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28 May 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Special Department of Defense Briefing 28 May 2004 -- John Young, Secretary of The Navy For Research, Development and Acquisitions; Rear Admiral Charles Hamilton, Program Executive Officer for Ships
  • USS Ronald Reagan Bids Farewell to Norfolk Navy Newsstand 28 May 2004--USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and its 3,000 crew members departed Norfolk Naval Station May 27 at 10 a.m. The Navy's newest nuclear-powered and most technologically-advanced aircraft carrier will be heading for its official homeport at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego.
  • Hawaii Acts to Prevent Encroachment Navy Newsstand 28 May 2004--The Hawaii Land Board decided, at a meeting held on Kauai May 24, that operations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kauai won't be impeded by development until at least 2029.
  • CARAT Task Group set to conduct Southeast Asia exercise series 7th Fleet Release 28 May 2004--A U.S. Navy task group has formed for the 10th edition of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (CARAT) exercise series with nations throughout Southeast Asia. The series begins in late May and runs through early August.
  • Wolfpack strengthens their training Marine Corps News 28 May 2004--Marines from 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance, the "Wolfpack," conducted Stability and Support Operations throughout the month of May to simulate the combat situations they encountered and might encounter again in Iraq.
  • 11th MEU departs early to reinforce troops in Iraq Marine Corps News 28 May 2004--The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) departed Thursday from 32nd Street Naval Station San Diego nearly a month earlier than the scheduled deployment in response to a request from U.S. Central Command for more forces in Iraq.
  • Lockheed Martin team is selected to build the first Littoral Combat Ship Lockheed Martin Corporation 28 May 2004 -- The Lockheed Martin team has been awarded a contract to complete the final design of the U.S. Navy's new Littoral Combat Ship, a revolutionary naval combatant designed to dominate the world's coastal waters. The contract, which includes options to build two "Flight 0" ships, is valued at $423 million. The LCS provides the Navy with fast, maneuverable and shallow draft ships aimed at maximizing mission flexibility.
  • PENTAGON / VENEZUELA VOA 28 May 2004 -- The Pentagon says U-S military relations with Venezuela are under review -- a move that follows Venezuela's demand for the withdrawal of U-S advisers from a Caracas military compound.

  • Pakistan to send 1700 troops to Burundi, Ivory Coast IRNA 27 May 2004 -- Pakistan will send an additional 1700 troops and other supporting personnel to Burundi and Ivory Coast that will take the total number of its troops to almost 10,000, a senior Pakistani diplomat said on Friday.

  • House Daily Briefing, May 28 Washington File 28 May 2004 -- Bush/economy, World War II Memorial, Iraq, homeland security, Pakistan, India, Veterans Affairs, faith-based conference, threat level
  • State Department Noon Briefing, May 28 Washington File 28 May 2004 -- Burma, Haiti/Dominican Republic, Iraq, Israel/Palestinians, Sudan, Malaysia, North Korea, China/Hong Kong

Defense Industry

  • ATK Statement on PGMM Program ATK 28 May 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK), said today that the General Accounting Office has recommended that the U.S. Army reopen discussions with ATK and Lockheed Martin on the Precision Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM). David Super, the U.S. Army deputy program manager for mortars, said, "The Army will evaluate Revised Final Proposal Revisions from both offerors." This delays the contract award by adding an additional step to the process.
  • Boeing Completes its Work on the Final Standard Missile-3 Kinetic Warhead Boeing 28 May 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] shipped the fifth Initial Deployment Round Standard Missile-3 Kinetic Warhead (SM-3 KW) today, bringing the Missile Defense Agency one step closer to providing the nation with a sea-based defense against short-to medium-range ballistic missile threats.

Other Conflicts

  • U-S / SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 28 May 2004 -- The United States has welcomed Friday's agreement at the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, setting up a commission to implement a cease-fire in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region. The first monitors are expected in the area next week.
  • ISRAEL/POLITICS VOA 28 May 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is to present his plan for full withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and small parts of the West Bank to his cabinet on Sunday - despite continued opposition from hardliners within his own party and the fact that he may well lack the necessary votes in the cabinet for the plan's approval.
  • THAILAND/MALAYSIA/UNREST VOA 28 May 2004 -- Malaysia on Friday vowed to take action against any insurgents crossing the border from Thailand, which has been wracked by months of violence in mostly Muslim southern provinces.
  • SUDAN: Details of peace protocols signed this week IRIN 28 May 2004 -- On Wednesday evening, the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) signed three key protocols on wealth-sharing and the contested areas of Abyei, the Nuba mountains and southern Blue Nile, paving the way for a comprehensive peace agreement.
  • MADAGASCAR: Army reservists barricade parliamentarians IRIN 28 May 2004 -- Madagascar's ministry of defence confirmed on Friday that 160 lawmakers were being held hostage by army reservists demanding better compensation for their efforts during the country's political crisis in 2002.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 27 May 2004 -- Bulgaria allocates nearly US$1 billion to upgrade army / Afghan violence undermines voter drive, UN warns / U.S lowers sights for NATO role in Iraq / Germany to keep troops in Kosovo for at least another year / Serbia-Montenegro's military intelligence chief is fired / Opposition growing to U.S. exemption on global court
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 28 May 2004 -- NATO to train Greek forces on chemical and biological warfare for Olympics / Turkey to dispatch helicopters, personnel to Afghanistan / Germany to send more soldiers to northeast Afghanistan end of June / President Karzai enacts rules for Afghan election / Defense Minister Struck: photos of torturing KFOR soldiers do not exist

  • Chile Court Strips Legal Immunity from Pinochet VOA News 28 May 2004 -- A Chilean court has withdrawn legal immunity from former military dictator Augusto Pinochet, which could lead to a human rights trial against him.
  • U-S / BURMA VOA 28 May 2004 -- The United States Friday again called on Burmese military authorities to release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and take "immediate" steps toward forming a broad-based democratic government. The Bush administration has been dismissive of the Burmese junta's convening of a constitutional convention boycotted by the opposition.

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