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07 July 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 07 Jul 2004 [PDF]
  • Vehicle accident near Ramadi kills one, injures four
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

  • Marines, Soldier Added to Death Toll in Iraq AFPS 07 Jul 2004 -- Four U.S. Marines and a soldier were killed in two separate incidents in the past 48 hours, military officials reported.
  • Iraqi Soldiers Killed In Rocket Attack RFE/RL 07 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. military has said five Iraqi soldiers were killed in a rocket attack last night on their base near Taji.

  • Emergency Measures, Not Desperate Attempts, Fill Troop Rotations AFPS 07 Jul 2004 -- Pentagon leaders today faced tough questions on Capitol Hill on issues of deployment and force structure as the military gears up for another round of troop rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • U.S./MILITARY VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- Senior U.S. military officials have tried to reassure lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the Pentagon's ability to sustain adequate troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • AFGHAN-ELECTIONS VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- Afghan and U.N. officials are expected to announce Thursday the date for Afghanistan's elections. The polls, already delayed once, were rescheduled for September but no date had been set. Official optimism over the poll schedule is clashing with private pessimism that the elections will be held on time.
  • Afghanistan: UN, National Officials Discuss Dates For Elections RFE/RL 07 Jul 2004 -- Afghanistan's UN-sponsored election commission reportedly decided today that the country's presidential elections will be during the month of Mizan on the Afghan solar calendar, which lasts from 22 September to 21 October. The decision follows two days of meetings between the commission and the Transitional Administration chaired by Hamid Karzai. There still has been no formal announcement about a date for parliamentary elections. But officials say that the election probably will not be held at the same time as the presidential vote, as originally envisioned.
  • AFGHANISTAN U-S PRISON ABUSE VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- U.S. forces in Afghanistan say they have completed a review of prison conditions for Afghan detainees, amid allegations of torture and other abuses. But Afghanistan's human rights commission says it has reports of continuing mistreatment by some U.S. troops.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Combatant Status Review Tribunal Order Issued 07 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today the formation of the Combatant Status Review Tribunal for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This tribunal will serve as a forum for detainees to contest their status as enemy combatants.
  • Transcript: Defense Department Background Briefing on the Combatant Status Review Tribunal 07 Jul 2004 -- A Senior Defense Official and A Senior Justice Department Official
  • Presidential Military Order Applied to Nine more Combatants 07 Jul 2004 -- The DoD announced today that the President determined that nine more enemy combatants currently detained by the United States are subject to his military order of Nov. 13, 2001. Today's action makes these individuals eligible for trial by military commissions. The President determined that there is reason to believe that each of these enemy combatants was a member of al Qaida or was otherwise involved in terrorism directed against the United States.

  • Transcript: Q&A following meetings on the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Shield 07 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Australian Defense Minister, Robert Hill and Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer
  • United States and Australia Sign Missile Defense Agreement 07 Jul 2004 -- The United States and Australia today signed a framework memorandum of understanding outlining future Australian participation on cooperative missile defense activities. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld signed for the United States and Sen. Robert Hill, Minister for Defence, signed for Australia.

  • U.S., NATO and Moroccan Forces Begin Maritime Exercise Navy Newsstand 07 Jul 2004 -- Military forces from ten allied countries converged here July 11 to begin MEDSHARK/Majestic Eagle '04 (MS/ME04), a multinational exercise involving more than 20,000 personnel, 30 ships, and nearly 150 aircraft.
  • Navy bomb techs work with French Marine Corps News 07 Jul 2004 -- Sailors from Detachment 20 of the U.S. Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight here participated in a training exercise here July 1 with French Naval Assault Commando's to give both the EOD technicians and commando's the opportunity to learn from each other and develop a partnership.
  • U.S. Ends Presences at Taszar Air Base European Command 07 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. flag was lowered on NATO's first military base in former Warsaw Pact territory as the American presence there came to an end in a ceremony June 30. The overall successes of the Peacekeeping missions in Bosnia and Kosovo and the smaller number of soldiers required there have eliminated the need for the Taszar facility according to Rear Adm. John Goodman of the U.S. European Command, in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • UNITAS Force Conducts Latin America's First Multinational Amphibious Assault Navy Newsstand 07 Jul 2004 -- Naval and Marine Corps Forces from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States, and observers from Mexico conducted the first multinational amphibious assault in Salinas, Peru, July 4.
  • ESG 3 Assumes Maritime Security Mission Navy Newsstand 07 Jul 2004 -- Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 entered the Navy's U.S. 5th Fleet July 2, and is scheduled to take over the duties of maritime security operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf (NAG).
  • Engineers develop improved robotic tractor Air Force Link 07 Jul 2004 -- WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- Engineers here are designing, building and testing a more advanced, robotic trenching tractor so combat engineers can perform cable trenching and excavation missions in dangerous locations. An early version of the tractor was developed last year and used in Iraq.
  • 'Military One Source' Solves Service Member, Family Member Problems Navy Newsstand 07 Jul 2004 -- The Defense Department (DoD) has established a "one stop" place to go whenever service members or family members need assistance with any kind of problem. It's called "Military One Source," and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, according to John M. Molino, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy.

  • Russia's Upper House Ratifies CFE Treaty RFE/RL 07 Jul 2004 -- Russia's upper house of parliament today ratified the modified Conventional Forces in Europe treaty.

  • White House Daily Briefing, July 7 Washington File 07 Jul 2004 -- White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan briefed reporters July 7 aboard Air Force One as they accompanied President Bush on a trip to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Defense Industry

  • Air Force and Lockheed Martin Prototype Connects Link 16-Equipped Fighters with AOC Lockheed Martin 07 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] have developed a prototype system that horizontally integrates Link 16-equipped fighter aircraft with the Air Operations Center (AOC), automatically delivering near real-time mission information from pilots to air combat planners. Developed in just four months and slated for operational deployment in early 2005, the Data Link Automated Reporting System (DLARS) creates an unprecedented link between tactical fighters and the AOC, significantly enhancing the Air Force’s ability to manage missions as diverse as close air support and long-range strike.
  • Northrop Grumman, Air Force Finalize Design on New Airborne Surveillance Radar, Begin Hardware Production Phase Northrop Grumman 07 Jul 2004 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team and the U.S. Air Force have reached a major milestone on a next-generation airborne surveillance radar program by finalizing the radar's baseline design and starting the development and demonstration phase of the program.

Other Conflicts

  • DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 07 Jul 2004
  • Annan briefs Security Council on 'grave' situation in Darfur, Sudan UN News Centre 07 Jul 2004 -- Using a satellite link to brief the Security Council on his visit last week to Sudan and neighbouring Chad, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reiterated his concern about the grave situation caused by the deadly violence and ethnic displacement wracking the Darfur region of western Sudan.
  • U.N. Security Council Pressuring Khartoum to Act Washington File 07 Jul 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council is giving Sudan a few days to implement agreements it made with Secretary-General Kofi Annan to improve the disastrous humanitarian situation in Darfur, including disarming the Jingaweit militias, before moving to impose sanctions, Security Council members said July 7.
  • Security Council says it will step up pressure on Sudanese Government UN News Centre 07 Jul 2004 -- The United Nations Security Council today called for "sustained pressure" on the Sudanese Government to find a solution to the humanitarian crisis engulfing the Darfur region and reserved the right to take tougher action if Khartoum does not match its commitments to end the human rights abuses and restrictions on aid workers.
  • U.S. Congressmen Warn of Impending Crisis in Darfur Washington File 07 Jul 2004 -- Two U.S. congressmen who recently returned from the western Sudanese region of Darfur have declared it is time for the international community to act, describing in grim detail the poor living conditions in camps that have become a refuge for the thousands of Sudanese civilians driven from their homes by Arab militias.
  • U.N. / SUDAN VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council has warned Sudan to immediately begin implementing an agreement with Secretary General Kofi Annan issued during his visit Saturday or face serious consequences, including sanctions.
  • IVORY COAST / ACCRA SUMMIT VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- Rebel leaders in Ivory Coast have accepted an invitation to attend peace talks with West African leaders in the Ghanaian capital Accra later this month.
  • TURKEY/IRAN/KURDS VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- Iran confirmed Wednesday that its troops had been clashing with Turkish Kurdish rebels. Iran's deputy interior minister, Ali Asghar Ahmadi, said at least two Iranian soldiers and eight rebels from the group called Kongra-Gel had died in the fighting.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Border situation improving - UNMEE IRIN 07 Jul 2004 -- The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) has said that incidents along the 1,000-km common border have declined and the situation in the area is calm.
  • SUDAN: Militias attacking humanitarian convoys, says UN IRIN 07 Jul 2004 -- Armed men, some in military uniform, have continued to attack humanitarian convoys in western Sudan's Darfur region, according to a UN spokeswoman.
  • SRI LANKA/SUICIDE BOMBER VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- In Sri Lanka, at least five people have been killed and eleven wounded by a suspected suicide bomber. It is the first such attack since the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels entered a ceasefire more than two years ago.
  • NEPAL REBELS VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- In Nepal, more than 25 soldiers and Maoist rebels have been killed in fierce clashes this week. Violence has surged despite calls by the government to restart peace talks to end the eight-year rebellion.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 07 Jul 2004 -- U.S still weighing whether to remove four fighter jets from Iceland / Slovakia considers training Iraqi military policemen and engineers / Trans-Atlantic security group praises Croat government policy toward minority Serbs / Macedonia (sic) offers to help Serbia-Montenegro join NATO outreach program / Parliament endorses Zapatero plan to send more troops in Afghanistan / Afghans to delay parliamentary polls / U.S. flies radioactive material, suitable for dirty bomb, out of Iraq / U.S. says Israel not involved in Iraq interrogations / Hungary may recall peacekeepers from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula / IAEA chief takes conciliatory stand on Israeli nuclear policy on arrival in Jewish state
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 07 Jul 2004 -- Iraqi officials adopt tighter security plan / German general sees EU as strategic partner of NATO / U.S.-led force opens new PRT in eastern Afghanistan / Latest Olympic security exercise completed July 6

  • INDONESIA / PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES VOA 07 Jul 2004 -- After the first round of Indonesia's presidential elections on Monday, it is becoming increasingly clear that the run-off, scheduled for September, will pit the incumbent, President Megawati Sukarnoputri, against her former security minister.
  • Raytheon Achieves Significant Performance Milestone on the NPOESS Program Raytheon 07 Jul 2004 -- Raytheon Company has achieved a significant program milestone by successfully capturing data from the WindSat Coriolis weather satellite, making the company's Command, Control, and Communications Segment's multi-mission network capability one of the first National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) segments to go operational.



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