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19 July 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Jul 2004 [PDF]
  • DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

  • Rumsfeld: Security Role Shifting from Coalition to Iraqi Forces AFPS 19 Jul 2004 -- U.S. and coalition military officials are working with Iraq's interim government to fashion a military chain of command for the Iraqi forces, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. . HRumsfeld.
  • HASSOUN DISAPPEARANCE VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- An American Muslim Marine who was reported to have been kidnapped by extremists in Iraq has spoken about his ordeal for the first time since his return to the United States last week. But the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun still remain unknown amid an on going investigation by the military.
  • Iraqi Guard, Police Conduct First Major Joint Operation AFPS 19 Jul 2004 -- The Iraqi national guard and police worked together on a large-scale operation for the first time July 18 to search for insurgents involved in an attack that killed an Iraqi police officer and wounded two others, a coalition news release announced today.
  • Car Bomb Kills At Least Nine In Baghdad RFE/RL 19 Jul 2004 -- Iraqi officials say at least nine people were killed by a car bomb that exploded outside a police station in Baghdad today.
  • IRAQ WRAP VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- At least nine people were killed and as many as 60 others wounded following the bombing of a police station in southern Baghdad. Elsewhere in the capital, gunmen assassinated a senior defense ministry official near his home late Sunday. Meanwhile, the Philippines waits to see if kidnappers release a Filipino hostage.

  • COALITION FORCES SEIZE WEAPONS CACHES CENTCOM 19 Jul 2004 -- Coalition forces on Saturday seized two weapons caches 39 kilometers southeast of Qalat.
  • Afghanistan: U.S. Envoy Says Free Elections, Disbanding Militias Key To Country's Future RFE/RL 19 Jul 2004 -- Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan, told RFE/RL that Washington will not attempt to influence the country's presidential elections in October. Khalilzad, who was in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) in search of investment from the local Afghan community, also said the United States is determined to help disarm Afghanistan's private militias.

  • Firefighting Missions Keep Guard, Reserve Units Busy AFPS 19 Jul 2004 -- Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units are staying busy with firefighting missions in the West.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • U.S.: Big Week Begins For Prisoners Held By Pentagon RFE/RL 19 Jul 2004 -- The status of prisoners captured by U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and Iraq is a controversial issue in the United States. Lawmakers continue to receive new reports of abuses of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops. And the Supreme Court has sought to clarify the legal status of foreign detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying they have the same rights as prisoners incarcerated in the United States.

  • 'We Do Not Need a Draft,' Rumsfeld Says AFPS 19 Jul 2004 -- "We do not need a draft," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a July 16 interview with National Public Radio. The all- volunteer force "has worked brilliantly for our country."
  • HST Strike Group Completes Majestic Eagle Navy Newsstand 19 Jul 2004 -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) (HST) and the other ships in its strike group wrapped up a first-of-its-kind multinational exercise known as Majestic Eagle July 15.
  • CNA Report SURFPAC's Sea Swap Experiment a Success Navy Newsstand 19 Jul 2004 -- Vice Adm. Timothy W. LaFleur, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) discussed the findings of the Center for Naval Analyses' (CNA) Lessons Learned from SURFPAC's DD/DDG (destroyer) Sea Swap program during a media conference July 13.
  • Kitty Hawk Underway in Support of Summer Pulse '04 Navy Newsstand 19 Jul 2004 -- This summer, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) will continue to make history as she participates in the Navy's Summer Pulse '04 Exercise.
  • Main Engine light off in First Ship of LPD 17 Class NAVSEA 19 Jul 2004 -- A significant event recently occurred for the first of the LPD 17 class ships, the USS future San Antonio. Two of the four Colt Pielstick Main Propulsion Diesel Engines were started on 11 and 12 July at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Avondale Division.
  • NSWC Crane teams with European Counterparts in Infrared Countermeasures Testing NAVSEA 19 Jul 2004 -- NSWC Crane supported infrared (IR) countermeasures testing at the Royal Artillery Range, Manorbier, Wales, and United Kingdom (UK) during May 2004. The purpose of the test was to compare various European and U.S. spectrally balanced decoys on a number of Dutch and British aircraft, including the F-16, Euro Fighter, Fokker 60, C-130, AH-64 and AV-8 Harrier. Trial participants included the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, and the United States.

  • Putin Sacks Several Top Military, Security Officers RFE/RL 19 Jul 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today dismissed several top military and security officers.
  • Putin Names New Head Of Russian Armed Forces RFE/RL 19 Jul 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today dismissed several top military and security officers.

  • State Department Noon Briefing, July 19 Washington File 19 Jul 2004 -- Iraq, Japan, Iran, Israel/Palestinians, Sudan, Bolivia, Uzbekistan, Under Secretary Bolton Travel, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Greece
  • White House Daily Briefing, July 19 Washington File 19 Jul 2004 -- President's schedule, United States intelligence, Iran, responsibility for Iraq war, new CIA Director, India, Israel/Palestine, Haiti, custody of Mr. Jenkins

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • UN / SUDAN VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- An international human rights group says it has proof that the Sudanese government is supporting and even helping to arm the Arab militias, known as Janjaweed, that have killed tens of thousands of people and displaced close to a million others in the Darfur region of Sudan.
  • U-S-PALESTINIANS VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- The United States Monday accused Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of hampering the consolidation of security services and other steps needed to bring order to the increasingly chaotic situation in the Gaza and the West Bank.
  • SUDAN: Government officials implicated in supporting Janjawid militias IRIN 19 Jul 2004 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday it had obtained documents showing that Sudanese government officials had directed the recruitment, arming and support for Janjawid militias in the country's western region of Darfur.
  • Middle East: Arafat Dismisses Security Chief Amid Continuing Crisis In Gaza RFE/RL 19 Jul 2004 -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in a bid to defuse mounting tension, announced today he had reversed a decision to appoint his nephew as head of the Palestinian security services. The veteran Arab leader's move comes amid a rapidly deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian gunmen protesting Arafat's appointment of his nephew, and general corruption in his security apparatus, last night stormed the headquarters of a military-intelligence unit in the southern Gaza town of Rafah.
  • LEBANON/BLAST VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- The militant Hezbollah organization is blaming Israel for a bomb blast that killed a leading member of the guerilla group outside Beirut. There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials, but the French news agency says a shadowy Sunni-Muslim fundamentalist group has claimed responsibility for today's killing, calling it a move to eradicate Shi'ite heresy.
  • SUDAN: Darfur peace talks break down before they start IRIN 19 Jul 2004 -- Peace talks aimed at ending 17-months of conflict between the Sudanese government and two rebel groups in the Darfur region broke down on Sunday before negotiations had even begun. The talks, which were aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict, had opened two days earlier, on 15 July.
  • PALESTINIAN/POLITICS VOA 19 Jul 2004 -- The Palestinian president, Yasser Arafat, bowed to pressure on Monday and fired his relative, Musa Arafat, as head of security in the Gaza Strip. His appointment Saturday sparked two days of violent protests. The dismissal came as the Palestinian cabinet held an emergency meeting to discuss the political unrest.

News Reports

  • SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 19 Jul 2004 -- Serbia's Kostunica calls for national strategy on cooperation with UN tribunal / NATO's deputy commander says no troop reduction planned in Kosovo / Rocket fired into Afghan capital kills woman near peacekeepers' base / Zarqawi group puts bounty on Iraqi PM's head¨ Solana says EU's Iraq divisions healing well
  • SHAPE News Summary & Analysis SHAPE 19 Jul 2004 -- NATO to boost force in Afghanistan for election / Greek authorities to launch full-scale Olympic security measures / Latvia to host military maneuvers

  • Boeing Delivers JIMO Spacecraft Design Proposal Boeing 19 Jul 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered its conceptual design proposal Friday, July 16, for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO), a spacecraft that could become the nation's first nuclear-fission-powered exploration vehicle with technologies applicable to future Mars and lunar missions.
  • Boeing 'Can-Do' Spirit of Apollo Continues to Deep Space Boeing 19 Jul 2004 -- In 1969, the Apollo program opened a new era in human history by placing Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon. It also gave the world a preview of today's Boeing [NYSE: BA].
  • EADS Astrium wins contract for Thai Optical Earth Observation Space System EADS 19 Jul 2004 -- THEOS will be fully owned and operated by GISTDA and will provide Thailand with worldwide geo-referenced image products and image processing capabilities for applications in cartography, land use, agricultural monitoring, forestry management, coastal zone monitoring and flood risk management. THEOS will provide access to any part of Thailand in less than 2 days.
  • ILS Launches At Record Pace Lockheed Martin 19 Jul 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS), which has amassed the lion’s share of launch contracts in 2004, also is sending customers’ satellites into orbit at a record pace.
  • Lockheed Martin Scores Success With Landing Technology Tests For A Future Astronaut Crew Exploration Vehicle Lockheed Martin 19 Jul 2004 -- Yuma drop test b thumbLockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully performed a series of drop tests at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz., to validate soft landing technology that can be used for astronaut crew capsules upon return to Earth. The technology makes use of an array of dual airbags that, upon ground impact, releases air from the outer bags of the system, allowing the capsule to settle softly to the ground on its inner airbags.

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