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25 May 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Department of Defense Defers Tanker Lease Decision 25 May 2004 -- Secretary of Defense has deferred a decision on the tanker recapitalization program until additional studies now underway can be completed later this year. The decision was based in part on recommendations made by the Defense Science Board's Aerial Refueling Task Force.
  • USS Kitty Hawk Returns from Deployment Navy Newsstand 25 May 2004-- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned May 24 to her permanently forward-deployed operating port of Yokosuka, Japan, for the first time since she began her Spring deployment Feb. 18.
  • USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Deploys for Pacific Operations Navy Newsstand 25 May 2004-- More than 6,200 Sailors from the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) departed from San Diego May 24 to conduct operations in the Eastern and Western Pacific for joint and combined operations in support of the global war on terrorism, and to carry out assignments as directed by the nation's leaders.
  • Tigers invade Fightertown Marine Corps News 25 May 2004-- Nine F-5B Tiger II from Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 are aboard the Air Station providing simulated combat exercises for the F/A-18 Hornets of Marine Aircraft Group 31.
  • 24th MEU conducts non-lethal training during TRUEX Marine Corps News 25 May 2004-- Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit tested out three new non-lethal weapons during the MEU's recent Training in an Urban Environment Exercise May 1-17.

  • AFRICA / SECURITY VOA 25 May 2004 -- The African Union Tuesday inaugurated its own security council whose mandate is to protect peace on the continent. Analysts are skeptical about the success of the council's mission.

  • White House Daily Briefing, May 25 Washington File 25 May 2004 -- President's schedule, Bush/Chirac phone call, Iraq/UNSC resolution/Bush speech/interim government/Sanchez, presidential election
  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 25 Washington File 25 May 2004 -- Sudan, Iraq, Turkey/Cyprus, Taiwan, Kosovo, Liberia, China, Israel/Palestinians

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $6 Million Multiple Year Contract for the MK80 Series Bomb Body Production General Dynamics 25 May 2004 -- The U. S. Army Joint Munitions Command, Rock Island, Ill., has awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a $6 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the production of MK80 Series Bomb Bodies. The modification brings the total current value of the multiple year contract, initially awarded in March 2003, to $167.3 million.
  • General Dynamics To Lead Small-Caliber Ammunition Consortium General Dynamics 25 May 2004 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has formed a multinational consortium of proven small-caliber ammunition producers whose purpose is to respond to the U.S. Defense Department’s immediate and growing demand for small-caliber ammunition.
  • Hamilton Sundstrand to supply electric generating system for E-10A aircraft Hamilton Sundstrand 25 May 2004 -- Hamilton Sundstrand Electric Systems, based here, has been selected by Honeywell to supply the electric power generating equipment for their new Supplemental Electric Power System (SEPS) package to be used on the Northrop Grumman/Boeing E-10A aircraft program.
  • CACI Interrogator Contract with the U.S. Army to Continue CACI 25 May 2004 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) stated that the Associated Press article released today at 3:29PM and other media reports that the Department of the Interior (DOI) intends to “block the Army from hiring new civilian interrogators in Iraq” while it investigates the award of a past contract misstate DOI’s intent.
  • Department of Homeland Security Awards Wireless Geospatial Contract to Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 25 May 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) consisting of three projects to engineer interoperable wireless geospatial solutions.

Other Conflicts

  • Latest Israeli Operation Leaves 575 Palestinians Homeless UNRWA 25 May 2004 -- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has completed its initial assessment of the numbers of homes demolished or damaged beyond repair during the latest Israeli military operation in Rafah. [PDF]
  • UN Agency: Israel Destroyed 45 Buildings, Displaced 600 Palestinians in Rafah VOA News 25 May 2004 -- A United Nations relief agency says Israeli forces destroyed 45 buildings and left nearly 600 Palestinians homeless during a six-day incursion the southern Gaza Strip.

  • Security Council condemns attacks on civilians in Sudan's Darfur region UN News Centre 25 May 2004 -- With widespread human rights violations occurring alongside a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Darfur region of western Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today condemned attacks on civilians and called on the Khartoum Government to reign in the Arab militia carrying out the strikes on the black African population.
  • U-S / SUDAN VOA 25 May 2004 -- The State Department says protocols due to be signed Wednesday in Kenya represent a "major milestone" in efforts to end Sudan's long-running north-south civil war. But U-S officials say Sudanese authorities will not receive the full benefits of peace until the separate crisis in the western Darfur region is resolved.
  • ISRAELI-ARAB PEACE EFFORT VOA 25 May 2004 -- Forty-thousand Israelis and Palestinians have joined a grass-roots initiative to resolve the long-standing conflict in the Middle East. Initial findings of a survey has been released in New York.
  • African Union's peace council powerful tool for preventing conflict - Annan UN News Centre 25 May 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has hailed the African Union's new Peace and Security Council as a potentially powerful tool for the prevention, management and resolution of violent conflict on the continent.
  • Georgia: Tbilisi Court Sentences Chechens Amid Visa-Regulation Talks With Moscow RFE/RL 25 May 2004 -- Mutual steps to improve steps between Tbilisi and Moscow have been an increasing strain on the hundreds of Chechen refugees who have found shelter in Georgia since the start of Russia's second North Caucasus military campaign in 1999. As a court sentencing yesterday indicates, Georgia appears increasingly willing to crack down on Chechens alleged to be separatist fighters.
  • SOMALIA: IGAD warns Somali leaders as talks enter final phase IRIN 25 May 2004 -- The member countries of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have warned Somali leaders not to frustrate the final phase of the war-torn country's peace talks which opened in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Saturday.
  • IVORY COAST / U-N DEMONSTRATIONS VOA 25 May 2004 -- Ivory Coast's Minister of Interior Security has issued a decree banning protests against the United Nations in the country. Various groups of supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo have disrupted access to U-N headquarters for two weeks.
  • SUDAN / TALKS VOA 25 May 2004 -- Kenya says Sudan and the southern-based Sudanese rebels plan to sign a comprehensive agreement Wednesday to end Africa's longest-running civil war.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 25 May 2004 -- NATO cool on Bosnia's bid for partnership / Lawmakers call for NATO to expand Afghan mission / U.S. floats UN draft on Iraq future; U.S. troops stay / No blank cheque to U.S. over Iraq UN vote / Al Qaeda has 18,000 militants for raids / Russian navy mothballs its most powerful nuclear submarines
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 25 May 2004 -- Visegrad Group wants to jointly train pilots / Report: Bulgarian aircraft to protect Greek skies during Olympic Games / Russian minister urges North Europe states to help build trust with NATO / Turkish-U.S. dispute reported on duty area for Turkish PRT / President Bush defends his vision for Iraq / Top UN envoy in Kosovo resigns

  • PHILIPPINES/POLITICS VOA 25 May 2004 -- The Philippine opposition has reacted angrily to a leaked report that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has narrowly won this month's elections. They say the leaking of the vote count is illegal, and contrary to their own count, which - they say - shows movie star-turned-politician Fernando Poe Junior leading the race.

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