next year. The East Timor mission is widely seen as an emerging success story.
  • ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Addis Ababa says militia trespass of TSZ prompted by cattle theft IRIN 14 May 2004 -- Ethiopia has defended armed militiamen who entered the UN-patrolled demilitarised zone, saying they were retrieving stolen cattle.
  • ISRAEL / GAZA VOA 14 May 2004 -- Israel has begun destroying Palestinian buildings, including hundreds of homes, to expand a military zone it controls along the Gaza-Egypt border. Israel wants to enhance security in the zone, where five of its soldiers were killed in a bombing on Wednesday. Israel says militants use the buildings to launch attacks and smuggle arms.
  • LIBERIA / REBELS VOA 14 May 2004 -- A political faction in Liberia's main rebel group says it will suspend the disarmament process, unless the finance minister in the power-sharing government is replaced. The minister was appointed by the group's leader, but this large faction now wants him out.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 14 May 2004 -- NATO succeeds in mission to bring stability in Afghanistan / Franco-German brigade to be deployed in Kabul / Sweden to cut Kosovo troops / President Bush signs order giving State lead role in Iraq
  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 14 May 2004 -- NATO asks Bulgaria for more troops in Afghanistan / Lawmakers counsel President Bush to include NATO, UN in rebuilding Iraq / Hungarian and German defense ministers call for UN resolution on Iraq / Foreign minister outlines France's stance on new UN resolution for Iraq

  • BURMA / POLITICS VOA 14 May 2004 -- Burma's opposition National League for Democracy party has announced it will boycott next week's constitutional convention following the military government's refusal to release party leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. The N-L-D's absence from the convention is expected to raise questions about the legitimacy of the government's moves toward political reform.

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