23 July 2004 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Jul 2004 [PDF]
- TWO SOLDIERS KILLED AND ONE WOUNDED IN IED ATTACK
- IRAQI ARMED FORCES BASE OPENS IN NORTHERN IRAQ CENTCOM 23 Jul 2004 -- The opening of the Al Kasik Military Training Base, which will eventually house the 3rd Division of the Iraqi Armed Forces, was celebrated by local leaders and government officials who gathered there Wednesday.
- STRIKE TARGETS THE ZARQAWI NETWORK CENTCOM 23 Jul 2004 -- Multi-National Forces - Iraq conducted a precision attack on anti-Iraqi forces in southwest Fallujah today at 6:33 AM local Baghdad time.
- Central Command Report, July 23: Middle East Update Washington File 23 Jul 2004 -- Coalition forces in Iraq launched their eighth military operation against elements of the al-Zarqawi terrorist network in Fallujah, Iraq, on July 23.
- Iraq: U.S. Military Targets Suspected Insurgents In Al-Fallujah Air Strike RFE/RL 23 Jul 2004 -- U.S. aircraft on 23 July targeted insurgents in Al-Fallujah suspected of having links with alleged Al-Qaeda operative Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi.
- IRAQ / ATTACK VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- U.S. forces in Iraq carried out a missile attack against a group of suspected insurgents in the city of Fallujah early Friday. Local officials said no one was killed, but several people were injured. Iraqi government officials say the attacks are intended to wipe out the base of support for the most wanted man in Iraq.
- NATO to provide support for the presidential elections in Afghanistan NATO 23 Jul 2004 -- The NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, is pleased to announce the decision by the North Atlantic Council to approve detailed military advice on ISAF support for the presidential elections, scheduled for 9 October 2004.
- AFGHANISTAN / KARZAI VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai travels to neighboring Pakistan early next week to discuss greater cooperation in combating terrorism. Mr. Karzai downplayed the Taleban insurgency in his country, but acknowledged Afghanistan will face security problems for some time to come.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army announces FY05 and FY06 Modular Brigade Force Structure Decisions Army News Release 23 Jul 2004 -- The Department of the Army announced today force structure basing decisions for the new brigade combat team (units of action) BCT(UA)s in fiscal years (FY) 2005 and 2006.
- Tarawa Sailors, Marines Complete RIMPAC Exercises Navy Newsstand 23 Jul 2004 -- The crew of USS Tarawa (LHA 1) (Big T) helped embarked Marines rescue a mock embassy staff under siege in the notional country of "Green," evacuating 160 people after unruly protesters began lobbing tennis balls, sticks and water balloons to simulate dangerous objects, July 14.
- Enterprise CSG Wraps Up Summer Pulse '04 Navy Newsstand 23 Jul 2004 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) officially completed the Navy's first test of the Fleet Response Plan, Summer Pulse '04, July 23 when she moored pierside at her homeport of Norfolk Va., after nearly two months at sea.
- RIMPAC Concludes, Offers Lessons Navy Newsstand 23 Jul 2004 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) arrived in Pearl Harbor July 22, marking the end of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercises 2004.
- Kitty Hawk Strike Group Exercises with Force Navy Newsstand 23 Jul 2004 -- With Summer Pulse 2004 in motion, the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) continued to maintain security with a force protection exercise from June 28-July 1.
- James E. Williams (DDG 95) conducts First AEGIS 'Super Trial' NAVSEA 23 Jul 2004 -- USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) successfully conducted the first-ever Super Trial July 11 - 16 in Pascagoula, Miss. Super Trial combines the events from three underway trials (Builder's Alpha trial, Builder's Bravo trial, and Board of Inspection and Survey INSURV Acceptance Charlie trial) into a single sea trial. This first-of-its-kind approach on a complex surface combatant used 30% less time and 50% less manpower compared to recent Builder and Acceptance trials of other new construction DDG 51 class destroyers.
- ARABIAN GULF MARITIME MISHAP CENTCOM 23 Jul 2004 -- During night flight operations in international waters, USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and an unidentified dhow collided in the Arabian Gulf, at approximately 10:20 p.m., Thursday, July 22, 2004.
- Army announces FY05 and FY06 Modular Brigade Force Structure Decisions Army News Service 23 Jul 2004 -- The Department of the Army announced today force structure basing decisions for the new brigade combat team (units of action) BCT(UA)s in fiscal years (FY) 2005 and 2006.
- Army moves up fielding of Future Combat Systems Army News Service 23 Jul 2004 -- The Army plans to accelerate the fielding of some Future Combat Systems such as armed robotic vehicles, unattended ground sensors and unattended munitions.
- JEFX 2004 execution phase is under way Air Force Link 23 Jul 2004 -- The Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2004 execution phase is under way here. This is the fifth in a series of large-scale experiments that explore and assess new and emerging air power capabilities.
- Agreement Reached on Moving U.S. Forces in Korea 23 Jul 2004 -- The Department of Defense announced today that representatives of the Republic of Korea and the United States finalized agreements to relocate all U.S. Forces from the Seoul Metropolitan Area to the Pyongtaek area.
- Discussions Continue On U.S. Military 'Footprint' in Europe AFPS 23 Jul 2004 -- The United States is getting closer in deciding how it will rearrange its troop presence, or "footprint," in Europe, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.
- DoD Ushers in New Missile Defense Capability AFPS 23 Jul 2004 -- A historic moment took place July 22 at Fort Greely, Alaska, as the first ground-based missile interceptor was placed in an underground silo at the missile defense complex there.
- Homeporting Ceremony Greets USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego AFPS 23 Jul 2004 -- Former first lady Nancy Reagan was among hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of spectators here today as the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, was welcomed to its home port of San Diego.
- Bush Praises Bipartisan Support for Military Spending Washington File 23 Jul 2004 -- President Bush acknowledged congressional passage of a $416.2 billion defense bill July 22 by expressing his pleasure that "a bipartisan majority in the Congress" stood with him in support of the military.
- White House Daily Briefing: July 23 Washington File 23 Jul 2004 -- President's schedule, Sandy Berger investigation, week ahead
- State Department Noon Briefing, July 23 Washington File 23 Jul 2004 -- Secretary Powell's Travel to Hungary, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Poland, Israel/Palestinians, North Korea, Sudan, Macedonia, Russia/Sudan, Greece
- First GE Rolls-Royce F136 Fighter Engine Begins Ground Testing GE Aviation 23 Jul 2004 -- The first GE Rolls-Royce F136 development engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program has successfully begun ground-testing on July 22 at GE's facility in Evendale, Ohio, USA. The F136 engine, in the Conventional Take-off/Landing (CTOL) configuration, was fired up for the first time to perform an idle leak check, and began its initial mechanical and controls evaluation.
- Northrop Grumman Highlights Role as Navy's Largest Contractor in Homeporting Ceremony for USS Ronald Reagan Northrop Grumman 23 Jul 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), the nation's largest supplier of systems and platforms to the U.S. Navy, highlighted that role in today's ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the nation's newest and most advanced aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), at its assigned home port here.
- The Maritime Helicopter Team Selected to Replace Sea Kings Sikorsky 23 Jul 2004 -- The Government of Canada today announced the selection of the Sikorsky Aircraft-led Maritime Helicopter Team to replace Sea King helicopters currently in service with the Canadian Forces.
- Thales wins major Rafale through-life support contract from SIMMAD Thales 23 Jul 2004 -- SIMMAD, the French defence ministry's integrated aeronautical equipment support structure, has awarded Thales a major contract for the through-life support of Thales equipment deployed on the first 120 Rafale combat aircraft.
- Orbital's First Operational Missile Defense Interceptor Vehicle Emplaced In Silo At Fort Greely, Alaska Orbital Sciences Corp. 23 Jul 2004 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced that it supplied the first interceptor boost vehicle for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA)'s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system that was installed into an underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska yesterday, July 22, 2004.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Jul 2004
- Sudanese rebel leaders in Darfur agree to start political negotiations - UN UN News Centre 23 Jul 2004 -- The leadership of two rebel groups in Sudan's Darfur region today agreed to take part in substantive negotiations to resolve the political dispute that has led what is widely considered the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
- U.S. Congress Terms Situation in Darfur "Genocide" Washington File 23 Jul 2004 -- Both chambers of the U.S. Congress adopted concurrent resolutions July 22 condemning the continuing atrocities in the Darfur region of western Sudan as "genocide" and asking the international community to join with the United States to help bring an end to the humanitarian catastrophe that is under way there.
- SUDAN / DARFUR VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- Rebels in western Sudan say the pro-government Janjaweed militiamen have attacked civilians in the Darfur region several times this week, despite Khartoum's pledge to disarm the militia. The rebels also accuse the Sudanese government of sending military planes to support the Janjaweed and to harass civilians. VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi that the latest accusations come amid a United Nations Security Council debate on whether to impose sanctions on Sudan for failing to disband the Janjaweed.
- SUDAN / FOREIGN INTERVENTION VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Congress has declared the mass killing of civilians in Sudan's Darfur region to be genocide and in a non-binding resolution, lawmakers are urging President Bush to do the same. Bush Administration officials, however, have so far declined to label the situation in Darfur a genocide. Under terms of a 1948 United Nations convention on genocide, that classification would require countries that signed the document to intervene. At this point there are no U.S. plans to intervene in the conflict militarily.
- DARFUR VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- President Bush Friday demanded that Sudan stop pro-government militias from attacking civilians in the troubled Darfur region of the country. Mr. Bush spoke amid increasing concern about the situation in Darfur, which has been called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
- SUDAN/NUBA MOUNTAINS VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- The head of an international group that is monitoring a ceasefire agreement in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan says thousands of people in the region are returning to their homes now that peace seems nearer.
- Sudan: International Focus Intensifies On Darfur Crisis RFE/RL 23 Jul 2004 -- International attention on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan is intensifying. The United States called for a UN resolution on 22 July that threatens sanctions against the government of Sudan if it does not disarm Arab militias accused of atrocities against black Africans. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, meanwhile, said it might take military means to halt the atrocities, which the U.S. Congress on 22 July said constitute "genocide."
- SUDAN: Gov't must protect its own civilians - Powell and Annan IRIN 23 Jul 2004 -- As Security Council members considered a revised draft resolution aimed at redressing the humanitarian catastrophe in western Sudan's Darfur region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and United States Secretary of State Colin Powell called on Thursday for the government to honour its commitment to protect its own civilians.
- SUDAN: Heavy fighting in Malakal IRIN 23 Jul 2004 -- "Heavy fighting" broke out in the town of Malakal on Thursday morning between Nuer and Shilluk ethnic groups, according to local sources.
- SUDAN: US Congress unanimously defines Darfur violence as "genocide" IRIN 23 Jul 2004 -- The US Congress on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution declaring the human rights abuses in western Sudan's Darfur region as "genocide".
- POWELL / MIDDLE EAST VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell travels to Europe and the Middle East next week for talks centering on Iraq and prospects for progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
- ISRAEL/SETTLEMENTS VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- Israeli settlements in Gaza and parts of the West Bank are still expanding, despite plans to evacuate them by the end of next year. The expansion is documented in a new report by the Peace Now group.
- PRESS BRIEFING ON LIBERIA’S HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION United Nations 23 Jul 2004
- U.N./LIBERIA VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- The U.N.'s expert on Liberia says tens of thousands of refugees who are returning to their homes are finding few resources and no electricity. Some are concerned that the mass influx of people will upset the fragile peace in Liberia.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA/TALKS VOA 23 Jul 2004 -- Pakistan and India say they're committed to settling their territorial dispute over Kashmir. The divided region is at the center of decades of hostility between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
- SHAPE News Morning Update SHAPE 23 Jul 2004 -- Northern warlord to challenge U.S.-backed Karzai in Afghan presidential election / Annan eyes UN Kosovo mission reforms after riots / Hungarian scientists prepare biological defence lab for Olympics / NATO likely to approve Greek request for extra help at Olympics / Powell, Annan urge Sudanese government to disarm Arab militias, dismissing its accusation of meddling
- NASA's Northrop Grumman-Built Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates Fifth Anniversary On-Orbit Northrop Grumman 23 Jul 2004 -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), celebrated its fifth year on-orbit today observing X-rays in proto-stellar jets, gathering data on the nature of cold fronts in galaxy clusters and performing other tasks.
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