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06 December 2004 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • New Attack Submarine Named New Mexico 06 Dec 2004 -- Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England announced today in Albuquerque, N.M., that the Navy's next Virginia-class submarine will be named "New Mexico" in recognition of the "Land of Enchantment" and the people of New Mexico. The new nuclear powered attack submarine, designated SSN 779, will be built by Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News, Va., and General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn., beginning in 2006.
  • Rumsfeld Confirms He's Staying on as Defense Secretary AFPS 06 Nov 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that President Bush asked him to stay on in his current position and he "enthusiastically" accepted.
  • Rumsfeld Headed to Afghanistan for Karzai's Inauguration AFPS 06 Nov 2004 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here this evening on the first leg of a trip that will take him to Afghanistan to attend the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai and to India to meet with that country's leaders.
  • Soldiers, Airmen train together for urban warfare AFPN 06 Dec 2004 -- Combat in urban environments, such as that recently conducted in Fallujah, Iraq, is becoming more commonplace, said defense officials. Providing protection to ground forces in such close quarters is a challenge for Soldiers and Airmen alike.
  • SSC San Diego Supports Marine Operations Overseas Navy NewsStand 06 Dec 2004 -- A transportable air traffic control system, whose original development and current engineering support is overseen by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego (SSC San Diego), is supporting Marine Corps operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
  • Ronald Reagan Performs First At-Sea Jet Engine Test Navy NewsStand 06 Dec 2004 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) hit another milestone Nov. 7 when the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department's (AIMD) jet engine shop performed the ship's first at-sea jet engine test on an F/A-18 Super Hornet engine.
  • USS Yorktown Decommissioned at Pascagoula Navy NewsStand 06 Dec 2004 -- USS Yorktown (CG 48), the second Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, was decommissioned Dec. 3, after more than 20 years of service, at Naval Station Pascagoula, where Yorktown has been homeported since September 1996.
  • German Navy Assumes Command of Task Force 150 Navy NewsStand 06 Dec 2004 -- German Rear Adm. Henning Hoops assumed command of multinational Task Force (TF) 150 from British Royal Navy Commodore Tom Cunningham Dec. 6, during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain.
  • JFK Carrier Strike Group To Return From Deployment Navy NewsStand 06 Dec 2004 -- Ships and squadrons of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group (JFK CSG) will return to their respective homeports of Mayport, Fla., and Norfolk, Va., throughout early- and mid-December. JFK CSG deployed in early June in support of the global war on terrorism.
  • 26th MEU enhances urban warfare capabilities in New Orleans USMC News 06 Dec 2004 -- The Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit may not have sailed down the Mississippi River to battle the British at New Orleans like the Continental Marines of 1778, but they made their presence known in the Crescent City Dec. 4 as troops and aircraft arrived for the unit's Training in an Urban Environment Exercise.

  • State Department Daily Briefing, December 6 Washington File 06 Nov 2004 -- Saudi Arabia, Iran. China, Taiwan. North Korea, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Pakistan, Afghanistan
  • White House Daily Briefing, December 6 Washington File 06 Nov 2004 -- President's meeting with King Abdullah, social security, intelligence reform legislation, Middle East, Ukraine, Osama bin Laden, Cabinet, judicial nominees, Ohio voting, Army stop-loss policy

Defense Industry

  • General Dynamics Awarded $6 Million Contract for 30mm Barrels General Dynamics 06 Dec 2004 -- General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $6 million contract for production of 1,393 30mm gun barrels from the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Supply Center Columbus (Columbus, Ohio). Total potential contract value could reach $13 million if all options are exercised.
  • Northrop Grumman, United Defense Industries To Collaborate On Ground-Based Laser Defense Systems for U.S. Army Northrop Grumman 06 Dec 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and United Defense Industries, Inc. (NYSE:UDI) are teaming to provide the U.S. Army with first-of-their-kind, ground-based laser defense systems designed to protect U.S. soldiers against a variety of current and emerging threats.
  • Raytheon Team to Pursue U.S. Air Force $2 Billion Transformational Military Communications Program Raytheon 06 Dec 2004 -- Raytheon Company will lead an industry team in pursuit of the Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) Mission Operations System (TMOS), a program to provide the warfighter a secure, interoperable, high-capacity global communications network. The contract will be awarded in fiscal year 2005.
  • Raytheon Awarded $158 Million for AIM-9X Full Rate Production Raytheon 06 Dec 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a $158 million contract for continued production of AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles and support materials. The contract includes 443 all-up-round AIM-9X tactical missiles, 153 AIM-9X training missiles and support equipment. The award was made by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.
  • Statement Regarding the Presidential Helicopter Competition for the Republic of Korea Sikorsky 06 Dec 2004 -- Sikorsky is committed to a fair and transparent bidding process for Republic of Korea's acquisition of fleet of three new presidential helicopters. Recent reports in the media regarding attempts to influence the competition through political channels are false. Neither the company nor its business partners have asked for such intervention.
  • Justice Department Awards Northrop Grumman Information Technology Support Services Contract Northrop Grumman 06 Dec 2004 -- The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide information technology services that will help the department improve its operations.

Other Conflicts

  • 15 Maoists, 2 security men killed in Nepal IRNA 06 Dec 2004 -- At least 15 Maoists and one army personnel were killed in an encounter at Sainbar area near Bhurigaon of Bardia district in west Nepal.
  • Nepal`s Maoists have to be convinced to return to talks: India IRNA 06 Dec 2004 -- Advocating a two-pronged strategy to deal with the Maoist problem in Nepal, India today asked Kathmandu to "convince" the insurgents to return to the negotiating table and suggested "aggressive and pro-active" border patrolling by the two countries.
  • LIBERIA: National army to get back on its feet after years of civil war IRIN 06 Nov 2004 -- Liberia's transitional government has begun paving the way for a new national army to emerge from the ashes of 14 years of civil war, backed by funding from the US government, a top military official said on Monday.
  • SOMALIA / U.N. VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- Calling the humanitarian situation in Somalia "a forgotten crisis," a top U.N. official has appealed for more than 160-million dollars next year in international aid for the long-suffering Horn of African country. The U.N. official says some areas in Somalia have the same mortality and malnutrition levels as the war-torn Darfur region of western Sudan.
  • CONGO/ITURI VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- U.N. peacekeepers and militiamen clashed Sunday in war-torn northeastern Congo's Ituri District. Two militiamen were killed and two peacekeepers were wounded during the two-hour battle. The battle highlights the deteriorating security situation in the region, and problems in the program to disarm the militiamen.
  • IVORY COAST TALKS VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- South African President Thabo Mbeki says he has reached agreement with all sides in the Ivory Coast civil war to move forward the stalled peace process, but he gave few specifics.
  • ETHIOPIA-ERITREA: Cautious optimism on stalled peace process IRIN 06 Dec 2004 -- The recent announcement by Ethiopia that it would accept "in principle" a ruling to end a simmering border dispute with Eritrea was broadly welcomed, but the complex issue of when and how the two countries can enter into dialogue to try and normalise relations still remains.
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sounded a note of optimism about the prospects for Middle East peace, crediting the new leadership of the Palestinian Authority for the brightened outlook.

News Reports

  • UKRAINE POL VOA 06 Nov 2004 -- After days of political deadlock in Ukraine, latest reports indicate the government and pro-opposition forces have come to agreement on a series of legislative changes that would allow for a new presidential run-off vote by month's end.
  • BULGARIA/OSCE VOA 06 Nov 2004 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is looking into ways to double the number of observers in Ukraine, amid opposition concerns that the repeat of the country's disputed presidential runoff will be tainted by fraud. The announcement was made Monday at the start of a two-day meeting in Bulgaria of foreign ministers from the OSCE's 55 member countries.
  • TURKEY / RUSSIA VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- During a visit to Turkey, Russian President Vladimr Putin warned western countries against fomenting divisions in Ukraine and other countries, describing such attempts as counterproductive and destabilizing.
  • Ukraine: Eastern City Views Kyiv With Suspicion RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- The people of the eastern industrial city of Donetsk cast a suspicious eye on the pro-Western leanings of other Ukrainian regions. As Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko prepare to face off in a historic repeat of the country's disputed presidential runoff, the city's authorities are threatening to seek greater autonomy.
  • Ukraine: Standoff Continues Despite Decision To Repeat Voting RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- Despite the Ukrainian Supreme Court's decision last week to order a re-run of the second round of the country's disputed presidential election, the standoff between the two sides continues.
  • UKRAINE / POLITICS VOA 06 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's election crisis is now in its third week and shows no sign of ending, as the two sides in the political battle again lock horns in a new standoff. Although President Leonid Kuchma says he is "ready to compromise," tens of thousands of opposition protesters remain in downtown Kiev, to keep up the pressure.
  • Yushchenko Says Street Protests To Continue RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has called on his supporters to maintain their street blockades of government offices in Kyiv until steps are taken to ensure a fair new election.
  • Kuchma Suggests Yanukovych Should Not Run RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- Ukraine's outgoing President Leonid Kuchma is quoted as suggesting that Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych should not run in the 26 December presidential revote.

  • Georgia: Abkhazia Presidential Rivals Strike Tentative Last-Minute Deal RFE/RL 06 Dec 2004 -- Averting the threat of an economic blockade from Russia, Abkhazia's presidential rivals announced late yesterday that they had reached an agreement that could defuse tensions in the Black Sea province. Under the deal, opposition leader Sergei Bagapsh and former prime minister Raul Khajimba are expected to run together on a joint ticket in new presidential elections. Meanwhile, reports say the situation in the Georgian separatist republic remains tense. Early today, a series of blasts shook the regional capital Sukhum.

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