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02 July 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Tour lengths extended for Japan Marines Marine Corps News 02 Jul 2004 -- Headquarters Marine Corps recently announced a change in the current Marine Corps Bases Japan and Third Marine Expeditionary Force assignment policy.
  • Communications System Lets Navies See Eye-to-eye During CARAT Navy Newsstand 02 Jul 2004 -- Communications between the U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy (RTN) will jump to a new level during the Thailand phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), with installation of the Portable Allied Command, Control and Communications Terminal (PAC3T) aboard His Thai Majesty's Ship Taksin.
  • Warfare Center Keyport receives Approval on ASM Web Server SHIPALT for Carriers NAVSEA 02 Jul 2004 -- The Aviation Maintenance Training Continuum System (AMTCS) Software Module (ASM) Web Server Ship Alteration 9403K for carriers and nuclear carriers, developed by NAVSEA's Warfare Center in Keyport, Wash. received approval from PMS 312, Program Executive Office Carriers, on 24 May. The ASM web server provides the network infrastructure for the ASM capability to track and maintain aviation maintenance personnel training history and qualifications aboard the carrier.
  • NAVAIR to supply Denmark AIM-9X missiles NAVAIR 02 Jul 2004 -- NAVAIR announced today that their Air-to-Air Missile Program Foreign Military Sales program has entered into an agreement with the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) for a purchase of the next generation Sidewinder missile, the AIM-9X. The AIM-9X will be employed on the RDAF F-16 aircraft.
  • US Navy's Next-Generation Electronic Attack Aircraft Begins Assembly NAVAIR 02 Jul 2004 -- A new era in Naval aviation was launched on Thursday, July 1, 2004 as assembly began for the first EA-18G aircraft, the next-generation electronic attack aircraft for the U.S. Navy that combines the combat-proven F/A-18 Super Hornet with state-of-the-art electronic warfare avionics suite.
  • Allied Countries to Join Forces in Maritime Exercise European Command 02 Jul 2004 -- From July 11-16, ten allied countries will join in a multinational exercise off the coast of Morocco with approximately 20,000 personnel operating aboard more than 20 ships and submarines and numerous aircraft to show the combined force capabilities and quick response times of the participating naval, air, undersea and surface warfare groups. The U.S.-led exercise aims to enhance interoperability between all ten nations' complex naval and air operations while fostering stronger military-to-military relationships for the future.

  • US to withdraw some peacekeepers, UN confirms UN News Centre 02 Jul 2004 -- The United States Government has informed the United Nations that Washington will withdraw some US personnel from the world body's peacekeeping operations, a UN spokesman confirmed today.

  • Rumsfeld Approves Family, Worker Relocation From Bahrain AFPS 02 Jul 2004 -- Increased threat of terrorist attack has led Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to approve the temporary relocation of eligible family members and non-emergency Defense Department personnel from Bahrain.
  • Defense Department Report, July 2: Naval Exercises Off Morocco Washington File 02 Jul 2004 -- An international maritime exercise involving 10 nations will take place off the coast of Morocco July 11-16.
  • Vikings return from Alaska Marine Corps News 02 Jul 2004 -- Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225 returned to Iwakuni from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Saturday after participating in Exercise Northern Edge 2004.

  • ASEAN SECURITY MEETING VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- An Asia-Pacific security forum, grouping some two-dozen nations, has ended (Friday) with calls for a peaceful end to the nuclear dispute with North Korea, more efforts to combat terrorism and more pressure on Burma to move toward democracy.

  • Inauguration of NATO Maritime Component Command Naples NATO/AFSOUTH 02 Jul 2004 -- In a ceremony on Nisida Island on 5 July 2004, the Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe (NAVSOUTH) will be deactivated and the new Component Command Maritime Naples will be activated, the headquarters will be renamed and a new mission will commence.

Defense Industry

  • Contract regulations cause Herkules negotiations to end unsuccessfully EADS 02 Jul 2004 -- The negotiations between the industrial syndicate ISIC 21 and the German Ministry for Defence (BMVg) ended last night for the time being. Despite intense efforts from both sides, as well as a high level of flexibility from ISIC 21, a gap of several hundred million Euros between the demands of the BMVg and the available budget could not be reconciled. For EADS, the economic viability of the project would not have been guaranteed under the conditions proposed by the BMVg.
  • General Dynamics Receives $8 Million in Orders for M2HB Gun Barrels General Dynamics 02 Jul 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has received two orders with a combined value of $8 million for production of 9,000 M2HB .50 caliber gun barrels from U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, Rock Island, Ill. These orders bring the total quantity of .50 caliber M2HB barrels ordered in 2004 to 10,800 and extend production deliveries through 2005. All work will be performed at General Dynamics’ Saco, Maine, facility.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 02 Jul 2004
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESIDENT OF SECURITY COUNCIL United Nations 02 Jul 2004
  • U.N. / U.S. / DARFUR VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- The top U.S. aid official has briefed the U.N. Security Council on Secretary of State Colin Powell's just-completed visit to the Darfur region of Sudan. The council is being asked to impose sanctions against Sudanese Arab militias blamed for widespread atrocities in Darfur.
  • Security Council agenda for July includes briefing by Annan on Sudan trip UN News Centre 02 Jul 2004 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will brief the Security Council next week on his current trip to the Darfur region of Sudan - with other issues on the continent topping the Security Council's programme this month, the incoming President of the 15-member body said today.
  • LIBERIA: UN warn of hunger and unrest if donors fail to deliver IRIN 02 JUl 2004 -- The failure of donors to contribute a promised US$ 540 million is slowing post-war reconstruction in Liberia and could disrupt food supplies and lead to unrest, the United Nations said on Friday.
  • Papua New Guinea: UN mission in Bougainville extended through year's end UN News Centre 02 Jul 2004 -- Eyeing the possibility of elections in Bougainville by the end of the year, the Security Council has agreed to a final six-month extension of the mandate of the United Nations mission there in order for it to finish tasks related to the implementation of the peace agreement between pro-independence groups and the Government of Papua New Guinea.
  • SUDAN: Rebel-held villages in Southern Darfur reportedly bombed IRIN 02 JUl 2004 -- Several villages in rebel-held areas of Southern Darfur State were bombed on Thursday, relief workers said. Initial reports suggested that the villages of Marla, Labado and Muhajiriyah, all controlled by the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement Army (SLM/A), had been attacked, the sources in Southern Darfur told IRIN.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: Ministers not reinstated, opposition in Gabon for talks IRIN 02 JUl 2004 -- Cote d'Ivoire's opposition leaders, disappointed by President Laurent Gbagbo's decision not to reinstate three of their ministers, held talks on Friday with Gabon leader Omar Bongo, who is trying to help the feuding Ivorian sides out of their political impasse.
  • U.N. / U.S. / DARFUR VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- The top U.S. aid official has briefed the U.N. Security Council on Secretary of State Colin Powell's just-completed visit to the Darfur region of Sudan. The council is being asked to impose sanctions against Sudanese Arab militias blamed for widespread atrocities in Darfur.
  • IVORY COAST / POLITICS VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- Ivory Coast's prime minister, rebels and political leaders are meeting with the president of Gabon Friday in an effort to end political stalemate in the divided Ivory Coast.
  • SUDAN: Gov't still denying humanitarian crisis despite international pressure IRIN 02 Jul 2004 -- Sudanese authorities are continuing to deny the existence of a humanitarian crisis and ongoing militia attacks on civilians in western Sudan's Darfur region despite increasing pressure from the international community.
  • TURKEY / ATTACK VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- At least six people died when a powerful bomb went off in Turkey's eastern city of Van. The attack targeted the predominantly Kurdish province's state appointed governor, and is being blamed on Kurdish militants.
  • ISRAEL / SECURITY BARRIER VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he is willing to move parts of the security barrier in and around the West Bank, as ordered earlier in the week by the country's supreme court. Military operations continue in the Gaza Strip with at least 10 Palestinians killed in the past two days.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 02 JUl 2004 -- NATO holds first meeting on Iraq armed forces training plan / NATO sets big Mediterranean exercise off Morocco / Bulgaria to modernize its air force / Serb generals may face extradition to Hague / NATO troops search bunker system once used by war crime suspect / Russia says Kosovo should remain part of Serbia / Spain proposes doubling troops in Afghanistan / Jordan's King Abdullah says he is willing to send troops to Iraq
  • News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 02 JUl 2004 -- NATO expands peacekeeping force in northern Afghanistan / Spain proposes doubling troops in Afghanistan / Afghanistan to delay elections until October / Games security moves into action / Parliament approves participation of Czech soldiers in security mission / Al Qaeda group targets Europe for attacks

  • PRESS BRIEFING BY CHIEF OF COUNTER-TERRORISM EXECUTIVE DIRECTORATE United Nations 02 Jul 2004
  • Sea Launch Investigates Results of Telstar 18 Mission Boeing 02 Jul 2004 -- The Sea Launch team is gathering and reviewing Telstar 18 mission data to understand the sequence of events that led to a premature shutdown of the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL upper stage during that mission earlier this week.



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