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21 May 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S. Capabilities Will Remain Robust in Korea AFPS 21 May 2004 -- The decision to send a combat brigade from South Korea to Iraq "makes sense," said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before the House Armed Services Committee today.
  • Independent Review Panel Meets AFPS 21 May 2004 -- The four-member Independent Panel to Review DoD Detention Operations met for the first time May 20 to begin its review and assessment work.
  • Next Generation Aircraft Carrier Contract Awarded 21 May 2004 -- The Navy and Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) have successfully negotiated the construction preparation (CP) contract for CVN 21, the next generation aircraft carrier. CVN 21 will be the centerpiece of tomorrow's carrier strike groups and a contributor to the future expeditionary strike force as envisioned in "Sea Power 21."
  • Navy marks Opening of Multi-Function Radar Test Facility NAVSEA News Wire 21 May 2004-- The old maxim that you can only hit what you can see has never been more important in the modern age of naval warfare. The proliferation of high-speed, nimble anti-surface cruise missiles continues to complicate the deadly calculus that challenges ship defenders.
  • U-N / U-S PEACEKEEPERS VOA 21 May 2004 -- The United States is asking the U-N Security Council to extend the exemption of U-S peacekeepers from prosecution in international courts.Human rights groups are leading a growing chorus of opposition to the exemption.
  • Vandegrift concludes diplomatic visit to Dili 7th Fleet Release 21 May 2004-- USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) anchored off the coast of Dili, Timor-Leste on Wednesday, May 19 for two days in support of the United States' ongoing commitment to the world's newest democracy and its Independence Day.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 21 Washington File 21 May 2004 -- Burma, Israel, Palestinians, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Taiwan/China, North Korea
  • White House Daily Briefing, May 21 Washington File 21 May 2004 -- LSU commencement address, Victory 2004 reception at Metairie, Saturday radio address on the economy, the week ahead includes a meeting with the President of Gabon, a meeting with the President of El Salvador, a meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Bush remarks at the National World War II Memorial May 30, meeting with the Rolling Thunder Leadership, wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Commemoration, Bush daughters' graduation from college, U.S. Army War College evening speech in Carlisle, Penn. by Bush May 24 about a clear strategy on how we need to move forward in Iraq, Brahimi is consulting with the CPA about who takes control in Iraq after June 30, Chalabi status, Congress and the Budget, Bush to speak regularly about U.S. challenges in Iraq)

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Other Conflicts

  • U-S / SUDAN-DARFUR VOA 21 May 2004 -- A senior U-S diplomat said Friday progress on normalizing relations with Sudan is dependent on action by Khartoum authorities to ease the humanitarian crisis in the western Darfur region. He said the United States may also seek a U-N Security Council resolution condemning the Khartoum government over Darfur.
  • U-N / BURUNDI VOA 21 May 2004 -- The U-N Security Council has authorized a new peacekeeping force for Burundi. The force is the 16th in the world body's growing list of peacekeeping operations.
  • DRC-UGANDA: Border verification teams formed IRIN 21 May 2004 -- Congolese and Ugandan authorities, under the coordination of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have established a system to monitor and eliminate border violations between the two countries, a UN official told IRIN on Friday.
  • Security Council approves 5,600-strong peacekeeping operation in Burundi UN News Centre 21 May 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today unanimously approved the establishment of a new operation for troubled Burundi, where the UN will deploy up to 5,650 military personnel and help the central African nation with restoring peace and bringing about national reconciliation.
  • IVORY COAST / POLITICS VOA 21 May 2004 -- A group of women supporters of Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo protested outside of the United Nations headquarters in Abidjan Friday, despite an appeal by the U-N Secretary General to Mr. Gbagbo to stop the demonstration.
  • NIGERIA/FIGHTING VOA 21 May 2004 -- The government in Nigeria is struggling to gain control in Plateau state, in the wake of a cycle of violence that has killed hundreds of Muslims and Christians. Local authorities say at least five people were killed in an attack by Muslim militiamen on a mainly Christian village earlier this week, one day after President Olusegun Obasanjo declared a state of emergency in the area. The state of emergency has drawn criticism from democracy advocates
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 21 May 2004 -- Israeli troops have begun a partial withdrawal from parts of the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, where their operations this week have left at least 41 Palestinians dead, scores injured and hundreds more homeless.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 21 May 2004 -- Afghan polls to be protected by 24,000 new police, but foreign troops still needed / German leader to oppose sending NATO troops to Iraq / Pakistan would mull Iraq request for troops

  • ATK Rocket Motors Help Launch Communications Satellite Aboard Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS ATK 21 May 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) rocket motors supported Wednesday’s successful launch of Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, that carried the AMC-11 C-band communications satellite into orbit. The satellite, built with the assistance of ATK composite structures, will deliver cable programming to more than 80 million homes.

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