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02 December 2004 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Transcript: Air Force announces Future Total Force initiative AFPN 02 Dec 2004 -- Lt. Gen. Stephen Wood, deputy chief of staff for plans and programs, hosted a media availability Dec. 1 to announce the first six test initiatives in support of the Air Force Future Total Force plan.
  • Air Force Introduces Future Total Force Concept AFPS 02 Nov 2004 -- The Air Force unveiled its new Future Total Force concept at the Pentagon Dec. 1, introducing six test cases that will help shape the way the service trains, equips and employs its active- and reserve- component members.
  • Officials announce Future Total Force initiatives AFPN 02 Dec 2004 -- Air Force officials plan to tap into the inherent strength and experience of all three Air Force components to increase overall combat capability.

  • Yokota fuels specialists support global missions AFPN 02 Dec 2004 -- Fuels specialists from the 374th Logistics Readiness Squadron here provide a vital service for Air Force defense and humanitarian missions worldwide.
  • ARMY ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF UNDER SECRETARY OF THE ARMY LES BROWNLEE, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 3, 2004 Army News Release 02 Dec 2004 -- Under Secretary of the Army Les Brownlee retires effective Dec. 3 after nearly 43 years of loyal and dedicated service to the nation - including 22 years in uniform retiring as an Army Colonel, 18 years in the Senate, including Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services under Chairman, Senator Strom Thurmond, and the current Chairman, Senator John Warner.
  • Wasp Finishes Osprey Exercise, Heads Home Navy NewsStand 02 Dec 2004 -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) completed a 10-day exercise testing the V-22A Osprey off the Mid-Atlantic coast, Nov. 12-23.
  • New Army environment strategy based on sustainability Amy News 02 Dec 2004 -- -"Mission-based with an eye to the future" is the language officials have used to describe a new Army environment strategy.
  • Soaring eagle eye here marks intel milestone USMC News 02 Dec 2004 -- The Air Force's unmanned "eye in the sky" keeps a vigilant watch over the enemy, cruising at more than 500 miles per hour and towering more than 50,000 feet above the earth.
  • MCB prepares armor kits for II MEF deployment USMC News 02 Dec 2004 -- Priority One tasks are nothing new to the civilian employees at Maintenance Center Barstow.

  • EU/BOSNIA VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- The European Union has taken over peacekeeping activities in Bosnia from NATO's so-called Stabilization Force or S-FOR. The new mission, the biggest EU military deployment ever, is seen as a key test for the union's drive to develop the military muscle to back up its diplomatic and economic weight.
  • Ending War, Enforcing Peace in Bosnia AFPS 02 Nov 2004 -- The stabilization mission in Bosnia is complete and American servicemembers who served in the region can look with pride on their accomplishments, said DoD officials today.
  • EU Takes Over Bosnia Mission RFE/RL 02 Nov 2004 -- The European Union began its largest military operation today, formally taking over NATO's peacekeeping
  • Speech by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the SFOR transfer of authority ceremony NATO 02 Dec 2004 mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina with 7,000 troops.

  • White House Daily Briefing, December 2 Washington File 02 Nov 2004 -- Economic conference, Afghanistan/U.S. presidential delegation, Iraq/elections, intelligence reform bill, Iraq/U.S. troop presence, India seat on Security Council, U.N. corruption, Ukraine/elections, U.S. troops, AIDS, tax reform, Congressman DeLay
  • State Department Noon Briefing, December 2 Washington File 02 Nov 2004 -- Bosnia/Herzegovina, Ukraine, North Korea, China, Israel/Palestinians, United Nations, Iran, Middle East, Sudan, Turkey, role of U.S. Ambassadors, Cyprus, Colombia
  • UN Danforth Resigns VOA 02 Dec 2004 -- Washington's ambassador to the United Nations John Danforth has resigned.

Defense Industry

  • ATK Wins $80 Million Precision Guided Mortar Munition Contract ATK 02 Dec 2004 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received an initial $80 million contract from the U.S. Army to design, develop, and begin low-rate initial production of the XM395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition (PGMM). The contract, which runs through 2009, could lead to U.S. production with total sales in excess of $500 million.
  • EADS welcomes go-ahead from Bundestag for second tranche of Eurofighters EADS 02 Dec 2004 -- "With today's approval from the Budget Committee of the German Bundestag, on the German side the way has been opened up for the signatures to be set to the long-awaited four-nation call-off contract for the second batch of Eurofighter aircraft," Rainer Hertrich, Co-CEO of EADS, stated on Thursday, commenting on the parliamentary release of funds for Eurofighter procurement.
  • General Dynamics Awarded $206 Million for 95 Additional Stryker Combat Vehicles General Dynamics 02 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command today awarded General Dynamics Land Systems three delivery orders valued at $206 million for 95 Stryker combat vehicles, including the first production of the Mobile Gun System and Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Reconnaissance variants. The vehicles are part of a $4 billion order awarded in November 2000 to equip the Army’s six new Stryker Brigade Combat Teams with 2,100 Stryker armored vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
  • PUMA: Green light for the German new infantry fighting vehicle Rheinmetall Defence 02 Dec 2004 -- The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag has just given the go-ahead for the most important project of the German land systems industry: the new Puma infantry fighting vehicle.
  • Alcatel collaborates with prime contractor Thales on the Syracuse III ground segment Thales 02 Dec 2004 -- The French defense procurement agency DGA announced today that it has awarded Thales the contract for the construction of the Syracuse III ground segment. Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), is the main subcontractor to Thales for this project. The overall contract is worth 1.3 billion euros over a period of 15 years, of which 30% represents Alcatel's portion.

Other Conflicts

  • Annan endorses panel's recommendations for a more secure world, strengthened UN UN News Centre 02 Nov 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today gave his strong support to the findings of a high-level panel that looked at how the international community could address new and evolving security threats, including its recommendations for reforming the United Nations.

  • Naivasha Accord Key to Sudan Peace, Envoy Says Washington File 02 Nov 2004 -- The two-pronged approach of placing international monitors in Darfur and pressing Khartoum and the rebels to complete a peace agreement is the most likely way to end the terrible tragedy of Sudan, U.S. Ambassador John Danforth said December 2.
  • Secretary-General urges Rwanda to refrain from fighting on Congolese territory UN News Centre 02 Nov 2004 -- Expressing deep concern, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said Rwanda should not interrupt the Democratic Republic of Congo's political transition by fighting against former rebel Rwandan Hutu militiamen in the eastern DRC.
  • UN reports fresh fighting in Sudan's Darfur region UN News Centre 02 Nov 2004 -- Fresh fighting broke out today in Sudan's western Darfur region where the Government, rebel and militia forces are embroiled in what the United Nations has called the world's worst current humanitarian crisis, the UN mission in Africa's largest country reported.
  • UN mission in Burundi starts disarming former fighters UN News Centre 02 Nov 2004 -- Over 200 former fighters in Burundi turned in their weapons at a United Nations-run centre in the Central African country, which today officially began the disarmament process considered crucial to countering instability caused by decades of ethnic war there.
  • LIBERIA: Money runs out to train, rehabilitate disarmed fighters IRIN 02 Nov 2004 -- The Liberian authorities have run out of money to provide education and training for over 100,000 people who have registered as former combatants in the country's 14-year civil war, a spokesman for the country's disarmament commission said on Thursday.
  • COTE D IVOIRE: ONUCI mandate needs to be updated, force commander says IRIN 02 Nov 2004 -- The mandate of more than 6,000 UN peacekeepers deployed in Cote d'Ivoire needs to be reassessed following last month's flare-up of violence in the West African country, Major General Abdoulaye Fall, the commander of the peacekeeping force, has said.
  • BURUNDI: Demobilisation of former fighters begins IRIN 02 Nov 2004 -- A total of 216 former fighters, five of them women, were demobilised on Thursday in Burundi's Muramyva Province, marking the beginning of a demobilisation programme for an estimated 55,000 combatants.
  • SOMALIA/POLITICS VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- Now that Somalia's newly appointed prime minister has selected a cabinet to run the country, the next big task for him is to move the government from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
  • DARFUR / PEACE PROSPECTS VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Danforth, says the recently signed peace memorandum between the government of Sudan and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement offers the best hope to end the humanitarian crisis and bring peace in Darfur, in the western part of country.
  • UN/CONGO/RWANDA VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- The U.N. Security Council has met in emergency session to consider evidence that Rwandan troops have crossed the border into eastern Congo. Congo's government is calling for sanctions against Rwanda's president.
  • CONGO / RWANDA VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame has reassured the African Union that Congolese soldiers will not be attacked during a planned two week operation against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east. While the United Nations says there is mounting evidence the incursion has already begun, Rwanda denies this.
  • ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 02 Dec 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says Israel will not be the first to launch attacks or raids on Palestinian militants so long as the situation remains calm and there are no provocations. The promise was made during a period of relative quiet between the two sides that has prevailed since the death of Yasser Arafat.
  • EAST TIMOR CONVICTION VOA 02 Dec 2004 -- An East Timor human rights court has sentenced a senior member of a pro-Indonesia militia to 15 years in jail for violence before East Timor's 1999 vote for independence. The sentence is a rare victory for prosecutors, who are wrapping up their work in East Timor. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says Israel will not be the first to launch attacks or raids on Palestinian militants so long as the situation remains calm and there are no provocations. The promise was made during a period of relative quiet between the two sides that has prevailed since the death of Yasser Arafat.
  • IVORY COAST / TALKS VOA 02 Dec 2004 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki is returning to strife-torn Ivory Coast today (scheduled arrival, Thursday 1700 UTC) for a second attempt to revive failed peace efforts.

News Reports

  • UKRAINE POL ONITE VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- Ukraine's outgoing President, Leonid Kuchma, has met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since last month's disputed presidential election. The political crisis in Ukraine has threatened to split the country between the pro-Russia east and pro-reform West. President Putin, who made two visits to Ukraine just days before the second round run-off, agrees with Mr. Kuchma that a new election would be the best way to end the stand-off.
  • Ukrainian Court Hears Closing Arguments Over Vote RFE/RL 02 Nov 2004 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court today began closing arguments in its hearing into the disputed presidential election.
  • Ukraine: Eastern Ukrainians Talk About Yanukovych RFE/RL 02 Nov 2004 -- The recent election problems in Ukraine have highlighted the country's linguistic and geographic divisions. Citizens of the eastern part of the country -- culturally closer to Russia -- tend to favor Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. While Ukrainians from the western part tend to favor opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko. Whatever happens, there seems little immediate prospect of bridging that gap.
  • Ukraine: EU Presses For Rerun Of Runoff Election RFE/RL 02 Nov 2004 -- The European Union is pushing for a rerun of the second round of Ukraine's presidential elections. The EU's external relations commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, told the European Parliament yesterday that the EU is prepared to offer financial assistance to help organize the rerun. Still, it remains unclear what form a new poll would take, although both rival candidates appear to have agreed on the need to prepare for a new election.
  • Bush Discourages Foreign Influence in Future Ukrainian Elections Washington File 02 Nov 2004 -- There should be no foreign influence in any future Ukrainian presidential elections, President Bush says, stressing that elections "must reflect the will of the people and not that of any foreign governments."
  • U.S. Urges Non-Violent, Legal Steps to End Ukraine Crisis Washington File 02 Nov 2004 -- Reiterating calls for a nonviolent response to Ukraine's election crisis, the United States told the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that a new election could provide a solution, but only if it meets international standards.
  • BUSH / UKRAINE VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- President Bush says if new elections are held in Ukraine they must be fair, open and free of any foreign influence. Mr. Bush insists the will of the Ukrainian people must be known and heard.
  • Ukraine: Eastern Regions Enter Ukraine's Intricate Political Game RFE/RL 02 Nov 2004 -- As the political crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, the focus is shifting to the traditional divide -- economic, linguistic, and cultural -- that exists between the country's largely Russian-speaking eastern regions and the rest of the country. In the east, local governors and parliaments have threatened to press for a new relationship with Kyiv if the opposition assumes power. The adversaries of outgoing President Leonid Kuchma have denounced what they call a government-sponsored political maneuver that they say threatens Ukraine's territorial integrity.
  • Putin Criticizes Ukrainian Push For New Vote RFE/RL 02 Nov 2004 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today criticized the Ukrainian opposition's push to repeat that country's disputed presidential election.
  • UKRAINE / COURT VOA 02 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainians are awaiting the decision of the supreme court, as judges continue their deliberations on an appeal to annul the results of the November 21st presidential runoff election. This comes after an agreement between the two rival candidates, Wednesday night.
  • As Ukraine Awaits Court Ruling, Kuchma Visits Moscow RFE/RL 02 Dec 2004 -- The Ukrainian Supreme Court is convening for a fourth day today to hear an opposition challenge to November's disputed presidential contest, while opposition protesters continue to gather in the capital Kyiv.
  • Ukraine Crisis Sees Slow Progress RFE/RL 02 Dec 2004 -- The Ukrainian is expected to convene today to discuss constitutional reforms hammered out during internationally assisted talks to resolve the political stalemate that began when the opposition accused officials of rigging the 21 November presidential elections.

  • U.S. Protests Extended Detention of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi Washington File 02 Nov 2004 -- The United States condemned the recent decision of the military regime in Burma to extend for another year the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • US / BURMA VOA 02 Nov 2004 -- The Bush administration Thursday called for the immediate and unconditional release of Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi. It said reports that the 1991 Nobel Peace Laureate will remain under house arrest until next September indicate "unacceptable backtracking" by authorities in Rangoon.
  • Attack On Serbian President Deemed 'Road Rage' RFE/RL 01 Dec 2004 -- Serbian Interior Minister Dragan Jocic has said a feared assassination attempt on President Boris Tadic was actually a case of "road rage" in which an enraged driver repeatedly tried to collide with the official motorcade.

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